Humankind: The Search for Well-Being podcast
About This Show
These audio documentaries, originally heard on public radio, explore health care for the "whole person" - mind, body and spirit - and how that fits into the new health care era. Hear powerful stories from doctors, nurses and patients who take this natural, low-tech approach, sometimes known as "integrative medicine". The importance of an individual's self-care is also explored.
Most Recent Episode
Segment 4: Maintaining Compassion for the Patient
Dec 15 13
We hear from medical professors Ronald Epstein, MD (University of Rochester) and, Victoria Maizes, MD (University of Arizona), along with nursing professor Mary Jo Kreitzer (University of Minnesota). Each has given deep reflection to the dynamics of communication between a health professional and the patient. What are the obstacles? How is information and support conveyed to the patient? We also learn about the fascinating health benefits of common integrative techniques: Tracy Gaudet, MD, a senior Veterans Administration health official, describes stress management exercises for veterans facing surgery at a VA hospital in Los Angeles. We hear about the ancient Chinese system of acupuncture – now shown to be effective for pain relief in well-controlled western studies – from Marcos Hsu, a staff acupuncturist based at a Maryland hospital. Also, a look at the remarkable health benefits of meditation from University of Virginia nursing professor, Susan Bauer-Wu, who personally practices meditation