Victimhood: Experience, Identity, Excuse, or Manipulation?

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter, and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers!

I am back from an amazing trip to S. Africa.  Recently, I saw a short video on Trevor Noah, who had some insightful comments on how "victimhood" can be used as a powerful political tool.  Coincidentally, I had a poignant conversation about just that topic with a driver who was a native of South Africa. 

Today, I would like to share what I learned from my driver during our safari.

Have a great week!

Victimhood: Experience, Identity, Excuse, or Manipulation?

"Do you know what Afrikaans do for fun?" The safari driver asked me.

"Afrikaans?  Do you mean white people who are born in Africa?"  I asked him.

After affirming that I was on the right track, he continued, "On weekends, they will go to the bars and get drunk, and afterward, if they see a native black man in the fields, they will kill him just for fun.  They will tie him up with a rope and drag him along the road behind their truck." 

After a moment, as I remained speechless, he continued, "They treat us like we're monkeys. Every day I have to fight to be treated like a human being.  After Apartheid was over, we should have become more unified, but nothing changed.  We just tolerate their insults and pretend not to notice.  They feel justified in treating us like animals because they think that we have hurt them.  We are the ones who have been hurt.  We are the victims!"

The irony of the situation rested like a cloud over us, as we drove through the wild landscape covered by dry grass and dotted by acacia trees.

At the end of my trip, another driver talked about the communities we drove through on the way to the airport.  He explained that the people there start off with a "shack" and work hard over decades to save enough money to build a home with a flushing toilet.  It seemed that having a flushing toilet and indoor plumbing was a sign of their financial affluence.  The people will keep their shack by their new house to remind them of where they came from. 

I saw the shacks as we drove along the road, each one about the size of my walk-in closet, made of scraps of single sheets of metal or wood.  Some were located close to small houses made of brick.  I thought of my house with its four flushing toilets, and I marveled at his state of acceptance and joy, chatting and chuckling as he shared what he knew about the sights along the way.    

"Do these communities have both white and black people living together?" I asked.

"Oh, no!" He responded. "There are no white people who live there."

"What if a white person wanted to live there?  How would the people feel about that?  Would the people ignore them or reject them?" I asked.

"Oh, we would be very happy and honored to have them live with us.  We would love them and help them and treat them like they are one of us!"  He said with a big grin.  His words brought tears to my eyes.  They were so genuine and filled with warmth.  Where was his resentment?  The thought didn't even seem to cross his mind.

Finally arriving home, I had time to read the news and saw that Trevor Noah had been quoted in the Washington Post.  He was talking about Trump using victimhood as a tool to galvanize people against each other, using it as a powerful political tool to manipulate voters' emotions by inciting fear.  Here is the link: Trevor Noah. 

I thought of the two drivers who shared their thoughts with me during the drives in S. Africa.  They were victims of racism, but their hearts were filled with something else.  In one, there was the fire of a fighter.  In the other, the acceptance of a saint. They did not embrace the identity of victimhood even though they, of all people, had a right to that label.  I admired their spirit.

Sometimes, people who hurt others use victimhood as an excuse (an entitlement) to continue their racism, discrimination, or persecution of others.  And sometimes, politicians use that moral weakness for their own political purposes.

As I reflect on what I've learned,I have come to appreciate that being a victim doesn't necessarily mean living in a state of victimhood.  I admire the native people of South Africa for their indomitable spirit and loving tolerance.  Despite difficult circumstances, their strength and goodness shine through.

Angels, Demons, a Boy, and a Psychiatrist

Growth from the paths we choose

Growth from the paths we choose

Hello Everyone!

I hope you're having a great week!  Thank you for reading my newsletter and a big welcome to all the new subscribers.  I hope you'll find today's topic fascinating. 

I am still in S. Africa enjoying nature and snapping pictures, but I will be back on October 6th.  I'll respond to your emails when I get back.

This week I thought I would share a story about one of the most spiritual experiences I've ever had.  It involved some angels, demons, a boy, and myself, during a psychiatry session. It was a "group therapy" session that taught me many profound lessons I have never forgotten.

Have a wonderful week!

Angels, Demons, a Boy, and a Psychiatrist

A Spiritual Perspective on Freedom, Choice, and Growth

It was both the most frightening and the most sublime session I ever had with a patient.  I will never forget it, though it happened nearly two decades ago.

Paul (pseudonym) was a 15-year-old who suffered from "depression."  He had already made three prior suicide attempts, one of them in an inpatient psychiatric ward.  His parents wanted me to work with him, not because of my exceptional skills as a psychiatrist, but because they wanted someone who was familiar with the family's religion. 

My initial evaluation, however, caused me some alarm.  During the evaluation, as Paul was expressing how much he hated God and religion, a ghostly, gaunt, male face popped out from Paul's face.  It had a stern expression and was staring straight at me, looking like the floating head of the Wizard of Oz that had tried to frighten Dorothy. 

After the session, my phone call with Paul's parents didn't help me feel any better.  They shared their concern that Paul might be "possessed" by evil spirits at times.

I was tempted to quit before starting.  When I prayed about the matter, however, a comforting feeling came over me, as if to say, "Don't be afraid."  So, I pressed forward.

My work with Paul happened about a year before I became interested in holistic medicine, so he was treated with Prozac and individual psychotherapy. To my surprise, treatment unfolded in a mundane fashion session after session.   

One day, as we talked about different issues over a game of cards, Paul once again began to talk about his hatred of God and religion.  He shared that, at times, he would "allow" three demons to possess him.  As soon as he said this, his eyes glazed over, and he said, in a dry, half-dead voice, "Theeeeyyyy arrrrrre heeere..."

Immediately, I felt the hair on the back of my neck rise, just like in a novel.  I remember feeling surprised by that unique sensation.  Simultaneously, foreign feelings/thoughts intruded into my mind, conveying an intense desire to destroy, control, and frighten me.  In reaction to this sudden change of events, I immediately prayed (silently) for God's help and protection. 

The intrusive feelings and thoughts suddenly left me, and I felt as if I was filled and surrounded by a warm, golden light.

Paul continued to talk in a half-dead, flat voice.  He expressed how he hated God because God didn't give people enough freedom.  God just wanted to control everyone and have everyone worship Him.  

I found myself responding, "Freedom is a tool that God uses to help people to grow.  As we learn to make proper choices with the freedom we are given, God lets us have more freedom.  Just like a parent wouldn't give a baby a chainsaw, but rather a variety of toys to choose from, God lets us play with freedom safely.  When you go to a shoe store, you'll find sneakers, sandals, boots, and many other styles of shoes to choose from, but you wouldn't find moon boots, because it's not likely that you'll be going to the moon.  It's like that with choices in life.  We are given a variety of choices that we need, not choices that we don't need."

After I said that, I realized that I had never thought of freedom in that way before.  The words flowed from me, filled with wisdom and compassion.  I was learning just as much about freedom as Paul was.

Not to be deterred, Paul described what he considered to be God's personality flaws.  God was arrogant, selfish, controlling, and narcissistic.  After he finished criticizing God, I said, "That's good that you don't like those qualities, but if you just substituted the word "Satan" for "God," you would have it right."  

I was surprised by my quick repartee.  Personally, I have never been good at delivering quick repartees.  My response must have come from the Light that was inspiring me through this whole ordeal.  

After about 15-20 minutes, an expression of disgust crossed Paul's face, as if the demons were disgusted at their inability to affect me.  Instead, they were being lectured.  Where was the fun in that?  So, they left, and Paul's voice and face changed back to himself.  Soon after, the session concluded.

After the session, I felt enlightened.  I realized that the demons spoke of God as a fact of life.  They never questioned God's existence.  They just didn't like God.  In comparison to their knowledge, my knowledge of God seemed vague and faith-driven.  I believed and had faith in God, but I didn't know that God existed.  Their certainty reinforced the reality of God for me.  I also knew that I had been protected.  I felt that Beings of Light had come to my aid.  In a way, I had been "possessed" by their presence within and around me.  It felt peaceful and loving.

Paul never returned for another session.  Circumstances unfolded in his family that led them to stop treatment.  It seemed like the right turn of events. 

My session with Paul taught me some important spiritual principles about the nature of good and evil.  From then on, I knew that Evil had three goals: destroy, control, and incite fear in others.  I also learned that goodness was a power filled with peace, love, and wisdom, and I could trust in this power to shield and inspire me.

I hope that this story will add to your knowledge of good and evil, and support you when you encounter evil as you work to bring greater goodness into the world.

Introducing the Empower Energy Technique

Empower yourself through Life Energy

Empower yourself through Life Energy

Hello Everyone!

As you read this week's newsletter, I will be in South Africa, shooting more nature pictures to bring back to show you!  Thank you for reading my newsletters and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers.

This week, I want to introduce a new technique I created.  I decided to name it, "Empower Energy Technique," or EET for short. 

I've been applying this approach in various settings,
and it works great!  People notice a shift and
like its positive, empowering influence. I hope
you'll give it a try.

Have a super week.  May your light bring joy to others.

Introducing the New Empower Energy Technique (EET)

A simple, effective way to shift, transform, and attract energy!

