End the War on Disease | Michael Finkelstein, MD

July 24, 2014 5:24 PM

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End the War on Disease | Michael Finkelstein, MD

There are 750 catalogued diseases, each of which are caused by innumerable factors and present themselves in a multiplicity of ways. Considering this vast amount of information, medical schools do an outstanding job in training doctors to skillfully identify the facets of each disease and outline the protocol for fighting it. Indeed, within the paradigm of disease management, conventional medicine is at the top of its game. The problem is that fixating solely on disease, instead of focusing also on wellness, and taking a stance of combat, instead of an attitude of healing, can greatly reduce our shot at optimal health.

There is, as the saying goes, a time and a place for everything. As wisely noted by the late David Simon, M.D. -- former medical director, CEO and co-founder of The Chopra Center -- if someone ends up in a near-fatal auto accident as the result of drunk driving, the proper immediate response is to g...

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