In the Spirit of Medicine

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Caption: Dr. Arne Vainio, Credit: Ivy Vainio
Image by: Ivy Vainio 
Dr. Arne Vainio 

Dr. Arne Vainio is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet.

His essays on life, work, medicine and spirit are published in "News From Indian Country," and you can find the link to his stories and more on our website at KUMD.org.

New on KUMD's Northland Morning, "In the Spirit of Medicine" airs twice monthly.

Dr. Arne Vainio essays on life, work, medicine and spirit are published in "News From Indian Country," and you can find the link to his stories and more on our website at KUMD.org.

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In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
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Death has always been patient. For some it comes after a long and full life with boats and vacations and mortgages and big weddings and handshakes...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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Caption: In a photo from last fall, Dr. Arne Vainio (center) with C.W. Hall, MD (left), a member of the Blackfeet Nation in western Montana and a physician in his second year of residency. Richard Campbell (right) is a third year medical student is completing a ro, Credit: Credit Association of American Indian Physicians/Facebook
I spent time talking with students at the conference and was struck by how much difference even just a short conversation could have with someon...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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Zoongide’iwin is the Ojibwe word for courage and this is one of our grandfather teachings. Zoongide’iwin means to do what is right when the consequ...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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“A great sickness has been visited upon us as human beings. This happened to us as Native people a long time ago and it devastated us and killed...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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It was a beautiful spring day and I was on call. I was able to spend some time on this Saturday morning with Ivy and Jacob and we walked along th...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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Caption: Dr. Arne Vainio, Credit: Ivy Vainio
If I had told her she had lung cancer on that Thursday, the diagnosis of “pneumonia” never would have been in quotes. She would have continued to...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 06:14
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Ojibwe author Jim Northrup took me aside at his seventieth birthday party a couple of years ago and told me it was time for me to write a book.

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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Caption: The Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus gave Indigenous youth ia taste of hands-on experiential learning last month. Students got to try using medical techniques like blood pressure ch, Credit: Credit Association of American Indian Physicians/Center of American Indian and Minority Health
These young doctors spent their entire lives aiming for the stars and have worked tirelessly to fill those seats in the classroom. They have self-s...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 06:51
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I always consider being a doctor the peak of the mountain in the medical field. It makes a difference where you started from when you’re stan...

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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Dr. Vainio, am I going to die? Yes. And there's nothing you can do? No. I'm afraid to die. Should I be? I don't know, Agnes. I don't know.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 06:32
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Women are from Venus, men are from Mars. That’s true in personal interactions, but it’s also true when it comes to heart disease. Most heart dis...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2020
  • Length: 06:38
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Caption: Detail of artwork by Jesse Vainio, Credit: Credit ©Jesse Vainio. Courtesy Arne Vainio
You have too much to offer to let this gift go. This gift is a blessing, but it can also be a burden and a curse. When Jake plays the piano, there’...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
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In the Spirit of Medicine features the essays of Dr. Arne Vainio, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor ...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
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I was trying to get my jack under the car without kneeling and I didn’t want to have my pants wet all day in the clinic. I finally got my jack unde...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
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What did he do to bring this upon himself? Likely what all babies do. He cried, he needed changing and feeding. He woke up in the middle of the nig...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
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The hamburger steak was tough and I had the dirty fork stuck in it and I was sawing on the steak with the butter knife. As I was sawing on it, the...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
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Some of you will be coming back home to our people. Some of you will never come back. Those who stay need to make sure they teach those who come ba...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
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"I know you’re worried about hurting me and I want you to feel this deep inside. I’m an old woman and I don’t have anything left to pass on to anyo...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
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Alvina died with her family at her side. No tubes. No ventilator. No machines keeping her alive. She died with dignity and in peace, just the way s...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
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