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

If you haven’t noticed, our health care system in the U.S. is imploding. I mean - things are bad. I’m a doctor, and yet, because I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in my twenties, and because my husband accidentally cut two fingers off his left hand with a table saw, we’re uninsurable under a traditional family health insurance program. We’re still on COBRA, paying $1200/month until it runs out in two years and we’ll have to scramble to find a way to stay insured.

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In Defense of Doctors

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If you’ve been following my blog series about Pink Medicine, you’ll see that I’ve been kind of harsh to the doctors of the Old Medicine. I’ve put out a global apology on behalf of physicians everywhere. I’ve ranted about doctors who get annoyed with empowered, educated patients. And I’ve suggested that patients have the power to heal themselves.

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I’m Sorry, Wounded Healers

In this post, I offered up a global apology on behalf of doctors everywhere to those who they may have hurt. But if you’re a doctor, I can guarantee that you also deserve an apology.  I’m certain that you - like me - have suffered at the hands of other doctors, so on behalf of those doctors who have hurt you, I’m so sorry, my love.

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Patient, Heal Thyself

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You can be your own doctor, love.

Yes, you heard me right.

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A Global Apology On Behalf Of Physicians Everywhere

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Since I wrote this post about the doctor-patient relationship of the broken, outdated, patriarchal system, I’ve been inundated with emails from all of you, telling me your horror stories. (Fortunately, you’re also telling me the good stuff in response to this post about the doctor-patient relationship in The Pink Medicine, so thank you for that!)

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The Difference Between Healing And Curing

Welcome back to The Pink Medicine blog series, wherein I share with you my vision for a new type of health care model, a model I call “Pink Medicine.” In my last post, The Difference Between Sick, Well, & Whole, I talked about my father's death and said that I learned that there is a critical difference between healing and curing.  Today I want to expound a bit on that difference.

Key to my Pink Medicine model is the notion that you can heal yourself from illness, trauma, loss - whatever is holding you back from skyrocketing to the stratosphere in all aspects of your life.

But this notion is contingent upon one key bit of semantics.

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The Difference Between Sick, Well, & Whole

As I described here, I don’t think it’s enough for us, as doctors and other health care providers, to aim for helping our patients get well. Yes, it’s critical to help people move from sick to well, but then what? So many of my patients go to their doctors, complaining from symptoms of this mojo-sapping epidemic that seems to be infecting the developed world. We feel fatigued, depressed, listless, unfulfilled. We suffer from decreased libido, lack of spiritual connection, insomnia, anxiety, and other vague symptoms.

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Don't Settle For Being Well

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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.

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Expanding The Definition Of “Health”

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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.

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10 Things I Learned From People Who Survive Cancer

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When I interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside, I noticed that they all shared one remarkable thing in common.

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