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Michael Finkelstein, MD
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Michael Finkelstein, MD, aka The Slow Medicine Doctor, has been featured in top media including The New York Times and CNN; has presented at leading venues including GE Corporation and Omega Institute; and is the author of Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, endorsed by notables including Mehmet Oz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD. Dr. Finkelstein was trained at premier institutes for conventional and integrative medicine –- including The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Arizona College of Medicine. Certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice, but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine, which restores hope among patients and reminds doctors why they went into medicine in the first place.

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How Can Doctors Restore the Heart of Medicine?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 4:37 PM

In recent years, the American public has clamored for a more integrative and holistic medical model, in which doctors are equipped not only to write prescriptions and perform procedures, but also to guide patients in a whole-being/whole-life approach to health. We actually need a medical culture that can...

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At the Intersections of Medicine and Technology

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 3:30 PM

I recently spoke with Jeff Arnold - CEO of Sharecare and founder of WebMD - about his work at the intersection of medicine and technology. Here are excerpts from our conversation.

Michael Finkelstein MD: What are your thoughts about the convergence of technology and...

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The Future of Medicine: Evolution or Revolution?

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:54 AM

Over the past century, conventional medicine has made extraordinary advances in fighting disease and extending life. Thanks to pharmaceutical and surgical interventions, supported by a vast array of hi-tech gadgets, we are living longer than ever and surviving the most horrific accidents and ailments. As noted by Tieraona...

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Tiearona Low Dog Elevates the Meaning of "Integrative Medicine"

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 10:43 PM

I recently had the honor of interviewing Tiearona Low Dog, MD, a thought leader in health care, whose credentials include Director of the Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Arizona; member of the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine; member...

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Raising the Bar on Corporate Wellness

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:02 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chronic diseases and related lifestyle risk factors are the leading drivers of health care costs for employers: About 86% of full-time workers are overweight or have at least one chronic illness, and those who fall into both categories...

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Doctors Have a Moral Responsibility to Discuss Alternatives to Conventional Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 5:51 PM

A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicine, for a few reasons:

First, education and information about such alternatives will empower doctors to guide their patients through the maze of therapies available --...

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Americans Deserve Open-Minded Discourse on Medical Options

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 12:37 PM

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), half of America suffers from at least one chronic illness; chronic illness causes 70 percent of deaths in the United States each year; and the percentage of children and adolescents with chronic illness has quadrupled since...

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Slow Medicine Sees the Body as a Plant, Not a Machine

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:24 PM

For many years, I have been an avid gardener. Not only does gardening have numerous health benefits related to breathing fresh air, touching mineral-rich dirt, and eating the bounty of the earth, but it also provides an inspirational model for living in sync with the natural rhythm of...

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The Slow Medicine Benefits for a Medical Practice

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:31 PM

Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. is an extraordinary, heart-centered physician -- an integrative neurologist who combines the best of conventional and Ayurvedic medicine, with a primary focus on caring about and for her patients. She is the Director of Neurology at Wellspring Health in San Diego and a frequent medical specialist on...

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Slow Living Is Healthy Living

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:17 PM

Across time and throughout the world, human beings have swung a pendulum from one end of the spectrum to another in an attempt to find balance. It's part of our nature. In the modern age, for example, we were so excited about the industrial and technological revolutions that we often...

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Paradoxically, Slow Medicine Is the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:56 AM

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet -- about "quick fix" vs. "slow" approaches to medicine. Here are some excerpts from our conversation.

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The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:47 PM

Across the world, we are realizing -- both individually and collectively -- that our obsession with speed is wearing us down, undermining the quality of our lives, and otherwise making us sick. The Slow Food movement has been at the forefront of the global cry for a desperately-needed paradigm shift,...

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Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:24 PM

When my oldest son was 7 years old, I had to take him to the doctor for something potentially serious. On our way to the appointment, I felt sick to my stomach from anxiety. I wasn't nervous about my son's condition per se; rather, I was nervous about the

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Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:17 PM

I used to exercise. Following the advice of the pundits, I counted my miles, watched my calories burn in the small LCD display in front of me, and stared at the wall. It wasn't fun. In fact, it felt like a chore. I wasn't even sure it worked....

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The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:13 AM

About 15 years ago, when I was working 16-hour days as the medical director of a large hospital, my oldest son was having difficulty getting along with other kids. At the time, I was immersed in the "quick fix" world of modern medicine; so when my then-wife suggested...

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Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University...

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Why Conventional Medical Doctors Are Opting for Slow Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:13 PM

As a child, I always wondered why we are here and why people suffer. Not surprisingly, I ended up becoming a doctor, driven by a heartfelt devotion to helping people get well and experience relief from suffering. I embraced the world of conventional medicine with my entire being.

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The Point of a Health Challenge Is What We Make It

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Since first encountering his work, I have been a great admirer of Larry Dossey, M.D. -- a New York Times bestselling author of several books, as well as a pioneer in the intersections of spirituality and medicine. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Larry about his thoughts on...

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Healthy Family, Healthy You

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Because we are all connected, individual health is inextricably intertwined with the health of our relationships, most importantly, those of our families. "Family," of course, means different things to different people -- family of origin, family of choice, adoptive family, conscious community, and so on. Whoever we include in our...

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End the War on Disease

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:24 PM

There are 750 catalogued diseases, each of which are caused by innumerable factors and present themselves in a multiplicity of ways. Considering this vast amount of information, medical schools do an outstanding job in training doctors to skillfully identify the facets of each disease and outline the protocol for fighting...

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