How EET evolved, what it is, and how to use it:

EET evolved from my use of Logosynthesis in my psychiatry practice. Logosynthesis is a simple, systematized approach using intention to shift and release energy to help resolve problems. You do not need to tap on any acupressure points. Using muscle testing (applied kinesiology), I demonstrated during my clinical sessions that the energy shifts resulted in stronger energy states. Over time, I learned a short cut for Logosynthesis. Instead of stating all three sentences, one could say, “I now apply the Logosynthesis Process on ___."

With EET, Life Energy is being used to help shift energy, rather than shifting it alone. Life Energy is defined as all the energy you need to create an optimal state of life. It includes the energies of unconditional love, peace, joy, truth, creativity, strength, harmony, balance, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, health, wholeness, purity, abundance, courage, and freedom. It includes these energies and others that will help you at each moment to create a life filled with health and well-being. Life Energy exists at all levels of being (spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social) and through space and time.

Instead of focusing on the problem, EET focuses on the positive outcome or change you wish to create. It is important to specify time and be aware that the bigger the change, the more energy would be required to shift from where you are to where you want to be. Results should unfold organically. Continue to work on setting positive intentions and do your part in creating the changes you want for you life. Doing EET empowers you to create, heal, or attract, but it's not a magic wand.

Here is the simple sentence to use for EET:
I now choose to align myself with Life Energy and be empowered to ____.

Here are some examples of how to apply it:

  1. I now choose to align myself with Life Energy and be empowered to find solutions to my management problems at work that will help the company to make positive changes going forward.

  2. I now choose to align myself with Life Energy and be empowered to heal the underlying causes and triggers for my PVCs now.

  3. I now choose to align myself with Life Energy and be empowered to heal my fear of public speaking.

After stating the phrase out loud, take a few deep, relaxed breaths.  Just as I often do in Logosynthesis, I will find myself yawning or my eyes might get a little teary after stating the phrase.  I think of these symptoms as subtle signs of a shift in energy.

I have been muscle testing the shift in energy after using EET, and it consistently helps my patients to shift to a higher level of strength and energy.  The energy shift is significant, immediate, and measurable.  I anticipate, however, that the healing process will unfold at all levels of being in a holistic, organic, and optimal way.

Let me know how you like this simple technique. I hope it will bring greater healing and joy in your life.

The Curious Case of the Tangled Necklaces

A place for discovery beneath the tangled setting

A place for discovery beneath the tangled setting

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading this week's newsletter and a big welcome to all the new subscribers.  I'm glad that you're here and hope that you'll enjoy my reflections today.

This week, I want to share some stories about how thoughts can manipulate material matter.  As incredible as these experiences may be, they are all true!

I hope you'll find these stories enlightening and useful to you.

Have a wonderful week!

As I walked by the department store's jewelry counter, I saw two female clerks talking animatedly together.  Being curious, I asked them what was the matter.

One woman turned and replied, "We've been trying to untangle this all day but haven't made any progress!"  This was a ball of twisted chains, about the size of a pancake, held in her two outraised palms.

"I might be able to help.  I have a knack for untangling chains," I said, remembering the one time I had the same problem with a necklace years ago.  I was not able to untangle it for over an hour (turned out it was two identical chains knotted together).  However, after I applied some energy techniques on the knotted chains, they untangled almost immediately.

The lady handed me the massive ball of chains, and I went to work on this bigger challenge.  I reminded myself of some basic principles about energy at the quantum level, 1) all matter is made of energy, 2) energy is information and holds intelligence, and 3) my intelligence and the necklaces' intelligence are made of the same Life Energy. 

I was curious if I could, for the second time, replicate what happened when I tried to untangle my necklaces at home.  The experiment involved directing my thoughts and intentions to the tangled necklaces, as if the necklaces were sentient, and see if my polite directions to them and even encouragement and gratitude for their cooperation, would result in an easier untangling process.  

I didn't time myself, but it felt like somewhere around 15 to 20 minutes later, I was done.  Five necklaces laid side by side on the glass counter.  I don't know how it happened so easily.  Perhaps I was being guided as much as I was "guiding" the necklaces.

When I told the clerks that I was done.  One exclaimed in shock, "It's a miracle!  How did you do that?" 

I explained to them how I did it and left.  They stared at me like I was from Mars, as I retraced my way past them again, having headed the wrong way when I left the counter.  I always get disoriented in department stores.  

Over the years, I have applied these same principles on "transforming heavy metals into water."  I would visualize the heavy metals in the patient as small dark particles, and I would target Life Energy to them and imagine their energy being reorganized and transformed to clear drops of water.  Twice, mothers have called me back later in the afternoon to tell me that their kid had to "pee four times in the next hour."  After one session, a nine-year-old boy's psychotic symptoms disappeared, and he didn't need to take his antipsychotics anymore.  His supplement dosages also went down after the treatment. 

Sometimes, when no one is around to help me, I will do energy work on frustratingly heavy furniture (yes, I direct nice thoughts to the furniture) that refuses to budge.  Somehow, I am able to move it from one floor to another once I do energy work.  Perhaps I am the one that gets stronger, or the furniture gets lighter.  I don't know what changes, but I am able to manage it when I use energy on these heavy objects.  

Faith in the unseen is so hard.  I wish I were like Barbara Brennan or Adam McLeod who can see people's energy fields.  But I can't.  So, through different experiences, I have to learn how energy can be shifted and transformed through intention and let faith lead the way.

I guess I just have to accept that these basic quantum principles about energy and matter are true and can be applied in useful ways, rather than stuffing these unbelievable experiences in a glass case like curiosities to be admired on rare occasions.  I need to systematize my approach to matter based on these quantum principles, rather than applying them haphazardly when all else fails.  I need to act on my understanding with greater faith in its replicability and use my understanding to help in a consistent and methodical manner. 

I hope that my stories will remind you of all the times you had used your thoughts and intentions to shift things in your life.  I encourage you to trust your innate abilities and use them more frequently.  Don't use your quantum abilities as a last resort when all else fails.  It's free. Why not use it more often?

The Mechanics of It All

The intricacies of life…

The intricacies of life…

Hello Everyone!

It's great to have the chance to produce another weekly newsletter for you.  Thank you for reading and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers.

Two weeks ago, I shared a story about the cannabinoid system and mental health. Today, I would like to follow up by sharing a story on the same theme, using the analogy of "mechanics."  I hope you'll enjoy it and learn something useful from it.

Thank you for your emails and comments over the past few months.  I've really enjoyed your feedback.  Please click on the comment button at the end of the newsletter if you wish to email me.

Have a terrific week! 

"'ve had a rough weekend?" I asked my patient Bill (pseudonym).  He texted yesterday to see if he could reschedule his appointment for the next day. He told me that he had a "rough weekend" and that he would tell me about it during our session.  I was both concerned and curious about what he meant by that.

"Yeah," he began, "both my cars broke down yesterday.  I got a flat tire on one and its engine wasn't working, and a broken axle on the other...I had to change the axel in the rain.  Afterward, however, the car was only half-fixed, because it still made a loud whining noise when I tried to drive it.  And then that car got a flat too!"

"Well," I said, feeling relieved, "I can think of two good things about your situation."

"Oh, yeah?"  He brightened with curiosity, "What things?"

"Well, you're a mechanic.  You know how to fix cars, so even though you had these problems with your car, you can fix them right away without having to pay someone else a thousand bucks to do it for you.  If I had a flat tire, I'd have to call AAA and wait for hours by the side of the road." 

He shook his head, amused at the thought, and started to count his blessings.

"Second," I added, "these are problems with your cars, not with you.  I'm not hearing that you had problems with pot, or heroin, or getting in trouble with the police."

"Nah, I don't even think about it much anymore.  I guess I'm moving away from being a pot-head." His eyebrows crinkled in disbelief, as his face softened with a child-like smile.

"I had a week like that too, except with people," I added wryly.  "Your story is like an analogy of what it's been like for me this past week.  I dealt with a few situations that reminded me of your difficulties with 'flat tires.' Just like your problem with the 'axel,' when I tried to fix one problem, it didn't lead to resolving the whole situation.  Clearly, something else needed adjustment.  Remember how we worked on your endocannabinoid system with Logosynthesis two weeks ago?"

"Yeah, I felt better right away!" he said.   

"Yes, you did.  Well, that opened up a whole can of worms.  Over the past week, I've learned a lot about the cannabinoid system.  Those whose cannabinoid systems had values at 50/200 or 75/200 did well with Logosynthesis (some reported better sleep).  But those with 5/200 had something else going on.  They had problems with being hypersensitized to their own endocannabinoids and receptors.  Let me draw you a picture."

I pulled out a yellow notepad and drew the basic mechanisms of nerves, receptors, and immunoglobulins, and how strengthening the endocannabinoid system had fixed just half the problem for those who had been hypersensitized to their own cannabinoid neuromodulators and receptors.  For them, it increased inflammation, which worsened their mental health.

I explained how the same principle applied to those who had used stimulants, alcohol, and SSRIs, even though the patients had not used those substances for years.  I had to "re-program" their immune system so that it would stop attacking the patients' own systems. 

