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“We cannot ultimately be healthy unless the world we live in is healthy as well. That’s why the future of medicine and healing must be green. In Green Medicine, Dr. Larry Malerba offers an inspiring portrait of this emerging awareness. Highly recommended.”
—Larry Dossey, MD, former chief of staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital and author of The Science of Premonitions and Healing Words
“Larry Malerba offers a passionate appeal for a medical approach that treats the whole person, not merely the symptom, and provides a clinic for the soul, not just a repair shop for the body. He explains how healing may be the gift of the wound when we help each other to reach for the meaning of a disease and the opportunity for growth that it may present.”
—Robert Moss, best-selling author of Conscious Dreaming and The Secret History of Dreaming

“Any physician or patient who has ever wondered why we keep ‘treating diseases’ while ‘well-being’ seems increasingly elusive will be interested in this book.”
—David Anick, MD, PhD, research associate at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital

“This is a truly seminal work that harkens an ancient yet futuristic paradigm of real medicine and real healing that is way beyond symptomatic relief and disease management. Green Medicine contains a deep wisdom that connects ecological thinking, cutting-edge physiology and medicine, and deep spirituality. Reading this book is itself therapeutic.”
—Dana Ullman, MPH, author of The Homeopathic Revolution and co-author of Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine

 “Green Medicine is a courageous, profound, and rich journey through philosophy, culture, history, and healing practice that should be read by all who practice medicine and all who seek healing. Dr. Malerba provides the insight, wisdom, clinical expertise, and grand vision needed to recreate our health care philosophy, practices, and delivery system in ways that bring true healing and genuine holistic response to all who ail.”
—Edward Tick, PhD, author of War and the Soul and The Practice of Dream Healing

Green Medicine is a bold and comprehensive approach to harnessing one’s life force to heal body, mind, and spirit, akin to the ancient wisdom teachings found in many cultures the world over. This book will create much-needed changes in the way we think about illness, medicine, and what it means to be truly healthy in the twenty-first century.”
—Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit and Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul

“I wholeheartedly believe this book is needed because it shows why the materialistic/mechanistic approach of modern medicine does not work, and because it points to the critical factor left out in modern medicine: the role that a person’s life force plays in healing.”
—Carol K. Anthony, co-founder of The I Ching Institute, author of A Guide to the I Ching, and co-author of Healing Yourself the Cosmic Way

“Readers will be pleased and challenged by the breadth and the scope of [Green Medicine]. The book covers a diverse range of approaches to health and healing while introducing homeopathy and the concepts of the vital force with elegance and wit. [Malerba] goes on to discuss elements of shamanism, oracles (such as the I Ching), dreamwork, astrology, alchemy, numerology, mythology, synchronicity and the need for balance between right and left brain thinking, intuiting and feeling. Malerba accomplishes this tour-de-force by connecting each of these areas to the healing process with case studies and personal experiences… Malerba’s text is nothing short of visionary. He acknowledges that his ideals are lofty, but at the same time offers a glimpse of the true potential for healing in a broader sense… His green medicine is the acme of a truly holistic integrative medical approach that eschews suppressive therapies, when possible, and pursues the vision of illness as an opportunity for body, mind and soul to overcome adversity on a journey towards further development.”
—Ronald Whitmont, American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine

Green Medicine blends a philosophy of healing, ecological consciousness and spirituality with a critique of conventional medicine to give readers a new vision of health and its care that combines the best of traditional and holistic healing.”
Viva Magazine

Green Medicine offers a fine blend of ancient and modern healing traditions… [it] provides a blueprint for total wellness.”
Midwest Book Review

Dr. Malerba promotes green medicine as the coming together of both conventional medicine and alternative medicine in order to form a balanced approach to healing… Green Medicine is a lengthy read, but don’t let that be a discouraging factor from engaging in its philosophical discussions… there is not a wasted word in between covers.”

Green Medicine is a new way of thinking about health care that takes into account the interconnectedness of all things: the brain to the body to the soul, bodies to families to communities to the planet to the cosmos. So that physicians don’t risk ‘becoming mere technicians of the body,’ Malerba offers possibilities in healing that involve the whole person. He melds conventional with alternative medicine and draws on the fields of physics, philosophy, shamanism, alchemy and orthodox medicine to create a new paradigm in healing.”
New Consciousness Review

Green Medicine is designed to translate some of the issues normally found only in the rarified academic world of the history and philosophy of science, and render them both accessible and practically applicable to the general public and to the conventional and alternative medical communities.”
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About the Author

