The Party & the Piriformis

This time of year is challenging for many as we often strive to live up to unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others. If you experience a return or increase in physical discomfort, check in with your inner wisdom. Are you neglecting your health by automatically jumping through hoops that don’t serve you? Last year while […]

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The Gift of Pain, 2017 Version

 Flashback to Thanksgiving, 2011:  One year after back surgery I was visiting Southern California and went to Santa Monica Pier.  The sun, the sand, the water…..people with carefree smiles and laughter out and about enjoying themselves on a lovely fall afternoon…. and there I was… trapped…. in agony.  I felt like my body was breaking. […]

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Let It Hurt

  The disturbing events of the last several months have created a wave of gripping visual images that float in and out of my conscious awareness: Me, at the age of 11, marching for civil rights and singing “We Shall Overcome.”  Me, as a college student, when the slogan “Make Love Not War” saturated our […]

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What’s “Good” About Feeling “Bad?”

One of the most powerful keys to healing from chronic pain, anxiety, or loss is allowing, honoring and accepting our full range of emotions.  We live in a society that relies on intellect at the expense of feelings. The dark or commonly called “negative” emotions of sadness, fear, grief, and despair are not honored or […]

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Legacy of a Legend – Dr. John Sarno

 John E. Sarno, M.D.    June 23, 1923 – June 22, 2017 In late 2011 I felt totally lost and discouraged.  It was one year after back surgery, and my agonizing pain and sciatica were raging out of control.  My neurosurgeon prescribed physical therapy for pain of “unknown origin.” After all, the surgery had corrected […]

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The Hidden Risk Factor for Your Health – Part 2

Back in the 80″s, AT&T urged people to REACH OUT & TOUCH SOMEONE with their telephone service. Fast forward almost forty years and technology, including smartphones and social media, has turned human connections upside down.  The very devices that developed to instantly connect us often become sources of disconnect and isolation!  In The Hidden Risk Factor […]

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The Hidden Risk Factor for Your Health – Part 1

This is a version of my post from a couple of years ago.  It highlights an important but often overlooked truth.  Our health is strongly tied to our evolutionary need for connection to others. Part 1 highlights the now famous Roseto Effect.  Part 2 will reveal how social isolation has grown over the decades seriously […]

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Create More Relaxation with a Simple Shift!

We often tend to dwell on the small mistakes, mishaps and frustrations that naturally happen throughout the day and seem to “forget” all the positive moments that almost always outnumber the negative ones. Such as – if ten people greet us with a kind word and a smile, we usually remember and focus on the […]

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The Story Behind Our Chronic Symptoms

How often have you heard “I have a bad back, neck, arm, wrist, foot etc.  My problem started when I lifted a heavy box, hiked in tight boots, twisted my neck, fell down, etc. about a year ago (or many years ago), and now I really need to be careful not to aggravate my injury.” […]

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