Common sense is a basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without need for debate. It is defined as sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like.
Women tend to exercise common sense in the care of their family. People who come to me as an integrative and holistic doctor want to tell me their story. They want to share the narrative of what happened to them, and they want to tell me what has caused their pain. I want to know their story. I always focus on “what makes you tick and what makes you sick?” The language their illness speaks is the one that I must interpret. It’s only common sense.
In my career, I emphasize the role of the integrative practitioner as an interpreter of the language of the body that the person is speaking. I exhort you to “inquire within” to listen for the clues as to wh...
Scientific literature is replete with the stunning reports of cures, new technologies, and medicines that are discovered as the result of accidents, mistakes, or incidental findings. On my way to researching the integrative approaches of post-concussion syndrome, I discovered some interesting studies that show great promise for the field of brain injuries and diseases.
The long-lasting and devastating effects of post-concussion syndrome received wide coverage as the great American passion for the game of football revealed the serious effects that haunt players and their families long after the game is over. Post-concussion syndromes also occur in cervical trauma, whiplash/brain stem injuries and spinal concussions without blunt or overt head trauma.
The symptoms range from obvious to subtle. The onset can be immediate or insidious. The Mayo Clinic (1) cites the most obvious:
Stress is prolonged tension, continued thoughts that crowd and intrude upon our lives and make us uncomfortable in body, mind and spirit. When unresolved in the moment stress accumulates. Like that pile of laundry. Or the dishes in the sink. We run out to the each to seek the solace of the sun and decide that the laundry can wait. It does wait but when you return home it is waiting there for you to deal with it.
Stress is the same scenario. Even though we are in the so called lazy, hazy days of summer, the accumulation of stressful situations in our life, be it workplace, family or social relationships continues to pile up and weigh heavily on us. Left unattended to , the pile accumulates and becomes overwhelming. That pile appears insurmountable.
“It will never get done”, “Where do I even start?”, “It’s YOUR fault for not helping with the tasks”, “If only I had done it sooner”, “It’s too late, hopeless”.