Training Week 2021
Beyond the Molecular and Mechanical Model:
Lung, Liver, Kidney and Heart
hosted by the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM),
presented by The Medical Section at the Goetheanum, Switzerland
Most medical training does not teach us to think dynamically. We like to emphasize stable, consistent, fixed parts. The lock-and-key model for pharmacologic effects, as well as a gross anatomy study that prioritizes labelling and differentiating all of the individual parts, speaks to that truth. That orientation invariably leads to a type of medical practice that focuses on identifying the broken part and then surgically removing the part or chemically replacing the end product of the part. These methods are not wrong, but they are limited. We may not recognize the limitations since they are already built into our clinical lens—a corpse is chemically preserved before we study it in school. Tissue biopsies are chemically fixed before looked at under a microscope, blood samples removed from the body and preserved before we test for numerical measures. We like to emphasize stable, consistent, fixed parts.
New insights come when we can expand our view. If the body is 80% water, shouldn’t we think about a system of dynamic liquids, a kind of “fluid organism?” How has that view been part of many healing traditions? Why did it stop? How does support for the liver, an organ of highly differentiated fluid activity, support edema, varicosities, as well as types of depression that have a strong experience of gravity and stagnation?
What is the role of rhythmic processes in the body? How is our wake/sleep rhythm, or our in-breath/out-breath rhythm, related to the continuous work of reabsorption and excretion in the kidney? Can we think about a whole physiology of “exchange”?
Why do we connect the heart with love, and warmth, and morality? Wouldn’t medicine be better if we acknowledged the links between body and mind? How can we see the patient as a whole person, not just a collection of parts? No one wants to be labeled or treated as a defective part.
After the long isolation of this pandemic year we are looking forward to connecting and practicing new thinking that weaves elements of time, quality and meaning into our approach to illness and healing. Plus, we'll offer practical clinical treatments you can bring back to your medical work right away, and a welcoming therapeutic community that strives to make medicine more whole, more human.
Special Guest Faculty: Dr. James A. Dyson
We are pleased and very fortunate to welcome James Dyson as guest faculty for our 2021 AM Training Week.
Dr. James Dyson is a well-known and beloved teacher of Anthroposophic Medicine and Anthroposophic Psychology. In 1979, with Dr. Michael Evans, he co-founded the Park Attwood Therapeutic Centre (later Clinic) in the UK, where he worked for the next twenty five years. This facility became an anthroposophical in-patient and out-patient clinic, offering general medicine as well as special services for palliative care and mental health.
Dr. Dyson has also worked extensively as a school doctor in many Steiner-Waldorf Schools in the UK and as a consultative advisor in the field of learning disabilities, both with children and adults.
Since leaving Park Attwood Clinic in 2003, James’s long-standing commitments in the field of adult education has increased. James had already been a regular contributor to the Eurythmy Therapy Training, UK, since 1979, a Faculty Member of the Medical Section Seminar in Mental Health (UK) since 1990 and the British Post-graduate Anthroposophic Doctor’s Training since 2005. More recently, he has extended his experience as a lecturer and adult educator, encompassing the fields of mental health, child development, psychology and general medicine, most recently with the Anthroposophic Postgraduate Psychotherapy Training in the UK at Emerson College. James has also led seminars on medical and psychological themes in Australia, New Zealand and Russia and is currently a Faculty Member for the U.S. Association for Anthroposophic Psychology’s Counsellors’ Adventure Programme.
The four foundational courses included in the Anthroposophic Medical Training (offered as a rotating curriculum):
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"My first IPMT in 2008 was a game-changer for my career path. The IPMT opened my eyes to an international medical movement that has been blossoming for almost a century. This medical movement views the human being, not just in a physical, biological sense, but includes in its view the human being as a potentially evolving spiritual being. Having this wider view of the possibilities of each human being improved how I felt about practicing medicine and was necessary for me to feel good about my relationship with patients. Who will benefit from the IPMT? Anyone who has a longing to go deep into the heart of medicine and a yearning to understand why a human being really becomes ill... Anthroposophic Medicine is a holistic medicine that begins with its foundation in conventional medicine, but adds new dimensions that allow a practitioner to penetrate into the deeper layers of each unique, individual patient." -Tiffany Baer, MD
"It was my second IPMT meeting and I had wondered after the first one if subsequent IPMTs would be just as cool...Almost immediately I felt a deep satisfaction. Every meeting, discussion and gathering I attended created an 'awe' that blew my mind. The lectures were extremely helpful and timely. It gave me a lot of support and hope for the work we do. There have been many suggestions, exercises and opportunities to learn and self-develop at the IPMT that I would not have found in any other 'scientific meetings'." -Vinay Parameswara, MD
"I have nothing but kudos and thank you’s to say about the newbies track for physicians at the IPMT I recently attended in Chestnut Ridge. The experience began with a beautiful setting of the Fellowship Community and the Threefold Waldorf school and a gentle loving check-in to the pre-conference sessions. It continued with great teaching from knowledgeable, caring professors coming from the USA and Europe. Early each morning, a Eurythmy movement expert gave demonstrations and participation to all. The nurses demonstrated multiple procedures with hand-outs and how-to’s. We learned the Steiner basics from his translated literature and discussed today’s relevance. As a group, we studied a plant in detail; and remedies for the respiratory tract problems. Evenings were filled with lectures from the best of the best in worldwide Anthroposophic Medicine physicians. It is hard to believe that we received so much for so relatively little and all was given to us so freely. I was able to get to know dozens of other newbies and network with many very experienced physicians of AM. Thank you again with great gratitude for the introduction to a most complete medicine and way of life." -Nancy Eos, MD
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