Today’s “opioid epidemic” is the widespread abuse of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, codeine, and Fentanyl. Across the United States, a hundred people die daily from overdosing on these medications. This obviously needs addressing, so unsurprisingly, authorities have reflexively raised the War on Drugs flag. The epidemic only concerns drugs, though, if it’s seen through […]
My medical practice consists exclusively of listening to patients and their families. Having limited my focus since the late 1970s to cancer support group facilitation, I founded the support programs at Sutter Cancer Center in Sacramento and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center in Grass Valley, CA. I’ve published dozens of periodical articles on the healing relationship. My most recent book is How to Heal: A Guide for Caregivers (Helios Press, 2003). I teach medical practitioners “bedside manner” in workshops nationally.
The contentious maelstrom around abortions routinely neglects an important aspect, the well-being of those who are pregnant. I was trained at Los Angeles County Hospital in the mid-1960s. In those days, if you decided to terminate your pregnancy and were well-off, your family flew you to Japan or Sweden. If you were poor, you sought […]