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Forbidden Access for trying to Name a Baby

When my sister gave birth to her first child last year, I had the honour of being in the room to support her and witness this tiny miracle. Pretty soon after the birth, I left the room to call my parents and relay the awesome news. When a baby is born in my family, it is our spiritual and religious belief to do a prayer and open our scripture and select the first verse of that page as blessings for the newborn. We name the baby with the first letter of that scriptural verse. It is a sacred ceremony to us and many generations including my own children and myself were named this way. So, my parents were happily waiting to do this for my niece. 

I was on my way back, excited to bring my sister the blessing of the scriptural verse and letter to be used for the name of her child, but I got stopped at the nurses’ desk. There, sitting at the desk, was a new nurse - who said I couldn’t go in. I told her I had just been there and I only left to go and call my...

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Higher Purpose and Being in Service Reduces Inflammation

Exploring your own values and higher purpose generates more happiness, compassion, self-discovery, wisdom and greater meaning in life.

Research has shown that having a higher purpose and desire to be in service to others has an impact on gene expression, specifically in decreasing pro-inflammatory compounds. On the other hand, seeking out things in your life that create fleeting happiness, like depending on activities that avoid your pain and pursue pleasure, have been shown to be unfulfilling and can trigger genetic expression of those pro-inflammatory compounds. These compounds and stress biomarkers are linked to cancers and chronic diseases, like autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and hormone imbalances.

Spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer, worship, tai chi, yoga, and connecting to activities that make you feel “alive” and peaceful, have been shown to strengthen an area in your brain called the...

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How Highly Empathic Heath Care Professionals can Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Having Empathy creates a better health partnership between physician/provider and patients.
Physicians who had a higher empathy score, have higher scores of emotional exhaustion, as shown in this research.
What do we do when we have high empathy scores and are therefore prone to emotional exhaustion with our work? This can result in compassion fatigue, burn out or vicarious traumatization.
Spirituality is important in patient care because it has been observed to give strength in being able to cope, have better quality of life and better well-being. This applies to ourselves also; engaging in our own spirituality will give us the strength, resilience and well being to prevent emotional exhaustion.
Signs you may be having compassion fatigue include:
Having Sadness & Grief
Avoidance or dreading working with some patients or people at work
Detachment and reduced empathy towards patients or families
decreased intimacy towards loved ones and self
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Doctor Me First Podcast

It was fantastic being on Dr. Errin Weisman’s podcast, Doctor Me First.

We had a great conversation on my word; spirituality. We talked about why spirituality is not being addressed in health. We talked about a powerful question, that at first I was skeptical to use. I thought people wouldn’t respond, but to my surprise the opposite happened! Have a listen!

You will be able to stream it from any podcast app! You can also check it out on her website

Here it is on YouTube for your listening!


Honouring and Serving,
Simran Rattan

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Thrive Bites Podcast

I was a guest on Dr Colin Zhu's (The Chef Doc) Thrive Bites Podcast and we had a fascinating conversation regarding how important Spirituality is in Medicine. We also discussed how powerful meditation is in our everyday lives.

The links to download the podcast from your favourite podcast platform are below.


Honouring and Serving,
Simran Rattan
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The Gut Brain Axis

It was with great pleasure and honour to be interviewed on the  Podcast Doctors Plus - Alternative food network, to talk about the Gut Brain Axis. Click on the link to listen!

Honouring and Serving,
Simran Rattan

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