5 Steps from Fear to Freedom

The following is an excerpt from my new book The Fear Cure. ...more

What Vaginal Steam Baths Are Really Like: An OB/GYN Weighs In

You gotta love Gwyneth Paltrow. She's always so ahead of the curve when it comes to things like cooking. And conscious uncoupling. And parenting. And vaginal steam baths. ...more
Currently steaming at home as I type, haha. I put some lavender oil in my humidifier, placed it ...more

How To Call In A Cheetah—Part 1

Before I left to go on Safari at Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa as part of Martha Beck’s African STAR retreat, I kept joking about mystical cheetahs. Every time I’m with Martha, magic happens, so I was curious what mysteries would unfold in Africa. Would the cheetahs levitate? Would I have a run in with a psychic cheetah? Would a cheetah start speaking to me in tongues?...more

Are You Overriding Your Soul with “Should?”

For many years, my soul was trying to guide me, but I wasn’t paying attention. Even when my soul tried to communicate with big glaring WARNING signs or GO HERE billboards, I disregarded the signs. Thinking back to the year 2000, I have to laugh when I think about how my former husband and I stood in line for three hours at the courthouse to get our marriage certificate. And finally, when we were at the very front of the line, belly up to the courthouse clerk, there was a bomb threat. A BOMB THREAT! I literally turned to my fiancé and said, “Is it a sign?”...more

Who Are The Friends Of Your Soul?

I used to think that friends were the people who unconditionally comforted you when you felt wronged, showed up for you when you felt needy and insecure, joined you in righteous indignation when you felt angry, and validated you when life isn’t going your way. I thought friends would be unconditional cheerleaders, and you would always feel better after being with a friend. But lately, I’ve realized that my most valuable friends are the ones who stand for my soul, even when that means saying something my ego doesn’t want to hear....more

A Love Letter To Aspiring Medical Students

On my PBS tour, I had lunch with health blogger James Clear, who is studying for his MCATs and wants to go to medical school. James and I have been talking about his desire to go to medical school for a while. As a successful entrepreneur with a strong sense of self and a calling to medicine, James once asked me whether I thought it was possible to go through medical training without getting your spirit broken.  I told him I think it’s possible. It’s hard. But possible....more

Are You A Cognitive Validator Or A Flaming Mystic?

When I went through the spiritual experience I wrote about here, a part of me simply couldn’t handle it. Some of the events that unfolded in the wake of The Experience made absolutely no sense to my cognitive mind, which I have come to trust. How can you dissolve clouds with your intention? How can you telepathically communicate with people and animals? How can objects speak to you? How is it possible that sand was moving around us when nothing in the sand was moving?...more
I have found it helpful to begin to value different forms of ‘knowing’ rather than just the ...more

Coming Out Of The Spiritual Closet

If you follow what I post on Facebook, you may have gotten a glimpse of what’s been happening to me in the spiritual realm over the past three weeks, but this is the first time I’ve tried to sit down and write a blog post about what I’ll call “The Experience.” The unfoldings have been so non-cognitive that I’m finding it very challenging to engage the part of my brain that likes to write, so I’ll ask for advance forgiveness if what I’m about to write makes no sense....more

10 Tips For Receiving Criticism With Grace

Because I put myself out there in public ways, I’m subjected to a LOT of criticism, both on the internet and in person.  Some of it is the kind of vicious, violent hating that cowards love to spout amidst the safety of being anonymous on the internet. Some of it is pure projection. People don’t like what they see of themselves in the mirror I hold up. Some of it is totally valid constructive criticism delivered in a respectful, helpful, balanced way....more
This is great advice. Especially the part about jumping in to defend yourself before hearing ...more

How To Advocate For Yourself With Doctors

When I read the following Facebook post from my friend Aviva Romm, MD, it struck me that if a Yale-trained physician who works with Mark Hyman, MD has this much trouble getting the kind of medical care we all deserve, we have a bigger problem than I even realized. Fair or not, usually doctors get easier access to health care than those outside of our field....more