Dan Taylor and John Woolf have very different approaches to healthcare.
Taylor is an acupuncturist who specializes in traditional Chinese medicine, while Woolf is a physical therapist, and co-director of the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine in the U.S.
Their training and treatments may look very different, but both men, however, have traveled extensively to perfect their work.
Taylor has taken several trips to China. On his latest trip, he made an interesting observation.
"There are very few obese people in China. It's rare to see it on the street, or in the airports, or anywhere else, and I was fascinated by this," he said.
While there, Taylor said, he ate mostly meats, fresh vegetables and fruits. What he did not consume were processed carbohydrates.
Taylor said he suspects that diet, namely the avoidance of sugar, is why the Chinese tend to be so lean. Since then, he has made changes to his own diet, and talks to his patients about changing the way they eat.
"We've adapted several of the Chinese cultural methods of eating, namely the timing of food. We don't skip meals any more," he said.
Taylor said Americans often miss meals, eat hurriedly at their desk, or grab something fast and processed. Such does not happen in China, Taylor said. "Meals are taken seriously," he added.
Woolf recently traveled to Peru. He said he came back from the trip with, "a greater appreciation for the need to connect and guide people through a process."
Woolf said he has identified three elements of health.
First, it is "an intention or decision by the patient to heal." In other words, the patient must want to heal. The second element he identified is the ability of the patient to seek out someone who will help him or her to heal. And the third is some form of ritual, he said.
"In Western medicine, our rituals are very sophisticated, in so far that we've got medications," Woolf said. "We've got procedures. We've got big machines." But what is absent, he said, is relationships as a whole between the provider and the patient.