Janice M. Horowitz

You’ll learn from patients’ real-life experiences how to navigate our maddening medical system. Janice provides you with a set of unique questions to ask yourself when you’re getting ready to see a doctor, and to ask out loud once you’re face-to-face with one.


Health Your Self

Learn how to spot— and outsmart—behind-the-scenes influences at work every time your doctor writes a prescription, orders a test, or selects a treatment plan.

Backed by twenty years of covering health for Time magazine, Janice M. Horowitz shows you, step-by-step, how to avoid the hidden influences guiding your medical care and how to become a skeptic, a healthy skeptic – so you can get the care you deserve. Read Health Your Self and you’ll wind up the smartest person in the waiting room.


When a doctor refers you to a colleague in a hospital, there’s a hidden influence:
he gets a bonus.

When a psychiatrist prescribes medication to school children, it might have more to do with the colossal overreach of drug companies
than something your kid actually needs.

When you are handed unnecessary painkillers at urgent care, the doctor could be bucking for a five-star rating on a patient satisfaction survey.
Enough of those, he gets a raise.

Health Yourself

“Janice M. Horowitz deftly exposes background forces that can compromise care.”
-Newsweek Magazine

“Janice M. Horowitz has written a terrific new book, “Health Your Self,” that offers smart advice to be your best health advocate.”
– PBS’s Next Avenue

Janice M. Horowitz
I covered health for Time magazine for more than two decades, including reporting on countless stories and writing a weekly medical news column. I also created and hosted the public radio segment, Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine and contributed to The Economist, Allure, The New York Times and blogged for Medium and Huffpost.
It was my own experience getting hit on the back of my head – called a rabbit punch in boxing – and becoming seriously debilitated as a result, that made me realize just how many hidden obstacles there are to finding the right care. In Health Your Self, you’ll learn from what I went through, and the experiences of almost everyone I know, so that you, too, can navigate what’s not so obvious in our medical system.
I’ll help you take charge.
Tips from Health Your Self

  • If a doctor has a CT-scan in his office, he’s more likely to use it. On you. Before you climb in, ask the technician to use the lowest dose of radiation possible without compromising the image. Or ask if an MRI – no radiation – will do.
  • Don’t settle for just a second opinion, get a second perspective from a different medical field altogether.  For migraines, you can start with a neurologist, then try a pain specialist.  For back problems, try an orthopedist and then go to a physiatrist who specializes in muscles.
  • When your doctor prescribes a medication, look around the office. If he has a lot of pens and stationery with the drug name emblazoned on it, he is probably under the influence of the last drug conference he attended.

More Insights From Health Your Self

  • Turn on your math head if you are told a drug will cut in half your risk of dying. You may not want to bother with it if your risk is so tiny to begin with that slicing it in half only moves the needle a percentage point or two.
  • Older drugs may be a better choice than the latest ones. They’ve been through a work out in the public for years, likely on tens of thousands of people. New drugs are tested on a few thousand, if that.
  • Don’t trust those click-bait quizzes when you’re wondering if you suffer from say, depression or ADHD. Just like a checklist in a woman’s magazine whether your boyfriend loves you, you wind up creating whatever outcome you want.