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Struggling to find happiness while you’re stuck at home? Experts say contentment is enough.

Many of us are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is a time of extreme challenge, and there’s a lot to feel anxious about right now. We’re in the middle of an enormous social experiment, and the results are becoming clearer every day. For a lot of us stuck at home, it’s what we brought into the pandemic that’s causing us unnecessary suffering: an expectation of happiness. No, this doesn’t mean that misery is the answer. What this means is that pursuing happiness … Read at The Washington Post

Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe… Read at Time

The Biggest Factor Behind Obesity May Be One We Don't Want to Hear

The most likely reason for our obesity epidemic is the one we don’t want to hear. Why are so many of us carrying so much extra baggage? It’s a question that has, ahem, weighed heavily on researchers ever since obesity rates started swelling in the 1980s. The chunk of the U.S. adult population classified as obese…
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UC Berkeley launches center for psychedelic science and education

Fifty years after political and cultural winds slammed shut the doors on psychedelic research, UC Berkeley is making up for lost time by launching the campus’s first center for psychedelic science and public education.

With $1.25 million in seed funding from an anonymous donor, the new UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain. … Read at Berleleyside

When Art Is Medicine

In Ojibwe culture, music, dance and medicine are sources of healing.

From our first contact with Europeans to the present, Indigenous people have careened from one public health crisis to another. Our healing process and our historical memory of these moments should not end with vaccinations. Traditions of song and dance help restore the balance that is drained by bodily sickness and deliver spiritual… Read at NYTimes

How ancient remedies are changing modern medicine

Long overlooked by Western science, traditional Chinese treatments are yielding cutting-edge cures.

In my hand I’m holding a warm, beating heart. About the size of a softball, it’s a luminous globe of scarlet, pink, and white tissue. I can feel its chambers contracting and hear the whoosh… Read at NG

Struggling to find happiness while you’re stuck at home? Experts say contentment is enough.

Many of us are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is a time of extreme challenge, and there’s a lot to feel anxious about right now. We’re in the middle of an enormous social experiment, and the results are becoming clearer every day. For a lot of us stuck at home, it’s what we brought into the pandemic that’s causing us unnecessary suffering: an expectation of happiness. No, this doesn’t mean that misery is the answer. What this means is that pursuing happiness … Read at The Washington Post

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry

In places around the world, lockdowns are lifting to various degrees—often prematurely. Experts have identified a few indicators that must be met to begin opening nonessential businesses safely: rates of new cases should be low and falling for at least two weeks; hospitals should be able to treat all coronavirus patients in need; and there should be a capacity to test everyone with symptoms. But then what? … Read at The New Yorker

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Book + Product Reviews

“The DeFlame Diet” by David Seaman, DC, MA

“The DeFlame Diet” by David Seaman, DC, MA

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

Dr. David Seaman graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1986. He quickly migrated from chiropractic practice to a broad range of research. His specialties include inflammation, nutrition and pain. Out of his work has come a series of books focused on the effects of low grade inflammation. In this review, I will focus on his first book, The DeFlame Diet. The central tenet of Seaman’s work is that a vast number of Americans live in a perpetual state of low-grade inflammation; a state he refers to as “flamed.” Seaman notes that…

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Ricky’s Riffs: A blog about health and healing and a world that needs care.

On Impermanence and Illusion

On Impermanence and Illusion

We spend so much of our lives constructing stories; narratives to make sense of our worlds. And we usually cast ourselves as the heroes, the center pieces of what are, all too often, tall tales. As I watch my boarded-up city of San Francisco slowly re-open, I know that it will not be what it was before. Like a tidal wave washing over the city, sweeping away lives and livelihoods, COVID-19 has destroyed so much. I, like millions of others, was comfortable with my illusions of stability and permanence. I have had a practice for more than 30 years on quaint, tourist friendly, Union Street. I was part of an integrative, holistic health center with chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and many other types of practitioners who have come and gone over the years. But now, just a few years from retirement, I am caught in the wake of a flood…

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Health GroovesA Podcast

On Staying Healthy and Moving Forward During COVID with Rick Snyder, Executive Coach (E37)

On Staying Healthy and Moving Forward During COVID with Rick Snyder, Executive Coach (E37)

Decision making is one of the most challenging aspects of leading, as we never have all the information we need and yet we still need to act. Especially in these unprecedented times of great uncertainty. Our special guest, Rick Snyder, executive coach, and author of “ decisive Intuition,” researches and implements how to incorporate intuition into the decision-making process make better and faster decisions that impact all areas of the business. And this conversation is more timely than ever.

