Daniel J. Benor, MD, Editor in Chief and Producer of the IJHC, is a wholistic psychotherapist, helping people address issues of body, emotions, mind, relationships and spirit. My psychotherapy blends elements from Energy Psychology (e.g. TWR/WHEE), transactional analysis, gestalt therapy, meditation, imagery and relaxation, dream analysis, and other approaches. I have taught this spectrum of methods internationally for 30 years to people involved in wholistic, intuitive, and spiritual approaches to caring, health and personal development. I founded The Doctor-Healer Network in England. I am founder and past coordinator for the Council for Healing, including representatives of a spectrum of healing and CAM modality organizations. I authored many articles on wholistic, spiritual healing, Healing Research, Volume I – III, Seven Minutes to Natural Pain Release and Spoon River Revisited. I am a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, Professor at Energy Medicine University, and have been for many years on the advisory boards of the journals, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Subtle Energies (ISSSEEM), the Advisory Council of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychotherapy (ACEP), the Canadian Association for Energy Therapies (CAIET), and the Advisory Board of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (UK). I appear internationally on radio and TV.
I believe healing is a movement towards wholeness, a never-ending project.
See more on my views of wholistic healing at http://www.ijhc.org/variations-on-the-theme-of-healing.
Loren L. Toussaint, PhD, Research Editor, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he teaches courses on statistics, methodology, stress and coping, health psychology, and forgiveness. Previously he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on statistics and measurement at Idaho State University. He is a former Research Fellow in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His research focuses mainly on the role of forgiveness in health and happiness, and also on how other psychological and social factors such as stress and coping and religiousness and spirituality impact health, health behaviors, and adjustment. He has authored or co-authored 25 scientific papers and over 70 scientific presentations. He provides editorial and ad-hoc review for several scientific journals. His current work focuses on: 1) epidemiological studies of forgiveness and unforgiveness and their connections with mental and physical health, 2) cultural aspects of forgiveness in America, Chile, Lithuania, and Spain, and 3) peace promotion through forgiveness in Africa.
David Aldridge, PhD has the Chair for Qualitative Research in Medicine at the University of Witten Herdecke in Germany. He is particularly concerned with teaching research, developing appropriate forms of research supervision and promoting the next generations of health care researchers. He works with medical practitioners, nurses, counselors, creative arts therapists and artists.
My vision for integrative care in the future is that people will be actively encouraged to find voices to their own individual forms of expression that sometimes we label as “health” and that the plurality of health care initiatives on offer within our communities will be used to the full.
Prof. Dr. David Aldridge, FRSM
tel (0)2302 282470
Co-Director, Nordoff-Robbins Zentrum, Witten, Ruhrstrasse 70, 58452 Witten
Editor-in-Chief, “Music and Medicine”, an interdisciplinary journal, SAGE Publications.
Affiliate Researcher, MIPH, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Medical Faculty, Mannheim, Germany
Visiting Professor for the Creative Arts Therapies, Bradford Dementia Group, University of Bradford, UK.
Robert A. Anderson, MD, ABFP 1973-91, ABHM 2000-, AHMA, AAFP, was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and currently teaches Family Medicine at Bastyr University. He is author of the Clinician’s Guide to Holistic Medicine (2001).
Healing is an objective of all who find themselves on a spiritual path. The stimuli to the discovering of healing are varied and wondrous, including crises, vicarious learning from others, evoking positive intent and faith, and disease processes themselves. Healing involves each of us personally, our communities, our society and our planet. The quintessential principle is unconditional love.
