Our lives represent a journey that each of us is taking in order to heal emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual parts of ourselves. Living Medicine is the name of that journey. It is life itself. It is about focusing on the 'life force within' to bring us along into a healing mode. It is about healing from the inside out.
As stated by Dr. Gladys McGarey, the creator of the Living Medicine model, "when we focus on disease, our energy is directed to what we do not want... the disease, rather than what we want... healing." In Living Medicine, we may still work with a disease, which could require drugs and surgery, but the emphasis would be on being whole and alive, instead of killing. The Living Medicine model recognizes the wholeness of life rather than the absence of disease. It recognizes living as the journey for bringing parts of ourselves back into wholeness.
The Living Medicine model encourages self-responsibility for one's health and fosters a new relationship between the patient and practitioner. In a sense, there is a triad relationship where the physician acts as the coach that guides the patient, as he or she follows the guidance of their 'life force within' in order to heal. Besides the physical issue, there are many other areas that affect an individual's well-being, such as relationships, life style, thought processes, living conditions, emotional states, and environmental factors. When the patient takes charge of balancing and working with all of these factors, wholeness sets in.
LIVING MEDICINE DEFINED:
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.
OUR LIVING MEDICINE VISION is to promote a paradigm shift in healthcare that changes focus from the treatment of disease with heavy emphasis on pharmaceutical intervention to the conscious treatment of people stressing prevention and wellness through life style change.
We seek collaborative partnerships and working relationships with thought leaders, change agents, and individuals to create this new system of health. The Foundation for Living Medicine employs 4 key strategies for accomplishing this paradigm change:
- Develop and provide educational programs to professionals and the general public and trainings for professionals in Next Practices.
- Create a national system of Conscious Birthing and Family Sustainability centers.
- Educate policy leaders, elected officials, and influential health care providers on effectiveness and cost savings of promising Next Practices.
- Serve as an incubator creating and building Next Practices.
If you are interested in working with us in this area, please contact us by calling:
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The Foundation for Living Medicine
4848 Cactus Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254