Magnesium: Nature’s Miracle Mineral

Many years ago while working as an Emergency Room nurse, I remember magnesium as the “miracle” mineral. If a patient had a life-threatening arrythmia (irregular heartbeat), you’d see one of us nurses rushing to the medication cart to grab the IV equipment. In the maternity ward, if a woman had pregnancy induced hypertension or was in danger of pre-term labor, …

Every Day Mindfulness: Cultivating ‘Beginner’s Mind’

Beginnings noun: the point in time or space at which something starts synonyms: dawn, birth, inception, origination, genesis, emergence, start, point, launch Recently I stumbled on a LinkedIn post that deeply resonated. The title was ‘September is the new January.’ The author described how the energy of autumn coupled with her memories of childhood make the season a perfect opportunity to consider new beginnings. When I …

Seasonal Wellness: What Can Spring Teach Us?

Restoration (ress-tor-ray-shun) (n): to renew; repair to bring back to former strength; to rebuild; to heal or cure; to amend; to reclaim True knowledge of health and healing is scattered everywhere, among cultures throughout the world. Ancient wisdom teaches us that natural health is more than taking steps to avoid illness. The greatest natural medicine comes from our own life choices, which …

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Confidence as the Vehicle of Joy

One week from now I will compete in my first T’ai Chi tournament.  Am I nervous?  Yes.  Am I afraid of forgetting my form?  Yes.  Am I worried about the possibility of disappointment if I don’t do as well as I’d like?  Yes.  Then why am I doing this, you ask? There are a lot of reasons but the most …

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Stress Is The Precursor of Every Disease: Notes on Redefining Balance and Self-Care

I’m a strong believer in reciprocity: we learn our own best lessons through the teaching that we offer to others. Claire* was one of my favorite patients in my former practice.  A university professional with a deep love for the arts and literature, Claire loved spending long weekends in my hometown of New York, immersed in theater or wandering through …

Your T’ai Chi Prescription is Ready for Pick Up

Two weeks ago I read an article that began “January feels like a month full of Mondays.”  As I considered what Mondays feel like for most of us—fatigue, lack of energy, lack of motivation—I immediately understood what the author meant.  Unlike all of the other months of the year, January is both the beginning and the end.  The beginning of …

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2015 in Review: Birth of a House Calls Practice

Happy New Year! Wow!  I can hardly believe it’s 2016.  Like most people, I find myself asking “Where has the time gone?”  It honestly feels like yesterday that the tender little seed for the idea of Seva Health was planted and now, here we are a full fledge, vibrant primary care practice delivering the kind of holistic, comprehensive care we …

Honoring The Difficult

The first time I met Grace she was sitting in the music room, her eyes closed, her lips quivering to the lyrics of “Be Thou My Vision.” It was late afternoon, the time the nursing assistants felt it would be best for me to see Grace, before her behavior changed and she refused any company. Grace had fired her doctor, …

Past, Present and Future: Community Gardens Connect Seniors to Fresh Food and to Their Pasts

We love innovative ideas and were happy to find out about Melissa Miller, manager of Common Good City Farm in Washington, D.C..  Melissa had a great idea on how to improve nutrition and also transform seniors’ relationships to food. She created a program that improves senior citizens’ access to fresher produce, gives them a chance to exercise, fosters a sense …