Forming a Grass-Roots Organization – Healing as a Social Task: Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophical Medicine (PAAM) Introduces the New Patient and Friends Organization

by Stephen Johnson, DO A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. ---Mahatma Ghandi Although being president of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophical Medicine (PAAM) can be a challenging task at times (especially saying the name), I appreciate the opportunity it affords me to meet so many good people from around the world. Recently, I have ... Read More ►

Cinderella-Aschenputtel Viewed Through Anthroposophy

by Cathy Marconi Fairy tales transcend time. Their origins go back to the distant past and are found in oral traditions around the world. Fairy tales take us on a journey that joins body with soul and spirit. They are often inspired, and are thought to bring us closer to the angelic realm through their picture-language. According to artist and ... Read More ►

From the Publisher

Dear Readers, What to say! What to say! What to write – what to write. I was considering leaving the page empty – speechless. I was considering just one word – VOTE. How to proceed in the face of distortion, untruth, manipulation, mockery? How to stand strong in the face of homophobia, hatred of others and immigrants? How to process ... Read More ►

Old Age

By Renee Meyer, MD Even if we are enjoying a vigorous middle age, somewhere in our sixties we begin to sense our mortality. A quiet, persistent reminder arises from deep recesses of our thoughts, or stirs the air behind our shoulders. It breathes “but time may overcome you,” when we indulge in long-term planning or think fondly of undertaking a ... Read More ►

Talking our Children to “Deaf”

By Nancy Blanning There are moments of wonder which leave us astonished in joy as we witness a young child coming into beinghood. With each new step, she progresses further in coming into connection with this new physical and social world. Satisfying the infant’s hunger and snuggling establish a physical connection with the mother. The first smile reaches out as ... Read More ►

The International Youth Initiative Program – A Personal History

By Silas Beardslee The only truthful way for me to illustrate the International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) in Sweden, I believe, is with the story of my own experience as participant, alumnus, co-worker, and then contributor. With each passing year, and each group of individuals passing through the program, YIP becomes ever more diverse, and continues to prove that it is ... Read More ►

Dementia

Renee Meyer, MD There is an advertisement picturing a middle-aged couple walking down the beach. As they walk, the woman’s image slowly dissolves, leaving just one beach walker. Families of people with dementia experience this feeling of dissolution and loss. In the early stage of dementia, the afflicted patients themselves can often feel loss and sorrow as their own organizational ... Read More ►

Beginning to understand … Trauma

By David Tresemer, PhD Thousands of pages are written about trauma every year. Trauma has become a favorite subject in mainstream psychology. To begin to understand the phenomenon, let us build a picture of the human being: To the receiving department of the soul’s kitchen, fresh cartloads of sensory impressions are brought—cartload after cartload, every moment. Just as one harvests ... Read More ►