Articles written by me on Self-care and Palliative Medicine
On Self-Care & Palliative Medicine

Alternative Therapies

Furry Friends

Furry Friends

Only inches from my face, she holds my gaze with her shiny brown eyes.  She listens intently as I share a brief tale.  With a slightly quizzical look, she cocks her head, then slowly extends her broad pink tongue with a loving swipe to the end of

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A Hearty Valentine’s Wish

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it is spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg Another Valentine’s Day, our holiday that symbolizes love, is here again.

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Reiki Ruminations

Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings. Just for today I will not worry. Just for today I will not be angry. Just for today I will do my work honestly and with integrity. Just for today I will be kind to my

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Mindful Postures

The exercises we call yoga today, are in fact hatha yoga, a discipline intended to prepare the body for the pursuit of union with the divine while simultaneously raising a practitioner’s awareness of creation to a higher, keener state. Controlled breathing, prescribed postures (called asanas), and meditation

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Shoring Up the Soul

“–then on the shore Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.” John Keats Poets are forever extolling the power of nature, and a week at the seashore certainly rejuvenated me. On a chilly and blustery first day

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A Swiggin’ O’ The Green

Saturday, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of this auspicious holiday, I felt that discussing something green would be appropriate. Next to plain water, tea is the most frequently consumed beverage in the world, with documentation of its use in China dating back at least

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Meditation in Motion

“Stiff and unbending is the principle of death. Gentle and yielding is the principle of life. Thus an Army without flexibility never wins a battle. A tree that is unbending is easily broken. The hard and strong will fall. The soft and weak will overcome.” —Tao Te

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Wise Cracks

If you grew up in a home like mine, chances are your Mother had a penchant for telling you to “stand up straight” or “hold your shoulders back.” We learn from an early age that there’s something about an erect posture that’s important. . .at least to

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When Someone Kneads You

“What a piece of work is man, How noble in reason, How infinite in faculties, In form and moving, How express and admirable, In action, how like an angel In apprehension, how like a god!” Hamlet, William Shakespeare The complexity and capabilities of our bodies are truly

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Using Good Scents

“Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness” Remy De Gourmont (1858–1915) French critic and novelist One of the most aesthetically appealing alternative therapies is Aromatherapy. Do you have powerful memories evoked by certain smells? A whiff of fragrant boxwoods transports me immediately

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My Philosophy

(Latin: doceō, I teach) I learned in medical school that the word, doctor, comes from the Latin word for teacher. I hold that thought closely... read more

Hinesights on Health

These are articles I wrote while in private practice in the early 2000’s. These many years later, I still have folks who ask for links, so I’ve kept them active... read more