Angela

Man in the Mirror

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

~ Steve Jobs

I saw a patient in pain today– having been her doctor for the last 6 years.  I have watched her downward spiral into depression and chronic pain. My empathy overwhelmed me and I had her come into the office today for my form of a “Come to Jesus” intervention. Now in retrospect,  I feel my conversation was dead on arrival.
I’ve met many a soul that are so beaten down by the things that are out of their control, that they have given up and lost the insight into the situation. I’ve been there more times than I care to remember. Somehow, I have managed to pull myself out of the vicious cycle of pity and sef despair. I’m embarrassed to admit that the process has taken way too long to evolve in the past. Usually, a song, a person, or a self reflective moment in a state of fatigue has been the eye opener. I’m not sure she heard anything I said today, but I pray that she will trust that there are angels on earth, placed here to help us gain insight. God only knows that I’m no angel.  I do however have kindness as my king. On the opposite hand, I then saw a patient that is neglecting her own health out of fear and self abuse. She did hear my message thankfully.  She is someone who just needs to believe that there are some people in the world who still care. Every inkling of her being wants to pursue her dreams in lack of ignorant judgement. A very wise soul (my daughter, Ciara) recently told me a message that I will forever try to remember and maintain.  “I’ve learned that you can’t ever judge or shut someone out of your life until you have taken the time to hear their story. Sage like words from an 18 year old girl.   If you don’t want to be judged, then judge others less. We all say we don’t judge but I’m not sure that is really true. I am starting with the man in the mirror, because the best way to reboot your life and change the fallacy in the world is to change yourself.

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“We were made to be lovers bold in broken places”

For Lucy and Maggie …

 

Countless hours spent on the deck discussing the uncertainties of life.  Innumerable days of listening to our children giggle, play, fight and cry together.  Tears shed watching one another battle the ups and downs of family life in the 21st century. These experiences have made our former neighbors become our dearest friends and confidants. They are our “wolf pack”.

This week, the Henriksens, and their dear friends watched their families bond together once again as they faced yet another frightening event.  An event that would forever change the way all ten of us view life and the ambiguity of the world.  We will become different people having experienced this sad tragedy.

Our dearest friends’ daughter has known one of the most vivacious, loving, talented and endearing girls for many years.  The two girls were kindred spirits at the mere ages of 15 and 16.  To the shock of everyone, she took her own life this week.  She battled depression for years. Unfortunately, the disease won the strenuous fight.  Sadly and despite her suspected perception, young Maggie was never alone.

Most all of us probably know someone whose life has been affected by depression, either directly or indirectly.  We may not know that someone is suffering from depression, they may not even know themselves. Two out of three people who struggle with depression never seek help resulting in untreated depression as the leading cause of suicide.  In America alone, it’s estimated that 19 million people live with depression, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death among those 18-24 years old.

Perhaps you have seen the countless photos on social media of outstretched arms with the word “love” scribed on skin and merely thought it some new type of arm art fad.  There is a much deeper meaning to these sharpie tattoos.

Renee was a troubled Florida teen.  Described as one who “has felt the touch of awful naked men, battled depression and addiction, and attempted suicide” she at one point used her cocaine-cutting razor to carve  “F—k Up” on her arm adding to the other fifty self inflicted scars there.  A group of concerned friends finally convinced her to go to a drug treatment center but she was deemed too “high risk” due to her distinctive markings and denied treatment.  Fearing for her life, they designed a T-shirt selling drive in hopes of raising enough money to pay for her care.  Their experiences led them to realize the greater need beyond  just Renee.

Together they organized and formed TWLOHA, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people lost in depression, addiction, self-destruction and suicide.  You can read their complete story and Mission Statement here: http://www.twloha.com.  Their efforts caught on and went viral.  Photos of teens with “Love” on their arms began popping up in dramatic fashion.  Famous bands and the Hollywood elite began wearing their trendy T-shirts.  “Why do you have that written on your arms?”  “What does that T-shirt mean and where can I get one?”  All were keen efforts to raise awareness for this cause and show those in need that they are not alone.  By metaphorically applying “Love” as a pressure bandage to the self inflicted ugly wounds of the story’s character, this band of persistent friends helped not only Renee, but began to define and fulfill TWLOHA’s  vision including:

The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.

The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.

The vision is hope, and hope is real.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

 

Lucy, I won’t let this be the end of Maggie’s story either . . .

 

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The Fresh Produce Dilemma

I know that I have to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet.  But, it’s expensive and I don’t know where the heck I’m going to get coupons for fresh produce!  If I buy them in the store, are they all grown without pesticides?  Do I have to buy organic?

So I think I’ll build a garden and grown them at home.  Is the soil in my backyard safe?  Is there an industrial plant nearby spilling chemicals into my soil.  How much of my dumb dog’s pee does it take to lower the nutritional value of the bell pepper?

