The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic: Radical Healing/Radical Healers

April 29, 2012

I worked at the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic from 1986 until 2001. With the exception of the medical director and a few nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the providers–psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, podiatrists, physical and massage therapists, and a variety of medical specialists—were all volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-Visioning Health and Healing, Part Two: A Systems Approach

April 3, 2012

I just finished reading The End of Illness, a provocative new book by David Agus, MD.  Agus is a medical oncologist and a leading cancer researcher. The focus of his research has been the varied mechanisms of cancer development.

One of the simple, profound conclusions he reaches, is that we must stop thinking about cancer as a “thing” to be cut out or poisoned, but as a  pathological systemic process.  Cancer, he believes, should be seen as a verb.  We don’t just “have cancer.” Instead, we “cancer”. Read the rest of this entry »