Staying Healthy - Birth to Death
with Dr. Basil Williams, M.D. and Elizabeth Sustick, R.N., L.M.T.
Saturday, November 3, 2007, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Are you frustrated by the limitations of conventional medicine?
Anthroposophic Medicine is an extension of contemporary medicine and is based on the comprehensive view of the human being as a threefold being: body, soul and spirit. Its root word, anthroposophy, means the wisdom of the human being. It was introduced by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher, and educator, in the early part of the 20th century and continues to be one of the most popular forms of wholistic medicine in Europe.
Anthroposophic remedies can be used along with, and may enhance traditional therapy. The patient is cared for as a whole human being, body, soul and spirit. Nutritional guidance, life study counseling, and other natural remedies are used as well as supportive Anthroposophic therapies and adjunct healing methods such as rhythmical massage, curative eurythmy, hydrotherapy, music therapy and artistic therapy. Anthroposophic medicine seeks to find meaning in illness from the perspective of personal development.
With a new patient, a detailed history and physical are performed with appropriate laboratory studies as needed. In an open conversation the physician works as counselor-friend. By viewing the overall life history patterns, both physician and patient work to come to come to a clearer picture of the role of a given illness. Then, positive steps toward inner balance and health can begin. In the end it is the patient who, in freedom, chooses which form or forms of therapy to take up; Anthroposophic, conventional, or both.
Dr. Basil Williams has practiced medicine for 39 years. In his field of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease he has had a hospital practice and has been professor of medicine at Midwestern University. He studied Anthroposophic Medicine in Europe for one year and has practiced Anthroposophic Medicine since l980 until retiring from it in 2002. He presently works one day week in Primary Care at the VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts.
A present interest of Dr. Williams is to encourage the development of Anthroposophic institutions overall, especially Anthroposophic Medicine, Biodynamic agriculture, and Waldorf education. He has traveled several times to Russia, Ecuador and Hawaii, giving lectures and workshops to support and enhance the development of communities centered around these three institutions.
Elizabeth Sustick, R.N., L.M.T. has a private practice in Anthroposophical Nursing and Rhythmical Massage. She was trained by Hiroshi Hayashi in Natural Foods Cooking and is the owner of Paul and Elizabeth's Restaurant in Northampton MA. Ms. Sustick is a pioneer parent, Early Childhood teacher and Board member of the Hartsbrook School, a pre-school-grade 12 school in Hadley, MA.
* Refreshments will be provided during the break
Please Note: No Childcare will be available, but babies in arms are welcome.
TUITION: $35 At the door, $25 Early Registration by Oct.1, 2007