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DYING

By |2022-06-06T11:10:35-04:00June 6th, 2022|Articles, Breadcrumb Trail, Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

When I am afraid, my capacity to connect to someone I trust and love is diminished ~~ if not totally extinguished. The thing I need the most is the most difficult thing for me to find.

This is a pattern I see in myself and in others I work and play with. If I had a genie and he gave me one wish, it would be that this wasn’t so. I feel like my work, these days, with self and others, is to find a way to soften my aversion to connection when I need it most. In […]

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Diagnosing Mind-Body Breakdowns

By |2022-04-20T14:01:55-04:00July 6th, 2021|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

Many individuals who come to me with ill health are caught between two places. The first is: my body is breaking down and no one seems to be able to tell me what the matter is. Symptoms are concrete, frequent, specific, and real. There is something specifically wrong with me. Why is it so hard to get a diagnosis? The second space is: I am anxious and know that stress plays a role in this illness, but it seems to me that the illness is causing the stress, not the other way around. But all my doctors tell me that […]

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The Toxicity of Microplastic

By |2022-04-20T14:01:56-04:00January 15th, 2020|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

The ubiquitous, frivolous, and irresponsible abuse of plastics in our culture of throw-away consumerism has led to a significant environmental burden of growing concern. We have all probably heard about the huge floating continents of mostly plastic trash in that are clogging our oceans but we are just starting to learn about how microscopic particles of plastic have found their way into our food. These small particles of plastic, or microplastics, are difficult to track and quantify but recent studies have shown they are increasingly present in our food supply. Table salt, seafood, and both tap and bottled water […]

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Moving Through

By |2021-07-06T15:38:14-04:00November 23rd, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

What seems like a long time ago, I was teaching in a medical school course that introduced medical students to different philosophies of healing. A person I later got to know and become friends with, a medicine man in the Cherokee tradition named Hawk Littlejohn, gave a lecture on how he understood his approach to compare with conventional allopathic medicine. He talked about understanding illness as a loss of balance between primary forces. I’m not sure how much I remember from his talk and how much I later learned – having been stimulated to read and study Native […]

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Fluoride May Be Good For Our Teeth But Is It Bad For Our Babies’ Brains?

By |2021-07-06T15:37:15-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Articles|

A research study conducted by the Canadian research program Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) and recently published in the Journal of the American Medical society has raised concerns about fluoride treatment as well as the effect of fluoride on the developing brain.

The researchers examined data from 512 mother-child pairs, with children born between 2008 and 2012, recruited from 6 sights in Canada. The researchers compared maternal urinary fluoride levels as well as self-reported maternal daily fluoride intake to the children’s IQ, assessed at ages 3 to 4 years. They found significant […]

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Is Your Sunscreen Doing More Harm Than Good?

By |2020-06-22T11:55:12-04:00October 30th, 2019|Articles|

Skin ProtectionDid you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US? In fact, the number of Americans diagnosed with skin cancer is higher than the number diagnosed with all other cancers combined and the rates continue to rise. Research has shown that sun exposure is the number one modifiable risk factor for this potentially deadly and disfiguring disease. Sun exposure also has been shown to cause premature skin wrinkling and aging. So it is no wonder that Americans are using sunscreen to provide skin protection more […]

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It’s my fault

By |2021-07-06T15:43:14-04:00September 9th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

As I work with adults who experienced childhood trauma, I’ve increasingly become aware of a child’s belief, deep down inside many of these folks, that they are the cause of their own unhappiness.  The chronic symptoms that have brought them to see me reflect how this core belief has lingered into adulthood in crippling ways.

Most children in unhappy settings experience not only physical discomfort but too frequently adults who are inclined to blame and be critical (the lingering residue of their early trauma). Well into adulthood, individuals who grow up in such environments, where the pervasive message is that mistakes […]

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The Gym

By |2021-07-06T15:42:38-04:00July 25th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

I can save you money!!

And no, it is not snake oil.

I’m old and pretty active. I play racquetball several times a week, I garden and haul big, 50 pound bags of “stuff” around and dig and bend over and weed and Kathleen makes sure my vegetable intake is pretty good. I also spend a lot of time sitting in a chair talking to people.

I do have some cardiac risk factors and my family history in that regard is not so good. One of the clinical tools we use in our medical practice is a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) machine that […]

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First Year Medical Student

By |2021-07-06T15:41:12-04:00March 8th, 2019|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

I was a first-year medical student and like my classmates, vulnerable to developing whatever disease we were studying. Or at least compulsively worrying that I was in the early stages of its development. This week we had learned about anterior compartment syndrome. This is a condition where trauma to the muscle just on the outside of the shin-bone causes bleeding and swelling. That muscle happens to be contained in compartment composed of the tough fibrous sheet – called the fascia – that surrounds the muscle.

Because that sheath is so tough, the swelling has nowhere to go and compresses the muscle. […]

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