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Healing Talk

Cathy Creger Rosenbaum opens with a bombshell.

“My philosophy,” she says, “is that prescription medicines are ruining our lives.”

Perhaps what makes that so shocking is Rosenbaum is a pharmacist—and that she wants people to know it.

“I think it’s important for people to know that I’m a pharmacist,” she says, “and there’s a better path to healing through integrative holistic medicine.”

She wants everyone to know so much that last fall she created a weekly radio show on WMKV-FM (89.3 FMi in Cincinnati called “Your Holistic Health,” which streams live on at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. The show highlights local and national holistic services experts, focusing on services that are affordable, credible and evidence-based. Topics include yoga, acupuncture and infertility, homeopathy, sleep health, emotional health and massage.

Rosenbaum, a 2001 Executive MBA graduate, spends her days as a clinical effectiveness and safety officer at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati and has been a pharmacist for more than 35 years. Her journey from academia to the pharmaceutical industry to hospital-based practice to holistic medicine was influenced by a trip to China about a decade ago to study herbal medicine.

“My life was changed in China,” she said. “I felt a tremendous touch for the Lord over there. I didn’t know I would be called, it’s almost a ministry. I realized that the holistic model exists and was moving from Eastern culture to the West, and I wanted to be on the crest of the wave.”

That doesn’t mean Rosenbaum sees no use for prescription medication. But, she believes, it is just one of six or seven balance points—along with dietary supplements, nutritional health, sleep, exercise, emotional health and spiritual health—that she sees as equally important to a client’s health model.

The spiritual component includes praying with, or for, her clients with their permission. “I believe a relationship with God is a component in healing,” she said. Her spiritual perspective is Christian, but she works with people of various faiths, “looking for a common denominator.”

She stresses, though, that she’s not practicing medicine. “My job is to build bridges with doctors at the head of the ship,” she says. “The doctor is still in charge. I’m actually trying to help people enhance their health experience, to honor their health goals.”

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