Top -maslow

Clinic was outrageously busy for all of the student interns this week! With midterms winding down and finals up and coming there was a bit more free time this week for students to come in and get some TLC. A common theme amongst my student patients is fatigue. Go figure! A lot of the treatment plans I have constructed include dietary modifications like decreasing caffeinated beverages and sugar intake; sleep hygiene changes like removing the television and computers from the bedroom; hydration changes like increasing water intake and decreasing dehydrating beverages (sodas); exercise changes like increasing cardiovascular workouts; and stress reduction tips like yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.

  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Sleep
  • Exercise/movement
  • Breath

These are the five essential determinants of health that naturopathic doctors work with first before going for the big guns like a sleep aid prescription. Essential determinants can be compared to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. If we don't have a strong base to the pyramid with proper physiological functioning, there would be no way we could reach the top of the pyramid where self-actualization occurs. This is similar to the naturopathic medical model. If you don't re-establish the basis for health by building from the bottom up starting with the essential determinants you will never be able to reach the top of the pyramid - true health!  


This weekend was a celebration of a handful of summer birthdays. With midterms always cramping summer birthday style we decided to go downtown Saturday night for one big birthday celebration! Aside from it being hot and humid that night, it was fun to get together for one last hurrah before finals settle in. 


I recently went to my first Cubs game at Wrigley this year! And what a game it was! It doesn't get much better than a Cubs vs. Cardinals Sunday night game! One of my favorite parts about Wrigley field is the famous ivy that coats the outfield brick walls. It's a nice way to gauge the seasons as the ivy fills in and fades away thorough out the season. Unfortunately, the Cubs lost in extra innings, but the weather and company couldn't have been better! Afterwards we grabbed a burger at Bar Louie on the corner of Clark and Addison while we waited for the line for the train to thin out. All in all a very fun filled weekend in the city and now back to paper crunching and preparing for presentations!

Ashley -cubs

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