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Interesting piece in New York Times, A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your Life, which reviews the history of popular attitudes and beliefs towards whether or not we can influence our personal health by our thoughts and “spiritual fitness.” This insightful opinion piece helps relieve the patient of the stigma that, due to some moral failing, they are sick.

The conclusion by the author Richard P. Sloan;

“It is difficult enough to be injured or gravely ill. To add to this the burden of guilt over a supposed failure to have the right attitude toward one’s illness is unconscionable. Linking health to personal virtue and vice not only is bad science, it’s bad medicine.”

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TUNE IN for a discussion with Andrea about Transitional Keys and Caregiving

Channel: Doctor Radio, on Sirius 114 and XM 119

Air time: Live interview, Monday, December 13th  4-5pm (Eastern)

Host: Dr. Michael Perskin

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Timothy Leary and Ram Dass reflecting on life and death.

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New magazine coming out of UK- where they are leaps ahead of us in reconsidering end of life planning and care.

From their website:

About Us:  Eulogy magazine provides advice, support, encouragement and a much needed laugh when you need it most. We have set out to challenge the convention that death, the process of grief and bereavement cannot be sensibly articulated or discussed as part of life. We have no religious remit, nor any social or political agenda. Eulogy is simply – ‘The world’s first magazine to celebrate life and death’.

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TUNE IN for a discussion with Andrea about Transitional Keys and Caregiving

Channel: Doctor Radio, on Sirius 114 and XM 119

Air time: Live interview, Monday, December 13th  4-5pm (Eastern)

Host: Dr. Michael Perskin

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Here is a beautiful short film that shows the power of  food to invoke and honor memories, as well as food as an expression of culture. There are no words in this short film- demonstrating the universal sentiments.

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THE  WAYFINDERS, the latest book by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence , Wade Davis (Anasi Press, 2009) is a compilation of the Canadian Massey Lectures series Mr. Davis delivered last year. The series was inaugurated in 1962 to provide a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers could address important issues of our time.

An ethnobotanist and anthropologist, throughout his career Wade Davis  has lived with people in  cultures which maintain deep and dynamic ties with their indigenous roots, people who have  not forgotten the old ways, especially ways of thinking and interacting with the earth– some would say, people who have true wisdom.

Though we are now familiar with the web of  animal and plant life  the biosphere, in The Wayfinders, Wade Davis takes us on a tour of the social web of life, the ethnosphere- “humanities greatest legacy. It is the product of our dreams, the embodiment of our hopes, the symbol of all we are and all that we, as a wildly inquisitive and astonishingly adaptive species, have created.”

The Wayfinders is an astonishing trip of a read, full of beauty, hope, and inspiration-as well as alarm.

You can purchase The Wayfinders, or hear  Wade deliver an overview at a TED conference.

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