I am a physician who originally trained as an herbalist, midwife, massage therapist, and martial artist. I have been exposed to and deeply influenced by the wisdom of the grandmothers, midwives, and indigenous peoples of these lands. I have learned to gather, prepare and use the healing plants, ease the body’s pain with massage, help women bring their babies into the world, and tend to the sick. I have been at the bedside as life enters this world, and also as it leaves. I’ve sat quietly during ceremonies, taking in their mystery and wonder, witnessing the power of prayer and belief. I’ve watched as healers called upon the ancestors for strength and direction, assisted surgeons as they removed bullets and tumors, and transplanted organs, witnessed people near death in the intensive care unit walk out well a short time later, and just about everything in between.
All of these experiences, from the profoundly spiritual to the most medically advanced, have shaped my approach toward health and healing, and eventually led me to the field of integrative medicine – a discipline that melds effective natural healing methods, lifestyle, and medically proven treatments. It allows clinicians a broader way to think about the restoration of health and the prevention and management of disease. It is neither wise or sustainable to continue to rely so heavily upon prescription drugs to help us focus, fall sleep, lift our mood, ease our pain, suppress a cough, keep our bones strong, fight off minor infections, squelch a rash, and soothe an upset stomach.
Over the past 15 years, I have helped oversee the training of more than one thousand doctors and nurses in this common sense approach to health, healing and wholeness in my role as Fellowship Director for the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. Now I want to share my experience and knowledge with you, so that you feel comfortable with the “how, what, when and why” of using natural therapies and when it is inappropriate to do so.
If you want a deep dive into the world of natural and integrative medicine, I invite you to join me at Medicine Lodge Ranch.
For more information about me, see: www.DrLowDog.com/about.html