In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan Explores Resurgence of Psychedelic Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

After decades on the margins of both polite society and medical research, psychotropic compounds such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, and the like, are once again the focus of serious clinical investigation as potential therapies for a host of psychological and neurological conditions. In his newest book, How to Change Your Mind, popular author explores the resurgence of psychedelic medicine without bias, agenda, or pretense.

How Bias and Stigma Undermine Healthcare

By Dennis Rosen, MD | Contributing Writer

Anthropologist Janelle Taylor got it right when she observed that, “Physicians’ medical knowledge is no less cultural for being real, just as patients’ lived experiences and perspectives are no less real for being cultural.”

More than ten years on, her essay, Confronting ‘Culture’ in Medicine’s ‘Culture of No Culture’ (Acad. Med. 2003;78:555–559), remains one of the most penetrating analyses of one of healthcare’s most challenging issues: practitioner bias and how it affects patient outcomes.

Remembering Lee Lipsenthal

By Erik Goldman

The holistic/integrative medical community lost one of its leading lights, with the passing of Dr. Lee Lipsenthal on Sept. 20 at the age of 54. Clinician, pioneer, educator, agitator, rock & roller…..Lee was a loving and beloved man whose passion to help others, whose love of life, whose venturesome spirit touched and transformed many peoples’ lives. A dedicated husband, father and friend, Lee spent decades teaching all those around him how to live with vigor. In his passing, he’s taught us how to die with grace.

Crisis & Creation: Ten Years on the Road to Healthier Healthcare

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Holistic Primary Care’s tenth anniversary offers a special opportunity to look back on the trials and triumphs in holistic medicine over the last decade. We’ve asked leaders in the field to share their thoughts on the  trends, achievements and setbacks that shaped the decade. Their insights are as inspiring, provocative and transformative as holistic medicine itself.

Open Mind & Open Heart Are Essential in Caring for People with Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Primary care doctors have a vital role to play in helping patients with cancer, even if they are not directly involved in treatment of the cancer itself. The key, says Dr. Isaac Eliaz, is for doctors to confront their own mortality and become comfortable with the reality of impermanence.

Ten Years After: Reflecting on Holistic Primary Care’s First Decade

By Erik L. Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Holistic Primary Care was born ten years ago, with a simple mission: to build an information bridge between the medical mainstream and the holistic disciplines and to foster a more health-centric approach to health care. A LOT has happened since that first issue rolled off the presses!


The Swine Flu Mirror

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

What’s really interesting about H1N1 is the way it seems to mirror back to people what they fear most and trust least. Our individual reactions and responses to this bug tell us more about our human nature, than the nature of the virus or its potential health consequences.

Neuroacoustics: The Healing Power of Sound

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 5, No. 3. , 2004

The experience of sound is at the very core of human consciousness, and it can be a powerful tool for healing. For the last two decades, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson has dedicated himself to developing new ways to work with sound vibrations to treat depression, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and other stress related problems.

Finding Balance: A New Book Extends a Helping Hand to Hurt, Harried Healers

By Staff Writer - Vol. 9, No. 2. , 2008

In his new book, Finding Balance in a Medical Life, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal contends that doctors bring about much of their own unhappiness through controlling, perfectionistic and workaholic attitudes. Drawing from a wide range of psychological practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Lipsenthal provides insights and practical tools to help fellow physicians find joy and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

Defining Your Values Is Key to Building a Healthy Practice

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. , 2007

Now more than ever, the nation needs health care systems that focus on prevention. Equally pressing is the need to restore economic viability to primary care and rebuild physician-patient relationships. The changes will only come when doctors re-define their professional values and restructure their practices accordingly. Dr. Elson Haas, a holistic pioneer with more than 30 years’ experience, reflects on the values underlying his thriving practice.

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