Category: Other Health and Wellness Topics

Shinrin-yoku: Health Benefits of Nature

You may have been witness to a developing phenomenon in your local park. It may be a small group interacting with nature, touching bark and moss, smelling the air as they huddle together, sitting down meditating or making yoga poses in the park. What is this action? Is […]

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Aging and the Brain: 10 Ways to Protect It

September is Alzheimer’s disease awareness month. Many of you may know friends or family members in their seventies or older and are developing signs of mental slowing, mild cognitive dysfunction, or already have Alzheimer’s disease. I have seen the same changes in my parents as well. As Your […]

The Power of Love in Recovery: the neuroscience of addiction

The basis of our life is that we are driven toward things that provide us pleasure and away from things that cause us harm. These can be realized or construed in multiple ways — something could bring an immediate feeling of pleasure or a slow return of satisfaction […]

About: Case of the Month

The Case of the Month features an infectious diseases case related to how a patient would present in the clinic or hospital. After the case summary, questions and comments will follow. A review of the findings with a summary of the disease process will then be added. This […]

Finding Health: The History of an Elusive Goal (part 2)

This is a 2-part series on finding health.  In this post, I will describe two models in which to compare health and how they might be integrated.   Reductionism and Holism: Complimentary Approaches to Understand the Body A physician may diagnose high blood pressure in an obese patient (BMI > 30) based on vital signs during […]

Finding Health: The History of an Elusive Goal (part 1)

“Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization, 1948 When you look in the mirror, do you ask yourself if you are as healthy as you can be?  Like me, you might find yourself searching for ways to get healthier – maybe […]

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