My first glimpse into the power of urban gardening was not through bucolic farmer’s markets or verdant nurseries, whose beauty I only came to after medical school. My introduction was in our small suburban backyard of clay soil. My dad planted silvery, wild-armed globe artichokes, because they could produce flower buds and leaves we could eat, to improve our digestion. That glimpse was enough to ignite my curiosity about homegrown ...

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My last patient, Joyce, a 45-year-old single mother of four with high blood pressure and diabetes, is late. She was in the emergency department last week with dizziness and blurred vision, a blood sugar of 345 and a blood pressure of 190/110. Her last office visit was a month ago, when weighing in at 222, she joked that she wished she could pull those numbers at the casino’s slot machines. She ...

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shutterstock_114588181 There’s at least one hidden reason the health care system is failing people who just want some face time with a doctor: too many dedicated physicians are not just overwhelmed, but burned out. According to a 2012 JAMA Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic study, 46% of all U.S. physicians are emotionally exhausted, feel cynical about work or have lost their sense of personal accomplishment ...

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