Over the coming weeks, I will be highlighting each of our Advisors in this blog and also including an overall list.
I’m thrilled to be able to announce our second Advisor as Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD. Lewis’s career is both remarkable and fascinating. To see what I mean, check out his book Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native American Healing.
Here is what Lewis says on his website:
“Lewis, MD, PhD, is the author of the "Coyote" Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine.
His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes.”
“My personal goals include the furthering of a paradigm shift within medicine, psychiatry, and psychology toward aligning with indigenous knowledge systems and providing healing activities more in line with what traditional cultures have offered.
I am interested in our creating new science that is not the same old, same old linear boredom of Newton and conventional statistics, but that uses complexity theory and quantum physics concepts to explore our world, and, more importantly, to find ways to help each other to heal and to grow and change.”
Please check Lewis’s Coyote Institute website, as well as his excellent book Healing the Mind Through the Power of Story: The Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.