Larry Malerba, DO, has been a practitioner, educator, and leader in the field of holistic medicine for more than twenty years. He is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and a featured writer at Natural News. He is Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Medical College, is board certified in Homeotherapeutics, and is a frequent lecturer at Albany Medical College, and the Albany College of Pharmacy. Dr. Malerba has held positions as president of the Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York, vice president of the American Institute of Homeopathy, and assistant editor of the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine. He lives and maintains a private practice in upstate New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556439024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556439025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smallz on February 13, 2013
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I have suffered from severe eczema that covers my entire body since I was a toddler. Obviously, I was traumatically bullied because of the unsightly condition and I had to suffer the physical discomfort every day as well. Traditional dermatology had never fixed the problem and I was out of options. I'm only 30 so I was very depressed. I read this book and made an appointment wrh dr. Malerba and he has changed my life. I had always assumed that homeopathy didn't work but I don't know why I thougt that. In two months his treatment has significantly reduced my symptoms more than any other doctor I have ever visited. If you have been failed by traditional medicine I urge you to read this book and gain a better understanding of your ailment. Good luck and god bless!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on November 14, 2010
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"Our lack of understanding and failure to heed the messages of nature have resulted in an unprecedented degradation of the environment and a corresponding desecration of the body-mind-hearty-soul," (p. 114). This quote constitutes only one of the many eloquent statements made by Dr. Larry Malerba in his book Green Medicine. Describing the troubles that plague the current health care system, Dr. Malerba's experience has shown where a paradigm shift in medical education and focus may redirect our limited resources to generate more real healing than the current mechanistic medicine can provide.

Derived from its placement within a capitalistic society, our pharmaceutical palliative approach to medical treatment does not often produce a cure. Rather, we should not "...believe that the medical industrial-complex exists for the benefit of the health of humankind, (p.208.)" Removing physical symptoms at the expense of emotional, mental or spiritual balance, the suppressive result is one that drives the defense mechanism of a healthy vital force deeper within the body, often resulting in more serious disease.

Told in an engaging manner, with multiple examples of unintentionally suppressive escalation of disease, Dr. Malerba reviews Western medicine and compares it with the thousands of years of medical history that preceded it. Expressing rationalist versus empiricist views and their various approaches towards healing, Dr. Malerba repeatedly stresses that the failure of the current system in no way reflects upon the altruistic intentions of today's health care practitioners. "The medical economy thrives on the iatrogenic disease that it creates," (p.363). Covering the unifying, innate healing life force, dualism, the direction of cure, and alchemy, Dr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roslyn H Ross on January 17, 2014
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I would just say as a writer, journalist, editor (compared to much today only a couple of typos ) and reader who has read hundreds of books on health/medicine/science - probably thousands over 40 years, this book is one of the best, most balanced, comprehensive and useful I have seen. Malerba has put together something in eminently readable, but informed terms, laced with common sense, wisdom and insight and presented it in balanced form.

I found it fascinating from beginning to end and he holds his topic in light but cohesive hands. Even those who quiver at the concept of anything other than an Allopathic approach and who turn pale at the suggestion that other medical methodologies are equally sound and often better, will be soothed by Malerba's reasoned and grounded approach.

It should be read by anyone with the slightest interest in health.

It should be required reading for every doctor, nurse and medical professional on the planet although the time for such enlightenment is probably some years away. But books like this lay the groundwork for a time when medicine is something which actually cures and heals and not simply treats, monitors or maintains and where every medical methodology utilised as part of a process of establishing and maintaining optimum health.

As a homeopathic physician, also medically trained in the Allopathic sense, he touches on Homeopathy, naturally, and rightly so because it is likely to pave the way as the medicine of the future which will lead Allopathy out of its limited paradigm of the materialistic and mechanistic, but the focus of the book is medicine in general and it is left to the individual to pursue selectively as he or she may wish.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Cherry on October 27, 2010
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The author examines the strengths and weaknesses of our current medical system. He weaves his way through a broad array of topics and offers the reader an opportunity to see the "big picture". This book is very readable and enjoyable, as the doctor draws from case histories, historical research and personal experience. This book offers hope and common sense solutions as well as timeless wisdom for healing our broken health care system. I highly recommend this book to patients and practitioners alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2013
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In Green Medicine, Dr. Larry Malerba eloquently threads a narrative that produces a unifying framework to healing. It is a passionate and well substantiated view that allows one to understand what the Greeks described as Gaia. He skillfully reminds us that "biology is driven by chemistry and that chemistry is driven by physics." Beyond that is the wisdom of understanding the resonating energy that connects us all and further on. His research is rigorous and it motivates one to widen their perspective and view our cultural and political influences in a more humane manner. It is a book that all healers and those wishing to be healthy should read. It definitely will find an honored place on my desk top books.
Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, [...]
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