Non-Suppressive Pediatrics

The practice of medicine took an interesting turn in the United States roughly a century ago. The net result of that turn is that the majority of interventions are suppressive in nature. This is particularly true in the field of pediatric care. Symptoms and illness are not always a bad thing. In fact, more often …

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Where I grew up we didn’t…

You've no doubt heard conversations in which people define themselves, defend their positions and deride others with the statement "Where I grew up we didn't..." What follows is usually some anecdote that serves to make a point which carries the weight of precedent and by extension, history. While it is certainly true that you are …

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Slowing Down Time

"Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind." ~ Giordano Bruno I have often considered - and not without wonder - the generally held opinion in those well my senior that time passes more quickly the older one becomes. Childhood, from the perspective of the child, lasts forever, while those in their …

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A Foundation in Truth

I saw a great many castles while traveling through Europe during my youth and one in particular caught my fancy. Pictured above, the Neuschwanstein castle ("New Swan Rock") is a magical edifice built upon Swan Rock, a massive stone outcropping overlooking Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwestern Bavaria. A powerful symbol for a life built upon …

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Facing the Mistakes of Life VIII

"It is a greater mistake to err in purpose, in aim, in principle, than in our method of attaining them. The method may readily be modified; to change the purpose may upset the whole plan of our life. It is easier in mid-ocean to vary the course of the ship than to change the cargo." …

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New Experiences

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." ~ Mark Twain I was speaking with fellow yesterday who had spent the …

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Buckle up! The Parenting Adventure Begins.

"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." ~ John Adams I received a picture the day before yesterday of my newest niece in a car seat, on her way home for the first time in her life. Born to loving parents, I have …

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