"At least I had the tools to fix things when I learned about them," I added. "And, I also learned that the endocannabinoid system and endorphin (opioid) systems work in similar ways and in similar places in the body."

"Oh, really?"  Bill's eyes widened as we both thought of his past struggles with heroin addiction.

"Yes.  From my energy testing, I found that patients' endorphin and endocannabinoid systems had the same numbers.  So, those with low endocannabinoid function also needed healing of their endorphin system."  

So, basically, to help patients lower their antipsychotics more smoothly, I started by strengthening their endocannabinoid system, but found that some were hypersensitized to their endocannabinoid system (the neuromodulators and receptors). Later, I found that I had to help some patients heal their endorphin, GABA, catecholamine, and serotonin systems too.

Bill thanked me for explaining everything to him and expressed how much he enjoyed coming for his sessions each time.

We finished doing some energy work to help him with all his systems.  Bill is the kind of patient who can feel energy when we do energy work.  After we finished, he said that he felt "lighter" and "better."  

After an hour, we two "mechanics" said goodbye for another two weeks, each to continue our work of resolving problems we encounter.

Divine Synchronicity in Friendships

Acknowledging the support we receive from friends.

Acknowledging the support we receive from friends.

Hello Everyone,

It's wonderful to have the chance to create another newsletter for you.  Thank you for reading each week, and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers! 

Today, I would like to share some personal stories about friendships that magically appeared when I needed them. 

I believe that friendships allow us to see divine synchronicity in action--how Life miraculously supports us through difficult times.

I hope these stories will help you to recognize divine synchronicities in your life and to appreciate the friendships that support you.

Right after Christmas, when I was a junior in college, I was driving to the University of Utah gymnasium with a racquetball racquet to play racquetball by myself.  The racquet was a Christmas present from a guy I dated for two years.  He wanted to marry me on the condition that I stop wanting to be a doctor and change my plans to having 12 kids with him instead.  When I didn't respond to his vision for my future, he broke up with me, leaving me with a racquet but no partner to play with.

On the drive there, I told God that I really needed a friend (to play racquetball with).  Being pre-med and dating someone exclusively for two years had put me in a  difficult situation of not having other friends.  I felt sorry for myself and was probably a pitiful sight, as I was crying and sniffling while driving.   

After hitting the ball around the court for a while, I realized that I had forgotten my antiperspirant and went to get it from my car.  When I returned, I found another girl playing on my racquetball court.  Apparently, I forfeited my court because I had forgotten to sign in.  Dejected, I went up to the indoor track for a run.  The girl came and found me and asked if I wanted to play racquetball with her, as she was by herself and was just starting to learn.  It turned out that she lived near my home and was around my height.  She and I became regular racquetball partners and close friends for over 20 years. 

Divine synchronicity!

This past year, I found myself in equally dire circumstances when it came to friendships.  In August 2017, I had chosen to formally leave the Mormon Church after being a member for 48 of my 54 years of life.  It was the right decision for me, but it left a big social vacuum in my life.  You'd have to understand the Mormon community to know why ex-Mormons don't usually hang out with old Mormon acquaintances.  Once again, I asked God for help since I didn't know how to find new friends at this stage in my life.

One by one, new friendships came to me.  Recently, I realized this gradual transformation as I was chatting with Karen.  She began working for me about a year ago, helping me deal with mail and filing.  We were chatting about changes in her life (opening her new store and moving to a new million-dollar home). 

"I hope you won't stop helping me!" I said (it was becoming clear that Karen won't be needing the money she earned from helping me).

"Oh, no! I'll still come." She reassured me.  

I felt relieved and happy.  In that moment, I realized how much I appreciate her.  Over the past year, in addition to helping me with my mail, Karen has helped me stay fit by exercising with me twice a week.  We have similar perspectives and values (she even signed up for my newsletters), and it's easy to talk with her.  We have become good friends. 

Then there's Jack, the rapper/IT person, who came on board to help me with my website and newsletters each week.  Initially, I had a stereotype about rappers and was a little skeptical about Jack being professional and reliable, but not anymore!  He has been truly helpful. 

When I found myself procrastinating on my book, I asked Jack if he could help me by holding me accountable for writing each day.  Serendipitously, Jack had three years of experience teaching at a writing center.  With his friendly daily texts, reminders of my next "assignment," and his positive editing support, I have made more progress over the past two weeks than I have over the past two months.  Annie Wylde, my editor at KN Literary Arts, is thrilled with me! 

Today I spoke with a recent acquaintance, Helena Amos, an acupuncturist in Rockville.  We are working together to help a patient with POTS who was suffering after lowering her Cymbalta.  As a team, we are making great progress.  We speak the same holistic language and understand each other's clinical approach perfectly.  I have a feeling she will be another new and awesome friend.  I have needed someone who knew how to use a Bioscan machine near my office for quite a while now, and she has needed a doctor who can manage medications.  

Divine synchronicity!

How has the universe helped you to find friendships in your life?  How has help and support come along just when you needed it? 

I believe in a loving, empowering universe and trust that support will come to us at the right time.  When life gets rough and challenging, I believe that we have the creative ability to transform our difficulties into learning opportunities and strengths.

May you believe in and ask for divine synchronicity in your life and receive help from a loving universe as you face life's challenging scenarios.

The Endocannabinoid System In Mental Health

Heron feather on moss covered rocks

Heron feather on moss covered rocks

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter!  I hope you've been having a great week and are enjoying the cooler weather.  

Lately, I've been reflecting on our natural cannabinoid system (endogenous cannabinoid system), as I work with patients who are dependent on marijuana (MJ) and antipsychotic medications.  

I will share how my insights have led me to integrate an innovative approach to hopefully help them withdraw from MJ and antipsychotics more effectively.

Enjoy and have a great week!  😄

Lately, I've been working with two wonderful men in my practice.  One man is withdrawing from MJ and the other from antipsychotics. 

What is interesting about the second man is that he had also smoked heavily in his 20's and became paranoid from its use. 

The first man, who was trying to quit smoking MJ altogether, was getting stuck at just smoking "on weekends."  He had been smoking several times per day, every day, for years, so this was a great improvement. However, he just wasn't able to stop smoking despite the fact that he didn't have depression, anxiety, or cognitive issues with attention or memory anymore.  I felt that there must be a residual unresolved problem that was getting in his way of stopping completely. 

The second man was also running into some difficulty withdrawing from his antipsychotic.  While the first man was using CBD oil to help lower his use of MJ, the second man could not benefit from it. Despite making great progress initially, he needed to increase his antipsychotic medication to lessen some withdrawal symptoms.  He was also stuck at a place where he couldn't reduce his medication further.

One day, I had an idea of using Logosynthesis combined with Energy Breaths to help the first man by using the phrase "all the manifestations of a weakened and undermined natural cannabinoid system."  We did two rounds of it.  After the second round, we did some Energy Breaths, and we set an intention to apply the benefits of this Logosynthesis over the course of his life, based on what is appropriate and helpful for him.  

The patient noticed that he felt immediately better after the intervention, and muscle testing showed a significant shift from a weak hold to a strong hold when he tapped into all of the energies associated with his natural cannabinoid system.  

Since the second man had also been exposed to intense and constant levels of MJ for a period in his life, I wondered if this same approach would help him.

The natural endocannabinoid system has antipsychotic benefits. Exposure to MJ may interfere with and undermine the natural cannabinoid system, just as any psychotropic medication may undermine the neurotransmitter system of the body that it mimics.

I muscle tested the function of the second patient's cannabinoid system, setting a scale from 0 to 200, with 100 being optimum, 0 being without any cannabinoid function, and 200 being excessively elevated cannabinoid function.  The scale included the cannabinoid system's ability to help the patient during withdrawal.  His value before Logosynthesis was 5/200.  After two rounds of Logosynthesis, his value went up to 100/200.  I also asked him to do Logosynthesis every day for his problem with the cannabinoid system for the next two weeks. 

The idea of using energy medicine to shift physiology is based on the principle that energy medicine governs the information that drives the physical system.  By changing the information for the system, the system shifts to a different "program."

My concern for the second patient is not knowing how strongly his physiology will shift.  If he shifts too fast and too much, he may experience a significant problem with sedation, since he is still taking a medically therapeutic dose of antipsychotics.  So, I told him of the risks, and we are watching and waiting.  

Here's a presentation on CBD and the brain by Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN.

Five Common Mistakes During Medication Withdrawal

Seeing what is present and not what is expected...

Seeing what is present and not what is expected...

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my weekly newsletter.  Thank you for reading, and I hope that today's information will be helpful and of value to you.

Today, I want to share my opinions and reflections on five common mistakes made during medication withdrawal.  

Hopefully, it will clarify some important aspects of medication withdrawal and make the process safer.

Enjoy and have a great week!  😄

Information and expertise to help patients safely taper off their psychotropic medications are extremely difficult to find, not only for patients, but also for psychiatrists. 

