When we secretly identified your friendship with phrases such as "small doses" and "could go either way," we certainly did not imply a willingness to rid you from our circle of friends, only to see you figuratively and literally slip into the night.
Our bodies instinctively know how to self-heal, and if we give them half a chance, they can heal our minds as well. So lace up your shoes, kick the therapy couch to the curb, and let the momentum of a walk carry you forward into the change you crave.
I felt there was a void in my very full life and I needed to do something about it. I was convinced it could only be filled with exercising the submissive creative half and having it play a more dominant role in my life.
As health care is reformed in the United States, comprehensive strategies must be included to encourage more individuals of all ages to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, a cornerstone of personal health care reform.
Taking my fraternal twin boys to a doctor is about as reassuring as standing in line for the TSA checkpoint. Both modern medicine and air travel are costly privileges that involve long waits, bodily discomfort, and psychological angst.
Until more robust research is published on the topic, it is important for both patients with suspected gluten intolerance and their physicians to focus on the established workup and evidence for these symptoms while respecting the current uncertainty regarding gluten sensitivity.
A recent study of more than a thousand doctors, published in the medical journal Plos One, found that almost ninety percent of young doctors wouldn't want to receive CPR or cardiac life support if they were terminally ill and their heart or breathing stopped.
We're the newest recruits to join the age-old struggles against the violence of apathy and ignorance. While we can expect to venture into new areas of knowledge, and we may be the first to confront new illnesses, these forces of violence will be at work, and they are anything but new.
On July 1 across America, recent medical school graduates will engage in an activity that will be altogether new, and probably terrifying. Should those of us who might be on the receiving end of this rite of passage be worried?
Keep blazing, my friend, I have been thinking of late, keep blazing in your blue and white finery, in your crisp Southern creases, and always, we say to you dear Peter, keep us each for ever in your golden, gorgeous beam.
Stacy R. Nigliazzo is an emergency room nurse. Her debut poetry collection Scissored Moon was released by Press 53 last fall, and has been named a finalist for the 2013 Julie Suk Prize for Best Poetry Book (Jacar Press) and the 2014 Texas Institute of Letters First Book Award.
"Will it help me live longer?" When patients ponder the lifetime commitment to a statin drug, this is the question they ask. But a very public controversy in the scientific community has recently diverted attention from this central question -- and that just might be on purpose.