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Map of the Spirit: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spirit with Michael Cantwell

October  10, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Map of the Spirit: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spirit with Michael Cantwell

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Map of the Spirit presents a framework, developed by Dr. Cantwell, which describes human spiritual development and the process by which we construct and then live out our spiritual beliefs. According to Dr. Cantwell, all people, regardless of particular beliefs, pass through the same four stages of spiritual development-the Pre-awareness, Awareness, Commitment, and Union Stages. Blockages in this process give rise to Spiritual Stress, the spiritual roots of disease. Map of the Spirit introduces the concept of Spiritual Stress to explain how and how much spiritual issues influence our health.

The lecture involves a presentation by Dr. Cantwell of the two main concepts of Map of the Spirit: the Balance between Seeking and Resistance/Spiritual Stress and the Four Stages of Spiritual Development, and includes patient examples, presentation of Questions 1 to 7 of Map of the Spirit's Questionnaire, and time for participants' questions during and at the end of the lecture.

Dr. Michael Cantwell is board-certified pediatrician who sees both children and adults in his holistic medicine practice at Rising Phoenix Integrative Medicine Center, in San Francisco. He is the recipient of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Alternative Medicine and the 2014 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for his book, Map of the Spirit: Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spirit.

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Conventional Medicine Training
Dr. Cantwell graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, NY with BA's in Biology and Philosophy. He attended medical school at SUNY at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY and received his postgraduate pediatric training at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, MN, and the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). He earned his master's degree in public health (MPH) in epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley and was a Geographic Medicine Fellow at Stanford University. Subsequently, he served in the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and completed a postgraduate fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University and UCSF.

Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) Training and Practice
Dr. Cantwell's CAM training and practice includes dietary interventions, food and inhalant allergies, detoxification, nutritional supplements, and Western herbal therapy. He is certified in hypnotherapy and trained in many other subconscious therapies, such as guided imagery and eye-movement desensitization (EMDR), and a wide variety of subtle/energetic therapies, such as aromatherapy, flower essence therapy, therapeutic touch, Reiki (Master), and shamanism. He is a Quaker and seeks to integrate the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual aspects of health. He previously worked at the Institute for Health and Healing Clinic from its founding in 1998-2013 and was its Lead Physician from 1999-2003 and 2007-2012. His work in the CAM field has been recognized at the national level through multiple publications, lectures, and service on the first National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

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