What seems like a long time ago, I was teaching in a medical school course that introduced medical students to different philosophies of healing. A person I later got to know and become friends with, a medicine man in the Cherokee tradition named Hawk Littlejohn, gave a lecture on how he understood his approach to compare with conventional allopathic medicine. He talked about understanding illness as a loss of balance between primary forces. I’m not sure how much I remember from his talk and how much I later learned – having been stimulated to read and study Native […]
A research study conducted by the Canadian research program Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) and recently published in the Journal of the American Medical society has raised concerns about the effect of fluoride on the developing brain.
The researchers examined data from 512 mother-child pairs, with children born between 2008 and 2012, recruited from 6 sights in Canada. The researchers compared maternal urinary fluoride levels as well as self-reported maternal daily fluoride intake to the children’s IQ, assessed at ages 3 to 4 years. […]
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US? In fact, the number of Americans diagnosed with skin cancer is higher than the number diagnosed with all other cancers combined and the rates continue to rise. Research has shown that sun exposure is the number one modifiable risk factor for this potential deadly and disfiguring disease. Sun exposure also has been shown to cause premature skin wrinkling and aging. So it is no wonder that Americans are using sunscreen more frequently and in larger amounts […]
As I work with adults who experienced childhood trauma, I’ve increasing become aware of a child’s belief, deep down inside many of these folks, that they are the cause of their own unhappiness. The chronic symptoms that have brought them to see me reflects how this core belief has lingered into adulthood in crippling ways.
Most children in unhappy settings experience not only physical discomfort, but too frequently adults who are inclined to blame and be critical (the lingering residue of their early trauma). Well into adulthood, individuals who grow up in such […]
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I’m old and pretty active. I play racquetball several times a week, I garden and haul big, 50 pound bags of “stuff” around and dig and bend over and weed and Kathleen makes sure my vegetable intake is pretty good. I also spend a lot of time sitting in a chair talking to people.
I do have some cardiac risk factors and my family history in that regard is not so good. One of the clinical tools we use in our medical […]
I was a first-year medical student and like my classmates, vulnerable to developing whatever disease we were studying. Or at least compulsively worrying that I was in the early stages of its development. This week we had learned about anterior compartment syndrome. This is a condition where trauma to the muscle just on the outside of the shin-bone causes bleeding and swelling. That muscle happens to be contained in compartment composed of the tough fibrous sheet – called the fascia – that surrounds the muscle.
Because that sheath is so tough, the […]
Functional Medicine: thinking of your body as a factory
In our holistic medical practice we are increasingly looking into metabolic disturbances that often have far reaching and unpredictable consequences on health and wellbeing. Given increasingly sophisticated technology, we can pull away the curtain that then reveals blockages in normal body functions.
One analogy I use is to imagine a manufacturing facility that makes a lot of different products of amazing abilities. One of the surprising features of this facility is the relatively simple supply chain. It can make widgets that are used in lots of different products […]
It’s spring cleaning time. While you’re at it don’t forget to take a look at your dietary supplements! It may be time to upgrade your supplement regimen to include more advanced and absorbable formulations of your old favorites, or find more convenient, trustworthy, and cost-effective sources for your current favorite brands.
Plum Spring Clinic has developed several trusted supplement sources through our many years of practice. Recently, Amazon and other major retailers have begun entering into the market in a more concerted way. Hopefully, this will result in better […]
That notorious Inner Critic — in health coaching partnerships with people carving a path to their healing, I observe this voice to be a shared entity. Like a weird uncle, we all seem to have one and it is important to be self-aware of such.
This ‘internal cattle prod’ has gotten plenty of attention. By now, no one is terribly embarrassed to confess to theirs, because we can be reasonably sure of a sympathetic audience. We know the feeling of squirming under its scrutinizing gaze and recognize its sharp disdaining tone as […]