Uncharted Territory

  1. Announcing a Summer Special at Berkshire Whole Health. ($50 off Vitamin C containing Nutritional IVs. Email reception@berkshirewholehealth.com for more information).

At Berkshire Whole Health, we boldly tread into uncharted territory, driven by our insatiable curiosity. We incorporate low-risk, cutting-edge therapies, such as  Nutritional IVs, available in our IV/Therapy room.

study in 2018 observed vitamin C deficiency in allergy patients and demonstrated that a series of 7 vitamin C IVs infusions (7.5 grams) over 3 weeks time significantly reduced allergy symptoms. Summer is here and so is the pollen, June grass, and everything else. If you want to explore a summer antioxidant and immune boost we are running a therapy room special on Nutritional IVs containing vitamin C (25 grams). For the first three weeks of summer, you save $50 off the regular price of the $250 infusion. Specific dates and times apply. Email reception@berkshirewholehealth.com for more information.

  1. Reminder to join us on Saturday, June 22nd, at Pleroma Farm in Hudson, New York for a summer solstice farm day.

The story of the farm is as follows: a colleague of mine bought it in the 1980s when it was a fruit orchard, built her home and practice there, and started a small dairy operation. For a number of years in the early 2000s, patients could come to the farm for extended therapeutic stays where they experienced how the natural rhythms of the farm were healing. I bought the farm from her in 2022, when she retired, with the promise of carrying on the idea of the HEALING FARM. It’s a special farm with lots to offer. Here’s an opportunity to come and see for yourself!

The nonprofit I founded will host us. At 3:30 p.m., we will tour the medicinal plant garden, beehive area, and veggie garden plot together. Starting at 4:30 p.m., we will stir and spread a biodynamic prep joined by two international biodynamic aficionados. In the early evening, we will light a bonfire as is the tradition in midsummer as we near St John’s Day (6/24). Bring a picnic supper! Hang out with us for part or all of the afternoon and evening. We’d love to see you there.

  1. Bulletin Article

Race Against Time

Everyone loves a good story about a race against time.

I have a favorite, and I’ll tell it to you now. There was once a teenager named Martin who lived in a small town in California. It was the mid-80s, and he had a somewhat unlikely but strong connection with an odd, older man who was the epitome of a mad scientist. His name was Dr Brown, and not a single one of his inventions had ever worked!

So when Marty heard about Dr. Brown’s latest invention, a plutonium-powered DeLorean time machine, he assumed it would be just like every other one of Dr Brown’s near-misses/total flops. Doc Brown didn’t necessarily disagree. Imagine their surprise one day when the time machine worked! and transported Marty thirty years back in time. Is this tale sounding familiar?

Transported to 1955 in his hometown, Marty accidentally runs into his parents — suddenly his peers — interrupting the first time they met. He must orchestrate their successful meeting or risk never being born! Furthermore, Marty must do this by 10:04 p.m. next Saturday night when a bolt of lightning will strike the town’s clock tower, generating the 1.21 gigawatts of power necessary to propel him back to the future!

This is the plot of the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. I won’t spoil the ending, but there is a second and third movie in the series also starring Michael J Fox. The film actually has connections to the Berkshires. Christopher Lloyd, who played “Doc” Brown, spends time in Lenox, for instance. Shakespeare is his cup of tea, these days, apparently.

Many action movies or TV series demonstrate a race against time often with nearly insurmountable obstacles. If the demands of the situation aren’t met, the world, the country, the protagonist’s family, and their life may be lost if the deadline passes.

We love these plots because WE ALL are in a race against time. Don’t you feel it?

It’s tough because we sure don’t know the timeline or even what we’re racing to do. I mean, we certainly get glimpses of knowing, but it’s easy to lose track. The answer to this question is not something that can be simply grasped once and held onto forever. It has to be re-found again and again.

When we do lose track, and we will lose track, it’s tempting to choose a proxy to chase. After all the clock is ticking. “Let me just make sure my health is good. Let me just make sure my resources are full, so when I remember the important stuff I’ll have health and resources with me.”

There is a problem. We can become too focused on the proxies, forgetting that they are proxies. Then we use our resources on distractions (because how else would we use them if we don’t rememeber what we are doing here). Besides, if we aren’t distracted, we might have to listen to that periodic incessant whispering.

The whisper

“Are you sure your priority list isn’t meant for someone else?”

Even those who opt out of the rat race (and move to the Berkshires) still are not guaranteed true satisfaction. They still have to face the ticking clock and the race against time. Satisfaction only comes when we know with confidence the answer to this question:

“Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?”

Without an important inner orientation and integration, the following statement burns within us:

“I keep waiting for something that never arrives.”

No amount of distraction will satisfy us. We need to have answers. What are we here to do?

For what it’s worth…

Just like in the movies, so much will be lost if the world doesn’t have this one special thing: all of each one of us, all of you.

We can’t accomplish very much by trying to be someone we’re not or by not letting what is actually there see the light of day.

We can do it with tolerance and openness. Then maybe some curiosity and certainly some courage.

It really gets moving with robust acceptanceand, ultimately, love for your perfectly imperfect self.

We are doing it when we accept ourselves for who we are and HONOR that. No matter how many times we heard or didn’t hear the following words, we can be the ones who carry these forward for ourselves:

  • “I love you”
  • “I’m proud of you”
  • “I’m here for you”
  • “You’re doing a great job”
  • “Thank you”

Some of that just needs to be said! and repeated! The content of inner talk is big. Healthy self-talk and acceptance open up new worlds.

This is a reminder that the race is about you on the path into your own depths.

All is well. Truly. Not a single part is unwelcome. All can be integrated.

In the end, the question you’ll ask yourself when you look back is:

“Was it really me who was there?”

The places where the answer is yes, even if it seemed hard at the time, will be the places we celebrate the most.