Robert A. Anderson, MD
614 Daniels Drive
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, has a background as a teacher, 12 Step Recovery sponsor, and licensed psychotherapist. She is excited to be involved in many avenues of healing. Her current passion is teaching bioenergy techniques and instructing workshop participants in becoming their own Energy Detectives (a process that involves learning to monitor one’s personal energy, discover and intervene on the drains, and increase the energy sources.) She has been a well-received presenter at the International Energy Psychology conferences for the past three years. As a Personal Energy Detective, Meryl is co-authoring a book, The Energy Detective: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Secrets of Bringing Unlimited ENERGY Into Your Life, due out early 2002. In addition, she creates transformational experiences on spiritual adventure trips bringing spiritually minded people to high-energy sites to help raise the vibration of the individual, the group, and the planet. As an Instrument Keeper for several of the Gentle Wind Instruments, Meryl offers free healing sessions. Meryl also sends out a free inspirational email message approximately once a week.
Wholistic Healing involves health of the whole person-emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and energetically. Instead of dealing solely with illness, Wholistic Healing has more of a focus on education and prevention, with the belief that wellness is our normal state of being. It honors the innate healing power of nature and the wisdom of the human body. People involved in wholistic healing are eager to take responsibility for their own health as they seek harmony and balance, peace and love, a sense of aliveness, and a connection to the larger universe.
Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, M.Ed, LPCC, CPC
Personal Energy Detective
(800) 995-0796 Ext. 0321
Richard A. Blasband, MD I am a board-certified psychiatrist, trained in the Department of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School, where I was on the teaching faculty. I was trained in orgonomic medicine by Elsworth Baker, appointed by Wilhelm Reich to train psychiatrists in his therapeutic discipline. For the last 35 years in addition to my clinical practice I have conducted experimental research in orgone biophysics and medicine, in consciousness under the aegis of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories based in Princeton, N.J., and in healing as a student of the physicist and master-healer, Nicolai Levashov.
I believe that the most important issue facing integrative care is the development of a theoretical position that embraces consciousness, healing, “subtle energy”, and allopathic and alternative medical practices. A theoretical position would provide impetus for new kinds of experimentation that would eventually place medicine on a solid foundation rather than the shaky mechanistic/reductionistic basis that has limited value in curing chronic illnesses.
Richard A. Blasband, MD
Center for Functional Research
2392 Mar East St.
Tiburon, CA 94920
Kenneth S. Cohen, QiGong Master, Native American Healer
Kenneth S. Cohen (“Bear Hawk”), M.A., M.S.Th. has trained with indigenous healers from North America, China, and Africa for more than thirty years. He is a member of the Red Cedar Circle (Si.Si.Wiss tradition), the Seneca Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, the Good Medicine Society of the Cherokee, and other medicine societies. His adopted Cree family is from Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Canada. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, Healthy Breathing, “Native American Medicine” in Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and more than 150 journal articles on complementary medicine. He is Executive Director of the Qigong Research and Practice Center and an Adjunct Professor at Union Institute Graduate School.
Kenneth S. Cohen, MA, MSTh
Qigong Research & Practice Center
P.O. Box 1727
Nederland, CO 80466
William Collinge, PhD, MPH LCSW is a consultant, author, speaker and researcher in the field of integrative health care. He has extensive experience working with people with cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and other conditions, as well as veterans and their loved ones facing the challenges of reintegration after deployment. He has led workshops and retreats across North America, in Hawaii, New Zealand and the UK, and has a private practice of health-related psychotherapy and mind/body medicine in Eugene, Oregon. William has served as Principal Investigator on eight NIH-funded projects (see website), including the development and evaluation of the award winning caregiver education program Touch, Caring and Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and Friends (now available via streaming online).
My vision of the future of integrative care includes a cultural transformation at the grassroots level in which the lay public embrace self-empowerment and interpersonal caring as central aspects of health care. Many evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies are easily taught and learned by lay caregivers. Lay people can and should be educated and empowered to care for one another and their loved ones, particularly in light of the declining ability of the commercial health care system to serve people’s needs. The importance of this shift will only grow as the demands for supportive and palliative approaches to care increase.
