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Why Is Everybody So Irritated?


by Michael Foutz, MD

I can understand this being the case during the pandemic. It’s been a year or so, though, since the height of the pandemic and, yes, we’re having some economic difficulties; but it seems like the irritability level is still high.

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Physician Professional Fulfillment

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment

which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words.

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Dr. Shalz Leads Community towards Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Shalz Leads the Community towards Lifestyle Medicine

“Your results are normal!” The story of how one woman with diabetes and chronic fatigue restored her health

Deena Clark had type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and chronic fatigue when she discovered the lifestyle medicine program at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.

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Aging in 2021

by Amy Baruch, MD, Emergency Medicine of Idaho

The childhood board game of Chutes and Ladders is marked by a series of squares, where the goal is to reach the hundredth square by rolling the dice and advancing your game piece. Land on a chute and you fall back, or a ladder, and you climb closer to the winning square. This Milton-Bradley classic is based on a game originating in India called Snakes and Ladders. Its historic roots were founded on a lesson in morality from traditional Hindu philosophy.

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COVID Meditation

Abhilash Desai, MD, Idaho Memory and Aging Centers

Hello and welcome to COVID Meditation – COVID stands for Compassion, Optimism, Vitality and Defiance. COVID Meditation is a combination of four short mantra repetition meditations – each one is one minute long. This meditation will help you activate “the defiant power of the human spirit” (holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s phrase). Let’s remind ourselves that Compassion Optimism Vitality and Defiant attitude are even more contagious than COVID!

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Provider Burnout in the World of COVID-19

By Guillermo Guzman, MD, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Idaho State Board of Medicine 

The stressors of the day to day activities that fade into routine and become almost imperceptible. The added patient at the end of our shift, followed by a phone call that still needs to be completed. The almost mandatory extra hour to finish your medical records and then on to review laboratory and radiology results waiting in your inbox. Only to start again the next day. And on to the next week. And so on.

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Elite Athletes and Doctors

By Steven Reames, Executive Director, Ada County Medical Society

Last month, US gymnast Simone Biles turned in comparatively sloppy performances during her qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics. After not sticking her planned vault, she suddenly withdrew herself from the team all-around competition. The world was stunned and some were outraged. She had experienced a case of the “twisties” or “yips,” a sudden and inexplicable loss of air balance awareness. It was downright dangerous for her to continue in the team competition, but her departure enabled the Russian Olympic Committee athletes to win the gold in the event.

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