The Reality of Poverty in America

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”.

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Obesity: A Physician’s Amazing Journey

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.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Diary

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.

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