I try to keep an open mind, but as someone immersed in science, I tend to view most non-traditional medicine rather skeptically. That said, I’ve spent many years living in places —like California’s Nevada City or Santa Cruz — where integrative therapies abound, and strait-laced me is often the odd one out.
That’s why I was particularly eager to chat with and learn more from David Spiegel, MD. A professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Spiegel is the medical director for the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine and an expert in hypnosis. Here, finally, is a researcher who straddles both worlds, I thought — he can help me peer into the murky world of integrative medicine. And, as you’ll read below, I learned quite a bit, including the proper terminology.