I am not licensed. Becoming licensed as a medical doctor, therapist, nutritionist, etc... means a practitioner can take advantage of certain conventional health care systems like prescription drugs, invasive procedures, diagnosis, and insurance plans. However, it also means a practitioner must sacrifice expressing controversial opinions and sharing stigmatizing experiences that conflict with the established rules of practice. Specifically for me, I wouldn't be able to speak freely about non-ordinary states of consciousness and their implications. I also wouldn't be capable of being so candid about my own experiences without risk of losing a license. Licensing carries a general scrutiny over a practitioner's methods that are frankly limiting.
This is the primary reason I remain unlicensed in my health consulting practice and I firmly believe it allows me to serve my clients in a more effective manner. Keep in mind licensing and training are not necessarily the same thing. I try to be as transparent about my scope of practice as possible, so that the client understands where I fit into their healing process.
Also, licensed practitioners are conventionally taught under the same reductionist paradigm as medical doctors. They tend to look at your body as a finite set of mechanical processes rather than an infinitely complex, integrated, living system. Unfortunately, this means I come to some different conclusions on health, so it is important that I provide an explanation for this.
My methods are not restricted to only evidenced-based conclusions that are the gold-standard of all major medical practice in the U.S. and most places in the world. Dependence on reductive empiricism for the truth results in out-of-the-box ideas being viewed as fiction until the scientific method validates it. It's a "guilty until proven innocent" kind of attitude that I enthusiastically protest. I am in the camp that uses both science and refined, conscious discernment. This includes things like meditation, psychedelics, yoga, and other useful mindfulness practices to improve both the practitioner and the client's subjective reasoning. The knowledge is already inside you, just have to learn how to unlock it.
2016-2018: Masters of Health Science in Integrative Medicine at The George Washington University
Coursework included self-care, nutritional metabolism, epidemiology, metabolic networks, genomics, clinical research, ethics, and practical application
2007-2010: Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Minor in Physics at The Maharishi University of Management
Coursework included an emphasis in Transcendental Meditation ™, Sidhis ™ advanced meditation technique, Vedic philosophy, and Ayurveda. Served as a teacher’s assistant for 6 math and science courses.
2005-2007: Pursued Associates in Chemistry at The Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Coursework included general education requirements, electives in physical fitness, western herbalism, Qi Gong, sexual health, and three semesters of inorganic chemistry.
Integrative Medicine: Triad Method of biological systems, functional medicine, lifestyle nutrition, mind/body medicine, motivational interviewing, and empathic communication. Instructed by notable physicians such as Dr. Andrew Heyman, Dr. Pamela Smith, Dr. Russell Jaffe, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. James LaValle, and Dr. David Perlmutter.
Traditional Medicine: western herbalism, meditation, and Ayurveda.
Psychedelic Community Leadership: Event organizing, public relations, and administrative responsibilities.
Support Group Facilitation: 1500+hrs hosting meetings for small and large groups on topics of psychedelic experiences, integration challenges, and informational support.
Educator: Hosting live events and creating videos on psychedelic neurobiology, pharmacology, psychedelic history, legality of psychedelics, spirituality, nutritional/environmental microbiology, and meditation. 7 years experience with adult/grade-school tutoring one-on-one and in groups
1. All Open Mind Integration views are intended to serve as a compliment to conventional, disease-based medicine, not a replacement. Conventional medicine excels with traumatic injury, infection, organ failure, or any life-threatening situation. Natural medicine or "alternative medicine" aims to handle the chronic everyday problems. That being said, I have been educated by professionals in both "alternative" and conventional medicine.
2. Medical consulting at Open Mind Integration is an educational resource, not a diagnosis or treatment of a disease.
3. All matters regarding psychedelic integration coaching will never include the illegal trafficking or consumption of scheduled substances.
4. The state of Minnesota does use legal precedents allowing non-licensed health practitioners to work with clients as long as the practitioner's qualifications are clearly stated. They also require the presence of the following text:
"The state of Minnesota has not adopted any educational and training standards for unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioners. This statement of credentials is for information purposes only."
This law was passed because there was a demand for the type of care that you can't get a license for. The only restrictions are for the practices surrounding official medical diseases and treatments. In other words, I won't get in the way of any drugs or procedures you are prescribed. That choice is and should always be yours.
5. The following is the official mn.gov list of allowable practices for non-licensed practitioners. It is acknowledged to be an incomplete list:
Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice (CAP) means the broad domain of complementary and alternative healing methods and treatments, including but not limited to:
● aroma therapy
● body work, massage, and massage therapy
● cranial sacral therapy
● culturally traditional healing practices
● detoxification practices and therapies
● energetic healing
● folk practices
● Gerson therapy and colostrum therapy
● healing practices utilizing food, food supplements, nutrients, and the physical forces of heat, cold, water, touch and light
● healing touch
● herbology or herbalism
● mind-body healing practices
● nondiagnostic iridology
● noninvasive instrumentalities
● polarity therapy
● traditional Asian practices, such as Qi Gong energy healing
The Bottom Line: Change the Health Conversation
Recommending medical-strength drugs, surgeries, procedures, and devices is not a viable solution to chronic, integrated diseases.
