January 7, 2020

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and are able to reflect with fond memories on the previous year and/or look with excited anticipation for the year to come. I was recently speaking to my therapist (a practice I highly recommend), wondering aloud what could be wrong with me. By all tangible measures I've just had the best year of my life, yet I felt relegated to a frequency of stress and anxiet...

September 12, 2019

18 years ago I was living with two best friends on 21st Street and 8th Ave. when the towers were struck. I’d graduated college two weeks before and had my whole life in front of me, while many others were forced to suddenly put theirs behind them.

We spent the day on the block, listening to the news reports on our boom box (what would people do today?), which was probably more news than I’d listene...

September 3, 2019

When my mom was a kid in New Rochelle one of her friends’ fathers used to go running around the neighborhood after work. He’d just run… for no reason at all. “Where the hell was he going?” everyone thought. What is he, out of his mind? Who just runs? Nobody else was ever seen running or sweating for any reason beyond suffering with the flu or menopausal hot flashes, which were also less common dur...

July 21, 2019

Yesterday morning I got on the crosstown bus in the 100 degree heat and got to observe one of my favorite pet peeves (a paradox?) under the heading of American bad habits. It was in the form of a girl who'd apparently just finished running and/or exercising, was logically covered in sweat, then sat proximal to me, idly taking that notoriously excessive MTA air conditioning into all of her vulnerab...

June 26, 2019

Remember when all hugs felt like they actually meant something? You were 9-years old, your grandma would greet you at the airport gate in Ft. Lauderdale (or somewhere else if you’re goyim) and hold you like you were the most important person in the world? At first you felt loved, then she’d squeeze harder and you felt even more loved, until finally you’d arrive at boredom: How could anyone want to...

June 19, 2019

 Hey everyone! Could the weather be worse? Did we go to sleep and wake up in Seattle... or is it that Seattle went to sleep and woke up on top of us? "April showers bring May flowers..." except of course when it continues to pour rain throughout May and June, in which case July should look like a city-wide, mafia-style wedding floral arrangement to reach as far as the eye can see - or at least a f...

May 2, 2019

At least once a month I get the question from a patient: “So… did you have to go to school to do this?”

No, I think to myself. I was just unemployed, and it was between this, Starbucks barista, or yoga studio receptionist. I’d never handled a needle before, nor studied physiology, but who needs to know physiology, am I right? This is just acupuncture.

“Yes,” I answer aloud. “To do this we need a Mas...

March 27, 2019

The great thing about cell phones is we can get in touch with anyone at any moment. The bad thing about cell phones is we can get in touch with anyone at any moment.

There is a philosophical perspective that within each perceived curse is a potential gift, and each gift a potential challenge. Modern first world societies are not short on resources or stimulation, entertainment or technology. We hav...

March 13, 2019

Everyone has their physiological Achilles heel - that which first acts up when they’re either under nourished, over stressed, or for some of us when it’s just that time of the year when our vulnerabilities expose themselves. One of my greatest challenges in adulthood in this respect has been insomnia, which wouldn’t you know it, is one of the more challenging pathologies to treat with Chinese Medi...

March 6, 2019

My fiancée (the only medical doctor who I truly love and trust) and I have a running joke about patients asking on the heels of explaining a particular symptom: “Is that normal?” which we’ve collectively decided translates more accurately to: Tell me this is common and/or nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, nothing is normal, a nice metaphorical parallel to the more ubiquitously accepted platitu...

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