Podcast: Dr. Josefa Rangel, Innate Medicine Specialist

Podcast: Dr. Josefa Rangel, Innate Medicine Specialist


Innate medicine is a new way of looking at healing and seeks to build up the body’s inherent capacity to be well.

“Our birthright is innate resilience,” Dr. Rangel says. The question is how to build that up and nurture it.

This week, Rabbi Rami is talking with one of Spirituality and Health’s newest contributors, Dr. Josefa Rangel.

Rangel is a board-certified internist and integrative medicine specialist who trained at Stanford University School of Medicine, the University of California San Francisco, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. She also recently completed training in medical advocacy.

Rangel has practiced integrative medicine since 2005. Her belief in the body’s innate capacity to heal led her to establish the Innate Medicine Clinic in search of a new paradigm in medical care.

“Sickness and death are part of life,” she discusses with Rabbi Rami. From her perspective as a healer, the goal is to tap into inner vitality, as opposed to trying to be well at all times, which is simply not realistic.

“We have inner knowing that any living thing wants to thrive, so that is the view we want to take,” she says. “We respond with skillful means.”

We hope you will enjoy reading some of Rangel’s beautiful essays for S&H, such as “Build Resilience Through Radical Self-Care” and “Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma,” and we are delighted to welcome her to our team of contributors.

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