Integrative Medicine is not an invitation to supplant evidence with wishful thinking. It is an invitation to a wider array of treatment options, and the prospect of effectively addressing patient need more of the time. Realizing such potential benefits -- at the Cleveland Clinic, or anywhere else -- requires both open mindedness and careful skepticism.
If you're interested in mathematics or computers, there's a place for you in medicine. If you're interested in nanotechnology, there's a gigantic place for you in medicine. If you're interested in medieval agrarian farming techniques, there's a place for you in medicine. You name the field, and there's a medical aspect.
I found out it was like to hold a living heart and liver, still warm, in your hands, and to see the heart being sewn back into another person. I discovered what it feels like to stay at the hospital until it is nearly almost empty, but still have the energy to call your mother bursting with excitement.
Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.
So as another Match Day has passed, let us make sure we get one message across as clearly as we can: The rural health care crisis is a real and formidable challenge, and history teaches us that whenever Americans face such challenges, we are moved not by technicalities and formalities but by vision, by a dedication to service, and by faith.
This is what Mindful Medicine is: looking at the big picture, regarding the body as a holistic mechanism and interpreting symptoms on a grander scale. That doesn't mean that we should not treat our ailments; it just means that having expanded perspectives on how our entire organisms are functioning might keep us healthy longer.