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Coping With Stress Through Relaxation

I hope that the holidays aren’t stressing you out. Whether they are or not, here’s something that can help.

In my blog entry last week ("Reducing Stress"), I wrote about reducing and avoiding sources of stress. That’s the best way to deal with stress—but sometimes you can’t eliminate the sources of stress from your life. So what can you do then? Here are some ideas:

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Shaking the Salt (Part 3)

I’d like to thank everyone for their comments and helpful suggestions for cutting back on sodium over these past few weeks.  We can only hope that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will take a stronger stance on requiring food manufacturers to cap the amount of sodium they add to their products. But don’t hold your breath on this for too long, as the FDA sometimes moves slowly! Read More “Shaking the Salt (Part 3)”

Diabetes, Beer, Dinner, and Medical Students

This week, Eric continues writing about his involvement as a volunteer for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Family Centered Experience (FCE) program. He’s jumping right into it, so if you want some background, please visit last week’s entry ("My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience"). Oh, and because the program Eric’s writing about is the Family Centered Experience, he figures he may as well invite you in, just a little, so maybe you’ll feel you were sitting around the table too. Why? He’d like to see your comments on this post. Therefore, if you so choose, you can look at a few non-diabetes-related photos that may enhance your blog-reading experience. Eric’s interspersed a few links throughout this week’s entry. Read More “Diabetes, Beer, Dinner, and Medical Students”

What We’re Reading: The Over-informed Patient?

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to a recent article from Time magazine that has sparked controversy throughout the blogosphere. Called "When the Patient is a Googler," the article, written by orthopedic surgeon Scott Haig, M.D., looks at the phenomenon of the patient who comes to his or her appointment armed with medical information gleaned from Internet searches. Read More “What We’re Reading: The Over-informed Patient?”

My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience

About three months, ago I began a blog entry ("Addicted to Your Self-Management?") about a program my wife and I are participating in at the University of Michigan Medical School. It’s called the Family Centered Experience (FCE)—cofounded and directed by my endocrinologist, Dr. Arno Kumagai. I never followed up on that teaser entry because, while writing it, the topic veered off in another direction. Typical. And, after that, I became sidetracked as I typed in entry after entry about my insulin pump. Read More “My Diabetes, My Family Centered Experience”

Accepting

This has been a tough two weeks for me. First, I got a nasty infection in my left knee, which turned out to be cellulitis. I was on bed rest for five days. Not strictly—I could transfer to my scooter and sit up for a while—but about 22 hours a day. Read More “Accepting”

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