Listen to “When Curing is not Healing” on Spreaker.
Or Healing is an Inside Job…
Fasten your seat belt for a fascinating romp through the question what does ‘to be healed’ actually mean? and other intriguing life questions.
In this episode, we chat with Ed Cohen, author of ‘On Learning to Heal, or What Medicine Doesn’t Know.’ His book has been described as “memoir-cum-medical philosophy,” which I think sums it up nicely.
A favorite quote from this thought-provoking book is, “Learning to heal does not necessarily require us to know how we heal, but it does require that we desire to heal and that we actively value this possibility.”
In our time together, Ed shares with us how he overcame a decades-long autoimmune struggle, starting at thirteen when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. At that impressionable age, his doctors told him that the best he could hope for was periods of remission. Unfortunately, they never mentioned healing as a possibility. His new book was borne out of his lifetime of seeking answers to heal himself. He shares with us how he has come to understand the transformative power of illness and dis-ease, plus a few of the lessons he’s learned along the way, including
• Why knowing “what’s wrong with us” and how to “fix it” might not help,
• How discovering new meanings and possibilities for your life is essential,
• Regardless of the quality of external care, healing doesn’t come from outside of us. And so much more…
More About Our Guest: Ed Cohen draws on fifty years of living with Crohn’s to consider how Western medicine’s turn from an “art of healing” toward a “science of medicine” deeply affects medical practitioners and their patients. His latest book explores his path to healing, arguing that learning to heal requires us to desire and value healing as an essential possibility.
In addition to being an author, Ed Cohen is a Professor at Rutgers University and maintains a therapeutic practice for people interested in healing. Learn more at healingcounsel.com.
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