What I mean by "the expertise to help patients safely taper off their psychotropic medications" is the ability to help patients get off their medications without replacing it with another similar medication, and to have the ability to maintain the patient's mental health without another relapse for at least six months after the medication is completely stopped. In other words, simultaneously resolving patients' underlying mental health problems and healing them from their medication dependency.  However difficult the process may be, it is still possible.

Due to the shortage of expertise on medication withdrawal, many patients lower their psychiatric medications without proper preparation or guidance.  To share information I have learned the hard way from empirical experience and to prevent common mistakes from recurring during withdrawal, here are some important points to consider:

  1. A common misunderstanding about withdrawal is to assume that patients will remain stable when only medication withdrawal is being managed.  Actually, in order to succeed with withdrawal, one must address and resolve both the underlying problem(s) and the medication withdrawal process. 

    I think of medications as buffering agents rather than healing agents.  To remove the buffering agent without truly healing the underlying issues will not create long-lasting recovery.

    Preparation of the patient for this kind of comprehensive healing process should be done a few weeks before attempting to lower a medication.  Continued support needs to be ongoing, both during and after the withdrawal process. 

    For example, a patient may need to heal their gut from chronic antibiotic exposure through probiotics, rebuilding the gut lining, and repleting their nutritional status, while also restoring proper serotonin levels with additional 5-HTP (and other co-factors) to successfully get off an SSRI, such as Zoloft, Celexa, or Prozac.  For greater ease with withdrawal, this healing process should be initiated a few weeks before attempting to lower the medication.
  2. Using relapse as the indicator that the withdrawal has failed is another common mistake.  Instead, it is more useful to follow sleep as a sensitive indicator of the patient's state of health.  The patient's sleep onset, duration, disruption(s), and dreaming (melatonin status) help the clinician to monitor whether the patient's condition is improving, ready for medication withdrawal, or going too rapidly or slowly.  Don't wait for a full-blown relapse before realizing that the withdrawal is failing.  By then, it will be too late to ameliorate the situation.

    Generally, I believe that medication withdrawal should not be undertaken if sleep is a problem (sleeping less than six hours, difficulty falling asleep, and having interrupted sleep), and medication withdrawal should be reversed a step or two if sleep worsens.  Take time to support the patient with other integrative and natural supports to help normalize sleep before attempting to taper the medication further.
  3. The third common mistake is to assume that medications in the same category should be withdrawn in the same manner.  Meaning, for example, that all SSRI withdrawals can be handled by increasing serotonin with the use of 5-HTP.  One SSRI or antipsychotic differs from another.  In order for medication withdrawal to be adequately covered, it is important to know the receptor profile of the medication (easily found as tables on Wikipedia), and how intensely those receptors are blocked by the medication.  Then, provide natural supports to help lessen the exaggerated effects that temporarily result from unblocking specific receptors during withdrawal.  

    For example, Seroquel's (Quetiapine's) Ki (nM) value for dopamine blockage is 245, while its ability to block histamine is 2.2, which means it is much more potent at blocking specific histamine receptors than specific dopamine receptors.  When lowering Seroquel one should provide anti-histamine support as well as calming support such as GABA, magnolia bark, or other natural relaxants in order to handle withdrawal successfully.

    Paxil blocks muscarinic receptors, while Zoloft has both serotonin and dopamine reuptake blocking effects, but lacks any muscarinic receptor blocking effects.  Withdrawal support would differ for these medications.  See how to manage these receptors during withdrawal in this useful article: A Clinical Review of Antipsychotic Withdrawal.  
  4. As if that's not enough to make you dizzy, another common mistake or misunderstanding is to just focus on supporting the physical body during withdrawal and not integrating mind-body interventions, e.g. healing from psychological traumas.

    Because oxidative stress and inflammation are often at the root of mental health issues, and because meditation reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, it is critical to support the patient's use of meditation (and other mind-body medicine modalities that decrease stress) during withdrawal to successfully heal underlying causes. 

    Also, I believe traumas block pathways of energy from flowing properly.  Healing traumas through energy medicine techniques unblocks those pathways, making additional energy available to the patient, almost like adding another IV nutrient on an ongoing basis.

    Personally, I know that my patients go through withdrawal much more easily when they meditate and use mind-body psychotherapy techniques.  I have found that patients who refuse to do so generally don't do very well in the long run with their withdrawal process.  I hypothesize that it may be because the body cannot truly heal without first healing the information that guides the ongoing function and regulation of the body.  
  5. Finally, it is a mistake to press forward with medication withdrawal when the patient is unprepared for it and is clearly struggling with withdrawal side effects. For patients who had tapered their medications before their intake appointment and are struggling with unpleasant withdrawal side effects, the best remedy is usually to gradually go back up to a dosage that stops their withdrawal side effects. 

    Withdrawal side effects signal damage and deficiencies occurring within the body, even though those side effects are labeled as "mental," and do not create any visible damage to the body.  Too much damage, for too many times or for too long, may rob a patient's ability to successfully taper off medications.

    Patients are often willing to hang in there, thinking that the withdrawal side effects will eventually disappear, and not realize that their mental symptoms are a reflection of real physiological and metabolic stressors, such as oxidative stress and inflammation. 

    Usually, I will wait for patients to feel slightly overmedicated before lowering their medications, rather than lower their medications when they are experiencing withdrawal side effects or when they are feeling balanced on their medications and supplements.  A successful withdrawal is one in which there are minimal withdrawal side effects, during and after the withdrawal. 

    Well, I think this is plenty of information for now.  For this week, If you have a quick medication withdrawal question, I will be happy to answer questions from those who have read this newsletter.  Just write your question through the Contact section of my website. 

    Other articles on medication withdrawal are available on my website. Click here for more information.

Simple Guidelines for a Holistic Approach

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Hello Everyone,

To all the new subscribers, a warm welcome!  And for all those who've been following my newsletters, thank you for your interest!

Today, I want to write about the general rules that govern my holistic healing approach.  

There are two principles, five levels, and eight categories.  Keep reading for the quick review of what they are and why these rules in my holistic playbook lend structure to the healing process.

Have a great week!

Enjoy! 😄

From a holistic perspective, who/what heals the patient?  Is it the doctor, the supplements, or the diet?  Though all these aspects matter, I believe that healing comes from the body's own wisdom and innate ability to return back to its natural healthy state.  

To facilitate the body's healing process, I try to meet each unique patient armed with a few guiding principles that are generally applicable to just about any situation.  These rules in my playbook create a familiar playing field for me, despite the vast differences between each patient.  Here they are:

1)  The two principles of healing: good things in and bad things out. Health is a constant creative cycle where the "good stuff" is enough and the "bad stuff" is cleared out.  Often, the imbalance in these two processes, especially under stress, creates various biochemical states that look like different diagnoses, but are really an accumulation of undesirable metabolites/toxins, or a deficiency of desirable nutrients, aggravating inflammation and oxidative stress. 

When supporting a patient's healing process, I try to increase the "good stuff," whether they are nutrients, energy, or sleep and decrease the "bad stuff" whether it's through water, glutathione, liver extract, foot detox pads, or castor oil packs.  Without needing to know the exact underlying cause, patients tend to improve as the good stuff increases and the bad stuff decreases.

2)  The five levels of being: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social.  Most patients come to my practice understanding that they need to heal their health physically, but don't know the immense power for healing that can come from healing other levels of being as well.  By improving the patient's health at each level, the process of recovery is magnified exponentially.

Some patients who may not be able to use healing tools from one level can use healing tools from another level.  For example, if a patient cannot take nutritional supplements or has difficulty with their diet, it may be possible to heal him/her by providing help and support at the emotional/mental/energy level of being through Reiki, acupuncture, Logosynthesis, EFT, or meditation.

3)  The eight categories of nutritional/functional support: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, G. I. support, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and detoxification.  When I create a nutritional regimen, I look to see if the patient has support in all these categories.  Some supplements meet many of these categories at once, such as a whole food supplement like Pure Harvest Greens by Integrative Therapeutics.  Other supplements mainly help in one category, such as Liver Extract by Cardiovascular Research.

It may not be necessary or even helpful to start everyone on all categories from the beginning, but typically, at some point in the treatment, all my patients are on all eight categories, in addition to their daily smoothie packed with living enzymes and fiber.  As I teach them:they need to meet and exceed their daily nutritional needs if they want to get better each day. 

So--two principles, five levels, and eight categories--these are the rules in my holistic playbook.

I hope that describing these simple guidelines for a holistic approach has empowered you in your healing journey.

May your week be filled with great healing experiences! 

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Meeting Life With Poise

Balance: keeping your poise during tough times

Balance: keeping your poise during tough times

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter. I'm glad that you're here and hope that my reflections will help your life.

Today, I thought I would share with you a few ups and downs that I've had this past week and how I dealt with it.  

Hopefully, you'll be able to relate and feel connected from our common life experiences. 

Enjoy and have a great week!  😄

Recently, a patient sat in my office, berating me for over 20 minutes on how negligent I was and how much she had suffered when I hadn't responded to her communication over the weekend. 

Had I abandoned her to Godzilla?  Had she suffered from psychotropic medication withdrawal side effects?  No.  She was angry about having heartburn, which she resolved by increasing her heartburn medication by one-fourth of a tablet.

