Friday, April 28, 2017

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Healthy Habits: Food and Mood

A number of lifestyle factors can contribute to depression, but one that’s often overlooked is what you put in your mouth. “Diet plays a huge role in depression,” says with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine.

Do you crave sweet, salty, and fatty foods when you’re feeling blue? You’re not alone. But, says Dr. Calapai “If we eat better foods like lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fish, we short-circuit the junk food cravings and have higher energy levels and sharper mental focus.

Vitamin D (sun exposure; fortified breakfast cereals, breads, juices, milk): Vitamin D is required for brain development and function. Deficiency in this “sunshine vitamin” is sometimes associated with depression and other mood disorders.

"Smart" Carbs Can Have a Calming Effect
Carbohydrates are linked to the mood-boosting brain chemical, serotonin. Experts aren't sure, but carb cravings sometimes may be related to low serotonin activity.
Choose your carbs wisely. Limit sugary foods and opt for smart or “complex” carbs (such as whole grains) rather than simple carbs (such as cakes and cookies). Fruits, vegetables, and legumes also have healthy carbs and fiber.

Tryptophan (protein sources including turkey, beef, eggs, some dairy products, dark, leafy greens): An amino acid, tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin. It’s not well understood, but low tryptophan seems to trigger depressive symptoms in some people who have taken antidepressants.

Increase your intake of B vitamins
People with either low blood levels of the B-vitamin folic acid, or high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine (a sign that you are not getting enough B6, B12 or folic acid), are both more likely to be depressed and less likely to get a positive result from anti-depressant drugs. In a study comparing the effects of giving an SSRI with either a placebo or with folic acid, 61% of patients improved on the placebo combination but 93% improved with the addition of folic acid.

Boost your serotonin with amino acids
Serotonin is made in the body and brain from an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is then converted into another amino acid called 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP), which in turn is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin. Tryptophan can be found in the diet; it’s in many protein rich foods such as meat, fish, beans and eggs. 5-HTP is found in high levels in the African Griffonia bean, but this bean is not a common feature of most people’s diet. Just not getting enough tryptophan is likely to make you depressed; people fed food deficient in tryptophan became rapidly depressed within hours.

Up your intake of chromium
This mineral is vital for keeping your blood sugar level stable because insulin, which clears glucose from the blood, can't work properly without it. In fact it turns out that just supplying proper levels of chromium to people with atypical depression can make a big difference.

Select Selenium-Rich Foods
Studies have reported a link between low selenium and poor moods. The recommended amount for selenium is 55 micrograms a day for adults.
Evidence isn't clear that taking supplements can help. And it's possible to get too much selenium. So it's probably best to focus on foods:
•           Beans and legumes
•           Lean meat (lean pork and beef, skinless chicken and turkey)
•           Low-fat dairy products
•           Nuts and seeds (particularly brazil nuts - but no more than one or two a day because of their high selenium content)
•           Seafood (oysters, clams, sardines, crab, saltwater fish, and freshwater fish)
•           Whole grains (whole-grain pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)

Caffeine and Sugary Foods
Caffeine may be difficult for many people to completely eliminate from their diet. However, it is good to only have caffeinated drinks in moderation, particularly when you are experiencing depression-like symptoms. Caffeine can disrupt sleep patterns and make you feel anxious, both of which won’t help your depression. People who drink more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, the equivalent of four cups of brewed coffee, should consider cutting back.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday eveni ng from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

He is the author of E-books Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can't Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Parenting Pointers: Longing for Belonging