I talk to Rick about how to stay balanced and keep moving forward personally and professionally in this “time of Covid.”

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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- November 24, 2020

Where does intuition fit into this mix? https://t.co/0FRFotAkb7
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- November 24, 2020

@PainSci Where does intuition fit into this mix?
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- November 24, 2020

Moral Injury. The new term for burnout. And it is real among front line health care workers. #MoralInjury #Burnout #healthcareworkers https://t.co/KsuTYOOnyY
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California Law Banning Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Will Transform Industry...for the better! https://t.co/J4VgRKwgEC via @KHNews #Cosmetics #Toxins #CosmeticIndustry
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Breathing is essential to good health. #Breathing #Wellness https://t.co/Yyq5ST1Vhp
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- November 22, 2020

COVID devastates private practices. I know. I have one. #COVID-19 #PrivatePractice https://t.co/heeWhbSDX4
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- November 20, 2020

The Race to Redesign Sugar. Can we just stopped using it? https://t.co/85YG0lXp0I via @NewYorker #sugar #diabetes #wellness
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- November 18, 2020

@MollyJongFast Please explain what is Orwellian about adhering to public health guidelines recommended by public health experts.
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- November 18, 2020

The level of denial with the virus surging is mind boggling. #COVID19 #pandemic #denial https://t.co/ML8EsyGK3U
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- November 18, 2020

Hair as an occupational hazard. This discrimination is real. #hairDiscrimination #Hair https://t.co/W2KrRVBX3S
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- November 18, 2020

Light therapy lamps can ease seasonal depression. Here’s what you need to know. Light matters!https://t.co/Dre2O2W9qh #SeasonalDepression #LightTherapy #Winter #COVID19
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- November 17, 2020

When the pendulum swings too far. Patients Struggle to Find Prescription Opioids After NY Tax Drives Out Suppliers https://t.co/SICMpVcUED via @KHNews #OpioidEpidemic #Addiction #Overdose #PainMedication
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- November 17, 2020

For every profession: What Doctors Aren’t Always Taught: How to Spot Racism in Health Care https://t.co/EV5MyNSV5U via @KHNews #Racism #Healthcare #Medicine
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- November 11, 2020

How to Worry Better. Breathe! https://t.co/R0TjwOWZkZ #Worry #Breath #Wellbeing
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- November 10, 2020

Weight training may help ease anxiety, increase well being and strength. https://t.co/fHpJPjR1Fl #WeightTraining #Anxiety #Strength #Wellbeing
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- November 7, 2020

Time to heal. How loving kindness meditation can help you deal with even the most annoying people https://t.co/7wrYYsPPz3 #Mindfullness #Meditation #Healing #Peace
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- October 24, 2020

No surprise when you politicize a pandemic. Rural Midwestern Communities Hit Hard As Coronavirus Surges In U.S. Again https://t.co/UzcVaS0ueF #pandemic #COVID19
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- October 24, 2020

Like a wildfire. Employees Who Work At Multiple Nursing Homes May Have Helped Spread The Coronavirus https://t.co/mwjJmWhRVC #COVID19 #pandemic #nursinghomes
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- October 20, 2020

@MSNBC Covid is NOT like the flu. Listen to the testimony of a 34 year career MD. #NotTheFlu #Covid19 #pandemic #CovidFail
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- October 17, 2020

@meyerjef @steveschale And the independents. Are they all voting for Trump.
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Ricky FishmanChiropractor, Advocate,Content Curator

Ricky Fishman has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists and others. Complementing his clinical work, Ricky has taught both graduate and undergraduate coursework in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. In addition to the treatment of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries, he works as a consultant in the field of health and wellness with companies dedicated to re-visioning health care for the 21st century. “Condition” is the culmination of his many years in health care; of practice, teaching and research. For more information about his work, visit www.rickyfishman.com

ricky@rickyfishman.com www.rickyfishman.com
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