Born in India and having lived nearly half my life there, I have tremendous respect and affinity for Ayurveda, homeopathy, yoga, massage and other aspects of traditional healing. These time-honored systems enhance the body’s innate strength and resources to promote healing.
We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is larger than that. It is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reasons one wishes to be alive. Those reasons matter not just at the end of life, or when disability comes, but all along the way.
-Atul Gawande, MD
After nearly fifteen years of practice in the ED and more than a quarter of a century in the medical field, I fully acknowledge that there is a time and place for an emergency room visit. However, I am also acutely aware of how many issues are ill-served in the ER setting. Empowered healing necessitates active participation, and the willingness to patiently and resolutely work on lifestyle elements such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep and relationships. It is usually not a quick fix but not simply a band-aid either. And these simple, foundational and vital steps in the journey towards well-being-the reasons one wishes to be alive, good health and personal transformation are the epitome of empowerment.
Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my parents- physicians trained both in India and in the US. They worked tirelessly to start a hospital in India after we moved back in the mid-80’s, improvising as they went, calling on their expertise and excellent education and always understanding and respecting their patients’ needs, desires and goals. I could see the compassion and warmth resonate with their patients and the trust and partnership it enabled. It showed me the kind of physician and person I aspired to be. Working alongside them is a memory I will always cherish…
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Integrative Approaches to Digestive Health and Gastrointestinal Issues
Nutritional and Dietary Therapies for Optimal Health
Healthy Life Balance
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Integrative Approaches to Autoimmune Conditions and Cardiovascular Health
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I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one. - Sanskrit valediction