Welcome To 2016

I hope it's not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year because to me it feels like New Year's Eve was 3 months ago? In any event, Happy New Year to all!For my first newsletter of 2016 I wanted to...

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Doctor Google

I hope every one had a good turkey day….and didn't eat too much!  So lets talk about "Dr. Google", have you met him?……You know Dr. Google, don't you….the one with all...

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Join Us In a Challenge

So, what is the challenge I'm talking about?  Most bariatric surgeon's in this country belong to an organization called the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). ...

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Pi Day

So, all this time we've been talking about consuming less calories and now Dr. Bilof is telling us to eat pie???? Well not quite, sharp eyed readers will notice that the title is spelled "pi" not...

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Are You Drinking Calories?

Ok, I realize it's a little late in the year to be talking about a "New Year's Resolution" but since it is my first newsletter of the year I'm going to anyway. The resolution I'm going to propose is...

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Benefits Of Meditation

Tomorrow is Mother's Day (in case you've been living under a very large rock!) and I usually do something to acknowledge that special woman in all of our lives. So (you might reasonably ask) what...

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Weight Loss Scams

Wait, hold the phone, tell me it ain't so! You mean there are scams when it comes to weight loss products??? Yes, dear reader and in other breaking news, tomorrow the sun will rise in the East New...

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Ignore Your Teeth and They'll Go Away!

First I would like to briefly introduce Dr. Schonberg, his office is in the same complex as our Millburn office at: (literally next door!)225 Millburn avenue Ste 205 Millburn NJ 07041...

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Stress... Good or Bad?

Greetings! Stress has gotten a bad rap.  I'm stressed, you're stressed, we're all stressed..can't be good.  Well lets see, what kind of "stress" are we talking about?Most of the time...

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Fitness Plateaus

Greetings! If you are going to lose weight (or gain it for that matter) it is still basically "calories in and calories out".  'Calories in' refers to the calories you consume during a day...

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Tortoise and the Hare

Greetings! Hope everyone has been having a great (and active) summer!  I realize the title of today's newsletter might seem a little strange, but bear with me a moment. So…the...

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Big Happenings in South Jersey!!

Greetings!Ok…for all of you "long suffering" Ocean County patients we have finally opened our new office!!! I know we have been talking about it for a long time but we have finally made...

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Tony Soprano

Dear GSBWC, I assume most of you have heard the news (it was on the front page of the Star Ledger) but James Gandolfini (aka "Tony Soprano") died this week.  He was born in Westfield, NJ,...

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Baby Weight

Greetings! Happy Memorial Day!..Hope everyone is enjoying the traditional first weekend of the summer.  Friday and Saturday felt more like winter than summer to me, but the weather finally...

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Mothers Day

Greetings!What is this? Two newsletters in 2 days?? Well regular readers know I always do a Mother's Day newsletter (Hi Mom!!) so today's was the 'regularly scheduled' program. But then Governor...

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Christie's Band

Greetings!Don't worry, I am not suddenly getting political in my newsletter, but unless you've been living under a very large rock you have probably heard that our governor has gotten bariatric...

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Eat a Rainbow

Greetings!Please excuse my prolonged absence from writing these newsletters.  As anyone who has been to the office recently knows I was on vacation until last week.  Although I had rather...

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Two Dirty Words

Greetings!The two dirtiest words in bariatric surgery... have you guessed them yet?  I know the suspense must be killing you but before we get to that I wanted to update you on Sensa.If you are...

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To Weigh or Not To Weigh?

Greetings!Happy New Year to all, I know it is a little late….but as they say, better late than never!  Actually the reason this is late is because I moved over the Holidays (piece of free...

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Yes! It's Free!!

Greetings!First off, I want to thank everyone who came to our Holiday Party and made it another rousing success!   Let's face it, everyone love's free stuff, right?  I mean who doesn't...

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What Are You Thankful For?

Greetings!So, this will likely be the last newsletter reminding you about the Holiday Party, wait…is that a collective sigh of relief I hear out there!     All kidding...

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Pay It Forward

Greetings!Hello, hope everyone survived the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in good shape..it sure was a doozie!!  Our Millburn office was out of power for 5 days and the Bayville office just got power...

