#274 Present, Day 7 of 31

 My husband loves to hang-glide, and inevitably, whenever I have a day off and the weather is just right, off we go....more

Can a Pill Popper Still Be Green? Modern Meds v. Eco Ideals

With all my talk about chemicals, a couple readers have asked me how I feel about prescription medications. What does “Ms. Natural” think about kids taking Adarol, moms taking Zoloft, and Tylenol for teething? Image: me and the sysop via Flickr ...more
I've actually quit taking opioids and muscle relaxers after 12 years because they just weren't ...more

When Shamanism Meets Western Medicine

If you mixed the ivory towers of Western Medicine with the back jungle villages of the native shaman and shook them up with Pop Rocks, you’d wind up with something that starts to resemble the way I work one-on-one with patients.At least that’s what other people who hear me talk about my work tell me.My Work is Shamanic? Say What?...more

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part Three

Awhile back I wrote an article about how medicine is a spiritual practice, and in response, I received an email from a surgery resident at Columbia University that left me in tears and inspired me to share it....more

TEDxFiDiWomen: Speaking Your Truth Is Good For Your Health

I recently got up on the blue backlit stage to deliver my first TEDx talk at TEDxFiDiWomen in San Francisco, and as I stood there in the spotlight, I felt the gravity of what I was about to do. Looking out over that sea of people who were anticipating what I was about to say, I felt the butterflies in my belly, but they didn’t keep me from leading off my TEDx talk with a bold statement - “Caring for your body is the LEAST important part of your health.” ...more

What Do Our Wrinkles Truly Reveal About Us?

Every time I look in the mirror, it seems another line has developed around or between my eyes. Is it lack of sleep, the stress of work and three kids, or could it possibly be the roadmap to my inner self?  If you ask anyone in North America, they’d tell you those wrinkles are simply a sign of age, and in the next breath, they’d refer you to their plastic surgeon.  But according to ancient Chinese medicine, those lines on your face may tell a deeper story about who you are, and may even provide a roadmap to the inner you....more

Stream of Consciousness: An apple a day keeps the doctor away

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates...more

Medicine Is A Spiritual Practice

When I went to medical school, nobody ever taught me that medicine was a spiritual practice - but it is. Or at least, in Pink Medicine, it will be.You might not think so. After all, philosophers like Descartes have been perpetuating the notion of mind-body dualism, suggesting that body, mind, and spirit have absolutely nothing to do with each other.But I beg to differ....more