William Collinge, PhD, MPH, LCSW
(541) 632-3502, Fax (207) 510-8060
Melinda H. Connor, PhD received her training as a research scientist at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell. She is the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, directed by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz. Currently a member of the teaching staff for the three year Integrative Energy Healing certificate program at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Connor also has a private healing practice in Arizona and continues to present her research work at conferences around the world. Dr. Connor has been a healer in professional practice since 1987. A born clairvoyant, her initial training in the energies came from within her family. Ordained as a Buddhist Priest, Dr. Connor has trained as a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over twenty different styles of energy healing.
John Freedom, CEHP, is a counselor, educator and trainer in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. The author of Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique, he serves as research coordinator for ACEP, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; and project coordinator for FREA, Facilitating Recovery and Empowerment from Abuse. He holds certifications in EFT, NLP, EMDR and auricular acupuncture, and specializes in helping clients experience greater success, happiness and high-level wellness in all areas of their lives. A former radio talk-show host and magazine editor, he leads trainings and seminars throughout the US and in Europe.
There is a current debate re: the demands that the practice of medicine and psychology be ‘evidence based,’ vs. clinical practices based in relationship, intuition and experience. Methods that are supposedly ‘evidence based’ are not always the best medicine, and effective clinical practices are not always well-researched. As someone who is sensitive to both these arguments, I hope to further the dialog between clinicians and researchers, and to be able to listen to and learn from the wisdom inherent in both Hygeia and Saturnian Science.
We are being called to stretch beyond the rigid categories and narrow paradigms of the past, to develop wholistic medical practices that embrace both mind and heart, and that satisfy the roles of intuition and clinical experience as well as the demands of scientific rigor. It is time to stretch and inform and expand our scientific models, to include and explore a variety of evidence, narrative and systematic, qualitative as well as quantitative.
John Freedom, CEHP
PO Box 36532
Tucson, AZ 85740
Philip Friedman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, coach, psychotherapist, researcher, writer and workshop leader in private practice in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. and the director of the Foundation for Well-Being. He is the author of the “The Forgiveness Solution: the Whole Body Rx for Finding True Happiness, Abundant Love and Inner Peace” as well as “Creating Well-Being: the Healing Path to Love, Peace, Self-Esteem and Happiness” as well as the Integrative Healing Manual. He has also created the Forgiveness Solution and Creating Well-Being audio series. In addition he is the developer of the Friedman Assessment Scales on Well-Being, Affect, Beliefs, Quality of Life, Forgiveness and Personal/Spiritual Growth. Dr. Friedman is also a Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator, Coach and Trainer and the founder of the Positive Pressure Point Techniques. He also created a series of Positive Pressure Point videos. He is a diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (DCEP) and one of the founders of “Integrative Therapy” He was on the faculty of both Jefferson and Hahnemann University and Medical Schools in Philadelphia and Director of Training in Marital and Family Therapy for many years. Now he is an adjunct assistant Professor at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Ca. where he supervises graduate students on their dissertations. His major interests are in the fields of Integrative Psychotherapy and Healing including Spiritual, Energy, Positive, Cognitive, Emotional, Relational, Systems and Behaviorial psychology plus ongoing tracking and assessment of change in psychotherapy. He has published many professional articles on a wide variety of topics (most recently forgiveness, gratitude and well-being) Dr. Friedman frequently presents at national and international conferences (most recently on resilience, flourishing, spirituality and self-compassion as it relates to forgiveness, gratitude and well-being.) He is frequently quoted in the media and on the internet. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
Philip Friedman, PhD
David Gersten, MD practices psychiatry and nutritional medicine out of his Solana Beach office. Both sides of his work, the mental and the holistic medical treatments occur within a spiritual context. His clinical practice includes many people with chronic illness, especially Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which Dr. Gersten himself developed in 1984 and which served as his springboard for learning how to work with and cure chronic illness. He is past publisher of Atlantis The Imagery Newsletter and author of Are You Getting Enlightened Or Losing Your Mind?
