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Strengthening Your Heart – OHR 448

Relationships and your health

Human contact is the core of life, of health and of enjoyment. Contact with animals can also supplant this and even enhance it.

The true massacre of this pandemic is the breaking of contact of humans with each other, of children to their friends, of Church and Synagogue and Temple and Mosque members to each other, of parents in nursing homes and hospitals with their families. No wonder suicides are higher than ever. The real threat is us made to be separate from each other.


In prison, that is the worst punishment.

Yet we have done it voluntarily or by duress from fear mongers.

True tragedy.

I touch my patients and I hug them.

It heals us both.

Want to feel alive?

Hug ten people who hug you back. And make it a good squeeze heart to heart.

I saw this short film that exemplified this and I want to share it with you.

Please enjoy it and then go hug 10 people and your animal friends and make sure you do it daily.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

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About Dr. Minkoff

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.