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                                                           Dr. Norm Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
                                                                            Father of Holistic Medicine


Norm Shealy is one of the world's leading experts in pain management. He was among the first physicians ever to specialize in the resolution of chronic pain. A pioneer in developing safe and effective treatments such as Biogenics, he founded, in 1971, the first comprehensive pain and stress management facility in the country, The Shealy Institute, respected world-wide for its innovative and successful rehabilitation approaches. Over the years, Dr. Shealy's intensive pain and stress management research has resulted in numerous pioneering treatments using non-drug approaches. His published works total over 275. His seminars and workshops are given worldwide, and attended by physicians and lay persons alike. He has acted as consultant to leaders in every specialty, including the personal physicians of President's Kennedy and Eisenhower.

The noted English physician Dr. Francis Peabody said to famous Boston physician"The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." Dr. Shealy has long adhered to this philosophy. While still in medical school, he once commented to a friend, "The most common symptom among humans is pain, but nobody seems to specialize in treatment of this symptom." From there, he went on to establish the Shealy Institute, a center for the treatment and research of chronic pain. This medical center has become world renown for its foresighted therapies and treatments. Dr. Shealy, now retired from clinical services, continues his research and teaching, and shares his concerns for patients and the medical profession alike with anyone who would enjoy his insight. Like Francis Peabody a century ago, Norm Shealy says today that "while the science of medicine is indispensable to the physician, it is the art of practicing medicine that heals the human body and soul." For over 3 decades, Norm Shealy as been at the forefront of Alternative Medicine and Health Care. In the mid-60’s he introduced his major innovations for pain control ---Dorsal Column Stimulation (DCS) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, both now used world-wide. Shortly after that his emphasis broadened to include the vast field of Self-Regulation with the addition of biofeedback, autogenic training and his introduction of Biogenics ©, a major tool for stress reduction.

Then he turned his attention to Holistic Medicine, founding the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978, to include the concepts of spiritual healing and spiritual health. This led to almost 20 years of research into an emphasis on anti-aging. He discovered 5 intrinsic electrical circuits in the human body. These selectively raise DHEA, neurotensin, calcitonin, aldosterone or lower free radicals. Upon completion of this work, he theorized that average life should be 140 years of age. More recently he has demonstrated regrowth of telomeres, the tail of DNA. Telomeres ordinarily shrink 1% each year after birth. His work with the RejuvaMatrix ™ is the first to demonstration rejuvenation of telomeres, a major key to anti-aging and longevity.

Overall, Norm’s work has expanded the field of Energy Medicine, using electrical, electromagnetic, mental, physical and emotional tools for health enhancement. He has been president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine. His work with Caroline Myss let them to start the first doctoral program in Energy Medicine. In 2001, that work led to the establishment of Holos University Graduate Seminary. He was President of Holos University for its first 7 years and continues there as Professor of Energy Medicine.

Throughout his career, Norm has considered Self-Health to be the foundation for all of life. He founded Self-Health Systems in 1974, to provide tools for assisting individuals in their approach to health. His first major book , 90 DAYS TO SELF-HEALTH sold 130,000 copies in the mid-70’s.

Most recently, Norm has focused on MEDICAL RENAISSANCE—THE SECRET CODE, a 90 minute DVD which demonstrates the success of a comprehensive, holistic approach to almost all illnesses.  In over 30,000 patients with chronic pain and depression, his success rate of 85% is unequaled. He now has a weekly podcast, Renaissance Medicine on the Yaktivate health network.  For over 20 years his weekly radio program on KWTO in Springfield has been the most popular call-in program in the Ozarks.

Health Renaissance is the major field for the future.  Instead of drugs and surgery, Holos University Graduate Seminary has initiated a Masters of Holistic Health Practice.  The future of true health will be enhanced tremendously with health Practitioners who teach, coach, counsel and educate individuals to take responsibility for their own health.




                                                                                                                        Into the Light
This magnificent painting was recently donated to Holos Institutes of Health by Dr. & Mrs. Michael Morton. It now hangs in the Holos Chapel. This painting is particularly cherished by me as it was the inspiration of Dr. Evarts Loomis that motivated me to develop the American Holistic Medical Association. The preliminary focus group that led to AHMA met at Meadowlark in November, 1977. 


                                                                                                                    Into the Light by Karla Brandt

The painting, 'Into the Light" hung in the Sanctuary/Chapel at Meadowlark, America's first holistic health retreat center, founded by Evarts Loomis, MD "the father of holistic medicine".
The picture above does not convey the power and healing spiritual presence of the painting. It measures 32"x44" and was painting by Karla Brandt, Evart's "paramour". In 1991, given the special provenance of the painting, we were advised to have it insured for a minimum of $12,500, and ideally $15,000.
The painting was given to us (Michael and Mary Morton) as a wedding gift from Evarts Loomis who was the Best Man at our wedding in June 1991. We would love to see the painting go to a "good home", or, to a public place where it can inspire and help people heal- which it did for thousands at Meadowlark. With each passing year, this painting is becoming a piece of special history in America’s Unique Medical and Healing History.

