Monday, March 31, 2014

Google Glass in Surgery

Google Glass, the darling of google.  Available now to Glass Explorers for a nominal fee of $1500.  On the general market later this year.  The Glass is full of new applications, but the one I am most interested in is surgery.  Imagine: the ability to superimpose a CT scan on your patient during surgery demonstrating the precise location of a tumor and major surrounding blood vessels.  Imagine: the ability to stream your surgery, exactly what you are seeing as a surgeon, to an expert miles and miles away for advice. Sign me up!

Then, I start thinking about the downsides of such technology.  My first concern would be that I would become what is known as a Glasshole.  Second and more important, would I become reliant?  Would surgeons as a whole become weaker because they are able to easily look up facts they should know, ask for help before they really need it because the technology is there?  In short, would google glass become a security blanket, a safety net for the previously independent surgeon?

After pondering this for quite a while I have come to the conclusion that Glass is a lot like the smartphones of today.  I already call my smartphone my "peripheral brain" as I refer to it frequently to research information, take photos etc.  Glass would be an extension of this.  Using my peripheral brain does not make me a weaker surgeon, just a more resourceful surgeon.  Finally, any opportunity we as surgeons have to advance technology is exciting.  Who knows, maybe I will come up with a new application for it and sell the idea to google ;)

Now, to the nutrition portion of the blog.  Just like google glass can give me a roadmap in surgery I will providing a roadmap for adopting a healthy, plant based diet.  The link is below.  This is a google document created by me, free to download at any time.  I will be updating it as needed.  All of the sources provided have been vetted and approved by me.  Enjoy.

Plant Based Links, Cookbooks and References

Peace, Love and Scalpels

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My husband and I were featured in our local newspaper regarding our dietary habits...  click here to read the article...
Welcome to my blog.  I am new to this blogging thing but hopefully will pick it up fast.   Being a surgeon and all I am a capable and quick learner when it comes to technology.  I have decided to start this blog for multiple reasons.  I feel very passionate about obtaining and maintaining optimal health.  In my career I see so many diseases that are a direct result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices.  Yet many individuals (including healthcare professionals) fail to see or emphasize the connection between the two.   I strive to raise awareness of this connection and hopefully foster a change in mindsets.

For example, did you know that too much red meat intake increases colon cancer risk?  Low fiber diets predispose to diverticulitis and colon cancer?  Obesity has been directly linked to breast cancer?

So, for my first episode of discussion: a recent article published in the Annual Review of Public Health 2014 titled "Can we say what diet is best for health?"   Click on the link for a free pdf copy.  This article reviews many of today's popular healthy diets (including vegan, Mediterranean and paleo) searching for the optimal diet.  Pros and cons of each are discussed.  Did they find a best diet? The answer is no.  They came to this conclusion: "Eat food, not too much, and mainly plants."  Additionally they emphasized avoiding processed foods and supplements.

So all in all, follow the diet that is healthy and perfect for you.  Everything in moderation.  Avoid processed foods.  Incorporate color into your diet - eat the rainbow...

                                                                         ... until later....Peace, Love and Scalpels....