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High-Tech, High-Touch: Reconciling Technology and Integrative Medicine

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD

Abstract
Vis medicatrix naturae. Latin, from Greek, originally attributed to Hippocrates, translated as “the healing power of nature.” One of the core principles of the integrative medicine philosophy. We value nature and natural healing. We strive for homeostasis, for balance. We laud the healing powers of our planet and lament the erosion of her natural resources. Ecologically sustainable medicine— buzz words we use to champion the necessary greening of medicine— recognizes not only the impact of the environment on health but the impact of the practice of healthcare on the environment. We cheer recently published research read more…

Integrative Pediatrics: The Future Is Now

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD

Abstract
The world is at a crossroads. At no point in our collective lifetimes have we witnessed comparable social and economic challenges. Healthcare transformation is no longer a luxury wish-list item; it has become an absolute imperative. The good news? Central to the debate is a growing recognition that true wellness care—primary preventive medicine—must be a cornerstone of any successful plan to resurrect our failing disease-care system. Witness the buzz generated by the Institute of Medicine’s February 2009 Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. At long last, public officials charged with operationalizing read more…

Integrative Pediatrics: Past, Present, And Future

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD

Abstract
Until the 1930s, pediatricians were dismissed as “baby doctors” as the medical care of infants was considered the responsibility of general internists, surgeons, and obstetricians. Pediatrics, as we know it, simply did not exist. Over the past century, however, pediatrics has come to be an accepted and valued profession. In a parallel fashion, as the integrative medicine (IM) revolution has swept through the adult medical community over the past decade, only now is integrative pediatrics being recognized as a separate and valid specialty within both the general pediatric and medicine worlds. The recent formation of read more…

Environmental Injustice: Children’s Health Disparities and the Role of the Environment

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD and Deirdre Imus

Abstract
Children are our most precious natural resource. Ensuring the optimal health of this generation and future generations of children is not a choice we have—it is a human rights mandate. The Children’s Environmental Health Network, a multidisciplinary group that includes some of the world’s most well-respected environmental scientists, has declared, “Healthy children grow into healthy adults. The health of our children is one of the most important investments that we can make and should be among our top priorities.” Yet today, we are witnessing a public health crisis of historical proportions that read more…

“The Gripe”: An Integrative Approach to Infant Colic

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD

Abstract
Babies cry. In fact, crying is considered part of normal infant development. Noted psychologist Gwen Gustafson offers this scientific explanation: “Neonatal crying is a species-specific behavior which achieves its likely evolutionary function (infant survival) by reliably eliciting responses from caregivers.”1 The great behavioral observer Charles Darwin described his own baby’s distress in superb biological detail: “With one of my own infants, from his eighth day and for some time afterwards, I often observed that the first sign of a screaming fit, when it could be observed coming on gradually, was a little frown, owing to read more…

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