In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Harvard Health Letters: Weight-loss surgery does amazing things. But who is a prime candidate?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.

Hint: You don't need to be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie | New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's revelation that he'd secretly undergone weight-loss surgery should not have as a big surprise. Christie has been publicly (and privately) struggling with his weight for years and fits the profile of a good candidate for this kind of operation.

Although weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, should only be considered a last resort when diet and exercise don't work, it can do some amazing things. Among people who are severely overweight, it can yield a 25 percent to 35 percent weight loss within two years.

In many people who undergo the surgery, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the disruptive and potentially harmful snoring pattern known as sleep apnea disappear. It can also improve a number of other health problems, ranging from arthritis and heartburn to infertility and incontinence.

In general, weight-loss surgery is appropriate for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, as well as for those with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and a severe, treatment-resistant medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

Much of the speculation about Christie's surgery was whether he did it for political reasons or concerns about his future health. But there shouldn't be any speculation about whether he was a good candidate for the procedure. While the governor never made public his exact weight, the estimate is over 300 pounds. At just under 6 feet tall, that gives him a body mass index of at least 41. Christie also acknowledged trying to lose weight many times, using different weight-loss programs. He had some initial success, but like most obese people, regained all the lost pounds and more.

Even if Christie's claims of otherwise being in good health are correct, he was at high risk of developing problems directly related to his weight. I believe his choice was a good one for his health.

Christie underwent laparoscopic gastric banding, also known as lap banding. There are also two other types of weight-loss surgery.

Gastric banding is done laparoscopically, meaning through small holes made in the abdomen. The surgeon wraps an adjustable silicone band about two inches in diameter around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a small pouch with a narrow opening that empties into the rest of the stomach. The small size of the upper stomach make a person feel full much sooner than before.

Depending on the person's rate of desired weight loss and how he or she feels, the band can be easily tightened or loosened as needed by injecting or withdrawing sterile salt water saline through a port implanted just under the skin. Compared with gastric bypass, the surgery is simpler and has a lower risk of complications immediately following the operation.

Gastric bypass, also known as the Roux-en-Y procedure, shrinks the size of the stomach by more than 90 percent. This makes a person feel full after eating very small amounts of food. In addition, the body absorbs fewer calories because food bypasses most of the stomach and upper small intestine.

The operation is done through an incision made in the abdomen or laparoscopically. The surgeon converts the upper part of the stomach into a small pouch about the size of an egg. The small intestine is then cut. One end is connected to the stomach pouch and the other is reattached to the small intestine, creating a Y shape. This allows food to bypass most of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine, although both continue to produce the gastric juices, enzymes, and other secretions needed for digestion. These drain into the intestine and mix with food at the crook of the Y. Gastric bypass surgery is not reversible.


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The gastric sleeve technique transforms the stomach into a small, narrow tube by removing the curved side of the organ. This creates a small pouch using the side of the stomach rather than the bottom. One advantage is that no rearrangement of the intestines is needed. The vertical pouch this procedure creates is less prone to stretching compared to the pouch left by a gastric bypass. Like gastric bypass, gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible.

For the first few months after surgery, appetite is usually turned down. Eating too quickly or too much overfills the stomach pouch. That can cause vomiting or pain in the chest and upper abdomen. After a high-carbohydrate meal, a person who's had gastric bypass surgery may suffer from "dumping syndrome," a reaction that causes flushing, sweating, severe fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal gas.

To prevent nutritional deficits, it's a good idea to take vitamins (especially vitamins B12 and D) and minerals (especially calcium and iron).

If you're considering weight-loss surgery, realize that you must commit to a life-long change in the way you eat. Surgery without lifestyle change will either make you miserable or not result in successful weight reduction. Likely both.

(Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass., and Chief Medical Editor of Internet Publishing at Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.)

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