Evarts Greene Loomis, MD, (1910 - 2003), was regarded as "the father of holistic medicine," Loomis was an internationally known homeopathic physician, surgeon, author, lecturer, and visionary. Preferring to be called Evarts rather than "doctor," he was inspired to conceptualize holistic medicine while a young doctor working for the Grenfell Mission, which served the fisherman families of Newfoundland and Labrador, traveling by dog sled and boat when necessary. "It was out of the ethers, or perhaps from God, that the words 'Treat the whole man, treat the whole man,' kept flashing through my mind, and they have been with me ever since. For the next eighteen years, I gave much thought as to the practical application of a therapy that would include the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of illness."
In l952, he felt guided to purchase Friendly Hills Ranch in Hemet, California, and eventually purchased Meadowlark and in 1958, America's first holistic medical live-in retreat welcomed its first guest. The following year, Evarts inaugurated a series of three groundbreaking inter-professional conferences to explore the nature of the healing process. Those invited included physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, ministers, scientists, sociologists, business people, an artist, and a spiritual healer. In 1960, Evarts and his family made a trip around the world in search of teachers and advisors to guide his visionary work, since he could find few in the states with whom he could talk about holistic medicine. Twelve years later, he began a major shift from administering drugs to practicing homeopathy, and in 1973 he inaugurated a preceptorship program for medical students.
At Meadowlark, Evarts and his staff avoided white coats so they would be indistinguishable from the guests, who stayed an average of two weeks. During the 33 years of operation, Evarts developed a basic treatment program, with the key modality being love. After a thorough medical examination, guests were given nutritional counseling and were encouraged to participate in an exercise program that might include swimming, walking, jogging, or bicycle riding. Guests were served primarily vegetarian food, much of which was grown in an organic garden on the grounds using the biodynamic principles developed by Rudolf Steiner.
In 1977, doctors C. Norman Shealy, Gladys Taylor McGarey, Bill McGarey, and Gerald Looney gathered at Meadowlark to lay the foundation for the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), which led to the first conference held the following year in Denver, Colorado. Evarts remembers discussions about the spelling of holistic. "Was it to be with a 'w' or an 'h'? We decided on the 'h', since it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word 'hal', which is the root of health, whole, holy, and heal, and is thus more inclusive."
At the time of Meadowlark's 25th anniversary celebration in 1983, Dr. Shealy, founding president of AHMA, designated Evarts as the "father (and grandfather) of holistic medicine" and stated that Meadowlark had served as a role model for most of the people in the holistic movement. In l995, Evarts received the AHMA Pioneer Award, which recognizes outstanding contributors to the holistic health movement. Previous recipients include Dr Linus Pauling and Bill Moyers.
As executive director of Meadowlark, Evarts and his staff treated more than 6,000 guests before finishing his pioneering work in l991. The overall program had considerable success in treating arthritis, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. For many years, Evarts was also a tireless international lecturer. His most recent honor occurred at the 25th Silver Anniversary of the AHMA when 25 medical pioneers were recognized, including doctors Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey, Christiane Northrup, Rachel Naomi Remen, and Bernie Siegel.
Holistic practitioners, authors of books on holistic modalities, and those who have benefited from holistic treatment are all indebted to Evarts' unwavering pioneering spirit, his vision of holism, and his ability to synthesize it into a working model. For several years he struggled alone, in spite of criticism from traditional medicine -- and even attempted arrests -- to provide a template which is now rivaling mainstream medicine. Perhaps most important of all, he has lived the model that he created.
"No one I know or know about so truly deserves to be termed 'pioneer' in this movement," said Willis Harmon, late president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. "When I first met Dr Loomis in the late 1950s, he had just started Meadowlark, and his philosophy and practice of holism impressed me as applying not only to medicine, but to all of life. Very few people at that time could foresee the revolution against reductionism, fractionalism, and positivism that began in the 1960s. Evarts not only saw the issues clearly, but created an influential demonstration of what the new way would mean in terms of 'health for the whole person.'

To hear a most interesting interview Dr. Shealy had with Caroline Myss please click on the audio player below or click on the link to access the interview.

 Caroline Myss Interview Part 1                   Caroline Myss Interview Part 2

To hear Scottie Johnson's interview of Norm titled How Positive Thoughts Enhance Your Physical Health click on the link below.
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