Is it ever good to get sick?

This is a very challenging question, because even daring to ask the question can seem immoral, crass, or uncaring, especially when it arises out of medical work.  But at some point it becomes essential to ask this question when we strive to understand illness in the context of broader patterns of human growth and development. […]

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The Integrated Care Package

There are currently places in the world where large hospitals, medical clinics and retreat centers are able to offer multi-disciplinary anthroposophic care (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden), but the current medical model and insurance programs in the U.S. do not make this possible.  This is a challenging moral quandary, as participation in insurance plans immediately creates […]

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Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids

A New Feature Things you may not know Anthroposophic Treatments are good for: Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids   We get sick in stages: there is a waterfall relationship between the immediate impressions of a situation; to what with time becomes a more chronic, physiologic imbalance; to what eventually becomes a true […]

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The Etheric Body: Foundation of a Dynamic Clinical Lens

            There is a great modern hope to find the kernel of good health in a check-list.  As medical costs are ballooning and rates of chronic illness climb, one oft-espoused solution is to get more precise about what we as healthcare providers are doing, creating broad practice guidelines and working to universally apply them.  There is […]

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How do I find more Peace?–through the Life Sense. Living and Authentic Life, part 3.

            “How are you?”  That's a common greeting, which is usually answered more out of politeness than honesty.  Most of the time we answer casually, so that when someone does answer in a truthful way it is a little bit shocking–either because it is so negative (“Lousy!” which we probably would rather not know) or […]

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Why email can’t possibly meet our full humanity (and yes, I’m sending you an email): Living an Authentic Life, part 2

VISION–WARMTH–HEARING–WORD–THOUGHT–“I”   One part of leading an authentic life is about being conscientious with our body, and trying not to repetitively deceive our own physiology (see last month's post about artificial sweeteners, as well as a little update at the bottom*).  But that is not the only place where we are being numbed into disconnection.  […]

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Artificial Sweeteners and What They Do to Our Humanity: Living an Authentic Life, Part 1

Are you living a life of deprivation?  Might seem like a strange question, as most people today are living in a world of such tremendous material abundance that it has no real historical precedent.  People have never lived such complicated lives with so much stuff.  There are, of course, scary times and hard situations when […]

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