Archive for May, 2021

Taking Care of Your Body and Your Mind

For millennia, the therapeutic encounter has remained largely the same: a person who had been functioning normally and without giving a thought to their health now notices that something is wrong—they don’t feel well. They seek someone to help. In various cultures and eras, this “practitioner” may have been called a shaman, a barber, a […]

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Archive for May, 2021

Three Healing Steps to Stop Pouring from an Empty Cup

Six months before her 40th birthday, my patient June began to feel the changes in her body. June noticed that she craved sweets more, had gained a few more pounds than she wanted and was more prone to injury and creaky bones. One weird night’s sleep would have her neck aching for a week. Rather […]

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Archive for April, 2021

Lessen Migraine Pain, Improve Quality of Life

Headaches can be mysterious, frustrating, and painful. Why did it come on? When will it go away? Is there anything I can do to stop the pain? There are different kinds of headaches, and some are more serious than others. When dealing with headaches, we look at symptoms, severity, triggers, frequency, and life impact. Regular […]

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Archive for March, 2021

The Power of Relationships As We Age

Are you 65 or older? If the answer is yes, then congratulations. You are part of the largest group of older Americans ever seen in our country. Indeed, 10,000 people turn 65 years old every day, and those aged 85 and older now make up the fastest growing demographic in the United States. To some, […]

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Archive for March, 2021

How the Right Relationships Can Help You Heal

Your personal support system consists of a number of relationships. These include your family, friends, doctor, pastor, neighbors, coworkers, boss and many others. They can support you, or they can add to your stress and burdens. An optimal interpersonal environment is made up of more positive relationships than burdensome ones. Those that are healing in […]

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Archive for August, 2020

COVID-19: An Opportunity for True Health Care Transformation

The COVID-19 bomb just blew apart America’s healthcare system. It has poked holes in all our weaknesses and laid to waste many who work in health care, both on the front line and outside of it. For hospitals, frontline medical staff, private practitioners, and patients, the physical, psychological, and financial toll of the pandemic is […]

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Archive for May, 2020

Coronavirus, Healthcare, and the Road Ahead

What our hospitals, health systems and individual clinicians have been able to do in the face of this crisis is nothing short of heroic. Major medical centers in the United States shifted their entire health care delivery system to be ICU-ready in a valiant attempt to save lives. “We were built for this,” noted a […]

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Archive for August, 2019

How Patients Can Be Empowered to Play an Active Role in Their Health

Our healthcare system is in flux. As we live longer and embrace changes in lifestyle and environment, we are also being overwhelmed by an increase in chronic disease diagnoses, and the expensive treatments that come with them. To keep up with these changes the fundamental approach of our healthcare system is beginning to move toward […]

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Archive for August, 2019

Affordable Health Care is Not Out of Reach

This article concludes the Five P series—protect, promote, permit, partner and payment—which serves as a guideline for patients seeking to find an integrative physician or health team. To this point, we’ve explored the characteristics of a good integrative doctor, one who protects their patients, promotes proven therapies, permits the inclusion of alternative treatments, and is […]

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Archive for August, 2019

How To Be An Effective Partner in Your Own Healthcare Plan

You know your body better than anyone. Whether managing a medical diagnosis or seeking to improve (or maintain) your current health, your role as the patient should carry at least equal weight to that of your doctor’s. Especially considering the large gaps that can exist between doctor’s visits, it is ultimately your responsibility to monitor […]

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