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Monday, August 9, 2010

HMR #71: Integrative Medicine as the New Mainstream

Dr Zieve Talks with Dr David Riley about how conventional medicine is integrating complementary and alternative therapies to maximize the healing response and looking at healing in new ways.

David Riley MD is the founder of the Integrative Medicine Institute, which conducts research on the effectiveness, safety, patient satisfaction, and costs of health services that integrate complementary and alternative therapies with conventional medicine. The goals of IMI are to help improve healthcare decisionmaking through research, analysis, and clinical practice, and combine the best of complementary and conventional medicine in a holistic and collaborative model of care for patients. Read more at integrativemed.org.

HMR #70: Premonitions and Health

Dr Zieve talks with Dr Larry Dossey about his research into the surprisingly substantial role of hunches, intuition and "business sense" in our health, how we can exercise our natural intuitiveness, and his book, The Science of Premonitions.

Larry Dossey MD is an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine. Read more at dosseydossey.com

HMR #69: Building an Integrative Program

Dr Zieve discusses the integrative medicine program at the University of Minnesota and educating health-care consumers with Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the UMinn Center for Spirituality and Healing, who advocates new models and bigger ideas for our health-care system.

Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN is the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, with more than two decades of leadership and expertise to the field of integrative health and medicine. She is a principal researcher and a tenured professor in the School of Nursing, where she co-directs the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program in integrative health and healing. From 2004-2007 she served as vice-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, and in 2008 was named by Minnesota Physician as one of the 100 most influential health-care leaders in the state. She testified before the US Senate on health-care reform in 2009. Read more at takingchargeofyourhealth.com.

HMR #68: Teaching Integrative Medicine

Dr Zieve looks into the current state of integrative medicine in medical schools with Dr Tanya Edwards of the Cleveland Clinic and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, exploring the expansion of professional interest in and acceptance of alternative disciplines.

For ten years Tanya Edwards MD has taught courses on complementary and alternative medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she established the Area of Concentration for Alternative Medicine. For the past year she has been active in integrating complementary medical education into the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. As a family physician Dr Edwards sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center. She provides integrative medicine consultations at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine, which opened in 2004. She was recently elected Chair of the board of Mind Body Spirit Connected, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Northeast Ohioans about integrative medicine. Read more at clevelandclinic.org.

HMR #67: The Fourfold Path to Healing

Dr Zieve talks with Dr. Tom Cowan about the role of diet in healing and consistent health, and the Westin Price dietary approach, including some especially thought-provoking ideas about heart disease.

Tom Cowan MD has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He is the principal author of the book The Fourfold Path to Healing, published in 2004 by New Trends Publishing. He writes the "Ask the Doctor" column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the foundationís quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He currently practices medicine in San Francisco.read more at fourfoldhealing.com.

HMR #66: Exercise Makes You Smarter

Dr Zieve talks with Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey MD about using physical exercise to build and maintain a healthy brain and improve cognition.

John J Ratey MD is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research synthesist, speaker, and author, as well a clinical psychiatrist with a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published 60 peer-reviewed articles on aggression, autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Ratey authored A Userπs Guide to the Brain (2000) and co-authored Shadow Syndromes (1997) with Catherine Johnson PhD. Between 1994 and 2005 he co-authored the series Driven to Distraction (1994), Answers to Distraction (1995) and Delivered from Distraction (2005) with Edward Hallowell MD, all published by Pantheon/Random House. He has also edited several books, including The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.

Most recently, Dr Ratey has penned Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, published by Little Brown. In Spark Dr. Ratey guides readers to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires readers to reach for their full potential and embrace exercise, which is crucial for the peak performance of both brain and body. Read more at www.johnratey.com.