Alt-Health: A Little Peace of Land
As a little girl, I noticed that every time my mother got pissed off at my dad, she would head out the back door, snarling to herself like a wet cat. An hour or so later she would return, purring quietly under her breath as if nothing had happened. For a while I suspected she […]
Ask Dr. Brilliant Cliche and the Granny Doctor: Why Can’t I Find a Guy Like Dear Old Dad?
Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am having terrible luck with relationships and I don’t understand why. I have heard that girls usually look for someone who resembles their father and this is why so many women from dysfunctional families with lousy dads end up in abusive relationships. But my own father was wonderful! He always […]
Alt-Health: Falling — The Great Equalizer
After watching Madonna fall backward off of the stage at the recent British Music Awards, I got to thinking. The old slip and fall is a great equalizer. It dumps us all indecorously upon our asses, celebrities and common folk alike. With the Motif Music Award Nominees issue upon us, I was curious to see just how […]
Alt-Health: How Does Film Affect Health?
When I was a young girl, the movies made quite an impression on my malleable mind. I would walk out of a spy flick feeling suave and sophisticated, and if my sister suggested we stop for ice cream on the way home, I would sit in the car and dream while she and my dad went in […]
Ask the Granny Doctor and Dr. Brilliant Cliche: Are Movies a Bad Influence?
Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; My teenaged daughter and her friends are really into the Twilight movies. It’s such a widespread phenomena that I didn’t think anything of it. But when I watched for the first time myself, I was more than a little disturbed. The values that are being glamorized here seem so skewed — be […]
Alt-Health: Love Is All You Need
February brings us Valentine’s Day, a celebration first linked with love during the Middle Ages. Today, it is a popular boon to florists, greeting card retailers and restaurant owners, but it is not a holiday that many of us would associate with health. Well, think again! As it turns out, love can be as essential to good health […]
The Licensing of Naturopathic Physicians in RI
Rhode Island licenses doctors and dentists, nurses, midwives, athletic trainers and dieticians for the medical community. They also license acupuncturists and their assistants, chiropractors, massage therapists and interpreters for the deaf. They do not license naturopathic physicians. To find out why, I went to the Department of Health, which issues all licensing permits for RI. A supervisor said […]
Ask Dr. Brilliant Cliche and the Granny Doctor: It Just Takes Patience
Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am so sick of the hypocrisy! Every New Year’s Eve, I listen to people babble incoherently about all the great resolutions they are starting tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and some of them manage to actually make it one day. I’ve seen them go as long as a month. Then — boom! That’s it. […]
Ask Brilliant Cliche and the Granny Doctor: I Can’t Pee In Public!
Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, This is a bit embarrassing, but it’s bothering me and I really want to do something about it. Since as far back as I can remember, I haven’t been able to pee in public restrooms. Men’s bathroom urinals are all lined up next to each other, exposed, and if someone else […]