Archive for July, 2021

3 Steps for a Healthy Perimenopause

Co-authored by Genevieve Walker, PhD, a medical writer with more than 15 years of medical writing experience and 25 years of healthcare experience. Accepting the challenges, creating wellness Perimenopause. The life stage leading up to and around menopause, the one you may not have heard of until you reached it, can bring physical and emotional […]

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Archive for June, 2021

The Time to Implement High-quality Primary Care Is Now

As horrific as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, it is bringing to bear what leaders and practitioners in health care already knew: our system has a glaring weakness in primary care delivery. A new in-depth report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) provides a crucial roadmap to how we can learn […]

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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

A Move from Burnout Culture to Wellness Culture

Burnout. More and more, I am seeing colleagues, friends, and my patients fraying at the edges. Some are on the edge of burnout and some are already there. More than a year after COVID-19 first entered our vocabulary, we are still seeing its effects in ways we might not have predicted. Women are leaving the […]

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Archive for August, 2020

Widen Your Circle of Support to Be a Better Caregiver

You are a social being. Your relationships with others and your role within your community provide a sense of belonging, care, and support. And right now, when most of us are struggling to remain as social as we once were, often fighting to stave off loneliness, we need to make a real effort to connect […]

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Archive for July, 2020

How Your Physical Presence Can Impact Others’ Healing

It has been scientifically proven that our physical and emotional presence influences the healing of other human beings—it’s a phenomenon that is as fascinating as it is beautiful. The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing Works, and describes the role a “healing presence” can play in the recovery, or maintenance, of one’s health. […]

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Archive for July, 2020

How Emotional Connections Can Help You Heal

As we continue discussing loneliness and isolation in these times of COVID-19, it is crucial to note how remaining in touch with family and friends can be essential to your health. And, while it is vitally important to keep your circles small and adhere to basic social distancing guidelines, the impact of being around loved […]

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Archive for July, 2020

The Science of Love and Loss: How Loneliness Impacts Us

As we’ve seen in our recent COVID-19 survey, and in our latest collection of blog posts, isolation and loneliness can have a real, negative effect on our health—impacting our body, minds, and even our spirits.  The following excerpt is from my book, How Healing Works, and describes the science of love and loss, and is […]

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Archive for June, 2020

Healing Patients in this Time of Loneliness and Social Isolation

Social distancing is essential in helping flatten the COVID-19 curve but it’s also having a devastating effect on our patients’ physical, mental and spiritual health. Nearly half of American adults are feeling socially isolated from family and friends and are struggling to maintain their health, according to the Social Distancing Survey by Harris Poll. Social […]

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