Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hello From Tacoma!

By Sara Thyr, ND

Day one of "Physician, Heal Thy Planet" started out with James Stark of the
Regenerative Design Institute talking about renewing our connection to
nature. As physicians who talk about the healing power of nature, we fall
prey to losing our own personal connection to it like everyone else on the
planet. Asking us to think about a moment in nature from our childhood and
then sharing it with those next to us was an insightful exercise. He also
showed some great footage of Joanna Macy from the documentary "The Great
Turning" where she talked about the benefit of uncertainty. That is where we
are most courageous and innovative.

I didn't get to see too many talks today, but did get to connect with many
old friends and classmates. In those priceless moments of hugs and quick
catch-ups in the hallway reminds me of the joy of being in this amazing

I loved hearing about the escharotic treatment for cervical dysplasia. We
have an amazingly powerful non-surgical treatment in our repertoire and many
NDs are forgetting about it, or have not been properly trained to perform
it. Drs Windstar and Jones are to be commended for reminding us about it's
effectiveness and clarity on how we can all do this in our offices.

Matt Baral did a wonderful job with lots of research and insights in his
vaccine update. I think I will have to get the recordings to hear it all

Not to mention the many fabulous presenters who I didn't not get to venture
into their presentations today. There is so much fabulous information being

My assessment - it's great, overwhelming, and I'm ready to rest up for

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