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Health & Well Being

Dr. ReedHow do I become The Doctor in the Mirror?

—Carol from Texas

Outstanding question, Carol. I love it.

The Doctor in the Mirror is an idea that I introduced earlier this year. In a nutshell, it says one of the most qualified health advisors you’ll ever meet is … you.

Think about it. Who knows you better than you? You’re with you 24/7! You know your aches and pains. You know your strengths and weaknesses. So the next time you’re in front of the mirror, give a big shout-out to the amazing, the brilliant, the esteemed Dr. You.

Dr. ReedTo become The Doctor in the Mirror, you have to take care of yourself. I want Dr. You to start by circling the following two words: self-motivation and curiosity.

Doctors worldwide agree that self-motivation is one of the most powerful medicines available. By simply getting more motivated to improve your health, you’ll begin to do things that you didn’t think were possible. I’m talking small steps here, not giant leaps. Second: curiosity. Curiosity leads to a more informed Dr. You. Ask more questions about your conditions. Don’t sit quietly on the sidelines – talk, talk, TALK to your doctors and nurses. Do research on the Internet. Go to the library if you need to, or get family or friends to help. Dig. Knowledge, like self-motivation, is powerful medicine.

Today’s doctor’s orders: Write down “self-motivation” and “curiosity.” Then Dr. You needs to begin to fill that order, in small steps. I like to say: The way to feeling like a million bucks is a penny at a time.


“Do something good for your body today.”

—Dr. You

Dr. You medical note:

Self-motivation and curiosity are keys to becoming a great Doctor in the Mirror.



“The Doctor in the Mirror: Living a Longer, Healthier More Joyous Life Starts With You” –