Reflections

Alternative Medicine Looks at the Bottom Line

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

Holistic medicine is all about humanity and compassion, but one cannot ignore the economic issues raised by the emergence of holistic approaches into mainstream medicine. Practitioners, patients and policy makers are struggling to figure out how natural medicine fits, and who will ultimately pay for it.

TCM Practitioners Ponder Future of Integration

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 2. December, 2000

The emergence of holistic health care, and particularly Oriental medicine, into the medical mainstream may have befuddled many conventionally trained physicians. It has been equally confusing on the other side of the fence. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, who often find themselves practicing in collaboration with MDs, voice their experiences and concerns.

Evidence-Based Music: Folk Bests Jazz as Treatment of Choice

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

In an April Fool's Day parody, David Reilly, MD, a Scottish physician best known for his landmark studies of homeopathy, applies the standards of evidence-based medicine to determine which kind of music is "the most effective."

On Death, Dying, Doctors and Denial

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

No matter how good a doctor is, all of his or her patients will die---someday. Even the doctor, too, is a mere mortal. But medicine has had a very hard time reckoning with this basic fact of life. According to Leslie Blackhall, MD, a geriatric and palliative care specialist, medicine's denial of death is a major contributor to health care costs.

Ending the War: Transforming Medicine's Military Mindset

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

For much of its history, conventional allopathic medicine has used the language of warfare to describe its methods and practices. Adversarial thinking is deeply ingrained in medical culture. Gladys McGarey, MD, one of the pioneers of the holistic medicine movement, believes it is high time to change that.

Restoring the Sacred to Surgery

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 3. July, 2003

To a surgeon, it may be just another case. But to the patient, an operation---any operation, even a "minor" one---can be a profound and frightening experience, one that requires a deep level of trust. Judith Petry, MD, describes how her own experience under the knife opened her eyes to the need for greater reverence and respect in the operating room.

From "Clinical Facility" to "Garden of Healing": Creating a Healing Environment for Your Patients

By Deb Andelt | Contributing Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. Summer, 2009

The specific treatment a doctor gives is only a small part of the total clinical experience. The key to creating an effective healing experience is to create a vision that reaches below the surface of conscious awareness, where 95% of what we take in is processed. To give patients a nurturing, healing experience, we need to create nurturing, compassionate, empowering input that touches people on many different levels.

From "Health Care" to Healthful Caring

By Russell M. Jaffe, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 4. Winter, 2008

The US spends 99 cents of its health care dollar on end-stage treatment and hardly a penny on prevention; as a result we're facing an unprecedented burden of chronic disease that claims lives and threatens our economic future. Some of the best minds in medicine are now working to put proactive prevention at the center of American medicine.

Finding Balance: A New Book Extends a Helping Hand to Hurt, Harried Healers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. Summer, 2008

In his new book, Finding Balance in a Medical Life, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal contends that doctors bring about much of their own unhappiness through controlling, perfectionistic and workaholic attitudes. Drawing from a wide range of psychological practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Lipsenthal provides insights and practical tools to help fellow physicians find joy and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

Defining Your Values Is Key to Building a Healthy Practice

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

Now more than ever, the nation needs health care systems that focus on prevention. Equally pressing is the need to restore economic viability to primary care and rebuild physician-patient relationships. The changes will only come when doctors re-define their professional values and restructure their practices accordingly. Dr. Elson Haas, a holistic pioneer with more than 30 years' experience, reflects on the values underlying his thriving practice.