Dr Martin Fried is a board certified Physician Nutrition Specialist who diagnoses and treats nutrition related medical conditions such as diabetes, overweight, constipation, reflux, abdominal pain, diarrhea, celiac, crohns, colitis, poor weight gain, obesity and overweight. He prescribes appropriate diet and nutritional recommendations.
Creative Compassion Written by medmonthly on July 2, 2012 in No comments
By Leigh Ann Simpson
Martin Fried, MD, is a gentle spirit who posses many talents both as an artist and as a physician. In addition to his impressive career as a pediatric gastroenterologist and board certified physician nutrition specialist, he has also been creating abstract art since 2005. And, according to his patients, his heart has as much depth and breadth as his intellect. For over the past 30 years Fried has made groundbreaking scientific discoveries in pediatric gastrointestinal infectious disease and has been an advocate for children and the advancement of his specialties. He founded and served as the director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Jersey Shore Medical Center where he has been able to improve the lives of thousands of children with the same abstract thinking that he utilizes in his art. “When I first started at Jersey Shore Medical Center in November of 1992, and for the enduring 13 years, I was involved in caring for patients with Lyme disease and gastrointestinal symptoms,” Fried says. “Using the same creativity I use in art, I became the first physician to confirm (with published research) that Lyme occurs in the Gastrointestinal.” Fried investigated this new area of knowledge and published five papers related to tick borne diseases including Lyme, Bartonella and Mycoplasma infections.
Many of Fried’s patients claim that he has a rare sense of compassion for children and an extraordinary ability to connect with them on a personal level to correctly diagnose even the most complex illnesses. Most of his patients attribute his uncanny level of skill in diagnosis to his understanding of how important it is for a physician to be a good listener. Fried’s empathetic ear has allowed him to diagnose his patients’ complaints from the symptoms they describe with minimally invasive procedures. “As a result of being a good listener, I am often able to diagnose conditions such as Lyme disease which may have a negative lab testing in light of serious symptoms,” he says. “I also am able to begin treatment and not wait for a positive lab test because I listened and believed what the patient was telling me and didn’t need a test to confirm what they said.”
In the fast-passed world of medicine today many patients, especially children, are confused and often scared of their diagnosis, or lack of one. Fried understands the importance of relating personally with a child to help them overcome their illness. Hundreds of patients have provided personal testimony that Fried’s genuine presence and understanding played a large part in the success of their treatment.
Fried credits much of his ability to truly connect with children to his long time mentor, Marcella Vitulli. Vitulli was the principal of an elementary school in Yonkers, New York where Fried volunteered long before he went into medical school. “From the moment I met her, I admired her ability to talk to children,” Fried recalls. “In my third year of medical school, I decided to become a pediatrician because of her role model. I felt helping children who have the rest of their life to benefit from my positive intervention was the best gift I could give to medicine.”
Throughout his career, Fried has also published research papers on nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis, feeding handicapped children and the energy requirements of handicapped children. He continues to go above and beyond for the sake of pediatric health as an avid voice in the fight against childhood obesity. He frequently gives presentations at the local YMCA and other community events on the importance of healthy eating habits. “My devotion and dedication to my patients comes from an honest and sincere caring for them and their improved health,” Fried says. “I would do whatever it takes to see that they have healthier days.”
Fried’s art is just another facet of his tremendous contribution to society. “My art is abstract and meant to be interpreted by the person looking at it in a favorable light. It is meant to enhance their life,” he says. “I believe there is a piece of artwork out there for everyone, it is up to the individual person.” Recently Fried has started to experiment with mixed media combining oil pastels, chalk pastels, and acrylic paintings in his creations. Many of Fried’s paintings can be found on display at his private practice in Ocean, New Jersey. In addition, Fried has displayed his art at the annual Jersey Shore Medical Center Photo and Art Exhibit for numerous years and several galleries in Asbury Park, N.J. have featured him as a new and emerging artist.
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I was asked on healthtap why newborns are given trivisol drops which contain Vitamins A, C, and D. Breastfeeding babies milk is low in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium and build strong bones. Breastmilk is therefore supplemented with Vitamin D to assure the newborn with build strong bones and grow well.
According to the Center for disease control, Breast milk or formula will meet all your baby’s nutritional needs for the first six months. Then, as you start to add solid foods to the diet you can continue breast or formula combined with age appropriate meat, cereal, vegetables, fruit, eggs and fish.
Homemade food is usually cheaper and you have control over the ingredients where as store bought food is more convenient.
It might be time consuming and less convenient to prepare homemade food but it doesnt have the added sugar and salt sometimes added to store bought foods.
Below 159 is a normal level of triglycerides. What happens if your level is between 200-400.
First try to decrease your intake of sweets, candies, pies and cakes since they can contribute to high triglycerides
Increase your intake of omega three fish oils from salmon, herring, mackerel and tuna
Exercise burns triglycerides, so increase your activity
Decrease refined carbohydrates such as white flour and white rice and increase your intake of brown rice, 7 grain breads, whole wheat pasta
Maintain a healthy weight- a modest weight loss can reduce your triglycerides.
Eat low in saturated fats (animal fats) and low in fried foods.
Avoid trans fatty acids and hidden fats such as luncheon meats, hot dogs
A 60 year old patient of mine has been losing 2-3 pounds every two to three weeks by portion control and exercise. SHe keeps a written log of her calorie intake and her exercise. Once every two week we review her progress. SHe has lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks since july 29, 2015. SHe remarks that her clothes are looser and she can feel the weight loss by the ease in which she can get into her clothes.
Her committment to the program by documenting her intake and her exercise is one of the main reasons for her success.
For free, myfitnesspal.com enables the user to log in the number of calories they are eating. It can be used for weight loss and you can print out your results and review them with your health care professional
I have had several people bring me their results, and we are able to fine tune their eating habits and make recommendations based on their printouts.
You can also log in your activity and water.
Summaries include, calories from carbohydrates, protein, fat and amount of sodium in the diet.
A follow up of a 10 year old in my practice revealed that constipation was the cause of her bellyaches. On miralax, she had bowel movements daily and her three times daily belly aches were completely resolved. Mom asked if there was an Over the counter fiber supplement her daughter can have. Here were my nutritional recommendations:
Minimize the milk and cheese intake, as they contain no fiber to help constipation and the casein part of cows milk, slows down digestion- almost bringing it to a grinding halt.
Use soy and almond milk instead if you want milk substitutes.
Increase your intake of insoluble fiber- from fresh fruits, peas, lentils, beans
Insoluble fiber, helps increase the transit time of your stool and keeps it moving along the intestinal tract.