Tower garden is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system that allows almost anyone to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables at home.  All you need is a sunny patio,deck, or balcony.  Maybe I will use this product to bridge the gap.

www.mytowergarden.com

To order your own Tower Garden visit: 

 https://angelamd.towergarden.com/

 

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Big City Farms

Big City Farms specializes in growing heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables on vacant parcels of land in downtown Indianapolis. The operation is committed to bringing farming back into the urban environment. The produce is availabe to the public through a CSA program that runs from June through October. In addition to growing high-quality vegetables, the farm also works to increase food and farming educational opportunities, as well as exploring ways in which well-grown produce can be made more accessible to under-served populations.   Big City Farms partnered with Wishard Hospital last year, as part of a pilot program to get local vegetables directly to participants in a healthy living program.  The feedback from the patients was wonderful, and the dieticians noticed that the overall eating habits of the folks dramatically improved once they had guaranteed access to fresh produce.

visit:  www.bigcityfarmsindy.com

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Dr. Max Gerson

Max Gerson MD was a german physician born in 1881.  He was one of the first men that experimented with using diet to cure disease.  He developed a “migraine diet” that when used on his patient, not only cured the migraines, but it also cured his skin tuberculosis.  He then went on to study diet more and work with a nobel prize winning physician to treat cancers.  in 1958, he published A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 cases.  I find it amazing that we have ignored this basic knowledge for so many years in the flurry of our capitalistic dreams.  We have forgotten the basics!

The Beautiful Truth–Is a movie about a 15yo Alaskan boy who sets out to investigate some of the Gerson findings after he is inspired by a research project he is assigned.  Check out the trailer below:

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Going Postal!

After a long day yesterday in which I was tormented by the fact that one of my patients may have recurrent cancer, I arrived home and lost my mind.  At dinner, I threw back my chair, screamed at the top of my lungs and proceeded to bawl for a few hours.  “Mom is doing the best she can people!”   Moral of the story—-exercise when you are overwhelmed.  It may prevent you from spontaneously combusting  like me.

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“These are Dark Times there is no denying” -Rufus Scrimgeour

 

“Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes, But I’ll work it out” “Then I look up at the sky. My mouth is open wide, lick and taste” “What’s the use in worrying, what’s the use in hurrying?”  

— Dave Matthews Band

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The aroma of corn chips, baby milk, and old people

Sidney (12) endearingly told me as I was tucking her into bed one night: “Mom- you have your own smell.” In my mind, that meant that I had my own flowery, fresh, clean linen, homemade cookie kinda of mom smell. “Oh Sidney, that is so sweet. What do I smell like?” Her reply, “corn chips, baby milk, and old people” Wow! That was just about all I could say. Wow?! Another day in the life of the unappreciated mother with good intentions. Well, at least my therapist will have fun with this one.

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Simply Become Who You Are!

 

Over 90% of disease in the United States is caused by our diet. Our kid’s generation is the first one that will not outlive their parents! Childhood obesity is on the rise and most of us really aren’t living the lives we envisioned. Simply become who you are and learn the trick to living how you want to and feeling good. Please watch this video and decide what you think!

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The Hectic Life

Pagers, cell phones, prescriptions, diapers, bottles and college applications litter the family desk as you walk into the Henriksen household. Time pressures are typical for working parents in 2012, but imagine being full time physicians with four daughters ranging from college age to under a year. Chaos is a given, but how do these MD’s make life work in a busy society and try to remain healthy and happy?
Tim and Angela Henriksen met as medical students at the IU School of Medicine and proceeded to marry their intern year as residents at St. Vincent Hospital on the north side of Indianapolis. Four children later with demanding careers they began encounter many of the dilemmas that working couples endure as they try to raise happy, healthy children in this age.
Tim works as an anesthesiologist working with critically ill patients. Many days require working through lunch, staying up all night on call, and spending hours in tense rigorous surgeries. This makes coming home to household chores, homework demands and crying babies rather difficult. Angela is an internist at IU West hospital caring for adult patients with multiple comorbities. She spends days in the clinic managing multiple diseases and encouraging patients with preventative care. In the evenings, they are the proud parents of Alexis (22), Ciara (18), Sidney (12),and Emma (4), four beautiful daughters actively involved in school activities. So what recommendations do they have for making life work and staying healthy in today’s frantic lifestyle?
1. The family dinner— whether they eat soup, take out, or a terrific healthy meal, they all sit down at the same time to eat. Activities can make that challenging so just planning a snack or lunch together sometimes must suffice. The Henriksen’s try to use whole foods in cooking and avoid processed or packaged foods. Children use their parents as role models for healthy eating and habits. Studies indicate that eating and exercise habits are directly related to their parent’s (Golan, Weizman, Apter, and Fainaru, 1998). Therefore, including them in the preparation of the meal as well as using it for time together. “Spending time together seems to be an antidote to stress” Barbara Schneider, a co-director of the Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work, also states that people’s senses of well-being are elevated when they spend time together as a family.
2. Whole food supplements— they take a gold standard studied juice supplement, Juice Plus, that is proven in the Children’s Health Study to decrease doctor’s visits, prescription drug use, soft drink consumption and improve children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
3. Take adult times after the kid’s go to bed. Try not to discuss the daily necessities, instead try to talk about opinions on current events or recent activities and stimulate each other’s intellect. Making time to do household projects together and getting out in nature on the weekends helps them relax and unwind from the hectic week’s schedule.

Jobs have changed over the last twenty years and the average worker spends 6 extra forty hour weeks on the job. Balancing work and family is no longer primarily a woman’s issue. They struggle daily to make their lives work as any working parent would. These small changes may really help your family as they have the Henriksen’s. For more information, feel free to contact Katie Haun, a local breast cancer survivor and motivational speaker who serves as Dr. Angela’s wellness coordinator. She can give you more information on The Children’s Health Study and about whole food supplementation with Juice Plus.
Katie Haun 502-5807 or visit www.drhenriksen.com

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