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Lions Roar : January 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2011 59 time with. It includes turning off the news and getting massages regularly. Just being present with another human, being present in the moment, ramps up your circuitry of health.” Moreover, northrup says, true health care is possible even in the presence of pain, grief, or illness. Illness can provide the catalyst for learning how to be with yourself in a compassionate way, and focus your attention and energy on what matters most. “When you move toward that which is most fulfilling, pleasur- able, and life-enhancing, healing follows, regardless of what your physical health is like in that moment.” a neW Kind of Medical Practice “What if a visit to the doctor left you feeling replenished, rejuve- nated, and motivated to make changes in your life? What if you belonged to a health care practice that understood every aspect of your well-being—physical, emotional, and spiritual?” that’s the invitation on the website of Duke Integrative Medi- cine, part of Duke university’s world-class medical system. this promise of integrated care draws more than five thousand patients to the Duke center each year. they come for help with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, or to seek a holistic approach to cancer recovery or pain management. some come simply to invest in themselves and their health. a visit to the center is called a “health immersion,” and patients can choose to spend half a day, a full day, or a week at the center. for local patients, the center offers a flat-fee annual membership that provides unlimited consultation with an inte- grative physician, ongoing personal support, gym membership, cooking classes, stress reduction programs, and more. Whatever the health challenge or goal, and no matter how short the visit, every patient at Duke Integrative Medicine has their own core team of health care providers, including a physi- cian, nurse, and health coach, who will help the patient select the services and specialists that meet their needs. the patient’s health immersion begins with an intake that might last ninety minutes and assesses all areas of the patient’s life. the patient care and hospital care. this requires a level of communication and cooperation rare in modern health care. Integrative medicine also acknowledges the many resources a patient has outside of the medical system, including the body’s innate capacity for healing, the support of family and friends, cultural or religious beliefs, and the ability to find meaning within illness and suffering. finally, integrative medicine reflects a return to a core value of medicine—the power of the therapeutic relationship. this is easily overlooked in the modern, technology-driven culture of health care, but in integrative medicine, the time spent and the trust built between caregiver and patient is considered the foun- dation of effective health care. health is More than the absence of disease Health, says christiane northrup, MD, is a vibrant thriving that includes pleasure, joy, and meaning. It is not simply the absence of disease. northrup is a leading advocate for women’s health and the win- ner of the 2010 Integrative Health care visionary award. Part of northrup’s vision is a world in which every individual recognizes his or her own capacity to create health. “true health care,” she says, “is often not found in hospitals—that is disease care,” she says. “they have a role, but your role in your own health is far more potent than hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies.” northrup says that even what medicine calls “health pro- motion” is usually just disease screening. “at a health fair, you can have your blood pressure taken, your cholesterol measured, and get a mammogram.” these tests can detect a problem, but they do little to create health, and by spending so much time and energy searching for what is wrong with the body, we miss opportunities to care for the body, mind, and spirit. northrup recommends broadening our view of health care to include the things that create health and joy on a daily basis, whether it’s dancing the tango, reading a good book, or spending fifteen minutes a day in natural sunlight. “begin to think about your health care as a program that you are in control of,” she says. “It includes your thoughts and beliefs and the people you spend When you move toward that which is most fulfilling, pleasurable, and life-enhancing, healing follows. Dr. cHrIstIane nortHruP Mindfulness is at the core of everything we do. the more mindful people can be as they face health chal- lenges, the healthier they will be. Dr. Jeffrey brantley PHotobybarbaraPeacock