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The greatest conundrum for me in regards to coming to the understanding that stress (a very broad definition of stress) plays a profoundly more important role in our health than the vast majority of doctors (and thereby patients) acknowledge, is that armed with this knowledge I am still struggling mightily to get over my own problems with stress induced pain....

Yesterday I wrote a piece about stress and illness.  In this article I focused on the role that stress plays in all areas of health.  When my mother read it she astutely responded, “Some issues I would want to discuss -- the need to be careful not to go so far to one side that the complexity of mind-body gets...

For years we have been working on a film about the connection between stress and pain.  Recently it has expanded to include the connection between stress and overall health.  While the film is about the science of healthcare, it’s also about social science - how ideas move through the world - and it’s about framing.  When a carpenter looks at...

I just saw this article on the front page of Yahoo.  This piece outlines the 10 most common reasons for doctor visits, from an investor's perspective.  Where some people see pain, others see opportunity.  However, if one is looking through the mindbody frame the results signal an opportunity for relief. Here are the 10 most common reasons the Mayo Clinic listed...

  Moral Monday July 15, 2013 from rumur on Vimeo. In Brooklyn, where we live, we keep getting overwhelmed with new projects which keeps us from finishing some long term documentaries that need to get done.  A couple of weeks ago my wife and I kind of moved our family to North Carolina for the year.  That is, we came down for...

For the last 26 years I have lived in New York (19 of those years in Brooklyn).  I grew up in North Carolina, and I'm spending the summer here.  Yesterday, after the Trayvon Martin verdict, I was lucky enough to have my friend from Brooklyn, Edgar, over for lunch.  We know each other from my daughters' school, where his nieces...

I’m a photographer.  I go through periods where I shoot a lot and fallow periods where I don’t.  I started out shooting film with a cheap Nikon and an even cheaper lens in the mid 80s.  Later, in the mid 90's when I was a bit burnt out, I got a cheap point and shoot yashica T4 and shot hundreds of rolls of color...

For years I have had intermittent anxiety dreams about houses upstate that feel so real and connected that in the in between space that one encounters before fully waking they seem to slip from my alternate anxious reality into this one.  I had one this morning and I was pulled in to this realm when I wondered out loud why...

Ever since the advent of photography the captured image has played a significant role in both our cultural and social spheres.  As the process of image making evolves, so does our relationship to images.  We are now at a point in the technological advancement of cameras that it’s almost difficult to make “bad images”.  With half the planet walking around...

[caption id="attachment_24281" align="aligncenter" width="1432"] a shot out of the window of 224 Ave B- the building I moved into that was heavily featured in Ken Schles' "Invisible City"[/caption] One of the major rules of filmaking is “show, don’t tell”.  We are visual people by nature and when we hear facts they stick on one level, but they don’t affect us as...

I have been on an Instagram bender.  In the last week and a half, I have posted about 300 images, and I am happy with pretty much all of them.  I got a new phone in September and was introduced to Instagram a couple of days later by Ruddy, another parent at my kids’ school.  He happens to be one...

I imagine that I am starting to drive my friends crazy by constantly talking about how profoundly frames shape our thinking.  This morning my friend Kevin shared an Onion article that hilariously illustrates ways in which unexamined racism shaped our cultural viewpoint 50 years ago.  However, at the same time if one steps around the corner and looks at that...