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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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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

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

Growing Up By Grounding Fear

Growing Up By Grounding Fear

By Ruchi Puri, MDLike 9/11, we have a new reference point in time. This one touches everyone on the planet personally. There is the life before Covid and there will be the life after. The days during Covid-19 are scary in a life and death sort of way. It does not matter if you get it or if you don’t. The unknowns are scary and so are the secondary consequences. Life before Covid was getting scary too. It lacked the burning sense of urgency…

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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 Medical Coaching with Dr. Stephanie Wellington, MD (E35)

On Medical Coaching with Dr. Stephanie Wellington, MD (E35)

Dr. Stephanie Wellington, also known as “The Nurturing MD” is an award winning physician, international keynote speaker, certified professional coach and the founder of “Nurturing MDs.”

In this conversation, we discuss her work with medical doctors and other health care professionals suffering from burnout, an alarming trend throughout the medical profession. Her core curriculum, “Lessons in Life and Medicine,” is based on the premise that personal discovery is the missing piece to life and career success. We also discuss the unique challenges of being on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, another layer of stress being faced by practitioners in hospitals around the country.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Cult for Good Project

Cult for Good Project

Cult for Good Project

Thank you to every one of you who have donated, shared, and supported – what started as just 30,000 bars of soap to pass out in hygiene packs to the homeless of Los Angeles, has now snowballed into a beautiful full nationwide relief program to bring necessities to the homeless across the United States, and our supplies list went from only soap & water, to a massive list of desperately needed necessities.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Cult for Good Project

Cult for Good Project

Cult for Good Project

Thank you to every one of you who have donated, shared, and supported – what started as just 30,000 bars of soap to pass out in hygiene packs to the homeless of Los Angeles, has now snowballed into a beautiful full nationwide relief program to bring necessities to the homeless across the United States, and our supplies list went from only soap & water, to a massive list of desperately needed necessities.

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Tweets

- July 8, 2020

The cost of incompetence. Some U.S. health officials lament a coronavirus crisis that didn't need to happen https://t.co/FMtYhjxeg2 #Incompetence #PublicHealthFailure #COVID19
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- July 6, 2020

Art can heal. The best pandemic art created by Post readers, from a stimulus-check mask to a chicken-recipe sculpture https://t.co/QrAAIjPgMB #ArtHeals #PandemicArt #Inspiration
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- July 1, 2020

‘Cries for help’: Drug overdoses are soaring during the coronavirus pandemic. This should be no surprise given the economic desperation. https://t.co/o5g1On8iHO #SoaringOverdoses #Pandemic #Desperation
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- June 29, 2020

Some version of Medicare-For-All is essential. Now obvious. Employer-Based Health Care, Meet Massive Unemployment https://t.co/hvdNMeaQBM
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- June 27, 2020

I’m a Health Care Worker. You Need to Know How Close We Are to Breaking. This is not ending any time soon. https://t.co/mbmBTKFLzW #COVID19 #HealthcareWorkers #Pandemic #Emergency
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- June 21, 2020

The future is cannabis medicine. How a Cannabis Expert Spends Her Sundays https://t.co/c6QdjNN1LO #Cannabis #CannabisMedicine #HolisticCare #AlternativeMedicine
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- June 16, 2020

When do we talk about prevention? Patients with underlying conditions were 12 times as likely to die of covid-19 as otherwise healthy people, CDC finds https://t.co/8ZlFvZRMou #Prevention #CoMorbidities #Obesity #Diabetes #HeartDisease
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- June 16, 2020

We need radical health care reform now. Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315? https://t.co/HFM6eWga4a #Testing #HealthcareReform #MedicareForAll #SinglePayer
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- June 14, 2020

We need to train an army of tracers. Contact tracing is ‘best’ tool we have until there’s a vaccine, say health experts https://t.co/A1XlnR5VVM #ContactTracing #COVID19 #Pandemic
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- June 13, 2020

Seattle coronavirus survivor gets a $1.1 million, 181-page hospital bill; The need for radical reform is beyond obvious at this point. https://t.co/yWthbYeMVe via @seattletimes #COVID19 #Healthcare #MedicareForAll
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- June 12, 2020

Understanding our past helps make a better future. Doctors Are Covid’s First Historians https://t.co/5PPlQaLWzZ #COVID19 #History #Frontlines
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- June 11, 2020

Narrative Medicine. Using Stories To Mentally Survive As A COVID-19 Clinician https://t.co/oMXD9jyrxY via @KHNews #NarrativeMedicine #StoryTelling #Healing #ComplementaryMedicine
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- June 10, 2020

Meet the ‘Grandmother of Street Medics’ Helping protesters since the 1960"s https://t.co/fCNxdmhL1C #ProtestDoctor #StreetMedic #Demonstrations
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- June 8, 2020

No time for complacency. Marin epidemiologist Larry Brilliant: Virus crisis just beginning https://t.co/NSLfYP3l0A #Epidemiology #LarryBrilliant #COVID19 #Pandemic
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- June 5, 2020

Mass arrests jeopardizing the health of protesters, police; Very dangerous. https://t.co/Gmojeyff1m via @politico #COVID19 #Protests #Contagion
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- June 5, 2020

COVID-19 Overwhelms Border ICUs; just one more crisis https://t.co/mhYrIYLYj0 via @KHNews #COVIDATheBorder #BorderWall
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- June 3, 2020

On private practice surcharges. Open (Your Wallet) Wide: Dentists Charge Extra For Infection Control https://t.co/xYWez21UUa via @KHNews #Surcharges #Dentists #Healthcare
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- June 3, 2020

One more problem with tear gas. Four Bay Area Cities Have Used Tear Gas. Here's How It Makes COVID-19 Worse https://t.co/PtbIuJHokP #TearGas #Protests #COVID19
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- June 3, 2020

Live updates: Coronavirus has infected at least 450,000 health-care workers worldwide, report says https://t.co/QCSfhZEdit #HealthcareWorkers #COVID19 #FrontlineWorkers
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- June 3, 2020

"On Being Mindful During COVID-19 with Dr. Larry Cammarata, PhD, Mindfulness Teacher Condition https://t.co/IGHNicWkfi via @ConditionNews #Mindfulness #LarryCammarata #Stress
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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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