Twice as Strong

In Southern California, Western medicine teams up with acupuncture, yoga and herbs to fight both disease and pain. Finally, this hybrid is going mainstream.

Bill Coleman, a patient at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses how the center’s Healing Hearts program encouraged him to make positive lifestyle changes to treat his heart disease. Under the direction of Mimi Guarneri, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the center, Coleman participated in the 12-week program, which includes vegetarian cooking classes, music therapy, yoga, meditation, exercise and stress management, as well as intimate support group meetings and consultations with specialists. Through the program, Coleman learned to make long-term changes to improve his health and quality of life.

Read the article (PDF, 550 KB) in The Los Angeles Times.