Early childhood development: Experiences Build Brain Architecture

The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. Simpler circuits come first and more complex brain circuits build on them later. Genes provide the basic blueprint, but experiences influence how or whether genes are expressed. Together, they shape the quality of brain architecture... Continue Reading →

Placebo effect! It’s our inherent capacity to HEAL. Let’s stop denigrating it

Let’s stop denigrating the placebo effect and learn how to HARNESS it. We are healing machines. We need to learn how to consciously apply it.

From now on everybody stands on his own feet…

This is a little story and lesson written by Thomas Merton that features Chogyam Trungpa. For those of you unfamiliar with Chogyam Trungpa he was Pema Chodron's teacher whose work I have often featured on Beyond Meds. When [Chogyam Trungpa] was faced with the decision of leaving his country [to save his life], he did... Continue Reading →

Bad Pharma: Ben Goldacre’s new book

Medicine is broken. And I genuinely believe that if patients and the public ever fully understand what has been done to them – what doctors, academics and regulators have permitted – they will be angry. On this, only you can judge. Yes, some of us already understand and we are angry. We are also disbelieved and thought to be exaggerating and histrionic and just downright not right in the head.

We are not meant to be well-balanced, sober servants of collective values…

We are not meant to be well-balanced, sober servants of collective values. We are not meant to be sane, safe or similar. We are, each of us, meant to be different. A proper course of therapy does not make us better adjusted; it makes us more eccentric, a unique individual who serves a larger project than... Continue Reading →

To Speak the Truth

Alan Watts discusses the limits of language. The quality of the video is really bad, I just listened to Alan, who is always a delight.

Medical Aromatherapy

Medical Aromatherapy as Integrative Healthcare There are very many health benefits to be gained with the implementation of essential oils from plants into the management of medical diseases. Current medical journal articles and abstracts are discussed

One is everlastingly comparing oneself with another…

One is everlastingly comparing oneself with another, with what one is, with what one should be, with someone who is more fortunate. This comparison really kills. Comparison is degrading, it perverts one's outlook. And on comparison one is brought up. All our education is based on it and so is our culture. So there is... Continue Reading →

A bit about shamanism

The practice of shamanism is a method, not a religion. It coexists with established religions in many cultures. In Siberia, you'll find shamanism coexisting with Buddhism and Lamaism, and in Japan with Buddhism. It's true that shamans are often in animistic cultures. Animism means that people believe there are spirits. So in shamanic cultures, where shamans interact with spirits to get results such as healing, it's no surprise that people believe there are spirits. But the shamans don't believe in spirits. Shamans talk with them, interact with them. They no more "believe" there are spirits than they "believe" they have a house to live in, or have a family. This is a very important issue because shamanism is not a system of faith.

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