I woke up with a terrible headache Friday morning as Eliza scratched my face for breakfast. I scraped the foil off of a plastic wet food container and put it in front of her. She is one spoiled cat who refuses to eat unless it’s something she approves. One time, she went without eating for almost three days when I switched her food to a cheaper brand. I finally gave in fearing she might die of starvation. They can go into liver failure with starvation, one of my friends told me. I am not sure of it being a fact though. How come? We don’t go into liver failure when we don’t eat for days. It’s good for us to fast once in a while.Read more
The podcast “Rags to Riches” highlights the truths of socio-economic equality and what it means to pursue the American dream. People may argue that in America, everyone is born equal and has the same opportunities, but the reality is that everyone is born into different circumstances, and in general, the rich stay rich and the poor stay impoverished. Although this podcast hasn’t completely shifted my viewpoint on poverty in America, it has illuminated many aspects of poverty that I was unaware of, such as the idea of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”.Read more
As an Endocrinologist, I see obesity related problems in my clinic every single day. Obesity is a chronic disease that can lead to premature cardiovascular disease and death. About ten years ago, when I completed my fellowship training in Endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism from the University of Oklahoma we focused on managing blood sugars, high cholesterol and high blood pressure in our diabetes patients. We understood the common link between these serious diseases was obesity but treatment options were limited.Read more
I received my first Coronavirus vaccine today. I feel fine without fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches, weakness or injection site redness or pain. Hopefully, I received the actual vaccine and not the placebo. The chances are 50/50 in the randomised double-blind controlled trial. We are living in a historic time with humanity faced with a common enemy.
Never before in recent world history, we were forced to look beyond our conflicts and deploy armies to not subdue but uplift and support each other this way. I am an existentialist, a physician mom, a teacher, a researcher and a writer. COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of my life. I am worried for my family, loved ones, patients and friends.Read more
If it weren’t for Facebook, I would have never heard from my cousin Naeem bhai ever again. I looked atRead more
Naveed, my son, texted a photo of the famous Bollywood actor, Irfan Khan, two days ago and said, “this actorRead more
In today’s blog, we will take lessons from the Native American philosophies, religions, and lifestyles to help us cope withRead more