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December 7, 2021

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On Turning 60 With Joy and Gratitude


By Kalpana (Rose) M. Kumar, M.D.

In the footsteps of the late cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien, I want to share some thoughts on aging through the second half of life. As I turn 60 this year, I have been struck by people's aghast reactions to my age when I tell them how old I'll be. My patients younger than 60 appear apologetic or in disbelief that I am 'so old', and many seem frightened about my age when they proclaim, "I hope you don't retire soon." I tell them that I have no interest in 'retiring from doing what I love and loving what I do'. It is curious as to how conditioned we are to not embrace aging and to actually fear and loathe it. I have always wondered why this is so in the Western world. For as long as I have lived in the West, this collective attitude towards aging has not changed. Youth is honored, the elderly are invisible and most fight against getting old and passing through sacred gateways that are filled with wisdom and consciousness. I refuse to relate to myself and my aging process through society's fearful and disrespectful attitude towards it. I find it lacking in love, wisdom and gratitude.



Watch Dr. Kumar's latest podcast interview discussing her vision of healthcare and the contrast between her vision and the corporate healthcare system's agenda.

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Transformation During the COVID Pandemic

Kalpana (Rose) M. Kumar, M.D.

This is a webinar about the personal and collective transformative process that the COVID pandemic has catalyzed.





Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Need a simple and healthy side dish for the holidays? See the recipe for a side dish that goes with any main meal.


Making Your Holiday Plant-Based Charcuterie Board

Joy Lenz, RD CD

With the Holidays in full swing, now is the time to celebrate with friend and family with your own Plant-Based Charcuterie Board. Here are some tips for making a simple yet beautiful spread for your next gathering or maybe just dinner.


TCM Body Clock IV

Chunchieh Bruce Sun, Cac., MSOM, Dipl OM

The TCM Spleen has a wide range of functions from digestion to muscle tone to sensuality. The Spleen manufactures Qi from our food. The Spleen's role is to transform and transfer nutrition. For this reason, the Spleen is called the source of postnatal energy (acquired Qi).


Happy Holidays and Crystallized Emotion

Eric Ehrke, LCSW, LMFT

As the Winter Solstice approaches and COVID continues, daylight diminishes and darkness expands. Holidays provide loving stories, cherished songs and religious parables to remind us how to love in the midst of illusion. Love is a tiny word but a daunting emotion to master because it is the most complicated, convoluted, irresistible force in the Universe. Just as we have a biological instinct to breathe, so we also have a divine instinct to love. But how do we find love or cherish our circumstances, when someone just drove his SUV into the Waukesha Christmas parade and killed six people and harmed fifty others in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  


Do You Know How To Relax?

Emily Klik, LMT, CST

If asked the question, "Do you know what it feels like for your body to be relaxed?" what would your answer be? The majority of patients who see me suffer from a high degree of stress and anxiety. Most have no idea how to answer this question or what it feels like to be relaxed.


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