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Understanding the Childhood Obesity Crisis

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Here’s a trivia question for you: What percentage of children today ages two through 19 are overweight or obese?

a. five percent

b.10 percent

c. More than 30 percent

If you guessed c, you are right on target. The actual number today in the United States is 31.8 percent according to a widely reported study.


Does Your ‘Diet’ Affect Your Oral Health?

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On a daily basis I am fortunate to see people of all ages, and engage in various interesting conversations. Many topics include their family, life-cycle events, as well as everyday habits.  Appropriately, many times our discussions shift toward food. Well, first of all, because I like food. We discuss new delicacies, restaurants and foods from around the world. Furthermore, I am interested in people’s eatings habits, especially after looking in their mouths. This is the time that I have the opportunity to impart my recommendations for perhaps different food choices.

Recently, I have been noting a change in the health of many of my patients’ teeth that I have been treating for...

You Don’t Have to Live With Back and Neck Pain Anymore

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The article originally appeared in Westchester Healthcare Newspaper’s Top Doctors Issue

Back and neck pain can be debilitating, and Dr. Jonathan Donath, DC, MS, is out to change that.

An expert in a variety of non-surgical pain treatments, he is clinic director of Joint Effort Chiropractic & Westchester Spinal Decompression Center in White Plains.

“Many patients come to us after painkillers, physical therapy and even epidural injections failed to alleviate their pain,” he says. “My goal is to treat back and neck pain and ultimately fix the underlying problem so that surgery is prevented whenever possible.”

Dr. Donath treats herniated and/or bulging discs, pinched...

Can You Have a Sweet Purim?

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So, as the festive holiday of Purim approaches, I think about the same thing as I do when Halloween comes and goes... candy!

Is it just me? Or does anyone else wonder who thought of these holidays that became synonymous with candy/sweets overload?

One might think it was a dentist! However, it seems that we are the only ones creating an awareness and caution to its challenge. I found that the suggestion of giving out apple slices for trick or treat or in Purim baskets was voted down by my family unanimously year after year.

Let’s discuss mishloach manot, Purim baskets. How do we navigate these delicious, attractive collection of goodies?

So yes, it’s simple to say, stay away...

National Gaucher Foundation Partners With JScreen to Offer Free Genetic Testing

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The National Gaucher Foundation (NGF) announced that it is partnering with JScreen to offer genetic testing at no out-of-pocket cost to patients. Because of the immense importance of genetic testing, NGF is covering the portion of screening expenses that is typically passed to JScreen participants.

This campaign encourages Jews of Eastern European descent, or Ashkenazi Jews, to sign up for genetic testing through JScreen. One in 10 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of Gaucher disease, the most common Jewish genetic disease, and many other genetic diseases are also disproportionately prevalent in this population.

To participate in the campaign, patients begin by completing a form on the NGF...
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