Medicine as we now know it must change or die. A true Integrative Medicine is the goal, a blend of East and West, or Allopathic Medication and Surgery . . . alongside mental imagery and acupuncture. The mind-set must change. We must be critically open to the myriad of healing modalities around the world, and we must show discernment. At the current time, healthcare is shaped by powerful alliances between the AMA, FDA, Pharmaceutical Industry and State Medical Boards. Thus far they have been interested in money and not true healing. The power of these alliances must either be shifted or woven into the fabric of a true Integrative medicine.
True healing realizes from the start that each of us carries a soul, a spark of the Divine within us. That is the starting point. If we return to the original words of Hippocrates, we will be fine. We will realize that, as healer, we are humble servants and that we have been given a sacred trust which must be honored.
David Gersten, MD
1020 Second Street Suite C
Encinitas, CA 92024
Lynn Keegan, RN, PhD, HNC, FAAN, Lynn Keegan is a pioneer in the holistic health movement. She is a past president of the American Holistic Nurses’ Association and most recently taught as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is on the board of several organizations and journals. She has been involved in nursing education, practice and research for many years having taught at 4 major universities and published widely in nursing journals. She has authored or co-authored 9 books including the AJN award winning best seller, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. Her most recent book is Healing with Complementary and Alternative Therapies. Currently she is Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Port Angeles, WA.
Stanley Krippner, PhD, is professor of psychology at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco, California. He is the co-author of The Realms of Healing, Healing States, and Extraordinary Dreams. He is co-editor of Healing Tales, Healing Stories, and Varieties of Anomalous Experience. He has written widely on systematic models of healing from cross-cultural perspectives and is co-editor of a German yearbook on healing from a transcultural perspective.
Western biomedicine is “privileged” due to a series of historical developments, resulting in the “marginalizing” of alternative and complimentary healing systems that, nevertheless, often provide effective relief to many people around the world. My vision is to increase the “discourse” among healing systems worldwide, while subjecting each of them to rigorous investigation, using a variety of research methods. I expect that this healing process will add psychological, social, spiritual, and informational dimensions to existing healing systems.
Eric Leskowitz, MD, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, has appointments with the Departments of Psychiatry at Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools. He has a long-standing interest in holistic medicine, in particular the role of energy-based therapies as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. He has practiced meditation for 25 years, and energy healing for 12 years. He lectures widely, and has edited two books: Transpersonal Hypnosis (CRC Press, 1999); and Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation (Harcourt Health Sciences, 2002).
Hopes for the future: I am working for a future in which the multidimensional nature of man is recognized by all participants in the health care field. A full spectrum of approaches will be available to all, from the prescription of concrete biomedical substances, to subtle energy interventions and psychospiritual techniques. I hope that research, clinical results, educational events, and direct personal experiences can all be brought together to help to create this future.
Rick Leskowitz, MD
Pain Management Program
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
125 Nashua St.
Boston MA 02114
Jeff Levin, PhD, M.P.H., is a social epidemiologist with training in religion, sociology, public health, preventive medicine, gerontology, and quantitative methods from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and the University of Michigan. He pioneered research on the epidemiology of religion, and has served as principal or co-principal investigator on several NIH grants totaling over $1 million in funding. His most recent research, funded by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, has revealed that a loving relationship with God is associated with better physical health and fewer depressive symptoms. A former medical school professor, Dr. Levin is a past president of ISSSEEM and author of God, Faith, and Health.
My vision of integrative medical care in the 21st Century is grounded in three salient themes: (a) a body-mind-spirit perspective on etiology, disease causation, and the determinants of health; (b) a renewed emphasis in medical research, education, and practice with salutogenesis, and not just on halting pathogenesis; and (c) a proliferation of validated therapeutic interventions that seek outcomes such as improved balance, harmony, and general well-being, and not just the absence of pathology.
