Off to Cuba
I leave today for Cuba, joining my mentors and colleagues including Andrew Weil, Victoria Maizes and Tieraona Low Dog on an adventure to explore Integrative Medicine in Cuba. We will be there for 1 week, based in Havana, seeing how resourceful people can be when they need to be. There is amazing primary care on the island – everyone is guaranteed access to care, and there is a real openness to utilize whatever healing methods are available, safe and efficacious. There is also a focus on preventive care that we lack in the United States.
Why I am going?
I am always looking for further evidence of my conviction that integrative medicine is not only for the well-healed. Integrative Medicine is about patient-centered care, HEALTH care, not sick care – meaning it demands attention to all influences on a person’s health including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors and utilizing whatever science-based tools that are appropriate from western medicine to nutrition, botanicals, exercise, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, energy medicine, stress management techniques. I hear that they are doing much of this in Cuba. We will see.