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5 Things Your Doctor Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

5 Things Your Doctor Wishes You Wouldn’t Do

Your doctor cannot always be by your side, but if he could spend some quality time with you, there are some simple stay-well tips he would definitely give you. Among other things, he would say, “Please do not…

Cough and sneeze without covering your mouth, especially if you’re in a movie theater, aircraft or other closed environs, where it takes just seconds to catch an infection. Do everyone a favor—direct those germs into a handkerchief or heavy-duty tissue.

Scarf down doughnuts and muffins in the morning. Sugary treats give you nothing but empty calories. Worse, they send your blood sugar levels shooting up and bring them crashing down soon after, leaving you drained at the start of the day. So, please enjoy a protein-rich breakfast featuring eggs, whole-grain cereal and yogurt. You’ll stay trim and feel energetic all day.

Touch your skin all the time: countless times a day, people tend to absently pick at their skin, touch their face, chew on their nails, dig their nose. This makes doctors wince, because they know our hands carry all sorts of germs. Their advice: wash hands often and keep them away from your skin.

Take the elevator every time: it’s a common sight to see people queuing up even to get to the second floor. A cardiologist watching this would certainly be upset, and ask, “Why not take the stairs and give your heart a good aerobic workout?”

Tune up your iPod to more than 70% of its max volume: it can damage your ears. Advice from an ear-specialist: “Invest in noise-canceling headphones if you can’t hear the music in noisy surroundings.”


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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6:40AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Lentils and brown rice make a good and quick porridge for breakfast. A dash of soy or almond milk and a drizzle of honey or a tablespoon of peanut butter make it taste scrumptious!

9:07AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

i know of all of these and their risk i thought it would 5 unexpected things

1:04PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013


8:24AM PDT on May 10, 2013


9:39AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

It bugs me too and Ilm not a doctor!

8:43AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

A well balanced diet from a well balance OMNIVORE stance, limited processed foods, and plenty of exercise will make all the difference in the world.

6:40PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


4:39AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Thanks for good tips.

2:21AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

some good points raised not only from the article, but from people too! breakfast should be down to preference [especially where animals and dairy are involved]. people touching their skin all the time can be a sign of nerves too, but it infuriates me when you see people with long hair sitting on the bus or train, flicking it and all the loose hairs come away. GROSS! as for the tips about using the stairs and the earplugs, i couldn't agree more! your body will thank you later for it!

1:40PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

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