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Ten Simple Ways to Keep Ourselves and Our Healthcare Workers Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ten Simple Ways to Keep Ourselves and Our Healthcare Workers Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic March 19, 2020 “Please put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others.”  Have you heard that before?  As healthcare workers, parents, teachers (well, everyone, right now) this overused analogy could not be more important. Between physical distancing, pandemic fear … Continue reading Ten Simple Ways to Keep Ourselves and Our Healthcare Workers Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Social Distance Yourself Outdoors

The list of pre-travel vaccines was daunting: typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis booster, to name a few.  Malaria-preventing medication and pre- and post-tuberculosis (TB) testing were also required.  I was in my fourth year of medical school in the late 1990s and had the opportunity to participate in a clerkship in a developing … Continue reading Social Distance Yourself Outdoors

The Coronavirus is Heading Your Way. Grab a Tree and Hold On.

The Coronavirus is Heading Your Way.  Grab a Tree and Hold On. Like many physicians, I have been following the daily United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates about the recent coronavirus outbreak. Three facts seem to recur throughout these reports: 1. Most cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (known as COVID-19) … Continue reading The Coronavirus is Heading Your Way. Grab a Tree and Hold On.

Forest Bathing: Big Medicine for Big and Little People

Forest Bathing: Big Medicine for Big and Little People Originally published by Free Forest School on August 19, 2019 As a child, I remember lying in the grass looking up at the clouds, losing myself in an imaginary storyline. I remember watching ants and other insects for long periods of time, becoming fascinated with their … Continue reading Forest Bathing: Big Medicine for Big and Little People

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