Posts Tagged ‘Harvard University’

THE WHIRLWIND

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sometimes it seems as if I am living in a whirlwind. The last two weeks have passed in a blur. I have been in fire_glory_whirlwind_over_lyford3Tucson meeting with Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona, Dr. and Master Sha and high level members of his team, and with PBS television producer Darla Boone.  A double rainbow appeared during our discussions and our discussions focused on the scientific and economic resources needed to produce experiments that can document and prove the healing miracles that Dr. Sha performs. Along the way we decided we would produce some PBS television specials as well so we can share findings with the broadest possible audience.

From Tucson I headed to Sedona. I always enjoy visiting Sedona, especially my good friends Sarah and Marty. Sarah is expanding her meditation training, and for someone who meditates hours a day she is as busy as any entrepreneur I have ever met.   Marty took me for a spin in Sarah’s Tesla. Quite a car, and very space-age in every detail. Mark my words. Within twenty years everyone will be driving a Tesla or a Tesla wannabe. There is a reason Tesla stock is worth more than General Motors.

From Tucson it was home to Cardiff for a day to catch up on emails, and then on to Los Angeles to participate in Rick Frishman’s Author 101. I enjoy Rick’s events, and every year they get better and better. The secret is that Rick attracts not just great presenters but a great audience of entrepreneurs who want to use books to help fulfill their business and personal goals. The majority of writers in the audience had  worthwhile projects which taken together as group of one hundred or more future titles  will be of benefit to  millions of readers over time . I am always glad to give a little direction to these authors and entrepreneurs. (more…)

TO YOUR HEALTH

Friday, January 31st, 2014

It is not an accident that in most cultures the primary toasts made at parties and during celebrations are “to your imageshealth”, “salud,” “to life,” or the equivalent. Everyone cares about being healthy and living a long and illness free life.

As a graduate student in cultural anthropology at Harvard University in the 1970s, I had the pleasure of studying with Medical Anthropologist Arthur Kleinman who was the world’s leading authority on cross-cultural indicators of successful therapies in hundreds of cultures covering myriad techniques from traditional western medicine to shamanistic practices. The extraordinary finding was that the most important factor in successful therapeutic outcomes had nothing to do with the type of practice or technique. The single most important factor was the belief the patient had in the practitioner.

What this means in terms of analyzing the “placebo effect” and understanding the true nature of both western and alternative healing is a topic that I intend to explore in a full length book that I will be co- authoring with noted medical doctor and alternative healer Dr. and Master Sha, whose Soul Healing Miracles has already sold several hundreds of thousands of copies.

As successful As Dr. Sha has been in promoting his books, which emphasize his specific techniques for teaching people to perform their own soul healing miracles, Dr. Sha has not focused on the science behind his amazing results. I have seen Dr. Sha perform medical miracles, and I do not doubt the efficacy of his techniques.  The majority of people, however, are tied to traditional western medical beliefs and practices. Many are reluctant to explore the types of interventions that Dr. Sha and other non-traditional practitioners such as Dr. Uwe Albrecht have demonstrated countless times. My goal in this new book will be to explain in everyday language what traditional scientists and medical doctors often feel is nothing more than the placebo effect. I do not believe that the placebo effect is the reason for these miracle cures and I also believe that what we often call the placebo effect is, in fact, calling on what at this time have been unmeasured but energetically real influences on healing.

Energetically, the entire universe is connected. Each of us is influenced by the energy which surrounds us. This includes not only germs, viruses and other identifiable organic entities but also non-organic and perhaps non-physical entities as well. My early research with both Dr. Sha and Dr. Albrecht indicates that there is much more to health than just controlling the production of antibodies in our glandular systems or the pulsations of our brain and nerve systems.

I am not trained in medical sciences, and although my father was a chemist, I did not ever study chemistry in college. But I do have some good background in biology and physics, both of which help me analyze some of the medical mysteries I am exploring. My goal is to write a book that anyone with a high school diploma can understand that will help people realize that ultimately they have much more control over their health than they realize.

It is not just that Obamacare is a disaster and that health costs have escalated beyond reason. We are all aging. We are all exposed to increasingly dangerous flus and illnesses. We all need to be better informed about the true nature of healing. To your health.

Work and Play

Friday, June 21st, 2013

In 1979 I wrote a book called Test Your Own Mental Health. In that book, I adopted a model created by a Harvard work and playUniversity professor and NASA psychologist that was a legitimate measure of mental health. The basic norm was the norm of adaptability. If you were adaptable to your environment you would survive.  And from a scientific perspective that was a good and useful measure for sound health. I especially liked that the measure of adaptability was culture free. Instead of stating that specific traits were signs of mental health and others were not, the measure was for traits that allowed adaptability to whatever culture and circumstances an individual was born into.

For our American culture the ability to enjoy both work and play seems a clear measure of adaptability. No one enjoys someone who only knows work and never makes time for leisure, family, culture, art, and the nobler pleasures of human existence. Equally worrisome are people who have no meaningful work. Work itself, if defined as the exchange of labor for money, may in and of itself not be necessary for a healthy life.  But if we define work as meaningful effort that helps others, then it seems quite clear that without work we are missing  a fundamental element in our pursuit of healthy living.

Older Americans are often relegated to retirement when they still have decades of energy and wisdom they could dedicate to work. Increasingly people with skills and energy (and who are actually in their prime work years) are becoming obsolete as industries change.  This forces valuable people to end their careers prematurely. The ability to adapt in this situation (either to stay working or to accept retirement) is crucial for both their mental and physical survival. (more…)

ACCIDENTAL PUBLISHER

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The more of life I experience, the more I wonder what happens by accident and what is actually destiny, and how we tell the difference between the two.

There have been books written about accidental millionaires and even one about an accidental pornographer (true story of Gary Krebs who was awarded the website sex.com in a lawsuit). I think I may be guilty of becoming an accidental book publisher. Although for many years I was advised to start my own publishing company, I was steadfast in my resistance. My father had founded a publishing company in 1936 and I grew up breathing, eating, and living book publishing. Of course I wanted to explore other careers and I did, primarily an academic stint teaching anthropology at Harvard University and a longer experiment making documentary films, but in the end I was drawn back to book publishing coming to San Diego in 1979 to serve as executive editor for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishing. (more…)