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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?

It takes a village

Dr. Paul
Taking care of elderly adult woman.

It takes a village to raise a child. But it also takes a village to help an elderly adult flourish during their last chapter of life. In this column, I have written frequently about my friend Tracy’s elderly mother, Dixie. She celebrated her 99th birthday on August 22nd.  She died one week later, in her sleep, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law after living with them for almost 8 years. Read more about It takes a village

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The sweetness of doing nothing

Dr. Paul
Man walking his dog outside in the neighborhood.

Recently, while exercising, I watched the lovely movie “Eat, Pray, Love” based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert. When the author is in Rome, her Italian friends chide Americans for their addiction to busyness. One of her friend’s comment— “Italians know how to relish the sweetness of doing nothing”.

It struck a chord. Read more about The sweetness of doing nothing

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The school year is around the corner

Dr. Paul
Kids running down school hallway with lockers.

Sigh.  Summer is winding down in the Northwest. The unmistakable signs are here—brisk mornings, shorter days, and the back to school sales. Kids have been getting bored for a while now—looking forward to new backpacks, new classes, new teachers, and seeing old friends that haven’t been around over the summer. The back to school pace is quickening. Read more about The school year is around the corner

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Going to college

Dr. Paul
Father and son unpacking at college.

This time of year, kids going off to their freshman year of college are busy preparing for the big day.  So are their parents. There is a lot  to buy, logistics to work out, and last minute crises. It’s a hectic time. Parents are writing big checks. Teens are saying goodbye to friends. It’s a major transition for everyone—the new college student, parents, and siblings left at home. Read more about Going to college

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Preparing for end of life

Dr. Paul
Talking about life with grandma.

My friend, Dixie, 99 years old, is coming to the end of her life. She lives with her son and daughter-in-law who are providing hospice care for her. For the last seven years, I had lunch with Dixie and her son every week at a local restaurant. But now, she can’t leave the house or walk unassisted. She sleeps most of the day, slips in and out of awareness, and slowly, but surely her organs are shutting down. She is like a candle flame that is flickering. Read more about Preparing for end of life

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