Healing Starts With an Open Mind

A few years ago after my second shoulder surgery ( and they don’t know what is causing the pain) I asked my doctor what he thought about alternative medical methods. He said the Chinese have been practicing different methods for over 4000 years so they must be doing something right. That mindset is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s western medical mindset. That is a good and necessary thing to be happening. Modern western medicine has the mindset of fixing people after they get  sick instead of trying to keep people from getting sick in the first place. There are so many theories as to how to control medical cost. Wouldn’t it make sense to keep people from getting sick in the first place?  Yet many Americans don’t want to change the way they live but prefer to run to the nearest ER at the first sign of illness. Of course the ER is the most expensive part of most hospitals.  So why not at least explore other forms of treatment? What do you have to lose?

Two Birds and Springtime

As spring is starting to show it’s beauty more and more each day two birds sit confidently on this flowering branch. While we as humans marvel at their beauty and sounds it does make one wonder what they may be communicating to each other? Could it be that they are finally glad that winter is over? It might be that they are lamenting that it’s getting harder and harder to find a place to hang out? Or it could it be that they know that summer is on it’s way? We will never know but it sure is special to hear them each and every day.

Teenage Brains and Mental Health

One of the interesting observations about teens observing other teens and their actions that there might be signs of a mental health crisis is that on some level we are putting teens in a situation that mentally they are not capable of that kind of skill and insight. The general consensus is that the human brain in most cases doesn’t fully develop until somewhere around their mid 20’s. So where is the logic in that? On it’s base there is none. Does that mean we should throw up our hands and not teach teens not to tell an adult if they sense a potential problem? Of course not. For many adults if they are honest with themselves when they look back on their teen years their minds were on  something else.  To be fair to teens today they face a different kind of pressure than we faced a very long time ago. We dealt with things like the possibility of all out nuclear war,Presidential assassinations,the civil rights movement etc.. Today they face all of this social media stuff and for many young women they are being told by society that if they are not a size 3 then what is wrong with them? ( As a side note young ladies the vast majority of men are not attracted to a size 3 young woman) There is this constant barrage for both teen boys and girls that they try and process everyday and then on top of that they are being asked to try and determine if a young person they see might be having some kind of mental health issue?  So is it fair to ask them to try and get inside a fellow teens mind? On that one I think adults need to be really careful that they don’t dump to much on their teens. The harsh reality is if a teen has his or her mind set to hurt themselves or others can it ever truly be stopped? That is the question to ponder…………