Posts by Soma Grotefend

New Perspectives For a Kinder Pandemic Holiday Season

I often share the following wisdom: “Niceness is telling people what they want to hear.  Kindness is telling people what they need to hear.”  Occasionally, kind and nice are the same thing.  This blog is meant to be shared in the spirit of kindness.  As a doctor who takes the teaching part of her role…

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Demystifying Vitamin D

Vitamin D.  We keep hearing about this vitamin on the news.  The news is often conflicting and confusing:  We hear something about sunshine and not getting enough sun rays (but wear sunscreen so you don’t get skin cancer!), as well as hearing we need some but not “too much.”  I hope to take you on…

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Insomnia: What is Sleep Anyways?

As a physician, I get asked frequently about insomnia.  I also get to see what happens as a result of sleep deprivation and the multitude of opportunities for suffering that accompany this increasing problem.  Many resources are available for attempting to find the cause of why you are having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep.…

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The Art of Weight Loss: How I Took a “Load Off”

As I got to the top of one of my favorite mountain bike rides here in Colorado, I realized how much my weight loss had increased my joy of riding.  I felt so much lighter and could take the hairpin, tight, up-winding curves with grace and ease. These same twists and turns had been so…

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What If Suffering Didn’t Have to Happen?

Pain.  We have all experienced it. Pain is not the same as suffering.  Suffering requires a story. Without a story, pain is simply a sensation that is occurring. Suffering is optional. What does pain have to do with focus? Although pain may be inescapable (when you step on a tack, it is supposed to hurt…),…

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