Note From the Medical Conference…

I’m spending this weekend at an intensive Integrative Medicine conference. I can’t begin to describe how fascinating and wonderful it has been.

I’m trying not to get discouraged by what modern medicine has become; to believe that it is indeed possible to treat patients as whole human beings, medically, naturally, emotionally and spiritually. I plan to be an active participant in this paradigm shift we so desperately need.

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When I begin to doubt my potential impact on the juggernaut of the medical industry, I like to remember this quote:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Howard Zinn

2 Responses to “Note From the Medical Conference…”

  1. thank you! this is inspiring. please follow your heart and your gut and other organs that guide you, we need you on the front lines.

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