According to tradition, at Rosh Hashanah God determines how much income we will earn throughout the year, and we pray that we will have enough for our needs. But how can doctors pray for parnasa? They earn their living because others suffer and need doctors for treatment. The answer: Doctors can pray that poor people will stay healthy, and that rich people will only think that they are sick.
Dr. Kaufman, a local dermatologist, shared this tongue-in-cheek reply at a talk on skin care that he gave to our local Emunah women’s group. I’ve collected some of the important points. Any mistakes are my own.
- Melanoma is rare and is usually detected by the patient, who notices a change in a mole or mark. Look for changes, uneven coloring, irregular shaping, or bleeding that continues for more than a day or so. Round, dark moles are not usually cancerous.
- Widespread screenings rarely find cancer, but may lead to greater awareness among the public.
- Sun exposure causes cancer and increases wrinkles.
- Buy the cheapest skin cream you can find, because the active ingredients cost the least. Additional ingredients have little effect and can be allergenic.
- There are about 30 known treatments for warts, probably because warts are hard to treat and often return.
- Treating a burn with cold water, in the first seconds after the accident, is most effective at limiting damage.
- Retin-A is inexpensive and smooths out wrinkles, but only temporarily.
- A six-month treatment of Accutane, a medication with few side effects cures acne in 80% of patients, for life. You shouldn’t take it if you are trying to get pregnant, but doctors need to be careful how they word their instructions. One dermatologist told a patient, “You can’t get pregnant while you’re using this medication.” So she stopped the birth control pills.
- Creams don’t prevent wrinkles. Skipping the “beauty regimen” has no long-term effects.
Dr. Kaufman believes that there’s nothing wrong with looking your age, and discourages patients considering plastic surgery.
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