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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | July 20th, 2020

Which Line are You On?

There is a well-known oath that physicians are ascribed to taking at the time of their commencement: “first, do no harm.” In Latin, the phrase is “primum non nocere.” What’s interesting is that the pledge, though rightly attributed to Hippocrates, is not part of the larger “Hippocratic Oath,” that in truth is what graduating medical…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | June 21st, 2020

A Simple Solution

Today not only happens to be Father’s Day in the U.S., but the Summer Solstice and a New Moon all at the same time. And, the world is experiencing global pandemics of social injustice, virulent infections, climate change and ongoing war. Institutions are being challenged, and many are collapsing under the weight of their corruption.…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | May 22nd, 2020

The Root of the Disease

So called advanced civilization seems to be very proud of their formal gardens and lawns. Indeed, a hallmark of the aristocracy is perfectly manicured hedges and pristine unblemished carpets of grass. At first glance, these might actually be attractive, but what lies beneath is anything but. Monoculture, in fact, is the antithesis of diversity; and,…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | April 22nd, 2020

The Gift of Confinement

Another lunar month has passed, and we’re now firmly out of sorts — an unusual mix of rooted simplicity and chaos. To be fair, isn’t that true of life always? What’s different now, however, is the degree to which we are bound. And, no surprise, we struggle. Some are doing better than others with the…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | March 24th, 2020

Now What?

Like all of you, I am taking stock of life, and things I have taken for granted. This is an extraordinary time, and though challenging and scary, it is ripe with anticipation as well. What will the world be like when this is over? What will I be doing? What will be different? And…. how…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | February 23rd, 2020

Viruses of the 21st Century

The dictionary has 2 definitions of the word virus. The first refers to a subset of infectious diseases, an aspect of life on this planet that has existed and challenged us for eons; and the second, clearly a more recent development, describes infecting computer code that can corrupt the system or destroy data. You can…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | January 24th, 2020

Finding Health

As the year gets underway, I thought it would be helpful to send a picture that I’ve drawn in an attempt to encapsulate the entire project of a human life. I share it with you now to remind you not to overlook any of these key determinants of health. And, here is something I’ve written…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | December 26th, 2019

To Be or Not To Be

As the year comes to a close, it is natural to reflect back. And, it’s also a time to think ahead, make plans, make a resolution. That all makes sense. But, perhaps, most underrated of all, is the concept of staying in the present moment. Simply, to be. Indeed, Shakespeare had it right when his…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | November 26th, 2019

Foraging for the Source of Life

People come to me with questions. Indeed, many questions arise as we go through life, not simply the “medical ones.” Almost at every turn, as we face challenges that seem to be interrupting our flow, we seek solutions to our problems. And, it goes on. Occasionally, we come up with some very good and useful…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 27th, 2019

Looking Outside of Ourselves for The Solution

As you can imagine I’ve had many conversations with people about their medical conditions. These were much easier when I was practicing “conventional western medicine” since my approach was straightforward and clear-cut: make the diagnosis, figure out the treatment, prescribe the treatment. But, as my method evolved to consider the alternatives, a much more complicated…

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