Kingsville Doctor Practices Spiritual Medicine
By Roel Garcia
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. Ronald Cole, who practices at Spohn Hospital-Kingsville, takes a holistic view of life by focusing on non-physical aspects, which help both him and his patients cope with health and everyday life.
For the past 20 years, Cole has studied this non-physical view, which he has practiced since he finished his residency and medical school. Cole recognizeds that there is a body, mind and soul and applied the mind and soul components to his OB/GYN practice.
"Medicine deals with the body aspect," Cole said. "But I've learned that that is the least important aspect. The mind and soul are the ones that control the body."
Cole describes himself as a practical person who refuses to accept the theory for theory's sake.
"I want to know how to help myself in everyday life," Cole said. "I also want to know how it all works to help my patients both obstetrically and gynecological."
But Cole did not always hold this type of holistic view. Cole, a native of Missouri, started out in a completely different field but believes he was always meant to take the path which lead to medicine.
Even though Cole had an interest in medicine while in high school, he pursued a career in engineering.
"I went to m University of Missouri and got a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering," Cole said. "I went to work for Exxon in Baytwon, Texas and that's how I came to live in Texas."
During his first year of work with Exxon, Cole had to fulfill a military commitment. When he returned to Exxon, circumstances occurred which changed his career. He started becoming disillused with his work and struggled for something else in his field.
"Besides trying to find a new job, my second son was born with spina bifida," Cole said. "I didn't even know what that was at the time. I think it was the universe's way of leading me back into medicine."
Cole looked around at Baylor School of Medicine then sought out something in a physician's assistant field. He took courss around the Houston area until he was accepted to the University of Missouri Medical School.
"I did my residency in Houston and started out of residency as a typical OB/GYN," Cole said. "I did things the way I was trained which was in a cold, mechanical, clinical way in a cold, four-walled room with chrome and bright lights."
Then Cole's philosophy began to change as he started getting into the non-physical aspects of life during the early 1970s. He started a more gentle, loving approach to labor and childbirth, which earned him criticism for his peers.
"According to those people, I was doing dangerous things," Cole said. "I was doing things like dimming lights, playing music in the delivery room, and bringing in the family."
Cole got pulled up in front of committees and criticized for his practices in childbirth. He began doing radio shows and other types of media events to talk about his views.
"I used to take a letter to these shows," Cole said. "It was from the Methodist hospital where I used to work. It said they wanted me to stop ding the type of things I was doing. What they were saying was they didn't want me to do gentle, loving stuff in their hosptial."
Cole has produced three videos on childbirth and has written a book called "The Gentle Greeting," which is a loving, spiritual approach to childbirth.
"Critics can look at my work and see if I've had complications or not," Cole said. "My outcome is probably better than most, so I continue my research into the non-physical aspects."