A Conversation About the Future of Medicine
Larry Dossey, M.D.
"Modern medicine is one of the most spiritually malnourished professions that has ever existed. Doctors need their spiritual needs to be met, just like anyone else."
Hoffer M.D., Ph.D.
Interviewed by Peter Barry Chowka
"I made a prediction in 1957 that by 1997 our practices
would be accepted. I assumed it would take 40 years, since in
medicine it typically takes two generations before new ideas
are accepted. We're more or less on schedule."
Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons
"The allopathic paradigm of the 1950s is eroding around
the edge under steady assault from the alternative one."
An Office Visit with Leo Galland, M.D.
by Peter Barry Chowka
"The main problem is that the power of science has been placed primarily at the disposal of a disease theory that is limited and idealized--the notion that people get sick because they contract diseases and diseases exist just the way species of plants exist. Using this model, you can define and treat diseases without any regard for the person who has the disease. It's clear what we're treating today is not people, it's diseases."
Changing How We Define Medicine
by James Gordon, M.D.
"We are in the process of a profound change in our model
of medicine. The change is, or seems to be, taking place so
fast that it may be useful now to take a step back to look at
some of the reasons why medicine resists change and some of
the forces that may now be compelling it."
Natural Health, Natural Medicine: An Interview With Andrew Weil M.D.
by Daniel Redwood D.C.
"I think there really has to be complete rethinking of the nature of medicine, and people's expectations of it. Not simply worrying about who pays for it, as it's now set up."
Conference Explores "Alternative Medicine"
from Harvard Medical School
"We have good reason to believe that some of the therapies
that are now considered 'alternative' will eventually prove
their worth and become standard practice in both East and West."..."Mind-body
medicine is based on over 2,000 peer-reviewed studies."
In Alternative Medicine Use In The United States, 1990-1997:
Results Of A Follow-Up National Survey
Report from the Journal Club on JAMA November
"Alternative medicine use and expenditures increased substantially
between 1990 and 1997, attributable primarily to an increase
in the proportion of the population seeking alternative therapies,
rather than increased visits per patient."
Researchers Foresee Legitimate Role for "Alternative"
Press Release from the American Institute for Cancer Research
"The scientific community is now examining the clear and
verifiable preventive effects that plants like soy, garlic,
grapes and tea are exhibiting against cancer." "As
more and more members of the public look to 'alternative' medicine,
and as continuing tests and trials establish the scientific
basis of such approaches, many researchers believe a change
in national policy lies ahead."
Unconventional Medicine in Europe
by David Aldridge, Ph.D.
"So far in medical education we have consistently ignored the fact that most health care occurs in the community and, instead, have concentrated on hospital-based medicine. Even more shamefully, we have ignored the expertise of medical anthropologists and medical sociologists who have exhorted us to broaden our understandings of health practice."
Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine
by Robert S. Ivker, D.O.
from American Holistic Medical Association
Doctor Yourself? Frequently Asked Questions
"A doctor's education seems exhaustive, yet M.D.'s study so much of drugs and surgery, and so little of nutrition, fasting, herbal remedies, spinal manipulation, massage, vitamin and mineral therapy, homeopathy, and more that we realize their qualifications are only partial. This takes nothing away from their dedication as individuals, but being individuals they are prone to following certain theories over other theories, particular practices over other alternatives, and holding opinions as well as facts. This is true with any person, certainly, but it is our responsibility to cover all possible ground in our efforts to cure and prevent illness. If we learn more than the doctor in areas of value to our health, it is our duty to apply this knowledge to the betterment of ourselves and our family. We need total health more than medically approved health. Our wellness should not be limited to our doctor's experience, but enhanced by our own experience."