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.

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

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

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From “Health Care” to Healthful Caring

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

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

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

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