Medicine and Healing

There's a time and a place for both.
But there's important differences between them.

Medicine and healing are different things.

Medicine usually comes from outside us. It generally requires the attention of experts. It can be expensive.

Good medicine saves lives. But chronic conditions, by definition, are those for which conventional approaches have no cure.

The more we come to depend on medical interventions for chronic conditions the more we may have to hand over our fate to professionals and institutions.

Which is sometimes the smart thing to do. And sometimes not.

But the thing is ... even when letting the pros do their thing is a good idea ... the more we do on our end, generally the better the outcome, as long as we know what we're doing. That's why I've created this site and Natural Stresscare.

Healing starts within us. Our health challenges reflect our personal habits. The way we think, the way we nourish ourselves, the way we live our lives ... all these have enormous influences on our health.

Healing starts with the realization that if we want a good quality of life, we have to place ourselves firmly in the driver’s seat. We have to learn as much as we can about how our bodies work, the implications of our health habits, how we eat, how we relate to ourselves and each other, how various medical interventions really work and what they really do.

The difference between medicine and healing is that medicine requires us to submit to a program of care. Healing requires us to learn, change and grow.

There’s no shortage of health information on the web. I’ve designed this site to act as a filter. I’ve decided it’s time to share the things I’ve learned over decades of experience in healing work, first on myself, and then with my patients.

I also try to be heavy on the how as well as the what. If there's one thing I bring to the table it's experience in process. That's hard to get from the web.

I don’t sell what I recommend. I remember why drugstores are generally not also doctor’s offices. I’m an acupuncturist and naturopath, and if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can make an appointment. I spent three years working in a nationally prominent pain clinic (Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic) and a couple more as Integrative Medicine Director for a large chain of clinics. And there are times when my acupuncture, acupressure and massage work can make a big difference.

But if you’re facing a serious health challenge, my work, and everyone else’s, as helpful as they can be, can’t take the place of the things you do every day.

That’s why I’ve put up this site. It’s a compendium of the newsletters I send to my patients and students every few weeks. If you’d like to be added to that list, click here.

There's a time and a place for medicine, especially in emergency situations or when we've let health matters slide too long and things've gotten out of hand. But once the doctors stabilize us ... then it just might be time to heal.

That's what we're all about here.