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You Are the 1%

Greetings!Depending on when you read this I hope you are either properly prepared for (or have survived) the "Frankenstorm", "Storm-Aggedon", "Perfect Storm2" or "SuperStorm Sandy" (or whatever else...

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Dec 3rd... Save The Date!!

Greetings!Wow!! Can you believe it is that time of year again?  The day's are getting a little shorter, the sun rises a little later and sets a little sooner, there is a little bit of a nip in...

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Increase Your Metabolism!

Greetings!Before we get started I wanted to make a special announcement!  This Thursday we are having our quarterly South Jersey patient informational seminar.  It will be held this...

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It's a Boy.... and a Boy!!

Greetings!Wow!!…It's Labor Day, Summer of 2012 is over already!..is it just me or did it fly by!  Reminds me of a funny quote I heard recently.."Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the...

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Does 'Sensa' make Sense?

Greetings!Perhaps you've heard of the newest weight loss phenomenon, it is called "Sensa".  In case you haven't heard the manufacturer makes some pretty bold claims and I've had a number of...

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Doc, Is My Metabolism Slow?

Greetings!As you might imagine (given my profession) I spend a great deal of time talking to patients about weight, weight loss, calories and why sometimes it seems so darn hard to lose those last 10...

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How Hypertension Harms Us

Greetings!Regular readers know (or I sure hope you know) that bariatric surgery is very effective at improving (and in many cases) can cure diabetes.  In fact this is one of the main reasons I...

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Happy Father's Day

Greetings!It has been pointed out to me that although I frequently do an acknowledgment of Mother's Day in my newsletter I have never done a Father's Day acknowledgment. Now the reasons for this have...

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Good Habits/Bad Habits

Greetings!I was meeting with a new patient recently when she said something that initially struck me as odd but made a lot of sense as I thought about it some more.  She said, "Doc, I am really...

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To Win, We Have to Lose

Greetings!First of all, I want to acknowledge that it is Mother's Day!  Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!  (my mother reads my newsletter!)  Although I always want to take time to acknowledge...

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Eight Words

Greetings!Real Food PicI know that a lot of nutritional advice can be contradictory, confusing and at times downright wrong!!  After all, I am a bariatric surgeon who looks at a lot of...

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Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

Greetings!First let me mention that if you enjoy bunnies (particularly the chocolate variety) then, Happy Easter!  If, on the other hand you are partial to bread (particularly the unleavened...

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The New Us

Greetings!If you read my last newsletter you know it was called "The Old You" about breaking free of the old chains (other people's opinions mostly) which keep you down.  In that newsletter I...

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The Old You

Greetings!First off, I have to confess that I have "borrowed" most of today's newsletter from a recent issue of Oprah's daily blog.  If  you would like to read the original, the link is...

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Dr. Oz Speaks (Again!)

Greetings!Ok, lets address the really important stuff first, after all it is Super Bowl Sunday….GO GIANTS!!!  Now that we have that out of the way, lets get back to our regularly...

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Heart Attacks and Bariatric Surgery

Greetings!A study came out in last weeks Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which has been getting attention in the press…..JAMA StudyArticle Subheading First off a little...

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Happy New Year, New Web Site

Greetings!Happy New Year…hope yours was happy, healthy and enjoyable!I realized I didn't send out a newsletter in December,  so I wanted to thank everyone who came to the Holiday Party...

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Kitchen Safety 102

Greetings!As you might have guessed from the title this is the second part of my two part series on Kitchen safety and cleanliness…however before we start this the last call for the Holiday...

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Kitchen Safety 101

Greetings! Recently an organization named NSF international checked houses in Michigan for bacterial contamination.  They asked families to swab items throughout the house, cell phones, toilet...

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Confused by Cholesterol?

Greetings!Happy Halloween... let's talk about something that scares a lot of people...cholesterol!  We'll start with a quiz: True or False…1) Does blood cholesterol rise when you eat food...

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Holiday Party! Save the Date

Greetings!Well, it is that time of year again... leaves are changing, the nights are getting a little colder, the sun is rising a little later... so, of course, it is time to talk about the Holiday...

