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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 […]

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Have You Been Greenwashed?

            You may have noticed that many companies portray themselves as providers of organic products or as being environmentally friendly.  This practice has become such an essential part of marketing that it has been given the name greenwashing.  It’s not that these companies don’t have good intentions but rather that the substance behind many claims […]

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Dementia Expectations Longevity Public Health

The Future of Medicare

If you are among the many that have paid into Medicare, you may be wondering how your investment is doing.  Given that Medicare is a pay as you go system that will depend on the success of the economy and tax revenues to pay for the benefits. It’s reasonable to expect that if budgets deficits […]

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Attitude Expectations Public Health

The Tragedy of the Commons

            The Tragedy of the Commons is a situation where a shared resource is overused.  Typically this happens when members of a group fail to communicate about their mutual needs, or self-interest overshadows the common good.             The most visible examples of a shared resource being misused involve natural resources like water, air, or forest.  […]

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Aging Expectations Longevity

Does Life Style Really Matter?

            No doubt you would expect my answer to be a resounding confirmation that lifestyle matters.  But really, how much difference does lifestyle make?  As it happens, a positive lifestyle can make an astounding difference in how long you will live and the quality of life you will enjoy over those years.             As you […]

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Attitude Expectations Gratitude Longevity Mind-Body

Habits, They Make Us or Break Us

Habits play a significant role in our lives.  By some estimates, half of our behaviors including what we think, say, feel, and do are controlled by our habits.  As you might expect, if you want to make an important change in life, you will probably have to change some habits. Hundreds of articles and books […]

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Aging Attitude Expectations Longevity Weight loss

Why Being Average is Unhealthy

            Because I’m concerned about the long-term health of my patients, I often ask about diet and interest in weight loss.  For most, this question is understood as a reasonable concern.  Curiously, over the years more have objected to my concerns by pointing out that almost everyone is heavy as if to ask, “I’m just […]

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Better New Year’s Resolutions

            Is your life plan on Post-it notes falling off the refrigerator, scattered over old calendar planners, or lost in “organize my life apps” that don’t work the way you do?  If there is an element of truth in any of these scenarios then you’re a candidate for an old idea that’s been revived.  The […]

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Attitude Expectations Gratitude

Thoughts for daily living

                Our physical and mental well being is inseparable.  Each has the potential to enhance or detract from the quality of our life and the lives of those around us.                  Our lifestyle habits are infectious.  A smile is often returned with a smile.  Unfortunately, a negative attitude can be similarly infectious. Being surrounded by […]

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Are You Feeling Burned Out?

Perhaps you’ve had a stressful day, and you find yourself thinking, “I just can’t keep doing this.”  If thoughts like this happen occasionally you are probably in the safe zone.  If it happens frequently, it could be a sign of burnout. Burnout is a special type of chronic stress that often manifests itself as one […]