I focus my efforts on preventative, lifestyle medicine because it is simply what we need more of. There is a gap in modern medicine that encourages people to forego lifestyle improvements in favor of suppressing symptoms. This avoidance combined with symptom-suppressing drugs/surgeries then create more severe chronic conditions. As a result, our country has the most costly and ineffective health care system in the world. This also causes a dependence on costly medical treatments for long periods with compounding side effects.
If you're reading this, then you may have already experienced this reality much like I have. Thankfully, there is a way to roll back the damage and dependence on symptom-based treatments in order to feel like the best version of yourself.
Client Bill of Rights
This is copied directly from the Minnesota Department of Health for the purpose of referencing your legal protections and rights surrounding health services such as mine. In summary, it says that you have final choice in how you would like to proceed and can request any information about health services.
146A.11 COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE CLIENT BILL OF RIGHTS.
(a) All unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioners shall provide to each complementary and alternative health care client prior to providing treatment a written copy of the complementary and alternative health care client bill of rights. A copy must also be posted in a prominent location in the office of the unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioner. Reasonable accommodations shall be made for those clients who cannot read or who have communication disabilities and those who do not read or speak English. The complementary and alternative health care client bill of rights shall include the following:
(1) the name, complementary and alternative health care title, business address, and telephone number of the unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioner;
(2) the degrees, training, experience, or other qualifications of the practitioner regarding the complementary and alternative health care being provided, followed by the following statement in bold print:
"THE STATE OF MINNESOTA HAS NOT ADOPTED ANY EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING STANDARDS FOR UNLICENSED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS. THIS STATEMENT OF CREDENTIALS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.
Under Minnesota law, an unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioner may not provide a medical diagnosis or recommend discontinuance of medically prescribed treatments. If a client desires a diagnosis from a licensed physician, chiropractor, or acupuncture practitioner, or services from a physician, chiropractor, nurse, osteopathic physician, physical therapist, dietitian, nutritionist, acupuncture practitioner, athletic trainer, or any other type of health care provider, the client may seek such services at any time.";
(3) the name, business address, and telephone number of the practitioner's supervisor, if any;
(4) notice that a complementary and alternative health care client has the right to file a complaint with the practitioner's supervisor, if any, and the procedure for filing complaints;
(5) the name, address, and telephone number of the office of unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practice and notice that a client may file complaints with the office;
(6) the practitioner's fees per unit of service, the practitioner's method of billing for such fees, the names of any insurance companies that have agreed to reimburse the practitioner, or health maintenance organizations with whom the practitioner contracts to provide service, whether the practitioner accepts Medicare or medical assistance, and whether the practitioner is willing to accept partial payment, or to waive payment, and in what circumstances;
(7) a statement that the client has a right to reasonable notice of changes in services or charges;
(8) a brief summary, in plain language, of the theoretical approach used by the practitioner in providing services to clients;
(9) notice that the client has a right to complete and current information concerning the practitioner's assessment and recommended service that is to be provided, including the expected duration of the service to be provided;
(10) a statement that clients may expect courteous treatment and to be free from verbal, physical, or sexual abuse by the practitioner;
(11) a statement that client records and transactions with the practitioner are confidential, unless release of these records is authorized in writing by the client, or otherwise provided by law;
(12) a statement of the client's right to be allowed access to records and written information from records in accordance with sections 144.291 to 144.298;
(13) a statement that other services may be available in the community, including where information concerning services is available;
(14) a statement that the client has the right to choose freely among available practitioners and to change practitioners after services have begun, within the limits of health insurance, medical assistance, or other health programs;
(15) a statement that the client has a right to coordinated transfer when there will be a change in the provider of services;
(16) a statement that the client may refuse services or treatment, unless otherwise provided by law; and
(17) a statement that the client may assert the client's rights without retaliation.
(b) This section does not apply to an unlicensed complementary and alternative health care practitioner who is employed by or is a volunteer in a hospital or hospice who provides services to a client in a hospital or under an appropriate hospice plan of care. Patients receiving complementary and alternative health care services in an inpatient hospital or under an appropriate hospice plan of care shall have and be made aware of the right to file a complaint with the hospital or hospice provider through which the practitioner is employed or registered as a volunteer.
(c) This section does not apply to a health care practitioner licensed or registered by the commissioner of health or a health-related licensing board who utilizes complementary and alternative health care practices within the scope of practice of the health care practitioner's professional license.
Subd. 2.Acknowledgment by client.
Prior to the provision of any service, a complementary and alternative health care client must sign a written statement attesting that the client has received the complementary and alternative health care client bill of rights.
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