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Slow Medicine

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

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Bloo...

The Common Principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our mad dash towards instant gratification and easy comfort, we continue to consume empty calories that yield chronic diseases that we address pharmaceutical interventions.

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

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Doctors are people too, and we equally suffer from our own limitations, when it comes to our loved ones and ourselves. My hope is that as more and more physicians are asked to consider the alternatives that our patients request, we too will consider these alternatives more seriously.

Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

So stop exercising, and pick up a shovel to get your garden ready for next year. Hike with friends up the mountain. Dance by the seaside, and let the sound of the waves stir your heart. Soak up the clean, refreshing air, and deepen your appreciation for the gifts of the natural world.

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the Universit...

Why Conventional Medical Doctors Are Opting for Slow Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I am always heartened to hear the stories of the pioneering doctors of integrative medicine, who were willing to risk their professional comfort and ease, in the interest of helping people truly get better.

The Point of a Health Challenge Is What We Make It

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

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 ...

Healthy Family, Healthy You

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Remember: The whole point of getting well is enjoying our time on this planet, and harmonious relationships are key to our overall health. When we nourish our family relationships, we ultimately nourish ourselves.

End the War on Disease

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.

Restoring the Heart and Art of Medicine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

After years of frustration churning through this system myself, unable to help patients get truly better, I left the world of conventional medicine and entered that of integrative medicine, which draws from the best of conventional, complementary, and alternative modalities of healing. My own journey led me beyond integrative medicine and into a realm I call "slow medicine."

For Optimal Health, Savor Your Life

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In our fast-paced world, we are used to looking for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these "solutions" in fact may contribute to our problems.

The Miraculous Healing of Terry Becker

Dr. Victoria Sweet | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victoria Sweet

Terry's bedsore was the worst I'd ever seen. It was huge, enormous, and deep. It went from the middle of her back all the way down to her tailbone, and it spanned both of her sit bones.

God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet: A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Slow medicine does not disavow fast medicine: A broken bone still needs to be set, a heart attack kept from killing someone, and appendicitis requires surgery. But when acute care has done its job then recovery needs the right milieu, a different form of medicine, where the barriers to healing are removed.

Dr. Victoria Sweet Offers A Vision For Healthcare In 'God's Hotel'

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.07.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine is a fascinating book about Dr. Victoria Sweet's 20-year experience practicing "slow medicine" at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, offering a new vision for healthcare.

Palliative Care Needs A Positive Spin

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

In a specialist-driven system that aims to eradicate disease, sometimes we overlook the simpler need to alleviate patients' discomfort and distress.