The next week, she failed to show up for her appointment, didn't respond when I tried to contact her, and emailed me hours later, to fire me, lecturing me on being "untrustworthy."

A few hours later, another patient called to schedule a new intake appointment.  She shared that someone at a residential treatment facility had raved about my holistic approach.  

"Just thought I'd let you know that you're a rock star according to some people."  She said.

And THAT is just a tiny taste of the ups and downs I encounter as a psychiatrist.  Ever had weeks like that?

How do I, as a psychiatrist, handle the ups and downs of life?  Do I float through each day in a perpetual zen state, meditating away any disturbances to my constant state of bliss? 

How did you know!  Okay, well, no.  Here's how I really cope when people start to have a negative impact on my self-possession, self-esteem, or self-sufficiency:   

  1. Talk to a friend.  That evening I shared my experience with a good friend and felt understood and supported when she responded, "I have one of those right now.  Boundaries are for people who don't respect our boundaries."  Thank goodness for a friend who understood and loved me.  I had been gaslighted by the angry patient, and I needed someone to reset my sanity button.  The patient did have boundary issues, and I am trustworthy.      
  2.  Journaling.  There's something very calming when writing about one's day and reflecting on everything.  As I journal, I often feel as if, from a spiritual realm, helpful thoughts are flowing to me and supporting me.  My jumbled thoughts and feelings become more orderly and serene.  By the time I'm finished with my entry, all that life had thrown at me had landed on a few pages, to be part of a long, ongoing story.  It feels good to be the protagonist of that story and add another chapter to "my book." Here's a link to a newsletter I had written on the value of journaling.
  3. Use Logosynthesis.  It's really simple to do and very effective at supporting positive energy.  I have the three sentences written on a piece of paper conveniently close by, so I can use the technique readily.  If I am bothered by something, or want to work on improving or healing some aspect of my life, I will do a few rounds of Logosynthesis before the end of the day.  Here's the link for Logosynthesis.
  4. Being creative.  When my emotions are intensified by stressors, I try to let off steam by being creative.  Often, that might mean writing a poem that expresses how I feel at the moment.  You, on the other hand, might choose to hammer out your feelings by making something out of wood, or take out a paintbrush to create a colorful painting.  I try to really connect with my feelings when I'm translating them onto paper.  Afterward, I will have a new angsty poem to add to my collection.  Being creative allows me to direct my negative energy into productive paths. Click here if you are curious about the angsty poem I just created, "The Rich Witch".  

    One last thing, try and follow the Golden Rule of Self-care.  Rather than just remembering to "do to others as you would have them do to you," remember to also "do for yourself what you would do for others."  

    That is, be as nice, compassionate, thoughtful, and supportive to yourself, as you would be for others.  Life will have its ups and downs, so take care of yourself and remember to love yourself and treasure your light.    

I just updated my Energy Breaths page with an improved recording.
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Learning From Our Mistakes

Sometimes you just have to stick your neck out to get results!

Sometimes you just have to stick your neck out to get results!

Hello Everyone,

It's been another week of growth and adventure over here in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Today, I want to write about the process of growth, i.e. how growth happens, rather than what has been growing.

In particular, I want to focus on the paradox that growth can come through mistakes.

I'll share a couple of mistakes I discovered just last week and how I grew from them.

May you courageously and compassionately continue in your own journey of growth.


"Let's see if this makes a difference," Michelle said, as she placed a bottle containing hydrochloric acid, an essential acid for digestion, on her Bioscan machine.

I sat in a chair across from her, holding the metal rods that connected me to her machine, feeling baffled, frustrated, and dismayed as I looked at the many rows ending in red, on her computer screen, that signified my poor state of biochemical balance. 

This was not the first time.  My scores have repeatedly been atrocious when I came for my sessions with Michelle, though I take a ton of supplements, look 15 years younger than my age, and feel "pretty fit."

Michelle Dion is a good friend.  She is also a great Naturopathic Doctor.  She takes care of me so I can live another day to stamp out mental illness.  Her office is in Chantilly, VA, and I refer my patients to her whenever they are "really tough."  We do our one-two punch and voilà! Problem solved.  

"Ack! I'm as bad as __!"  I exclaimed when I saw my scores on the machine.  Then, as all my values normalized with the hydrochloric acid, I said, "Why would I need more acid?  Why am I so alkaline?"  

As I asked this question out loud, I suddenly realized that I had been drinking alkalinized, ionized, purified water every day since 2010, compliments of my water filter by Tyent.  I was too alkaline because I'd believed that to be alkaline was a very good thing.  I've worked hard to be more alkaline for the past eight years. 

Michelle explained to me that pH had to be within a normal range--too acidic or alkaline, and the body would suffer.  Here is a link she gave me to help me understand my mistake: Lawrence Wilson, MD.  

Since my session with Michelle, I have only drunk water at a normal pH and have noticed that my wounds are healing faster (mosquito bites), less bloating after meals (no alkaline water to frustrate my stomach's need to be acidic), and less achy.  Okay, so I did have some symptoms going into her office...The domino effects of having a body that is too alkaline were many. 

Realizing my mistake (finally!) in drinking alkalinized water will undoubtedly add many more years to my life.  This, however, was only mistake number one.  I learned from a second mistake last week, and it had to do with the metabolic production of serotonin and melatonin...

"Why would you be feeling depressed?" I half muttered to myself, "I thought we had covered the serotonin system."  I looked at my patient's nutritional regimen and found the amino acid that was currently supporting her serotonin production--L-tryptophan. 

She had done so perfectly when withdrawing from Prozac, which required serotonin support, that I couldn't understand why she would be feeling depressed now.  Then it dawned on me that she had been taking 5-HTP when withdrawing from her Prozac.  About a month ago, I switched her to L-tryptophan to help her feel more sedated, believing that L-tryptophan would make both serotonin and melatonin for her, while 5-HTP would not.

"Let's see here..." I decided to quickly look up the metabolic steps for making serotonin and melatonin--two metabolic pathways that had never been connected in my mind into one coherent whole--and saw, for the first time, the exact metabolic steps for making serotonin and melatonin from L-tryptophan.  Yes, L-tryptophan was the parent amino acid that made both.  Serotonin was made first, and from serotonin, melatonin would be made later.  Here is the schematic for the biochemical production of melatonin. 

Clearly, the patient was not metabolizing L-tryptophan to 5-HTP and that was why she had become more depressed over the past month.  I asked her to go back to taking SeroPlus (Pure Encapsulations) and explained my hypothesis about why she had become more depressed.  If my hypothesis was correct, she would feel better as soon as she switched from her L-tryptophan to 5-HTP.  

The next week, the patient came back and reported that she was feeling a lot better.  Her depression resolved the next day after taking her SeroPlus, though her sleep was still lagging behind with regard to recovery.  This was understandable, since her serotonin levels were probably still in a state of recovery, and melatonin came from serotonin.  Also, her trepidation about attending college, during her last session, had transformed into confidence about signing up for college courses--all four of them.  

After that session, I told all the patients who were taking L-tryptophan to switch to 5-HTP.  I felt that perhaps many patients under my care may also have the same difficulty with the single enzymatic step that transformed L-tryptophan to 5-HTP.  And since I now knew that serotonin also transformed to melatonin, I wouldn't be making the mistake of using L-tryptophan to "improve" the production of melatonin again.

Sharing the mistakes that I made last week and what I learned from them is a long way of saying that growth comes from learning from our mistakes.

It's admirable to learn from other people's mistakes, but it is critical to learn from our own.

Realizing that a mistake has been made is just the first step towards growth.  Of course, it's not just realizing that one has made a mistake, but how one reacts to that realization that is critical.  Do we hide our mistakes?  Do we pretend we didn't make those mistakes?  Or do we choose to empower ourselves by learning from them and correcting any problems that may have arisen from our mistakes?  

It's inevitable that growth will occur as we continue to correct our mistakes.  Looking back on our past and shaking our heads over all the stupid mistakes we had made is just reason to pat ourselves on the back and congratulate ourselves on our continued evolution and development. 

May we transform our attitude towards mistakes from shame to gratitude, as we realize the empowering gifts that mistakes can bring.

The Top Three Attributes for a Quality Life

Honoring those who embody attributes that enlighten, warm, and lift lives

Honoring those who embody attributes that enlighten, warm, and lift lives

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reflect, write, and share my thoughts with you on a regular basis in this newsletter.  Writing to you has supported my growth!

This week I want to highlight the top three qualities in people that I have admired, tried to emulate, and believe to be essential for a quality life, starting with the most difficult quality to embody of them all.

May your week be filled with warmth, laughter, and goodness!


It has been a wonderful week filled with positive interactions with people who have brought light, joy, and goodness into my life.  I am filled with gratitude, not only for these wonderful people but for all the wonderful people who have enlightened and lifted me throughout my life.  I want to write about them.  In particular, I want to focus on the special attributes they embody that have set an example for me. 

