Rx: Vacation. Stat.

Did you take a vacation this summer? How about last year? Did you really go on vacation, or were you checking email on the beach (oops). Were you relaxing, or were you feeling guilty? (yup, that too). How did it get so hard to actually take a real vacation from work? Where is this coming from?... Continue Reading →

Sound bite: Lifestyle measures

In medicine, "lifestyle measures"  is code for diet (DASH, or myplate) and exercise (20 minutes/day!) — not for sleep, for relationships, for stress management, meditation, personal growth. . . Can these things be taught in 15-minute office visits? How can we move away from  the sound-bite advice and into meaningful change?  

what is a nurse practitioner?

I work as a nurse practitioner. NPs are becoming much more common, more respected, and more understood, but I still often get questions about what being an NP means-- questions from patients, acquaintances, even physicians. So I thought I'd go over some common questions here-- both because you'll understand me better, and because NPs will... Continue Reading →

On getting what you need out of health care

I once read an article about calorie restriction and its potential to extend life. The author’s point boiled down to “sure, you could add 10 or 20 years to your life, but if you can’t eat, why would you want to?” This little anecdote illustrates a larger issue that is frequently overlooked: not everyone wants... Continue Reading →

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