Culinary Medicine in a Bowl

I am often asked, “What is Culinary Medicine?”

The answer usually involves a brief explanation of the multidisciplinary and evidence-based approaches to food, health, and wellness that form the foundation of the Culinary Medicine approach. This is something that I have covered in this column before (see “Culinary Medicine: A New Frontier for Innovation, Integration, and Implementation” and “Culinary Medicine: Beyond the Evidence” for further detail). This definition and detailed explanation, while technically correct and intellectually satisfying, like most things that feed only our heads, can leave us a little wanting.

 Red Tail Productions, LLC used with permission

Ingredients for Pappa al Pomodoro

Source: Red Tail Productions, LLC used with permission

Culinary Medicine is really much more about giving people the tools they need to empower themselves and re-forge a deeper, richer, and more nurturing relationship between themselves and the foods they choose to eat. It’s much less about categories, classes, calories, nutrients, and a one-size-fits-all, eat-this-not-that 

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Mom searching for dentist after son’s surgery postponed due to COVID

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Beth Rogers says her son’s health history is so bad, he needs a hospital visit for dental work.

Even though he’s dealing with major pain, she said doctors cannot perform the surgery he needs until next summer.

Rogers introduced us to her son Nathan, who has been dealt a pretty rough hand. He is 37 and is speech and communication challenged. He had a couple of blood disorders at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy before he was two.

“All of the doctors that I’ve had, instances of life-threatening situations for Nathan, he has even survived when there was a zero percent chance,” said Rogers.

He had pneumonia every two weeks growing up, and the medication doctors prescribed for his seizures caused liver failure.

“Beyond that, he had a condition called toxic megacolon, which was a zero percent chance of survival,” she said. “All organs

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What You Need to Know About Medicare Supplement Insurance Options if You Are Disabled and Under 65

Medicare Supplement Eligibility — General Rules

One major difference in eligibility rules for those who enter Medicare early is that you may not be able to enroll in Medicare Supplement insurance before age 65. The federal Medicare rules require insurance companies to issue Medicare Supplement plans to people during their Medigap Open Enrollment Period.

This Open Enrollment Period begins once you reach age 65. For those who enter Medicare at a younger age due to disability, your Medigap Open Enrollment Period is preserved, but you’ll have to wait until you turn 65 to use it.

During your Medigap Open Enrollment Period, you can’t be declined for coverage, and you can’t pay a higher premium based on preexisting conditions. But these provisions don’t apply to you if you want Medigap before age 65. In this case, you will go through underwriting, and the premiums are often very high.

If you live

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