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OK, what can I bridge for you? Well, traditional and integrated medicine for one.  So many people go to their doctor with a complaint.  When you get minimal help or simply a pill, when you misunderstand or have fears, you decide to go elsewhere.  So how do you pick the quality of your alternative practitioner?  By word of mouth probably which isn’t all that bad. Results will count too, of course.  But your alternative doctor, even the best trained and most skillful, may dismiss useful suggestions from your traditional doctor. This may limit the help you get. And you need the whole answer. Actually, this situation reminds me of my parents, both brilliant, but neither speaking each other’s language. I just tried to get the best from both. Someone needs to integrate things, don’t you think?  I want to do for you. Be the bridge between two worlds.


And yes, there is another bridge I would like to be, if you’ll let me, and you need one.  The bridge over troubled waters.  It is such a beautiful song and sentiment.  Here are some of the words:





I think I have always been a bridge between two worlds.  I am the oldest of 6 children whose lives were fragmented by divorce. Throw in a couple of younger step siblings, and the usual petty jealousies, and anyone can see the need for a unifying or bridging influence.  Younger I was too much embroiled in the situation to help, not to mention my Irish temper.  Since then I have reached out and tried with good success.

In college, I was caught between two worlds.  Majoring in Philosophy, I picked Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as the subject for my thesis.  “I think therefore I am”.  Reason dominates.  At the same time I was sitting Zen Buddhism.  “Stop thinking and be here now.”  OK, how do you bridge body and spirit? How do you bridge Kant and Zen?  How do you bridge rational conventional medicine and integrative medicine?  How do you do surgery one day and promote meditation the next?  Easy, I’ve been doing it all my life. 

The Bridge

When you're weary, feelin' small.  When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all.

         I'm on your side... when times get rough.  And friends just can't be found

                    Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

                    Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.

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