Category Archives: patient advocacy

Why I’m not afraid of measles

Hi! I’ll bet you’ve been wondering where I’ve been… I’m actually publishing my blogs now on my Oasis Wellness website, which you can find here. (If for some reason the link isn’t working, you can cut and paste this address … Continue reading

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Oasis Wellness Empowerment Series #3: On the Journey towards Patient and Provider Empowerment

In the second segment of this series, I introduced a new model of care called the “Collaborative Empowerment Model,” whereby both patient and provider create a healing model through collaboration and empowerment. I promise that I will devote an entire future article to how this model works, but for the time being, I think it’s more important to give you all concrete steps to become more empowered. We are in a crisis situation, people.

In addition, I’m excited to introduce many of you to a new role in nursing called the Clinical Nurse Leader. Continue reading

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Oasis Wellness Empowerment Series #2: Disempowering Patients through Fear, Coercion, and Force

Please note that we will be phasing out this blog page. But don’t despair! You can all of our blogs over on our Oasis Wellness website, http://www.earthbasedmedicine.com. For now, we’ll continue to double post so that you don’t miss out. In … Continue reading

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Oasis Wellness Empowerment Series #1: How the Internet can Empower Patients and Providers

If information is power, then the Internet – long crowned the “information superhighway” – provides both patients and health care providers a compelling platform for empowerment. Patients want to know about their choices and treatment options — ALL of their options, not just what was taught in medical school ten, twenty, thirty years ago. Continue reading

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Healing for the FUN of it

Most of the time, people become my clients because they are unhappy with the prescriptions they get from their doctors, whether conventional or naturopathic. They are overwhelmed by the pharmaceuticals, supplements, and diet changes that their provider insists they must … Continue reading

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Setting the self-care example for our patients

How many people do you know who suppress their need to rejuvenate, who pick themselves up in the morning with their Starbucks grande and numb themselves in the evening with wine, beer, or whiskey? How many nurses and doctors do you know who are hooked on coffee, junk food, and Diet Coke to get through their long shifts? As a patient, how does it make you feel when you meet your doctor/nurse/practitioner for the first time, and they’re 50 pounds overweight, with big, dark circles under their eyes, and they too tired to greet you with a smile? Continue reading

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Why I’m not afraid of Ebola (but you might be)

I recently read a blog stating it would unethical to conduct a study on Ebola treatments using a placebo (fake treatment). I take that a step further. It is unethical to conduct a study using ONLY drugs. If Ebola is such a menace, why are we not using every possible means to heal people and to prevent illness? Continue reading

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