Authenticity

By Ann Allen “This other work you’re doing is just too unusual. People aren’t ready for it. Doctors aren’t ready. If they know you’re doing it, we’re worried they won’t refer patients to any of us. Unless you stop doing it, we’ll have to ask you to leave the group.” I stared back in disbelief…

That Was Then, This Is Now

By Celia Coates Often, I begin to write what will be published in WINN by looking at my own experiences. This post began with something I was feeling last week. I became aware that although, like most of us, I’ve been experiencing a great deal of fear and anger, there was another, quieter discomfort hidden…

Healing Magic

By JUDY and JACK STUCKI Judy wrote: When I started out on my walk, I was puzzling over a lot of issues because we are planning to move from our lovely home and I was looking for some answers. I knew I had to trust the process, but it was becoming frustrating. We have a path…

Love, Healing and Dr. Gladys

Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D. has been a family physician for more than 60 years. She was a co-founder of The American Holistic Medical Association and has been called the mother of holistic medicine. This month she sent out a wonderful letter that is published here as an extra WINN post for March: Dear Friends, As…

How To Cope Now

By Celia Coates Yesterday (March 19th) Americans were told not to over-react to the pandemic and the financial crash. What is the right level of reaction to events that seem catastrophic? Few of us have developed strategies for dealing with such a wide-scale set of disasters. In the midst of the stress of all that’s…

Learning About True Healing

By Alexandra Kauffman I am an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina, still in the process of discovering what I’m truly passionate about. I already know for certain that I want to promote good healthcare for people, no matter what form it ends up taking. This past summer, I had the opportunity to take…

Nature Teaches

By Judith Dreyer Virtually all native cultures that have survived without fouling their nests have acknowledged that nature knows best, and have had the humility to ask the bears and wolves and ravens and redwoods for guidance. Janine Benyus, Biomimicry Institute I wanted to know the woods more – to be in the forest and…

The “Don’t Mess With Me” Chakra

By Celia Coates If you’ve read WINN before, you know that kindness has been the subject of many posts. It is very important and of great value, but there are ways we can have too much of a good thing. We can end up living distorted lives if we try to be kind without a…

Diagnosis and Compassion

By Celia Coates After the January 5th post about“The Distracter,” I realized I had to say something more because I’d written about disordered communication but hadn’t said enough about the possible disordered nature of the communicators. When a person produces frequent messages that are dramatic, chaotic, manipulative, and disruptive or destructive it may call for a…

More Than Rest and Recreation

By Celia Coates With extra time to spend before boarding a flight, I was standing by the display of books meant for business travellers. Not my usual reading material. But I was glad I’d looked through one of the books that I saw as I turned the rack – ON MENTAL TOUGHNESS – that contained a…

Learning To Hate …

NEW SCIENTIST is one of my favorite magazines and more than one WINN post has included research found on its pages. The first one, two years ago, presented a charming discovery that involved diversity and cooperation in the natural world. Researchers had found that “a crab, a shrimp and a fish” had teamed up for their…

Healing and the Practice of Medicine – The Work of Evarts Loomis, M.D.

Evarts Loomis (1910 – 2003) was a pioneering physician. Last year I had the good fortune to read the unpublished manuscript about his practice of holistic medicine. He preferred to be called Evarts rather than Dr. Loomis, and here are a few excerpts from his writing that let us know something about him. Evarts wrote:…