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What is the Affordable Care Act and What Does it Mean for You?

Fasten your seat belts, because we’re in for a wild health care ride. The Affordable Care Act–commonly called ObamaCare– represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of our healthcare system since the inception of Medicare in 1965. We all want the … Continue reading

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Help for Grover’s Disease

Are you or a loved one managing Grover’s Disease? Want to learn more?  I’ve created a special booklet  that you and your loved ones want–and need to know to enjoy optimal health.  It answers 10 questions like: What is  Grover’s … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Warm Welcome

by Dr. Vicki Rackner Today I had the honor of taping a public service announcement  for Bartell Drugs.  I went to the studio that houses the station I listen to in my car so often– Seattle’s Warm 106.9.  As I … Continue reading

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Does Caregiving Make You Fat?

If you have put on a few pounds since you’ve started caring for an aging parent or sick partner, you’re not alone. Many choices reasonable caregivers make under stressful circumstances contribute to weight gain. Less exercise.  “My walk seems like … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Pets

Do you think your pet has healing powers?  I bet you’re right! This past week I got to tell some stories about my special four-legged companion Elvira.  This chocolate lab was a healer.   There was something special about her; … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

by Dr. Vicki Rackner September 15, 2011 As you choose words and actions that convey comfort, strength and hope, think birthday gifts. You might remember the best birthday present ever.  You open the box and find EXACTLY what you want. … Continue reading

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5 Tips to Help Medical Practices Get More Referrals

Whether you want more patients for your pain clinic, hospice organization or  oncology practice, here are 5 tips to increase your referrals. 1. Think referrals.  Just as the care of patients contributes to good clinical outcomes, so, too, attention to … Continue reading

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Great TED Talk about Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a disease of the brain.  Here’s a great talk that explains.

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10 Things to Say–and Not Say–When a Loved One’s in Pain

Words are powerful medicine that can help–or harm. Words and actions that say, “You are not alone. I’m here.” are helpful. Words that minimize or negate the experience of the person in pain make things worse. Continue reading

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