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Top Oregon Psychiatrist: "Money is the New Sex!" 2018 Book #1

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

Dear Tribe,

There have been a number of books over the past few years that I have come into contact with, read, skimmed or have frankly changed my life.

As part of a blog series this year, I have selected SEVEN to discuss and study in depth; each being selected because of its possibly surprising, but important impact on our health.

Yes, there is one for each chakra ;-) No, I didn't plan that ahead of time, but it does seem to be convenient!

And since TODAY is the FIRST of THE YEAR, we are going to dive right in, with our FIRST book, aimed at the ROOT of it all, drum roll please.....

Dr. Kayla's 2018 Booklist Pick #1:

Your Money or Your Life

by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

On a large scale, "healthcare" can hardly be left out of any important economic discussion.

On a personal level, daily money decisions directly impact our health: from what we do to get it, to what we choose to sacrifice when we don't have enough.

For those of you who don't know me, you are probably wondering why the heck I started this blog post with such a provocative title, and then proceeded as if writing a monthly newsletter.

For those of you who do know me, you are probably minimally surprised, and perhaps even chuckling now, thank you for your ongoing support, the logic is coming :-)

I heard the phrase "money is the new sex", during a guest interview with psychiatrist Dr. Paul Conti during a recent financial podcast.

Dr. Conti is a brilliant psychiatrist with thriving practices in Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, and accurately describes himself as "treating all aspects of mental illness and the impact of life stressors" in his therapy focused practice.

With a background is business consulting before entering medicine, he is graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, served as chief resident during his psychiatric residency at Harvard University, and is now highly sought after for both medical treatment and business advice by those familiar with his work. Despite his success, Dr. Conti is an approachable, down to earth guy, and as his family medicine colleague, I appreciate the mutual respect he carries for primary care physicians, and appreciate having him in my referral network.

What Dr. Conti was referencing by saying this is a phenomenon that used to occur about 30 years ago, when patients would consciously omit important details about their sex lives when speaking with their physicians, out of shame or fear of judgement, resulting in worse health outcomes.

Fast-forward to 2018, sex has become much less taboo, but Dr. Conti suggests that a shocking substitute is lurking in its place, resulting in disease: money.

I encourage you to listen the full podcast as Dr. Conti shares his knowledge of money and its impact on the human psyche, and how consequential examining this relationship is to our health.


Now, back to my book selection :-)

What I love about the book Your Money or Your Life, is that the authors offer a thought-provoking guide to exploring one's philosophy around money as a means to better clarifying, and thus living out, one's true and joyful purpose. Meanwhile, they also provide a concrete, step-by-step plan to improve your financial standing, whatever your current circumstances.

Most people are surprised to find out I opened my own business at age 29 without a loan, despite crippling medical debt, minimal business training, and in an era where the independent practicing family doc seems to be on the endangered species list.

This book has been a very helpful guide along the process, and I am looking forward to applying the concepts to my life in an even more tangible way this year. Though some of the investment principles may be dated, the philosophy is possibly more timely than ever.

If this topic is of interest to you, please follow along with this blog.

If you have read the book, or want to further discuss the relationship between Money and Health, please do so in the comment section!


For those of you who thought this blog post might have something to do with sex,

it doesn't really.

BUT, if you were hoping I was one of those new-fangled physicians who was going to talk about sex, we have an event coming up in just FIVE days:

January 5th, 2018

that does indeed relate directly to that topic.

Its the only one we have ever done, the only one we have on the books, and


Join me, Dr. Hawkins Mecham, and author Suzanne Mathis Mcqueen this educational evening by purchasing your ticket here today!



Want to win a FREE visit or phone consultation with Dr. Kayla?? All you have to do is share your TOP BOOK PICK FOR 2018 with us on our clinic Facebook page here.

Everyone who shares, will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a FREE visit ~ $300 value!!!

Winner will be chosen NEXT FULL MOON January 31st, 2018! Can't wait to see you what you come up with!

Happy NEW YEAR! Wishing you light and love on this Full Moon!

Dr. Kayla

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