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Consciousness and Health
Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally. 


To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training –...

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In terms of fitness, how old are you?

Oct 20, 2014

When guys at my athletic club ask me how old I am, I tend to joke that I’m 39 in basketball years. That subtracts almost 30 years from my chronological age. I’d rather they look at what they see on … Continue reading

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Forget strong-mayor theory — follow the money

Oct 15, 2014

My fair-minded self suggests that I take the high road on Measure L, the plan to enhance the powers of the mayor of Sacramento. I should focus solely on whether a strong mayor is preferable to one who is first … Continue reading

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Dear Dairy…

Oct 14, 2014

That's when I realized that for me, writing is a performative act; it requires an audience. In some ways, that seems a bit creepy to me.

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Consciousness and Health
"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

The story is pretty straightforward. Shannon Harvey got sick, really sick, and began trying all sorts of therapies, both conventional and alternative, to get better. Then she happened to read something on Google – on page 20 of her search results, no less – that made her realize that, in her words, in...

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Why getting the story right is important

Oct 13, 2014

“You guys are about to write a story that says the former attorney general, the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in this country, is a crook! Just be sure you’re right.” That’s the stern warning Ben Bradlee, executive editor of the … Continue reading

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Finding Janis Joplin at the post office

Oct 8, 2014
Finding Janis Joplin at the post office

I went to the post office yesterday afternoon to get some Forever stamps. I had been putting off the chore because I get irritable as soon as I approach a post office. This is a conditioned response to years of … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

“You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of this year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”


A bold statement to say the least, especially considering her audience –...

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Going back to the park isn’t going home

Oct 6, 2014
Going back to the park isn’t going home

  “The Long Way Home” is a song on Rosanne Cash’s new album titled “The River and the Thread,” which explores her Southern musical roots. She referred to the song with wry humor at a concert Friday in Folsom. The … Continue reading

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Finding a game plan for retirement

Oct 2, 2014

I was talking to one of the older basketball players at my athletic club yesterday. He asked me if I was retired. When I said yes, he said, “Congratulations. That’s great.” I never quite understand why I get congratulated for … Continue reading

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