Neti Pot Knowledge

Guest post by Alfred Iloreta, MD, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and member of the Division of Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

As a skull base surgeon and a rhinologist, I commonly prescribe the use of the ‘Neti pot’ for the majority of patients and even myself. The practice of irrigating the nasal passages with water has been around for approximately 5,000 years with its origins South Asian culture within the practice of Ayurveda, an ancient practice of yoga. These Yoga Masters called the sinus cleansing technique “Jala Neti,” and it exists as one of the six main practices in cleansing the body to prepare for the higher practices of yoga. Read more

Eye Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Guest post by Ronald C. Gentile, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE).

In the U.S., more than 9,000 fireworks injuries happen each year, with roughly 1 in 8 fireworks injuries harming the eyes. In fact, the latest annual fireworks injury report issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that 1,300 eye injuries related to fireworks were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2014, up from 600 just three years ago. With July 4th celebrations approaching, Ronald C. Gentile, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of Ocular Trauma Service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE), wants to remind people of some eye health and fireworks safety tips. Read more

In Sickness and In Health: Why LGBT Health Equality Matters

Guest post by Jose Sepulveda, Co-Chair, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai LGBT Employee Resource Group

When Apple CEO Tim Cook came out, he said “We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.” Coming out was not going to change his life. It was not going to change my life much either, but somewhere, there was a young teen who was able to see a little more hope. These small bricks, small steps forward, help the unseen. Read more

Swallowing Pills Made Easy

Guest post by Leanne Goldberg, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist, The Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

If you experience difficulty swallowing pills as an adult and are almost embarrassed to admit it – don’t be. A recent nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that a staggering 40 percent of American adults have experienced difficulty swallowing pills, but do not experience issues ingesting food or liquids. Read more

Feeding the Picky Eater

Guest post by Kelly Krikhely, MS, RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Kelly Hogan, MS, RD, CDN, Senior Dietitian at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Much to the dismay of parents everywhere, kids are notoriously picky eaters. Especially common amongst toddlers and preschoolers, the “picky eaters club” is more formally termed food neophobia. While most outgrow this phase by grade school (or here’s hoping, high school!), we’ve got some fail-proof strategies to help little ones become more adventurous eaters. Read more

Three Healthy Salads for Summer

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast CenterThe Tisch Cancer Institute.

When done right, salads are the perfect summer meal–cool and refreshing, made with all the best seasonal produce, substantial enough for a meal, but light enough to keep you energetic. However, even the most enthusiastic salad lovers can experience these two common pitfalls. One is a salad slump–not changing recipes or experimenting with new flavors enough to keep the meal exciting and sustainable. The other is filling the salad with so many calories that it’s no longer a healthy meal. These recipes provide a few ideas to stay healthy, while putting some new life into this delicious meal! Read more

Healthy Bring-to-Work Meal Ideas for Summer

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast CenterThe Tisch Cancer Institute.

Beach trips, weekend getaways, parties, and happy hours…with summer finally here, we can anticipate lots of fun celebrations with friends and family. If you’re health conscious and worry that all this fun may lead to one tortilla chip too many, don’t fear! The workweek can be a great time to catch up with some healthy meals, so that you can fully enjoy the more festive times. Here are some great bring-to-work meal ideas to try: Read more

Five “Healthy” Habits That May be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, MPH, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast CenterThe Tisch Cancer Institute.

Are you one of the many people with a few extra pounds that won’t budge, even though you’re doing everything right? If so, read on to find out if you’ve been tricked by one of these 5 common weight loss saboteurs…

Drinking Diet Soda

When craving a sweet drink, health conscious people look for something that won’t break the calorie bank and often reach for a diet soda. Unfortunately, these “diet” drinks may do more harm to the waistline than many people realize. Read more

Five Easy Carb Swaps for a Fit Summer

Guest post by Alexandra Rothwell, MPH, RD, CSO, CDNDubin Breast Center, The Tisch Cancer Institute.

Here’s the truth: most of us eat too many carbohydrates (starch, sugar, etc.–it is all the same), and for most of us, cutting back on the breads, pastas, and sweets can help us reach our health goals.

I’m not advocating for an Atkins diet, or even a very low carbohydrate diet. I’m advocating for an appropriate carbohydrate diet. When I counsel women for weight management, I listen to what they currently eat and help them find easy and delicious ways to substitute some of the starch in their meals with healthier foods. Here are some of the best substitutions: Read more