It was nourishing to be able to go back and forth between election news and this extended interview between On Being host Krista Tippett and the Buddhism teacher Sharon Salzberg.
"I do the best I can,
I try to learn from my mistakes.
The world is the world...
of constant change
Growing up in suburban Portland, Oregon, and now in Vermont, I have lived in white communities serving white people. I have always known this, of course, but I am belatedly recalibrating. My 'race' and my family's foundational privilege have been exposed in the light of my closer read of US history and a deeper understanding of race as a diseased and contorted outgrowth money and power.
For example, Oregon is the only state that was admitted to the US with racial exclusion language. Until 1926, it was illegal to be black in Oregon, punishable by whipping. Oregon was designed as a white bastion, and it is easy to see how that foundation could, half a century later, sustain an environment that made it easier for my newly arriving family to succeed.
I personally have benefited from the racist roots of my 'Free World.' I walk a greased path that all but ensures success as long as I do what's expected; as long as I follow my heart; as long as I...
I'm a naturopath, but I never knew if I wanted to be a doctor. I stumbled on naturopathic medical school to learn more about the science of the human body. Along the way I found that I enjoyed teaching patients about how their bodies and minds worked. I found that I could help people.
What I never liked was the actual practice of medicine, even naturopathic, functional, or integrative medicine. See, "medicine" involves taking a unique human problem and generalizing it by putting it into a diagnostic box.
If a person came into my office feeling tired and cold and depressed. I might test them for antibodies to the thyroid gland and diagnose them with Hashimoto's.
"Aha!" I said ten years ago, "Now that I know what's wrong, I know how to treat it!"
Alas, each case of Hashimoto's is unique and there is no one treatment that is generally successful.
I failed many times.
So, I dove deeper into study, training, and practice. I learned about all the...
This is an easy question to receive and a bear to answer. Quantum revolutions in science can hint at some answers, as can newer understandings of biofields and biological systems.
However, our perceptions of how the world works is still stuck in the linear science of hundreds of years ago. Medicine is stuck in the linear science of hundreds of years ago. Therefore, it's easy to discount the explanations of energy medicine and assessment as "woo-woo."
But worldwide, there are groups of researchers who are trying to deepen our understanding of biofield therapies--a category that my IBA could be put into.
In a summary article of the research in this field, David Muesham states:
"Advances in a wide range of scientific disciplines (such as biophysics, biology, functional genomics, neu- roscience, psychology and psychoneuroimmunology), have begun to emphasize the importance of informa- tion in the natural processes of life. These results pro- vide a new viewpoint on...
Most of my clients recover from Lyme disease with a support plan that does not include antibiotics.
This may be surprising, but there a good reasons why plants often work better than antibiotics for this complex disease. In this video blog, from October 2019, I discuss why this is so.