Physician Heal Thyself – Interview with Dr. Maroon

June 2021  In this months Newsmax Health online blog Dr. Joseph Maroon is interviewed in an article entitled, Lessons From Doctors Who Healed Themselves. In the article, author Lynn Allison highlights the health journeys of 5 physicians who have overcome serious health and mental health adversities.  Dr. Maroon relates his midlife trauma that eventually caused him to quit neurosurgery for a short period of time and his subsequent comeback.  This is described in his latest book, Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life.

Here are several quotes from the article:   

“At the same time, my father died at the age of 60 from a heart attack, my wife left me with our two children, and I had to quit neurosurgery,” he says. “I was literally flipping burgers and living in a farmhouse with my mother, suffering from extreme depression.” A friend convinced him to start running at a high school track nearby, and although Maroon was overweight and short of breath after a few laps, he persevered. “I was soon running my way through Wheeling, West Virginia, like Forrest Gump!” he recalls. “My cortisol and adrenaline levels lowered, and I was able to sleep like a baby for the first time in months. I lost weight and my severe depression disappeared.”

Today, Maroon aims for at least one hour of physical activity daily — running, biking, or swimming —and works with resistance bands or weights three times a week. He actively pursues stability in his busy personal and professional lives, and recently wrote a bestselling book about his experiences and lessons learned called Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life. “My diet is primarily Mediterranean with a heavy emphasis on organic vegetables and fruits, berries, and nuts,” he says. His supplements include fish oil, Glyteine, turmeric, vitamin D3, resveratrol, and CoQ10.”

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