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

Journey, history, doctor, medical school, study, holistic health, alternative medicine, true healing.

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


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


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


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


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!


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]

Is It PMS, Perimenopause, Menopause, Hormone Imbalance, Or Something Else?


According to a Mayo Clinic study, Abused Women Struggle with More Severe Menopause Symptoms, there is an undeniable relationship between various extreme symptoms and a history of abuse among the women studied. Part of what the study highlights is that older women, who reported experiencing higher frequency and more uncomfortable than average symptoms, were more likely to be women who had suffered physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse at some time in their past. Some of the symptoms addressed included night sweats, sexual dysfunction, memory loss and other cognitive problems, sleep difficulties and bowel/bladder problems. The results of the study… [Read More]

Is a pink pill all that it takes for those suffering from low sexual desire?


According to a 2002 study one-third of women struggle with low sex drive or sexual dysfunction; finding a pill that works would be extremely beneficial. Flibanserin or Addyi, a little pink pill commonly known as the “female Viagra,” was created to treat pre-menopausal women with a low sex drive or libido and was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After two failed attempts, the pill finally made it through the process and has been tagged as useful in the treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), a disorder that is characterized by extremely low sexual desire,… [Read More]

Why a True Healing and Wellness Institute?

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Here I am, soon turning 65 and going on Medicare.  This is a time in life when most people are looking forward to reaping the benefits of a lifetime of hard work, preparing to enjoy the rest and relaxation of retirement.  I, on the other hand, am about to embark on what is shaping up to be the most rewarding professional experience of my career.  My wide array of medical expertise, both Western and otherwise, are coming together with the opening of the True Healing and Wellness Institute on Miramar Road, in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego in… [Read More]