There is a holistic doctor in the ‘haus |

There is a holistic doctor in the ‘haus

Post Independent Photo/Amanda Holt Miller Jeremiah Eckhaus takes a break with his young daughter while snow shoeing on the Grand Mesa recently.

Dr. Jeremiah Eckhaus at the Grand River Medical Center in Rifle is the first doctor in the valley to be certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine.

Also certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Eckhaus has been blending holistic medicine into his regular practice for the past two and a half years, since he started at Grand River.Some people come to Eckhaus specifically for his holistic training, he said, and others may not even know about it.”There are some hard-core rancher types,” he said, “who you wouldn’t expect to accept Eastern medicine, but they’re actually very open.”

Eckhaus studied acupuncture at the American Academy for Pain Research in San Francisco, where there is a one-year program for physicians to be certified to practice acupuncture. It takes three to four years to be certified to practice acupuncture without a medical degree, Eckhaus said.Eckhaus said the basic philosophy behind holistic medicine is that unconditional love is at the heart of good health. And that means treating the whole patient, not just the symptoms, Eckhaus said. He believes holistic medicine is growing in popularity not only in this area but around the country.”It probably has to do with the general depersonalization of Western Medicine,” Eckhaus said.

He said his interest in blending Eastern and Western medicine grew out of an earlier interest in Eastern philosophies, something he studied as an undergraduate in college.Eckhaus received his medical degree from MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his residency at the Marshall School of Medicine in Huntington, W.V.The ABHM requires that doctors practice holistic medicine for two years before taking the certification course and exam.Eckhaus is one of only about 600 certified holistic doctors in the country and only about 50 in the state, according to the ABHM Web site, He said about 40 percent of his current patients come to him specifically for holistic medicine. He expects more people to seek him out now that he’s certified.

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