RANT: Tis’ The Season

christmas-hollyThe holidays are a frenzy of food and family and gifts and chaos.  We often loose track of what it is all about.  Caught in the stress of having the right ‘stuff’–under the tree, on the menu, the right stuffed packed as you load up the car or suitcase for holiday travel.  Spend 3 minutes at any baggage claim or check out line and you’re likely to witness some form of melt down.

Remember this season is about Giving.  Not things, but love.  It’s about Sacrifice.  Wanting something better for others.  It’s about Faith.  Believing we are all deserving, none of us better than the other.  And believing in the higher power that guides us.  It’s about Kindness.  Be kind to each other this season.  When you are sleep deprived, and tired of having 13 people jammed in to one house, or tired of waiting in line,  think of the wonderful blessings you have.  Remember the losses suffered.  Take a moment each day to give, to be kind, to sacrifice, to love.  Truly love.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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