Mindfulness: An “Evidenced-Based” title for Ancient Principle

  As the medical community has set out to find strategies for prevention and solutions to lower physicians burnout, what has been coined “mindfulness based stress reduction” has gained much attention and awareness. However “mindfulness based stress reduction” or simply “mindfulness” is a principle proven long before medical researchers decided to reduce it to treatment strategy to promote acceptance amongst a community that might otherwise view it as “fluff” or “quackery”.    Mindfulness is, simply put, the state of being aware or conscious of something.  As a therapeutic process, mindfulness is a state achieved by focusing ones awareness on the present moment; ackn......
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Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast

Sometimes you just need a bit of comfort food and this slow cooker Mississippi Roast won't fail to deliver. Serve it with mashed sweet potatoes for a completed satisfying meal. Enjoy! Ingredients 3 pounds chuck roastSalt and pepper to taste1/4 cup unsalted butter1/2 (1 oz) envelope ranch dressing mix1/2 (1¼ oz) envelope au jus mix1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers or more if you like1 cup diced carrotsFresh cilantro leaves for garnishing Directions Rinse chuck roast and pat dry with paper towels. Season each side of the roast with a little salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet. Melt butter o......
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Why Physicians Are Not The Best Leaders & How We Can Be Better

    As physicians we are seen as leaders whether we like it or not, and as such we are charged with modeling greatness. But do we? Our training, while teaching us to be experts and authorities, does NOT teach us how to be leaders.  However, somehow we get out into practice and are automatically seen as leaders, and thrown into positions that require a skill that we don’t have…and we don’t know that we don’t know that we don’t have it! What Defines Leadership? Leadership can be defined by many principles including influence, change, character, service, and development.  However, the principle......
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Slow Cooker Vegan Chili

  This Slow Cooker Vegan Chili features tri-color bell peppers and three kinds of beans, but the true star is the butternut squash. Enjoy!! Ingredients 1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained1 red bell pepper, chopped1 yellow bell pepper, chopped1 orange bell pepper, chopped1 jalapeno, seeded and diced1 yellow onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, chopped1 (20 oz.) packaged cubed butternut squash (approximately 4½ cups)2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes in a thick puree2 tablespoons chili powder1 tablespoon cumin1 teaspoon cayenne pepperKosher s......
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Physicians! How committed are we to our suffering?

  There's a saying, "pain is in evitable, but suffering is optional". However, some people thrive inside of complaint.  These people, when presented with potential solutions to the problem, argue and invalidate all possibilities presented. Sounds familiar? Being a physician advocate in the battle to lower physician burnout and prevent suicide in doctors, I am disheartened to see this phenomenon in our community.  While there are front line physicians and even physician leaders) who gladly get on board, looking at and for new solutions to what seems to be an unsolvable problem, many of our community are content to remain ......
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