Sheila was one of my first patients after completing my residency in family medicine. A young, attractive woman, Sheila had a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after suffering abuse as a teenager. She now regularly saw a therapist and had come to me to manage her two medications, one of which was aContinue reading “Broken”

Catholic Integrative Medicine

Dis-Integration Holistic and integrative medicine mostly talk about how practitioners approach their patient’s care—considering all of the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions. But what about from the patient’s perspective? Is there something behind all the evil and trouble we face besides genetic errors, bad upbringing, and a faulty social structure? As a Catholic, IContinue reading “Catholic Integrative Medicine”

Miraculous Healing

In 2008, Sr. Bernadette Moriau made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the Catholic shrine noted for the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous and numerous miraculous healings. She had been wheelchair-bound and wore braces since 1980 due to a spinal condition. After attending a blessing for the sick, she felt a warmth andContinue reading “Miraculous Healing”

Treating the Whole Person

Today’s blog is about differences in the way physicians recognize and respond to the physical and spiritual dimensions of their patients. What is holistic medicine? Holistic medicine is the practice of medicine that seeks to treat the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. Some characteristics include: Emphasis on wellness; not only pursuing eradication of disease. ConsidersContinue reading “Treating the Whole Person”