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Try Taking a Deep Breath

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I have a condition called “white coat syndrome”. It’s where your blood pressure (BP) shoots through the stratosphere when readings are taken at the doctor’s office. This makes it challenging to know if you actually have high blood pressure. So what I do is take measurements at home. So far everything has been OK. But in the […]

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Inspire for Chronic Diseases

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Having to deal with a chronic illness is life-changing. The patient and affected family members enter a cycle doctor appointments, tests, treatments, medications and symptoms to manage. And just like in the world of personal finance, we are expected to take on more responsibility for managing our conditions. This is intimidating and scary. Fortunately there […]

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Is Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?

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It seems as if there is a new twist to the ongoing story of healthcare reform every day. One of the drivers of reform is whether access to healthcare is a right or a privilege. Here’s how I distinguish a right from a privilege. A right is an entitlement. A privilege is earned. According to […]

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The Gift of Life

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I recently listened to an episode from one of my favorite podcasts – Radiolab. The episode is titled: Match Made in Marrow. It is an amazing and inspiring story about selflessness, altruism, science, religion and magic. Here’s an excerpt from the website. “One day, without thinking much of it, Jennell Jenney swabbed her cheek and signed […]