September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

Funny how we delegate days and months to certain causes. The truth is that every day should be a suicide prevention day. Sadly, death by suicide is among the leading causes of death overall in the United States. There are, on average, 123 suicides each day. It is the...
Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Families It’s been a long time since I have been out and about meeting with all of you in person and to speaking engagements (which I love to do.) The last big conference I spoke at was March 2020 at Providence Medical Center. Who would...
Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

  The other day I was picturing in my mind’s eye a little child playing with a yo-yo. I couldn’t help but think about the energy of a yo-yo in motion. In the hands of a skilled yo-yoer, we see a back and forth of potential energy as the yo-yo moves toward the...
Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

With the news of Simone Biles pulling out of the Olympic finals and choosing her mental health first, we are seeing a movement among elite Black athletes who are taking a public stand to advocate for their own and others’ mental health. There has been a surge of elite...
Recovery, Routine, and Habit Stacking

Recovery, Routine, and Habit Stacking

   At every age and every stage of life, a good routine is beneficial, if not outright necessary, to our overall health and happiness. By embracing a routine, we make the time we need to handle all the tasks of daily life as well as devote ourselves to taking care of...
Summer and Safety

Summer and Safety

Summer is in full swing.  Warm temperatures, picnics, barbeques, and 4th of July parades are all hallmarks of this time of year.  It’s a great time to celebrate family, friends and freedom. Safety is a big concern for everyone at this time of year.  From the heat...
Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, and Gut Health

Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, and Gut Health

Not a week goes by where we don’t hear from someone about gastrointestinal issues and chronic pain along with substance abuse, anxiety or depression. Over time, it has become clear that the connection between mental health and gut health is solid. ENS and CNS –...
FIGHTING FOGO: Transitioning out of the Pandemic

FIGHTING FOGO: Transitioning out of the Pandemic

As vaccines continue to roll out and the pandemic seems closer to its end, FOGO – the fear of going out – in a post-pandemic world will be a common challenge. After over a year of masks, working at home, and curbed social interactions, it is to be expected...
Psychosis – Marijuana (i.e. Cannabis), Adderall, and Other Drugs

Psychosis – Marijuana (i.e. Cannabis), Adderall, and Other Drugs

Over the last few months, there is not a week that goes by that we do not get a phone call from a distraught family whose young adult has turned into a roaring lion as a result of abusing cannabis (usually 97% Sativa) and other drugs (Adderall, Ambien, cocaine etc.)....