Has your doctor ever made you feel crazy?

When “eat healthy and exercise” wasn’t helpful advice

Kaki Okumura
8 min readJun 6, 2023


Illustrations by Kaki Okumura

If you’ve been reading my writings for long enough, you know that when it comes to health, I rarely say that you need to do anything.

You don’t need to cut calories, eliminate carbohydrates, cut out sugar, go to the gym, start HIIT, start running, or lift weights. There are multiple ways to find good health, and you should do what feels right for you.

So when I say you need to do something for your health, please know that I say this with every ounce of my being that I strictly believe in it: you must advocate for your health.

The following is a rather long, anecdotal story of a recent experience. It is not every person’s experience, and it is not medical advice. It’s slightly different from my usual writings, but I hope you find it useful.

You know your health best, and you must advocate for it

​ ​Test 1: The diagnosis

Around three months ago, I had my annual doctor’s checkup. They asked some routine questions…



Kaki Okumura

Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