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Healthy Snacks

April 2017 - I'm always on the lookout for healthier snacks. I did not have to look far for these two great ideas from Veronica Garcia, our medical assistant in Terrell. Peel and slice a cucumber or jicama and sprinkle with Tajin seasoning. Squirt some lime juice on the cucumber. You have a [...]

Any Medical Answers You Might Need

February 2017 - I get questions from patients who might have medical conditions that are not related to my field. I might have questions myself about certain conditions. The first place I turn for an answer is PubMed. This is a free service that catalogs all medical publications and allows you to se [...]

Answer to Photo Challenge

January 2017 - I did not get any correct answers to the photo challenge, so here it is. The bench where President Obama and Chancellor Merkel met during the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany was on the front page of newspapers when it happened in 2015. We couldn't resist duplicating the pose when we [...]

Photo Challenge

December 2016 - Here is a challenge for my patients from a recent trip. Identify the location where this photo was taken and the individuals the "actors" are mimicking. No hints except that correct identification does not imply endorsement of the views of either of the individuals identified or of [...]

Healthy Tex-Mex Recipes. Really!

September 2016 - I'm always on the hunt for healthy diet recipes and weight loss suggestions. A couple of my patients came in recently and I could not recognize them because they had lost so much weight- between 50 and 60 pounds each. The diet plan followed by one can be found at, an [...]

Our Last Trip

June 2016 - We took our dog Moose on a bucket list trip. We promised him a trip to the beach to swim in the ocean before he got too old to enjoy it. So we packed up the car and headed to Carmel, California. They have a famous, giant, dog-friendly beach right in town. You see it featured whenever the [...]

Go Walk the Golf Course

May 2016 - Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled”. Not much of a golf fan apparently. He didn’t want his peaceful stroll interrupted by ducking hooks and shanks. His loss. You actually can enjoy your on more by walking the course, enjoying the scenery and get a good exercise workout at the [...]

Up at 5 a.m.? Here is something you can do to start your day

April 11, 2016 - If you happen to be up at 5 a.m. there is a good exercise show called “Sit and Be Fit” on PBS, Channel 13. It is designed primarily for senior citizens who may feel too weak or unsteady to go to the gym or who are getting over surgery or an illness and want to get back to being [...]

What to do When Your Doctor Tells You to Cut Down on Salt

March 14, 2016 - You have swelling in your legs or high blood pressure and your doctor has told you to limit the amount of salt you eat. This is not the end of the world, although many patients react to this advice like it will be. There are rows and rows of spices in the grocery store that can be [...]

Grapefruit and Your Heart

February 15, 2016 - A lot of people love grapefruit. I'm not a fan, but many people enjoy eating grapefruit for breakfast or having a glass of grapefruit juice every day. And grapefruit is certainly healthy. However, grapefruit has potential interactions with some medications you also may be given. [...]

I Take it Back

December 14, 2015 - I will take back what I said in an earlier blog about the limited value of the Fitbit and other step counters. I changed my mind. 10,000 steps a day equals the 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise recommended by the American Heart Association. So if the Fitbit helps you ac [...]

The Mediterranean Diet

September 25, 2015 - In the late 1950's, researchers identified that the population of the island of Crete, off Greece, had the lowest cardiac mortality and greatest longevity on earth. Heart disease was so rare on the island than doctors had to look it up in textbooks. They commented that it was [...]

When in Rome

June 15, 2015 - We just got back from Italy. If you should go, Italy is one of the places where you are allowed to suspend any calorie or food restrictions. Pictures are a sampling of some of the memorable pasta dishes. If you go to Rome, try to find Bonci Pizzarium on Via Della Meloria - best pizza [...]

Eating Healthy at Restaurants

May 16, 2015 - There was a very good article in the May 12th New York Times with advice on how to eat healthy at restaurants. I learned recently that Dallas is such a big test market for restaurants because our citizens eat out 80% more of the time than the average of the rest of the country. [...]

Your Heart Equipment Shopping List

January 6, 2015 - Depending upon the specific heart condition in question such as heart rhythm problems or high blood pressure, there are several types of devices available that are worth investing in to help monitor your cardiac status. [...]

The Air is Thinner Up There

October 16, 2014 - Every year, I see patients just back from Colorado who are concerned because they experienced shortness of breath or palpitations while they're on vacation. We go there as well on vacation with our Labrador dog, Moose. I will try to explain why many of these symptoms are in fac [...]

Advice for Eating Healthier

October 16, 2014 - A patient gave me his rules for eating healthier Don't buy your meals any place where they also sell gasoline Don't eat at any restaurant that also has a take-out window - To which I add Don't eat sitting in your car, especially if you are driving Follow these 3 simple rules and [...]

Science and the Mediterranean Diet

August 4, 2014 - Healthy Diet Guidelines. Here is a link to a recent review by Dalen and Devries in the American Journal of Medicine entitled "Diets to Prevent Coronary Heart Disease 1957-2013: What Have We Learned"; which focuses on the scientific evidence behind specific diet advice for cardiac pa [...]

Dr. Rosenthal's Daily Diet

August 4, 2014 - Patients frequently ask me what I eat to try to stay thin and hopefully healthy so I am going to share some specific menu items. Calories are per serving on the container - I generally have 2 serving sizes. Please note that what I do for me may not work or be healthy for your par [...]


December 2017 - Is snacking on peanuts or walnuts really healthy for you? I was skeptical. Of course, we have all heard that advice but how can a food that has a lot of calories and fat (1 oz. of peanuts have 161 calories and 71% fat) be good for you? [...]

Practice Your Balance

February 2018 - Just like exercising at the gym keeps your muscles staying strong, you can exercise your balance and it is very important to start doing that. Losing the ability to balance leads to accidents and falls- broken bones and knocks to the head that can be devastating. [...]

Coronary Calcium Scoring

June 2018 - I just gave Internal Medicine Grand Rounds at Baylor University Medical Center on the topic of coronary calcium scoring. It was a big honor for me and it took me 6 months to prepare for the talk. ... [...]

When does the nitroglycerin in my bottle go bad?

January 2019 - Many of my patients need to take nitroglycerin (NTG) for chest pain or at least keep it around in case they get chest pain. I used to tell patients that they needed to replace their bottle every 6 months because the tablets would lose their potency. [...]

We Won... Again!

February 2019 - Very proud to announce that our office in Terrell has won recognition as one of the top clinics for the HealthTexas system 4 times in a row. [...]

Unscrambling the egg dilemma

April 2019 - Are eggs good for you or not? Opinions have flip-flopped since I started practice. Years ago, one of my partners described egg yolks to patients as “cholesterol bombs” to be strictly avoided. [...]

Beans, beans they're good for your heart

We all know the rhyme. But it's true. Beans are one of the healthiest things you can pick out to eat. Beans and their first cousin,lentils, are "good carbs" which are high in fiber and protein. [...]

Thank you Terrell patients

Thanks to your ratings, I was given a nice honor at the HealthTexas annual meeting. Will keep trying to do a good job for you. I am very grateful. [...]

Getting Cheaper Prescription Medication

One of the biggest hurdles my patients face is the cost of medications. There are 2 companies out there who claim they can save patients some money filling their prescriptions. [...]