Are We in the Emerald City, Dr. Oz?

“But isn’t everything here green?” asked Dorothy. “No more than in any other city,” replied Oz; “but when you wear green spectacles, why of course everything you see looks green to you.” — from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by Frank L. Baum Dr. Oz has many wondering if he is the doctor he swore to […]

In Oz We Trust

The Hippocratic Oath (Greek ὅρκος horkos) is an oath historically taken by physicians. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards. Dear Dr. Oz, You may remember me as I previously reached out […]

Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright, The first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight. Last week, I wrote a blog about the Germanwings crash called, “The sky was black, my breath was steady.” This piece was a call to action as the cause of mental […]

The Sky Was Black… My Breath Was Steady

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (Nobel Lecture, The Quest for Peace & Justice – 1964) “How could he have done this?” is what everyone asks. It must be terrorism, one early article […]

Sacred Sisterhood of Healers!

I don’t know how many people learn about the revolutionary Dorothea Dix in school any more, but for people involved with mental health advocacy, she is a shining light and one of the great women of history. It is poignant for me that I will be spending the last three days of Women’s History Month […]

Quiet Revolution = Peace

We recently attended the Omega Mindfulness & Education Conference in New York City where we were inspired by connecting with our community of flawless activists. The conference began on a bittersweet note as we immediately bumped into an educator we have known for years who shared tragic news of a student who lived with serious […]

Dear Dr. Phil — Is the 3rd Time a Charm?

Dear Dr. Phil, Maybe you remember, we’ve been in touch a few times before. Back in 2013, I shared some thoughts with you about the use of language around mental health . My point was simply that the widespread and unconscious use of discriminatory language to describe people with brain health challenges has blurred our […]