Dr. Gunshin

I know we’ll all be surprised when I say I’ve been in a hospital in Tokyo, Japan. Several times, actually, but that’s another post. 🙂

Dr. Gunshin, the MD I dealt with at University of Tokyo Hospital, is a prize. Now maybe it helped that he did his residency at UC Davis and spoke impeccable English, but this man helped us immensely while we were in Japan during a particularly challenging “vacation” in 2013. However, what I wanted to talk about in this post was the discussion we had concerning the Japanese and their evolving diet. read more

too much?

My parents always placed a premium on education. It was important and invaluable to know what was going on in the world and to educate yourself. I’ve always known what I wanted to do. It was never even a question.

I’ve been sick all of my life, constantly in hospitals, constantly sick with everything from pneumonia to allergic bronchitis to asthma. My lungs demand more than their quota of attention. I remember sitting on gurneys being pulled from a hospital room to the laboratory to have blood drawn. I loved the lab and its many sounds. The whirring, beeping, and alarms. How could they find the answers in my blood? What were they looking for? Yes, I wished they’d hurry up and find it, but I was absolutely enthralled. The healthcare workers humored me by telling me in simplified terms, of course, what they were doing. I wanted to be like them. I wanted to look for answers and find out “why” things happened or went awry. I wanted to feel better, too, but I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. read more

paleo and rheumatoid arthritis

On June, 18 2012 I woke up with sore hands—more specifically a very sore right hand/wrist and a slightly sore left hand. There aren’t many things biologically that cause symmetric pain or difficulty. My first guess was Rheumatoid Arthritis, but I didn’t share this thought. I dutifully changed my laptop set up to make it more ergonomic, began Aikido hand stretches with the advice of a friend, and otherwise tried to ignore what, to me, was painfully obvious. Pun intended. It’s not the first time that my education and experience empowered me with information that I really would rather not have retained. I’m joking, of course, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like NOT to know the specifics of some health-related problem I’m experiencing. I’ll revisit this in a different post. read more