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Take Charge of Your Health

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., CDN Are you interested in feeling better, having more energy, and guarding your health?  Do you know the Torah-based key to optimum functioning?  Many years ago,...

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Tips for a Healthy Winter

Here we go again. It's cold and flu season and that is something we don't even like thinking about. For many households this can mean passing germs back and forth among family members.We...

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Basics of Whole Wheat

Where ever you go today you can find whole wheat bread, challah, pasta, couscous, orzo, bagels, rolls, muffins and much more. People are more health conscious today and want to make better and...

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Vitamin D Deficiency: A Serious Concern

By Dr. Shmuel Shields, PhD, CDN   Why do Americans living in the South have lower rates of certain cancers than those living in the North?  According to Consumer Reports on Health,...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Swine Flu

  What is swine influenza? Swine flu is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that regularly cause outbreaks in pigs. There have been reports of serious illness and deaths due to...

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Oil Pulling

By a Community Member    Disclaimer: Everything in this article is expressed for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not...

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Fish for Health

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified NutritionistTo lower the risk of coronary heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends that we eat fish at least twice a week.  Besides...

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Take Charge of Your Health

By Shmuel Shields, PhD, CDN Are you interested in feeling better, having more energy, and guarding your health?  Do you know the Torah-based key to optimum functioning?  Many years ago, I...

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Healing Power of Water

By a Community Member    Sometimes people call me and complain about their health. I know they are feeling the way they are because their body is loaded with toxins. If only...

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Living Foods

By a Community Member   Are you alive? How do you know? What is life?Have you ever walked down a street, seen someone you know, and then quickly looked away because you didn't want to...

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Vitamins from A to Z

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   Recently, the fitness director at the Central Queens Y asked me to give a lecture entitled "Vitamins from A to Z: Which...

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What’s the Deal with Dairy?

By a Community Member   With so many studies done on milk, some come to the conclusion that milk is great for you and others come to the conclusion that it's toxic. So, who's...

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Snacks for Stable Blood Sugar

 By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist    In my nutrition practice, I often see patients with concerns related to either high or low blood sugar. I reassure...

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Practical Tips for Flu Prevention

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist    Fear of the flu is on everyone's mind at this time.  We know that the key to guarding our health is through...

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You Can Do It! / Lose the Fat

By Howard Spielman    - -I spent and wasted so many years of my life barking up the wrong tree trying to lose weight in so many different ways. Then quite by accident I stumbled...

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The Oil Crisis

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   We're all concerned about the oil crisis that hits us financially every time we fill the car with gas. As a nutritionist,...

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You Can Do It! / Low-Fat Plan

By Howard Spielman   Everywhere you turn now-a-days, there's talk of food with no fat. You can't open a magazine without finding an article that says "lose weight easily with...

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What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Ask The Doctor- Edward (Ellie) Bennett, MD   Q- WHAT IS DIABETES MELLITUS?Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn't produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone...

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Nuts for You!

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist    When patients ask me to recommend healthy snacks, I tell them, "Snack on nuts!"  Compared to many other...

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Eating and Emotions: The Food - Mood Connection

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., C.D.N.   Nutrition plays a central role in the health of both body and mind. It has been discovered that certain foods may in fact offset the damaging...

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You Can Do It! / Build a Dike

By Howard Spielman    My eating plan is like a dike. It holds back an ocean of food I can easily drown in. I once came close to perishing in it, when I got to weigh 400 pounds and...

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Soup Up Your Summer!

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   A wholesome soup can boost the nutritional value of any meal. Due to their liquid state, soups are easily digested and absorbed....

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You Can Do It! / Tips to Cut Fat Intake

 -By Howard Spielman   -Let me make one thing clear: Too much fat of any kind, saturated or unsaturated is no good for you!All fat has the same caloric value and contains nine...

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What to Spread on Your Bread

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist    Bread is a central food in the American diet. Consequently, I am often asked for advice about what type to eat as well as...

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You Can Do It! / Build Your Own Food Plan

By Howard Spielman   For my carbohydrate at breakfast, I like to eat two rice cakes. They contain zero fat and only 40 calories each. On the other hand, my wife prefers a cereal called...

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You Can Do It! / Happy Frame of Mind

By Howard Spielman   The Picture of good health... requires a happy frame of mind.Abraham Lincoln once said, "We're only as happy as we make up our minds to be!"So what does...

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Eating Well When Eating Out

 By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   In my nutrition practice, I find that many people who are watching their weight or following special diets are also...

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Potassium: The Unsung Mineral

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   Potassium doesn't receive much media attention, overshadowed as it is by other, more "glamorous" minerals and...

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You Can Do It

By Howard Spielman   I often write about turning negatives into positives. The reason I have to learn to look on the bright side is because if I allow my problems to overwhelm me,...

