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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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Safeguarding our health

By | 2017-11-21T20:22:21-04:00 November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

All of us on the journey of health and wholeness must reckon with the grave influence of environmental toxins on our efforts.  Ubiquitous in our foods, our water, our air, our household products–the number of chemicals in use is growing daily.   Exposure to many of these is known to adversely affect the healthy development and function of body systems.   Sadly, the wise regulation of these in the public’s interest is diminishing.   If we are to be proactive about creating and maintaining good health, we must add awareness of this challenge to our […]

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8-10 servings of vegetables a day? How in the world…?!

By | 2017-11-20T16:19:27-04:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Yep, our super smart and well-informed nutritionist Nate tells us that’s how many servings of vegetables to eat in a day to get the vitamins, minerals, fiber etc necessary for good health.  How do we eat that much vegetable matter in 3 squares a day, especially given that one of those squares normally does not even contain vegetables?

Hint:  Let smoothies turn breakfast into a vegetable meal!  With the right equipment and mindset, smoothies are as easy, fast and yummy as any other other you might be used to, AND you can get […]

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Exercise: It helps us feel better

By | 2017-11-20T15:30:00-04:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Lots of research supports the benefits of exercise to make us less vulnerable to anxiety and depression.   In fact, we know that exercise is as effective in the treatment of depression as the SSRI drugs.   Why does this matter to our health and wellness?  Mental illness is a state of ongoing stress reactivity.  We experience it in our depressed or anxious mood, but the stress hormones continuously released are corrosive to the healthy function of our physiological systems in ways we don’t directly experience — until they show up in […]

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Triggering and UNtriggering fears

By | 2017-10-31T09:24:28-04:00 October 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.
~Lena Horne

We have no shortage of triggers for our fears these days.   It’s too easy for our amygdalas – those almond-shaped structures in the primitive part of our brains that prime us to react way before our conscious logical mind can think about it –  to remain in a state of fearful vigilance that is highly corrosive to our health and well-being.

How do we interrupt the reactive fear response?  We’ve all experienced that the more we try to suppress […]

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