January is supposedly the most depressing month of the year, but I have always liked this month. Contrary to its usual association with the god Janus, the farmers’ almanacs of ancient Rome tell us that January is named after the goddess Juno, consort of Jupiter. In the Indo-European tradition, Juno is equated with Lakshmi, the Vedic goddess of love and prosperity. Given that we have the fullness of the year before us, it seems right to me that January represents fruitfulness and abundance. In this spirit, please let me extend to you my wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015!
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been as active in social media, or sending out much in the way of newsletters as of late. First off, let me apologize for not keeping in touch more frequently. The latter part of 2014 was an extremely challenging year for me and my family, when the health of my parents, both of whom are suffering from life-threatening illnesses (cancer and Parkinson’s), suddenly took a turn for the worse. Fortunately, they live close by and we have been able to help them make this transition as best as can be expected, providing counseling, medicine, home care, and meals twice a day. But it has taken a lot out of my wife and me, and of course brought with it some significant impediments to my goals – one of which was to send out regular updates to my subscribers, patients, and students. Sigh! But such is life: my heart goes out to all of you that find yourself in a similar situation: past, present and future. Such happenings affirm the transitory nature of life, and it is a reminder to be present and not lose precious time and energy on those things that we only think are important. For a lot of people, not being present in the moment is synonymous with dysfunctional breathing habits. Speaking of this, I am reminded we have a great article to help you analyze and address any issues you might have, called A Guide To Breathing. It’s certainly something I have had to revisit as of late!
The good news is that over the holidays I was able to get back on course, and now I am excited to announce that registration for the Spring semester at the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM) is now open! Among the courses we are offering this semester are Inside Ayurveda and Food As Medicine. Beyond preparing for a new batch of students, I have also been busy writing, and have put together a series of posts for my blog on toddcaldecott.com that I will publish over the next few weeks. The first is a two-part post on the subject of antibiotic resistance, in which I address the underlying causes of this issue from a holistic perspective. In part two, I review some key strategies and herbs that can be used to address this emerging problem. Later, I will be publishing another post on the therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, which I have had occasion to use therapeutically several times, and will be sharing my clinical insights on this powerful and useful medicine.