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Living with a Visionary

For more than fifty years, my wife and I shared a world. Then, as Diana’s health declined, her hallucinations became her own reality. You would think it was a performance of some kind. When she wakes up, if she has slept at all, she tells me about the giants carrying trees and bushes on what she calls zip lines, which I am able to identify as telephone wires. Beneath the busy giants, she explains… Read at The New Yorker

Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe… Read at Time

‘Why Is It So Expensive?’

We Asked People From Around the World What They Think of U.S. Health Care. Byzantine health plans. Impoverishing deductibles. Exorbitant drug costs. Soul-crushing surprises lurking in the fine print. The American health care system is — to put it mildly — totally perplexing… Read at NYTimes

UC Berkeley launches center for psychedelic science and education

Fifty years after political and cultural winds slammed shut the doors on psychedelic research, UC Berkeley is making up for lost time by launching the campus’s first center for psychedelic science and public education. With $1.25 million in seed funding from an anonymous donor… Read at Berleleyside

Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health

There’s only so much a dog can do, even if that is a lot. I live alone with my staffy, and by week eight of the first lockdown she was rolling her eyes at my ever-tightening clutch. I had been sofa-bound with Covid and its after-effects before lockdown was announced, then… Read at The Guardian

How ancient remedies are changing modern medicine

Long overlooked by Western science, traditional Chinese treatments are yielding cutting-edge cures.

In my hand I’m holding a warm, beating heart. About the size of a softball, it’s a luminous globe of scarlet, pink, and white tissue. I can feel its chambers contracting and hear the whoosh… Read at NG

Struggling to find happiness while you’re stuck at home? Experts say contentment is enough.

Many of us are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is a time of extreme challenge, and there’s a lot to feel anxious about right now. We’re in the middle of an enormous social experiment, and the results are becoming clearer every day. For a lot of us stuck at home, it’s what we brought into the pandemic that’s causing us unnecessary suffering: an expectation of happiness. No, this doesn’t mean that misery is the answer. What this means is that pursuing happiness … Read at The Washington Post

UC Berkeley launches center for psychedelic science and education

Fifty years after political and cultural winds slammed shut the doors on psychedelic research, UC Berkeley is making up for lost time by launching the campus’s first center for psychedelic science and public education.

With $1.25 million in seed funding from an anonymous donor, the new UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain. … Read at Berleleyside

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Book + Product Reviews

Three Books on Race: A Review

Three Books on Race: A Review

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

One of the things coinciding with the COVID pandemic, has been the explosive growth of social justice movements, including “Black Lives Matter.” Perhaps it was the spate of police killings of unarmed Black men and women–combined with the racial inequities in health care and economic opportunity laid bare by the pandemic–that sparked the conscience of our nation, leading to mass demonstrations.

As a self-identified “progressive” I sympathized with the cause. But at the same time, I realized there was just so much that I really did not know….

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Health GroovesA Podcast

On Staying Healthy and Moving Forward During COVID with Rick Snyder, Executive Coach (E37)

On Staying Healthy and Moving Forward During COVID with Rick Snyder, Executive Coach (E37)

Decision making is one of the most challenging aspects of leading, as we never have all the information we need and yet we still need to act. Especially in these unprecedented times of great uncertainty. Our special guest, Rick Snyder, executive coach, and author of “ decisive Intuition,” researches and implements how to incorporate intuition into the decision-making process make better and faster decisions that impact all areas of the business. And this conversation is more timely than ever.

I talk to Rick about how to stay balanced and keep moving forward personally and professionally in this “time of Covid.”

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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Tweets

- July 31, 2021

Art can be healing. Or not. https://t.co/D5Eq2AI7fR
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery Thank you for the grammatical correction.
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery Physiotherapy does not include joint manipulation. Most physios are not primary providers. Again they want to take on manipulation. Why? Because they know it works. Again, the separation is based on economics. Not therapeutics.
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery Why me? Because I specialize in treating back pain. MDs do not. I prefer joint dysfunction to subluxation. And why compare 19th century chiropractic to 21st century medicine. Let’s compare 21st that 21st. 19th century medicine wasn’t so great either.
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery You asked if I was a chiropractor. How is that me leading. I answered your question.
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery Actually “real” medical doctors have limited understanding and ability to treat back pain. They refer to me. That is ALL I treat. Every day. If truly interested you can see my website https://t.co/sLW93YzjJ8
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery I referred a patient who was unresponsive after two visits for x rays that revealed myeloma. He is now being treated for that cancer. For a more respectful and coherent conversation you can email at ricky@rickyfishman.com
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery Actually I am not good at this Twitter so my responses may not seem contiguous. My friend John Scaringe is the president of Southern California university of health sciences. That is a more modem representation. But you putting “doctor” in parentheses shows your prejudice
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery First, I am calm so please let’s not inject that into our conversation. I graduated from SUNY Buffalo as undergrad and went to New York chiropractic college. I agree that “straight” schools like Sherman (if it still exists) and even Life are problematic due to “philosophy”
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery To be honest the whole division of disciplines into physical therapy, massage and chiro are based on economic turf battles. That is the history of medicine. It should all be under one umbrella. Physical medicine
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery I can refer for x ray and mri depending on need. And why do you think physical are trying to take on joint manipulation? Because it works.
h J R

- July 31, 2021

@ChiroQuackery I am thoroughly trained in joint manipulation as well as rehabilitative exercise. I am a primary provider, a gateway for referral to other practitioners such as mds if I suspect based on my training an organic cause of pain.
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@ChiroQuackery I would be happy to engage in a respectful conversation but the snark you are leading with does not suggest the same on your end.
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@ChiroQuackery 2. We are practitioners of physical medicine and combine joint manipulation with soft tissue work with rehabilitative exercise. I work with mds, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and more. I dont routinely X-ray for subluxations nor set people up for extensive tx
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@ChiroQuackery I have been a chiropractor for 35 years. Also a college professor for 25 years specializing in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. It is easy to reduce all chiros as you seem to be doing by assuming we all talk about vital energy and misaligned vertebrae.
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@PainSci @ChiroQuackery So causing harm is the measure of the validity of a medical practice? Ask your md what they pay per year for malpractice and the ask the chiro. Actuarial tables do not lie.
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@ChiroQuackery It is sad to see this kind of ignorance applauded. Study the history of joint manipulation that goes back thousands of years and practiced around the globe. Chiro is simply a new name for an ancient science.
h J R

- July 30, 2021

The delta variant is a totally new animal! https://t.co/0q4HS14hgP
h J R

- July 30, 2021

@WrittenByHanna Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
h J R

- July 29, 2021

Our health care system is so deeply broken. https://t.co/LYIdxzC5Aq
h J R

Ricky FishmanChiropractor, Advocate,Content Curator

Ricky Fishman has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists and others. Complementing his clinical work, Ricky has taught both graduate and undergraduate coursework in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. In addition to the treatment of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries, he works as a consultant in the field of health and wellness with companies dedicated to re-visioning health care for the 21st century. “Condition” is the culmination of his many years in health care; of practice, teaching and research. For more information about his work, visit www.rickyfishman.com

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