Sustainable Medicine and Peak Oil Part 2

In this interview, Didi Pershouse of the Center for Sustainable Medicine talks with Dan Bednarz of Health After Oil about the Cuban health care system, peak oil, free medical schools, community acupuncture, cholesterol myths, and how working-class values and owning-class values play out in different models of health care. The interview first appeared at

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Acupuncture as a Low-Cost Treatment for PTSD

There are at least two formal studies done with returning veterans which showed that acupuncture by itself is actually superior to traditional therapies for treating all the varied symptoms of PTSD–anxiety, flashbacks, depression, nightmares, etc. Simple ear acupuncture also turned out to be one of the most popular, fast-acting, and effective therapies for firefighters and others dealing with

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Intro to Homeopathy Class in WRJ, Vermont

Homeopathy for Parents and Other Caregivers:  Introductory Class with Didi Pershouse, CCH

Homeopathic medicine is one of the most sustainable forms of medicine and well-suited to home care for both adults and children as it is safe, easy to use, inexpensive, and environmentally sound. It is used extensively by primary care doctors in Europe and

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Peak Oil and Sustainable Medicine, Part 1

Dan Bednarz, PhD, left his position as Associate Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 to devote himself full-time to speaking and writing on the topic of peak oil and how it affects health care. His website is

He is interviewed here by Didi Pershouse, CCH, LAc, founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and author of the Sustainable Medicine Manifesto. Her

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Sustainable Medicine or Ecological Medicine?

I first wrote my manifesto while preparing a vendor’s table for my clinic at the first Sunfest–a fair in New Hampshire that celebrates sustainable living and alternative healthcare.

I was thinking about the correlation between the two, and was inspired to write down some ideas that had been in my head for some time. I came up with a simple document I called the “Ecological Medicine Manifesto” with twenty defining points. Right after I wrote it, I

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Mother’s Day Proclamation

Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation – 1870

Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace…
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God –
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Homeopathy and Swine Flu

A recent article by Dr. Molly Punzo, M.D., shows that homeopathy may well be our best bet for treatment of Swine Flu , H1-N1.  Historically, homeopathy has an excellent track record in treating epidemic illness, without the side effects of anti-viral medicines and vaccines–which are also slow to develop and unable to keep up with the brilliant mutations of ever-changing viruses.

To read the original article at Organic Consumers Association, click here:

Or click here to read more about the history of homeopathy’s treatment of epidemics

Didi Pershouse Testifies in Favor of Raw Milk Bill, VT H125

Didi Pershouse, founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, was asked to testify last Friday in front of the Committee on Agriculture at the Vermont State House on the use and safety of raw, unpasteurized milk.  The bill, H-125, seeks to allow unlimited sales of

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New York Times highlights sustainable agriculture

An article in today’s New York Times highlights the need for real food and sustainable agriculture, and offers a promising view that Obama and his agriculture secretary may be on track. The best part is reading about how many members of Congress are carrying Michael Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dillemma around with them.

Cubans Offer Free Doctors, US Refuses

On several instances, Cuba has offered to send free doctors and medical supplies to the United States, and the US has turned them down. Is this right? Cuban doctors are known around the world for the excellent medical care they provide in underserved and recent-disaster areas, absolutely free of charge.  Why should we turn them down?

Read more at Huffington Post

Fidel Castro’s speech to doctors gathered poised to help after Katrina is

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