“I was aghast at how mechanical health care was. The person was being bypassed. It was as if people were cars – you know, you go in and fix the brakes or replace the oil. I knew that people were much more than machines,” says Bonnie Horrigan, describing to me what drew her to become a pioneer publisher for the now burgeoning field of integrative medicine.
Horrigan is an enlightener, educating and encouraging the public and those in health care to see that health is about more than just bodily components.
She came to that realization after publishing reports and papers for The American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Those nurses, on the front lines of caring for people, gave her a grant to start one of the first integrative medical journals: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, which she co-founded in 1995 with Dr. Larry Dossey and Dr. Jeanne Achterberg.
Anyone interested in a “mind-body-spirit” approach to health owes Bonnie Horrigan a huge debt of gratitude that this concept is now accepted in today’s health conversation.