Reflections

Roots of Health Begin in the Soil

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Healthy soil is the foundation of healthy food, which is the foundation of healthy humans, says Michael Abelman, a veteran organic farmer who believes farming has a lot more in common with medical practice than most people realize.

“Bad Cholesterol”: Good Marketing, But Is It Good Medicine?

By Cleaves M. Bennett, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. , 2007

The cholesterol model of heart disease, which labels LDL as “bad” and HDL as “good,” has certainly helped drug companies sell a lot of statin medications. But has it really reduced the impact of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in this country? “Not really,” says Dr. Cleaves Bennett, one of the nation’s leading experts on hypertension, kidney disease and preventive medicine.

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Terma Foundation: Saving Lives in Tibet’s Far Reaches

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief

Internist Nancy Harris, MD, has learned a lot over her 15 years of providing holistic primary care services in remote regions of Tibet. Among the lessons, the power of nutrition to transform lives, and the power of human dignity to transcend adversity.

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Vitamin Angel Alliance: Saving Lives Through Better Nutrition

By Staff Writer - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

For the past decade, the Vitamin Angel Alliance has been bringing vitamins and other nutritional supplements to hungry, displaced families facing the ravages of war, natural disaster and merciless poverty.

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Holism in Action: Natural Medicine Responds to Disaster

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 6, No. 4. , 2005

From battlefield hospitals in Iraq, to flood survivor relief centers in Sri Lanka and New Orleans, holistic physicians are showing that natural medicine can play a key role in front-line emergency medicine. Inspiring portraits of holism in action.

Restoring the Sacred to Surgery

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

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Ending the War: Transforming Medicine’s Military Mindset

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

On Death, Dying, Doctors and Denial

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

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

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

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