As a medical doctor, I truly love being an internal medicine physician for it has often been called the foundation for which modern medicine has been built. Yet I also know from experiences as a clinician and as a patient that the benefits of therapy and treatments can vary from individual to individual. One of my favorite quotes to share on medical rounds was Abraham Maslov’s words of wisdom:
“If your tool is hammer then you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
Thus, the journey of health and healing requires that we have a tool belt with additional options and opportunities. We call this ‘tool belt’ an integrative medicine approach. Today, integrative medicine blends classically trained M.D. physicians with nutritionists, chefs, exercise physiologists, fitness instructors, behavioral psychologists, chiropractors, neuromuscular therapists, Chinese medicine practitioners, acupuncturists, energy medicine practitioners, massage therapists, nature guides, and expert instructors of dance, yoga, qi gong, & tai chi.
As a integrative medicine physician and patient, it is simply special to be part of a robust and engaging experience while being honored as a truly unique and whole person in the realms of mind, body and spirit. The ability to address the challenges of both sickness and illness while always promoting the joy of wellness, health and prevention allows for a special journey. Wishing you the opportunity to wear a tool belt of health and healing.
Cheers to your health,