The Fatigue Prescription

by Linda Hawes Clever, MD

October 13, 2010 -- Elevate Difference by Jo Ristow

In the style of many self-help books, Linda Hawes Clever, MD, is a product of and a subscriber to the program of renewal that she presents in her book. In the span of eighteen months, the physician endured the death of her parents, a home burglary, the loss of two jobs, and her husband’s cancer diagnosis. In the process of dealing with the impact of these traumatic events, Clever reached out to others who were interested in revamping their own lifestyles and ended up founding RENEW, a not-for-profit that “aims to help busy, devoted people sustain or regain enthusiasm, effectiveness, meaning and, yes, joy.” The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health, and Life brings together Clever's experience from her ten years of heading up the company and laying out a four pronged plan to recapture energy and motivation. Whether stress and fatigue stem from life-altering events or just daily life itself, Clever’s thorough, warm-hearted guide is intended to give readers the tools to ditch their ruts and find their groove.

Clever's writing is persistently optimistic and quippy. The book is brimming with quotables from both the author and other sources as diverse as Langston Hughes, South Pacific, Rumi, and Wendell Berry. The requisite checklists and brainstorming questions are laced with good humor. Clever's voice is a strong selling point for her The Fatigue Prescription. It makes you feel taken care of—you can tell Clever is a doctor with a warm and friendly bedside manner.

In fact, Clever's profession shapes her recommendations in many ways, bringing a unique and holistic focus to her prescription for better living. She includes extensive sections about taking care of your body and brain and backs up her advice by referencing, in plain English, various medical studies including a fascinating study about possible links between longevity and positive attitudes.

The Fatigue Prescription offers inroads to making a change and plenty of positive affirmations. Clever writes a prescription for combating fatigue but she acknowledges that it’s not a magic pill you can pop and forget about. Her approach engages the reader in intense reflection and reevaluation of fundamental values and priorities in order to begin the journey towards rediscovering lost energy.


For the 6th consecutive year, a copy of The Fatigue Prescription will be given to each
new Kaiser Permanente physician as part of their fall orientation.

For the 6th year, a copy of The Fatigue Prescription will be given to each non-profit Executive Director participating in the Center for Excellence in Nonprofit's Leadership Institute.

Contact renewjuggler@​ for information on how to get the best rate for your organization or business. Treating your staff or clients to a copy of Dr. Clever's uplifting book is a win-win!!

Filled with easy self-assessments, informational charts, and sound advice from a physician who healed herself, this book aims to help you avoid illness, reset priorities, and most importantly, regain your health and happiness.

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