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Doctors from Afghanistan visit Mercy Medical Center

Suzanne Bartlett, MD, shows physicians from Afghanistan around Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. 11 Afghani physicians visited Mercy on Wednesday, as part of their visit to the U.S. through the State Dept's International Visitor Leadership Program. The physicians talked with Bartlett about integrative medicine and toured its facility at Mercy. Integrative medicine is intended to treat the whole person, not just a specific disease or symptoms, combining conventional healthcare methods with approaches such as herbal medicine, yoga, and dietary recommendations. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
Suzanne Bartlett, MD, shows physicians from Afghanistan around Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. 11 Afghani physicians visited Mercy on Wednesday, as part of their visit to the U.S. through the State Dept's International Visitor Leadership Program. The physicians talked with Bartlett about integrative medicine and toured its facility at Mercy. Integrative medicine is intended to treat the whole person, not just a specific disease or symptoms, combining conventional healthcare methods with approaches such as herbal medicine, yoga, and dietary recommendations. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Eleven women doctors from Afghanistan toured Mercy Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine unit on Wednesday.

The physicians learned more about integrative medicine from Dr. Suzanne Bartlett, with the help of a translator.

While integrative medicine includes conventional medicine, Bartlett said it also focuses on holistic and natural remedies, like essential oils and supplements.

“We try to seek more natural treatments whenever possible. So, in a country that is struggling with their resources, this could be something that could be very effective and very helpful,” Bartlett said.

Dr. Bartlett was an OB-GYN doctor for 13 years before getting into integrative medicine. She became passionate about it when her son was diagnosed with autism and her husband was diagnosed and later died from lung cancer.

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