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My patients and friends:  Happy Thanksgiving.  

When my great-niece was a little girl, I was at their house and she was setting the table for dinner.  She said, “Let’s do that thing where we go around and say what we are grateful for.”  

Isn’t that a great idea to do every day?  We get in a hurry and are running from one thing to another.  But we can take a moment before eating and teach the children, as well as ourselves, to be thankful for our lives and the love in it.

I love my family, patients and friends.  I consider all of you my family.  And this Thanksgiving, know I am thinking of you and feeling grateful that you share your life with me!

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As we are closing in on the Thanksgiving holiday, yes, let’s be thankful.  And health is at the top of the list.  You expect me to say that.  Right?  But what makes us healthy?

One important aspect of good health is friendship.  Not everyone will love us, we know that.  But to feel that deep sense of friendship where you accept the person for who they are, and feel accepted by them, can make many burdens lighter.  Friendship is the spice in life.  The right kind of friendship helps us see ourselves better.  It helps us love ourselves even when we are not perfect!  It helps us continue when things are difficult and life brings difficulties!

Let’s be thankful for friends, real friends.  It is especially wonderful when family can be friends.  It is a great time of year to re-access your friendships and see where you want to spend your time and energy.  Everyone has limits on time and energy.  Inside we know who to be grateful for in our lives.  Nurture that!

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Hang on Tight. Here We Go!

The holidays have begun.  It is a race and we need to pace ourselves.  It starts before Halloween.  And as soon as the costumes are off, Christmas items are in the stores, even before we order the turkey for Thanksgiving.   After Santa closes the door, we have our eyes on New Year’s festivities.  It is a marathon, not a sprint.  We have to pace ourselves

There are a few things I’d like to remind you to do to help you enjoy the holidays as they are so fun!  Get enough sleep.  Wash your hands often.  Eat well.  Get some exercise.  Plan ahead so you aren’t buying gifts at the last minute.  Wrap gifts ahead of time.  Make your holiday menu early.  

All of these suggestions are to keep you well.  And if you get sick this fall, get in right away and get some herbs and an adjustment so you aren’t out of the race very long!  This is the most fun time of the year! You don’t want to miss it.

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Maybe you know someone who got an infection while in the hospital?  You thought you were safe in a hospital, right?  Think again.  But there is hope.

You see, all breakthroughs are from someone finding their purpose, which is often determined by interest, and struggling with it until the curtain opens and an answer is revealed.

I read this article and felt that way about this Dr. Stephanie Taylor.  She wondered why so many of her patients, who were children, got infection.  She decided to return to school to study architecture because she felt it was due to the layout of the building.

In doing a research project with over 8 million data points, one issue stood out above all others which correlated to infections.  It was dry indoor air.   The most healty relative humidity for indoors to avoid infection is between 40 and 60% relative humidity.  

Now we need to educate!  Hospitals should see this study!  If you know a doctor, forward this article to them.  And don’t forget to check the relative humidity in your own home!