Dr. Jeff Levin
Diane M. Miller, JD, is a Minnesota attorney who successfully helped to defend a Minnesota farmer from charges of “practice of medicine without a license.” After State v. Saunders, Miller designed health freedom legislation for the State of Minnesota and was the lead lobbyist and legislative consultant to the Minnesota Natural Health-Legal Reform Project responsible for passing the consumer driven legislation entitled the Minnesota Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom of Access Act. The new law exempts unlicensed health care practitioners from charges of “practice of medicine without a license.” Most recently Miller founded the National Health Freedom Coalition, a national information resource for health freedom decision-making, to support individuals and states that are interested in consumer access to complementary and alternative health care.
Diane Miller is a graduate of the College of St. Teresa and Hamline University School of Law. A former Chemist and Licensed Medical Technologist, Miller responded to her deep interest in the politics of healing by becoming an Attorney in private practice with a concentration in Alternative Health Law, Family Law, and Divorce and Child Custody Mediation. She is a founding member of the Minnesota Natural Health Coalition, the Minnesota Natural Health ï¿½ Legal Reform Project, and the National Health Freedom Coalition. She is also a student of Master Chunyi Lin in the practice of Qi Gong.
Diane M. Miller, JD
National Health Freedom Coalition
Tel. (651) 699-8300, Fax: (651) 699-8306
Dorit Netzer PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT is an art therapist in private practice imaginalresonance.org. She works with children, adults, couples and families, with a focus on healing as a spiritually oriented, creative development. In addition to her therapy practice, Dorit is an adjunct research faculty at Sofia University, CA and an assistant adjunct professor of Creative Art Therapy at Hofstra University, NY. In her approach to therapy, education and research, Dorit incorporates creative expression and other imaginal modalities, such as mental imagery and dream work. Dorit has published on the role of creative expression in healing, research, and transformative education hofstra.academia.edu/DoritNetzer. She is a co-founder of the Transpersonal Alliance itpalliance.org and a contributor to the Sacred Science Arts-based Research Archive sacredsciencecircle.org.
Dorit Netzer PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT
Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, was Associate Professor and Senior Scholar in the Center for Human Caring, University of Colorado School of Nursing. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and holds a PhD in Nursing Research from New York University. Her research on Therapeutic Touch has been funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and she serves as a peer reviewer for research grants at the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She is a horsewoman and also a spiritual director and counselor in private practice, which sometimes includes the use of horses as co-facilitators for personal growth and healing. Dr. Quinn lectures and consults internationally on Integrative Medicine, Therapeutic Touch, Care for the Caregiver, Healing, Caring, and Spirituality and Healing. Her most recent publication is a book of affirmations and meditations for women entitled I Am A Woman Finding My Voice.
Integrative Health Care is more than the addition of new tools of care into an existing “sick-cure” paradigm. It requires a fundamental shift in the philosophy underlying care and in the way we view health, illness and healing. True, integrative health care will be attained when both curing and healing are valued and available to all and when the full complement of both caring/healing and curing modalities are available for all.
Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN
3080 3rd Street
Boulder, Colorado 80304
(303) 449-5790 Fax: (303) 449-2584
JoAnne Scalise is committed to bridging the realms of healthcare and healing. As a nurse, consultant, and Midwife of Spirit, her expertise ranges from neonatal and pediatric critical and home care to trauma and poison centers, and to business and spiritual leadership and transformation. She has worked in a large national healthcare organization in national departmental leadership capacities for home infusion nursing and nutrition care, developed clinical and quality programs for high technology/ medically fragile pediatric home care populations, and has presented a variety of topics and programs at the national level. JoAnne has been certified as a Specialist in Poison Information (CPSI) and a Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). As a consultant, JoAnne assists healthcare organizations and individuals reach clinical, operational, and personal excellence through education, inspiration, mindful communication, and reconnects people with purpose. As a Midwife of Spirit, she helps you give birth to your true Self, the Infinite YOU.
JoAnne on Holistic Healing: Healthcare and Healing were not meant to be flip sides of the same coin. I see them as components of a physical and spiritual Mobius strip, in which each can be seen as flowing into one Expression. Working in both realms as I do (often, and ideally at the same time), I appreciate and recognize the need for each, and the definite need for science to lend language to what is beyond our human comprehension. We are Spirit just as we are Human, and we must honor both in order to enter that sacred space that is Healing. We can [access] this Sacred Space through many means; the Healing that is offered is a resonance with Source. As Healers, we assist in opening into the Space in which Healing can be received. In this way, we are Healed and Healer.
