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Internet Pornography: The new addiction?

Dr. Paul
Man with laptop computer.

Increasingly, we are seeing adults (and teens) who are spending vast amounts of time and money looking at pornography on the Internet. Whatever your views may be on the morality of this behavior, these individuals can’t turn off their computers. Is this an addiction? A compulsion? Or what?

The statistics are staggering. Every second, $3000 is spent on Internet pornography. Every second, there are 28,250 Internet users viewing porn. The revenues for the pornography industry are larger than Microsoft, Google, Amazon, EBay, Yahoo, Apple, and Netflix combined! Read more about Internet Pornography: The new addiction?

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Passing the generational baton

Dr. Paul
Young child working with older adult.

This month, my honorary aunt, Anita, passed away at age 95. Sadly, she developed Alzheimer’s in her early 90’s, and her last years were spent in assisted living. She was the last of my family and friends who were members of the “greatest” generation. These men and women lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Holocaust, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  They had cores of steel. My kids and I referred to my mom and her women friends as the “amazing ladies”. And, they were. Anita was the last one standing.

Now, I am the older generation. Read more about Passing the generational baton

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Is it time for a school year reset?

Dr. Paul
Girl walking to school.

The beginning of October brings fall colors, rain, and student progress reports. How is Joey doing this year? The school year always starts slowly and then speeds up with a bang. It’s a new grade, with new expectations, and new learning. Everything gets a little bit harder than last year. In some grades (3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th) much harder. Read more about Is it time for a school year reset?

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Living in your body

Dr. Paul
Adult female.

I recently read a very interesting book on trauma, called “Your body keeps the score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D., a well-known psychiatrist. This work describes how traumatic experiences and early life trauma, in particular, are registered in our minds, our brains, and in our bodies. These challenging memories get stored in our guts—our muscles and our viscera. But they become disconnected from the story of what happened.

It reminded me of why so many people struggle to inhabit their bodies more fully. Read more about Living in your body

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The Jewish New Year

Dr. Paul

While it’s several months away from the secular New Year, this time of year marks the Jewish New Year—Rosh Hashanah. During this 10-day cycle, Jews, all over the world, celebrate the New Year, but also prepare for Yom Kippur, the last day of this period, which is a day for atonement. It is said that at the beginning of the New Year, God has already decided each person’s fate for the coming year—who will have good fortune and who will not. But this decree can be changed by three important actions--turning within, prayer, and performing good deeds.  Read more about The Jewish New Year

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What are cataracts?

Cataracts often occur due to age, but what causes them and when should you see a doctor? Everett Clinic Ophthalomologist, Dr. Maylon Hsu, discusses the importance of screening and what options you have as a patient. Read more about What are cataracts?

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