The Education of Achilles (ca. 1772), by James Barry. Chiron (The Wounded Healer), tutored many of the great heroes, including Achilles.

The moment I realized that the approach of my life going forward would have to alter if I wanted to have different results was after reading the late Dr. John Sarno’s book, The Mind/Body Prescription.

Dr. Sarno was perhaps the first mainstream MD to publicly devote his career to the resolution of chronic idiopathic pain through the reconciliation of the mental, physical, and emotional systems of the body. His book specifies the modality of therapy that he worked in tandem with the most, and why it was more conducive to symptom relief and lasting healing.

There was unquenchable anger at…


As I reflect on the decade, there were many excursions that I started just to indulge my ceaseless curiosity. That’s what is so marvelous about our 20s, we have the ultimate freedom. One of my most illuminating ventures after college was getting acquainted with different churches, denominations, religious histories, and spiritual traditions.

Having grown up Lutheran, I wasn’t unhappy with the Church I was raised in necessarily, but something was missing from Protestantism that I couldn’t put my finger on. As I have come to realize, it was the beauty, mysticism, intellectual, and literary history missing from Martin Luther’s Church…


Proton Pump Inhibitors, used to treat GERD

It’s days like this where the practice of gratitude comes quite naturally. Today, I can compare where I was several years ago to where I am now, and be awestruck by the unlimited potential for healing we have as human beings. I was operating under the assumption that our health is, for the most part, out of our control, and so I just assumed that ailments like IBS, TMJ, allergies, and acid reflux were something that would be with me for the rest of my life. Acid reflux is “genetic,” but I stopped blaming genetics for my dis-ease a long…


Aesop’s Fables: The Wolf and The Shepherd

The healing journey brings with it many moments of contemplation, where you ponder what went wrong or why certain relationships didn’t last. My disenchantment with the Christian counseling I sought out along the way has led to some of the most profound soul searching of my life. That isn’t because I had a massive shift in my belief system. My disappointment was due to the asinine approach taken, the judgmental tone, and the refusal to change course when the original method proved unsuccessful. It also wasn’t because they were all fundamentalists who took every word of the Bible literally. …


Are University Psychologists Effective?

The healing journey brings up many life challenges that you may have believed you had already dealt with, only to discover you haven’t fully embraced the lesson yet. I decided to start examining my own guilt, and where the source of that guilt was coming from. While my mind wanted to shy away from such an examination, due to my conditioning that we should never revel or dwell on the “regretful past,” my gut instincts were that it was time to buck the conventional wisdom for a change. …


America is tough on Presidential losers, we remind them everywhere they go of what could have been had they not been so inadequate. Most of them try to find pet projects to keep busy or rehabilitate themselves with a new governmental position, Al Gore with his global warming (now rebranded climate change) crusade, John Kerry as Secretary of State, or the stereotypical senior elder of the party who oozes prestige and acts as a kingmaker (Bob Dole). …


(Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, Positive Thinking heretic)

I recall being a 13-year-old, starring in disbelief at my math teacher’s Lance Armstrong poster, with his quote that can be paraphrased as “cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me.” There is something suspicious about sentimentality, which is often an exaggerated effort to mask a deep-rooted cynicism. I can’t say I was surprised when it was revealed that not all was as it seemed with Saint Lance. Positivity is a false virtue, a learned affectation that collapses at the first opportunity when there isn’t an audience around. This isn’t meant to advocate for negativity, pessimism, or nihilism…

Quinton Heisler

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