Long, drawn-out problems are a lot more likely than immediate crises to get our attention and turn on the fear factor. Waiting a week for my pathology report to come back on that tumor in 2010 was a lot more unnerving than a dozen near-death experiences in the Alaskan backcountry; more time to face my…

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So it looks like COVID19 is poised to roll past ’20 and right into ’21 as the ongoing headliner.  Vaccines are on the horizon and in fact ready to deploy already in some venues, but widespread distribution isn’t imminent.  Furthermore – and please don’t read this as advice against mRNA vaccines (or conspiracy theory) –…

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October 2020 – Compass_img

This month we were blessed to tour Set Free Alaska’s new Compass residential substance abuse rehabilitation center for men in Homer. This sixteen-bed facility opened on August 17, expanding the existing outpatient treatment center (closer to town center) opened earlier this year. The Compass Program allows men to work in the house, cook meals, and…

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September 2020_featured_img

This month, we are privileged to post some thoughts from Dr. McAnally’s ‘s friend and collaborator on various projects (including the Beyond Pain website), Ya’akov Ben-Adir. Courtesy of WikiImages “…keeps on turnin’ – I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow…” announces one of my favorite bands. I don’t know enough about physics (let alone astrophysics)…

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August 2020_img2

You’ll see two new faces up front this summer at NAPM; introducing Mrs. Virginia Warren and Ms. Kylee Nicholas, who we’ll let tell their own story briefly below. Katrina and Theresa have moved away from “the front lines” as many of you know already; Katrina is focusing full time now on her practice of Traditional…

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Like many of you I’m sure, I have been overwhelmed with competing emotions over the past several months, many of which have to do with COVID-19. Honestly though I’d say at the forefront of these for me has been gratitude – for myself and my family, but also for our community and state. Alaska has…

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Photo by Allie on Unsplash So, it seems as though we’ve been fast-forwarded into the Jetsons age (or Star Trek) in some ways by COVID-19. Telemedicine appears to be here to stay for the near future, and many experts are predicting it will stick around even once this crisis has passed. There wasn’t a functional…

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Confirmed Cases of Covid 19

OK, I admit I’m a little unnerved by this whole coronavirus thing. My bravado (and I’ve heard this from enough people to know I’m not the only one) is a little bit better maintained I think, by voicing things like “I’m not worried about getting sick or dying – I just don’t want to get…

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