By: Susan Pohl, MD, FAAFP My opening confession is going to be easy to accept. I am not an expert in nutrition. I do not have a degree in nutrition, I did not study at a culinary academy, and I don’t have a nutrition business to promote. Personal nutrition, however, is a topic that reveals … Continue reading Personal Nutrition Life Hacks
By: Jason Lippman, MD The motto of “exercise as medicine” has become a common phrase due to the progressing epidemics of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain that have ties to diet and body habitus. I prescribe it multiple times a day to my patients and I try to take a daily dose myself. But … Continue reading Fit but unhealthy: A reflection on overtraining
Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants on December 18, 2017. The news is unrelenting about the serious problem college campuses have with student drinking. At Penn State, a 19-year-old man died while at a fraternity drinking party. A 20-year-old at Florida State died at a fraternity pledge party, and … Continue reading Can the college drinking problem be solved?
Abby Zeveloff, LCSW, MPH I first really discovered insomnia during pregnancy - first hormonal changes that would have me up at 3:00, awake and alert, then excruciating carpal tunnel that flared whenever I was on a flat surface. Being woken by my body shifted to being woken by my mind - the quintessential staring … Continue reading Reconsidering Sleep
By Rachel Caspar, MD My first responsibility as a physician is to take care of myself. I cannot care for my patients until my own needs are met. After experiencing depression as a medical student, I now recognize burnout as a life and death issue. I use a number of practices to prevent recurrence by … Continue reading What Helps Me Manage Depression
By Jessica Jones, MD Many people, mental health professionals and patients alike, are curious about the growing movement of lifestyle interventions promoting brain wellness. There is growing scientific data on how behaviors like mediation, exercise, nutrition, and even time spent outdoors benefit mental health and increase resilience to stressors. The traditional interventions of psychiatric medication … Continue reading Moving from Illness to Wellness