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do MD's turn when they get sick themselves? Surprisingly, instead of
using the protocol they normally prescribe to their patients, we are
seeing more and more conventional Medical Doctors turning to Natural and
Integrative Medicine to heal themselves.
Dr Alejandro Junger, MD
Dr Junger is a progressive integrative doctor who has turned his personal frustration with the conventional medical system into a way to help more people. Here is his story:
Dr. Alejandro Junger was born in Uruguay.
He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City
for his post graduate training. He completed three years of training in
Internal Medicine at NYU Down town Hospital and three more years of
fellow ship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital.
His drastic change in lifestyle and diet from his move to New York City soon reflected as irritable bowel syndrome and depression. Becoming a patient of the system he was practicing was such a shock, that it started a journey to search for an alternative solution to his health problems.
His findings are the subject of his first book, Clean. In it, Dr.Junger describes how he became aware of the toxicity of our planet. He also explains how detoxification and cleansing have been around for thousands of years, but knowledge about them has been lost at time when it is more important than ever before.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi, MD
Dr Sadgeghi lost his passion for his medical studies after being diagnosed with cancer. Instead, he embarked on a journey which evolved into the study of alternatives to modern science. This pivotal moment in his life renewed his passion for medicine and gave him purpose. He has a been passionate advocate for integrative modalities ever since. Here is his story:
His story continues from above: During my second year of medical school, I
was diagnosed with cancer. In the eyes of the health care system I
was instantly reduced from human being to “cancer patient.” As a
young medical student, I was devastated. My treatment options were
very bleak. Chemotherapy was, of course, the recommended course of action,
but the benefits were questionable at best. I was routinely
prescribed anti-anxiety medications and painkillers, but neither my
family nor I were ever offered any meaningful psychosocial support.
Nutrition was never mentioned let alone the impact of my emotions,
thoughts, or belief system. All alternative or unconventional therapies
were dismissed as a complete waste of time. I began to recognize the
very limited thinking of a great many conventional physicians.
Throughout the tumultuous duration of my dis-ease, I had a relentless thought: “If my family and I are experiencing this with every available resource, what must others go through who don’t have such resources?” Profoundly disturbed by these recurring thoughts, I felt compelled to do something. My dis-ease was forcing me to look outside myself and beyond the confines of modern medicine. Ultimately, out of that pit of fire was born a vision for the Be Hive of Healing.
Instinctively, I knew I needed to honor and care for my mind, heart, and spirit, as well as my body. I took a year-long leave of absence from medical school, during which I experimented with yoga and vegetarian food. I explored the depths of my emotions and subconscious mind to discover a compassion and tenderness that I’d yet to fully realize. I was then able to offer that compassion to the frightened, painful, and neglected parts of myself. Rather than viewing my crisis as an obstacle to overcome, I saw it as a blessing- an opportunity to discover my authentic self and what is truly important in my life. Throughout that year, I intuitively understood that Be Hive of Healing would need to become a haven to address and heal all the facets of our deepest selves-physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
I chose to return to medical school with a renewed intention: to cultivate an inclusive model of healing; I wanted to utilize my conventional medical training to scientifically examine other healing methods, by the measures of genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry,and psychoneuroimmunology. I immersed myself in the study of Nutrition and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and was propelled onto a journey into the worlds of Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, Anthroposophical Medicine, Acupuncture and energy healing. I came to understand not only the practical applications of these ancient healing traditions, but the profound impact they could have on the practice of modern medicine.
Be Hive of Healing is the embodiment of a vision of integrated health that emerged from my own personal experience- a vision shared by seekers of true healing. It is a multi-disciplinary network of healing professionals gathered together to empower individuals to achieve optimal wellness. Against a backdrop of unconditional love, we are committed to addressing the essential question: what is the best course of healing for each individual.
As I have been both patient and
doctor, I understand not only the desire to be well, but the
vigilance and openness required to explore every available road to
wellness. In a westernized profession that is often closed to the wisdom
of holistic modalities, we are in desperate need of a resource center
that offers a complete spectrum of personalized healing. Be Hive of
Healing is that center.
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