What is Your Body Telling You?

New MessageOur physical body takes a hit when we experience stress. Even if that stress is not especially negative or traumatic, our body takes the wear.

And if the stress involves danger or trauma, or continues over a significant period of time, our body may just “shut down” in some way.

It has been estimated that 75% or more of the time a patient visits a primary care physician the true reason is stress, psychological difficulty, or something related. In other words, most of the time the problem did not BEGIN with a physical problem or body dysfunction.

That doesn’t mean the physical symptoms aren’t real. It means that our entire being is connected together, and what affects one part affects all the others as well.

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Grief, Tears, and Pain

Grief, Tears, and Pain

Man Alone in GriefAt one point every one of us will have to face grief – the loss of someone we love.

There’s no way to make grief easy. It just hurts! So many emotions may be involved: sadness, loneliness, guilt, regret, shock, hopelessness, and more. The loss of a loved one in death causes more psychological and physical stress than just about anything else.

The Dr Carol Show tomorrow, Saturday August 11, 1-2pm Central, will be a special broadcast dealing with grief. And we would love for you to be a part. Find a station near you, or listen to live streaming.

We’ll also have a special guest on the program, Sam Hodges from GriefShare.

Leave your comments on this post. Send a confidential message to Dr Carol here. Or call 888-537-2276 during our program 1-2pm Central on Saturday.

Who was the loved one you lost? What were they like? How did that loss affect you? Did other people say or do things that made it harder? That helped? I’d love to hear from you!

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A Time for Everything

The Byrds Turn Turn TurnThe Byrds sang it: “A time to every purpose under heaven.”

I wonder how many people who still sing Turn! Turn! Turn! realize that the lyrics were taken essentially word-for-word from the Bible, Ecclesiastes ch. 3. It talks about a truth that those of us who live in this super-charged ultra-fast over-connected society often forget.

As an OB-Gyn physician I rejoice when it’s a time to be born. But I struggle to not feel like a failure when it’s time for one of my patients, or worse yet a close friend or family member, to die.

I find myself looking for the time to laugh and dance. I struggle to embrace the time to weep and mourn.

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[Newsletter] A Streetcar Named Desire

Totally Free Ministries LogoWe need close intimate personal relationships. Our desires are strong, and they incorporate the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of our being.

Desire is beautiful. Desire is dangerous.

If we ignore our desires, they don’t go away – they get stronger and go underground.

If we give in to our desires indescriminately, the objects of our desires may just end up destroying us.

How can we navigate our human desires and find their true home?

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HALT: Five Ways to Stay Filled Up

Toddler drinking water from hoseWe human beings are needy. It seems like we are always leaking and in need of getting filled up.

Our bodies need water, food, air, exercise, and rest. Disrupt the regular availability of any of these, and you won’t survive very long!

Our minds need stimulation, entertainment, perspective, feedback, humor, and rest. Mess with any of these for very long, and your mind will lose its resilience.

Our souls need communication, intimacy, encouragement, challenge, hope, meaning, depth, joy, and love. And when we don’t experience these, we go looking.

And it’s in the LOOKING that we can get into trouble.

Twelve-step programs have a phrase that illustrates this: Don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. HALT – when these needs are not met, you’re in danger! Your thinking gets cloudy, and you can easily reach for an unhealthy addiction.

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