By Gabriella van Rij  (originally featured in
Labels, labels, labels. Why can’t I just be known by “me”? Instead of by my affiliations, country, company, or religion? As an adoptee, perhaps I have felt the devastating effect of labels more strongly than others. Classmates labeled me orphan, Paki, peanut butter for my brown skin, and the list went on. And then labels I was given by my adopted family. You are Dutch now, they told me. And they tried to give me a new first name, along with their family name. Even as a small child, I refused. My name is Gabriella , I told them in broken English.
One’s country, culture, and religion are already very heavy labels, but then as we grow up, there are more and more labels… from whatever stupid thing you did in childhood to all the mistakes that played out publicly. It is very hard to navigate in a world without a label, both for ourselves and others. Some people want labels so that they can belong. Other people want labels so they can put others in a box in order to feel safe. Our society is so used to labeling that we don't know any longer how to function without it… even in the days of my grandparents, you were the kid of the butcher, or from a rich family, these and other labels gave others a way to categorize you and know in their minds who you were…
But what about those who feel that no labels properly describe who they are? Like I say in my talks, when we have too many labels, it is always to the exclusion of others that do not fit the mold. Just because you do not want a certain label that you were born with, you are still faced with the universal problem of needing and wanting to belong to a group or a family, which is instinctive and very primal… And then what happens when our social interactions are severed and you feel like an outsider looking in?
I am boldly stating that I believe devastating things occur in our society when this happens. We need to feel belonging somewhere. If we cannot find it in our families, we will roam the world until we find belonging!
Loneliness can drive us to find belonging in unexpected places because when you feel like an outsider that grass looks greener inside the group. It really feels like others have families, it feels like they are all happy and have jobs and are not struggling, which is an emotion outsiders often face.
You begin to look at these things:
- other cultures different from your own
- other religions different from your own
And when you start searching, you find that other cultures and religions have different sets of rules than what you are used to and you are learning to broaden your horizons, which in today’s diverse world is indeed a good thing. Now when we explore other religions, why do we do that? I believe we do this in hopes of finding an ideology to attach ourselves to.
Now the two similarities that I want to talk about is when one person finds the religion of Islam and another person finds the Catholic church as their salvation. What is the difference? Both people find something that makes them feel they belong… They finally found what seemed missing. Their loneliness and rudderlessness have been replaced by religion. And they have finally found a renewed purpose and meaning in their life.
The two people I am talking about: one is my mother who found solace and comfort in the Catholic Church, particularly during the time she lived alone from 1977 until her death in 2007, almost 30 years. That is a very long time, and you know what? Most of us would agree with me that this was great for her and that this religion gave her a renewed sense of purpose and a reason for living.
The other person I am talking about we will have a much harder time accepting. CNN recently ran a feature story on Michael Delefortrie, a young Belgian man who converted to Islam. He is not much different than my mother because he thought this specific religion was going to make him part of something greater than himself. He gave an interview and said; “I am no longer a Belgian, I am a Muslim.”
There are a couple things that come to mind.
The young man finally feels belonging and part of something but is it going to give him what he is looking for? Does he realize that he replaced one label for another?
Because now I need to let you know that this young man then decided to travel to Syria to join ISIS. So he became what we call an extremist. Now here is where I make the connection…
My mother, of course, would not be considered an extremist but she suddenly went to church more often than she ever had before and she was someone who always talked about things in the Bible, etc… So in my eyes, I would say she became intense about her ideology, just like this young Belgian man did. Both were roped in slowly but surely... A new idea, a new concept and then slowly the group takes your arm and then you are part of them and somehow you feel whole and complete. And then in the case of the Belgian man, when asked if he would execute someone if asked, the answer was that yes, he would obey Islamic law.
What I find so devastating is that things happen to all of us while growing up, but not all of us can stand being alone, or feeling like an outcast, year in and year out. Whether it is because you are a divorced lady like in my mother’s case or whether you are this young man. Both followed an ideology that made them feel less alone, one obviously was violent and had to do things that the other did not have to. But both found solace within the group. And that is my point here…
It saddens me that religion filled that hole of loneliness in my mother and it saddens me that this young man had experienced such pain in his own country and in his own religion that it led him to look for belonging elsewhere.
I am not immune to this desire for belonging either! But because of my life experiences, I can see clearly how this desire drives so many people’s life stories and the extreme lengths people will go to to feel accepted. I have one leg in the East and one leg in the West and I am more than OK not to belong to either.
In our society, we must teach that there is room for those who feel that they don’t belong, that there is room for them to exist without a label, without having to go to such extremes to find belonging and connection.
Gabriella van Rij ( is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating. She began her life as an orphan in Pakistan, and today is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She also is the author of I Can Find My Might and With All My Might.

