Which camp do you belong to? Western medicine or holistic medicine?
The right camp (according to me) is neither!
If you believe in holistic treatments, or western medicine, to the exclusion of the other, you’ve got your head in the sand. If your head is in the sand, ignoring solutions that are right in front of you, it’s hard to get well.
I spent two years in medical school as part of my PhD program in neurophysiology, where I studied the latest developments in western medicine. Sometimes, the lecturers advised us to pick our poison when treating stubborn conditions like Parkinson’s Disease, because of the inevitable side-effects of all of them. Down the hill at the acupuncture clinic, my mentor gently managed similar difficulties with herbs and acupuncture that yielded positive results.
I was young then. I was unwilling to accept the appalling lack of interaction between these two worlds of medicine. Surely, I thought, there was synergy between western medicine and holistic treatment? Thirty years ago, I decided to dedicate my life’s work to breaking down the barriers between the two paradigms.
I’ve been somewhat like a person without a tribe since then. I have graduate level training in both western and eastern medicine. I have discovered that both have their place. Yet I happily believe in neither one exclusively. That’s because I am convinced of the unity of opposites, and of the value of not shutting doors.
In my acupuncture practice I meet people who feel that they are betraying themselves to consult with me. Some approach me as their last resort. By contrast, other patients have demanded that I try to heal them with energy medicine, when I know they that need to supplement it with conventional medicine. In all these cases, I try to convince my patients that there is no exclusive truth in medicine.
If I had stuck with western approaches, I would have had a hysterectomy in my early 20’s and never had children. If I had then “switched camps” and stuck with holistic approaches only, my daughter Phoebe may have died from an asthma attack when she was two.
Do you feel torn apart between these apparently conflicting worlds? Have you grown up with one type of medicine as your “authority” that you want to believe in, but find it lacking? Are you confused about the relative benefits of these two forms of treatment? I like to think of them as colors on opposite sides of the spectrum. Sometimes they combine well together, but may also stand out adequately on their own.
So how to decide?
My advice is to use your head (it needs to make sense), your heart (you shouldfeel eager to engage in your therapy) and your hands (you need to do it–whatever it is).
Good luck to you as you CLAIM your FREEDOM to choose the healing strategy that will get you the results you need.
If you wonder if I may be able to help you, contact my office and make an appointment for a complimentary 15-minute get-acquainted call. Most of my practice is for holistic treatment of cancer, but I also help with other challenges. During this 15 minute call we will get information about each other (head), feel if there is an enthusiastic connection to working together (heart) and discuss logistics (hands). Email email@example.com. Let me know what your health concern is.