As the son of a physician, I’ve always been interested in the healing arts and I became interested in herbal medicine as a young man. Eventually herbs cured an intensely painful condition for which standard medicine had no treatment- kidney stones.
After being hospitalized twice to pass stones, I was told that an MRI showed 3 more stones- and that there was nothing to do besides wait for the pain to start and be hospitalized for morphine based painkillers and in a crisis, surgery. I was ready to do anything to avoid the searing pain I knew was coming at any moment. After a lot of research I discovered Chanca Piedra, an herb from South America. Chanca Piedra means break stone. I found some and took it as directed for two weeks and lo and behold- three big gnarly kidney stones passed from my body. Painlessly! I have since then passed other stones. I was CURED from one bottle of herbal tincture and a few teaspoons of marshmallow root powder. It was a miracle! (People pray really hard when they get a kidney stone). Because of this miracle, I decided to begin an in-depth study of plant medicine.
I had grown up around hospitals, doctors and diagnostic thinking and I felt very comfortable and confident. I knew I had found something important, and to me it was fun! I got a great education and began treating people.
I have studied with many experienced herbalists and leaders in the field of botanical medicine, including Peeka Trenkle, David Winston, KP Khalsa and Stephen Harrod Buhner amongst others. I graduated from David Winston’s two year Herbal Studies program, studying biochemistry, botany, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and Chinese, Indian and Native American medicine (and mainstream medicine) along with a couple hundred healing plants and how to use them. I am constantly amazed and fascinated with the connection between plants, medicine and health. I have treated many, many people and I have seen incredible results. I have a connection to this field through my family, my love of nature, and my love for art. Medicine is an art. We should be poets and painters and musicians of healing.