Healthy Habits: Elbow Injuries and Tommy John Surgery

Millions of boys across the U.S. age 4-16 will play one of the most old and loved sport  – baseball.  One of the most common injuries to children and  even athletes in baseball is an injury to the elbow.  I had a chance to interview expert Sports Medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Derek Ochiai, in Arlington, VA about Tommy John surgery and exactly how common it is in both children and adult athletes

What are some common causes of elbow injuries?  Most commonly, elbow injuries are from repetitive overuse.  By far the most common is tendonitis, commonly known as tennis elbow (on the outside of the elbow) and golfer's elbow (on inside of the elbow).  These are from overuse of the tendons on the outside of the elbow, and can cause pain.  Ulnar collateral ligament injuries (Tommy John injuries) are also usually from repetitive overuse, but this causes the ligament to slowly tear over time, and then one pitch completes it.  While it is typical in pitchers, over throwing athletes can get this injury as well.
What is Tommy John surgery?
Tommy John surgery is reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament on the inside of the elbow.  This ligament helps to stabilize the elbow from valgus force (tension on the inside of the elbow).  The surgery uses a tendon graft that is secured to the bones of the humerus (upper arm bone) and ulna (forearm bone).  This replaces the torn ligament.
What alternatives are there to Tommy John surgery?
Certainly, Tommy John surgery is not required for life.  Many times in professional athletes, if they have a ulnar collateral ligament tear, they may choose to retire instead of having the surgery.  There has been some recent interest in repairing the ligament (sewing it back together) as an alternative treatment.  Rest and directed physical therapy can help in some cases, and should usually be tried before surgery.
How can parents help kids protect their elbows? The best defense against getting an elbow injury is to not overdo overhead athletics, such as pitching.  Pitch counts in youth baseball is there to protect the player's elbow, and is not something to "try to sneak around a pitch count".  If a young athlete starts to complain of elbow pain, have them stop doing the sport that is hurting their elbow, and seek consultation with a sports medicine physician.

Free Cinnabon for Nurses!

Cinnabon is once again thanking Nurses by offering FREE Cinnabons during Nurses Week! From May 6 – 12 participating Cinnabon bakeries will offer a choice for a free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon®, or a four-count of the newest treat, BonBites™, to nurses presenting their medical ID badge.

Caring Causes: Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

If this is an issue that matters to you, consider contacting your Representatives. This grassroots campaign is critically needed to secure BOTH D’s and R’s to maintain its strength as a bi-partisan bill. You’re welcome to borrow language and tools for that effort from our website, or just direct your audience(s) to our website.

This legislation does not just affect the preeclampsia community!  This is a bill that will help all of us who care about eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity and improving all pregnancy outcomes.

You can learn more about the bill and find helpful resources here:

Mealtime Magic: Espresso Tiramisu

Lavazza recently introduced its newest coffee varietal - Intenso Dark Roast – for the Mom that just keeps on going!  
Based on a traditional family recipe, and rated a nine out of ten on Lavazza’s intensity scale, Intenso is a bold new coffee with smoky, caramelized flavors and lingering chocolaty notes.
Intenso is available for purchase and inclusion in your Mother’s Day gift packages nationwide as well as in Canada at select retailers.
The coffee innovators behind Italy’s favorite coffee, Lavazza, created an easy Espresso Tiramisu recipe. The hot coffee finds its perfect match with the recipe’s chilled ingredients, and brings out the fragrance of the partially soaked Pasta di Meliga biscuits.

Serves: 6
  • Lavazza Espresso or Mocha coffee
  • Paste di Meliga biscuits (store-bought or homemade)
  • Mascarpone cream:
    • 8.8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
    • 2.1 oz. Powdered sugar
    • 3.1 oz. Heavy cream
    • 1.4 oz. whole milk
    • ¼ Vanilla bean pod
  • Cocoa powder
Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Place the mascarpone cheese in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the powdered sugar, whole milk, heavy cream and vanilla bean paste.
  • Use an electric whisk to obtain a soft creamy mixture.
  • Place in a pastry bag and refrigerate.
  • Brew Lavazza Espresso or Mocha coffee
  • Place a Pasta di Meliga biscuit in the bottom of a cappuccino cup.
  • Add a generous helping of the mascarpone cream mixture.
  • Pour hot brewed Lavazza coffee around the cream.
  • Dust lightly with bitter cocoa powder.
Note: Lavazza recommends preparing this recipe with Espresso coffee.

