A Wellspring for Our Community Renewing Mind, Body and Spirit From Stephanie Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.
“True wellness and deep healing is more than the application of a pill to a diagnosis. I have pioneered a new approach to healthcare that is based on personal and community wellness. Here is what this means:
The first community is you. Each person is a composite of their own life experiences and their own circle of support. Every factor needs to be evaluated to develop a picture of the whole person. Each element can then be recruited into the healing process.
The second community is where you live. The majority of public health research shows that the health of individuals is not separate from the health of the community. We have an obligation to ourselves to care for our community. This means taking the ecological initiative and also supporting the small businesses that are based in our community, especially our local farmers. Over time the community that you care for will also care for you.
The center of the program is the office visit. We offer 30 and 60 minute patient visits. This gives us enough time to really get to know you. The relationship does not end at the office visit. You will enter a supportive community linked by regular newsletters and educational programs. You will have the opportunity to re-discover yourself and the joys of living on the Monterey Peninsula. Visit Medical Program and Educational Program and see how this unique holistic program can benefit you and assist you in achieving your life’s purpose.”
- Eat organic-avoid “Dirty Dozen” (www.ewg.org), wash and peel non-organic
- Limit animal fat-source of lipophilic halogenated chemicals
- Limit fish to low mercury
- Animal protein (meat, dairy and eggs) should be organic fed/free range/hormone free
- Dairy should be free of rBGH
- Avoid canned goods
- Avoid food packaging
- Drink filtered H2O from non-plastic container
- Wash hands frequently with plain soap and water, not sanitizing soaps
- Limit touching receipts which may contain BPA
- Use only glass/metal containers
- Do not microwave in plastic containers
- Eliminate phthalate containing household items (PVC plastic), toys, personal care products
- Eliminate products containing “fragrance”
- Use non-toxic cleaning products (http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/cleaning.htm)
- Avoid chemical based dry cleaning
- Use a water filter which removes chemicals
- Avoid car exhaust and gasoline fumes, especially diesel
- Avoid skin lightening creams or home remedies that contain mercury
- Avoid sources of lead: pica, certain hobbies/occupations, lead contaminated dust from pre 1978 homes, and certain traditional remedies from overseas
- Remove shoes before coming in the home
- Wet mop floors regularly and vacuum with HEPA filter
- Avoid carpeting/furniture with flame retardants
- Subscribe to Integrated Pest Management techniques (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/GENERAL/whatisipm.html) and avoid pesticide use/application in and around the home or on pets
- Use no/low VOC paint products
- Don’t burn trash
- Test homes for radon, use, carbon monoxide monitors
- Food Matters: In the Womb and Beyond, Health Care Without Harm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zTfTBQ3Qi8
- The Human Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3crXxGSemv4&feature=youtu.be
If you are interested in some background material on the upcoming Mini-Medical Schools, I have included a short annotated bibliography.
The August session will feature Francesca Ferrari, L.Ac. Doctor of Medical Qigong speaking on Chinese Medicine. The classic introductory book of Chinese Medicine for laypersons is: The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk, OMD. This is a tour de force of the theory of Chinese medicine told by the acknowledged master. His manner is engaging and there are illustrations from daily life that bring the text alive.
The October session will be presented by MarthaElin Mountain, Ed.D., M.A., MFT. I heartily recommend her book Midlife Check-In: Who am I Really? This book reveals your unique midlife path not by telling, but by your own direct experience as you work through the interactive exercises. The text draws from the tradition of depth psychology which was enriched by generations of thoughtful and gifted women. A real gem of a book.
In December, we will talk about the new genetics and its impact on healthcare. You can get a wonderful, free book and other materials from the National Institute of Health website: http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/thenewgenetics/
I also strongly recommend you look at the crowd-sourced website for rare and chronic diseases, Patients Like Me: https://www.patientslikeme.com/
Have a wonderful summer.MORE
Mini-Medical School #3 2015
Calling Dr. Google?
