Health Hats, the Podcast

Health Hats, the Podcast

My Optometrist Saved My Life

May 10, 2020

My optometrist taught me the value of a small, repetitive practice that changed my brain pathways, my vision, and my life. Vision as a barometer of stress. Consider eye health in this work from home, high screen world.

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Proem 00:53. 1

Introducing Dr. Aparna Raghuram 03:09. 1

Converging-Diverging. I can help. I promise nothing. 04:31. 1

Meditation for the eyes 11:47. 3

Vision as a barometer of stress 15:36. 4

Eye health in Covid19 world 20:43. 5

Reflection 28:36. 7

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Music by permission from Joey van Leeuwen, Boston Drummer, Composer, Arranger
Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You 1967
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Thanks to these fine people who inspired me for this episode: Danielle Ledoux, Dick Argus, Gordon Massey, Todd Katzman, Julee Bolg, Gena Heidary, Nurhan Torun

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Welcome to Health Hats, learning on the journey toward best health. I am Danny van Leeuwen, a two-legged, old, cisgender, white man with privilege, living in a food oasis, who can afford many hats and knows a little about a lot of healthcare and a lot about very little. Most people wear hats one at a time, but I wear them all at once. We will listen and learn about what it takes to adjust to life's realities in the awesome circus of healthcare. Let's make some sense of all this.

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