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Iva Fattorini – Healing Arts

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Dr. Iva Fattorini

 The Arts bring the Spiritual back into Medicine

That is the message 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest Spotlight: Health audiences heard last month from physician Iva Fattorini, a proponent of treating disease as well as the whole person by inviting the arts into healthcare settings. Passionate about her work, Dr. Fattorini called on health professionals and public health organizations to rethink the traditional approach to the patient’s environment, especially in in-patient hospitals. Dr. Fattorini contends that healing is not just a physical or even psychological phenomenon; it is also a spiritual process that involves everything that impacts the heart and soul.

The idea of a holistic approach is not new. For many years, research has proven that there are many factors that contribute to the outcomes of illness and injury. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines holistic health as: “viewing man in his totality within a wide ecological spectrum, and … emphasizing the view that ill health or disease is brought about by an imbalance, or disequilibrium, of man in his total ecological system and not only by the causative agent and pathogenic evolution.”

Born in Croatia and trained as a dermatologist, Dr. Fattorini is opening minds to her ideas. As ‎Chair of the Global Arts and Medicine Institute – ‎Department at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Fattorini has scheduled live performances and participatory sessions of pianists, artists, poets, musicians, sculptors for in-patient families as a way to facilitate the healing process. What she finds is that when patients experience beauty, there are measurable improvements in their conditions. Not only do their illnesses improve, they are more optimistic about their recovery, are inspired to express themselves in creative ways, are distracted from unpleasant procedures and pain, and view their hospital stay as a positive life experience.

Dr. Fattorini’s passion for changing the healthcare paradigm is contagious. At her presentation in Aspen, dozens of inspired audience members shared their own enthusiasm for using the arts therapeutically, many with anecdotes of others in healthcare who are connecting art and artists with traditional medicine around the globe. Dr. Fattorini’s newest endeavor is called Artocene, an organization will bring to a global scale her work at the Cleveland Clinic as a paradigm that can be shared with other healthcare organizations.

As the world contends with the challenge of providing effective healthcare, it seems the best answers can often be found in taking care of one another in ways that are anything but pharmaceutical. It turns out that experiencing beauty may be one of the best medicines we have!

INSPIRITRY ACTION: How might you use the power of the arts for your own health and the health of those you love?!

Read more about Iva Fattorini, a great example of InSpiritry at work at Deepak Chopra’s blog about Dr. Fattorini on the Huffington Post web site and at Artocene.

When We Open Our Hearts and Minds, We Can InSpire Health!

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Social Networking – Modern Day Moai

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

       “Value your relationships.”  Barbara Bush

Lately, I have been thinking about relationships and the strength they bring to our lives.

With that on my mind, this week I read an insightful article  about “the power of many” in an investment newsletter. As evidence of how personal relationships empower us in the midst of these unsettled economic times, the article noted an interesting custom I read about several years ago in Dan Buettner’s eye-opening book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest .

The custom comes from the island of Okinawa, where for years people have formed social cooperatives called moai. Essentially, moai are informal groups formed by people who want to count on and cooperate with each other. (more…)

The New Generation Gap

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  Gandhi

With the Republican nominee decided and the Democratics yet to find consensus on a candidate,  the Presidential primaries have offered some interesting revelations:

  • Women are not all voting for the only woman running.
  • Blacks are not all lined up behind the one Black candidate.
  • Experienced Senators are having trouble getting credit for long careers of hard-fought accomplishments.
  • New young voters have turned out in record numbers for a candidate who seems young.
  • The buzzword has been “change.”

What is going on?

I would suggest that we are experiencing the early pangs of a syndrome we, Baby Boomers, should recognize:

A Generation Gap!

Yes, there is growing evidence that the country is divided along generational lines with a disconnect between old and young.  Think about it:


Bookwoman and Others Like Her

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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“I suddenly wanted something to read about women,

but I couldn’t find anything.”

Poet Judy Grahn


In Austin, Texas, on the corner of 12th and Lamar, there is a small shop that, for years, has been one of the sanctuary places in my life. Its bright storefront display promotes a wide variety of items:  feminist biographies, environmental photojournalism, insightful children’s books, progressive political commentary and gifts promoting peace. Entering customers, especially women, are welcomed home. Behind the counter sits owner, Susan Post, an unassuming woman with eyes as soft as her voice. When asked, she will speak of her unwavering dedication to feminism and her heart for writers. The shop I speak of is Book-woman, one of only a handful of independent feminist bookstores in the country and the only one in Texas.  A store devoted to improving women’s lives–what better way to live out a Passion for the Greater Good? (more…)

Women and Children

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007


 Save the Women and Children!

Most of the casualties were Women and Children!

Who will protect the Women and Children?

The phrase “Women and Children” conjures up, for many, a vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. There are, though, some of us who believe that women and children are far from passive victims to violence who need more violence to save them. In fact, we believe that, because women and children innately know that aggression begets aggression, women and children also are motivated to seek alternatives to violence (military, economic, social and domestic). Further, we believe that once empowered, women and children will naturally find peaceful solutions– that women and children are the solution. (more…)

Esfaniari Released – Iran Hears Our Combined Voices

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

 When We Raise Our Voices…

Last month, while attending the International Women’s Peace Conference in Dallas, I was reminded of the plight of women around the world. Inspired to be more proactive, I returned home to find an opportunity to do that. The Feminist Majority Foundation, a group I link to at my website,, was requesting for emails to be sent to the Iranian government regarding an imprisoned Iranian-American scholar, Dr. Haleh Esfandiari. It told how Dr. Esfandiari had traveled from the United States to visit her elderly mother and, while in Iran, was abducted and imprisoned. That evening I saw an Iranian propaganda videotape of the scholar as well as a public television interview with her husband and daughter begging for her release, claiming she had lost weight and seemed dejected. I was compelled to take action. Immediately, I sent an impassioned email to Iranian officials as requested.

That was a month ago. (more…)

Babies vs. Big Business

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

          Imagine that the world had invented a new “dream product” to feed and immunize everyone born on Earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery — and helped mothers to plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer.
Then imagine that the world refused to use it.

Towards the end of this century of unprecedented discovery and invention, even as scientists discover the origins of life itself, this scenario is not, alas, a fiction. The “dream product” is human breast milk, available to us all at birth, and yet we are not using it.– UNICEF

With that thought in mind, this past week, there was a happy bit of medical news : (more…)

Growing Up to be President

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007



Think back to your childhood. What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher? A fireman? An astronaut? A civil rights attorney? A United Nations ambassador? President of the United States?

Like so many little girls, I had ambitious ideas about growing up to be someone who would make a difference in the world…yes, to even be President of the United States.



Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Around the world, there are thousands of people making InSpiritry a reality — they are working for the Greater Good in ways that inspire others to do the same. Their stories can empower us! Today’s InSpiritry story is about Dr. Victoria Hale, a social entrepreneur who is challenging the paradigm of the pharmaceutical world. (more…)

Microfinance: Personal Investment in the World

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Posted by Anne McCrady

A Bangladeshi man visits a simple village of mostly poor women and their children. They tell him how desperate they are to get loans so that they can start small businesses selling goods or providing services. When he asks how much they need, he is shocked to find out most of them need just a few dollars. Seeing an opportunity for a solution, he takes money from his own pocket, gives some to each woman, asks that they pay him back as they can and encourages them to follow their dreams. Overjoyed, the women begin their work and within a while all of them are able to repay the man. He can then make new loans.

That is, in fact, a true story! (more…)