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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges. Every Tuesday I post a new, very brief video from my presentations or interviews. Every Friday this Q&A column appears. Here is this […]

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Video: Attributes Most Associated with Wellbeing and Mastery

By adopting the behavior of the happiest people, you will increase your level of wellbeing and increase psychological flexibility, thereby reducing stress, which contributes to improved health.

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Video: Empowered Medical Patients Use Apps

Take advantage of the array of new diagnostic and monitoring apps for your mobile device that can enable you to gather information, transmit it to your doctors, and then receive better care. Aside from the better care you’ll receive by giving your doctors this additional information, this is a way of being an empowered patient. […]

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Video: How to Maintain Good Notes on Your Medical Appointments

Ask your doctor for permission to record, and then take notes later. I record on my iPhone and while it’s recording, I refer to all my questions, which I keep on Notes on my iPhone. By recording the entire consult, you will have far more information than you are likely to remember, and you will […]

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Video: In Between Medical Appointments

Your doctor is the medical expert. But, in between appointments, your self-care is in your own hands. It is up to you what to eat, how much sleep and rest to get, what type and how much daily exercise to get, how to manage stress, and it is up to you to do things to […]

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Video: Protect Yourself From Harm

As an empowered patient, you need to make sure the prescribing doctor is aware of medications you are already on that could alter the effects of the new medication. Also, make sure the prescribing doctor is aware of any conditions you have that could made that medication contraindicated. It is your responsibility to maintain a […]

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Video: Safety of Diagnostic and Treatment Procedures, and Being an Empowered Patient

It is bad for your health to go to appointments and procedures because you have to; always choose to. Have to is disempowering. Choose to is how empowered patients act, and that attitude is associated with increased wellbeing. In diagnostic and treatment procedures, less invasive alternatives are always safer. If they fail to provide good […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This weekly column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number of related questions, I pick one that covers them all and I […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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