Announcement: Medical Humanities at IJDRP
We are pleased to announce the creation of a Medical Humanities section in the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a call for submissions for the September 2019 edition.
Deadline for Submission: August 15, 2019. We encourage earlier submissions, as we publish online on a rolling basis.
What is Medical Humanities?
Medical Humanities refers to the intersection of the practice of medicine with writing, philosophy, social sciences, and the arts. Medical Humanities provides a forum for creative expression in the medical field. Many patients and providers alike find this outlet to be therapeutic, helping to engender renewed engagement and inspiration in their medical journey.
Why Medical Humanities at IJDPR?
The Medical Humanities section of IJDPR will provide a space for creative expression as it pertains to our work in the field of disease reversal and prevention. The unique successes and struggles of practicing in this field can be a source of significant reflection and creative thought for many providers, and we hope to build community and inspiration by sharing these messages.
How Does Medical Humanities Intersect with Disease Reversal and Prevention?
In the disease reversal and prevention space, practitioners witness profound transformations in their patients. By its nature, this practice requires providers to think critically about the interaction between individuals and their environment, and how this interaction affects health, and therefore the human experience. With a deep understanding of how the body functions, from the level of the atom to the organism, and the goal of empowering patients to embrace lifestyle changes that promote healing, practitioners in this field serve as bridges between a patient’s biochemical functioning and their daily lives. We are continually reminded of the complexity of the human body and its innate capacity to thrive, heal, and regenerate.
Conversely, we are also acutely aware of the body’s propensity to decay and falter in response to adverse conditions. Providers who facilitate disease reversal and prevention face unique challenges, as the quest to achieve sustained, proactive healing often sharply contrasts with the interests of a mainstream medical and sociopolitical culture that focuses on reactionary sick-care. Furthermore, preventive interventions often challenge entrenched norms, and represent radical adjustments in our patients’ daily lives, identities, and traditional methods of coping.
Indeed, our practice is ripe with sources of creative inspiration! We want to hear about what your practice, your experience in the prevention and disease reversal space, and your patient encounters have creatively inspired in you. We look forward to reviewing your submissions.
Casey Means, MD
Medical Humanities Section Editor, IJDRP