Scott Shannon, MD, Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and Holistic Medicine, practices in Northern Colorado. A member of the American Holistic Medicine Association since 1978, he is the current president of that organization. His edited text, Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health will be published in late 2001. As medical director for a hospital-based program “the McKee Center for Holistic Medicine” Dr. Shannon incorporates herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, and spirituality into his practice.
Integration of healthcare services benefits all but remains just a single step toward true holistic care. The end point in this process of transformation is holism, the attention to the wholeness of each individual in body-mind-spirit. Over the next generation, we will witness the gradual evolution of healthcare from fragmented pockets of care, which attend to different aspects of our being, to separate services integrated together, to a system which is just as whole as the people it serves. Holism must be our goal for both the individuals for whom we care and the system in which we function.
Scott M. Shannon, MD
Medical Director, McKee Center for Holistic Medicine
Banner Health System
1825 E. 18thStreet
Loveland, CO 80538
Peta Stapleton, PhD is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist in Australia with 20 years’ experience. She has been awarded many honours including the Australian Psychological Society Elaine Dignan Award for research into women’s issues. Peta has had 14 years as an academic at Griffith University and is now full-time at Bond University. Her current research interests include: Eating disorders, body image, obesity, lap-band (bariatric) surgery – assessment and treatment; Food cravings; The link between physical illness and psychological factors; and Complementary and alternative medicine/integrative medicine (e.g., energy psychology). In the health field, Peta has recently led a world first randomised clinical trial investigating the impact of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in the treatment of food cravings in overweight and obese adults (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology Seed Grant 2007). She is currently comparing EFT against Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for food cravings (Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology Seed Grant, 2012); EFT versus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Treatment of Unhealthy Food Choices and Consumption for Overweight Children aged 12-18 years; and Group versus Individual Intervention Using EFT for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression in University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Recent publications in this area have included 6- and 12-month follow-up of food craving treatment and the impact of psychological traits on emotional eating. Publications in the health field related to teaching health professions include: Promoting and Providing Expert Guidance in Work-intensive Clinical Settings; An intervention study to create supportive clinical learning environments for nursing students; and Boosting Morale and Improving Performance in the Nursing Setting.
Peta Stapleton, PhD
Clinical Psychologist MAPS, MCCP, MHCP
Assistant Professor – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Gold Coast, Queensland, 4229
Tel. +61 7 55952 515
Fax +61 7 55952 540
Barry Sultanoff, MD is a founding member and former board member of the American Holistic Medical Association. He is a psychiatrist and family physician with a home-based clinical practice near Washington, D.C. An avid student of feng shui, he is a pioneer in defining and promoting “the new environmental medicine,” which emphasizes the creation of optimal healing environments for client and practitioner. Barry’s cable TV programs, “Healing Matters” (for adults) and “Adventures with Dr. Barry” (for children) bring succinct, positive health messages to the general public. He will be featured on Discovery Channel’s upcoming program on healthy aging, called “Beating the Clock.” Barry is co-author of the book Putting Out the Fire of Addiction (Keats, 2000). His compact disk Dances with Breath, released in October, 2000, is a guided musical journey into an experience of wellness and deep peace.
Here’s how I see the future of holistic/integrative medicine: Our greatest challenge will be to nurture and maintain our own health and awareness, so that we can serve as models of conscious, visionary activism within the healing professions. This will include facing and breaking free of our own addictions to stress, overwork, and other dysfunctional behaviors fostered in professional training and elsewhere. Embracing the vast healing potential within the arts (music, visual arts, dance, poetry, etc) and innovatively applying it in “medical” settings will be one important thrust. Exploring what it means to live in a healthy environment — within oneself as well as part of our living planet, and disseminating that, will be another. Applying Buddhist teachings and practices, as described by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others will be especially pertinent.
