Reflections

From Overwhelm to Opportunity: How We Transformed Our Quarantine Experience

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

March 2020 changed our lives forever. In a blink of an eye, our hugs and social routines, our business travel and vacations were taken from us. Almost overnight, the world shut down, filled with fear of the unknown, fear of sickness, fear of interaction. Digital meetings replaced social gatherings and conferences. Online classrooms replaced schools. […]

It Was 20 Years Ago, Today…. Reflecting on HPC’s First Two Decades

By Erik Goldman

On October 15, 2000, the first edition of Holistic Primary Care rolled off the presses at Democrat Printing & Lithography in Little Rock, Arkansas, and into 60,000 doctors’ offices across the country. An I had back in 1986 had suddenly become a tangible reality, giving voice to a movement aimed at transforming American healthcare. It […]

Healing Primary Care’s Moral Injury

By Erik Goldman

For decades, the United States has failed to invest in primary care. The result is a situation that has sorely compromised the health and well-being of patients and practitioners alike. Though it consistently accounts for 50% of all annual medical visits, primary care represents less than 7% of the nation’s total healthcare expenditures, and receives […]

In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan Explores Resurgence of Psychedelic Medicine

By Ellen Kanner, Contributing Writer

After decades on the margins of both polite society and medical research, psychotropic compounds such as psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, and the like, are once again the focus of serious clinical investigation as potential therapies for a host of psychological and neurological conditions. In his newest book, How to Change Your Mind, popular author explores the resurgence of psychedelic medicine without bias, agenda, or pretense.

How Bias and Stigma Undermine Healthcare

By Dennis Rosen, MD | Contributing Writer

Anthropologist Janelle Taylor got it right when she observed that, “Physicians’ medical knowledge is no less cultural for being real, just as patients’ lived experiences and perspectives are no less real for being cultural.”

More than ten years on, her essay, Confronting ‘Culture’ in Medicine’s ‘Culture of No Culture’ (Acad. Med. 2003;78:555–559), remains one of the most penetrating analyses of one of healthcare’s most challenging issues: practitioner bias and how it affects patient outcomes.

Remembering Lee Lipsenthal

By Erik Goldman

The holistic/integrative medical community lost one of its leading lights, with the passing of Dr. Lee Lipsenthal on Sept. 20 at the age of 54. Clinician, pioneer, educator, agitator, rock & roller…..Lee was a loving and beloved man whose passion to help others, whose love of life, whose venturesome spirit touched and transformed many peoples’ lives. A dedicated husband, father and friend, Lee spent decades teaching all those around him how to live with vigor. In his passing, he’s taught us how to die with grace.

Crisis & Creation: Ten Years on the Road to Healthier Healthcare

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Holistic Primary Care’s tenth anniversary offers a special opportunity to look back on the trials and triumphs in holistic medicine over the last decade. We’ve asked leaders in the field to share their thoughts on the  trends, achievements and setbacks that shaped the decade. Their insights are as inspiring, provocative and transformative as holistic medicine itself.

Open Mind & Open Heart Are Essential in Caring for People with Cancer

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Primary care doctors have a vital role to play in helping patients with cancer, even if they are not directly involved in treatment of the cancer itself. The key, says Dr. Isaac Eliaz, is for doctors to confront their own mortality and become comfortable with the reality of impermanence.

Ten Years After: Reflecting on Holistic Primary Care’s First Decade

By Erik L. Goldman - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Holistic Primary Care was born ten years ago, with a simple mission: to build an information bridge between the medical mainstream and the holistic disciplines and to foster a more health-centric approach to health care. A LOT has happened since that first issue rolled off the presses!

 

The Swine Flu Mirror

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 10, No. 4. , 2009

What’s really interesting about H1N1 is the way it seems to mirror back to people what they fear most and trust least. Our individual reactions and responses to this bug tell us more about our human nature, than the nature of the virus or its potential health consequences.