Public Speeches, Private Conversations and the Source of Trust, Health and Happiness

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By Tom Rosshirt A speechwriter learns that public speeches and private conversations are made great by the same ingredients, which can improve emotional and physical health as well. In the summer of 2008 I met in Washington, DC with two respected colleagues to study two dozen speeches and answer the question: “What makes a speech great?” After two days, we…

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Looking Good on the Outside but in Trouble on the Inside – Part 2

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The second of two essays about my journey into consciousness and action – by Tom Courl Read the first essay. Things haven’t been the same since a stress test at age 55 showed an arterial blockage and that I was at risk of having a heart attack. After getting the bad report, I could no longer cling to the story…

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Whole Health: What Do People Live For? Lessons Learned from Teaching VA Clinicians about Wellness

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By Adam Rindfleisch, M.D. In the past year, the Veterans Administration (VA) has been receiving a fair amount of negative press.  It is tough to work in the VA right now. Morale is pretty low.  And it is always challenging to be a Veteran – Veterans are one of the groups most in need of support of their health needs. …

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Your Integrative Toolkit for Cold Care

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By Kathryn Hayward, MD My daughter called me on the phone after taking her 15-month old baby to the doctor. Her voice was filled with the concern of a first-time mother whose first child had her first upper respiratory infection. “Mom, the doctor says that giving guaifenesin to Bianca is both dangerous and useless!” Growing up with a primary care…

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Common Sense Health Care on Two Continents

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By Kathryn Hayward, MD and Jack Temple MS IV My heart quickened with excitement as I read Jack Temple’s last blog post. Dr. Edwards’ response to their conversation during Jack ́s residency interview filled me with hope. I thought, “In an actual residency interview, an MD showed interest in Jack’s experiences with Integrative Health. Wow.” I hadn’t spoken directly with…

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Meaning in the Mundane: Finding Synchronicity in Everyday Life

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by Lenora Deslandes When discussing the concept of enlightenment, Deepak Chopra describes two indications that transformation is taking place. First, one stops worrying and simply accepts what is. Second, one has more and more experiences of synchronicities and coincidences. While I am far from being worry-free, and certainly far from enlightenment, I have experienced the magical role that synchronicity can…

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