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Holism & Health

“The Turbine”

When as a medical student I tried to study biochemistry, I became overwhelmed by the hundreds of equations and diagrams. They were so confusing because they seemed not to make broad sense. There seemed to be no overall perspective, just so many little independent facts.

I spent nearly a year preparing a large master flowchart showing all the biochemical reactions in our textbooks, all displayed out there before me in a way that made it so all-encompassingly logical.

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“The Drive for Life”

There are so many procedures and techniques, systems and modalities, all proclaiming themselves as therapy. They are entitled to do so only if, whatever the means whereby, they raise the Life Energy, the Healing Power within the sufferer: if they raise the sufferer’s will to be well, if they enhance his Life Energy.
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“See Deeper by Viewing Upside Down”

When I want to study the structure of a sufferer’s face, for this determines so much of his vitality, I have him lie down and I sit above the vertex of his head.
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Video: Pain vs. Hurt

Australia’s greatest psychiatrist, Ainslie Meares (1910-86), asked the wise man of Kathmandu, “Do you feel pain?” He said, “Of course I do, but it doesn’t hurt.” Dr. Diamond discusses how we too can live in this enlightened state.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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“The Recovery Room”

Many years ago I underwent a series of operations. Whenever I woke up from the anesthetic, my parents were there. My mother would be sitting in a chair beside me, holding my hands and gazing at me lovingly, and just behind her stood my father as if he were protecting me.

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“The Placebo Effect”

In clinical research, one of the most annoying problems— one may even call it a “side effect”—is that known as the placebo effect. In numerous trials of drugs for hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, or the like, it has been found that up to one-third of the test subjects achieve the same desirable effects with a physiologically inert substance as are achieved with the wondrous new miracle drugs of the research laboratory.

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Video: Brain Misprocessing

“You’re not mad, you’re not bad – it’s your neurology.” Dr. Diamond discusses the origin of our brain misprocessing, from the birthing process, and steps that can be taken to remedy it.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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“A Tribute to Dr. Louis Cholden”

Louis Cholden died at the age of thirty-eight in an automobile accident. He had been on his way to moderate a panel of the 1956 convention of the American Psychiatric Association. The loss was ours, as he would have become one of the greatest leaders in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. His writings are among the mere handful in the field that truly proclaim love.
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“The Quiet Therapist”

I was once intrigued by the title of a book, The Quiet Therapies. It led me to wonder who the quietest therapist I had ever known was. The answer was obvious. He was not a psychiatrist, nor a psychologist, nor even a doctor. He was the male nurse in charge of the psychiatry wards at a hospital in which I worked many years ago. His name was Wally Brown.
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“The Wonder Drug”

Many years ago, I worked in the back wards of a psychiatric hospital. These housed the high-security, dangerous, quasi-murderous patients, and the wards were kept locked. The inmates were often there with court certificates because they had beaten people up, and far worse. Before I worked on those wards, the doctors went in only when a flag was raised by the nurses to signal that it was safe. I decided that if it was safe enough for the nurses, it must be the same for the doctors. So I started going in frequently.
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