4 Thoughts

1. Autumn Equinox and the Fog We have passed the second balance point of the year. Happy Autumn! We have recent memories of being embedded in the summer’s warmth and light. We lived for a while in the land of the sun. The earth’s blossoming nature, plentiful and colorful, had our attention. There is no mistaking it: we are… Read on…

Prescribing Principles

Perplexed Vaccine experts are doing their best to see us through the pandemic, but they are not sure what to make of the situation in which we find ourselves this late summer. The experts are torn, (not at the CDC which recommends the shots for the adult population). An article in STAT News, a medical and science… Read on…

You can control 90% of your health

You can control 90% of your health. It’s a fact. And food quality is a huge factor in this basic public health fact, as are: not smoking and moving well  We will always need healers, but you can do yourself a huge favor if you embrace the bounty! Eat whole foods!  It’s short sighted to pinch your budget around… Read on…

Hear the other side

You have a really pleasant personality and you are clever in so many ways and I like you a lot… …but you are super ignorant. Really, you are. But, it’s ok. We all are. One big thing to know is we don’t get anywhere by gathering facts. All that gets us is the mirage that we know things. We get… Read on…

Infectious disease in the news: COVID and Polio

Withdrawal of COVID restrictions: what’s the story? As of August, per CDC guidelines, just in time for the coming school year, official recommendations call for being reasonable and cautious but no required 6 feet of distancing,  no asymptomatic testing,  no quarantining after exposure.  New guidelines don’t differentiate based on vaccination status. In general the guidelines acknowledge that ventilated… Read on…

Don’t Settle for Fear

I thought it would be good to explore coming unhinged in this edition. We can call it the chaos edition. From the Mailbag (unhinged edition) Thanks for your feedback, questions, and suggestions. Here’s a (fictitious) note from the mailbag I thought you’d like very much. It comes from Jessika in Stockholm. “Berkshire Whole Health, can I use my cell phone in… Read on…

5 score and 4 years ago

Covid Update The 14 DAY trends are flat, I’m happy to report. 130k cases per day nationally. Only 30 cases per day locally in Berkshire County. Look again to a country who went through a BA.5 wave before us: South Africa. Less than 60 days after it began, South Africa’s fifth wave of COVID-19 infections ended… Read on…

Self-Connection

Covid Update Good News: Covid case incidence is flat locally and nationally. Despite BA.5’s arrival, numbers aren’t taking off.  We continue to be counting a low percentage of the actual cases due to less centralized testing so don’t be too cavalier.  President Biden has COVID. Kamala is a primary contact. We want Vladmir and Xi to know that Joe is still working, just… Read on…

Battling Invasive Species

Imagine my shock and intrigue when I came across this passage: “The gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar), also known as the spongy moth, was introduced in 1868 into the United States by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, a French scientist living in Medford, Massachusetts. Because native silk-spinning caterpillars were susceptible to disease, Trouvelot imported the species in order to breed a more resistant hybrid… Read on…

Humanism

Covid update All still is holding steady. Cases remain in the 30 per day in the county range and around 100,000- 110,000 per day in the country. Pretty similar to last week. The majority of cases are the new sub-variant. Don’t forget, Omicron doesn’t have affinity for the lungs. Be reassured by that. Omicron is consistently reminding us… Read on…