Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

Tomato Overload! Zucchini Insanity!

*How to keep produce fresh (and use it all up) when you’ve got too much of a good thing.* Last night, when I tried to close the door of my fridge… it wouldn’t seal. That’s when I realized: I might … Continue reading

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“Quiet, please!” How to create peace & silence… in a very noisy world.

“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” —Napoleon Bonaparte If it feels like our world just keeps getting louder and louder… you’re right. It is. The average volume of songs played on the radio has steadily increased … Continue reading

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Decoding the Secrets of Skincare Labels

I always say knowledge is power. It helps you make good decisions about your health as well as products that may affect your health. Since skin is your largest organ, it makes sense to know what’s in the lotions and … Continue reading

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An open letter to medical school students, everywhere.

This fall, about 20,000 Americans — mostly young people, fresh out of undergraduate programs, and others with a bit of life experience and families to balance — will begin their first year of medical school. I remember, clear as a bell, … Continue reading

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Back to School for Your Brain, Anytime!

Grant goes back to school this week, and I doubt I will ever tire of shopping for fresh pencils and pristine notebooks, all ready for new ideas. I always want a few new school supplies myself! How about you? What … Continue reading

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Summer’s Last Hurrah! How to get the most out of the season’s final stretch.

We’ve got a few days to squeeze the last few drops out of summer. I don’t know about you, but right about this time, every year, I find myself staring at the calendar in a state of shock, wondering, “Where … Continue reading

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Busy, productive or energized? How do you want to feel today?

“Wow, you sound incredibly happy today!” My friend, on the other end of the phone line, couldn’t help but notice the cheerful sparkle in my voice. “I am!” I said. “I’ve had a great morning. I’ve had a couple of … Continue reading

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Making lemonade: Sweeten up your day with the art of the “re-frame.”

Grant got to help his neighborhood buddy, Eddie, with a lemonade stand this week. Eddie even shared the profits, much to Grant’s delight. As adults, we sometimes make lemonade in a different context. It was Friday morning, and I was … Continue reading

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Want to be every doctor’s “dream patient?”

Every year, The Physicians Foundation collects data from thousands of people to identify the needs of patients, as well as the physicians who serve them. Last year, the survey revealed that…. 84% of physicians feel that the medical profession is in decline. 60% … Continue reading

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How to be every patient’s “dream doctor.”

Every year, big research firms like Gallup roll out new statistics about “patient satisfaction.” Some of the numbers are encouraging. (72% of Americans who have health insurance are “satisfied” with the current U.S. healthcare system. Not too shabby!) Others are a … Continue reading

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