CHERIDINE P. ORO-JOSEF

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A reader, Fred Pfleider, commented on this column’s subject, “Smoking and exercise is a deadly combination,” published on November 15. I am 77 years old. I exercise regularly and vigorously. I have been smoking almost a pack a day since I was 12. Please explain to me why I have…

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What happens to a rubber band when it is stretched or not used for a long time? It becomes fragile; it loses its elasticity and no longer has tensile strength to hold things in place. It literally loses its purpose of “stretch-and-back” to take on the shape it supports. This…

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Chocolates, candies, cakes, drink powders and softdrinks, dried fruits, cookies, pies, jams, preserves, spreads, canned fruits, sauces and instant gravies, ice cream and milkshakes … the list can go on and on. Patients sometimes ask, “What can we eat then?” Why do doctors tell you to cut down on sweets?…

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When life’s stress takes its toll, lighting up a cigarette gives temporary bliss – an act most people resort to in this fast-paced life. You hear men and women literally dropping dead after a heavy, strenuous activity. Many cases have already been observed among military men who undergo rigorous training…

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Nowadays, I see more men of younger age consulting for the following reasons: they are having trouble getting or keeping an erection and they have reduced sexual desire. The fast-paced life and steep demands to provide for their families is taking its toll on physical and mental health of most…

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Have you experienced an unexplained desire to buy your dream car, build your dream home and fulfill your bucket list all of sudden? Perhaps, you start thinking of things and people that got away in your life and have that intense desire to get in touch with the past, or…

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Men are the stronger sex. Many believe that men are better at coping with physiologic changes of aging than women. However, studies have shown that the average life span of men is shorter. Women generally live longer than men. This is even true in my geriatric practice. The centenarians I…

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“Do you drink alcoholic beverages?” “Occasionally.” “Do you smoke?” “Yes but not too much, only on some occasions.”      Men gather around in circles and enjoy endless talks with a bottle of “Jack” and “smokes” in between. Conversations become more interesting and expressive after several rounds and bottles emptied.…