Old Country Doctor Turned into Paper-pusher and Virtual MD

I can’t take a budget that eliminates marketing, outreach and in-person assistors seriously.

— Teresa Mosqueda, member of the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange board.

You can’t afford to get sick, and you can’t depend on the present health care system to keep you well. It’s up to you to protect and maintain your body’s innate capacity for health and healing by making the right choices in how you live.

— Dr. Andrew Weil, an American physician, author, spokesperson, and sort of guru for holistic health and integrative medicine.

Docs and Nurses Everywhere You Look

I grew up around doctors and nurses, and while my surgeon uncle and nurse aunt had come from humble beginnings in Minnesota and Iowa, their practice in New Jersey and Dr. John’s work at Columbia Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic allowed them to live comfortable and rich lives. A urologist son (my cousin) and doctor of psychology eating disorder expert daughter (my cousin) later, and to this day, these smart Princeton, Duke, UCLA, Vanderbilt graduates still have some major blind spots in their thinking even with successful practices.

They do not understand the benefits of alternative medicine, veganism/vegetarianism and what the poor in America really face when it comes to lack of health care and the stress caused by poverty, toxic neighborhoods and back-breaking/sleep-depriving/poor-nutrition inducing work. I thought I would go into medicine while a diving bum in college, but the…

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