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Obesity and Fertility

Greetings!Hope you noticed we've made some changes to the format of the newsletter!  Most importantly we've updated the picture to reflect how the practice has grown and changed.  The...

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Protein... Nuts and Dairy

Greetings!Hi!... Remember me?  I was looking thru the archives and I see the last email I sent was in June!  Guess, someone took the summer off, eh?   In my defense I will say I...

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Dr Oz Speaks!

Greetings!We have a special guest editor today... Dr. Oz!…perhaps you've heard of him 🙂   Just for the record I don't personally know Dr. Oz and have never spoken to him...

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How Bariatric Surgery Works: The Bypass

Greetings! So, this is the third in my series reviewing the three main surgeries we do for weight loss.  The one I want to talk about today is the gastric bypass.  Many people have heard of...

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How Bariatric Surgery Works: The Sleeve

Greetings! As I mentioned two weeks ago there are basically three different procedures that we do for weight loss: the band, the sleeve and the bypass.  Two weeks ago I discussed how the band...

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How Bariatric Surgery Works: The Band

Greetings! I've been writing this newsletter for a couple of years now, and although I discuss bariatric surgery and other 'health related' topics, I have never really formally reviewed all the...

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Mother's Day

Greetings! I have a confession to make... my mother generally reads this newsletter (Hi Mom!)..so you know I would be in whole bunch of hot water if I didn't take some time to acknowledge Mom's...

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Class Trip Anyone?

Greetings!I remember taking class trips when I was in grade school (my two favorites were the Bronx zoo and Hayden Planetarium…story for another day I guess), but we have a "class trip"...

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Target Heart Rate

Greetings! I have one question... did Mother Nature get the memo?  You know the memo that spring actually started one week ago!  I got in my car this morning and the temperature was 29...

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Going for a "Walk"

Greetings! If you have had bariatric surgery you have been probably told many times to excercise and specifically to "walk".  You might ask why I keep putting the word walk in quotes, it's...

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The Assault on Salt (Part II)

Greetings! OK, so this week I want to finish up our conversation about salt, which along with fat and sugar is the "unholy trinity" of the American diet…. So, if we can't use salt,...

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The Assault on Salt

Greetings! Today I want to talk about something that is definitely related to your health, but not really about bariatric surgery…it's America's addiction to salt, there is a lot to cover...

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What's a "Sleeve"?

Greetings!  First of all, let me say "Go Jets!"…  I am actually writing this before the game, so if you are reading this after the game or some time this week, and the Jets...

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2011... Happy New Year

Greetings! Hi All, and welcome to 2011, I just realized that I've been doing this email for over 3 yrs now….….I also just realized I didn't send out a single newsletter in...

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Greetings! What is that sound you say…it is the sound of time running out!….Yes your time to reply to our invitation to the Annual Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness Center...

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Style Me Fabulous!

Greetings! In our continuing efforts to give back to you, our valued patients, we've come up with an idea which we think you'll enjoy very much….that is, if you are of the female...

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The Time Machine

Greetings! I was looking over the last several newsletters I've written and realized that I haven't really spent much time lately talking about bariatric surgery and the value it has for...

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Hey Partner

Greetings! The search took almost two years……the search for what, you might ask?  Well for the last several years now I have been looking for the right doc to join me in...

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The Other Side

The Other SideGreetings! I have to begin by apologizing, it's been over 2 months since my last newsletter, a few of you even emailed me to find out why there hadn't been one in so...

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Eat Food

 Greetings! What do I mean, eat food?  Don't we all eat food, well  you might be surprised, read on….….unfortunately for too many of us we don't really eat...

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For All The Mother's

Happy Mother's Day    Greetings! It's Mother's Day 2010 and it's always good to acknowledge our mother's…..If you are a regular reader of my e-newsletter,  you may...

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Ocean County Support Group

I am not trying to exclude the North Jersey patients but I did want to remind all of the South Jersey patients that we have a once a month support group in Ocean County. It will be held at Community...

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Our Best Kept Secret

Greetings! Hello, and welcome back!  I have been offering a yoga class exclusively for our patients for the last several months….and I wanted to send out a little reminder about our...

