Welcome to my healthy spices blog, Spices for Life MDTM! My mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions through nutrition, mindfulness and addiction treatment. After years of caring for patients, I firmly believe that people want to live healthier lives, but don’t always know how, or have the motivation to change. As a board-certified Addiction Medicine physician who has taught Clinical Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and received special training in mindfulness, I am uniquely qualified in and passionate about these vital topics about health and wellness. I hope you will find the spices, recipes and health topics in Spices for Life MDTM to be informative and enlightening. Feel free to make comments and share the blog with anyone who wants to improve their life for the better!
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The categories include: Spices; Recipes; Health Conditions; Health and Homelessness; and Addiction. A little background on the latter two categories: after five years caring for Boston’s homeless men and women, I learned that 1/3 of homeless individuals are obese,* consistent with the general (i.e. housed) population.** Additionally, the underserved homeless population has less access to high-nutrient foods (e.g. fresh vegetables at farmer’s markets), expensive fitness programs and health care. I’ve often been asked, ‘What does caring for a homeless person look like?’ For these reasons, I felt it was important to share my experiences as a doctor who cared for this special group of individuals.
Research from Boston has shown that the leading cause of death amongst the city’s vulnerable homeless population is drug overdose,*** which sadly is now a serious nationwide public health concern. Hence, the category titled “Addiction,” where I will share my insights and experiences from homelessness health care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and now in New York City where I lead addiction treatment and recovery efforts for the city’s jailed population.
*Koh KA et al. The Hunger-Obesity Paradox: Obesity in the Homeless. J Urban Health. 2012 May 30
**World Health Organization. Controlling the Global Obesity Epidemic. 2012
***Baggett TP et al. Mortality Among Homeless Adults in Boston. J Internal Medicine. 2013