Doctor Column

Black ‘Hairy’ Tongue

August 25, 2019

Joseph R Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board Many people regard the appearance of the tongue as an indicator of their general health. Imagine waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and seeing your tongue resembling the photo below? Wikipedia Black Hairy Tongue Thoughts race through your mind: What is it? How did I get it? Why is it getting worse? Is it cancer? Why have I waited so long before visiting

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Benefits of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

August 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board In the 15th and 16th centuries, Columbus, Magellan, Vasco da Gama and their sailors lived at sea for months at a time. On these challenging voyages, fresh fruits and vegetables were not available. As a consequence, the seamen suffered from malnutrition and the reality that 50% of the men onboard would not return home alive. Because the men lacked

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Facts and Myths About Left-Handed People

August 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board I attended a lecture given by a surgeon who said, “If you plan to do microsurgery and you’re right hand dominant, you need to be skillful using the other hand as well.” To become more comfortable using the left hand he suggested, “Start by shaving with your left hand and use it more frequently.” Shortly thereafter and after a few nicks and scratches, I clumsily

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“Why Do We Need B vitamins?”

July 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board The B complex vitamins are a group of water soluble nutrients that are found in animal proteins, leafy green vegetables and whole grains. They reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and are needed by the nervous system to function normally. They lower LDH (“lousy” cholesterol) and increase HDL (healthy cholesterol) and are necessary for

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“Ten” Teen Water Safety Tips

July 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board According to the CDC, “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.” About two out of ten people who die are children 14 and younger. “Don’t worry Mom, we’ll be all right.” Fourteen year old Kaitlyn

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Sunscreens, SPF and the Importance of Being “Sun Smart!”

July 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory board Years ago, while walking on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, I noticed stretches of women sitting on benches facing the ocean in their bathing suits. They held metal-like reflectors under their chins while gathering the noonday sun and aiming it at their faces. Today, women at the beach or pool are protecting themselves from the sun. They wear broad

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Cat-Scratch Disease and Cat Bites: What to Know — What to Do

June 25, 2019

Joseph R Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board About 25% of households in the US own one or more cats, which means close to 32 million families are feline friendly. If you belong to one of those families, who among you can say, “I never have been scratched or bitten by a cat?” U. S. Library of Medicine Elaine has loved and owned cats since childhood. She visited her sister one afternoon who owns

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Should You “Just Say No” to Vitamin E Supplements? Eat Healthy Foods 1st

June 15, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in certain fatty and oily foods. Fats makes up about 90% of vitamin E and its main job is to work as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable entities (atoms) that injure cells eventually causing illness and aging. The damaged cells lead to chronic inflammation which is thought to contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer

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Tick Bites and A Revealing Conversation About Ms. Babesia

June 05, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MDMedical Advisory Board At the end of the summer last year, a friend of mine rang my doorbell at 4:45 p. m. Smiling, he presented me with the last vegetable harvest of the summer from his garden. “I’ve got peppers, eggplant, tasty cherry tomatoes and zucchini. They’ll all delicious and I picked them just a few hours ago. I like to sautee the eggplant and zucchini” — still

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“Am I Allergic to Penicillin? How Can I Be Sure?”

May 25, 2019

Joseph R. Anticaglia MD Medical Advisory Board Sharon, a 38 year old lab technician, is filling out her medical history in the doctor’s waiting room. One of the first questions on the medical form: What’s your main complaint? She wrote — Sinus pressure and pain. Another question: “Are you allergic to any medication?” She wrote — Penicillin. Sharon remembers when she was 8 years, after

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