ST on Health: Getting to Know Dr. Michael Finkelstein and His Concept of "Slow Medicine"
On this installment of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Michael Finkelstein, MD, the so-called "Slow Medicine Doctor," who's been featured in The New York Times, on CNN, at the Huffington Post website, and so forth, and whose recently issued paperback is "Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness." As Dr. Finkelstein notes, just as the idea of slow food is about more than food itself -- it's about the entire experience of a meal, for example, and about all the ingredients, associations, flavors, and personal contacts that figure into "sustenance" -- so does the idea of slow medicine concern more than just medicine. In the tradition of Mehmet Oz or Andrew Weil -- the latter of whom was actually a teacher of Finkelstein's, when he was completing an associate fellowship in integrative medicine -- our guest on today's SToH argues that caring for a patient (or for one's self, for that matter) doesn't always mean treating this or that ailment with this or that medication. It's about taking a "holistic" approach -- about truly and fully considering a given patient's mind, body, and soul. Moreover, Finkelstein tells Schumann that the same micro-as-well-as-macro perspective that his method applies to healing individual patients can and should be applied to American health care as a whole.