Reflections

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.

“Bad Cholesterol”: Good Marketing, But Is It Good Medicine?

By Cleaves M. Bennett, MD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 3. , 2007

The cholesterol model of heart disease, which labels LDL as “bad” and HDL as “good,” has certainly helped drug companies sell a lot of statin medications. But has it really reduced the impact of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in this country? “Not really,” says Dr. Cleaves Bennett, one of the nation’s leading experts on hypertension, kidney disease and preventive medicine.

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Terma Foundation: Saving Lives in Tibet’s Far Reaches

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief

Internist Nancy Harris, MD, has learned a lot over her 15 years of providing holistic primary care services in remote regions of Tibet. Among the lessons, the power of nutrition to transform lives, and the power of human dignity to transcend adversity.

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