Dr. Katherine Caldwell
I went to Medical School after my brother died of Cystic Fibrosis at age 17, and my father died of a heart attack at age 55. Losing close family members early in life changed the way I saw the world. To me, there is nothing more important in life than the relationships we have with those we love. The most important things in life aren't "things", they are people. Of course I say to my patients all the time that the way to be healthy and feel good is to prevent disease by eating right, exercising, getting good sleep, etc. But we should never discount the importance of having close loving relationships with our families and friends. These relationships may not heal the body, but they heal the spirit, and I think that counts for much more than our modern society tends to emphasize. I love helping people with their medical questions on HealthTap and in the office, because it soothes their worries, and this is one of the things I love best about being a doctor. I have been asked every kind of question, and I don't mind talking about personal, private concerns, because those are often the ones that cause the most worry. But I also enjoy talking about preventive medicine. Most of today's most expensive diseases to treat are things that could really be avoided in the first place if the public knew more about how to eat right and avoid the foods that cause problems like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. I love it when patients tell me that they stopped smoking or started exercising. Every day is a new chance to make a healthy change that will help you feel better, so why not start today?
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United States: Maine, Minnesota