December 3, 2019
While Western medicine can be a life-saver, it also is much more likely than natural medicine to cause serious health problems for the patient.
Heiner and Laurie discuss the issue of practitioner induced illness, and explain why this problem is much more likely to result from the practice of allopathic than natural medicine.
September 3, 2019
Discovering the relationship between acupuncture points and natural phenomena
In Part I, 5-element acupuncturist David Ford and Heiner combined their experiential and scholarly knowledge to explore and explain the relationship between acupuncture points and channels in the body and corresponding phenomena in nature. In this segment, David reveals the practical application of this knowledge using real patient cases.
June 18, 2019
“As Above, So Below” isn’t just a lovely saying—there really is direct relationship between the human body and the natural world.
In the realm of acupuncture, perhaps nobody knows this as experientially as this week’s guest, David Ford. Having spent more than forty years teaching acupuncture in wilderness settings, David has developed a deep understanding of how the properties of individual acupuncture points mirror actual phenomena in nature.
David’s explorations in nature have benefitted from and in turn validated Heiner’s scholarly research findings on the classical meaning of the acupuncture point names. While many acupuncturists think of the point names as indicators of their exact location in the physical body, Heiner has uncovered a much deeper symbolic level of meaning. A whole new dimension to acupuncture is explored as David brings his wilderness- practitioner’s experience and Heiner brings his classical scholarship to today’s discussion.
April 28, 2019
Health writer Denise Minger shares her insights about the meat-no meat debate.
Denise Minger is exuberant and simply in search of the truth…about what the available data does and does not tell us about the nature of healthy nutrition. Following a raw food, vegan diet to become hearty and strong, Denise instead found herself becoming sicker and weaker. According to the conclusions in The China Study, she was on the diet that should prevent chronic disease. Puzzled by her experience, and a data wonk at heart, she obtained the original data upon which the book was based, and analyzed it herself. Join us for a discussion of what she found in that data, and in her subsequent quest for nutritional wisdom based in sound science rather than dogmatism or political agendas.
You can learn more about Denise’s work on her blog: deniseminger.com, and in her book Death by Food Pyramid. She also recommends you look at Mark Sisson’s blog: marksdailyapple.com.
March 27, 2019
A skilled Chinese medicine practitioner can learn a tremendous amount about a patient’s history and current condition just by observing their tongue.
What are they looking for? Heiner interviews internationally recognized expert Barbara Kirschbaum to find out. Listen as Barbara provides insights gained from her more than thirty years of experience using tongue analysis in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic disease, with a special focus on cancer and trauma.
Barbara Kirschbaum is the author of the widely used textbooks The Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, volumes 1 and 2, and is Director of the TCM Clinic within the Breast Cancer Center of the Jerusalem Hospital in Hamburg, Germany.
October 14, 2018
Why ancient wisdom is so relevant for finding health and harmony in today’s world?
Join Heiner and Laurie for a lively discussion with Dr. Sabine Wilms, world-renown expert on the life and works of ancient sage-scholar Sun Simiao (581-682 A.D.). Known as the “King of Medicine” (Yaowang), Sun Simiao is revered not only for his medical acumen (especially in the realm of herbal prescription), but also for his deep knowledge of how to “nourish life”, emphasizing the health of women and children.
Since receiving her doctorate in East Asian Studies and Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2002, Dr. Sabine Wilms has devoted her professional life to making ancient medical wisdom, including that of Sun Simiao, available to today’s practitioners. Her goal is to provide them with the resources needed to rise above the level of technician to become “high-level” practitioners capable of facilitating true transformation in the lives of their patients.
Among Sabine’s publications are the following translations:
- Bei ji qian yao fang: Essential Prescriptions worth a Thousand in Fold for Every Emergency: Volumes 2-4 on Gynecology (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2007).
- Jin gui yao lue: Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer (Paradigm Publications, 2009 with co-author Nigel Wiseman and Feng Ye
- Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Volume 1.
August 13, 2018
Exploring the most mysterious of the organ networks. Join us for a discussion of the elusive Triple Warmer Organ Network—perhaps the least understood of the Chinese organ systems. While not easily associated with any specific physical organ, the Triple Warmer functions are related to warmth, water metabolism, and networking throughout the body. Aspects of nervous and endocrine system functioning are likely involved.
August 13, 2018
The heart protector function. Join us for a discussion of the functions of the Pericardium Organ Network—the system responsible for protecting our heart and allowing for true intimacy.
May 19, 2018
Heiner and Laurie interview Dr. Paul Kalnins, a scholar practitioner with an unusually broad and deep perspective on how to truly integrate biomedical approaches with natural medicine approaches.
After majoring in physics in his undergraduate studies, Dr. Kalnins attained degrees in Chinese and naturopathic medicine, and pursued additional study of the works of Goethe and Steiner. Dr. Kalnins discusses methods of cultivating one’s own perceptive abilities as a means to more directly understand what part of “the whole” is elucidated by different systems of medicine, and how these systems can be used together to optimize patient care.
March 26, 2018
This 5-element emotional release system can result in a rapid and profound return to health.
Tamara Staudt, ND, LAc shares with Heiner and Laurie her direct experience with this powerful system of emotional healing. In 2010, Dr. Staudt was a member of the first group of foreigners to attend in a Wang Fengyi retreat in China. Having received great personal benefit as a participant, Dr. Staudt was inspired to lead the first Wang Fengyi retreat in the United States in June, 2011. Of particular note, one woman who entered the US retreat with liposarcoma remains cancer-free since that time.
Heiner and Laurie have also participated in this type of healing work, and are big proponents of its powerful simplicity.