… and for some more irrelevant research on eating disorders

i never cease to be amazed at the naivety (or – it wouldn’t be arrogance?) of some researchers in the social sciences. do they really never talk to the people who they research? why am i telling you this? well, the good people at the national institute of health have amazing news for us! apparently… Continue reading … and for some more irrelevant research on eating disorders

in the flow

(this is an article from my most recent newsletter) you’re sitting at your favourite coffee shop with your best friend, planning a trip down the coast. the conversation is lively. every time you come up with yet another idea of what to do, your friend knows exactly what you mean and spins it further. your… Continue reading in the flow

making lives better: inspiration

today i want to tell you about some of the inspiring videos i’ve seen on youtube lately. all three very different – except for the fact that they really moved me. this is quite old. it’s TV satirist’s jon stewart’s first speech after 9/11. i dare you to watch it without tears in your eyes!… Continue reading making lives better: inspiration

a post for pam

the other day i went to a party at my friend bonnie’s place. with me being there, of course at one point the talk turned to the internet. one of the lovely guests, pam, mentioned that everyone in her family comes up with something when they google their names – but not she! i said… Continue reading a post for pam

the story of the two hungry wolves

here is a wonderful native parable that i first came across in ted kuntz’s beautiful book, peace begins with me. a grandfather and grandson were walking through the forest one winter evening. from far away, they heard the wolves howl. “hungry wolves!” said the grandson. “yes, just like the ones inside us,” said the grandfather.… Continue reading the story of the two hungry wolves

hair test for eating disorders: scientific triumph or an orwellian nightmare?

according to new research, a hair test can now show whether someone has anorexia or bulimia. another scientific triumph! supposedly, this is useful because “diagnosing eating disorders is often hampered because of patient resistance”. whenever i hear the phrase “patient resistance”, my, um, hair

creative writing: waking up from our routines

“creative writing increases physician observation skills and connection to patients” this is the heading of a study at the yale school of medicine, which showed that creative writing had a positive impact on how doctors saw themselves, their patients and their peers. resident physicians often deal with quite a bit of negativity