I recently spent five days at the rim of the Grand Canyon. On four of the five days I hiked into the canyon on different trails. The experience was significantly different from mountain hiking, which is one of my favorite activities. I found that hiking into the Grand Canyon provided a profound disconnection from the numbing aspects of daily existence and really helped to reset all of my senses.
The quality of air in Chicago has improved in many significant ways over the past several decades. Unleaded gasoline and catalytic converters have significantly reduced emissions from our autos and industrial emissions are under better control.
In my opinion, the realization that our nervous system is in a continuous process of self-renewal is one of the most important advances in medical knowledge of the last twenty five years. This renewal process is known as neuroplasticity.
When patients come to me to discuss possible surgery they are sometimes surprised when I ask them about their nutritional and exercise history. One might ask, “What does this have to do with plastic surgery?” My simple answer, “Everything!”