A New Kind of Health Care: Sustainable Medicine

Upper Valley Life Magazine Featured the Center for Sustainable Medicine and the philosophy of Didi Pershouse in their March of 2008 issue. Click here to download and read the article:

A New Kind of Health Care: Sustainable Medicine

Homeopathy for Moms (and Dads) Introductory Class


Mothers and fathers are the first line of care for most children’s health issues. It is up to parents to decide when to call the doctor, and what to do at home. Homeopathy is well suited to home care as it is safe, easy to use, inexpensive, and environmentally sound. It is used extensively in Europe and India, where it is practiced by MDs. Clinical trials have shown homeopathy to be very effective in

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Online Course: Health Care Work in Small Communities

This online course and discussion group will look at how health care in small communities differs in nature from large-scale health care. It is designed for health care practitioners who are currently working in, or planning to work in small, rural towns, or

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Creating a Community of Deep Listeners.

Reevaluation Counseling Class with Jesse Tichenor and Didi Pershouse starting in January 2009.  Thetford VT. Sliding scale.   For more information about the class, please contact Didi Pershouse at (802)785-2503.

Re-evaluation counseling, or “Co-counseling” has changed my life in a profound way, and helped me to understand and change some of my deepest patterns that years of therapy never touched, and I am very pleased to be assisting Jesse, one of my teachers, in this

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Unintended gardens: How the Probiotics of Home Fermentation can Expand our Immunity Beyond our Bodies, by Adam Lake

me4.jpg After burning out from a double major in biochemistry and linguistics and a year of medical school, Adam Lake took a year off to travel through Central and South America studying permaculture and herbal medicine. In 2008 he returned for his second year of medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and helped start their alternative medicine interest group. Aside from medicine, Adam is interested in economics, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and all things food related.

After learning of Adam’s adventures with fermentation, I asked him if he would use his medical knowledge and practical experience to write a short article on the medical value of unpasteurized fermented foods. –Didi Pershouse

“Hey Adam!” my roommate Steve calls to me while looking in the fridge. I turn from the pile of dishes built up in the sink from a day or two of bachelor-pad living, and see Steve holding up a half-full container of milk. “Do you think this went bad?” Cautiously I swirl the jug a bit looking for obvious lumps. When nothing awry appears, I take a distanced whiff…but it smells more like sour cream than rancid milk.

“Huh,” I say, glancing over at the several bubbling jars next to the sink, “It’s not really bad…it’s soured instead. You could still drink it.” I take a sip to back up my guess. Nothing thrilling, just sour milk, on its way to becoming yogurt or some new cheese. The common bacteria that would tend to make milk rancid appeared to have been out-competed by tastier lactobacilli , and I suspect the sourdough and lacto-fermenting oat cultures next to the sink are the cause. I make a mental note about that, as this is the first kitchen I’ve lived in with so many fermentation projects going on.

A few months prior, I had run into a book by Sandor Katz called Wild Fermentation, which appealed to me for several reasons.

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Combining Life and Work at the Center for Sustainable Medicine, Part 2

When I tell people that I have moved into my former office and created a home-office type situation, a lot of them look a bit sorry for me, and many of them ask “Why?” as if they can’t think of a single reason why I might do that. I elaborated on many reasons in my last posting on the subject, but now that I have tried it out for two months, I am realizing that

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Community Acupuncture is Working in Vermont!

The community acupuncture days are working beautifully here in Thetford Center. Word has spread like wildfire that people can get acupuncture for $20-$45, and the phone is ringing and the emails are coming in (the current going rate in the Upper Valley is

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Death by Medicine–Iatrogenic illness

Gary Null has given permission to reprint this article, which has circulated fairly widely and received much applause as well as ample criticism. The authors acknowledge up front that there may be some overlap in the counting of certain statistics, however, even if you go with the lower numbers, many of which come from mainstream medical journals such as JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), the un-sustainability of our current system of medicine is shocking.

For researchers looking for citations of studies looking at iatrogenic illness, go to Medical Errors and Adverse Drug Reactions.

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Grass-fed Cows and Sustainable Medical Practices–A Healthy Cycle of Interdependence

I have a friend who brings me raw, unpasteurized milk, homemade yogurt, butter, and sour cream—all from cows feeding exclusively on grass, summer and winter. It all tastes incredible, and even better knowing that it comes directly from someone I know and like.

He is in excellent health, only needing a tune-up when he falls off a tractor or works a little too hard. At those times, I give him acupuncture, or a homeopathic remedy, a little hands on healing, and a bowl of soup, when we have time. During his visits to my clinic, he can lie down, go to a deep place of relaxation, and feel

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Combining Life and Work at the Center for Sustainable Medicine

Well, I’ve gone and done it, something I’ve been considering for years. I have rented out my house in the woods to the new teacher at the high school, and moved into the old house that holds the Two Rivers Clinic and Center for Sustainable Medicine. One of my colleagues had moved out and another was looking for a shared space with his sweetie, so I said “This is it: an opportunity to try truly sustainable living as a health

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