I heard a Tibetan lama address this same issue in a far different language. "We die not because we are ill but because we are complete. . . . Illness is the occasion of our dying, but not the cause.

Rachel Naomi Remen

About Rachel Naomi Remen

Rachel Naomi Remen (born February 8, 1938, New York, New York) is an author about and teacher of alternative medicine in the form of integrative medicine. She is a professor at the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Together with Michael Lerner, she is a founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, a cornerstone program at Commonweal. She is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Health & Illness. She has been featured on the PBS television series, Thinking Allowed.Dr. Remen's most well-known books include Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessing, both of which made The New York Times Best Seller list. Kitchen Table Wisdom has been translated into 21 languages, and has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide. She is also the founder of a medical student curriculum called "The Healer's Art" used in medical schools throughout the United States.

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