As Lissa Rankin, MD, puts it…
“If you’re a patient who has incorporated complementary and alternative medicine into your health care regimen, you may have bumped up against some resistance on both sides of the healing fence. Your doctor may think your homeopath is a total quack selling snake oil, and your homeopath may think your doctor is a big thug, thwacking his pharmaceutical hammer at anything that moves.
Your doctor may insist that you stop all of your herbs, cancel your acupuncture appointment, and ditch the flower essences that were lovingly prepared for you.
On the flip side, your complementary and alternative medicine providers may poo poo traditional Western treatments that you choose to pursue.”
As you know, I have experienced both sides of this (i.e., doctors who have resistance to alternative medicines, and alternative medicine practitioners who do not support traditional western treatments). It has been soooooooo challenging trying to navigate the differing opinions and try to make wise choices on how to heal Moses when I can’t openly talk about the alternative medicines that we are using with our medical doctors, and also when our alternative health care practitioners make me feel guilty for some of our medical choices (like having Moses on a prophylatic antibiotic).
It’s like a breath of fresh air when we find medical doctors who are open minded enough to hear about essential oils, or alternative health care practitioners who do not vilify the medical system. This is why I love our naturopathic doctor who bridges the worlds of some of our other alternative health care practitioners who feel that the allopathic model and the natural healing model both have their place.
A deep inner part of me has whispered to me all along that Moses needs an integrative approach, and truthfully, DH and I have between us forged an integrative approach in Moses’ care. As you know, I have been a strong voice for natural healing and alternative approaches and DH has been a strong voice for the allopathic (traditional medical model) for healing, but I have found that as I heal my own relationship with the medical system and have tried to forgive the medical system, DH and I have been able to meet more readily in the middle.
As I have healed my own relationship with the medical health care system, I have found my relationship with the medical system has changed. We now have more mutual respect on all sides. As many of my friends have reminded me, we all have the same vision for Moses – a vision of healing.
“In my vision, there is no hierarchy between doctors and other health care providers, whether they be nurses, scrub techs, or alternative health care providers like naturopaths, Chinese medicine doctors, acupuncturists, homeopaths, Reiki healers, herbalists, or faith healers. Instead, the patient is in charge of choosing who sits at the “healing round table,” where everyone is equal and the person with the seat of honor – and the most power – is the patient.
In my vision, petty competitions, dismissive name-calling, and contradictory messages delivered to patients are replaced with a sense of mutual respect for what everyone brings to the table, collaboration, and a commitment to the highest good for the patient, free of ego or judgment.” – Lissa Rankin, MD
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!
I love Lissa Rankin and I love the idea of a healing round table. My dear friend, Cheryl, mentioned this concept to to me a few weeks ago and I have found this idea of a healing round table to be so healing and so loving. I’d encourage you to read more about Lissa Rankin’s vision to heal health care here and more about the idea of a healing round table here.
I love the idea of all practitioners being equal and the patient is in charge of choosing who sits at the healing round table.
Moses has quite an extensive healing round table and I have grown to love and appreciate all who have a seat at his table.