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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 […]

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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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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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Heart Burn

By | 2017-10-16T17:38:58-04:00 October 16th, 2017|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Trauma Resolution|

Since I’ve been studying the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment technique called Somatic Experiencing I’ve learned to listen really intently to people’s symptoms. It is not uncommon for people to come complaining of, for example, heart burn.  That term carries a lot of weight – some of it earned and some of what we might call baggage.

The weight comes from the association of the sensation that stomach acid produces when it refluxes back up and out of the stomach and into the esophagus. This sensation often is burning in quality and appears […]

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Adrenal Fatigue

By | 2017-06-13T17:09:26-04:00 June 13th, 2017|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

The studies on Adverse Childhood Events (ACES studies) have uncovered the deeply damaging effects of early life trauma on our health decades later. The strength of the epidemiological evidence is staggering. We know things now that should drive public policy, public health, education, law enforcement, social service and legal initiatives to the front of the line if we care about our future.

And it should drive the medical community to begin to grasp its responsibilities in early identification, intervention, prevention and treatment of childhood trauma.

One of the more frustrating aspect of working in […]

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Running Away

By | 2017-10-16T16:43:56-04:00 May 3rd, 2017|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

Is there an epidemic of anxiety?  In our practice we see people with many body symptoms. They come to us primarily for help with their fatigue, mind fog, bloating, muscle or joint pains or perhaps their thyroid – often when the blood tests indicate that their Synthroid is at a good dosage but their symptoms are not improved.  In the health history form that all new patients complete before they are seen for the first time we ask many questions about many aspects of their health.   This not only gives us a […]

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By | 2013-05-16T09:49:31-04:00 May 16th, 2013|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

A year ago I had two grandchildren, Ezra and Liam. Now I have 9!  Three more have been born this year and my eldest son married a wonderful woman with 4 children.  We had all but one in town for Easter holiday and we spent three glorious days together around good meals, dying Easter eggs, hunting Easter eggs, laughing hard and loudly, and basking in unexpected sunshine.  There was possibly a bit more noise and action than I’m used to so there is some frazzle in the aftermath and certainly some sadness in their leaving.

Kathleen made some amazing food:  Easter […]

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