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It was such a huge privilege to meet this amazing woman at the Montefiore Preventive Cardiology conference this year. I’ve been following @theveggiemd (Dr Danielle Belardo) for months and she is such a great role model for women in medicine and just such a humble, compassionate woman with a heart for medicine and for her patients.
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She is doing such great things in her clinic by promoting a plant based diet to her patients and shared a case of hers at the conference. Her one patient was a gentleman with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) complicated by congestive cardiac failure. He was discharged from the hospital on palliative care (meaning there were no further treatment options doctors could offer him). He decided to seek the help of Dr Belardo. After a couple months on a plant based diet, his ejection fraction (how much blood his heart pumps out) improved dramatically, he was taken off anti-arrhythmic meds and had no return of his AF, he lost weight, his cholesterol normalized, and he came off his thyroid hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism.
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I know this is just one case, but through all the patients I have seen during my time at the Barnard Medical Centre and case presentations I have heard, I have not seen any medication come close to the powerful effects of a plant based diet. Not all cases are as extreme as this one, but when people commit to following a whole food plant based diet, they will undoubtably see results. 🙌🏼🌱
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Thank you for everything you’re doing for your patients @theveggiemd 💚
It was such a huge privilege to meet this amazing woman at the Montefiore Preventive Cardiology conference this year. I’ve been following @theveggiemd (Dr Danielle Belardo) for months and she is such a great role model for women in medicine and just such a humble, compassionate woman with a heart for medicine and for her patients. . She is doing such great things in her clinic by promoting a plant based diet to her patients and shared a case of hers at the conference. Her one patient was a gentleman with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) complicated by congestive cardiac failure. He was discharged from the hospital on palliative care (meaning there were no further treatment options doctors could offer him). He decided to seek the help of Dr Belardo. After a couple months on a plant based diet, his ejection fraction (how much blood his heart pumps out) improved dramatically, he was taken off anti-arrhythmic meds and had no return of his AF, he lost weight, his cholesterol normalized, and he came off his thyroid hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism. . I know this is just one case, but through all the patients I have seen during my time at the Barnard Medical Centre and case presentations I have heard, I have not seen any medication come close to the powerful effects of a plant based diet. Not all cases are as extreme as this one, but when people commit to following a whole food plant based diet, they will undoubtably see results. 🙌🏼🌱 . Thank you for everything you’re doing for your patients @theveggiemd 💚
@snallygasterdc beer festival adventures this weekend 😁🍻
@snallygasterdc beer festival adventures this weekend 😁🍻
So grateful to have met @veg_md (Dr Michelle McMacken) at the Montefiore Preventive Cardiology conference this past weekend.
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She’s an incredible physician passionate about plant based medicine and just a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
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If anyone is interested in plant based nutrition and diabetes, she did a really great review titled “A plant based diet for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes” published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.
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My favorite thing she mentioned this weekend is this (paraphrased): People claim that keto/paleo etc diets can cure diabetes, but you can’t say you’ve cured diabetes if you’re simply not eating carbs. When you eat carbs and your blood glucose is controlled WHILE eating carbs e.g. with a whole food plant based diet, that’s when you can say you’ve cured diabetes. 🌱
So grateful to have met @veg_md (Dr Michelle McMacken) at the Montefiore Preventive Cardiology conference this past weekend. . She’s an incredible physician passionate about plant based medicine and just a wealth of knowledge on the subject. . If anyone is interested in plant based nutrition and diabetes, she did a really great review titled “A plant based diet for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes” published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. . My favorite thing she mentioned this weekend is this (paraphrased): People claim that keto/paleo etc diets can cure diabetes, but you can’t say you’ve cured diabetes if you’re simply not eating carbs. When you eat carbs and your blood glucose is controlled WHILE eating carbs e.g. with a whole food plant based diet, that’s when you can say you’ve cured diabetes. 🌱
We tagged along to watch Dr Neabore give a talk about plant based nutrition to @americanuniversity staff.
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Had really good feedback from the staff and many people asked questions after the presentation showing that they had really been paying attention and taking in what he said. He went over some studies, the benefits of a plant based diet and how to have a healthy plant based diet.
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Remember: just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Aim to get the majority of your calories from unprocessed, low fat, plant based whole foods i.e. grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds 🙌🏼🥦🍎🥗🍌🍉🍓
We tagged along to watch Dr Neabore give a talk about plant based nutrition to @americanuniversity staff. . Had really good feedback from the staff and many people asked questions after the presentation showing that they had really been paying attention and taking in what he said. He went over some studies, the benefits of a plant based diet and how to have a healthy plant based diet. . Remember: just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Aim to get the majority of your calories from unprocessed, low fat, plant based whole foods i.e. grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds 🙌🏼🥦🍎🥗🍌🍉🍓
As medical students and doctors, when we feel the pressure and stress building up, are exhausted from 24+ hour calls, and start to feel the early stages of burn out, the first things to go are often our nutrition and exercise.
