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A Hero for Science, Patients, and the World: Dr. Mathilde Krim Dies at 91

As immortalized in Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, Dr. Mathilde Krim made a difference for millions by raising awareness and working towards funding research for the early HIV epidemic in the 1980’s.  To date, HIV has killed over 39 million people around the globe. Dr. Krim, a geneticist and virologist with significant credentials, faced the HIV virus head-on and defended the civil rights of the people who had it before it was popular to do so.  Today, thanks to her and others, with early treatment, those affected can usually have a normal life expectancy.

Among many achievements, Dr. Krim created amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDs Research. She succeeded in convincing Elizabeth Taylor to be its founding international chairwoman, which enabled $517 million for thousands of programs to be funded.  Many people are alive today because of the work she did in funding research and educating the public. Krim fought for people affected by the virus to be cared for and not stigmatized.  She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, awarded by President Clinton in 2000 – which recognized her “extraordinary compassion and commitment.”

Krim is a role model for those who believe a person can achieve both academic success and impact society in general.  She was a tireless pioneer, struggling to innovate while never forgetting to respect those affected by HIV. May Dr. Krim rest in peace. Let’s honor her for the incredible difference she made to people everywhere today. Because of her tireless efforts to develop effective medications, many people are alive today and there are even treatments that prevent HIV transmission.  In recent years, thanks to President George W. Bush and many others, maternal to fetal transmission of HIV has approached zero levels in Africa.

Thanks to early public health warriors like Mathilde Krim and Larry Kramer, today HIV transmission can be prevented in many cases and people with the virus can often live a normal life.


Enjoy your day.



Mathilde Krim Dies at 91; AIDS Research Crusader And Patients’ Champion

By Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, Obituaries, January 17, 2018.

Healthy Conflict for Couples (and Teams)

Daphne De Marneffe reports that one third of all couples pledge to marry between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  Her empirical observations reveal that couples see early marriage as a bucket list item or “capstone” more than an expression of love and commitment through good and hard times.  Therefore, the last things that get discussed are potential challenges and differences.


Throughout marriage, these are the topics that need attention from both individuals:

  • Three quarters of couples report paying more than they intended for the wedding and regret it the very next day. Later in a marriage, money continues to create challenges since each party wants to spend it their way and they may resent the need to discuss and compromise.
  • Couples need to create a “we story” to discuss collective joint experience and decisions rather than individual motivations.
  • De Marneffe emphasizes the need to be empathic to one’s partner and utilize high levels of reading oneself. I find this analogous to applying emotional intelligence skills at one’s workplace – where humility and listening play a huge role in success with team members and customers.
  • Difficult conversations such as negotiating anger and disappointment clearly, yet gently, are important elements of a successful romance.
  • Being able to apologize is key, again no different at the workplace with one’s team, customers, or supervisor.
  • Love reflects respectful communication. At the work place we use the expression, “effective”

Georgia O’Keefe said, “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” Friendship, respect, and intimacy are vital. Remember to fight fairly while you humbly listen. Stay engaged while you allow your disappointments. New closeness emerges from “taking the time” as O’Keefe recommends.

Enjoy your next date with your mate, whether newly hitched or twenty-five years into it. If you are single and dating, apply these concepts to getting to know someone.  Let them know you see them.



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Congrats! Now Learn to Fight

By Daphne De Marneffe, New York Times, January 14, 2018

Why Fiber?

Foods high in fiber have significant health and wellness benefits such as longevity and reduced rates of inflammation, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.  Fruits and vegetables can provide vital health benefits stemming from their high fiber makeup.

Fiber actually feeds helpful bacteria in your colon. On the other hand, research reveals that a high fat, low fiber diet reduces helpful gut bacteria ten-fold. Mice with this diet put on weight and developed higher blood sugar levels. Research also shows that with the low fiber diet, intestinal walls get too thin to protect the good bacteria.

Dr. Justin L. Sonnenburg says that a low-fiber diet can cause inflammation throughout the entire body. So, increasing fiber may treat diseases like inflammatory bowel disease.

Additionally, eating multiple forms of fiber has far greater health benefits than eating one or two types. Walnuts, for example, are a great source of fiber, but they should be ingested with other fruits and vegetables.

Raising one’s intake of fiber isn’t a high price to pay for greater wellness. You might even enjoy it!


How will you modify your eating habits?

Enjoy the day.



Fiber is Good for You.  Now Scientists May Know Why.

By Carl Zimmer, New York Times, Science, January 1, 2018


Jump-Start the New Year!

On your first day back from the holiday, apply the goals Elana Gross from Fast Company magazine suggests:


  1. Eat the Frog: Do the most important task first thing in the morning since you likely will have the most energy and motivation.


  1. Scan for Red Flags: Don’t get distracted from your priority goals. Many people are saying to avoid emails in the morning because the multitude will deplete your efficiency.  So, wait until afternoon or quickly scan for urgent things.


  1. Deploy your To-Do List: I say reorganize it the night before which will jump start your entire day. Laura Vanderkam says: Is it an important professional goal; Will it monetize your efforts; Will it lighten your “load”; or Is it urgent to complete today?


  1. Check in with Your Team: Greet your colleagues in the morning and don’t be a grumpy team member.


So, start the day with coffee and follow these basic goals as the new year kicks off!


Enjoy the New Year!




First Things You Should Do Every Workday

Fast Company Magazine, Your Most Productive Self, By Elana Gross, February 16, 2016

Truth Informs Leadership

An effective leader needs to provide honest communication to their team and customers as much as possible. Truth and transparency trends out as crucial in the business literature.  Be aware of the current “fashion” to muddle communication around what is really happening. It is important for each of us to remember that the truth exists and is important.  It is how we and our teams navigate and determine what goals need to be set and achieved.

What do you think?




3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Truth in Business by Todd McKinnon

Inc. magazine, Apr 28, 2016

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