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I was walking the lanes of Appomattox Courthouse yesterday and thinking about the national mood and the mood in my hospital. Appomattox Courthouse is not too far from Charlottesville and is well worth a visit. Much of the small village has been restored to the way it appeared in 1865 when history was made there.  On a pleasant April day it...
We have all felt it—the way strong emotions such as anxiety, stress, excitement, love, and grief can hit us right in the gut. Our language is full of descriptions: “butterflies in my stomach” when madly in love, the “sinking feeling” in our stomachs when things start to go wrong, bad news experienced as a “kick in the gut,” the...
There’s no crying in baseball! – Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" There’s no lying in medicine! – Rob Reiser, in a league of his own Clinical medicine is practiced in a culture of radical honesty. Doctors never lie to other doctors about clinical care or results. Nurses never lie to other nurses about patients’ care. No one caring for...
By Michael Cusick, M.D. Many of us are aware of our increased screen time over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between computers, tablets, smartphones, and television, the average screen time per person rose 60% to more than 13 hours a day in March 2020. This increase in screen time has led to an increase in complaints of...
Gasp! Does this sound reckless?! Hug your parents? What are you, a complete menace to society?  Run with your friends? Don’t you know we are still in the middle of a pandemic? At the end of February, I was fortunate enough to get my second dose of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. As a veterinarian, I was fortunate to be included in...
“We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Now a whole new set is emerging around COVID vaccines —and spreading as virulently as the pandemic they are meant to control.” – “Yes, some COVID vaccines use genetic engineering. Get over it.” Mark Lynas, Alliance for Science, Cornell University, Dec.17, 2020. Evidence-based health policies are corrosive to public discourse, Cornell University being...
Approximately 3-5% of teens have a diagnosable eating disorder. Even higher numbers of teens and young adults, including many males, struggle with disordered eating behaviors and thoughts. (The term “disordered eating” is used to include situations when the symptoms don’t meet full criteria for a clinical diagnosis but are concerning.) Eating disorders are most likely to develop before the...

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Crozet Annals of Medicine: The Beginning of the End

I was walking the lanes of Appomattox Courthouse yesterday and thinking about the national mood and the mood in my hospital. Appomattox Courthouse is not...

The Mind-Gut Connection: We Are What We Eat

We have all felt it—the way strong emotions such as anxiety, stress, excitement, love, and grief can hit us right in the gut. Our...

Crozet Annals of Medicine: Facts Are Stubborn Things

There’s no crying in baseball! – Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" There’s no lying in medicine! – Rob Reiser, in a league of...

Protect Your Eyes from Too Much Screen Time

By Michael Cusick, M.D. Many of us are aware of our increased screen time over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between computers,...

Back to Fitness: Get the Vaccine! Hug Your Parents! Run with Your Friends!

Gasp! Does this sound reckless?! Hug your parents? What are you, a complete menace to society?  Run with your friends? Don’t you know we...

Insights for Flourishing: It’s Evidence-Based—Shut up!

“We’ve all heard the conspiracy theories about COVID-19. Now a whole new set is emerging around COVID vaccines —and spreading as virulently as the...

Recognizing Eating Disorders

Approximately 3-5% of teens have a diagnosable eating disorder. Even higher numbers of teens and young adults, including many males, struggle with disordered eating...