-- MARCH 1993 --
(Dr. Reiss deeply commits to this quality of medical care with every one of her patients.)

Holistic physicians embrace a variety of safe, effective options in diagnosis and treatment including:
a. Education for lifestyle changes and self-care
b. Complementary approaches
c. Conventional drugs and surgery

2. Searching for the underlying causes of disease is preferable to treating symptoms alone.
3. Holistic physicians expend as much effort in establishing what kind of patient has a disease as they do in establishing what kind of disease a patient has.
4. Prevention is preferable to treatment and is usually more cost-effective. The most cost-effective approach evokes the patient's own innate healing capabilities.
5. Illness is viewed as a manifestation of a dysfunction of the whole person, not as an isolated event.
6. A major determinant of healing outcomes is the quality of the relationship established between physician and patient, in which patient autonomy is encouraged.
7. The ideal physician-patient relationship considers the needs, desires, awareness and insight of the patient as well as those of the physician.
8. Physicians significantly influence patients by their example.
9. Illness, pain and the dying process can be learning opportunities for patients and physicians.
10. Holistic physicians encourage patients to evoke the healing power of love, hope, humor and enthusiasm and to release the toxic consequences of hostility, shame, greed, depression and prolonged fear, anger and grief.
11. Unconditional love is life's most powerful healer. Physicians strive to adopt an attitude of unconditional love for patients, themselves, and other practitioners.
12. Optimal health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest qualities of the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, environmental and social aspects of the human experience, and the awareness of being fully alive.