This is pretty interesting. A fairly hard nosed hospital CEO, under it appears the tutelage of his new wife, gets into alternate and preventative medicine.
Three years ago, Treuman Katz got some troubling news: At 60, he was on his way to becoming a diabetic. Katz, CEO of Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center at the time, could have relied on the region’s top specialists. Instead, the man who had spent nearly 40 years running two of the country’s pre-eminent hospitals reached out to a naturopathic doctor. He took herbal supplements, changed his diet, started yoga and hired a naturopathic trainer. Soon, his blood sugar dropped and he began to feel healthier than he had in years, he said.
Fair enough. But then he tries to integrate it with the care his institution delivers.
That opportunity came five years ago, when Katz and his medical staff
started to notice an intriguing trend: More than half of their patients
were using natural medicine but not telling their doctors. Therapies
ranged from herbal supplements to acupuncture.
So Katz organized a small group of physicians to visit Bastyr to
start connecting NDs — naturopathic doctors — and MDs, Molteni said.Brown-bag lunches with Bastyr naturopaths followed. The hospital put
together a group to study how herbs could affect drugs. It hired two
anesthesiologists/acupuncturists and will work with Bastyr to bring on
a chiropractor, a naturopathic doctor and a traditional
Chinese-medicine practitioner within the next year or two.
I live in a city with more than 70 yoga studios and probably more than 300 acupuncturists, so there is something going on in the alternate care movement that deserves some level of integration with tradition western care. This might be one approach that makes sense.