You know, I just started out to be a good doc.  I just wanted to take care of people, help them get and stay well, get to know them a bit better.  21 years ago, I didn’t realize that what I would actually be doing is talking for a living.

The root word for “doctor” comes from the word for “teacher”.  That’s mostly what I do all day, really….just teach.  Our bodies know how to fix themselves, we simply have to give them the right tools to do so.  So mostly, my job is teaching folks what those “right tools” might be.  And a lot of the time, my “teaching” is really just reminding—-you already know a lot of what I tell you, you’ve just forgotten.  Or decided it’s too much trouble, cause change is hard.  When I’m not being a teacher, I’m being a cheerleader, giving you that shot of encouragement and excitement you need to get back on track.

The other thing I do is listen.  It really is true that if a healer listens long enough and deeply enough, the patient will tell them what’s wrong.  Everyone, on some level, already knows what their dis-ease is.  They usually even can tell me how to fix it.  That’s the joy of doing the kind of medicine I do—I can take the time for deep listening and being present and searching for the moment you tell me what’s wrong.

So talking and listening for a living—that’s all a bit ironic, actually.  If you ask my mom, she’s probably still surprised that I talk for a living cause I was such a shy kid.  No kidding, I didn’t talk to anyone outside of the family, practically, til I was nearly a teen!  So now, when I tell her that I just got back from teaching a roomful of 400 or so docs, she finds it hard to imagine.  And if you ask Brad, he’ll probably tell you I’m not the best listener—but that’s not fair, cause he’s my spouse and spouses often are the only ones who get to see us at our worst.

Now writing a blog—my mom can definitely understand that one.  Both of my parents have always encouraged me to write, and are probably a bit surprised that I haven’t done a book yet.  (There’s already a glut of menopause books out there, so why should I do yet another one?).  This blog, though, will replace the email newsletters we’ve put out in the past.  Although I think Brad and I did a fabulous job with the newsletters (I did the text, he made it look great and work perfectly), they are really time consuming.  That’s why they have become more and more rare, in case you haven’t noticed.  The blog…that is quick, easy and will be a better way to get the news out in a timely fashion.

Here’s what we’re asking of you:  help us get the word out.  You can sign up for email notification each time there’s a new post, or you can just come back and check often.  If you like a particular post, you can forward it to a friend, or link to it from a Facebook page or send a tweet about it.  Yeah, we’re getting into the whole social networking scene as well!  I have to admit that I’m not yet real comfortable with that part, but it may just be that I’m neither a gadget gal nor under 30.  I am a fast learner, though, so hopefully it won’t feel so strange in the near future.

The blog will be where we post announcements like new classes (though that will also be on the website) and time-sensitive items like a cool workshop at another facility, a farm-to-table dinner in the area, that kind of thing.  I’ll also be posting educational entries on topics that I find important—for instance, I’m currently working on an article on nonalchoholic fatty liver disease (it’ll be posted soon).  If I’m really lucky, I might be able to get some of the other MIB providers to add in blog posts as well, so you can learn more about what they do and what they think is important.

So, sign up for notification of new posts and get ready to tell all your friends.  Once our Facebook page is active, we’ll let you know and you can check that out as well.  Here we go, jumping into the digital age with both feet!