March 2014 John Weeks Integrator Round-Up: Books
by John Weeks, Publisher Editor of The Integrator Blog News & Reports Holistic nurse Lucia Thornton publishes Whole Person CaringIntegrator advisor and integrative holistic medicine pioneer Bill Manahan, MD, says of Whole Person Caring An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness “Finally,by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News & ReportsHolistic nurse Lucia Thornton publishes Whole Person CaringIntegrator advisor and integrative-holistic medicine pioneer Bill Manahan, MD, says of Whole Person Caring: An Interprofessional Model for Healing and Wellness: “Finally, a book that puts together what health and healing are really all about! It describes simply, thoroughly, and brilliantly how to achieve well-being through whole-person caring. This book will change how we view health, and it will help create healing for both patients and providers. I loved this book.” The author is Lucia Thornton, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, a long-time consultant and leader in the holistic nursing field. The "whole person caring" model Thornton describes, and which she helps systems adopt, is said to be a key factor in the success of Three Rivers Hospital in receiving the 2004 Norman Cousins Award from the Fetzer Institute.Integrative pediatrician Scott Shannon, DO's Mental Health for the Whole Child published by NortonIntegrative psychiatrist Scott Shannon, DO operates what may be the country's largest and most comprehensive integrative mental health clinic, Wholeness Center: a place for collaborative care in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 30-year clinician has recently seen published, via Norton, Mental Health for the Whole Child: Moving Young Children from Disease and Disorder to Balance and Wellness. The book's core is Shannon's learning from his extensive clinical practice. This knitted together by a mix of evidence and philosophy. Marketing copy for Shannon ‘s book refers to it as a "guidebook" that "creates a theoretical foundation for integrative mental health that acknowledges the power of new discoveries like epigenetics and neuroplasticity." Shannon is immediate past president of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Children's Hospital in Denver. Comment: One distinguishing feature of Shannon's work is the depth of his commitment to interprofessionalism and his respect for other disciplines. An unusual and possibly unique manifestation of Shannon’s commitment is that the co-owners of his Wholeness Center include both mental health and naturopathic medical professionals.