Living Medicine



The term, “living Medicine,” is based on the ancient Native American definition of ‘MEDICINE,’ which means ‘LIFE.’   Therefore, the term, “Living Medicine,” translates to “Living Life.”  It is the process of living one’s life and following one’s individual path to Wholeness.  Specifically, our lives represent a journey that each of us is taking in order to be WHOLE—emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Living Medicine is the name of that journey.  

By consciously ‘Living’ our lives and ‘Listening to the Physician Within,’ we are practicing the ‘Medicine’ that we need for growing and healing physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Paramount to the Living Medicine approach is the fundamental ideal that Love and Life are the true healers.  Living Medicine recognizes each individual as a WHOLE Spiritual Being who creates their own recipe for living life and who does best when following their own unique path.   It empowers each individual to take charge of their own life by consciously working with the Physician Within.

In Living Medicine, we may still work with a disease process, which could require drugs and surgery, but the emphasis would be on being whole and alive while doing so. This way of practicing medicine is a living, organic process that changes as each individual grows and evolves.



Living Medicine is a life process that engages life itself.
Living Medicine becomes the reality when we are able to tune in to our own lives to such an extent that living them becomes the healing.
Life creates the medicine we need for the healing. This requires "at-one-ment" with the physician within and cooperation with the physician without.
Living Medicine is life itself.
Our challenge is accessing the life force. This requires being present in every moment of our life so that if circumstances present us with illness or catastrophe or joy or laughter, we can use them to enhance and infuse that life.
Life itself is Living Medicine.
Living Medicine acknowledges the body's incredible innate ability to heal.
Source: Living Medicine: The Dwelling Place, by Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D(H)., pages 4-5 of Preface.


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  • Ken Hamilton
    commented 2018-02-08 15:25:56 -0700
    Talked with Annie McCombs today and she caught me up on Gladys and Living Medicine. I am still HOPE for people in the suffering of illness.