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  • Enslaving Expectations

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 4, 2014 | 6:44 pm

    In 2012, the late Joan Rivers said that Johnny Carson had given her the biggest break of her career.  She became very close to him and even substitute hosted when he was on vacation.  When she accepted her own show, opposite his, Carson cut all tie with Rivers.

    I once acted as an...

  • My Return Home

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 26, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    1978-2014.

    My younger self awaits me in that old home. He stares at the future that would be me; I ponder the past that was him. We connect on a bridge made of yearning and nostalgia. Hesitantly, we embrace.

    We fall to our knees and sob. I ask if he ever told dad about how he...

  • Take Vitamins At Your Own Risk!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:15 am

    The scientific literature is replete with the failure of vitamins to support diseases.  Yet, the industry is booming and people's cabinets are filled with potentially harmful, poorly studied colorful bottles that make unsubstantiated magical claims.

    This year, we witnessed Dr....

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
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  • When Your Doctor Takes Vacation.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 8, 2014 | 7:32 am

    Last week, I took a six day vacation.  Two days before and two days after, I put in a total of 32 unpaid hours of work which was cut short by a call from my daughter asking me why I am working during my time off.  While away with my family, I ran into people of different walks of...

  • Interviewing The Famous Dead! What Would You Rather Be?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 7, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Once in medical school, a teacher caught me drifting. He verbally beat me up in front of the class. I was quite embarrassed, but more for him than for myself. When he asked why I wasn’t paying attention, I said “because you’ve shown more passion in your assault on me than in...

  • e-cigarettes can kill our children!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 4, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    There is a new emerging health threat to our children: Nicotine poisoning.

    The number of nicotine exposures in children reported to the National Poison Data System has more than tripled in the last year.

    Here’s the fact every parent should know: 1 tablespoon of nicotine oil can...

  • Shavuot: It’s Complicated!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 2, 2014 | 6:37 am

    At the one year anniversary of their wedding, the newly married couple brings out the wedding video and invites the family over for dinner, retells the stories of how they met, and cuts the cake that's been savored in its frozen state,  uneaten in the first place.  But, as the...

  • To Cut Cost of Medical Care, Pay Doctors More!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 27, 2014 | 7:13 pm

    Sorry Medicare.  You’ve got it wrong!

    Overwhelmingly, doctors’ reimbursement has been the target of government programs and insurance companies.  The idea underlying this movement has been, pay doctors less and curtail their incentive to see patients and the cost of medical care...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

  • Don’t Forget Women’s Stroke Risk

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 19, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    Cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in women.  Heart attacks account for 24% and strokes 7% of all deaths.  Among minority women, these numbers are even higher.  The challenge remains that doctors traditionally have not identified women at high risk...

  • Twenty-One Topics Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Discuss with You!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    1. I just signed up for Obamacare. Can you write off the $2000 deductible? Can you accept insurance only?

    2. I did a Google search and I strongly disagree with your treatment.

    3. I subscribe to a letter that comes from Harvard which says Statins are poison. Can you read it and...

  • Mom, It’s Not My Fault!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 11, 2014 | 7:16 am

    When I was a child, my mother would invite over some thirty people and cook for fifty.  Five minutes before the guests' arrival, panic would set in, and she would instruct me not to eat any food until they left, lest the feast come short.  After the grand departure, she would over...

  • The Taboo of Mental Illness.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 30, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    I received a panic call from Jim, who had been a patient for over ten years.  His five year old daughter had passed out.  Amanda was rushed to the ICU for new onset diabetes.  After stabilization, she was transferred by helicopter to a university hospital for an insulin pump...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 16, 2014 | 9:56 pm

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 14, 2014 | 8:02 am

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Passover: Using Our Time Wisely.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 10, 2014 | 7:20 am

    Time.  Time is all we have.  It is running out.  The desert sands drop a grain at a time through the narrowness of the hour glass.

    “Why, as the inventors of the world’s first fast food, Matza, do we eat it during the longest meal of the year, the Seder?”

    As refugees to the...

  • A Father’s Last Wish

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 4, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one.

    Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old man...

  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 31, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • Science and Mysticism.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 26, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    In my second year of Medical School, during cadaveric dissections, I was struck by how limited our brains are.  We tease apart the dead to unravel the mysteries of life.  How odd!  Friends are shocked to see a physician with background in microbiology drawn to mysticism.  Trying to...

  • Love is Creating Room for the Other.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 20, 2014 | 7:11 pm

    This week the oldest couple in my practice celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.  The question that begged:  What is the secret?  He answered “compromise” and she said “love.”

    Many young couples, aspiring to marriage, also want to also know the secret.

    From the Bible:  God...

  • The worst news in healthcare is the increasing number angry physicians!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 13, 2014 | 6:33 pm

    The worst news in healthcare is not antibiotic resistance, drug-drug interactions, hospital acquired infections, lack of communication between systems of medical records, and certainly not the alarming rate of obesity in our youth. 

    The worst news is the increasing number of...

  • My New Hero Pope Francis: The Religion of Love

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 2, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    When I was a child our family used a certain brand of ketchup.   I would look  down on those who used another brand, thinking "how uncultured!"  It was not until years later that I found our ketchup to be in the lower range of the market.

    Many of us judge other religions the same...

  • Who Deserves Unconditional Love?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    Ruth had a major stroke on her 68th birthday.  Her vibrant spirit turned into that of a cucumber’s.  The team of doctors recommended her to be left in the hospital to die.  That was eight years ago.  Today, she is wheeled in and out of my office on her monthly visits, never late,...

  • My Patient, The Terrorist!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 18, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    A 52 year old diabetic man was urgently referred to me for cardiac clearance because of an abnormal electrocardiogram.  He had fractured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident and needed emergency surgery.

    We took him in promptly as a walk-in patient.  After the consultation, I...

  • My Concierge Doctor Fired Me!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 18, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Nothing cuts the cord between the doctor and her patient like the mention of money!  Yet, doctors all over the country are rushing to become “concierge physicians.”  For an annual retainer, enhanced care and access is afforded  to the patient.  The more you pay, the closer you can...

  • Love’s Murmur.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 13, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    Tell me of your lonely nights, of the trembling corners of your darkness.
    Tell me of your fleeting fears, both of abandon and of being held.
    Tell me how it was once, of love’s intimate embrace, of days of innocent play.
    Tell me how you thought it would be, of the glory and the...

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