Caring Causes: 50/50 Day for Gender Equity

Most parents strive to raise their children to be kind, thoughtful, and accepting little humans – along with being socially conscious of the world they will one day inherit. Teaching children at a young age to believe and champion gender equality has become more and more important over time, and the inaugural 50/50 DAY on May 10, 2017 offers the perfect opportunity to remind children and young adults that a gender-balanced world is a better world for everyone
The first-ever 50/50 Day is set aside to spark global conversation among thousands of organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries and homes about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society.
Scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 50/50 Day is a revolutionary global initiative based on the unique model of another global day the team founded, Character Day, which last year had over 93,000 screenings in 125 countries and all 50 states. Now it’s time to take on gender equality. 
You can screen the Let It Ripple film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power” at home and use discussion questions (catered to ages 7-9, 10-14, 15-18, and 19-99+) to have an open and honest conversation with your children about gender equality.
Spearheaded by Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and mother of two Tiffany Shlain, 50/50 Day goes far beyond politics and boardrooms to explore how a more gender-balanced world is better for everyone.

Healthy Habits: 8 Things Moms Must Know About Braces for their Kids

For millions of families around the country, braces and childhood tend to go hand-in-hand. This leaves many moms with lots of questions about what life with braces will be like for their child. Common questions range from when kids should first see the orthodontist to what types of food are off limits. The more parents are know what to expect, the less they will fear the process, and be able to help their children enjoy and get the most out of their treatment experience. “Getting braces doesn’t have to be a scary process, but it can be if you haven’t had some of the more common questions answered ahead of time,” explains Dr. Karson Kupiec, a second-generation orthodontist at Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, located in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. “The last thing you want is to go into the treatment process without feeling comfortable. When parents feel comfortable and confident about it, so will the kids. They often mimic their feelings.”
Here are some of the things that every mom must know before their child gets braces:
  • Age. Many people are unsure when a child should see an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than the age of seven.
  • Straightness. Even children who have straight teeth should still be evaluated by an orthodontist. There may be a problem with their teeth that can be detected by the doctor. Early treatment helps to guide proper jaw growth, correct harmful habits, and help guide teeth, and even shape one’s face.
  • Cost. With an average cost for metal braces being around $5,000- $7,500, many parents may feel they can’t afford the treatment. However, some orthodontist offices offer payment plans, making it worthwhile to check into what options are available. There are various types of braces available, so discuss them with the orthodontist to determine the best one for your child and invest in their future smile.
  • Clean Teeth. If your child’s teeth aren't sufficiently clean before getting braces, your orthodontist will have to clean them with a polishing paste so that the braces can properly be cemented to your teeth. If possible, schedule a regular professional cleaning appointment with your dentist a few days before you get your new braces so the teeth will be plaque-free prior to your braces appointment. Then, brushing with a high fluoride toothpaste — along with flossing and gargling mouthwash before your appointment — can help make you feel more confident and will speed things along with the orthodontist.
  • Expect discomfort. Getting braces is going to create some discomfort, especially once your child first gets them. They can cause sores in the mouth. To help, choose soft foods, such as soup, pasta and bananas for the few days following getting braces. If there is still a high level of discomfort after a few days and it doesn’t go away with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, call the orthodontist.
  • Regular care. Talk to your orthodontist about proper care of your braces. You'll need to brush regularly and use a Waterpik to flush out the food particles that can get caught between braces and teeth; you should also avoid sticky foods. With proper care and by seeing your orthodontist regularly for checkups, you can keep your teeth healthy while your braces are in place.
  • Foods. There are some foods that should be avoided when having braces, because they tend to get caught. These include chewy foods, crunchy foods, sticky foods, and hard foods. Specific foods to avoid include sticky peanut butter, popcorn, caramel, taffy, and gum. Also, things you have to bite into, such as an apple or corn on the cob.      
  • Choosing a doctor. Opt for an orthodontist, since they are specialists in straightening teeth and have had two to three years of additional training beyond dental school. Meet with the doctor to determine whether or not it will be a good fit for your family.
“Getting braces can be a little nerve-wracking, but the fear of the unknown is usually the worst part,” added Dr. Kupiec. “Asking plenty of questions and prepping physically for your appointment should go a long way toward increasing your comfort level. The thing I love most about what I do is seeing my patients with a perfect smile and the new-found confidence to match!”
Dr. Karson Kupiec has a full-service orthodontic and pediatric dentistry practice, with locations in Rancho Santa Fe and Imperial Valley. The Rancho Santa Fe orthodontic office offers traditional braces, as well as Invisalign, and dentistry for children, including offering cleanings, sedation, and sealants. For more information, visit the website at:
About Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
Started 17 years ago by Dr. Karson Kupiec, a second-generation orthodontist, Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry is a multi-specialty dental office with locations in Rancho Santa Fe and Imperial Valley, Ca. The office offers comprehensive dental care specializing in orthodontics and pediatrics for both children and adults, using the latest technology in the industry, and having a mission of providing superior family care. Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to bringing a healthy and beautiful smile to you and your child. For more information, visit the website at:

Healthy Habits: Is A Bad Bite Only About Your Smile?

With May being National Smile Month, people with significant bite issues aren’t always that enthused about showing off their pearly whites.
Maybe it’s crooked teeth that have thrown your bite out of whack.
Maybe you suffered an injury, or perhaps the cause is dental work that wasn’t quite right.
Whatever the reason behind a bad bite, pain is usually the result.
“And that’s too bad because having a great smile can improve a person’s  self esteem and confidence,” says Dr. Jamie Reynolds, an orthodontist, national and international lecturer and author of “World Class Smiles Made in Detroit” (
A bad bite leads to more than a reluctance to smile, Reynolds says. Overall dental health is affected. Here are a few of the long-term consequences when teeth don’t line up quite right:
• Tooth pain. A bite that is off by a fraction of a millimeter can cause tooth pain. Improperly adjusted dental work can irritate a nerve. Tooth pain from these factors usually happens quickly and is usually the result of trauma or dental work. It’s important to have the eventual position of the tooth corrected to prevent long-term issues.
• Jaw-joint (TMJ) pain. The jaw joint is made up of two bony parts: the temporal bone in the skull and the lower jaw (the mandible). Put the temporal bone and the mandible together, and you get the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Occasionally trauma to the joint can create a crackling or popping sound when you open or close your jaw. For most people, that’s no big deal, Reynolds says. But, if you have a hard time opening your jaw, can’t open it at all, or have significant pain during jaw movement, you should be evaluated for TMJ problems.
• Muscular pain. Muscular pain is the most common finding in people with jaw-joint problems and is largely responsible for the pain associated with many headaches.
• Tooth wear. Your teeth function as a chewing machine. And, just as with any other machine, the parts need to fit together properly to prevent premature wear. Over time, teeth can wear so that the inside part of the tooth becomes exposed. Once tooth wear progresses to a certain point, significant dental work and orthodontics are necessary to correct the problem. Preventing significant tooth wear before it happens is the best approach.
• Gum wear. Not only will teeth that aren’t aligned correctly begin to wear prematurely, the gums and supporting bone will, too. Notching of the teeth near the gum line and wearing away of the gum tissue are common in people over 30 whose bite is off. Gum recession and tooth notching can be painful as well as difficult and expensive to fix. Again, prevention by correcting your bite early is the best option.
Some people’s bad bites catch up with them when they are in their 20s. For others those bad bites won’t create significant problems until they are in their 60s.
“But eventually your bite will catch up with you,” Reynolds says. “Dealing with bite issues proactively is much less painful, less labor intensive, and less expensive than dealing with bite problems later.”
About Dr. Jamie Reynolds
Dr. Jamie Reynolds ( is recognized on an annual basis as one of the top orthodontists in metro Detroit. His book, “World Class Smiles Made in Detroit,” puts an emphasis on the many benefits of having a great smile. Reynolds – who is a national and international lecturer on high-tech digital orthodontics and practice management – attended the University of Michigan for both his undergrad education and dental studies, and did his orthodontic residency at the University of Detroit-Mercy.