Those who engage in these creative endeavors are the ones who are the future of medicine, Parkinson says. “It’s sad to me that medical schools look for the highest GPAs, the best med/MCAT scores, the people that can brown nose their way to the top,” he says. “Those aren’t good doctors, I’ll tell you that much—it’s the people who are well rounded, who are leaders, who have the courage to think differently and inspire us all.”

THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

This is just plain wrong.


Tumblr and Twitter

A few days ago, I posted a story about food stamps being worth double at farmers markets in Michigan. It’s a great idea. As of now, that particular post has 847 likes and/or reblogs on tumblr. 

And as of now, that same post on twitter has 6 retweets.

I’m not a huge fan of twitter for everyday purposes. I really don’t use it at all except to connect my tumblr to it so people who use twitter can still follow me on tumblr. I surely understand the power of twitter when speed of information is at stake (natural disasters, breaking news, etc.). But…twitter is just so ugly, so boring when breaking things aren’t happening, and a bunch of really great information is easily missed because every tweet looks the same.

Tumblr is the most engaging intelligent platform on the internet simply because it’s an incredibly engaged community, it’s beautiful, it’s very visual, and it’s just super fun to use.

847 vs. 6? It’s kind of a joke.

Thank you

Four years ago today, I started my practice in Williamsburg that really changed my life in an unfathomable way. And four years later, today, I’m at Google Zeitgeist speaking about my story. This morning’s speaking schedule went like this:

  • Eric Schmidt, ex-CEO of Google 
  • Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Clinton (follow him on tumblr)
  • Justice Sandra Day O’ Connor, first female on the Supreme Court 
  • Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark 
  • Dr. Dean Ornish 
  • Me 

It really blows my mind what’s happened to me in the last four years. If I would have taken the comfortable road, none of this would have happened. And if it weren’t for you and others like you paying attention to my words and my life, none of this would have happened. So thank you for reading, caring, and paying attention. It’s our work together that will change things for the better.

Since I’ve never had a traditional doctor’s office, I never had a place to display my med school diploma. So I decided to frame it and hang it in my living room. I found the frame in a local antique store this weekend. Since 1938, it displayed a Brooklyn Italian family’s photos. The glass is old and rippled and gorgeous. And now it’s got my diploma in it. Maybe in 70 years someone will find it in an antique store and make that frame their own.