“The more a man’s life is shaped by the collective norm, the greater is his individual immorality.” ~Carl Jung
I’m not alone in reeling from the fragmentation we are feeling and witnessing in our country. How did we lose our kindness and our connection to one another and accept beliefs as facts? How did we let our external identities separate us? What has happened to us?
As a physician, my focus is often to uncover the underlying cause of illness, its seed, for me to find a cure. This requires me to sift through many layers of history to uncover…
I have been thinking so much about the signs of our times. As one who has always been an ‘out of the box thinker, I find myself looking for meaning and precision about the state of our country and the state of the world. Is there some meaning to be gained from all of what is happening? Have we finally come to a place where we can see how harmful our compulsive addiction to duality is? Are we living the koan of the ‘illness we need for our healing?’
Since January of 2020, when the earliest recorded cases presented in the US, we have lost 600,000+ lives to this virus. The estimated global death toll is more than 4.12 million (as of July, 2021). Thankfully, mRNA vaccines have greatly reduced the transmission of nascent Sars-CoV2, offering those who are vaccinated reprieve, a milder case of COVID if infected, a nearly nil probability of hospitalization, and a minuscule risk of death from infection. …
Dropping alcohol is the single most powerful change a person can make for reclaiming health. I emphasize the is in my medical practice to EVERY patient I see. Alcohol is a neurotoxin, a carcinogen, an immunosuppressant and increases blood sugar and belly fat. I am not sure why its intake has been normalized in society. I was horrified to see how many people increased their alcohol intake during the COVID Pandemic. Alcohol suppresses Natural Killer Cell numbers and activity (in the liver), the first responders that kill cancer cells, viruses and bacteria and also distinguish self from non-self. If NK cells are 'sleeping', viral load, cancer progression and spread and autoimmunity increases....pure logic.
Thank you for writing this very informative article. I will refer my patients to it as it is so well written.
December 2020 heralded the release of the COVID19 vaccine. It was released at an unprecedented speed after a clinical trial demonstrated its efficacy. The vaccine was shown to be 95% effective in protecting humans against the COVID19 virus.
Many in the public are skeptical about this vaccine. I would like to offer some basic knowledge to assist in clarifying any confusion you might have about how this vaccine works to protect against the COVID19 virus.
First, a recap of the immune system and how vaccines work:
When a foreign protein (antigen) enters our body, our innate immune system is the…
I am an internist in private practice in a community west of Milwaukee, and my commitment as a physician is to keep my patients and community safe and healthy. I have worked hard throughout the pandemic, to learn everything I can about COVID19, have helped my patients stay healthy, greatly reduced rates of COVID spread through preventive education, and cared for my patients who have become COVID positive, keeping them healthy enough to not need hospitalization. My practice has stayed open throughout the Pandemic, I’ve been diligent and tenacious through significant dips in patient volume and worked hard to meet…
“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~His Holiness, The Dalai Lama XIV
If there is anything I’ve learned this year, it is that life is full of uncertainty. Yet there are some certainties that we can all agree upon:
a) If we are born we will die;
b) Struggle cannot be escaped (no matter how hard we try);
c) Living from meaning is essential at any stage of life;
d) We belong to one another no matter how separated we feel.
e) Life is always propelling us towards healing and love.
f) The Unknown…
I woke up this morning with my patients in my heart who are in the process of moving towards their freedom. So many women are leaving dysfunctional relationships right now. The state of the world is amplifying our need to transform and align with our essence.
The majority are leaving their relationships with narcissists. It seems that narcissism is more prevalent now than ever before in the world, and speaking from personal experience, adapting to a narcissist moves us further and further away from our Authentic Self.
When we are adapting to abusive behaviors towards us, be it family of…
Two months into the COVID pandemic, physicians on the front lines were referred to as ‘Heroes’. Are physicians actually heroes? I have a perspective on this that is different from popular culture.
Most physicians are born with an instinct to heal. We run into danger, without concern for our own safety, to save lives. Our intense and arduous training to become a physician has an alchemical effect on our instinct to heal. It in fact, amplifies and hones it. We train under conditions of intense pressure, diagnosing and treating patients with contagious diseases, unimaginable traumas and a myriad of illnesses…
One of the reaons people are reacting this days, is due to the feeling of a ‘loss of control’. A pandemic for sure brings this to the fore. An invisible virus has paralyzed our world. This feeling of a ‘loss of control’ is at the heart of any conspiracy theory. When I see these theories pop up with millions of views and shares, I am reminded of this underlying cause. People who believe in these are looking for an outside reason for why they have ‘no control’.
The paradox is that we live with the illusion that we are ‘in…