The Physician-Patient Bond

Do you know the magic moment the physician-patient or patient:physician bond first forms? There is one.  It's when a formal contract is made between the doctor and patient. It happens in a different realm that you may not know existed. Slow down. Look. Usually, a person in pain or having a medical problem seeks a local... Continue Reading →

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain

7 Ways that Chronic Pain Changes the Brain: An automated meta-analysis of 420 imaging studies - pain's effect on the brain. neurosynth.org uses functional connectivity and coactivation mapping from thousands of MRI images (each comprised of many cuts of images) are automated to show a final result of pain's effect on the brain. Created and... Continue Reading →

Chronic Metabolic Syndrome is Killing US

Perhaps you have something called chronic metabolic syndrome. Don't wait until you are in the hospital to get the diagnosis. And if you have any type of chronic syndrome, including chronic pain, read on. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of problems that are associated with the oxidative stress of high blood pressure, obesity, huge abdominal girth, heart attack (the... Continue Reading →

What is a Diagnosis?

Lots of people want to know the definition of "diagnosis." Merriam-Webster.com puts "diagnosis" in the Top 10% of searches. "dia" in Greek means "apart." + "gignōskein" is "to recognize" or "to know" "gnō" is "to come to know," as in spiritually; = diagignōskein  - ‘distinguish, discern' DIAGNOSIS  Originating in modern Latin around 1675-85, this late 17th-century... Continue Reading →

What Matters to You: Patient Advocacy

We know what matters to you. These are events in the US that don't necessarily make headlines every day, but they affect you, or your sister or neighbor. Every day, someone is affected. Without fail. The following people get our respect and admiration in recognition of tireless advocacy in the face of a courageous effort... Continue Reading →

Curriculum Vitae

Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD   University Education/Training Activity/Degree/Institution B.A.  /   Biology, California State University, Northridge, Cum Laude N/A  /   Medicine  Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma M.D.   Medicine /  Keck USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California Anesthesiology /  Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California Critical Care  /  Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford,... Continue Reading →

Personal Profile, Dr. Margaret Aranda

MARGARET ARANDA, MD, PhD Profile Dr. Margaret Aranda is a Keck USC medical school graduate, and Stanford alumni of anesthesiology and critical care. She was also trained in Forensic and Age Management Medicine. Her dedication to knowledge and our Veterans started as President of the Pre-Med Club at the Sepulveda VA in California. The second... Continue Reading →

I Stand Up and Faint

As with many invisible illnesses, dysautonomia and POTS are not "rare." They are frequently misdiagnosed, undiagnosed, or completely unrecognized.

10 Reasons Why a Hug is Healthy

Yes, that's right! Do you think it's tiring to Share a Hug with your Friends? Can you get a Hug from your teenager? Do you inwardly seethe when Aunt Martha wants to squeeze you? Guess what? You do need to actually Hug back, because all Hugs are Shared! A heart-to-heart Hug (literally, chests touching for 30 sec)... Continue Reading →

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