Last year, my high school aged son took an interest in healthy eating. He began examining nutrition labels and scrutinizing the foods that we routinely keep around the house and came up with a list of criticisms and suggestions -- some well-founded, and others a bit extreme. At first, my wife and I were quick to debate him on certain choices like eliminating any breakfast cereal that has enough sugar ...

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It wasn’t long into my clinical training when I realized that most patients do not convey information the way templates are designed to record it. Instead, they tell stories -- which may weave from topic to topic, progress forward or backward in time or in patterns that may not be familiar or clear. But they are told as the patient sees fit to convey them. David, a forty-year-old man who recently presented ...

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