Health Choices: Spiritual Healing (2000)
Can your faith and spiritual beliefs have an impact on illness? Explore the influence of spiritual healing in medicine beginning with a system of healing that began in India 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. Today, the most prominent advocate of this Eastern approach, also known as Ayurveda, is bestselling author and endocrinologist Dr. Deepak Chopra. For many years the idea that science and faith are in conflict with one another, or at least are mutually exclusive, has remained prominent. Take Stanford University's campus in America, where host Dr. Howard Torman went to medical school. If you wanted to get any kind of spirituality mixed in with the traditional western medical approach, you had to go to the other side of campus... to the church. Today, the intellectual distance between medicine and spirituality is narrowing with the acceptance of the Mind-Body-Spirit approaches. Even those skeptical of alternative therapies believe spirituality helps the healing process.