When we have a health issue, most conventional doctors will start by testing our blood, asking about
our diet and lifestyle, and reviewing family medical history. According to Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, a Native American healer would begin with a completely different question—what stories are we telling and hearing in our lives? As both a medical doctor and a lifelong student of Cherokee and Lakota tradition, Dr. Mehl-Madrona believes that our best approach to healing is one that integrates indigenous and modern wisdom. In this video clip, he explains the role of stories in creating the social brain, and how our health is directly tied to the stories we choose to tell.