I’ve Been Called Worse

A colleague pointed out to me that I have a “Pioneer’s” mentality. He said that explains why I’ve adopted technology and incorporated new techniques and science into my practice so readily. He said that “colonists” follow the lead of the pioneers and aren’t as courageous. Personally, I never thought of myself as daring. Everything I do, I do to obtain …

This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice.

I’m frustrated. This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice. And, for most of that time, I’ve professed to and educated people about the ways to prevent dental problems. Now we know that problems in the mouth don’t stay in the mouth; they spread everywhere. The message isn’t spreading fast enough. Every week, I see people who come to me for the first …

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and contradictions.

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and contradictions.  It’s modern and ancient, rich and poor, young and old, colorful and black and white. It’s a city divided in so many ways.  Yet, there exist so many wonderful programs that look to be inclusive.  I visited 2 of them today.  Dean Ismail and I first went to the DVI clinic.  He …

Palestinian Nakba Day

Israel joyously celebrated Independence Day on May 2 and the Palestinians commemorate the same event today with mourning and civil disobedience. It begs to ask the question; Is peace a zero-sum game? Does someone have to win at another’s expense? The different dates are because the Israeli’s use the Jewish, lunar calendar and the Palestinians, the solar Gregorian. Dr. Ismail …

Another Senior Moment

I don’t know how you feel but as I mature, I want things to get easier, not harder. I originally planned to go on this trip to Israel after I floated the idea of a DVI-like clinic in East Jerusalem at the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders Conference. And when Dean Ismail asked me to go with him to …

My Senior Moment

When did it happen? Or, am I just overly sensitive after receiving my Medicare card? Last week, I went to a functional medicine forum in Manhattan. I’ve been studying all kinds of traditional and alternative avenues that can lead to good health. I do this for personal wellness as well as professional enlightenment so that I can better customize and …

If you’re like me, you just want to see results.

If you’re like me, you just want to see results. That’s the American spirit — work hard and get the ball across the finish line, into the basket, or into the hole. Even in the quintessential American pastime, baseball, we celebrate the home run hitter above all. Americans are obsessed with scoring and winning. One of the greatest revelations, one …

Building Bridges to Peace Through Oral Health

This past Friday, I went to Philadelphia to participate in a symposium on “Building Bridges to Peace Through Oral Health.”  It was a fundraising event for the DVI clinic at Temple University’s Dental School. Jerusalem’s DVI clinic is recognized as a model for delivering high quality care to at-risk populations.  This symposium was geared to examining such models in an …

Fluoride: The Controversy

Our healthcare system is becoming more and more geared towards general populations and away from individual analysis.  This is because large organizations such as government and insurance companies are seeking to lower cost and reduce risk and exposure.  The ability to spread costs over large populations is just one way they accomplish this.  Prescribing treatment based on larger population studies, …