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Professional PresenceA1. Models of Health and HealingIn the Western Model, many of us view our “body” as the skin, bones and muscles that carry us through our days. Most of us do our best to nurture our body. We feed it healthy nutrients, we keep it clean by bathing it, we exercise it and we give it rest. When it breaks down, we schedule an appointment to see our family physician to fix it. Most physicians view the body as a biomedical machine that can be fixed bymedical interventions such as medications, surgeries and other procedures and I, myself, have done this over and over. 10 years ago while assisting a physician in an OR case, I began experiencing heart palpitations and my head just felt out of sorts. As a nurse, I knew these were symptoms of high blood pressure. As soon as the case was over, I had a fellow nurse check my blood pressure. It was 148/100. I really couldn’t explain the reason behind my elevated blood pressure because it just had to be a fluke, right? So, I treated myself by taking two Aleve thinking it would at least treat the headache I was beginning to have. Needless to say, this did not help and I continued to have heart palpitations and my headaches became more frequent. I did what most humans do, I call and scheduled an appointment with my family doctor. Over the next few weeks, while waiting for blood results, I began having discomfort over my right side of my abdomen. Thinking it was my gall bladder, my physician ordered an