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Unfortunately we forget that we need to look after our own health before we can look after those around us, and the very things that are protective for us are the things we neglect.
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Look after yourselves friends, we can’t afford to lose any more doctors x
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#crossfithealth #juniordoctors #udokotela
As medical students and doctors, when we feel the pressure and stress building up, are exhausted from 24+ hour calls, and start to feel the early stages of burn out, the first things to go are often our nutrition and exercise. . Unfortunately we forget that we need to look after our own health before we can look after those around us, and the very things that are protective for us are the things we neglect. . Look after yourselves friends, we can’t afford to lose any more doctors x . #crossfithealth  #juniordoctors  #udokotela 
Starting week 2 of my elective at the Barnard Medical Centre. All I can say is that I have been overwhelmed by seeing how much of a role nutrition can play in the treatment of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, psoriasis, and obesity to name a few. The joy these patients express when their conditions improve on a low fat whole food plant based diet is one of the most rewarding things you can experience as a clinician. There is so much misinformation about nutrition out there and the tireless work the BMC and PCRM teams are doing has been so inspiring. Definitely taking a lot back with me to SA! 👩🏻‍⚕️🍎🥦 #eatyourfruitandveggies
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(Twinning with GW med student @jessgibilisco 👯‍♀️😝)
Starting week 2 of my elective at the Barnard Medical Centre. All I can say is that I have been overwhelmed by seeing how much of a role nutrition can play in the treatment of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, psoriasis, and obesity to name a few. The joy these patients express when their conditions improve on a low fat whole food plant based diet is one of the most rewarding things you can experience as a clinician. There is so much misinformation about nutrition out there and the tireless work the BMC and PCRM teams are doing has been so inspiring. Definitely taking a lot back with me to SA! 👩🏻‍⚕️🍎🥦 #eatyourfruitandveggies  . (Twinning with GW med student @jessgibilisco 👯‍♀️😝)
When you see an odd object, you gotta do something with it. The curse of Crossfit 😅😝 #oddobjectmove #curseofcrossfit #crossfitproblems #centralpark
Did you even New York if you didn’t have a pretzel 🤷‍♀️🥨 #wheninnewyork
Did you even New York if you didn’t have a pretzel 🤷‍♀️🥨 #wheninnewyork 
Massive thank you to @drostfeld for an incredible conference in NY this past weekend on preventive cardiology!
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There is so much misinformation out there about nutrition. What the overwhelming amount of research shows is that a low fat whole food plant based diet is optimal for long term health.
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We have this very reductionist view of medicine where we get so caught up on trying to link single dietary components with their effects on heath, that we lose sight of the bigger picture. A whole food plant based diet has been shown to be the most effective at preventing and treating many diseases including type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, a variety of autoimmune conditions, various mental health issues, a whole host of cancers, and the list goes on. We can debate cholesterol until we’re blue in the face, but there is so much evidence linking it to heart disease, and when the diet proven to be best for heart disease, is also the best for their whole list of other diseases mentioned above. Why wouldn’t you try it 😉 #MEPCC18
Massive thank you to @drostfeld for an incredible conference in NY this past weekend on preventive cardiology! . There is so much misinformation out there about nutrition. What the overwhelming amount of research shows is that a low fat whole food plant based diet is optimal for long term health. . We have this very reductionist view of medicine where we get so caught up on trying to link single dietary components with their effects on heath, that we lose sight of the bigger picture. A whole food plant based diet has been shown to be the most effective at preventing and treating many diseases including type II diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, a variety of autoimmune conditions, various mental health issues, a whole host of cancers, and the list goes on. We can debate cholesterol until we’re blue in the face, but there is so much evidence linking it to heart disease, and when the diet proven to be best for heart disease, is also the best for their whole list of other diseases mentioned above. Why wouldn’t you try it 😉 #MEPCC18 
When in America 😍🇺🇸
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✅ All suitcases arrive
✅ Orders Starbucks because America (Not overrated at all! And they still spelt my name incorrectly even though I spelled it out for them buuuuut at least they didn’t write “Roxy” #classicstarbucks #smallvictories)
