Normally it's unusual to see a White House official member joking with a member of Aerosmith, but this day was a coupling of pop stars, government leadership and average people who have formed a cooperative trifecta -- the first organized national response to addiction in this country's history.
It's time for us to start having a more balanced conversation about stress. While chronic stress exists and isn't good for our mental or physical health, there is so much more to the stress story than "stress is bad."
It's easy to spot the deep tan that marks someone recently returned from vacation. But the most important and long-lasting effect of travel may be one of the least visible. Books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild have become international bestsellers by describing it: that sense of renewal, satisfaction, and well-being that can come from "getting away from it all."
I still vividly remember the first time I saw naloxone in action. The day began like an average one at the drop-in center -- with the buzz of conversation, ringing phones and chaotic sounds of an old action movie on the television.
Keep this list close at hand and read it whenever you have a wobbly moment of fear or doubt. Stay strong, beautiful soul. You've got this.
It's always something, darlings! Learning I had lung cancer and a melanoma in one phone call eight years ago was a real something, darlings! Did I survive my ordeal. Yes! Was it easy for me? No!
We all have a role to play in helping to protect the sexual health of our young people - youth can be more aware of the risks they face, and parents and schools can get the information they need to stay safe.
The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.
There's nothing like a hospital stay, a suspicious spot on a CT scan or pre-cancerous polyps to poke the control-freaking bear that's been sitting in the corner. And even when the suspicious spot is nothing or the polyps are removed, it doesn't take away the emotional hurricane that just hit shore.
I hugged the young woman and told her to keep up the fight and let her light shine, and promised her that I would make sure that it did. Join me in being the voice of change and end the silence. Share your story of your personal path from addiction to recovery or celebrate a loved one who has. It's time.
We've all been there: You see an Instagram photo of one of your favorite celebrities after a workout looking super fit, and you think, Who's working that magic? The most likely answer: a personal trainer who is in even better shape than his or her famous clientele.
Stop calling me a label. Start calling me a person. When I was 16 I was a person struggling with addiction. Today, I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs for more than 14 years. That doesn't just sound a bit different -- it feels different.
We all know there's a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic that children learn in school. Until the national school lunch program was modified in 2010 nutrition hadn't been high on the list and now that is being threatened by efforts in Congress.
How can we build on such efforts? We might start by educating African-American physicians, who tend to have an easier time overcoming the distrust of patients of color and can pass on good information.
I had the honor of speaking with four amazing women who shatter the stereotype of what it means to be a yogi. I am so thrilled to share their stories in hopes that they will inspire you as much as they do me.
In my own life and in my professional experience with other women, I have found that the seven foods below are among the best ones to make our diet nutritious and healthy.
Coleman began losing weight on her own naturally, even though her doctor told her that she couldn't lose over 200 pounds without surgery. Coleman replied to her doctor, "Oh, I will do it," and she did.
Put down your calculators. Put away your food scales. Turn off your calorie-counting apps. It's time to stop counting calories.
To get Americans back on their feet --to enjoy better health and other rewards-- we need to make strolling and striding a natural part of daily life again. This can be accomplished by removing the personal and physical barriers that discourage us from walking for recreation, relaxation, and transportation.