Thearpy Dogs – What are they and what health benefits can they offer?

Perhaps you’ve witnessed this scene – you’re walking down the hall of a hospital or nursing home to visit a loved one, and you pass someone walking a dog into a patient’s room. Wait – whaaat? Are dogs now allowed in healthcare facilities?   You thought only service dogs were permitted inside – and that didn’tContinue reading “Thearpy Dogs – What are they and what health benefits can they offer?”

Cannabidiol – What is it and what are its health benefits?

You may or may not have heard of cannabidiol.  I would wager that you have, however, heard of marijuana.  Marijuana is the common name for the drug, sold both for medicinal and recreational purposes, that is derived from the cannabis plant.   How are CBD and marijuana related?  They both are derived from the cannabis plant,Continue reading “Cannabidiol – What is it and what are its health benefits?”

We Need to Put the Care Back in Healthcare

When you go to your physician’s office, or the laboratory for blood work or radiology for x-ray’s, do you feel like you’re an imposition? Like you’re an inconvenience to the clinician or healthcare staff? As if your being there is interrupting the personal conversation they are holding with others in their workplace? You are notContinue reading “We Need to Put the Care Back in Healthcare”

Why It’s Important to Foster Supportive Relationships

Most everyone can recognize the signs of destructive relationships, but do we truly understand the benefits of surrounding ourselves with healthy, supportive relationships? Having a foundation of family and friends that back you and lift you up can help you live a longer, happier life. Some other advantages to cultivating healthy connections are: Having someoneContinue reading “Why It’s Important to Foster Supportive Relationships”

10 Ways to Be Your Own Patient Advocate

  What is a patient advocate?  A simple definition of a patient advocate is this:  one who helps the patient by asking the right questions and in turn, getting the appropriate care at the right time.  A patient advocate can be someone who is paid or unpaid, but usually has some type of medical background andContinue reading “10 Ways to Be Your Own Patient Advocate”

Mourning the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet can be equivalent to losing a close friend.  The loss of a pet, after sharing your home with them for a significant amount of time, can be a profoundly sad and emotional time.  To you, your pet was not “just a dog” or “just a cat”, but a companion and friend.  WeContinue reading “Mourning the Loss of a Pet”