In his prolific and wide-ranging career, the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner always sought to find the intersection of science and spirituality. His thinking birthed Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, associative economics, and a branch of the healing arts called anthroposophic medicine. Anthroposophic medicine explores the emotional, creative, and spiritual health of the patient as well as his or her physical well-being. A fundamental difference to this approach is its view of illness: "In this day and age, people don't allow themselves to be ill. They want antibiotics; they want to get better quickly; they want to get back to work or to send their kids to school," says Dr. Kathleen Lazare of Collaborative Medical Arts, which is an anthroposophic practice in Chatham. "But illness is actually something we need in order to get the debris out of our body and rebuild the architecture." Rather than suppressing illness, Collaborative Medical Arts focuses on encouraging the body's natural healing forces. Treatment plans may include a combination of remedies, therapeutic modalities, supplements, lifestyle or dietary changes, and, when necessary, conventional medications. Dr. Lazare works alongside the anthroposophic neurologist Cathy Sims-O'Neil, DO, and a team of healthcare practitioners.