Are Pregnant Women Getting the Information They Need? A New Survey Says No

When I was pregnant with my first child, in Atlanta, Georgia, I was excited to go to prenatal appointments. I looked forward to seeing other pregnant women in the waiting room, finding out my weight, and talking about my hopes and fears for the upcoming birth. ...more
Such an interesting and provocative take on the whole subject of childbirth and choice. I think ... more

The New Fashioned: A Modern Twist on a Classic Cocktail

For once, my half-hearted gardening pays off. Every spring, I start off with tons of green thumb ambition, then get lazy and quit pulling weeds by August. Things end up growing where they shouldn't go, and unidentifiable stalks of green take over. But there's one patch of leaves I can identify by smell that keeps getting bigger and healthier every year: a gloriously spreading tangle of mint that's slowly taking over the front yard. ...more

I've only tasted an Old Fashioned once...but after reading your post, I'm definitely ready for a ... 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

Sounds like you have a wonderful, caring doctor. You are very fortunate, Elizabeth. It's what we ... 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

Absolutely. In the real world, it would be ideal if we all received equal, individualized care. 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

That is a valid point, Susan. Money buys you better service in so many cases. It's so sad, ... 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

What a story. You are so right. How did medicine get so bad that we need this type of ... more

The Wii Fit Workout: How I Got Exercise Into My Day

Apparently, there are gyms where you go and stand in front of a television and play Wii games as exercise. I went home to Josh and we laughed and laughed. And then I borrowed my friend's Wii and I became one of those people. And then it didn’t seem funny at all. Then it seemed like a brilliant idea to go downstairs to the basement and take a little bike ride around Wuhu Island. And then take a 1.5 mile jog near the virtual water. And maybe go flying for a little upper arm definition. ...more

Just last night my son was telling me how much he loves his Wii Fit and is having so much fun ... more

Is Your Marriage Affecting Your Health?

As far back as the late 1800s, epidemiologist William Farr studied the condition of marriage on people's health in France by dividing the adult population into three separate categories: the married, the celibate (those never married) and the widowed. When he analyzed the relative mortality rates of all three groups at various ages, the epidemiologist found the death rates of the unmarried to be much higher in proportion to the marrieds, with the widowed faring worst of all. ...more

Yes, I think emotional ups and downs can be so draining on your energy. And happy anniversary! more

Is Your Marriage Affecting Your Health?

As far back as the late 1800s, epidemiologist William Farr studied the condition of marriage on people's health in France by dividing the adult population into three separate categories: the married, the celibate (those never married) and the widowed. When he analyzed the relative mortality rates of all three groups at various ages, the epidemiologist found the death rates of the unmarried to be much higher in proportion to the marrieds, with the widowed faring worst of all. ...more

That's a great way to look at the relationship between marriage and health. And so true. more

Is Your Marriage Affecting Your Health?

As far back as the late 1800s, epidemiologist William Farr studied the condition of marriage on people's health in France by dividing the adult population into three separate categories: the married, the celibate (those never married) and the widowed. When he analyzed the relative mortality rates of all three groups at various ages, the epidemiologist found the death rates of the unmarried to be much higher in proportion to the marrieds, with the widowed faring worst of all. ...more

thanks for your comment, Cynthia! You were so smart in taking the time and effort to make your ... more