Attitude Exercise

What to do When the Path Ahead is Uncertain?

When a chronic condition doesn’t respond to traditional medical therapies (pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, etc.), there remain at least four alternatives. Lifestyle changes that often provide cures or delay progression  Mindfulness training that can make living with the condition bearable Naturopathic treatments (water therapy, fasting, manipulations) Doing nothing and hoping for the best. Oddly, despite evidence […]

Diets Exercise

Eat Plants Feel Whole

            The purpose of a self-help book is to change your life for the better, hopefully, before it’s too late.  Unfortunately, in matters of health, many people seeking medical help are already in crisis and sometimes beyond the point of full recovery.             In Dr. George Guthrie’s new book, “Eat Plants Feel Whole,” he shares […]

Exercise Uncategorized Walking

Let’s Get Walking

While most find more enthusiasm for exercise in warmer weather, our need for exercise doesn’t diminish because it’s winter.  For best health, we need ways to offset the consequences of sedentary living with daily activities that keep us moving.  Studies show that a brisk walk can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, high […]

Attitude Mind-Body Uncategorized

Enjoy a Mindful New Year

            This New Year’s message is complements of Beth Cook and Leila Nabors, cofounders of the Alabama Institute for Mindfulness Making Room For the New             Several weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend about the upcoming holidays, including the new year. Our discussion centered around new year’s resolutions and intentions. She mentioned […]

Attitude Mind-Body Recipes Social Connections

Have a Mindful Christmas

During the holiday season, there is a tendency for the pressure of life to drain away the joy, magic, and meaning of the season.  When our opportunity to enjoy the season is replaced by an overload of stress, then something is amiss. As a reminder that we have a choice about how we respond to […]

Attitude Expectations

A Doctor’s Story

When I meet a new patient, I often take a moment to get to know them, and I tell them about myself and my personal and professional philosophy and guiding principles as their new family physician. As part of this initial visit, I often tell them, “I have a medical secret. It might not quite […]

Diets Recipes

The Daniel Plan

            The Daniel Plan is a diet and lifestyle guide based on science and Biblical teachings.  In general, the nutrition recommendations are in alignment with what I would recommend for someone just beginning to break away from a lifetime of eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).  For someone further along in their nutrition education, it […]

Diets Fiber Recipes

Meat Substitutes

Have you noticed, meat substitutes are gaining in popularity?  While these meat substitutes go by many different names (plant-based meat, fake meat, meat analogs, mock meat, imitation meat, or vegan meat) they are all made primarily from plants, although most are made from highly refined plant parts. For many, these meat substitutes are believed to […]

Nature Recipes

Another Pumpkin Story

            For those that have previously encountered one of my pumpkin patch stories, you may have noticed that these stories could also be called backyard gardening stories.             While the garden behind my house is limited in space, it can produce a surprising quantity of vegetables and quite a few pumpkins.  The pumpkins, however, only […]

Public Health Water

What’s in Your Water?

The quality of water delivered to your home by the local water department will vary in purity based on the source of the water (rivers, wells, etc.), the processes used to purify the water, and the system of pipes used to deliver the water to your tap. In most public water systems, these three factors […]