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(Creating new realities in your life –
the garden as a school for external and internal changes.)
Human Ecology: Developing Environmental Healing Resources
Town groups are developing approaches and programs for dealing with the
impending problems of peak oil and economic contraction, and the need to
drastically reduce carbon emissions in order to mitigate and hopefully to
reverse the effects of global warming. These changes will require that we put
greater reliance on resources available in our local communities.
If you’re interested in understanding these observations, I invite you to
brainstorm with me about how to develop Transition Healthcare.
For instance: Medications that are excreted or dumped into the toilet are
accumulating in our water supplies and creating a new kind of environmental
pollution. This can be prevented if we increase self-healing and use less
Self-healing and healer/therapist bioenergy and consciousness healing will
become more needed and more accepted as high tech medical interventions become
If you’re interested in understanding the Transition concepts and approaches,
based on 12-step approaches, I highly recommend:
Shaun Chamberlin and Rob Hopkins. The
Transition Timeline: For a Local, Resilient Future. White River Jct., VT:
Chelsea Green Publishing 2009
Rob Hopkins, The Transition
Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience. Totnes, UK:
Green Books 2008.
While these books are focused on England’s experiences, these concepts readily
generalize to anywhere else.
Helpful web references:
What I have not seen is a wise plan for healthcare in a local economy, where
there may be limited medical resources and support from outside the community.
That is, there may be ways for avoiding the need for replacing medications,
antibiotics, high tech diagnostics, and all the other mod cons of current
clinical and hospital care. These are very costly in terms of our carbon
footprint. If anyone has seen discussions or planning for such contingencies,
please let me know.
What I like about the Transition Town planning is that in addition to concrete
suggestions from the experiences in growing numbers of communities around the
it also includes recommendations for helpful ways to inform and educate the
public and to develop the plans that are appropriate for local resources and
Please let me know if you have ideas to contribute about what post-peak-oil
healthcare might look like, and any ways you can suggest to facilitate this
Dan Benor, MD