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Christopher Cirino, DO, MPH

I began my career as a physician more than 20 years ago to provide quality, evidence-based care. My training was in infectious diseases and internal medicine, for which I am board-certified. In 2019, I formed Your Health Forum to "get the doctor and the patient out of the clinic" and to start collaborating on nurturing positive behaviors to protect against chronic diseases.

Becoming Tomorrow's Doctor is scheduled for publication on March 31, 2022. The website was created to highlight topics that current and future doctors will need to consider in their practice.

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Making Healthy Food Choices: Processed vs Natural Food

Introduction by Hanna Keith Santos Barrientos Nutrition is a crucial element in achieving a healthy lifestyle. However, with most food products being advertised as healthy and nutritious, one may wonder if they’re making the right food choices. If you’re someone who wants to lead a nutritious diet, you […]

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The Health Impacts of Stress

Not everyone is affected similarly by the same stressor. Stress is both Stressor and Stress Reaction. I hear a lot of times in the clinic how an individual was doing fine until another person or an unfortunate circumstance contributed to their increased stress, anger, and pain. We cannot live a stress-free life. When we speak of stress, it is beneficial to consider two sides of it: the stressor – that which exerts stress – and the stress reaction – our response to the stressor. We may not be able to control what the outside may bring to us, but we can control our attitude and the response we generate. Required in this is the ability to regulate our nervous system to generate calm and reframe a stressor.

Negative and unprocessed stress can be harmful to our health. Unequivocally, it can impact our bodies. How we cope with it can be a second hit to our health and attract us to potentially harmful and addictive behaviors.

In the article, Hanna Keith Santos Barrios defines stress and specifically how our body responds to it. The hope is that the knowledge can equip the reader with a tool to consider the ways in which attach to a stressor and they can reframe it to provide the energy for transcending any obstacle.

Taking Care of Your Heart: Common Cardiovascular Diseases and How to Prevent Them

by Hanna Keith Santos Barrientos Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease (CVD), is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. In fact, around 17.9 million died from CVD in 2019, representing approximately 32% of all deaths globally. That proportion is relatively smaller in the […]

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Women’s Health: Understanding the Natural Changes That Come With Aging

By Hanna Keith Santos Barrientos edited by Christopher Cirino, DO, MPH Here is an article specific to women’s health: menopause and the hormonal changes of aging. It also discusses how older women can maintain a healthy body and be able to adapt to the changes that come with […]

The Microbiome in Health and Disease

An Introduction to the Microbiome: The Role of Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease by Hanna Keith Santos You are not alone, literally, because trillions of microscopic organisms live on and inside your body. The collection of these tiny organisms is called the microbiome. The microbiome is a […]

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Four Metaphors that Illustrate Behavior

“We make our decisions, and then our decisions turn around and make us.” — Frank W. Boreham We are a composite of the decisions we make, whether we are conscious of them or not. The ever-elusive challenge of promoting health and a life of fulfillment is successfully sculpting […]

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