Gerald Vest: Integrative Medicine is Mainstream    
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picture24 Jan 2009 @ 15:31, by Gerald Vest

Forget descriptions of meditation and just sit quietly. Be very still and relaxed, and do not try to do anything. Let everything--thoughts, feelings, and concepts--go through your mind unheeded. Do not grasp at ideas or thoughts as they come and go or try to manipulate them. When you feel you have to do something in your meditation, you only make it harder. Let meditation do itself.Tarthang Tulku, Openness Mind,

This article appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post this past weekend and it answers many questions for the skeptics of Integrative Medicine. Many will argue that integrative medicine lacks a scientific inquiry; however, it is really the lack of inquiry, awareness, and knowledge of the hard core mental health professionals that should be addressed. And, how can anyone cast a stone at "integrative medicine" when psychiatry and psychology adopt the Diagnostic Statistical Manual(DSM) as their bible?

Hmm, I don't believe that anyone these days view this labeling, drug system a valid or reliable instrument for measuring the Whole Health (mental health) of their patients. It is a system that separates the body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit. Our mental health professions are primarily diagnosing, labeling and drugging their patients and clients. I'm only surprised that drug stores and mental health centers and alopathic medicine aren't providing drive in therapies with drug distribution centers. (All you need is a prescription and a label to get treated for your "disorder" with a magic pill). However, buyer beware and do read the fine print and warning notice by your pharmacist.


"In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public." This is a watershed in the evolution of integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that uses the best of conventional and alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture and herbal remedies. Many of these therapies are now scientifically documented to be not only medically effective but also cost effective."

Abstracted from article.....

"Many people tend to think of breakthroughs in medicine as a new drug, laser or high-tech surgical procedure. They often have a hard time believing that the simple choices that we make in our lifestyle -- what we eat, how we respond to stress, whether or not we smoke cigarettes, how much exercise we get, and the quality of our relationships and social support -- can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. But they often are. And in many instances, they're even more powerful."


Begin the New Year with Skillful Touch -

2009 will hopefully bring Peace, Love and Respect for our planet and for all of our inhabitants.

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25 Jan 2009 @ 19:18 by frank4zen : thanks for the post
I love this  

25 Jan 2009 @ 19:31 by jerryvest : Thanks for responding to my
log, Frank. I can see from your bio that we share many common interests with integrative health and medicine.  

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