The Huffington Post—New York, NY—January 14, 2010
by Helene Pavlov, M.D., FACR, Radiologist in Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery
The medical field changes daily. Medical researchers are continually introducing new technologies, pharmaceuticals and breakthrough treatment options that are changing the way we diagnose and treat patients. Over the last century we have come a long way and patients are living longer and recovering more quickly, and have a better quality of life, longer, than they did in the past.
While not fully subscribing to Eastern medical philosophies for which I am not trained or familiar, I do believe that they have a place in Western medicine and in many ways can complement scientifically tested and proven treatments. My biggest piece of advice for anyone looking closely at Eastern medical practices is to do research, keep an open mind and consult with your physician. Always make sure your physician knows exactly what you are doing in addition to his or her recommended treatments to ensure that there will not be any harmful interactions or other negative effects.
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