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Eat Less, Live Longer

Greetings! If you're like me, you probably grew up being told, "Finish everything on your plate!"….who knows, maybe this has something to do with the current obesity epidemic!Maybe our...

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Informational Seminar for Ocean County

Greetings! I wanted to let everyone in the Southern part of the state, but particularly Ocean County know I will be having a free informational seminar this week.It will be this Thursday, March...

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Liquid Candy

 Greetings! I hope everyone survived the latest chapter of "Snowmaggedon" this weekend! Some winter we are having this year!   Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the number...

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Diabetes is like a Cancer

    Greetings! I realize the title of this issue of the newsletter is provocative, that is intentional…….….on February 4th Oprah did a show entitled...

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A Good Night's Sleep

Greetings! What is a good night's sleep worth….and more importantly why don't you always get one?There is a condition known as "Sleep Apnea" which many morbidly obese patients suffer...

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How To Read A Nutritional Label

Greetings! As many of you know, I often talk about reading nutritional labels in the office so that you know exactly what you are putting into your bodies.  With that in mind I have taken a...

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Holiday 2009

Greetings! Brrrrr…It's cold outside! Hope everyone is staying warm….I know It's been a few weeks since my last email, I hope everyone had a safe and healthy New Year! I was...

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December Yoga Class

Greetings!This is just a very quick reminder that we will be having our December Yoga Class next Monday (the 14th) at 7:30.  If you are planning on attending please confirm by emailing Jessica...

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Last Chance for the Holiday Party

Greetings! Ok, so as of today we have something like 350 people confirmed for the holiday party!Looks like it should be a good time again this year!  Any of you who are "on the fence", this...

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Giving Thanks... and the Holiday Party

Greetings! Well, the holiday season is upon us, and specifically this week is Thanksgiving.  I wanted to share a couple of things I am thankful for….I don't know how widely known...

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Patient Information Seminar(s)

Greetings! As some of you probably know I do patient informational seminars twice a month in my office, it’s normally not something I mention in my newsletter (although if you are ever...

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Yoga and October Supports Groups

Greetings! Hello, and welcome back….it’s been about a month since my list email, and I wanted to update you on a new service we are offering here at Garden State...

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Importance of Water (Part II)

Greetings! This week we continue with our two part series on the importance of water.  My nutritionist, Karla Hamal,  who many of you have seen in the office, is once again the special...

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Importance of Water (Part I)

Greetings!  We have a special guest author this week.  Karla Hamal (my nutritionist) who many of you have seen in the office wanted to share some thoughts about the importance of water...

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Calories In/Calories Out

Greetings!  “Doc, why aren’t I losing weight” is question I get every once in a while and it is a subject which is actually quite simple but leads to a great deal of...

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Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?

Greetings!  A  new study came out in the New England Journal of Medicine last Thursday, it had some interesting things to say about the safety and effectiveness of bariatric...

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July Support Group (North and South)

Greetings!  Today’s Letter will be short, I just want to let you know when the July support group is meeting not only at St. Barnabas but also in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  I have...

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Good Fat/Bad Fat

Greetings!  Let’s face it, fat has gotten a bad rap lately.  Of course not all fat is bad, and many are good for you…and, in fact necessary for good health.  Like a lot of...

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Ocean County. You Asked, I Listened

Greetings!  I have a fair number of patients in the Ocean County/Shore area, and I often would get the same feedback, from many of you…… …..which was that, gee, Millburn is...

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Boiling Frogs

Greetings!  Ok, just for the record I have never boiled a frog, nor am I advocating that any of you do it!  But….if you know anything about boiling frogs (and, again what I know is...

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Unconscious Eating

Greetings!  What the heck is “unconscious eating” anyway, well let me explain…. If you think about it for a minute you probably know what it is already.  It is all those...

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Happy Mother's Day

Greetings!  Happy Mother’s Day!  This email is a little unusual in that it is a poem (although definitely NOT written by me)!   I’m not a big fan of poetry normally,...

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A Couple of Firsts

Greetings!  Welcome Back!! Hope everyone is enjoying the “Spring” weather we are having here in the New York area!  I am proud to announce a couple of...

