Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

August 26, 2014 9:56 PM

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Slow Medicine Is the Medicine of the Future

Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., M.D.(hc) -- clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine and professor of public health at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF) -- is one of many doctors on the forefront of changing the way medicine operates today, in the interest of optimizing its functionality and ability to heal people successfully. His book, New Medicine, is not only a road map for those interested in learning about integrative medicine but is also a blueprint for the medicine of the future. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Ken recently. Here are excerpts from our conversation.

Ken Pelletier: The basic model of New Medicine is to look at roughly 300-400 common conditions and ask, "What does conventional medicine do, and do really well?" If conventional medicine works well for a certain condition, there is no reason to go any further. However, if conventional medicine does ...

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