While studying the history of medicine and practicing for over twenty years, Dr. Victoria Sweet discovered approaches to healing that today would be considered inefficient--but put into practice, are just the opposite. One such lesson was from 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen, who felt that "the body is more like a plant than a machine . . . the difference being that someone has to fix a broken machine but a plant can heal itself." The trick is to allow for and encourage the verititos or life force to work its magic--which sometimes involves removing obstacles to it, or personal attention from the doctor, which is seldom allowed today. In this TED talk, Dr. Sweet shares revelations from her research and practice, and invites us to think again about modern medicine and the best ways to heal.
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