MARQUETTE - A nationally recognized internist will be in town this weekend to share her unique take on medicine with the Marquette community.
Dr. Eva Selhub, a board-certified internist who works at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, will host a Friday presentation titled "Your Brain on Nature."
Selhub focuses on stress management and "mind-body medicine," which she describes as a combination of eastern belief systems and traditional medicine.
Dr. Eva Selhub, a board-certified internist who works at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, will be in town this weekend to discuss “mind-body medicine,” a combination of eastern belief systems and traditional medicine. (Eva Selhub photo)
"I'm amazed at the body's natural ability to heal and how can we tap into that," she said. "Ultimately, I'm going to be talking about resilience, how to be present in your life, to handle the stresses."
Selhub said she turned to mind-body medicine years ago, after trying her hand as a primary care physician.
"I learned that I really did not enjoy being a primary care doctor," she said. "It took a lot more than five minutes to get to know someone and how to make them heal."
In her practice, she preaches a lifestyle that encompasses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, and includes social support, self love, nutrition and exercise.
By addressing underlying behaviors and beliefs, people can become healthier, according to Selhub, who said the road to a healthier life can often be held up by the modern world.
She said the natural stress response is a good thing for short periods of time, but that stress can be detrimental over long periods of time.
As the response can be triggered by noise or smog, she said a return to nature can be just what the doctor ordered for many people.
"(Noise and smog) is taxing your system, so when you go out somewhere else where the smells are not toxic and are healing, it has the reverse effect," she said.
Since she got into medicine, Selhub has seen an increase in cases of depression and attention deficit disorder and has seen more narcissistic behaviors, on a whole.
She attributes that shift, in part, to the rise of immediate media, like smart phones and the Internet.
"All these people that live in concrete jungles - we need to tell them, 'You need to get back into nature,'" she said.
While Selhub acknowledges that her views about mind-body medicine are not widely espoused, she said she has support from both Harvard and the medical community.
"I'm not making stuff up," she said. "I'm not talking about angels and hoodoo voodoo stuff. I'm talking about stress physiology ... I take the research and apply it clinically, looking for outcomes."
Selhub's presentation, which is free, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Marquette's Messiah Lutheran Church, located at 305 W. Magnetic St. Donations are accepted and will be shared with Lake Superior Hospice and U.P. Home Health & Hospice.
On Saturday morning, Selhub will be offering a three-hour seminar at Marquette's Presque Isle Park Pavilion. There, she will lead a workshop focused on stress reduction and wellness, using techniques and strategies from mind-body wellness.
The fee for the seminar is $75 per person.
While in the area, Selhub will also be speaking at Bell Hospital.
She is the author of "The Love Response" and the co-author of "Your Brain on Nature" and has published a number of audio CDs.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.