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It’s my fault

By | 2019-09-09T15:33:59-04:00 September 9th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Uncategorized|

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 […]

The Gym

By | 2019-07-25T15:46:12-04:00 July 25th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

The Gym

I can save you money!!

And no, it is not snake oil.

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 […]

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First Year Medical Student

By | 2019-03-12T14:02:08-04:00 March 8th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

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 […]

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The Factory

By | 2019-03-08T14:00:50-04:00 September 10th, 2018|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

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 […]

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Nate’s Supplement Notes

By | 2018-08-17T16:00:32-04:00 April 20th, 2018|Supplements|

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 […]

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A note from your inner Customer Service Department

By | 2019-03-08T13:40:10-04:00 February 20th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

inner customer serviceThat 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 […]

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The Hole

By | 2019-03-08T13:41:16-04:00 February 1st, 2018|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Trauma Resolution|

Those of us who are in the recovery community often hear about “the hole”. It is the term used to describe a feeling associated with an unfulfilled need, or an uncomfortable emptiness that some people experience that they are driven to try and fill. The discomfort associated with this feeling is ever present and the first thing we come across that offers a feeling of relief we are very likely to come back to. If the relief is intense, the drive to come back is strong.  A curious aspect of this sequence […]

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Intention

By | 2019-03-08T13:40:27-04:00 January 15th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

Albert Einstein, that master of the underpinnings of physical life, observed that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Along that line, all of us who have been through the School of Sesame Street can see that there’s something wrong with this to-do list:

  1. Renew car registration
  2. Take the dog to the vet
  3. Get teeth cleaned
  4. Pay the bills
  5. Lose 15 pounds

An intention—to lose 15 pounds, to be less driven, to be more patient with our children—cannot be enacted from the usual way of thinking about our […]

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Taking Aim

By | 2018-02-22T18:22:24-04:00 December 15th, 2017|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

I have two dogs who insist on daily workouts of ball fetching. My childhood athletic reach never included ball games, and as a result, I never developed much of a throwing arm. We live in a wooded place, and our ball workouts have often felt more like a game of tree-billiards, with my workout involving chasing crazily bounced balls. Recently, out of self-preservation, I’ve started taking a moment before the throw to focus very clearly and specifically on where I want the ball to go.  Sometimes I even call it out loud […]

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