Here are the top three attributes that I have noticed in quality people with an accompanying vignette about someone who embodied that attribute:

  1. Humility.  The rarest and one of the most beautiful attributes of all.  To me, humility means that the person is open to learning and is able to appreciate others without the need for self-aggrandizement. It allows the person to be present and to flow with the challenges of life. It also allows others to shine joyfully, being who they are, without needing to shrink themselves to avoid offending another person's pride.  Humble people are constantly growing and improving.  They learn from their setbacks, traumas, and mistakes.  They help others without envy, jealousy, greed, or pride getting in the way.  Never underestimate humility.  It is the power of being open to change that leads to success and positive results.

    One of my most successful patients was a humble accountant who had suffered most of his life with auditory hallucinations that constantly berated him.  When he was in his 50's, he called seven psychiatrists, asking them to help him taper off his medication.  Every psychiatrist refused.  When he reached me, I also didn't want to work with him initially, but he asked me to give him just one chance; he didn't care if he failed and got sick in the attempt.  Well, he didn't get sick.  He worked hard, followed directions, and healed completely.
  2. Compassion.  It is innate to be self-centered; it is inspirational to be compassionate.  Every person who has ever influenced me for good has done so because they embodied compassion.  Why is compassion important for a quality life?  I believe that compassion is the path of unselfishness that leads to deep joy and fulfillment in life. 

    During medical school, I was becoming numb to suffering and acclimating to the narcissistic, hierarchical setting when something amazing happened that I will never forget.

    One morning, we were standing around a patient for neurology rounds with an attending.  The patient was comatose, after having undergone brain surgery, where she had lost one eye.  As we stood around, the interns and residents began to quietly snicker and joke about her, calling her "The Cyclops."  They lacked compassion because they felt that she got what she deserved for delaying medical care due to her religious beliefs. I stood listening, weary from overstudy and lack of sleep.  Through my haze, the voice of the attending broke through, soft and measured.  He defended the helpless woman, as she lay bloated and still in her bed.  He told all of us to always be respectful of patients when we are by their bedside.  There was silence in the room as he spoke, and for a long while afterward.  I will never forget his noble compassion.  
  3. Integrity.  Integrity is the backbone of a quality life.  It is a combination of honesty, courage, strength, and goodness.  Whether you work as a plumber or as the president of the United States, your integrity will determine whether you are a light or a blight in other people's lives.  When one has integrity, one can stand strong in the midst of great challenges, for integrity is aligned and empowered by the energy of truth.  To have a quality life, you need the inner strength of integrity to face the winds and tides of fortune.  Otherwise, you can easily be blown off course and get lost.  

    In 2003, I went to an orthomolecular conference in Canada--my first.  An old man with white hair came up to me and asked for my business card.  He was Dr. Abram Hoffer.  After the conference, he emailed me, and we began to correspond with each other.  He usually answered my questions within an hour, which always surprised and pleased me.  He once joked that, in the past, they used to burn people at the stake, but now they just sued them.  He should know, since he faced tremendous persecution and lawsuits due to his pioneering work in orthomolecular psychiatry.  Dr. Hoffer was a humble man with integrity.  The second time I had to fight the Maryland Board, the original letter of complaint (from a source uninvolved with the patient's treatment) tried to paint me as a witch.  I then thought of Dr. Hoffer's joke and took comfort in knowing that I was in good company.

Humility, compassion, and integrity are my top three choices for attributes for a quality life.  Alas, there are no double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to reference for my preferences.  Instead, you will have to rely on your heart and intuition to weigh their importance in creating a quality life.

I hope that my thoughts will inspire you to reflect on important attributes, and to strengthen them as you move through life.

"Evidence-based Medicine" Energy Medicine Style

Sun, wind and weeds: seeing the invisible through its effects on matter

Sun, wind and weeds: seeing the invisible through its effects on matter

Hello Everyone!

For those who've just signed up, a warm welcome!  And for those who've been reading my past newsletters, I'm so glad that you're back!

Today I want to write about a simple approach to demonstrating the mind-body connection and how the mind can strengthen the body.

May your week be filled with love, joy, peace, and strength,

Enjoy! 😄

It's difficult to teach patients about the invisible realm of energy, thoughts, and intentions.  In response to my awkward explanations about energy and its connection to physical function, when I first learned about energy medicine, a patient said, "That's evil."

After that experience, I resolved to be a better teacher. 

Over the years, I've tried to perfect my skill in showing patients the link between the mind and the body.  Before demonstrating the mind-body connection, however, I usually preface it with:

"In quantum physics, E=MC2--matter and energy are interchangeable.  Everything, all matter, can be thought of as being made of energy.  The body can be seen from these two perspectives also, as organized matter and as organized energy.  As matter, the body moves through space.  As energy, the body shifts through vibration."

I also say: "The body is like a light bulb.  For it to shine, it needs the bulb and the electricity to flow through it.  Using functional medicine is like fixing the physical light bulb.  Using energy medicine is like fixing the electricity flowing to the light bulb.  Both are important aspects of helping your life to shine."

Then, I go through my "Show and Tell" about the mind-body connection:

  1. To show how the body's strength shifts with changes in energy/information, I ask the patients to sit with their feet firmly planted on the ground.  It's a series of experiments, so I want them to be consistent each time.  Have them rest a few seconds between each trial to be consistent. 
  2. The patient is asked to extend her/his arm (doesn't matter if it's the right or left) straight in front of them at about shoulder height, while you push down with gradually increasing pressure at a point about two inches above the wrist with your fingers.  It is helpful to rest one hand on their shoulder for balance.  To get a "baseline," the patient is asked to clear her/his mind and resist as hard as they can (just for consistency sake) while you gradually push down.  You can change how/where you push down on their arm so that it only takes moderate effort to push their arm all the way down (not too hard or too easy). This is not a contest, so the patient is asked not to overstrain themselves when resisting.
  3. After the baseline, the patient is asked to focus on three different states of mind and their opposites: a) true vs. false thoughts, b) happy vs. sad feelings, and c) positive vs. negative words.

    For true vs. false, I use 2+2=4 vs. 2+2=6.  This information is not colored by emotions and is easy for most to distinguish as being true vs. false.  For happy vs. sad, I ask the patient to think of an image, event, or person that brings the corresponding feeling.  For positive vs. negative words, I usually use the words "yes" vs. "no."  I will explain that the words "yes" and "no" are not inherently good or bad, but one can think of it as saying "yes to life" or "no to life."  
  4. During each thought, for example, 2+2=4, push down on their arm with gradually increasing pressure to get their level of strength.  Rest a moment before testing them while they are focusing on the opposite thought, for example, 2+2=6.
  5. True thoughts, happy feelings, and positive words will result in a stronger hold (above baseline), while false thoughts, unhappy feelings, and negative words will result in a weaker hold (below baseline).  The difference in strength is generally obvious to the patient and to you, the tester.  These examples teach the patient that differences in thoughts, feelings, and words shift the strength and resilience of their arm, and by extension, the strength and resilience of their body.  The body's state of "health/being" is shifting all the time through shifts in energy and consciousness.  

At this point, most patients are wondering, "Why doesn't everyone know about this?"  They are now eager to learn how to use their mind to help heal their body.

The next step is to have the patient practice doing Energy Breaths--a simple guided visualization to help strengthen the body.  Since concrete evidence facilitates the understanding that thoughts/intentions have a powerful and immediate impact on the body, I will retest their arm after they finish doing Energy Breaths.  If the patient has focused enough to do the technique, their arm will be much stronger and will be able to resist strong pressure for a very long time. 

This is "evidence-based medicine" energy medicine style.  In the field of energy medicine, it's also called "muscle testing."  These simple cause-and-effect demonstrations form a bridge between energy and matter and are an indispensable teaching tool at a minimum.

Of course, a few will not be testable.  Some examples may be if:

  1. They've recently abused substances, such as Percocet.
  2. They are psychotic and not able to think logically or follow directions.
  3. They are being closed-minded and cynical while doing the test.  Their cynicism will muddy the tests' results.
  4. They have a lot of oxidative stress or mechanical pain and can't hold their arm with consistent strength from one test to another.

Using evidence helps patients to connect the invisible world of thoughts to their concrete effects.  As hard as it is to accept, "evidence-based medicine" doesn't always have to come from a lab, or within the pages of a journal.  Evidence-based medicine can easily be done during a session to empower patients with the understanding they need to heal.

A Reliable Source of Resilience


Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter.  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  Lately, I have been pondering on what has been the best way to reduce stress.  What has kept me strong, hopeful, and calm even when tomatoes were being thrown at me?  What has helped me to stay on course when I wanted to walk away? No, it's not ice cream. 🙄

Keep reading and I will share what I believe to be the most important source of stress resilience and how I teach my patients to tap into that source when healing.

May your life be filled with light and warmth!

Enjoy! 😄

After setting a legal precedent, Jacques Simon, my attorney who helped me win against the Maryland Board (2009) said, "You stayed calm through the whole thing.  A lot of doctors lose it when facing the Board."  Since Jacques specialized in defending holistic clinicians from their State Boards, he would know.

Life has its stressors.  The adventure of being fully alive comes from experiencing the ups and downs of life.  Like riding a roller coaster, the thrill of the ride comes from knowing that one is safe while experiencing the adrenaline of sheer terror.  

