Certain foods and substances, such as caffeine and MSG, are common migraine triggers, but not all trigger foods prompt headaches among all migraine sufferers.
Like many tales of mourning, this story was not supposed to end this way -- or to end this soon. Judah White, the young doctor whose battle with cancer became a clarion call for adult stem cell donations, died this month at 39. White, an intensely private person, allowed his suffering to enter the public domain so people could realize that there is no moral controversy attached to adult stem cells, that adult stem cell donation is relatively painless and that these donations are desperately needed to save lives.
White's case now also stands out as an example of the unavoidable imperfection of medical treatments. He died despite getting an adult stem cell transfusion that doctors hoped would help save him.
At the risk of sounding like a cranky old-timer, the Jewish festivals of yore -- the '70s and '80s -- had a distinctive communitywide feel to them. The festival that was once held in Rancho Park drew thousands of people from across the communal spectrum -- young, old, Orthodox, Reform, Israeli, American, rich, poor.
Part of the celebration was a morning march through the city, the marchers waving flags and accruing donations for Israeli charities for each mile they walked. The booths reflected the entire spectrum of Jewish involvement, and the entertainment -- David Broza, Theodore Bikel -- had a multigenerational, cross-cultural appeal.
"It was amazing," said Temple Aliyah's Rabbi Stuart Vogel of the Rancho Park Jewish Festival -- affirming my nostalgia. "The whole Jewish community turned out."