By Cynthia Johnson, Medical Librarian, Natividad Medical Center
For our third Mini-Medical School of 2015, Cynthia Johnson, Medical Librarian for Natividad Medical Center spoke on searching the Internet for medical information.
She made it very clear that the Internet has no truth in advertising and showed us an amusing website selling dehydrated water. This product was available on Amazon, and she brought in a sample. We passed around the capsuled of non-existent water than can be reconstituted with common tap water. Having made clear that there is no regulation on the Internet, MS Johnson, gave is guidelines for evaluating website information and a portal for reliable sites.
With east coast flair, she enlightened us on the C-R-A-P Test for evaluating website content.
C= Currency- How recent is the information? When was the page updated?
R=Reliability- Is the content fact or opinion? Are there references to support statements?
A= Authority-Can you determine who the author is? What are their credentials? Who is the site sponsor?
P=Purpose/Point of View- What is the purpose if the website? Is it sales? If there are ads on the website, how do they relate to the content? Is the content sales directed or information directed?
There is some regulation of sites, and she showed us the HONCode, and HONSearch certification codes created by the Health on the New Foundation. More information is available at:
The Medical Library Association has also compiled a list of reliable sites and this is available at:
In closing, Cynthia reminded the audience that your local public library has resources for searching as well as interlibrary loans. She also pointed out that the Hartnell college library is open to the public and has a nice collection of medical information.
Our final discussion emphasized the importance of a dialogue with your physician. Internet searches will give you information, but you need the perspective of a seasoned physician to put the information into the context that fits your particular situation.
MiniMed # 2 April, 2015
Dr. Joanne Perron, MD, MPH
Our special invited speaker for the second 2015 Mini-Medical School, Dr. Joanne Perron, presented a massive amount of evidence on environmental contaminants that affect human health as well as clear actions you can take to protect yourself and your family.
Few of us really appreciate the extent of the problem, and when we do, it is so massive as to be paralyzing. This is what is facing us: there are more than 84,000 chemicals in commerce today and, of these, 62,000 were grandfathered into circulation without testing as GRAS (generally considered safe). Far from being safe, as industry claims, they are clearly identified by solid scientific research to be harmful, not only to ourselves but to future generations. The historic American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013 Committee Opinion (partially authored by Dr. Perron) states “Exposure to toxic environmental agents is also implicated in increases in adverse reproductive health outcomes that emerged since WWII; these changes have occurred at a rapid rate that cannot be explained by changes in genetics alone, which occur at a slower pace.” The Endocrine Society issued a Scientific Statement in 2009 clearly outlining the risks. This Scientific Statement makes clear that the risks are real, and that the Precautionary Principle should apply. The Precautionary Principle applied means that current evidence indicates the risk is dire and we do not need to wait decades for additional scientific data. They also issue a call for additional research across specialty societies. This is everyone’s problem, and there is no escape. We live in a pristine environment, but we are close to conventionally farmed agricultural fields, and no one will forget the Light Brown Apple Moth aerial sprayings imposed on us without due process.
In Dr. Perron’s words “What’s a girl to do? Here is the list of action points and ready resources.
Sharon Farr was our most wonderful guest speaker for the final Mini-Med session of 2014. Sharon is the founder of Partners for Transitions, offering “planning, guidance and partnership for aging, illness and end of life planning”. Although end of life “planning” evokes images of yet another dull domestic chore, Sharon Farr brilliantly infused her talk with spirit and living memory from her decades of experience.MORE
Mini-Medical School #3 Nutrition and Cancer
Stephanie Taylor MD PhD
August 2, 2014
“Eat as if your life mattered”-Rachel Naomi Remen MD
A definition of Cancer: A cell becomes a cancer when it shows unregulated cell growth and the ability to colonize other tissues.
Thinking about the causes of Cancer: Cancer risk increases in several general situations: inadequate nutrition, over nutrition, lack of activity and rust (oxidation).MORE