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Vulnerability and Trust

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A video post by Tom Rosshirt This week’s blogpost is a video of a short talk given by Advisory Council member and former Clinton speechwriter, Tom Rosshirt. The remarks, delivered at a conference in Washington, DC, highlight three “parts of speech”—Trust, Argument, Request. Tom explores the role of vulnerability in building trust, which he says is the most important of the…

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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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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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The Things We Carry: A Portrait of Narrative Medicine

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by Annie Robinson, M.S. Narrative Medicine They carried steaming cups of deli coffee, worn shoulder bags stuffed with papers and snacks and sweaters, bright yellow Metrocards, and buzzing cell phones. They carried worry lines on their foreheads. They carried stress and fatigue from work. They carried regret about how little time they were able to spend with their families this week….

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Journeys with a Shaman

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By Adam Rindfleisch, MD If they don’t take time to explore, people passing through my old stomping grounds in southeastern Idaho might not fully grasp the beauty of the Lost River Valley. The Rocky Mountains rise straight up from the high sagebrush desert and the lava flows.  There are countless places to explore.  In fact, mountains are so numerous and…

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