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For Artist Inspired By Illness, ‘Gratitude Outweighs Pain’

People often ask Dylan Mortimer how it feels to breathe through transplanted lungs. He gets that a lot because while most people go through life with one pair of lungs, Mortimer is on his third. The 40-year-old artist has endured two double lung transplants in the past two years. He often shares his journey onstage as a speaker. But when the curtain closes, he leaves the rest of the storytelling to art….

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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

Workplaces are using design to fight employee stress. They’ve got a long way to go.

Ever wept in a glass-walled huddle room? Fumed in the meditation room? Screamed in the combination huddle-meditation room? The corporate world is paying closer attention to reports of workers’ stress. So far, it’s playing catch-up. Twenty-eight percent of full-time workers feel…
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A Midwife in the North Country

The sun was still rising on a brisk Monday morning in October last year when Sunday Smith, a midwife in New York’s North Country, pulled into the gravel driveway of a small dairy farm, scattering some chickens. She had driven for about ninety minutes, along dark country roads, for a prenatal appointment with Jennifer, who was twenty-nine weeks pregnant with her fourth child. At the front door, an Australian cattle dog named Tickle … Read at The New Yorker

Can CBD Really Do All That?

When Catherine Jacobson first heard about the promise of cannabis, she was at wits’ end. Her 3-year-old son, Ben, had suffered from epileptic seizures since he was 3 months old, a result of a brain malformation called polymicrogyria. Over the years, Jacobson and her husband, Aaron, have tried giving him at least 16 different drugs… 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

For Artist Inspired By Illness, ‘Gratitude Outweighs Pain’

People often ask Dylan Mortimer how it feels to breathe through transplanted lungs. He gets that a lot because while most people go through life with one pair of lungs, Mortimer is on his third.
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An Arm and a Leg

Health care — and how much it costs — is scary. But you’re not alone with this stuff, and knowledge is power. “An Arm and a Leg” is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced by KHN. The 40-year-old artist has endured two double lung transplants in the past two years. He often shares his journey onstage as a speaker. But when the curtain closes, he leaves the rest of the storytelling to art“I’m alive because of what someone else did,”…
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A Midwife in the North Country

The sun was still rising on a brisk Monday morning in October last year when Sunday Smith, a midwife in New York’s North Country, pulled into the gravel driveway of a small dairy farm, scattering some chickens. She had driven for about ninety minutes, along dark country roads, for a prenatal appointment with Jennifer, who was twenty-nine weeks pregnant with her fourth child. At the front door, an Australian cattle dog named Tickle … Read at The New Yorker

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Life’s Journey In Medicine

Life’s Journey In Medicine

by Stephanie Wellington, MD

Medicine was my path. I’d decided that early in life before I knew what a career in medicine really looked like. I believed as a doctor I could help people and have a positive impact in their lives. After all what does a teenager really know about being a doctor.
I’m not a teenager anymore. In fact, here I am at 3 o’clock in the morning in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the bedside of a critically ill neonate, waiting. And the weight on my shoulders is unbearable.

The medical interventions are in progress. There’s only one thing left to do. Make the call. It’s the call that I know…

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Book + Product Reviews

“Revolution of the Soul” by Seane Corn

“Revolution of the Soul” by Seane Corn

Review by Ruchi Puri, MD

Revolution of the Soul is the debut book by yoga instructor Seane Corn. It is an autobiography recounting her transformative journey of healing trauma and answering the call to remedy social injustice through her non-profit Off the Mat Into the World. Corn’s naked writing style coupled with her coming of age story is a captivating read. Her life is filled with contrasts reflecting the challenges we all face but struggle to overcome. The backdrop is Manhattan’s pre-gentrified lower east side in the 80’s with its socially marginalized outcasts of drug addicts, punks, underground LGBTQ scene and AIDS crises. There are colorful and thought-provoking…

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

Some Early Thoughts on a Global Pandemic

Some Early Thoughts on a Global Pandemic

We have suddenly been thrust into a global pandemic. Seemingly overnight, our lives have changed. Many of us are on lockdown, prohibited from leaving our homes except to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or the doctor. We must now maintain “social distance” to prevent infection, staying at least six feet from others. There were already signs, back in December 2019, of a strange viral disease originating…

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Health GroovesA Podcast

On Alchemical Acupuncture with Denise Cicuto, LAc (E28)

On Alchemical Acupuncture with Denise Cicuto, LAc (E28)

Denise Cicuto is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, and a diplomate in Oriental Medicine with certifications in Gua Sha, Alchemical healing, and advanced training in pregnancy and postpartum care. Denise once suffered from chronic pain, which lead her to try acupuncture and become an acupuncturist herself. Now Denise helps people live beyond emotional and physical pain.

In this conversation we discuss Denise’s work with alchemical acupuncture, addressing the emotional components that underlie the manifestation of physical symptoms.

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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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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

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