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Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness is endorsed by top health and wellness practitioners including Mehmet Oz, MD and Andrew Weil, MD.
If we are chronically sick, tired, or depressed, we need an examination that includes but goes beyond the exact location of our symptoms. That’s because everything is inter-dependent – muscles and nerves, bodies and minds, people and planet. Each connecting thread has a domino effect on the other. Toxins in our neighborhood, for example, may cause liver damage, effectively compromising our immune system, leading to chronic illness that makes us unable to work or get out of the house – leaving us isolated, broke, and as a result, severely depressed. In this scenario, the quick-fix of anti-depressants will overlook the root of, and therefore solution for, our depression.
To achieve and sustain good health, we need perspective. We need to zoom our lens on the area calling for attention, pan our lens to take in the big picture, then use our intelligence and intuition to connect the dots in-between. We need to become aware of each area of our lives and explore how to optimize our wellness in those areas – whether by eating nutrient-dense foods, finding a loving partner, expressing ourselves through art, or spending time in nature.
We all have the capacity to understand the inter-connected web of our health and to channel the domino effect in a positive direction. This individualized process requires trial and error, and therefore takes time, but ultimately allows us to cultivate lasting wellness. The best quick fix for your health, you see, is not a quick fix at all; rather, it is Slow Medicine – a methodical, step-by-step process of asking questions that lead to awareness that turns into action that results in optimal health. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt, and in this book, Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, The Slow Medicine Doctor, takes your hand and guides you on the exhilarating journey. Ready to begin?