The Power of Love in Recovery: the neuroscience of addiction

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is Love. Sophocles 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 … Continue reading The Power of Love in Recovery: the neuroscience of addiction

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 is intended for physicians, residents and students … Continue reading About: Case of the Month

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 an office visit.  There may be swelling in … Continue reading Finding Health: The History of an Elusive Goal (part 2)

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 through a new exercise regimen, a personal … Continue reading Finding Health: The History of an Elusive Goal (part 1)

Factors Associated with an Increase in Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates

There has been a looming public health emergency with increased rates of sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.  Other than not using condoms, what other factors may be associated with this increase? Decrease in public health funding to sexually transmitted disease control and education programs.  There has been an estimated reduction of 40% in … Continue reading Factors Associated with an Increase in Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates

On the climb to wellness: Surpassing health and fitness plateaus

”The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.” – Conrad Anker  Wellness is an ever-allusive journey.  The moment that you think you learned about yourself in a way that leads closer to health, something comes up again that gets in the way.  The themes discussed in this blog in total … Continue reading On the climb to wellness: Surpassing health and fitness plateaus

Sleep Disorders Patient Education

Refer to the Exploring Sleep and Wellness post for a summary. When to suspect Sleep Apnea or other Sleep Disorder (Symptoms) If you are not depriving yourself of sleep and notice the following: Even though you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep, you do not feel well-rested.Taking any substance to assist you to … Continue reading Sleep Disorders Patient Education

The Scoop on Sleep

Identifying and Fixing the Issues With Your Sleep Hygiene Have you noticed that your sleep isn't as restful as it used to be? Either you wake up in the middle of the night, can't get to sleep, or wake up too early. There are many ways that poor sleep cycles impact the quality of your … Continue reading The Scoop on Sleep

The Unstoppable Determination of the Mind

"The most effective way to do it is to do it." Amelia Earhart We all have had times when we were so afraid of the possibility of failure, that it stifled us from even taking a chance to try... failing before we start. This could lead to taking an "easier road" or even to regret … Continue reading The Unstoppable Determination of the Mind

Growing Concern in Health Care Workers over Measles Outbreaks

The outbreaks of measles largely in the Northeast and Northwest are a glimpse to a larger problem:  the breakdown in vaccination programs.  Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in caseload of measles.  Countries with the highest rates of measles and the most challenges to vaccination infrastructure include the Philippines, Ukraine, India and the African continent.  Imported measles … Continue reading Growing Concern in Health Care Workers over Measles Outbreaks