Dr. Sultanoff can be reached c/o “Healing MattersT”.
Sara L. Warber, MD,Dr. Warber retired as a professor at the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine in 2016. She remains with the Department as an active emeritus professor. She is the former co-director of the U-M Integrative Medicine program and was a practicing physician at the Integrative Medicine Clinic located with in Briarwood Family MedicineHolistic Family Physician, Co-director of (NIH funded) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center, U. Michigan, Ann Arbor
Vision for the Devlopment of Integrative Care: I dream the creation of healing environments where all who enter – staff, patients and families – are bettered by the experience. I work for the time when all health care professionals see themselves as healers – for each other, as well as for their clients/patients. I advocate for the awareness of the complex interaction of our societal decision making and our people’s health. I support the preservation of the earth’s ecosystem because our health, indeed our life and the lives of our unborn generations depends upon bringing our human society into balance with nature. I believe that each one of us has a purpose and a gift in sickness and in health. Our work here is to discover these aspects in ourselves and our patients; and then dedicate ourselves to their highest expression. I practice holistic family medicine, which means that I focus on healing not just the body, but also the mind, the heart and the spirit. I know that evidence for effective therapies comes in many shapes, from case studies to randomized controlled trials to meta-analyses. I work for the furthering of our knowledge base about how the universe works, how the human heals, and for the place of complementary and alternative medicine paradigms and techniques in comprehensive health care.
University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Research Center
Ann Arbor, MI www.med.umich.edu/camrc firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry E. Wesch, PhD is virtually a life-long advocate of the merger of science and spirit. He began having encounters with mystery as a 10 year old Nebraska farm boy. Trained as a health psychologist at the University of Tennessee, he has used biofeedback, imagery, hypnosis, energy psychology and other mind / body techniques clinically since 1968. He has also been at the front of the holistic health movement since the mid 1970’s. Energy healing is his passion, working with many different healers since 1977, trying to come to a working theory for this fascinating, effective and elusive phenomenon. He is a Reiki III initiate, has studied bioenergy therapy, and has tried every healing and prayer technique he has ever encountered. He has an extensive catalogue of healing stories and some interesting but unpublished research data. All three of his daughters have manifested intuitive and healing gifts.
Dr. Wesch has been President and on the Executive Board of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine. He has directed a multidisciplinary pain clinics in the Mid-West, helped start a Unity Energy Healing Circle, was on the staff of a hospital-based integrative medicine center called Strong Spirit and currently directs an integrative medicine PTSD clinic at an Army base in Texas. His wife, Sharon (Wendt) Wesch, PhD, healer & therapist, is an author of 3 books on spiritual healing of grief. She started a pioneer holistic center in Indiana in 1984.
Views on Healing: We still do not have a working theory of energy healing and its mechanisms because we do not yet include (or understand how to include) Consciousness in the equations that describe all the levels of Reality. So far we have consistent phenomenology of the subjective experience and pretty good effectiveness data but no model that really handles the data. When we finally understand healing, we will know more about the Universe and Consciousness than we have discovered in the last 500 years. It will be a revolution! In any case, energy healing is the best general purpose health care system. Works on everything, at least some of the time and it never hurts to try.
Jerry E. Wesch, PhD
509 Lobo Trail
Harker Heights, TX 76548
Dr. Harald Wiesendanger, born in 1956, studied philosophy, psychology and sociology. He is author of more than a dozen books about various border areas of science, including six about spiritual healing. He has organized several studies of healers, and has been Co-organizer of the World Congresses of Spiritual Healing in Basel, Switzerland since 1992. In 1994 he founded a confederation of healing organizations in German-speaking countries and was its president until 1998. Our health systems lack spirit – but first of all it is the healersï¿½ movement which needs to be spiritually healed.
Dr. Harald Wiesendanger
D – 69436 Schoenbrunn