I’ve been a consistent fan of Dr. Bernie Siegel since I was in my 20's. He is one of the people who shaped my vision of medicine without me even knowing it.
Last week I was fortunate to meet him at a dinner held in his honor by Martin Edelston, founder of Boardroom Publications, the largest circulation newsletter in the US and his lovely wife Nina.
Bernie Siegel is famous for Love, Medicine and Miracles and 7 more books and tapes that connect the power of love, kindness and positive attitude with positive outcome of diseases, specifically cancer.
Bernie Siegel, MD started out as a cancer surgeon and became a guru of love, kindness, compassion and positive attitude.
His journey has been filled with controversy because conventional medicine, the training ground for his surgical skills was not ready for him when he started telling cancer patients that if they visualized positive things, they would most likely get better faster than people who stayed immersed in negativity and fear.
Bernie started his crusade for the humanization of medicine in the 1970s. Sounds like a long time ago to have started something so logical and yet still so much ignored.
As expected conventional and alternative practitioners were present at this dinner and sadly 2005 seemed to me similar to what 1970 must have been for Bernie.
Conventional doctors at the dinner table took on a defensive stance from the beginning and just sat there with crippled smiles on their faces trying to defend their stagnant position with closed minds and hearts.
Bernie just told loving stories of personal and patient transformations that were not magic to me. I see how love and kindness and above all caring works better than scientific proof every day in my practice.
Alternative medical representation was not too impressive either. Too much scientific mumbo jumbo for my taste. Actually, I notice that more and more from the nutraceutical people these days. It seems like alternative medicine is trying very hard to become conventional. What a shame…
I left reassured I am on the right path.
I am not returning to conventional medicine, nor am I joining alternative medicine.
My path is clear. I stay with you, the patient. My goal is to learn as much as possible from both ends of the spectrum and help you apply what works best for you. And never will I forget I am there to serve you!