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 Last year I had the good fortune to read the unpublished manuscript about his practice of holistic medicine.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:…

Beyond the Bonds of Time

By Bernice H. Hill The first week with Ed in the hospital didn’t seem so bad – a time of innocence. Images of the following weeks play across my mind: the drip of the chemo, the night nurse taking a temperature, the fish tank in the waiting room, doctors clustered and non-committal. By the third…

Wisdom And Oliver Sacks

By Randolph Fiery Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ book, HALLUCINATIONS, was published in 2012. I really enjoyed reading it and I decided to send him an e-mail about my experiences with my grandfather’s hallucinations. Several days later I received a letter from Dr. Sacks – hand written with a fountain pen. He told me that he was…

Healing and Wolves

For this week’s WINNpost, here are two deeply enjoyable videos: First, And then, Print This Post

Stephen Levine On Dealing With Fear

By Celia Coates Humans are unique among animals because we can feel fear just by thinking about frightening possibilities. We live in a time filled with more than the usual personal, political, and global alarms and I found this statement by Stephen Levine helpful for dealing with today’s reality, “Clearly all fear has an element…

How Should We Face Cancer?

Josh Friedman, screenwriter and producer of TERMINATOR and soon, AVATAR 4, wrote recently in TIME that after John McCain’s brain cancer was made public, we “…watched a lot of well-meaning people tell a brave man to be brave.” * When Friedman was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few years ago brave is not how he…

Healing With John of God

Healing With John of God By Irwin Rosenberg Dear Brothers and Sisters, My name is Irwin Rosenberg and I’m a Doctor of Pharmacy (PD). People call me Irv or Doc. I’ve been a pharmacist for more than 60 years and a nutritional pharmacologist for the past 15 years. My daughter, Julie, is a board certified…

Where Does Research Begin?

By Celia Coates The headline for a small article in New Scientist caught my attention: “Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds.” Robert McCauley and his colleagues from Curtin University in Perth, Australia had noticed a fish choir off the coast and then spent 18 months recording the sounds, “Most of this…

Three Healings and One Cello

By Celia Coates One definition of “to heal” is “to make whole.” The full account of the first healing – Shin-Ichiro Terayama’s recovery from advanced kidney cancer – is told in RADICAL REMISSION by Kelly A. Turner. Read Shin’s story in Chapter 2 and then go back to the first page – this really is…