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A Healthy You for the New Year – OHR #445

Happy, Healthy New Year

In 1910, Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech in Paris called Citizenship in a Republic.  Here at the end of this calendar year, I am quoting some it for you, because in looking forward to the coming year may it bring you energy to attain your goals despite any setbacks.

It’s about the man (or woman) in the arena.  I find it speaks loudly to me to embolden myself and think bigger, and work harder to help as many people as I can.  The other day I was thinking about the famous philosopher Descartes who said “I think, therefore I am.”  I believe he got it wrong.  It should be “I am, therefore, I help.”

Here now is The Man in The Arena…

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Happy New Year

In health,

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

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Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.