Archive for February 2015

Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, interviews Dr. Victoria Sweet, MD. Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and History at the University of California, San Francisco, and a prize-winning historian with a Ph.D. in medical history. She practiced medicine for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. In her prize-winning book, God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine (Riverhead, 2012), she lays out her evidence ”in stories of her patients and her hospital. ” , for some radically new ideas about medicine and healthcare. In our attempts to get control of healthcare costs by privileging “efficiency,” she suggests, we’ve been headed down the wrong path. Medicine works best—that is, arrives at the right diagnosis and the right treatment for the least amount of money—when it is personal and face-to-face; when the doctor has enough time to do a good job, and pays attention not only to the patient but to what’s around the patient.  Dr. Sweet calls this approach Slow Medicine, and she believes that, put into wider practice, it would be not only more satisfying and beneficial for patient and doctor, but also less expensive for everyone. Her Ecomedicine Project is designed to prove this. The New York Times calls her ideas “hard-core subversion”; Vanity Fair judges the book to be a “radical and compassionate alternative to modern healthcare,” andHealth Affairs describes Dr. Sweet as a “visionary” and “subversive in all the best ways.” She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014) for her next project, tentatively entitled, Slow Medicine, Fast Medicine: Healing in an Age of Technology.Contact:

Ellen Kamhi, PhD RN,, interviews Dr. Ibrahim Karim. Dr. Karim is a graduate of the prestigious Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. Founder of the qualitative science of BioGeometry; the new Architecture
and industrial design school that uses the subtle energy
effect of geometrical shapes to induce harmony to our modern
technological or natural environments. He currently
teaches at several universities and supervises numerous
postgraduate studies on the applications of the science of
BioGeometry. Dr. Karim was recognized and honored by
several institutes for his environmental work and was chosen
as man of the year by the Swiss magazine “Anzeiger” in
2005 for his success in reducing the effect of ‘electrosmog’
in several regions in Switzerland. Dr. Karim held several advisory
positions in Egypt to the Ministers of: Health, Culture, and Tourism.On today's show, we will discuss his book, Back to the Future for Mankind

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