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Holistic Medicine: Physical Health, Peace of Mind, and Clarity of Consciousness Paperback – June 1, 2016
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About the Author
Jerry P. Gore, MD, is a holistic medical physician with over thirty-two years of experience specializing in integrating an individual’s body, mind, and spirit into a custom treatment plan specific to that patient’s needs.
He earned his MD from the University of Illinois Medical School, completed his post-graduate training at Northwestern University’s Institute of Psychiatry, and apprenticed and worked with Dr. Rudolph Ballentine, with whom he pioneered holistic medicine in the Midwest, from 1983 to 1994.
Cofounder and medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in Riverwoods/Deerfield, Illinois, Dr.Gore practices both general medicine and psychiatry from a holistic perspective, leading a team of doctors offering a unique blend of traditional and alternative medicine to their patients. He also lectures and writes about holistic medicine and has published a CD on nutrition entitled Take Two Apples and Call Me in the Morning: Food for a Healthy Life.
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Typically, when I review a book, it is one of my choosing that I have high expectations of enjoyment. Almost all of the books that I read are fiction. My Review Policy
Because I believe that a book’s rating is directly reflective of the reader, I feel that I need qualify a few things about myself. The author of this book is my neighbor, but I have never visited his Center for Holistic Medicine. I do believe that wellness is directly related to living a healthy life and I am not one to eagerly seek out medical treatment.
As such, I opened the book with an open mind.
First off, I’ld like to make note of the fact that the author does have a M.D. I believe that intrinsically it offers a lot more credibility to the topic than others. This is a non-fiction book and therefore the background of the author is critical to the integrity of the material.
As a whole, I enjoyed learning more about the intricacies of holistic medicine. The author made numerous case connections. This offered a more practical understanding of the methods of holistic medicine. Often times, I considered how the approach could benefit people close to me. This was something that surprised me, because I tend be skeptical. I have degree in engineering and law and tend to need to have all things proven in order to believe. However, the book doesn’t contain any formal scientific proof to back up the holistic theories. The book is more of an introduction into the world of holistic medicine. In the end, the author’s words moved me enough to suggest his services to a friend.
I found it particularly interesting that homeopathy in Great Britain is, “widely practiced, recognized, and paid for by health insurance plans[.]” Whereas, in the United States, my home, homeopathy is not subsidized by health insurance (at least none that I am aware of). The author notes that there are some cost savings by opting his services to those of “standard medicine.” However, I would have preferred more discussion in this area.
Chapter 8 is entitled Food for Health and Wellness. This chapter read like a typical nutrition or diet book. It is this chapter that made me reduce my star rating for this book. There are certain aspects of all nutrition books that are consistent. For example, you can’t live on baked goods (ah, to dream). I have read many nutrition books and am in contact with a trainer and nutritionist on a weekly basis. I felt this chapter contained an opinionated perspective. This chapter lacked continuity with the rest of the book.
While I might not have agreed with all the methodologies in the book, they were discussed with clarity. I am pleased to have gained a better understanding the practices of holistic medicine. Overall, I found the book to be quite informative.
If you are first dabbling into the healing arts, this is a good place to get your feet wet. If you are a seasoned healthcare practitioner, this is a good place to come home to the inspiration and spirit of good medicine. Personally, my best take away was his reminder to be present for meals---recognizing the energy of live foods and then savoring the sensory and ritualistic experience of eating. Listen to your body. Does it need the coolness of a crunchy cucumber or the warmth of a coconut curry soup? "Slowing down and listening" is a powerful prescription.