Medicine vs. Intuition…. Either/Or?

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This arrived along with our usual jumble of medical journals and publications, and I was so excited:

Intuition made the front cover!?!? How awesome is this!

I opened it up, not caring if it were going to be a positive review of intuition in medicine or a negative one, just so glad there were going to be addressing the role of intuition in patient care at all!


Well, that was the error in my thinking, I suppose.

It wasn’t a review of the role of intuition in patient care.

It was completely and utterly about how using ICD coding in documenting medical records leaves less space for creativity because you have to code (assign a number to) everything that happens in a medical office for review by medical insurance companies.

What the?!?! The article was all about coding and checking off boxes in the medical record, not patient care at all.


In retrospect I should have figured, considering the journal was Medical Economics after all.

But this journal cover got me thinking… shouldn’t someone out there be talking about intuition in the context of patient care?


Well, if I were writing an article about intuition for the cover of a major medical journal, here is what I want to say about how intuition complements patient care:

The thing is, medical knowledge is amazing… knowing physically what is going on inside the body helps us figure out how to help treat it and hopefully alleviate symptoms. And sometimes, when disease follows a pattern of inheritance or there are specific genetic markers for disease, we can help answer the “why” behind illness by pointing towards our DNA.

But the truth is, that among the miracles and breakthroughs and life-saving medications and surgical interventions that modern medicine provides, there are many… many… many gaps.

So much left unknown.

It became painfully aware to me in medical school, as I started to really grasp and understand for the first time how little modern medicine really knows about any single illness, that for every one process or illness that medicine has begun to understand, there are 100 more that it has no clue about.


  • That we don’t have drugs that fix everything.
  • That we don’t have operations that can magically cure everything.
  • That we don’t have a lab test that can accurately say what is truth for you and why this is happening right now and in exactly this way, and why these are your symptoms and not these and why this happened to you and not your brother or sister.
  • That out beyond the miracles of modern medicine, there are other miracles… miracles brought on by spirit and faith. That there are healings and cures that happen all the time even without medical intervention.
  • And that there is a dark side, too, of modern medicine… that there are interventions that harm, that there are side effects that do not fix the problem and worse yet, cause other ones.


I began to understand and really appreciate that medicine has limitations, whereas intuition does not.

That medicine can harm, whereas spirit does not.


So I appreciate medicine for what it offers, and I honor intuition for what it adds.

I truly believe that both medical knowledge and intuitive information provide different but equally important answers to what is going on in our body. To pretend that all we are is a body that needs to be treated and a code that needs to be filled out to appease an insurance company is to not understand the beauty of life at all.

I’m convinced that if we really think all we are is a body, than medicine is likely to meet your needs well enough.

But at the point when it becomes obvious to us that there is more going on in here then just a linear biochemical process… that there is a movement of energy and a flow of spirit through us that goes well beyond how one cell reacts to another… at that point, it might not be satisfying any more to merely attempt to treat a symptom with a medication.


Intuitive information combined with medical knowledge

is more powerful than either standing alone.


Both are factual. Both are healing. Both are relevant.

Yes, I truly believe information received from intuition is absolutely as factual as information gleaned from your blood work.

Both are helpful in pulling it all together to figure out the bigger picture of why you are on the journey you are on.


in·tu·i·tion [in-too-ish-uhn, -tyoo-]noun

1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.
4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
5. Philosophy .

a. an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
b. any object or truth so discerned.
c. pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.


The very act of opening to, trusting in, and receiving intuitive information gains you direct access to that which is beyond understanding in modern medicine.

It adds one extra slice of understanding to the picture, fills in one more piece of the pie.

I love combining them both. I love healers that work with intuition and I love healers that work with medicine, but together… together you have access to infinite understanding.


Okay, so maybe it would be too much to think a Medical Economics would address intuition in a way that helps physicians deal with patients better… but I’m going to give it a go.

I’ve decided next month, for the entire month of August…

I’m going to take you through each chakra in your body and explain to you the energy that runs through that system.


Not just from an energetic point of view, I’m talking hands on… from a physician’s point of view… exactly how this energy is effecting your physical body and things you can do to strengthen and support each one. And I can’t wait to do it!


xoxo, Laura


PS — If you want to work privately with me to figure out both pieces of the puzzle… the medical side and the intuitive one… I’ve opened up a new “Core Peeps” program just for you!