Posts Tagged ‘Alternative medicine’

from A Caregiver’s Challenge:  Living, Loving, Letting Go by M. Schacht

You have the right to:

  • be comfortable with your physician.
  • a second opinion (or third).
  • interview a physician.
  • refuse a particular therapy.
  • refuse medication.
  • think things over and not rush into action.
  • your anxiety.
  • see your records.
  • copies of letters and x-rays.
  • know what side effects may come from sugary, medication, radiation, or chemotherapy
  • have a family member or other support person with you when a plan of action is being explored or explained.
  • make your own decision and not to succumb to pressure.
  • resist emotional blackmail.
  • explore alternative therapies (Herbs, acupuncture, etc.).
  • remain silent.
  • chatter.
  • seek a support group.
  • dignity.
  • grieve.
  • manage your own case!

Don’t think you have to be a patient with a life-limiting illness for this to apply to you.  Remember, if you aren’t your own advocate, who will be?  Who else has your best interest at heart, the way you do?

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Andrew Weil, MD — Anticipating Holiday Blues

Nice short article on the winter season, seasonal affect, and just the “dark side” of the winter.  The winter doesn’t have to be dark.  Learn to live in tune with where the world is.  Take simple moments to recognize your thoughts and feelings.

Do they feel congruent with the world around you?  If they do, breathe in and out and acknowledge it.  If they don’t, breathe in and out and acknowledge it.  As each day passes, lightly draw your attention to how you feel and if you feel more congruent… be gentle with yourself and allow your awareness to light where it naturally goes.

Be aware of the choices you make and if they feel like the keep you close to your original you.

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