What has allowed me to feel safe while riding the roller coaster of lifehas been my confidence in a spiritual Source that is attentive, loving, and powerful.

My relationship with a spiritual Source helps me to prioritize values and principles above things.  Values and principles, in turn, help me to stay on track more easily, and they don't suddenly disappear beneath me.   

In 2007, when I read that first letter from the Maryland Board, fear flowed through me like a cold river as the blood drained from my head down to my queasy stomach.  I thought, "Wow!  This feels exactly like the novels described!" 

I had to find an attorney ASAP.  I discovered that to defend my practice, the legal costs would be over $10,000.00 per month and that every holistic practitioner before me had lost their license to the Maryland Board.  Ouch. 

I said, "God, I can't afford this.  So, if you want me to do this, you'll have to pay for it."

Money didn't fall from the sky, but my income grew to meet my needs, and one month when I had to pay for two expert witnesses and two attorneys (their time, flights, and hotel bills) my practice miraculously increased enough to cover all my expenses, just for that month. 

Early on, I had a vivid dream that symbolically showed me a course of events, and when I awoke, I felt that the dream had revealed that I would defeat the Board and how it would happen.  As events unfolded, the dream turned out to be accurate and prophetic.

Also, during a holistic medical conference, a woman whom I met the day before, came over to deliver a "message from an angel."  In her dream the night before, an angel wanted her to tell me that divine forces were working on my behalf and that I didn't need to worry.

You may assume that miracles occur rarely, don't happen to you, or they're just for Parting-the-Red-Sea-Stuff.  But I think miracles happen all the time, with everyone everywhere, and even with everyday stuff.  And of course, miracles can happen to you!

I also think it can happen more frequently, and perhaps more powerfully, if we practice connecting to a source of perfect Life Energy and direct its power through our intentions.

A book called, "The Tao of Psychology, Synchronicity and the Self" by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, talks about a power that creates synchronicity and order in life.  It is the presence of the Tao/Divine in daily living. 

To connect to Infinite Life Energy, the Tao, the Divine, or whatever one chooses to call it, I ask my patients to practice doing Energy Breaths, 20 breaths twice daily (total time around 5 minutes).

I show them that after they do Energy Breaths, they are more physically resilient when I push down on their arm, demonstrating that this simple guided visualization can greatly strengthen their physical resilience to stress instantly.  It is a reproducible experiment.

Daily life offers us opportunities to interact with the Infinite and to facilitate its manifestation in the physical world--a fun game of hide-and-seek.

As you go about your day, may you tap into the power of your connection with Perfect Life Energy, the Tao, the Source, and take comfort in a loving, empowering universe.

Pearls From the Practice

Lantana and butterfly at Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, Maryland

Lantana and butterfly at Brookside Gardens, Silver Spring, Maryland

Hello Everyone!

My holistic psychiatry practice is constantly progressing and changing because I am always learning new and helpful ways to improve mental health.  Today I would like to share a story about K. M. and what I learned over the past few weeks about the connection between anxiety and mitochondrial health.

May your week be filled with joy, success, and abundance!


As I opened the door to the waiting room, I saw K. M. sitting alone on the couch--a good sign--on time--another good sign-- with a ready smile on her face.  Three good signs before I even said, "Hi!"  

Just last week, she was sitting there with her mom, who had to drive her to the appointment.  She had been over two hours late, and she greeted me with a look that made me go, "Uh oh!"

Since 2015, K. M. has struggled with panic attacks in spite of taking Prozac and Zoloft under a traditional psychiatrist's care (...and self-medicating with smoking pot daily).  With a holistic psychiatric approach, she has been healing smoothly from her anxiety disorder, getting off her two antidepressants and marijuana since January 2018.  In addition, her hair was growing, her strength was returning, and even her PMS was gone.

By the end of May, she had been able to taper off her Prozac, Zoloft, and marijuana with hardly a blip.  I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of her recovery!  

Just like in Dr. Seuss's book, "I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew," I was strolling through her healing process enjoying the daisies when troubles suddenly started.  On June 3rd, just before leaving for vacation, K. M. began feeling anxious and started having recurring panic attacks again.  The situation was made even more difficult because she had forgotten to bring her CBD oil, which had been helping her with her marijuana withdrawal.  Insomnia and loss of appetite soon followed.  In addition, K. M. began feeling weak again. 

As Dr. Seuss would say:

"Then NEW troubles came!
From above!
And below!
A Skritz at my neck! 
And a Skrink at my toe!
And now I was really in trouble, you know."

Her symptoms suggested a problem with withdrawal.  But from what?  Although the most obvious cause was SSRI withdrawal, I felt confident that she had been properly supported with serotonin-building supplements.

After some checking, it became clear that K. M.'s anxiety was due to a switch in a supplement, three weeks before, from Liposomal Catalyst to another mitochondrial support supplement (Mito Cell) that didn't have the powerful liposomal delivery system.  DesBio, the company that made Liposomal Catalyst, couldn't find an ingredient it needed, stopped its production, and ran out of it for an entire month!

Within three weeks of stopping Liposomal Catalyst and starting Mito Cell, K. M.'s anxiety symptoms came back despite her taking a lot of other nutritional supports: glandulars, vitamins, minerals--you name it, she had it.  Stopping her CBD oil only aggravated her problem, but her panic symptoms began before she forgot to bring her CBD oil with her on vacation. 

While she was still on vacation, I asked her to work with what she brought with her: liposomal GABA and her other calming supplements.  Unfortunately, they made her feel apathetic, depressed, constipated, and nauseated.  Even smoking pot again didn't decrease her anxiety.  Once K. M. was able to get the Liposomal Catalyst, however, her anxiety resolved and her strength returned.

My experience with K. M. taught me a number of lessons:

  1. Mitochondrial support is central to the healing of anxiety for some patients.  Perhaps especially in those who experience fatigue and weakness along with anxiety and panic attacks.
  2. The liposomal delivery system was a critical factor in delivering the necessary nutritional support to the patient.
  3. The importance of not giving up on the holistic approach when patients suddenly relapse or worsen.  Rather, it is important to find the underlying cause and remedy it.  In this situation, the diagnostic techniques I learned in energy medicine were extremely helpful in supporting K. M.'s healing process and quickly finding the root cause.

K. M.'s rapid recovery without the need to go back to the use of SSRIs made all of us happy.  During the three weeks when she was restabilizing, K. M. felt some pressure from some individuals to "get back on her meds!" 

To press forward with the holistic tools, have faith in her ability to heal, and see her health return felt like a real victory for holistic medicine!

A Holistic and Integrative Approach to Weight Loss

Hello Everyone!

Have you ever wanted an approach that would help you towards:

*slimming down
*having more energy
*decreasing stress
*living longer

all simultaneously? 

Today I want to share how an integrative and holistic psychiatric approach can do just that. 

I hope that you're having a great summer and enjoying more time in the sun.  Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter!  


We hear that "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."  In my life, it can also be, "When the teacher is ready, the student appears."  For me, when they do appear, they often come in twos.

Now, I am no Skinny Sally, but life has its ironies.  Recently, two wonderful women asked me to help them lose weight in the same week.  I reacted with pleasant surprise, "Who me?  You'd like ME to help you with weight loss?" 

Then, I thought, "Why not?  I've been working on this my whole life.  I can do this!"  Knowing that helping them would help me in the process, I agreed to work with them and focused on how to approach weight loss from a holistic psychiatrist's perspective.

In brief, I organized my approach for them as follows:

1) Mental/Emotional: each person has different reasons for their difficulties with weight.  Is it an issue with control, love, self-esteem, stress, or abuse?  Using EFT or Logosynthesisit's important to clear these blockages in order to establish a balanced, supportive attitude towards self-care and a healthy relationship with food.  I taught both women how to use  Logosynthesis, to help them decrease stress, and they both loved it! (Next session, working on their attitudes toward food!)

2) Physical: detoxification, nutritional supplements, proper diet, and exercise are central to lowering weight while keeping metabolism, energy, and mood up.

One way to improve metabolism is to support mitochondrial health (Liposomal Catalyst by DesBio, Mito Cell by Neurobiologix), and include daily smoothies that increase nutrients and living enzymes, to increase metabolism and energy, while lowering food cravings.

Detoxify by increasing fiber intake, foot detox pads, liver support, and N-acetylcysteine or glutathione.  Fat cells store toxins to mitigate harm to our bodies.  So when toxins are reduced, the fat cells are also reduced.

Stabilizing glucose levels and decreasing evening cravings for sugar can be done through additional chromium (with other general liquid ionic mineral support) and taking some Hoodia at night.  But the main way to decrease nighttime sugar cravings is to feed yourself consistently during the day so that your brain doesn't end up with a sugar deficit by the end of the day.  Your body may have been sedentary, but your brain has been working hard all day!

Exercise helps in so many ways that it would take a whole page just to list the benefits.  However, given my childhood background of having to do Tai Chi every morning from age 7 to 14 (ugh!), I try to avoid pressuring anyone to exercise.  Encouraging an active lifestyle and introducing a preferred mode of exercise will ensure integration over the long term.

