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The New Medicine (2006)

Liev Schreiber , Dana Reeve , Muffie Meyer  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Dana Reeve
  • Directors: Muffie Meyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EULK2I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Informative integrative medicine Web site
  • Downloadable healthcare tips
  • Recommended resource links
  • About the companion book

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Extraordinary changes are taking place in American medicine today. Driven by new scientific evidence, doctors are coming to understand that treating the body alone is not enough--the mind can also play a critical role in fighting illness and in the healing process. Physicians are discovering how something as intangible as hope can help people heal and something as pervasive as stress can sabotage the body's ability to fight infection. The documentary THE NEW MEDICINE goes inside medical schools, clinics, research institutes and private practices to reveal physicians and patients on the cutting edge of this new approach.

Many physicians are now embracing a more holistic form of healthcare, seeking to heal the whole person. Treatments once considered fringe, including visualization, meditation and hypnosis, are being prescribed alongside high-tech western medicine. And medical schools are placing new importance on teaching the "softer side of medicine": listening and communicating and by paying attention to a person's cultural values and lifestyle.

The film is hosted by Dana Reeve, who spent many years in medical institutions dealing with her husband's spinal cord injury and then her own battle with lung cancer. It also introduces viewers to several patients who are benefiting from these breakthroughs: a woman at risk of losing her pre-term baby; a patient preparing to go into surgery and his healing process; a man with cerebral palsy and lived for 18 years with unremitting and sometimes excruciating pain; an older man who has had a number of life-saving interventions including triple and quadruple bypasses, all which saved his life, but did not keep him healthy.

THE NEW MEDICINE explores the need for medicine to move away from an entrenched culture of drugs and surgery to focus more on prevention and engaging people as active players in their own healthcare. The traditional doctor-patient relationship is undergoing a shift from paternalism to partnership, as practitioners and consumers alike have begun to promote a more holistic form of healthcare called integrative medicine--seeking to heal the whole person, rather than simply cure a disease.


Every single patient should be informed that the mind has a huge impact on the body and there are ways you can take advantage of that. --Tracy Gaudet, MD, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine

There is no reason why we can't be as humanly sophisticated as we are technologically sophisticated. --Arthur Kleinman, MD, Harvard University

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
This DVD on "The New Medicine" covers a frontier in medicine where to date we have merely scratched the surface. That frontier is how the state of mind of a patient interacts with traditional science applications when treating dis-ease. The power of the mind over body is overwhelmingly important in treating illness, and this DVD does a beautiful job at convincing even the most resolute main stream medical doctor of the value in treating the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. The DVD is not some wishful thinking episode of discovery, but actually involves credible integrative medical experts who are in the real world truly making a difference in patients lives - a difference for the better that goes far beyond what most people expect to be a good outcome. As the DVD brings out -- It is not only the disease that a person has that is important, but what kind of person has the disease. This DVD is likely to encourage a patient, or even a healthy individual, to take the time to make changes in one's life style to live life to the fullest - by taking time to focus on what is really important in life - relationships. It was so uplifting to view medical students being taught by their seasoned medical professors the absolute importance in searching for and discovering each patient's "story" - mental state, life style and relationships, as well as treating their medical disease. The DVD captured many patient stories of successfully dealing with their disease using alternative mind therapy techiques, in total conjuction with their medical doctor partnering with them throughout their traditional medical treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars | Great Info | October 21, 2009
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Great information to integrate into your life for better health and a more peaceful state. This is a great film for anybody well or otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Medicine - healing comes from within July 21, 2011
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If you think in possibility, are curious as to your part in your own health and well-being, this is a good beginning primer. As Joseph Campbell has said, 'You must become your own hero.' Not for those who place all their trust in others, but for those who long to trust the intrinsic intelligence of our nervous system's potential to support our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars intersting February 17, 2014
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I thought the New Medicine was interesting. I can only hope that doctors will follow the ways presented in the video. It was informative and educational. It was also very inspiring to learn ways to control the mind and to ease the pain and suffering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new look at alternative paths to health April 29, 2013
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I am a firm believer of the healing powers of the mind and this DVD reinforces this with actual case work proving it. Often times medical doctors run out of techniques to cure certain ailments and that is where this knowledge takes over, where MD's leave off. Finding assistance like this has to be rare but anybody lucky enough to find it will surely be blessed with cures that border on the unbelievable.
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