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CNN's Dan Rutz reports on the use of Native American healing with modern medicine in treating some patients in Arizona.
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Native Americans combine old and new medicine

September 13, 1999
Web posted at: 2:08 p.m. EDT (1808 GMT)

TUCSON, Arizona (CNN) -- Heart disease, once rare among Native American Indians, has become their leading cause of death, and doctors at the University of Arizona are trying to reverse that trend by combining modern medicine with traditional native healers.

Spiritual healers work in conjunction with hospital staffers who say their Native American friends have taught them that when mind, body and soul are working together, healing comes more quickly.

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Dan Rutz visited the University of Arizona, where heart specialist Dr. James Galloway says high tech and ancient tradition are producing amazing results.



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