A few weeks ago I had a call from a delightful pediatrician who had her first painful encounter with a "scientific skeptic." As she was doing a talk on integrative approaches to addressing ADHD, he stood up and called her a quack. Later in the day, this physician called the administration at the clinic where she works and lambasted them for allowing her to practice nonscientific medicine. Her crime: talking about meditation, martial arts, cutting back on processed and sugary foods. I listened as she told of feeling humiliated and shamed. I checked back with her and she is feeling centered again, I could hear the strength in her voice. With all that is going in the world, with all the people who are sick and suffering, with the current state of health care in this country - it is hard for me to comprehend why someone would do this to a physician who is simply trying to help children with more than drugs. The truth is that medicine is much art as science. I find the words of Benjamin Rush to be very prescient. I want the freedom to decide who I want to help me along my journey of healing and discovery. Physician, priest, shaman..... my choice.