Environmental Importance for Mental Health

By |2021-07-06T15:33:19-04:00December 19th, 2020|Articles|

How does the environment affect our health?  

Humans have a natural strong need for safety. We look for physical comfort in environments, such as the right temperature. Humans need the right amount of stimulus and familiarity in environments. Comfort, entertainment, and safety are a few things that retailers and hospitality industries like to use. These go hand and hand with healthcare as well.
 
Another important factor is stress. […]
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Benefits of talking to people

By |2021-07-06T15:23:02-04:00December 19th, 2020|Articles, Mindfulness|

Why is talking to people important?

We are now in a world of technology and connectivity. All the information we need is practically at our fingertips. If we feel sick, we can search on our phones for answers based on our symptoms. Many treatment solutions can be found online and with a push of your finger. But along with medical help, there is assistance for mental or emotional problems.
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Creating Safety for your Nervous System and Coronavirus Protection

By |2021-07-06T15:24:03-04:00March 9th, 2020|Articles|

The outbreak and aggressive spread of Coronavirus is stealing our attention these days — alarming headlines, pictures of crowds in surgical masks, moment-to-moment update of statistics of reported cases, now in 53 countries and more by the time you read this. Collective alarm grips us. In our house, we’re preparing an emergency preparedness kit to stock up on groceries, coming up with coronavirus prevention tips and measures as well as other necessities against possible ‘supply chain interruptions’ that will happen if many workers get sick.

In the flurry of news, we are reminded of the things we can do to bolster […]

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Explore the Five Pillars of Wellness

By |2021-07-06T15:39:46-04:00January 15th, 2020|Articles, Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles|

At Plum Spring Clinic, our holistic approach to healing chronic illness is grounded in the conviction that our well-being arises from our self-care in five major domains: happiness and resilience to stress; nutrition; exercise and movement; rest and sleep; and toxin avoidance and elimination. This article provides holistic health tips and features a brief discussion of each of the pillars of wellness.

Pillars Of Wellness

Happiness and Stress Resilience

First in the pillars of wellness, happiness, may seem to be simple;  however, it takes no less attention or practice to achieve and is certainly no less important than the other four. […]

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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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The Last Place

By |2021-04-07T09:09:45-04:00October 31st, 2014|Articles|

I find myself exploring people’s minds for what’s going on in their body. And this is what I’ve found: The mind, particularly the part of the mind that holds our secrets, can torture us, body and soul.

I see a lot of people who have chronic back pain, fatigue, diarrhea, migraines, arthritis, and insomnia. They’ve been to their primary care physician, a specialist, a chiropractor, a psychiatrist and a physical therapist. They’ve had x-rays, scans, blood and urine tests. They’ve been on medication or supplements and may have been in therapy. They’ve changed their diets and taken meditation classes. And still […]

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Paul’s Lessons

By |2021-04-07T09:11:35-04:00September 22nd, 2014|Articles|

40 years ago last month, I started my internship in Pediatrics. Since then I’ve had a convoluted professional (and personal) path, but I observe a theme in that path – my attraction to families dealing with chronic illness and disabilities. My father was a physician who taught me that medicine is more art than science and the core of the art is respectful, caring talk. An observer of my career trajectory might see it as a search for the meaning and effective manifestations of his belief. I’d like to think they wouldn’t be mistaken.

One of my best childhood friends had […]

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The Importance of Kindness

By |2021-04-07T09:12:45-04:00May 14th, 2014|Articles|

I have been studying trauma and its effects on our health. There is troubling and compelling evidence that adverse experiences—especially in childhood—hurt us in the long run in every way imaginable.

I see more women in my practice than men by about a ratio of about 2 to 1. I see illnesses that are complex and multi-system in nature. For example, many of my patients have both headaches and digestive problems that don’t get better with medication. I see patients who don’t sleep well and have disabling fatigue. I see people who gain weight and can’t get it off. […]

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