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Good Day New York Part II

Just wanted to give you an update on the Good Day New York show I’ve gotten lots of well wishes from many of you about the Good Day New York segment from last Tuesday (March 24th)….and...

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Good Day New York

Very exciting news!  Your favorite doctor (yours truly) will be on TV next week!  If any of you watch “Good Day New York” they are doing a 5 day segment next week on different...

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January 2009 - Century Club Update

Here it is the first “Century Club” Update of 2009 I know it’s been a while since my last newsletter, and even longer since my last “Century Club” update.  To...

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November 2008 - November Support Groups

Greetings!  Hello again, I just wanted to let everyone know about the November support groups and I realized the first one is tomorrow! November Support Groups  I hope everyone...

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November 2008 - NJ Top Doctors

I know what your thinking…..two newsletters in one week!  This one is brief, I promise For those of you who subscribe to the magazine NJ Monthly the October issue is known as the...

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November 2008 - We've Moved!

In case you were not able to tell from the title of this edition of the newsletter….let me just say it again……we’ve moved! Ok, so I talked about this in a recent email,...

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September 2008 - September Support Group

Greetings! Just wanted to let everyone know about the September Support Group Meetings. This Wednesday (September 10th) will be the support group for patients who have had a Gastric Bypass less...

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August 2008 - Changes

Today’s missive will be short as it’s only purpose is to alert you to some changes which have recently occurred with the St. Barnabas bariatric program.  For those of you who...

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July 2008 - Sounds Fishy

As any of you who have had the surgery know I often recommend fish as “good” food.  What that means is that it is a good source of protein (always important in the Bariatric...

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July 2008 - Century Club Update

It’s been a month since our last Century Club Newsletter and we have some new members…starting with a husband and wife team! Carlos Ortiz ( Surgery  date 4/07) 506 lbs to...

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July 2008 - Eight Year Olds

Should 8 year olds be taking cholesterol lowering drugs??  The American Academy of Pediatrics made just this very recommendation yesterday.  To say the least it has stirred up a...

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July 2008 - Guiding Light

Full confession…I don’t watch soap opera’s, but I suspect some of you do!  If you are a fan of “Guiding Light” then you are probably aware of a recent plot line...

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June 2008 - A Prominent Death

Perhaps many of you heard of the quite unexpected death of Tim Russert two weeks ago.  Let me start by saying that all I know of his medical history is what I have read in the paper and heard in...

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June 2008 - The Century Club

WOW!  I hope everyone stayed cool over this past weekend and the past couple of days… or went to the beach!  I added a new feature to the newsletter last time called “The...

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May 2008 - Apples and Pears

When I say apples and pears I’m not talking about fruits but body types.  For patients who are overweight do you carry most of your weight around your waist (an “apple”) or...

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May 2008 - The Window of Opportunity

Greetings! I wanted to start by thanking everyone who came out to the “Walk for Health” on May 3rd.  Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t co-operate (Brrrrrr! It was cold and...

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April 2008 - Walk for Health

Greetings! I just wanted to send out a final reminder about the Walk for Health. With all the publicity about the “60 Minutes” episode last week, it would be a great time to invite...

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April 2008 - 60 minutes Gastric Bypass

Greetings! Just wanted to let everyone know that this Sunday April 20th 60minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl reports on the effects of GastricBypass.  60 minutes will air this sunday at 7pm on...

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April 2008 - Are You in the Closet?

Greetings! and welcome to another installment of my series, which as you have probably noticed doesn’t follow any regular schedule! Today’smissive will be short, but it will...

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March 2008 - Patient Seminar

Just a quick reminder for all my patients who live in Monmouth and Ocean Counties that I will be having a new patient information seminar tomorrow March 29th at 10 am.  It will be...

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March 2008 - I, Robot

Greetings! I don’t know if many of you have heard of the surgical robot which has recently gotten a fair amount of publicity.  It is called the “DaVinci” Robot and St....

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November 2008 - JAMA Article

GO GIANTS!!!! I don’t know if everybody watched the game last night, but if youdidn’t you missed a good one. The best part of course is that the rightteam won! Don’t worry though,...

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