Psychology as Medicine

Mary H/ December 11, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

When I was a kid, 85 years ago, my favorite radio series was ‘The Shadow.’  The program began, ‘Who knows what lurks in the hearts of man?  (Pause) The Shadow Knows!’  And it ended with the same deep, mysterious voice, repeating, ‘Who Knows…?  (Longer pause) The Shadow knows.’  Psychology, for me, is playing the role of The Shadow. Psychologists delve

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On Fear

Mary H/ September 10, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Of all the statements of the sixties and seventies that I use practically everyday, one is the title of Gerald Jampolski’s book, “Love is Letting Go of Fear.” The other day on seeing a patient, I used that phrase for the umpteenth time; and thought to myself: ‘What is fear?.’ It is an emotional experience, not unlike love, and as

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Love for Self is a Gift to Other

Mary H/ August 9, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Perhaps the greatest gift that we can offer another is the love that we discover within ourselves. Self-love has a beginning, but no end. One of the many games of life is to learn alchemy: the transmutation of emotional pain into love. Physical pain, on the other hand, is meant to be remembered. It tells us where to tread lightly.

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The Beauty of Difference

Mary H/ July 26, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

The acknowledgment of ‘that other,’ those we observe to be different from ourselves, is the origin of all of our problems: disconnection, loneliness, judgment, comparison and more. What if the purpose of ‘that other’ is simply to see ourselves, outside ourselves; in another form with acceptance. How would life be different if we could accept ‘that other’ as a part

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Dr Gabor Mate on the lasting affects of childhood trauma

Mary H/ July 25, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Dr. Brenner would like to share a video he really enjoyed: “This is a great video for us to share. I wish I was as erudite. The best piece on Epigenetics ever. I love, love Gabor.” ~Dr. Brenner Dr. Gabor Mate speaks about childhood trauma, addiction, the mind body link, early development, attachment, and the importance of human connection.

Illness Is Not The Enemy

Mary H/ July 5, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Illness is the mind/body’s need for change. It is definitely not the time for self-judgement. Life abhors constancy, stagnation. I’m suggesting that life is in charge, and we are no more than passengers on its journey. Illness is often a station we stop at and have the choice to get off, continue, reevaluate our situation, self medicate, do nothing, or

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The Only One Who Can Save You Is You

Mary H/ May 17, 2019/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

There are so many forces that shape our lives, from genetic inheritance to emotional responses, the environment, chance, roads taken and those bypassed. Yet there is one constant in all of it…You. Yes, you’re ‘It!’ It is for this reason that, when the going gets tough, the only one who can save you is you. So, when in distress, review

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Mary H/ May 1, 2017/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

A special post from Dr. Brenner: Over the past few days, I’ve realized that I’m totally saturated by America’s fear of Death. Fear of not eating the right life extending diet or not doing the latest exercise to assure that I can live into my 90’s. And yes, those ridiculous Pharmaceutical Companies, filling T.V., while proffering cures while unashamedly create

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Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Mary H/ March 16, 2017/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Dr. Brenner recently came across this fantastic article, which he would like to share with his friends (that’s you!) Please click on the link or image below to check it out! Discover Magazine –

Freedom and Jeff

Mary H/ February 2, 2017/ Paul Brenner, MD, PhD

Dr. Brenner recently came across this inspiring story and has, himself, asked us to share it in lieu of his blog posts for this month! This wonderful story appears to be written in the words of a cancer survivor, who is the subject of this story, along with his miraculous animal friend , as you can see in the photo below.

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