My career has been as a geriatrician, a physician who deals largely with older patients. This inevitably provided an uncommon familiarity with the process of dying and death. It was so much a part of my routine that I wrote a paper, "The Trajectory of Dying," that was published in...
I really don't underestimate the power of listening. Listening enables me to learn much more about someone else, to discover new opportunities, to gain respect of another, to hear about different perspectives and make better decisions due to having more information.
A few years ago a woman we'll call Mrs. S. went to the hospital for some routine tests. Mrs. S. had a heart valve condition called tricuspid stenosis. She also suffered from a milder form of congestive heart failure. Neither condition was considered...
Does your dentist lecture you at every visit about flossing more? Your dentist is right -- not flossing can be serious and can contribute to bad breath, heart disease, dementia, and cavities and tooth loss. But here's where your dentist...
For a good 12 years of my life, I was obsessively consumed with food. I had this unhealthy relationship with my body and my eating. I simultaneously loathed myself and desperately desired to be skinnier, while also compulsively binging until I couldn't move. For months I would restrict. I was...
Healthy relationships are available to everyone, you just need to know what they require to exist. Here are five things that all healthy relationships require:
When you drop the interpretations about personal challenges and instead examine your thoughts around what has happened you then are on the road to self-understanding and a more peaceful and happier life.
2 Billion Under 20,
LGBT Youth Suicides,
Glaad Spirit Day,
Spirit Day Purple,
On October 20th, 2010, I asked people all over the world to wear purple to stand up to homophobic bullying, to show support for the LGBTQ community and to remember the lives of the boys and girls who die by suicide every year because they don't feel comfortable in their own skin.
We have to turn the concept of gratitude from a noun into a verb. We have to act on our feelings gratitude. Well, what does that mean in practical terms? The following are some ways that you can turn your gratitude practice into action:
My advice to you is this: Don't wait until you reach your breaking point or there is a catastrophic event to start making bold choices about our life and the way you work. This is your work. This is your time.
Awareness becomes the first step towards change, and reducing added sugar intake could significantly reduce these and other health risks.
The people who shed crocodile tears about health care rationing five years ago don't talk about the rationing that we have now (and had then), but they were right to be outraged. We should all be outraged that, in the richest country on the planet, people are denied needed care on the basis of wealth and income.
The Updated Strategy will enable our nation to become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and where every affected person will have access to life-extending care, regardless of their circumstances.
I can't make your schedule less... errr... crazy. But I can help improve your health and well-being so you can do what is most important and meaningful to you. Because that's the point of all of this, right? Let's do this.
Very well played, The New York Times and Aaron E. Carroll. If you intended your recently published article, "The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar," to get us hot and bothered, you succeeded. "The available evidence points to the fact that there appears to be a correlation between...
Robots performing surgery? How is this possible? Is it safe? These were some of the questions and criticisms of robotic surgery back in 2000 when I began as one of the pioneers in the field of prostate cancer adopting the technology. Over 1.7 million robotic procedures were...
A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a "fringe" technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear "we are not paying people to do what they should be doing." Today, health rewards is a foundational technique in the health care community to...
Drug Overdose Prevention,
Just a couple of years ago, overdose prevention laws had never been attempted in any red state and conventional wisdom said they never could be. Now not only have advocates in red states proven those stereotypes wrong, but many Southern naloxone programs have become models for the rest of the country.
To succeed in life, both personally and professionally, it's important to take criticism in stride. Being able to hear people's opinions can improve our relationships, academic performance and job satisfaction. Here's how to handle what others have to say without shedding a tear.
Our kids were not overly fond of fish until we began serving it in parchment paper pouches. They loved cutting through the paper to find their dinner inside. Besides offering a fun way of serving food, baking in parchment is actually one of the healthiest ways to cook fish. The...