What's Broken About Health Care & How To Fix It

The U.S. healthcare system is broken. Lissa Rankin is a doctor, and yet, because she was diagnosed with high blood pressure in her twenties, and because her husband accidentally cut two fingers off his left hand with a table saw, they're now completely uninsurable under a traditional family health insurance program. This piece summarizes everything Lissa thinks is wrong with the healthcare system in the U.S. -- as well as what can be done do to fix it. ...more
I am really with you on backing up the physicians. They are going to school to learn to help ...more

Introducing Pink Medicine

When I decided to put my white coat back on, I committed to reclaiming what I love about medicine and ditching what I’ve come to despise. In fact, after leaving medicine - supposedly for good - I had to expand and redefine “health” and change the whole way I think about practicing medicine in order to feel proud of my MD title and rekindle my on-again-off-again relationship with health care. Now that I am working with patients again - in my own way - I remember how much I truly love medicine and how I felt the call to serve at the young age of seven....more
What an absolutely wonderful approach to health and healing. About the name, I'm of 2 minds. I ...more

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part Two

Last week I wrote about the Doctor-Patient Relationship of the broken, outdated, patriarchal health care system of The Old Medicine.Today, I’m going out on a limb to suggest a new kind of Doctor-Patient Relationship, the kind I practice and I hope others in The New Medicine do too. Here goes nothing.It’s All About Collaboration...more

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist....more

You have a way with words! I felt I was there...Thank you for the sunshine.

Yes..here in ...more

New once/day RX for ADHD


It's spring cleaning time!  Members of Jill's List are cleansing...should you?  Join us for a NATIONWIDE DETOX starting May 1st (and tell your friends!!)...more

The Ethics of Concierge Medicine

For those of you too young to remember, Marcus Welby, M.D. was a TV show that began its seven-year run in 1969 and starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind heart and superb bedside manner. The doctor epitomized the type of doctor that is now a thing of the past: The patient, unhurried professional who sat and talked to patients for as long as was necessary, not only to understand the patient's symptoms and complaints, but to understand the whole patient. The type of doctor who would come to you if you were too sick to go to the doctor. The type who could practically heal you with just a touch. For many of us, this type of doctor wasn't a privilege -- it was a right. This is the type of doctor we wish we had today. ...more
Thank you for sharing this article.  My own PCP is moving to this model.more

Simple Tricks To Control Facial and Scalp Dandruff

Dandruff is really common and it doesn’t just affect your scalp.  Do you know that the ‘dry’ skin in your eyebrows or around your nose could actually be facial dandruff, not really dry skin?I see a lot of patients with dandruff.  Doctors and scientists don’t know what causes dandruff and we don’t know how to cure it, but we have figured out some pretty effective ways to control it. ...more

Let’s hear it for the boys…. Let’s hear it for my baby

It was Saturday night, and we were expecting friends over for dinner.  My husband, Marc, and I were about to start doing the prep work, so that when our friends arrived we could focus on them instead of the Cesar salad and shrimp parmesan over linguine which were serving for dinner.  As we were about to start cooking, Alex the cat, made sure to point out to us he was ready for his evening meal. “I will get it for him,” I called out to Marc.  “Is tonight a Pepcid night?” “Prevacid?” he questioned. “Pepcid, Prevacid…. Whatever?...more