Non- Fiction

Cancer – A Dreaded Affliction by James D. Okun, MD

  The term “cancer” evokes thoughts of fear and death. The “Big C” is one of the most dreaded diagnoses in all of the medicine. Even celebrities like Angelina Jolie have taken drastic steps to avoid the possibility of developing breast cancer if they are at high risk, by choosing to electively and preventively have a double mastectomy. Just today the comedian and actor Ben Stiller came out with the fact that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. It []

Weight Loss for Vegans by Kayla Keyes (Book Review #26)

Lose weight and learn how to self-love in ten days using Kayla’s structured diet plan. Kayla Keyes begins to tell us the reasons why we even start to consider making changes in our life. She believes that there are events that trigger our feelings, for example, separation, moving away from home or a new job. Her intentions are not for us to just lose some weight but to also “lose the baggage” she claims, “we are carrying around (externally & internally).”   []

Acute Renal Failure -12 Year Anniversary off Dialysis – Never give up! by James Okun

November 30, 2016, celebrated the thirteenth year since I suddenly went into acute renal failure from an unknown cause and almost died. Even as a physician, I was completely shocked to learn that from one day to the next my kidneys had shut down and I was in kidney, heart and respiratory failures (See my book The History of New Innovations in Modern Medicine Chapter 1). It turns out that I was in pretty good company as many others develop renal failure []

Keratoconus – A disease that can blind

  The cornea is the clear outer layer of the eye (consisting of 5 individual layers) which acts to bend light to help focus it back onto the retina. It also acts as an important outer protective layer of the eye. Keratoconus is a progressive, degenerative disease of the cornea in which the cornea thins and bulges form a cone-like shape which causes distortion of vision and in severe cases, even perforation of the cornea. The name Keratoconus is derived from the []

Rethink Happy: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Toward Finding Authentic Joy by Doug Kisgen (Book Review #53)

This review is written for Online Book Club. “I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.” Although this book is a fictional story, it comes from a very real place. The Author uses two characters in his tale to express and communicate his message to the reader. The significance of the message is way more useful than the story, however, sometimes, I believe people listen and learn faster and more effectively when it is said in a tale rather than a []