My Ego Is A Wounded Animal

I’ve always had a funky relationship with the concept of the ego. It seems to get all muddy because different people use the term to mean different things. Sigmund Freud refers to the ego as part of a triad - the “id” is the set of uncoordinated instinctual trends; the ego is the organized, realistic part; and the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing roles....more

The Healing Power Of Loving Practitioners

In the rousing conversation that ensued on my blog post Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself, massage therapist/energy healer Fred Krazeise (whose amazing work I have experienced myself) posted this comment:...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

Is Getting Sick Like Being Raped?

A patient I saw recently, who has been sick on and off for the past 16 years, spent the better part of the past two years in the hospital, under the knife, and once released, shuttling between doctor’s appointments. At one point she broke down in tears and said, “It was an assault. It was like being raped.”And I found myself tearing up while silently witnessing the confession she had just made....more

The MOST Important Part Of Your Health

I recently had the privilege of giving a speech to a packed house of incredible people at the Hay House I Can Do It IGNITE conference, where I shared the stage with my mentors, teachers, and friends - Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Cheryl Richardson, Danielle LaPorte, Kris Carr, Kate Northrup, Gabrielle Bernstein, Latham Thomas, Alisa Vitti, and more....more

The Health Benefits Of True Friendship

I recently went to the monthly Finding Meaning in Medicine group I attend with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen and a few other awesome physicians who gather together to remind each other why we are in service and who we are. Each month, we choose a topic to discuss. The topic was FRIENDSHIP.One person brought this to share....more

The $100 Startup

When I quit my lucrative but exhausting job as a full time OB/GYN, I wasn’t fully aware of the fact that I was about to become a somewhat reluctant entrepreneur.  I didn’t have a business plan or even an idea of how my leap of faith would turn into revenue. I just knew I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing for one more day. The pain of staying put finally exceeded my fear of the unknown - so I jumped....more