Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I am going to share two of our favorite recipes for sides in case you’re still planning a menu. As you might imagine, in the last three weeks or so almost everyone we know has asked Dinner Table Doctor’s opinion (sadly in the office or on the phone instead … Continue reading To Gather or Not to Gather
During our recent family dinners, the Blue Zone lifestyle has come up on several occasions. My mom bought Dinner Table Doctor a copy of The Blue Zones Kitchen - 100 Recipes to Live to 100, by Dan Buettner and we have been trying out several of the recipes. Because DTD sees so many people, especially … Continue reading Could the Blue Zone Lifestyle Add Years to Your Life?
Vitamin D is a very common supplement for many people, including myself, and it has been in the news a lot lately. Researchers are studying whether Vitamin D can reduce the severity of Covid-19 symptoms, making it a cheap and easy method for decreasing the impact of the pandemic. I have been taking Vitamin D … Continue reading Does Vitamin D Protect Against Covid-19?
This topic has come up more than once with Dinner Table Doctor during the pandemic. Most recently we were having a simple alfresco snack of bread and cheese and wine with friends (recipe for a yummy cheese appetizer follows 😊). We were talking about Facebook and laughing at ourselves and others since we have all … Continue reading Experts Everywhere! The Dunning-Kruger effect is on full display
October is Health Literacy month, when all kinds of individuals and institutions from libraries to hospitals to doctors and schools call attention to the problem of health literacy and try to promote solutions. Information about health is difficult for many people to understand and therefore to act upon. The internet is full of misinformation, and … Continue reading Are you Health Literate?
** Although I don't normally say who I'm writing about in these posts, in this instance my mom gave me full permission! One evening, Dinner Table Doctor never made it to the dinner table, but we still had one of our more interesting medical discussions. A few years ago DTD and I were just about … Continue reading A Missed Dinner Party: how amnesia changed our plans
Every evening before dinner, DTD comes home from work and exercises. He is very disciplined and rarely misses a day. He will frequently remind the rest of the family that we each need 30 minutes of exercise a day and much of that should be moderate to high intensity, meaning we need to get into … Continue reading Freaky Friday – Intense Exercise vs. Snakes in the Kitchen
Recently we had a houseguest who shared that she had an annoying tonsil stone. I had never heard of such a thing. Of course, Dinner Table Doctor knows all about them and I made him explain in great detail. Tonsil stones (or tonsilloliths if you want to impress people at a party) are bits of … Continue reading Freaky Friday – Tonsil Stones
Here’s a freaky medical condition which I suffer from myself - a fissured tongue. All of my life my tongue has looked strange. It is not smooth like most peoples’ but rather has lots of little fissures or cracks. It has a deep groove down the middle, so deep that it almost looks like I … Continue reading Freaky Friday – My Ugly Tongue
Due to the pandemic, we haven’t had many dinners with friends and extended family. Our topics of conversation have been limited with the same five people, three of whom actively avoid bringing up any medical matters that might result in a lecture about fiber or exercise! As a result, I need my readers to let … Continue reading Hair-Raising Stress