When it comes to meals, I support patients by making simple shifts, replacing harmful foods with delicious alternatives, and making sure that meals are being consumed throughout the day to keep metabolism up.  It's not uncommon to find that a patient has been eating just one meal a day.  Eating multiple meals and snacks per day takes your body out of starvation mode and back into the fast lane.

3) Social: introduce the health benefits of having fun.  Sometimes this begins by giving people permission to have fun and to take time out for themselves.  When people relax and have fun, cortisol levels decrease and abdominal girth decreases too.

Frankly, I don't believe "weight loss" is the best way to measure success per se, since a body filled with muscles and minerals will obviously weigh more than the same amount in fat and flab.  I'd rather measure improvement in lowering inches, especially around the waistline.  That is where inflammation is often located and when that comes down, you're improving your health and longevity through lowering inflammation.

Ultimately, I believe that slimming down is just a side effect of health and well-being.  For myself, it has reflected my growing capacity to care for myself in a consistent, wholesome manner.

Extra! Extra! Here's my newest opinion piece on politics under Viewpoint on my website.


A follow-up picture to last week's newsletter, "If life gives you chives..."

If life gives you chives...

Before: Chives multiplying in my garden!  Help!

Before: Chives multiplying in my garden!  Help!

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter.  Today I want to share some thoughts that I had about chives, family, and forgiveness while weeding my garden during Father's Day.


"I'm having a problem with the chives that Aunt Irene planted in my garden," I said over the phone to Sara, my daughter.

"My chives are inside the kitchen in a pot.  I don't even water them and they're still growing.  They're really hardy plants," my daughter said, adding, "I don't think it's a good idea to plant them in a garden."

"Yeah," I replied. "They're taking over the garden.  I saw a million blades of grass in there, and they're all chives!  Why would Aunt Irene plant them there when she knew they would spread like that?  I'm busy!  I don't have time to babysit chives and keep them from seeding!"

I have a small, fenced-in garden in my backyard where weeds cavort and play, and plants take over.  I seldom spend much time there, because I am afraid of being bitten by mosquitos. 

Three years ago, Aunt Irene flew all the way from Utah to visit, and she brought a couple of dozen chives from her garden which she laboriously planted in my garden.  It was a lot of work.  Tears streamed down her face from the pungent smell of the chives, but she planted them in my garden with love.

The chives survived, of course.  Last year I neglected the garden (even more than usual) because I had a big board exam to study for.  The chives flowered (how pretty! I thought) and seeded.  This year, I have chive-grass growing in my backyard.  The couple of dozen chives multiplied to several thousand and if I don't do something this year, they will soon be several million.

When I told my aunt about the problem, she said that I shouldn't have let them go to seed (now she tells me!), but that I could make chive dumplings with them if I have too many chives.

On Sunday, Father's Day, I spent several hours digging them out.  It was with some regret that I dug out all of them.  Let's be honest, they were not a good idea to begin with, no matter how well intentioned my dear aunt was to bring them.

As sweat rolled down my back and mosquitos sucked my blood, I thought of all the well-intentioned things my father had done or not done, said or not said that were like these chives--planted years ago, hard to get rid of, and generalizing into various corners of my life if left unattended. 

In order to save my garden, I had to get down on my hands and knees and pull them out.  Every one.  And make chive dumplings out of them.

And that's how forgiveness clears the field for new seeds to grow.  

May we all survive the loving efforts of our families. :-)

After: Chives gone!  Reclaiming my garden ... for now.

After: Chives gone!  Reclaiming my garden ... for now.

On a Few Miracles

The old house at Eagle Cliff Mine at Joshua Tree National Park--a symbol of resilience and creativity in the desert.

The old house at Eagle Cliff Mine at Joshua Tree National Park--a symbol of resilience and creativity in the desert.

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading my weekly newsletter.  I hope that I can add something of interest and value to your day.  Today, I want to tell you about two miracles.  

Of course, for many of you holistic clinicians, miracles happen all the time in your practices, so these stories are not really miracles, they are simply a manifestation of a different healing approach.  With more information and tools to work with, miraculous healing can be ordinary occurrences.

The first miracle is about a patient who had suffered from bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and depression for over 16 years.  She initially came to my practice two years ago, taking Seroquel, Lorazepam, Lithium, Lexapro, and Nature Throid.  She has worked hard and has successfully come off all her medications!  Her last one, Seroquel, was stopped in July 2017, and she has been thriving.  Here is her story: Healing from Bipolar Disorder and Safely Withdrawing from Seroquel. 

In addition, here is an important article on some insights on histamine that made it possible for her to successfully stop Seroquel.

My second miracle is about a woman who had a stroke in April 2016 that completely incapacitated her.  She recovered from it and regained her mobility and most of her cognitive function. 

About 2-3 months ago, she began experiencing numbness in her right foot that progressed up her leg, until it reached past her knee.  Her numbness terrified and overwhelmed her.  She went to the very best neurologist she could find in NYC and received multiple tests, but her condition did not improve.

I had been her psychiatrist for just two months (since April 2018), and for most of that time, she was living in New York.  I also knew that she was planning to fly to Europe for an extended stay (until October), so I started off the session saying that I didn't think I would be of much help to her in the interim and that we should schedule our next appointment when she returns in October.  She, surprisingly, disagreed and said that she needed emotional support from me.       

I didn't feel qualified to help her with her numbness, but emotional support I could do. I suggested that we could reduce her anxiety about her numbness with EFT.  With tears streaming down her face, she worked on releasing her fears about her numbness.  Then, we did a second round of EFT on her body holding the trauma of her stroke to help her body release the trauma.  After that, we did some Energy Breaths, setting some positive healing intentions.  The whole healing session took about an hour. 

It was after I took my hands off her head, that she said, "I can feel the sole of my foot, the leather in my shoes!"  She said that she had felt a tingling energy in her leg, and when she stood up, she was able to maintain her balance more easily.  The tears that streamed down her cheeks during her EFTs burst forth even more as she wept in joy.  

I was amazed, to say the least, and very happy for her. 

I guess I will conclude by emphasizing how grateful I am for being able to be a part of my patients' healing journeys. 

When I was young, I thought that love and joy would come to me if I were rich and famous.  I wrote for love and won awards for my writing in hopes that I could be loved for my achievements as a writer.  When I abandoned that path, it was because I wanted to find the kind of joy and love that could be felt through service. 

During a dark time in my life, when I was 17, God sent me a spiritual experience in which I had a vision of myself helping a little, old, frail lady cross a street, then I felt an incredible feeling of joy and love fill me at the same time--a feeling that I had never felt before.  From that moment, I knew a greater love and joy existed out there, and I wanted THAT.

I have worked hard to live in THAT kind of love and joy, and when a patient crosses the road of life and achieves something wonderful through their healing journey, I re-experience the deep, ineffable joy of service. 

I guess my newsletter was about three miracles, rather than two.    

May your light shine through your creative efforts, 


Three Great Tips on Publishing Your Own Book

Hello Everyone!

Summer snowflake flowers at Brookside Garden, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Summer snowflake flowers at Brookside Garden, Silver Spring, Maryland.

If you're new here, welcome!  And if you've been here before, it's great to touch base again!  I just got back from the Hay House Writers Conference in Toronto, Canada, and I'm excited to share a brief summary of what I've learned about publishing your own book!

First: find a great editor.  Hay House introduced us to Kellie Notaras, its personal editor, who shared her insights on what an editor can do for a budding writer.  It's not just about correcting your grammar. 

Editors can coach you from beginning to end and help you with the structure and organization of your book.  Her company,, matches authors/editors to the writer's needs.  I found my editor: Annie Wylde, and I'm so grateful to have her help me with my book.

Second: build your platform.  This means that you have people who already know you through social media, radio talk shows, or websites.  Since my natural inclination is to be a hermit, this is my Achilles heel. 

Reid Tracy, the CEO of Hay House, advised attendees to have a WEEKLY newsletter with about five paragraphs.  This is my fifth paragraph already.  Uh oh!  

I am happy that you are part of my "platform" and am excited to share my progress as a writer with you.  It was my life-long ambition to "be an author someday."  I can still remember saying that when I was in grade school, and my dream has never stopped nagging me to "write your book!"

Third: Self-publishing is the new norm for new writers.  Did you know that Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer both self-published in the past?  There is no shame in publishing your own book through a self-publishing company. 

Balboa Press is Hay House's self-publishing arm and has the expertise to help fresh voices create a book from start to finish.  The important thing is to create a good product that will capture people's interests and help you reach your audience.

I will conclude with some powerful thoughts, on the art of writing, expressed by Robert Holden at the conference:

"Your inner critic has never been published."
"In our journey, we learn to move from writing for love to the love of writing."
And finally: "Start before you're ready." 

May your light shine through your creative efforts.

Click here to read my recent review on antipsychotic withdrawal, enjoy!

Here's a YouTube link to my interview with Lillian McDermott from May 29th on the topic of getting off psychotropic medications holistically. Click on the photo to watch.

If you would like to stream audio only, here's a link to that.