Our Manifesto

Everyone wants to be healthy, but it's a full-time job. We're here to do some of the work.

  • We do the digging.
  • We report the stories others miss, when even doctors have a hard time keeping up.
  • We make sense of complex research.
  • We think you can handle it.
  • We don't sugar coat.
  • We want the real health care debate.
  • Health can be funny.
  • Health can be gossipy.
  • Health can take over.
  • Health can get better.
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Woodson Merrell, M.D.

Dr. Woodson (Woody) Merrell is Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Since 1985 he has maintained a high-profile private practice in integrative medicine and acupuncture on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Dr. Merrell is Executive Director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, which operates TheNaturalApothecary.org. He is the author, with his wife Kathy, of The Source/Power Up: Unleash Your Natural Energy, Revitalize Your health, and Feel 10 Years Younger (Free Press).


Kathleen Merrell

Kathy Merrell is a writer/journalist, specializing in health, who has written for numerous publications including Forbes, Allure and O, The Oprah Magazine. With her husband, Dr. Merrell, she co-wrote The Source/Power Up. 


Christian L. Wright

Christian L. Wright is an editor, writer, and reporter who has worked for everyone from The New York Times to Rolling Stone to the dearly departed Gourmet, and many others in between. For more on Christian, and to read some of her stories, visit her website.