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Peter Edelstein, M.D., is a former associate residency director at Stanford University Medical School.
Each and every one of us is a healthcare patient or future patient. We all care for someone who is battling cancer, heart disease, or other challenging illness. As the healthcare system is stressed to capacity, it is critical for each of us to learn the basics about our own personal health and about disease prevention and treatment. Learn to "Own Your Health," just as you have owned so many important life decisions and processes, and you will feel empowered to live a healthier life.