Kathleen M. Pike, PhD

OMG! Too Many Options

Ingenuity. Productivity. Creativity. Opportunity. It is all great. To a point. And then… you have the cereal aisle in the supermarket. No Sugar. Natural Sugar. Whole Wheat. All Natural. No Artificial Colors. Gluten Free. Super Heroes. No Artificial Sweeteners. Added Iron. No Nuts. Fiber Added. Kosher. No MSG. Organic. Dairy

More on Eating Disorders

Five on Friday is coming to you late because I have been fully consumed for the past few days with the Eating Disorders Research Society annual meeting. The inaugural launch of this Society was in Minneapolis a quarter of a century ago. I remember well the buzz in the university

Today’s My Lucky Day

I spent the morning at DMV. How can that be lucky? Who wants to spend the last day of summer vacation at the DMV? I would have said no one but the hundred-person line in front of me before the doors opened at 8:30 AM indicated otherwise. As I drove

“Mom, I’m Bored”

Music to my ears. But this wasn’t always so. As parents, we have been brainwashed to be afraid of hearing those dreaded words: “I’m bored.” The same thing happened in healthcare around pain when, in the late 1990’s, pain was dubbed the fifth vital sign. Providers were instructed to eliminate

Mental Health Decisions in this Era of Information Overload

Two of my kids just had their annual dental checkups. The dentist, who I like very much, recommends that they have their wisdom teeth removed. Sort of straightforward, except that a growing number of oral health professionals have moved away from prophylactic extractions. What should we do? Making good healthcare

Burnout Explained

Hitting the send button each week is like serving in tennis. With great anticipation, I always wonder what will come back at me. Last Friday, I wrote about the recent adoption of the WHO International Classification of Diseases-11 (ICD-11) and provided a number of highlights about conditions that were added,

Dementia Reimagined

Dr. Tia Powell directs the Center for Bioethics for Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She is a national expert on dementia, and for full disclosure, she is a dear friend. So, it is with enormous joy that I share with you a conversation I had with

From Russia With Love

If only 007 could see it now… I spent the last two weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, first working and then visiting a world that has been colored for me by great (and long) Russian novels filled with palaces and czars, and Bond films portraying Cold War drama and

Everything Is Illuminated

This is the title of Jonathan Safran Foer’s New York Times Bestseller about a young Jewish writer on a journey to Ukraine to find his grandfather’s hometown and the woman who saved his life during World War II. The story is filled with colorful characters who beg your forgiveness and

We Feel and Think What We Eat

This week, I had the joy of sharing spring break with my daughter and niece in Paris. It was a food lover’s dream. Beginning with a baguette and fresh berries each morning and making our way through the day with crepes, cheese, and fine dining of regional and seasonal specialties,

Ketamine: From Party Drug to Prescription Medicine

Ketamine’s ignominious start was as a psychedelic party drug with the street name of Special K. Its future is as a promising intervention for treatment-resistant depression. Just this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved esketamine, a form of ketamine, for the treatment of depression. It is the

Dark Days; Dark Mood

Friends of mine just left for two weeks of vacation to someplace closer to the equator where they went to soak up some sunshine. For many of us, we experience a visceral desire to go where it’s warm and sunny during the winter. We often say we want to get

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