FATHERHOOD AT 8 MONTHS

I am a late bloomer. I married a wonderful person at age 39 and now have my first child, a girl, at age 47. It has been 8 months since Lena was born, and I feel like a first year resident!  As a resident, you are thrown into the “water of residency”, and by trial…

ARE YOU READY FOR TINTIN?

I am surprised how little Tintin is known in the United States.  Well, this is going to change soon.  A new animated (this is high quality animation) movie directed by Steven Spielberg will be released this month:  Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn. The character, a young and curious detective/journalist was created by Herge’,…

IT’S A GIRL!

My daughter, Lena, was born on April 15th at 3:04 AM. We wish her health, happiness, and a refund check from the I.R.S. on her birthdays! But seriously, yesterday, as I was going on my usual walk with our dog, I started thinking about what can I do to be a good parent. I came…

VALENTINE’S DAY- A special time to love

VALENTINE’S DAY AND A SERENADE BY PHILIP ROSHEGER On the 14th of every February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day…the day of love and loving. I thought it fitting to post “Serenade “by Philip Rosheger on such a day.  Philip Rosheger is an American classical guitarist and composer.  In my opinion, he is not as well-known as…

UPDATE ON VITAMIN D-SECOND UPDATE

I just reviewed the latest recommendations regarding vitamin D levels and intake according to the Pharmacist’s Letter (January 2011-Volume 27-Number 270102). As always, if the blood level of 25(OH)D (calcidiol) is below 20 ng/ml, vitamin D deficiency exists and must be corrected.  The general consensus is levels between 20-30 ng/ml are considered adequate.  This is…

2009 BEAUJOLAIS-THE VINTAGE OF A LIFE TIME

As my regular blog readers know, I occasionally write about non-medical topics which I feel are worth writing about.  My goal is to enhance your appreciation of life and what it has to offer. Today, I want to thank Nature for giving us the 2009 vintage Beaujolais. Beaujolais is actually the most southern region of…

UPDATE ON VITAMIN D BLOG

Hello Every one, This is an update on Vitamin D.  It is confusing, I know.  This study reports that levels of 20 ng/ml are sufficient for all persons.  Both studies, there fore consider levels below 20 ng/ml as Vitamin D deficient.   The previous article/blog recommended optimal Vitamin D levels to be between 30-50 ng/ml.  Go figure! …

ARE YOU GETTING D’S ON YOUR VITAMIN D?

I know, the title is a bit corny, but hopefully it caught your attention.  I decided to write this blog, since vitamin D insufficiency is being recognized more frequently.  I was surprised to find my levels were low, considering I walk our dog an hour a day (usually in the late afternoon when the sun…