All abuzz about…

Well I didn’t mean to be so prescient last week when I spoke of the Zika Virus.  It seems we’re learning more about this mosquito transmitted disease every day.  I have confidence in Dr. Thomas Frieden and the CDC’s ability to guide us through this, the latest mosquito-borne, viral outbreak. According to Dr. Frieden, director of the CDC, 2 major …

Dr. Watson I presume?

There’s an IBM commercial featuring Bob Dylan speaking to the Watson Supercomputer.   If you get a chance, watch it on YouTube.  If you’re like me, you’ll wonder what in heaven’s name the commercial is about.  Again, my curiosity got the best of me, so I started snooping around. Actually, you don’t need Sherlock Holmes to uncover this mystery. Google knows …

“Curiosity Killed The Cat”

It’s a strange saying, but one that I heard a lot from my mother as a child.  I guess even then I had an annoying curiosity about things.  My aunt once told me, after coming to me as her dentist, that she knew when I was a child that I would make a great dentist.   I thought it strange since …

My Last Supper

There I sat at the dinner table, 5 couples;  Scientologists, Southern Baptists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics and us (the Jews).  Sounds like a bad joke right? I am seated next to a woman whose father, it turns out, was a Southern Baptist Minister and, after drinking some wine, turns to me and says, “So who do you think Jesus REALLY was?” …

Because We Care

  I would like to apologize to anyone who might have been inconvenienced by my recent absence from the office. I’m now back at full strength and intensity. I would also like to thank all who extended condolences, prayers and good wishes. Indeed, it has been a sobering experience dealing with my father’s illness and eventual death. The traditional mourning …

Stop Flossing

  At Manhattan Dental Health, a “cleaning” is so much more.  In fact, every visit is special.  We constantly evaluate what’s happening in your mouth and how it effects your overall health.  We do a “risk assessment” every time we see you.  We will recommend a variety of preventative care options that will help you maintain your health, prevent tooth decay and …

Please think like a Doctor!

I wish politicians thought more like doctors.  A doctor’s goals are to maintain health, cure disease and prevent illness. A guiding principle is “Primum Non Nocere“ which translates as “first, do no harm.” Every Doctor knows that there are unintended consequences that have to be considered and mitigated with any course of treatment. So the consequences, minimally, shouldn’t make things …

Cecil the lion

Someone hunted and killed a now world-famous lion in Zimbabwe. By now, unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you know about the dentist at the center of this controversial act. An avid hunter, he shot, stalked and beheaded this animal to be added to his collection of trophies. The media had been all over this story. The dentist …

“Renewal” Of Life

Two people in my life are currently awaiting kidney transplants.  My mother died of kidney disease.  These experiences brought me to an informational meeting in Westchester last Thursday night.  It was an introduction to an organization called “Renewal.” I also have a patient who gave one of his kidneys to his sister.  A friend, too, has been tested as a donor for a family …

Everything is biased

The Huffington Post announced this weekend that they wouldn’t cover Donald Trump in their Politics section, but instead cover him in their Entertainment section. While I definitely find politics entertaining, this decision is a glaring example of how biased the media has become. Fox News and the WSJ are “conservative” and The NY Times, MSNBC, CNN and The Huffington Post …