After a near death experience five years ago, Dr. Robert Zieve, M.D. became inspired to manifest his vision: Healthy Medicine: A New Mainstream in Health Care, an integrated and inclusive model combining the best of science and nature, wisdom and compassion. Dr. Zieve is particularly interested in Integrative Cancer Care and in the cultivation of what he calls “exceptional medicine” committed to excellence, deep moral integrity, selflessness and service.
What is Healthy Medicine? It is the recognition that our one-size-fits-all approach to medical practice is largely ineffective if our goal is healing.
Healthy Medicine is a synthesis of complementary/alternative medicine with conventional modern allopathic medicine and energy medicine. Healthy Medicine is more than just methods or combinations. It is a way of looking at and embodying health and healing that restores trust and truth to medicine. It is a living matrix that mirrors the inherent truths in nature, in the human being, and in the divine. From Dr. Zieve:
As physicians, rather than being authorities who “fix” our patients, we accompany them on their journey as guides and protectors. This work with patients feels like a modern form of initiation, for both physicians and for our patients. Seeing seriously ill patients for whom their conventional physicians have “given up,” get much better and/or go into remission is a victory not just for the patient, but for the spiritual life in all of us.
The skill at being able to accompany a patient on his or her journey of healing requires such qualities as flexible thinking, an open and compassionate heart, and a sustained and persistent effort.
The seasoned practitioner is one who is adept at building into a cohesive whole, with integrity, the capacities of intellect and data gathering, integrated with an intuitive sense of what will work best with each patient. This sense is gleaned from a combination of experience, a devotion to truth, and a capacity to be both externally and internally quiet so as to listen and observe. The practitioner also comes to the understanding that to do this service to its fullest expression requires a concomitant equanimity in daily life, a rhythm of inner work and relationship with the divine, as well as a strengthening of life practices and supportive and nurturing relationships, an intimacy with all life.
Combined with science and clinical excellence, this is a medicine of true humanity. This is individualized humanized health care.This is truly a whole person approach, an integrative alternative cancer care model that includes health and healing, and is not a war on cancer, but a journey of resolution and integration.
Dr. Robert Zieve, M.D. is the Supervising Physician at EuroMed Foundation Integrative Cancer Clinic in Phoenix, AZ and is also in Private Practice in Prescott, AZ. He is the medical consultant, for Healthy Medicine Academy. He is the author of two books, “Healthy Medicine” and “Beyond the Medical Meltdown.”
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