The New Language of Medicine: Part I
Cancer and Treatment
Redefining Medicine continued...
As early as 1993, researchers at Harvard Medical School
reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that one-third of all Americans
used some form of unconventional medicine, such as mind/body therapies,
chiropractic, massage, spiritual healing, nutritional and herbal medicine,
homeopathy or acupuncture.
Most medical universities and hospitals are now
incorporating many of these practices. At the same time, patients are demanding
them. And, under the direction of integrative-medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil,
the first formal training program in integrative medicine for physicians is in
full swing at the University of Arizona. With this atmosphere, medical students
across the country are appealing for more education in the alternative
By Any Other Name...
The pleas of patients and medical students are not without
basis. Since the 1980s, researchers have been mounting scientific evidence that
integrative medicine often works better than conventional treatment alone.
Dr. Dean Ornish's program at the Preventive Medicine
Research Institute in Sausalito, CA, is famous for reversing heart disease with
a combination of diet, moderate exercise, stress management, meditation, group
support, yoga, and conventional diagnostic procedures and drugs, as needed.
At the Stanford University Medical School, Dr. David Spiegel
and his team of researchers have found that women with advanced breast cancer
doubled their survival time by participating in group therapy while undergoing
People living with AIDS are also benefiting from integrative
medicine. Dr. Jon Kaiser at the Davies Medical Center in San Francisco,
California, starts his patients on a program of diet, nutritional
supplementation, herbs, acupuncture, exercise and mind/body medicine. He then
incorporates drug therapies only if the rest of the program proves not to be
sufficient. Almost 90 percent of Kaiser's patients improved or have been able
to keep the disease at bay.