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Set Your Emotional Thermostat

The voice over the hospital intercom said, “Code blue.  830 East.” I was a wet-behind-the-ears medical student new to the hospital wards.  My own heart pounded as I raced up the stairs to the cardiac arrest. By the time I … Continue reading

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How Blame Makes Pain Worse

I caught a great radio interview, and changed my plans to hear the guest speak that night at a book signing.  I arrived early, and still found a long line. Five minutes before the start time, the ticket-seller announced, “Sorry.  … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Story of Gratitude

You may know me as someone who helps people promote healthy bodies, healthy medical practices or healthy businesses. My ideas about what it means to be healthy have changed over my 30 year medical career.  As a practicing surgeon, I believed that health was … Continue reading

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Great TED Talk about Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a disease of the brain.  Here’s a great talk that explains.

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10 Things to Say–and Not Say–When a Loved One’s in Pain

Words are powerful medicine that can help–or harm. Words and actions that say, “You are not alone. I’m here.” are helpful. Words that minimize or negate the experience of the person in pain make things worse. Continue reading

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