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On Aging

I just finished reading James Hillman’s “The Force of Character And the Lasting Life” He died recently which made me look at his work and decide to read this book. Mr. Hillman was a philosopher psychologist who was definitely an outlier. He did not subscribe to one particular school of psychology – although many feel

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Allergic Reactions

This time of year we venture more out of our comfort zone. Spending more time in the outdoors connects us to nature in ways that are extremely beneficial. But it also exposes us to some environmental allergans. Many are highly allergic to poison ivy. This seemingly innocuous plant grows wild and rampant in our area.

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JUNE Men’s Health

This month is dedicated to men’s health. In our practice we see young men ages 13 and up. Maybe because of our society press on men to ‘buck up’ and ‘take it on the chin’, men are more reluctant to get preventative health care services. Heart disease is still the number one killer of adult

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Happiness

So many are seeking happiness…’if I get this new job..if i find a love of my life..if I loose 20 lbs..if I pay off my car..if I get out of debt..if I can take a trip to Asia..” But ‘happiness’ does not lie – out there. It is not to be found in an external

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Caregivers

Many of the baby boomers find themselves in the position of ‘caregiver’ to one or both parents. This role reversal has many negative and positive aspects. If the parent suffers from dementia, it can be difficult and stressful. Some of my patients and friends are caring for parents in a long distance commute. Many of

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Pain

Pain is a subjective measurement of something gone wrong with our bodies. We measure the severity in numerical values. For example, on a scale of 1-10 with ten being the worst; where is your pain level? We do this because each of us has a different pain level threshold and a ten then means our

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Spring

We are nearing the Spring equinox. This means longer times of sunshine and warmer breezes. The daffodils along Rock Creek Pkwy are nodding their appreciation of the dappled sun. Take a bike ride or a walk on one of the many trails along our Potomac River. The flowering trees have budded out early this year.

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Holistic Medicine

If you have been coming to our practice for any length of time, you know that we are integrated and also very open to alternative medicine disciplines. We are now taking a more active role in using holistic medicines and alternative treatments. Part of this focus is the use of phytomedicinals – that is medicines

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Fight for Democracy

Some of you may remember Dr. Darwish who worked with us for over ten years. Dr. Darwish is currently in Egypt participating in the demonstrations and protests before their Parliament. Even though the Mubarek regime was ended; the military has taken control and very little in terms of rights has changed. I just saw a

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Stress and Its Effects

Much of the work I do in our practice centers around getting people to recognize the physical and emotional effects caused by stress. More and more, science is showing us how stress manifests itself in negative ways. The difference between those who are strongly affected and those who are not is simply a matter of

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