Composting 101: How To Get Started (…even If You Live In A Tiny Apartment!)

My sister recently joined a bison manure composting company and brought her special product “Number Two Brew” to the business.  She creates “compost tea” — super nutrient-rich water that plants, herbs, and flowers love to drink up. I’ve always been passionate about gardening. When I had my first tiny house in Seattle during residency, I…
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What Kind Of Work Is Meaningful To You?

 “What kind of work is meaningful to you?” That question was the topic of conversation at a dinner party I attended earlier this summer. The host described the party as a “Jeffersonian Dinner,” modeled off the fabulous, stimulating dinner soirees that US President Thomas Jefferson used to host for his friends. According to historic lore,…
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Diet Low In ‘FODMAPs’ May Help Those With Tummy Troubles

One of my brothers was really struggling with abdominal distress. He’d been scoped from top to bottom, nothing wrong. Blood work was normal. We checked for food sensitivities and allergies. I made him do an elimination diet and go gluten-free. He lost 30 pounds that he really didn’t need to lose. He felt better, for…
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Your “Best Doctor’s Visit Ever” Cheatsheet (Fill This Out + Bring It To Your Next Doctor’s Appointment For Better, Faster Care.)

Doctors often have to be detectives, looking at various clues, both visible and invisible, to determine what might be happening in your body. No clues? No information? No back-story about what’s been happening in your life recently? Then even if your physician is Sherlock Holmes, it’s going to be pretty tough to “solve the crime.”…
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Can’t Forgive? You Could Be Shortening Your Life

Forgiving someone who has wronged or disappointed you  can be incredibly difficult. Forgiving yourself?  Even harder. But it’s essential to learn how to do it.   Research shows that clinging to bitter, resentful feelings about past events has a negative impact on your health, while letting go creates a number of health benefits. (As just one…
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