✅ Takes very basic picture of said coffee in front of Starbucks sign
✅ Gets laughed at by airport personnel for doing so
✅ Struggles to be understood by Americans because of my thick South African accent
✅ Buys a shirt saying “Washington” from a tourist shop at the airport called the “Washingtonian”
✅ Sees FOUR US flags outside ONE departure gate 😂🇺🇸
When in America 😍🇺🇸 . ✅ All suitcases arrive ✅ Orders Starbucks because America (Not overrated at all! And they still spelt my name incorrectly even though I spelled it out for them buuuuut at least they didn’t write “Roxy” #classicstarbucks  #smallvictories ) ✅ Takes very basic picture of said coffee in front of Starbucks sign ✅ Gets laughed at by airport personnel for doing so ✅ Struggles to be understood by Americans because of my thick South African accent ✅ Buys a shirt saying “Washington” from a tourist shop at the airport called the “Washingtonian” ✅ Sees FOUR US flags outside ONE departure gate 😂🇺🇸
Cheers SA 👋🏼 check you in a month 😁🇺🇸
Cheers SA 👋🏼 check you in a month 😁🇺🇸
My last portolio exam of med school! Obs and surgery have had me more stressed than I’ve ever been in med school 😅 but they’re done! No more oral exams for the rest of the year (literally the most nerve wracking thing - you get roasted by the consultants and profs and if you don’t know an answer the give you this look of disappointment like “I know I taught you this” 🙈)
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Ended on a good note though as this surgery portfolio was the best verbal exam I’ve ever done 😁💃🎉
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9 more weeks of med school. The countdown begins 👩🏻‍⚕️
My last portolio exam of med school! Obs and surgery have had me more stressed than I’ve ever been in med school 😅 but they’re done! No more oral exams for the rest of the year (literally the most nerve wracking thing - you get roasted by the consultants and profs and if you don’t know an answer the give you this look of disappointment like “I know I taught you this” 🙈) . Ended on a good note though as this surgery portfolio was the best verbal exam I’ve ever done 😁💃🎉 . 9 more weeks of med school. The countdown begins 👩🏻‍⚕️
Before and after 💥😂
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Tabata wall sits after tabata assault bike? 🙅‍♀️ Starting to think Leon is trying to kill us 😅 I suppose it could be worse... we could have done the AB after the walk sits 🤷‍♀️
Before and after 💥😂 . Tabata wall sits after tabata assault bike? 🙅‍♀️ Starting to think Leon is trying to kill us 😅 I suppose it could be worse... we could have done the AB after the walk sits 🤷‍♀️
Massive thank you to @discovery_sa and @sulebee for organizing us a VIP experience of tough mudder this year as part of promoting health amongst junior doctors! We had an absolute blast!!
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Many junior doctors suffer from burnout, depression, and anxiety to name a few. Staying physically active can have a protective effect against this. It is so vital to be active, not only for your physical health, but for your mental health too! Hope to see many more med students and doctors at the next Tough Mudder 😁👏🏼
#toughertogether #toughmudder #toughmudder2018 #juniordoctors #mentalhealth
Massive thank you to @discovery_sa and @sulebee for organizing us a VIP experience of tough mudder this year as part of promoting health amongst junior doctors! We had an absolute blast!! . Many junior doctors suffer from burnout, depression, and anxiety to name a few. Staying physically active can have a protective effect against this. It is so vital to be active, not only for your physical health, but for your mental health too! Hope to see many more med students and doctors at the next Tough Mudder 😁👏🏼 #toughertogether  #toughmudder  #toughmudder2018  #juniordoctors  #mentalhealth 
Don’t be afraid to ask about vegan options when you go out! The menu for these guys only said vegetarian but I asked about vegan options and they actually had a special delicious smokey veg cubano with pesto from out of this world 😍 thanks @smokenchilli! Making sure I had something to eat at @toughmudderza 🏃‍♀️😄 #frothing
Don’t be afraid to ask about vegan options when you go out! The menu for these guys only said vegetarian but I asked about vegan options and they actually had a special delicious smokey veg cubano with pesto from out of this world 😍 thanks @smokenchilli! Making sure I had something to eat at @toughmudderza 🏃‍♀️😄 #frothing 
Stoked our first tramp stamps were sponsored by discovery 😜 #momImadeit #TougherTogether @toughmudderza @discovery_sa
😄 throwback to warming up in the “athletes area” at Fittest on the Farm 😄 we were kind of hoping it would rain so we could get a little bit of a shower there 😝
😄 throwback to warming up in the “athletes area” at Fittest on the Farm 😄 we were kind of hoping it would rain so we could get a little bit of a shower there 😝
Left feeling like a little kid on Christmas morning! Thanks @reebok_sa for the coaches kit drop off 😍 #reebok #newkicks #allshinyandnew #christmascameearly