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How important is 'tying one on'?

December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day is a day of celebration. A day for starting anew. We create resolutions to become help us be steadfast in reaching personal goals whether that’s to lose weight or stop smoking, or just be on time to work. We have a happy, fresh outlook on a new year.

But, there is a lurking danger following all those midnight celebrations. There is an increase in infant deaths on New Year’s Day. A 33% increase in infant deaths, in fact.

There is not a clear reason for these deaths. They are probably not all SIDS deaths since SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion

The bottom line is parents of infants must make good decisions and safe arrangements for their infant before they decide to celebrate the new year....

Using robotic technology to improve outcomes in myasthenia gravis and thymoma

December 28, 2011

New technologies have the potential to improve patient outcomes but need to be carefully studied so that patients will maximally benefit.  Robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis and thymomas was introduced at Swedish in May of 2009 after careful evaluation of our outcomes with traditional sternotomy and VATS thymectomy.

One of the more challenging aspects of being a surgeon is to understand how new technologies can benefit your patients and how those technologies might become part of your practice. If you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy, read Time magazine or the Wall Street Journal or surfed the web recently, you’ll be aware of the da Vinci surgical robot. The robot has allowed many different surgical specialties to operate in confined areas of the body with tiny instruments placed through equally small incisions thereby avoiding a larger incision. In thoracic surgery, one of the confined spaces is an area in front of the heart where a gland called the thymus reside...

Family Fertilizer

December 23, 2011

Family traditions are (technically) those repetitive memories from our childhood that are associated with a happy time. They could be repeated for holidays, birthdays, summer vacation, or any sort of annual occurrence. Some traditions are attributed to religions or culture, or for no reason other than they were fun to do.

Traditions create security and predictability during our childhood. We find comfort in predictability. As we get older and have children of our own, we like to recreate that secure, happy feeling for our own kids.

Some of us were not fortunate enough to have a family life as children that lent to the creation of traditions. Creating them for our children can be challenging. How do you create something when you never had it as a child, when you were never shown how?

The most important piece is....

Healthy Holiday Drinks

December 21, 2011

As we enter the holiday season, it usually means we're running to more parties and more opportunities to indulge in tasty treats and drinks. But did you think about what exactly is in your holiday cocktails?

Dr. Lindquist from Swedish Weight Loss Services has some tips for eating at holiday gatherings.

 

 

And he offers some tips for preventing holiday weight gain:

 

 

Chef Eric has some tips for healthy holiday drinks, and you can make them yourself with the re...

Have a Safe Holiday Season

December 16, 2011

So, here we are again. Right in the middle of the holiday season. This beautiful time of year when we have extra lights and candles and glass ornaments decorating the house. Regardless of which, if any, holidays you and your family celebrate, chances are your child will be exposed to pretty, new, shiny things to discover.
When you’re decorating, and you have crawlers or toddlers in the house (whether they’re yours or they’re visiting), you’ll want to take certain precautions to protect both the babes and the pretty decor.

Once you decorate, crawl around on your knees and investigate the world from that angle.

  • Look for low hanging glass or breakable ornaments and move them higher. Put unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches and make sure they are not hung with metal hook...

Pomegranate Orange Dressing

December 14, 2011

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • Juice and zest of one orange
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Whisk entirely and serve immediately.

Preparation Time: Less than 5 minutes.
Yields: 1 cup of dressing

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts

December 14, 2011

Source: Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. (Celestial Arts, Berkeley, 2007).

Ingredients

  • 24 small Brussels sprouts, trimmed with ragedy outer leaves removed.
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese of your choice

Directions

  1. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half from step to top and gently rub each half with olive oil, keeping it intact. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place sprouts in pan, flat side down, sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes; the bottoms of the sprouts should only show a hint of browning.
  3. Once just tender, turn up the heat and cook until flat sides are deep brown and caramelized. Use a metal spatula to toss once or twice.
  4. Season with more salt, pepper and dusting of grated cheese.
  5. ...

Substantial Spinach Salad

December 14, 2011

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups washed and rinsed baby spinach
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 4 baby Clementine oranges
  • 1 Tbs dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbs pistachios (shelled, dry roasted, salted)
  • 1 Tbs dry roasted almonds
  • 1 Tbs dry roasted pecans
  • 1 Tbs dry roasted walnuts
  • Fresh cracked pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut pear into small cubes and place in bowl and cover with lemon juice (to prevent browning). Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Peel Clementines and cut individual segments in half.
  3. Pour pear bowl over greens.
  4. Add oranges, cranberries and nuts and toss salad completely.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper if preferred. Add dressing if p...

Acorn Squash with Cranberry Quinoa

December 14, 2011

Ingredients:

For Squash

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne

For Quinoa-

  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley, rinsed and patted dry
  • ½ cup toasted pecans (see note below)


Instru...

Happy (Healthy) Holidays!

December 14, 2011

The more that has been done to a food, the less it has to offer you. Fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, legumes and whole grains, enjoyed as close to their natural state as possible this holiday season, will keep your energy levels high, your appetite content, and weight gain off your worry list.

Reunite with Your Appetite

These next few months feel like the fast-forward button is stuck on…work demands remain high, yet family and friends require a significantly greater share of your attention. I fully support the extra shot of espresso to fill your tank this season, as long as you put the brakes on and slow way down at the dinner table.

It takes at least 20 minutes after you start eating for your stomach to signal your brain that it’s receiving food and to slow production of hunger hormones (ghrelin) and kick up production of leptin (satiety hormone). If you are shoveling food in your mouth like you are training to take on Takeru Kobay...

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