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Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use…
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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

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising transcendence and community, but failing to deliver.

In his 1930 essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek in the 21st century, creating the equivalent of a five-day weekend. “For the first time since his creation…
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Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age

When Susan Saunders was 36, her mother was diagnosed with severe dementia. “I had a toddler, a newborn, a full-time job as a TV producer – and I became a carer as well.” As a teenager, she had watched her mum care for her own mother, who had the same condition. “I became determined to do everything I could to increase my chances of ageing well.” Annabel Streets’ story is similar. When she was a student … Read at The Guardian

Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

A new drug, created to treat just one patient, has pushed the bounds of personalized medicine and has raised unexplored regulatory and ethical questions, scientists reported on Wednesday. The drug, described in The New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to be the first “custom” treatment … 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

Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use…
Read at KHN

Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age

When Susan Saunders was 36, her mother was diagnosed with severe dementia. “I had a toddler, a newborn, a full-time job as a TV producer – and I became a carer as well.” As a teenager, she had watched her mum care for her own mother, who had the same condition. “I became determined to do everything I could to increase my chances of ageing well.” Annabel Streets’ story is similar. When she was a student … Read at The Guardian

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Moral Injury From a Primary Care Perspective

Moral Injury From a Primary Care Perspective

By Talal Khan, MD

In the past 15 years, I have seen the corporatization of health care and a war on physician autonomy in general and primary care in particular.

Primary care physicians have been relegated to triage workers for big health systems and insurance companies. The devaluation is so extreme that in many areas of the country, they are losing out on competitive jobs to physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These physician extenders are valuable assets to the health care system but also more likely to sing the tune of the administrators and regulatory bodies…

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Book + Product Reviews

“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

In The Digital Health Revolution, Kevin Pereau describes a new world of medicine: a digitized world. He takes us from electronic health records (EHRs) to new self-monitoring devices that provide continuous feedback about blood pressure, heart rate, and how many steps we take each day. Knowing the number and type of calories we have taken in, how active we have been (or not), and our blood sugar levels, can be very helpful.  This information provides a pathway to prevention, and often reversal, of many of the chronic diseases that plague us today.  Eighty per cent of all illnesses we suffer from fall into this category.

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

The Sound of Healing

The Sound of Healing

I relaxed at Philz, my local cafe, sinking into a soft leather couch, taking in a fine selection of indie rock, and enjoying some very strong coffee. As I sipped on a tall Tesora, I daydreamed about the trip I’d soon be taking to Peru. I was excited, but at the same time troubled by a pain I was feeling. I knew its source. A deep wound inflicted by someone whom I thought was a friend. He had stolen something from me, something real and material, but also something more…vital. It felt as if this “friend” had made off with a piece of my heart. But knowing this…

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Health GroovesA Podcast

On Private Practice and Corporate Medicine with Talal Khan, MD (E20)

On Private Practice and Corporate Medicine with Talal Khan, MD (E20)

Talal Khan is a physician delivering personal primary care by fusing modern medicine and lifestyle management. In this conversation, Dr. Khan describes his journey from idealistic resident to corporate MD, where his work was overseen by administrators in back offices far from where he was seeing his patients. He finally made the bold transition to private practice where he has been able to practice medicine in the way he envisioned, and taken control of his professional life.

Too many practitioners today are suffering burnout, or what is becoming known as “moral injury,” because of the corporatization of medicine. Dr. Khan provides insight into why.

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Events, Activities, Healing

San Francisco Birth Center

San Francisco Birth Center

Midwifery care in a home-like setting
San Francisco Birth Center offers comprehensive midwifery care in a safe home-like environment. As midwives, we believe that birth is a normal physiologic process. We trust in the innate wisdom of the body and honor pregnancy and birth as a powerful time of transition in a woman’s life. SF Birth Center is a comfortable place to bring your baby into the world under the gentle hands of experienced midwives.

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Events, Activities, Healing

San Francisco Birth Center

San Francisco Birth Center

Midwifery care in a home-like setting
San Francisco Birth Center offers comprehensive midwifery care in a safe home-like environment. As midwives, we believe that birth is a normal physiologic process. We trust in the innate wisdom of the body and honor pregnancy and birth as a powerful time of transition in a woman’s life. SF Birth Center is a comfortable place to bring your baby into the world under the gentle hands of experienced midwives.

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- November 19, 2019

One major cause for doctor burnout. Yale study: Doctors give electronic health records an ‘F’… https://t.co/fd2wHhd9tN
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- November 18, 2019

Planned Parenthood Awarded $2 Million in Lawsuit Over Secret Videos; Yet anti-abortion activists still quote these… https://t.co/5xAC9XMMXM
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- November 16, 2019

Like many other medical procedures, Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find… https://t.co/rapEJt8IPJ
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- November 14, 2019

Climate change will affect “every single stage” of a child’s life, health researchers warn https://t.co/8eDOeufVuVhttps://t.co/LHESoslfsc
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- November 14, 2019

Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated; one more downstream effect of anti-biotic over pres… https://t.co/Snfz5Hw3EK
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- November 13, 2019

Even a Modest Co-Payment Can Cause People to Skip Drug Doses; a good argument for health care (MFA?) to have no co-… https://t.co/Qhg4lFrR32
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- November 13, 2019

Standing up for their rights, ‘emboldened’ N.F.L. players value health over paychecks https://t.co/7dpJt3v2tb #NFL… https://t.co/qJasj3874c
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- November 12, 2019

On Private Practice and Corporate Medicine with Talal Khan, MD (E20); On the transition from corporate medicine to… https://t.co/9rkKwScTbk
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- November 12, 2019

Google to Store and Analyze Millions of Health Records; Should we trust Google with our health information?… https://t.co/1zXMgpSYOR
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- November 12, 2019

Warren numbers check out: Says Out-Of-Pocket Health Spending Will Total $11 Trillion In The Next Decade. Important… https://t.co/vWHzEL88Kf
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- November 12, 2019

The Health Care Industry Needs to Be More Honest About Medical Errors; Iatrogenic disease is a leading cause of dea… https://t.co/KWECIQxIyH
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- November 11, 2019

An aging population is creating new needs. A Retirement Community That Comes to You https://t.co/BDleLBux56https://t.co/nO9ePdMEDK
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- November 10, 2019

Kristof: "Let’s Wage a War on Loneliness." The downstream health effects of loneliness are devastating to both bodi… https://t.co/qRe6smnoRS
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- November 9, 2019

Bruising Labor Battles Put Kaiser Permanente’s Reputation On The Line; The health care system is broken all around!… https://t.co/2AL7NhAXyK
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- November 8, 2019

We Can Help Men Live Longer; men have their own unique health issues related to their gender. https://t.co/Yi0g0ohrNl #MensHealth #Longevity
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- November 8, 2019

In Yoga, Blurry Lines Easily Crossed; Sexual harassment/abuse is unfortunately too common in the yoga world.… https://t.co/yJyVS9oKEr
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- November 7, 2019

Deep brain stimulation is being tested to treat opioid addiction; https://t.co/9Ot9XaShHJ #OpioidAddiction #OpioidCrisis #BrainStimulation
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- November 7, 2019

Crisis in the system: the Air Ambulance Billed More Than His Surgeon Did For A Lung Transplant… https://t.co/MmNWoYzQ1P
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- November 7, 2019

A Gender Divide on Microaggressions in Medicine https://t.co/zJJkgWvrXn #Microaggression #MeToo #GenderDivide
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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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