Being Alive vs. Fully Living

If you see a plant that’s wilting, you know it’s in bad shape. The leaves are soft and shriveling, it lacks its vibrant green color, and it is drooping. You know it is either deficient in something or toxic with something. There is something keeping this plant from thriving. The world is full of people…

Whose Health Is It Anyway?

Our health has been highjacked. Insurance companies tell us what doctors we can see, what tests can be performed, and what treatments they will allow. Doctors and hospitals have turned healthcare into a business, over-testing, over-prescribing, and losing the personalized aspect of medicine. Drug companies are profit-driven, view us strictly as consumers, pump out over-priced…

The Choice Is Yours

Many of you will find it surprising to know that I used to get into some trouble when I was younger. Enough trouble that I landed in front of a judge at the juvenile detention center. That day significantly altered the course of my life. The judge looked at my parents and told them what…

Your Good Friend Arthur

I asked one of my elderly patients how she had been feeling. She responded by saying that her old friend Arthur was in town visiting. When she saw my look of confusion, she laughed, and said “Arthur. You know… Arthur-itis.” She was referring to increased pain she was struggling with due to arthritis. Pretty funny.…

“Shrinkflation”

There are a lot of things that I do not fully understand. We all have things we do not fully understand. There are terms and concepts that we’ve heard about our whole lives… in school, from parents, and in the news… that we really don’t understand, and surely couldn’t explain to others. And with all…

Discussion vs. Debate

The past couple of years have been loaded with anger, fear, hostility, and divisiveness. People have decided to believe one thing or another, dig their heals in, and hold to those beliefs no matter what. No amount of reason, data, facts, or common sense could rattle their position. The problem with digging in on any…

Prove It!

There are some who will not believe, change, or try something without absolute proof. There must be clinical trials, advanced research, and documented proof before accepting something as being true. They want “the science.” Then, there are those who rely on common sense, personal experience, and what is called anecdotal evidence. Their beliefs and actions…

Focus on the Forest

Humans are goal oriented. We get ideas and dreams in our heads, try to figure out a way to make that idea or dream a reality, then go after it. We do it on a daily basis, without even thinking about, just so we can get through each day. And there are some who go…