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You Can Do It!

By Howard SpielmanRaised as an orphan myself, I closely identified with a letter I received from one of my readers. While my own childhood was far more stable than this person's, I still found...

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Cinnamon: Not Just for Baking

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S Certified NutritionistCinnamon is one of my favorite spices.  Besides serving as a flavor enhancer for food, this ancient fragrant spice has many health...

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Live Healthier with Less Salt

By Ariella Horowitz, RD, CDN Salt, a chemical compound made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride, is vital to our lives. We simply can't live without it. Sodium helps maintain electrolyte balance...

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You Can Do It! / Honesty

By Howard SpielmanI get letters almost every week which say, "When you write about yourself, I feel you are writing about me." That's why this column works. We identify with each...

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Better Beverages

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified NutritionistThere is no better beverage for the human body than water. Next to air, it is the most essential nutrient for all living creatures, including...

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Water: Drink to Life

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified NutritionistWater is an essential nutrient, secondary in importance only to oxygen.  In fact, the human body is composed primarily of water, with...

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You Can Do It! / O Lucky Dog

By Howard Spielman  When you take your dog for a walk, you don't let him run wild. You put a leash on his collar to protect him. You want to keep him from harm. Heaven forbid he should get...

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Eat Your Way to Lower Cholesterol

By Ariella Horowitz, RD, CDN  Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is made in the body by the liver. Cholesterol is a vital component of the formation and maintenance of healthy cell...

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The Effects of Exercise on Depression

By Kathy Sionit Shahkoohi  A wistful feeling comes over us in late autumn, as the last remaining leaves drop, morning frosts cover the ground, and the sun sets earlier each day. Hot cider and...

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The Latest on Vitamin D

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  Have you heard the latest news on vitamin D? In recent years, media attention has focused the spotlight on this particular vitamin,...

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You Can Do It! / Willingness

By Howard Spielman   One of the key ingredients to following a food plan, something I hardly mention, is called willingness.What good is it to know that you have a problem with food? You...

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Vitamins for Healthy Skin

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  Several years ago, the fitness director at the Central Queens Y asked me to give a lecture entitled "Vitamins from A to Z: Which...

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You Can Do It! / Failing to Plan

By Howard Spielman  I've spoken of negative calorie foods which I pointed out we could eat in unlimited amounts. Now I'm going to tell you the best food to eat in weight or...

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Making Up What’s Missing

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., Nutritionist   Probiotic microorganisms refer to the beneficial bacteria found in your digestive tract (the term "bio" is associated with life - in...

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Guarding Our Souls, Bodies, and Health

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  The interconnectedness of soul and body is a central theme throughout Torah literature. In his Mishneh Torah (Hilchos De'os...

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The Wisdom of our Sages

By A. S. Matatov - Pharm D. Candidate in 2014 - Dedicated to E.M.B.R.I was blessed to randomly pick a page in the Talmud Tractate of Shabbat with my friend to learn for about 15 minutes before...

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Small Steps Lead to Success

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   With Pesach behind us and summer fast approaching, I'd like to discuss the topic of weight management.  While working as...

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You Can Do It! / Follow a Food Plan

By Howard Spielman    Appearances can be deceptive and perception may not always be what it really is. It’s the way we see and understand things, based on the information we have....

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Balanced Meal Basics

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  Mrs. B. was an energetic balebusta, busy juggling family and work responsibilities, often at a frenetic pace. Unexpectedly, when...

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The Value of Potatoes (Not Just for Latkes!)

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist The potato plays a central role in the traditional Jewish diet, especially during the weeks of Chanukah and Pesach.  Given my own...

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You Can Do It!

By Howard Spielman  The real answer for any overeater is to learn how cope with a problem without running to the refrigerator.The drawing above says it all. Do me a favor, cut out the cartoon...

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Food for Our Future

 By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  Family is an integral aspect of a Torah life. While we are making efforts to improve our diets and exercise more, we have a great...

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Countdown

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist  When it comes to weight loss, motivational self-talk cannot be underestimated. I've seen time and again how a person's inner...

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Transition Foods

By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist     Of course, transitioning to new foods and beverages is not easy. It’s natural to want to stick with the more...

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The Dairy Dilemma

 By Shmuel Shields, Ph.D., N.Y.S. Certified Nutritionist   Dairy, being of animal origin, is a complete protein food, containing all essential amino acids.  It’s commonly...

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Lead Poisoning

By Dr. Bennet What is lead and why is it dangerous if eaten? Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. There are many sources of lead. Lead can be...

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Spring into Action

  Spring into Action               With spring in full bloom and Shavuos in the air, now is a wonderful time to begin exercising...

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