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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | October 16th, 2020

Escaping the Vicious Cycle of Life after Death

To “see the forest for the trees” is a familiar saying that takes on special meaning during this time of raging fires — both, on the surface of the planet and in the hearts of men. Our environment is heating up almost everywhere we look. Frankly, at least for this discussion, it doesn’t matter what…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | September 17th, 2020

Discovering Your Purpose

For those who follow me, you know I often refer to “life’s purpose” as one of the seven spokes in the Slow Medicine Wheel of Health. Today I want to expound on that a bit, and push the point that understanding our purpose in life is essential to our well-being. I firmly believe that if…

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Posted by Michael Finkelstein | August 18th, 2020

Beneath The Surface

The subject of wellness is a frequent topic of conversation in my circles. People come to me seeking it, friends like talking to me about it, and my colleagues discuss its definition and the path toward achieving it. My first group of professional peers, conventionally trained physicians, understood wellness to be a reflection of a…

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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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