He was calling in from a hotel room in San Francisco. I was sitting alone at the microphone 2,500 miles away at an office conference table in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His words of wisdom pierced the night, and I hoped people around the world were listening. We called him “Bob” because he still worried what [...]
Did you see the Wall Street Journal article recently (February 13, 2006) about a study that showed people who take antidepressants have less brain capacity for romance?
Apparently, modern SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors), or some of them at least, steal the chemical that allows us to be spontaneous – that devil-may-care attitude that leads [...]
That day in April 1996 is still a vivid and unpleasant memory. That was the day my doctor told me I had leukemia, CLL, a disease I’d never heard of and had to work at understanding. Fortunately, over the almost 10 years since then, I connected with the very best experts in the field and [...]
Last week, the U.S. Government revealed the results of an extensive study on glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis pain. The agency that released the information, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has also sponsored research about other natural medicines and their effectiveness, such as St. John’s wort for depression and saw palmetto [...]
Last week, I wrote about how lucky we are when we have someone who loves us and helps us cope with our serious health concern. But there’s a flip side too: what if the caregiver not only isn’t equipped to help us, but can’t cope themselves? Certainly, there are instances where a spouse of someone [...]
There is an incredibly sweet Valentine’s Day feature on the front page of today’s Seattle Times.
It’s the story of 84-year-old Carl Buck, a retired Boeing engineer, and his wife, Joan, 74. Joan has MS and lives in a retirement home. Carl could no longer provide the assistance Joan needs for her MS, but he [...]
I just had to write this since I am from Seattle, home of the Super Bowl contending Seattle Seahawks. Hopefully, we will all watch them beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Then a worldwide audience will know Seattle not only for Starbucks and HealthTalk (smile), but also for excellence in NFL football.
Now you may [...]
What drives individuals to contribute and raise money for medical research? There are many reasons why people give to worthy causes, but this past weekend I observed one interesting case firsthand when I attended my nephew Nathan’s Bar Mitzvah in Irvine, California.
Nathan is a sweet 13-year-old boy and very dedicated to family. It was [...]
Over the years, I have interviewed thousands of patients. Every once in a while I hear a comment that just gets seared into my mind, words I’ll never forget.
One such instance was a few year’s ago, when I was interviewing colon cancer survivors as we built audio programs for the American Cancer Society’s Survivors [...]
Some really interesting letters this time:
“I have been receiving your letters and I enjoy the ease by which you communicate. I was diagnosed with CLL in 1997. I do believe that stress and genes have everything to do with CLL, with emphasis on the stress input.
“We lost a son in 1989, and six [...]