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October 2023 Volume 17


Mitzi's Message: The Blessing of a Cold

Dear Readers,

This past week, I found myself nursing the familiar symptoms of a bad cold. Having suffered from pneumonia before, I know the importance of addressing such symptoms without delay.

However, my initial reaction was frustration; there were so many projects and tasks on my to-do list, and this illness was an unwelcome interruption. Yet, as I cleared my calendar, with tissues and the usual cold remedies at hand, I found a silver lining. This necessary pause made me realize how infrequently I allowed myself to stop and truly rest.

As I surrendered to the downtime, turning off alarms and embracing restful moments, something shifted. I transformed my space with the soothing scent of eucalyptus, let myself work only when I felt up to it and nourished my body with healing foods and lots of tea and honey. It was a reset of sorts, a reminder of the importance of self-compassion and the value of rest. By the time I recovered just a few days later, I not only felt physically rejuvenated but also mentally refreshed. And, of course, I am grateful for my strong and responsive immune system.

And speaking of immunity…

The fall season is upon us. We have cold weather and warm holiday gatherings to look forward to. It’s also flu season, and COVID is still with us. We can lessen the chance of serious illness with vaccinations against both. If you are over 50 or have chronic disease, pneumonia vaccines can also help prevent complications and if you are 65, you are eligible for the RSV vaccine.

But should you find yourself caught by illness of any kind, see it as a reminder of your body's needs—a chance to rest, to care for yourself, and ultimately, to emerge stronger. Our health is our most precious asset, and sometimes, it takes the blessing of a cold to remind us to protect and cherish it.

Take good care,

Mitzi Krockover, MD

FEATURED PODCAST: How to Optimize Aging: Nutrition, Exercise, and Bone Health 

Join Beyond the Paper Gown host, Dr. Mitzi Krockover, alongside esteemed scientist and physician, Dr. Pamela Peeke, Chief Medical Officer at Bone Health Technologies, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, and best-selling New York Times author, for a profound exploration into the dynamics of aging. Delve into the nuanced changes our bodies undergo, and how they impact our nutritional and exercise regimens. Gain invaluable insights into navigating perimenopause and menopause, understanding osteoporosis risks, and implementing strategies to fortify your skeletal health. Tune in to learn how to lead a life that's both active and fulfilling. Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only; consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance on your health journey.

FEATURED PODCAST: Mastering Online Health Information

Are you curious about finding reliable health info online? Join Dr. Krockover as she talks with Dr. Simi Adedeji, Family Medicine physician, content creator and health influencer, and Dr. Vishaal Virani, Head of Health, YouTube Uk & Ireland as they discuss the evolving landscape of online health information, specifically on platforms like YouTube. They stress the need to fill knowledge gaps in women's health, ensure health information is easy to understand for everyone and underline the value of dependable sources.  Get a sneak peek into YouTube Health, YouTube’s new initiaitve that spotlights credible health content.  With their combined expertise in medicine and content creation, they'll offer handy tips to sift through online health advice and use digital resources for better health. Perfect for anyone eager to boost their health IQ with trustworthy online info!

FEATURED ARTICLE: What to Do If You Find a Breast Lump

You have just come out of the shower, you are drying your skin, and then you find a breast lump. Or maybe you were doing your monthly breast exam, and you felt a lump. Your first reaction to finding a breast lump may be one of panic. Could it be cancer?

CALL TO ACTION! Caregiving with Cancer Project Survey

Help parents and caregivers with cancer get the support they need at work.

If you are a parent or caregiver to an adult, and have been diagnosed with cancer, please take this brief new survey about your experiences.

This research is being conducted by Mom's Hierarchy of Needs in partnership with Emmanuel College and will be used to advocate better support for caregivers in the workplace, including resources for parents, caregivers and the organizations who employ them, on supportive wellness, benefits and work/life integration strategies.

Women's Healthy Aging Innovation Summit

December 6-7, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

Bringing together 200+ fellow women’s health leaders for two days full of exclusive content with over 40 influential speakers, essential networking hours, and intimate roundtables. This is the leading summit for driving investment, research, and innovation in areas relating to women’s healthy aging. Speakers include Beyond the Paper Gown host, Mitzi Krockover, MD!



The Wisdom Study aims to learn which approach to breast screening is better: a personalized approach for each woman based on her unique risks for breast cancer, or the current one-size-fits all approach of annual mammograms?

With your help, we can answer this question and together, create a healthier future for all women.


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Creamy Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa Bowl


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 cups fresh spinach leaves

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: chopped parsley, pumpkin seeds, or sliced almonds


1. Cook Quinoa:

- Rinse the quinoa under cold water.

- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

- Add the rinsed quinoa, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork.

2. Sauté Spinach and Mushrooms:

- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.- Add the diced onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.

- Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, or until fragrant.

- Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until they're tender and browned.

- Stir in the fresh spinach leaves and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until wilted.

3. Combine Quinoa and Vegetables:

- Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Mix well to combine.

4. Creamy Yogurt Sauce:

- In a small bowl, combine the low-fat Greek yogurt and grated Parmesan cheese. Mix until smooth.

5. Assemble Bowls:

- Serve the quinoa and vegetable mixture in bowls.

- Top each bowl with a dollop of the creamy yogurt sauce.

6. Season and Garnish:

- Season with salt and pepper to taste.

- Optionally, sprinkle chopped parsley, pumpkin seeds, or sliced almonds on top for added flavor and nutrients.

This recipe incorporates quinoa for its calcium content, spinach and mushrooms for additional calcium and vitamin D, and the Greek yogurt for a dose of calcium and protein. It's a balanced dish that can contribute to bone health when part of a well-rounded diet. Enjoy!

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 "But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power."

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