Category: Philosophical Ruminations

Newsletter #21 Energy Vampires

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUTENERGY VAMPIRES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK….. A discussion of Chrstiane Northrup’s new bookDodging Energy Vampires           Have you ever had an encounter with another person (no matter how brief) and felt inexplicably drained afterwards?  Of course

Newsletter #19 Appreciating the Blessings of Life

APPRECIATING THE BLESSINGS OF LIFEEn-joy-ing The Book of Joy           How would you like to be a fly on the wall for a week-long intimate discussion devoted to the subject of joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu?  The

Newsletter #17 The Courage to Heal

NEWSLETTER # 17  THE COURAGE TO HEAL           I was inspired to write about this subject when I recently re-read one of my favorite books, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert. What Elizabeth Gilbert is writing

Newsletter #8 Loneliness & Isolation

Newsletter #8 LONELINESS & ISOLATION “One is the Loneliest Number…..” Three Dog Night As I write about the epidemic of chronic illnesses that have appeared in the past few decades, I am struck by the changes in our social structures

Newsletter #7 Critical Thinking Skills

NEWSLETTER #7 CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS Essential to Diagnosis in Complex Medical Patients Ah, here’s an old fashioned phrase for you: Common Sense. It is a bit of an oxymoron that common sense is actually, not common at all, but rare.

Newsletter #5: Finding the right diagnosis…a personal journey

  Least Favorite Saying: “I can feel your pain.” Favorite Saying: “I know what you have and I can fix it!”   I hope that I have never said “I feel your pain” to anyone. While it has always been

Newsletter #2: Letting Some Patients Go

   LETTING SOME PATIENTS GO           It’s been a tough week for me. I am struggling with what to do with a few patients who are not making progress, and wondering if I am the right physician for these patients.

More Apologies…(for my profession)

  I gave a public lecture at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital on the controversies surrounding Lyme disease. You might wonder how the existence of a disease could be the subject for discussion, but it is! The entire medical profession

Finally…A New Model for Understanding Depression and Pain

  At last, the times, they are a changin’. For 25 years the medical profession has viewed depression as a “simple” imbalance or deficiency of serotonin and dopamine. This misguided concept has limited the treatment of depression almost exclusively to

How Do I Know My True Motivation to Get Well?

How Do I Know My True Motivation to Get Well? Last week, I had a very interesting conversation with a patient who has been with me for some time. She had just finished reading my book, which had raised for