Don't Settle For Being Well

When I was learning to be a doctor, the focus was on making the sick well, but there was a huge piece missing from what they taught me in my medical education. Nobody ever taught me that, as doctors, it’s our job to help people become, not just well, but whole.After all, our job is to help people heal - and “to heal” means “to become whole.” But what does that mean? Here’s what it means to me.Sick Vs. Well...more

Do You Want Miracles? Be A Spirit Junkie!

In a world overflowing with self-help books about absolutely nothing, my dear friend Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book Spirit Junkie is a cool drink of mint iced tea on a blazing September day.  Like a Band-aid on a wound, balm on the soul, and a breath of fresh air (I’ll cut it out already with the clichés now), Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles is about something that r...more

Expanding The Definition Of “Health”

Not only do I think we need to revolutionize the way we as patients and healers collaborate; I also think we need to redefine how we think about health.It’s time to think BIG, baby. “Health” is simply too small, and you can’t cram us into little boxes that don’t even begin to contain the vast expansiveness of the brilliant beings we all are. We’ve gotta blow open the box and make room for all the parts of us that may be in need of healing....more

Turn Off The TV & Live Longer

The fact that I don’t own a television makes me a bit of a social misfit, especially when I’m the one ON the television, and my own kid can’t tune in to see Mommy on the boob tube.It’s been over seven years since I cancelled my cable subscription, and I can honestly say it was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done....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Last week I wrote about the Doctor-Patient Relationship of the broken, outdated, patriarchal health care system of The Old Medicine.Today, I’m going out on a limb to suggest a new kind of Doctor-Patient Relationship, the kind I practice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

The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Part One

When I was training to become a physician, the rules of the broken, outdated, patriarchal medical system were made clear to me. They went something like this.The Old Medicine...more

There is so much pain in the old system, both for the patients and the doctors. You are amazing ...more

Is Alternative Medicine Just a Placebo?

As someone who supports many forms of alternative medicine, included many alternative medicine practitioners in my integrative medicine practice at the Owning Pink Center, and empowers my patients to seek out treatments based on the guidance of their healing inner wisdom (I call it your “Inner Pilot Light”), this statement in an article on CNN caught my eye:...more

How To Treat Insomnia Naturally

We’ve all been there. You go to bed right on time, knowing the alarm will jar you awake 8 hours later. You’ve got a big presentation in the morning. Or your grad school interview is the next day. Or you just know the baby will be waking you soon. So it’s critical that you fall asleep - now....more

Does Coffee Cause Cancer?

It’s not just cell phones the WHO calls carcinogens. Now, according to this article, they’ve added coffee and pickled veggies to the list as well.Most of us aren’t chowing down regularly on pickled veggies, so I’m guessing this finding won’t wind up all over Twitter and Facebook. But, uh…coffee? How ‘bout that cup a joe, love?...more

8 Ways To Reduce Your Risk of Cancer From Cell Phones

When I heard from the Associated Press that the World Health Organization just releasedthis statement announcing that cell phones may indeed be carcinogenic, I felt my breath catch in my throat as I put my cell phone down. ...more

cell phones and other gadgets are already part of our lives that sometimes, despite the risk, we ...more