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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