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The Most Important Human Behavior

September 4th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

The Most Important Human Behavior

Thanks to all of you who responded with your thoughtful opinions on the most important human behavior. Here are some of the answers you submitted: “Moderation; courage; self-confidence; self-reliance; and communication.” These are certainly useful qualities for success. However, these are not fundamental behaviors. I was looking for an action – a simple behavior – which is critical to survival. This behavior is necessary not only for our psychological survival, but for our literal survival and the survival of our nation.… Read the rest

Hope Comes in Small Packages

October 5th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

One thing I have learned as a doctor is that hope – legitimate hope – is often good medicine. It can be a powerful antidote to pessimism and cynicism. It is a tonic without side effects. When situations appear hopeless, it is never wise to give up. It is always better to fight, whether that means using medicine to fight disease, or using every ounce of courage you have to fight evil.

Despite the fact that many of us are feeling down about the problems facing our nation, the actions of individuals remind us that brave people can and do make a difference. … Read the rest

Spike in Tucson Home Invasions: Are You Prepared?

March 9th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

Over the past several months, I’ve been approached by several patients with concerns about their personal safety and the safety of their family members. Why, might you ask, would your doctor weigh in on this issue?  Throughout history, many doctors have been martial artists.  As some of you know, I have more than a passing interest in self-defense. I’ve spent thousands of hours studying this discipline.  I hold a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, I’ve studied knife fighting with Master Tom Sotis and I continue to train in tactical defense at Gunsite, the country’s premier private firearms training facility in Prescott, Arizona.… Read the rest