Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety Panic Attack and True Healing

Back at my office, the situation grew worse. I learned that the insurance companies had never been billed for most of my work, including my last surgery. Patients were not billed for their portion for almost two years. I was very upset. I would awaken in the middle of the night with my heart racing. I contemplated quitting my practicing altogether, but felt an obligation to my patients. I became very resentful that I had to provide care and then had to fight to be reimbursed. It was a very stressful time in my life. I felt out of control and… [Read More]

The Making of an Intuitive Obstetrician and Gynecologist

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When I think about it, few doctors have had my diverse experience when it comes to healing. I was seriously ill and cured by my grandfather, a traditional healer with primitive diagnostic methods. I personally know many people from a variety of backgrounds who view illness and death as due to natural or supernatural forces. These people do not believe in the healing power of pills, but believe leaves and other natural objects have mystical power. Others associate the healing process with touch and prayer. It was easy for me to apply all I had learned in my private, solo… [Read More]

Seven Steps to Finding Happiness

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Years ago, I was having some marital difficulties and told my husband that I resented him because he was not making me happy. He laughed hysterically and said, “Dear, I am not responsible for your happiness, you are!” “I have to divorce this guy,” I said to myself. And I did, but for many reasons other than just his stance on my happiness. Now, many years later, we are best friends who are able to laugh about that particular moment, as well as others that were painful at the time. I am, indeed, very happy now and am enjoying the… [Read More]

Be Thankful and Enjoy Excellent Health!

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Being thankful – around the Thanksgiving holiday, and EVERY DAY, will not only make you feel good about yourself, but you will be less likely to feel unhappy, be more able to see the good things in life, have peace of mind, be more capable to share your blessings with others and also enjoy excellent health! Here I am, at the age of 65, on Medicare (wow, time really does fly) and at a time in life when most people are preparing to enjoy the rest and relaxation of retirement. But no, not me! I have so much knowledge, am… [Read More]

The Making of a Western Medical Doctor

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All my life I had attended all-girl schools in Haiti. It was comforting to see that about one-fourth of the students here–and half the Haitians—were women. It wasn’t easy studying in Spanish while in medical school. Some of my books were in that language but I purchased others in French and English. My goal, while studying in Spanish, was to be able upon graduation to take the ECFMG, the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates exam. Passing that allows international medical graduates who wish to be licensed as a physician in the United States to complete a U.S. residency hospital… [Read More]

On the Road to Becoming a Doctor-Part 3

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I played volleyball in college and made the Olympic team, but when it was time to show my birth certificate to get my passport so we could go and compete in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, I was too ashamed of my mother’s maiden name – Murat – that I declined to go. When I left Haiti for the United States at the age of 20, I had big dreams. To my disappointment, I soon realized that the streets of America were not paved with gold!  Not only that, prejudice reared its ugly head. My father had been… [Read More]

On the Road to Becoming a Doctor-Part 2

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When I was 15 years old, Father came one night all beat up to tell us that he had to leave in exile. A few days earlier, he had been snatched from home, handcuffed, tortured, and taken to Fort-Dimanche, an infamous prison, to be killed and thrown into an open grave. He was spared only because a childhood friend, a high ranking tonton macoute, was present. But he got the message that they were going to be back, and this time he would not escape his doom. Fortunately, unlike the Haitians who had to leave by boat years later, Father… [Read More]

On the Road to Becoming a Doctor-Part 1

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Having to live in a society that consistently denied a part of me only increased my determination to succeed. During my occasional visits to Grand-Père Mirabeau, he reassured me that I could do it, that I could become the first doctor in the Murat family. Under such severe conditions and with mixed emotions, how was I able to remain strong? In spite of Tatante’s prejudiced attitude, Father and Grandma were my unwavering supports. Father worked for the government and in other odd jobs all over Haiti. This made his visits very infrequent and our relationship more endearing, even though I… [Read More]

10 Steps to Assure Safety of Dietary Supplements

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Dietary supplements may very well have benefits, but there are also risks that need to be taken into consideration when making the decision to incorporate them into one’s lifestyle, as well being cautious when deciding which ones to take. A study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that some “23,000 people” visit hospital emergency departments each year and “more than 2,100” are hospitalized because of “dietary supplements.” This statistic needs to be addressed and patients need access to unbiased, detailed information in regards to anything that they are contemplating putting into their bodies. Many believe… [Read More]

The Early Years: Education Is a Must!

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I was born in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, in 1950. I was the first-born daughter of Joseph Karl Jean an entrepreneur, and Marie Anne Lamercie Murat a midwife, herbalist, and seamstress. My mother’s father, Mirabeau Murat, whom I affectionately called Grand-Pere, was one of the best known Voodoo priests, herbalist and indigenous healers in Bizoton. Bizoton is a small town outside of Port-au-Prince and my grandfather lived in a compound called Lakou Déréal, where he had his temple. My mother and father came from very different familial backgrounds. No one in my mother’s family had ever even graduated from… [Read More]