What Do You Do With Spirited Children?

"Mama, I don't like the doctor appointment."My daughter said that sullenly as we walked out of the door of the pediatrician's office this afternoon.They didn't get any shots, and they usually love the doctor (weirdos), but this time it took an emotional toll.After the weighing and the eyes and ears, the doctor came in. And she checked them physically and said everything was fine with a big old beam on her face....more

Choosing a Doctor

We all remember the movie, Knocked Up when Katherine Heigl visits several doctors and after finally choosing one, he is on vacation when she goes into labor.  Of course, she ends up being stuck with the one doctor that she despises. Maybe you already have a fabulous doctor that you have been seeing for years, but for those of us that do not have a doctor practicing obstetrics it is back to square one....more

5 Reasons Not To Be Afraid Because We’ve Never Been Safer – Part 3

If you think your body – or the body of someone you love – might be at risk of being overmedicalized, keep reading! In Part 1 of this blog series, I discussed The Shocking Dangers of Medical Overdiagnosis & Overtreatment. In Part 2, I shared How To Avoid Medical Overdiagnosis & Overtreatment....more

Mammogram: Modern Day Torture Device?

I have dreaded my yearly mammogram since I received the prescription from Doogie Howser a few months ago. Although I acknowledge that regular mammograms are extremely important since early detection of breast cancer saves lives, I look forward to having my boobs squished by a machine about as much as I enjoy going to the gynecologist. ...more
This was a really funny piece--thanks for seeing the humor in the experience. It is quite ...more

How Being An Empowered Patient Might Save Your Life

Elsie was 52 years old when her belly started bloating, accompanied by bursts of intermittent abdominal pain and bouts of nausea and diarrhea. As a nurse, she knew enough about her body to feel convinced that her symptoms were related to eating dairy. She had gotten the flu, and knowing that the bowel lining can sometimes lose its ability to process lactose after a gastrointestinal illness, Elsie experimented with going dairy-free. Voila! She felt better, which reassured her of her self-diagnosis of lactose intolerance....more

Any job.....

  Today's prompt is about careers. If I were instantly qualified, what job would I do. When I was young, like in 6-9th grade, I wanted to be a trial lawyer. When I was in high school, I wanted to be in politics. I declared my major, as a freshman in college. Psychology. I promptly changed it my second semester to Italian with a minor in Political Science. Now my career was going to be working in U.N. as an interpreter....more

My Walk-In Horror Story

What started of as a sinus cold last Wednesday, made its way into my chest by Friday.  Saturday morning after a long spell of hacking up neon green phlegm from my lungs, my husband said that I needed to go to the doctor.  Since it was a weekend, we drove together to our local walk-in.  We arrived at twenty past noon.  Thirty minutes into my wait, I get called up to the counter to register for my appointment.  Forty-five minutes into my wait, the doctor came out into the lobby and turned the air conditioning up because she was “hot back there.”  Of course I woul...more
Jennifer Rousseau Cook Regardless if you are 15 or 30 this doctor stepped way over the line, you ...more

Orthodontic Treatment

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The #1 Mistake Healers Make

I picked up someone’s beat up, discarded novel at the rental house where I stayed on Lake Erie this past summer -Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese. And I started reading one night and instantly got caught up in the story.In the first few pages, the fictional narrator, a surgeon, says:...more