The Body's Natural Healing System with Arthur Brownstein, M.D.

By Arthur Brownstein
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Join Arthur Brownstein, MD, for a discussion on utilizing the body's natural healing system to combat pain and illness.

Event Date: 03/16/2000

The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

Moderator: Please welcome Arthur Brownstein, MD. Dr. Brownstein is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is also the Medical Director of the Princeville Medical Clinic and a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is the author of the upcoming book, The Body's Natural Healing System.

Dr. Brownstein: Hello, everybody.

Moderator: To ask a question please type /ask and then your query. Welcome, Dr. Brownstein!

Dr. Brownstein: Thank you, Dan.

Moderator: I would like to ask the first question... What is your philosophy on healing... and your background.?

Dr. Brownstein: As both a physician and a former chronic pain patient, I have realized that our bodies have a huge potential for healing themselves naturally that we have not yet taken advantage of. Most doctors don't share with their patients the information that can help people become more independent and healthy by learning how to cooperate with their body's natural healing systems. My background has taken me through the bowels of traditional medicine as an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii, and as the son of a practicing physician and university professor of medicine for over 50 years, as well as into cultures and systems in my travels where I discovered simple, natural, and effective modalities that worked with the body, not against it, and in which these modalities were not even mentioned in my traditional training as a western doctor.

Moderator: Let's talk about your own bout with chronic pain. When did you decide to heal yourself naturally, and how did you go about researching that modality?

Dr. Brownstein: After my first operation left me in a severely debilitated state and unable to work as a physician for three years, I was facing the prospect of a second operation and couldn't see the logic. I didn't want to end up permanently crippled as I had witnessed so many times as a physician. So it was a matter of necessity, and like so many others, I found nontraditional healing modalities to be very effective. These modalities seemed more holistic, incorporated principles of the mind-body connection, diet, lifestyle, emotions, exercise, etc., that western medicine is just now starting to acknowledge.

misheric_WebMD: Do you have a book, email address or website ?

Dr. Brownstein: My book on The Body's Healing System will be out early next year. In the meantime I recommend Andrew Weil's Spontaneous Healing. My first book, Healing Back Pain Naturally, specifically deals with the problem of back pain. I host a message board for WebMD called Newly Diagnosed Back Pain with Dr. Art Brownstein.

diznut100_WebMD: How long does it take for a average herniated disk to heal and can it heal naturally?

Dr. Brownstein: It is important to understand the underlying forces that cause discs to herniate. Healing is very personal and so is the healing time. However, healing does occur, and it occurs naturally, and that is the important thing to focus on.

misheric_WebMD: How can I heal from a skin condition Rosacea naturally, please?

Dr. Brownstein: The skin is related to the nervous system, and it is also an eliminative organ. A holistic approach should be pursued involving both diet and stress management in addition to natural topical applications. Andrew Weil speaks of skin diseases in a special section of his book, Spontaneous Healing, as well.

mold28_WebMD: What is your opinion of acupuncture?

Dr. Brownstein: I have seen acupuncture to be very helpful for certain conditions. Its efficacy depends on the practitioner, the receptivity of the patient, and the specific condition that is being treated.

diznut100_WebMD: Do you deal in all areas of pain?

Dr. Brownstein: I take a deeper look at pain than is conventionally viewed. That is because I feel that as human beings, we are not just machines, but rather we have bodies, minds, and souls, and that what is going on in the body often reflects what is going on in our lives, so that physical pain many times has emotional roots which have been repressed or suppressed. Emotional pain is much more crippling, disabling, and damaging to the body than is commonly believed.