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Eric Grasser, MD

Functional Medicine Intersects Ayurveda

Eric Grasser, MD

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  • Modern medical testing vs. Samprampti (Ayurvedic diagnosis)
  • Why you need a “team” on your wellness path
  • The one practice you want as you age

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  1. Ch says:

    Thx lots. Any thoughts on Ayurveda and cancer prevention and especially treatment ? Gratefully, Ch

  2. Aet says:

    Thank you so much for this GREAT interview. I am myself veterinarian, not practising for many years. Now I am more turned to ayurveda and love it. I have always been like “between” western and ayurvedic medicine, some of my friends are 100% western some of 100% holistic and even very sarcastic against western medicin. That lecture gave me a lot of good explanations and good points how to go on and to work with. Thank you for repeating and repeating that basic is most important! Thank you for organizing it.

  3. Denis Toovey says:

    Fantastic! It is time for change and my book Better Health for You helps people take a greater roles in their health through a wholistic approach rather than a lot of people just treating symptoms with medicines

  4. Sam says:

    Thank you both Dr. Grasser and Ms. Stillman for all your hard work and efforts putting together this summit. It has been excellent. I have learned so much and am inspired to continue learning. Thank you!

  5. Maggie says:

    First of all I want to congratulate you, Dr. Grasser, for having such an open mind in spite of being an MD. Can you recommend anyone in the Dallas area that treats using the same principles as you? Thank you and keep up the good work. And Nick and Cate, thank you for putting on this great summit

  6. Kathy Wrona says:

    Thank you Dr. Grasser for all that you shared, very enjoyable interview.

  7. Dan says:

    This really nails what every person who is challenged with something that is ultimately referred to as idiopathic needs to hear. The health challenge and the fact that a medical professional and functional medicine lab tests have been unable to really help one feel better can still be frustrating as heck, but the Ayurvedic idea and everything having to do with spirit, emotions, lifestyle, meditation, pranayama, connecting with nature and the like may ultimately be one’s best chance to feel better and heal. Really appreciated hearing the ideas presented. Thank you.

  8. Ramesh says:

    Even lifestyle counseling requires MUCH more education than the west gives. You guys need to STOP this bogus crap. Your doing what they did to yoga! STOP IT! PLEASE! Don’t need a bunch of John Friend and other false “gurus” get you roped into your BS like you got into Cate going out there spreading oil pulling garbage. Like attracts like. WAKE THE UP ALREADY! I guess the money it too good to be honest with yourself though. Kubera wraps his head around the vast lot of people in the Kali yuga indeed…..but go ahead and wipe this off as fundamentalist jargon…..I guess we all gotta tell ourselves something to wake up in the morning….

  9. ann says:

    Thank you both for this whole Summit! I really appreciate the work you did to make this possible and all the knowledge that you shared and elicited from others. So encouraging and inspiring! Thank you!

  10. Jeri Preuter, Master Herbalist, Holistic Therapist, NAET, Social Services practitioner says:

    I want to say THANK YOU everyone from the bottom of my heart!!!!! I have watched all 27 presentations in the last week!! Whew!!! I did not vote on a favorite because I was so incredibly impressed with ALL the practitioners interviewed and the way they openly shared their personal stories and experiences from the heart. I loved them all!!! I have several books in my own personal library written by many of these beautiful people such as Dr. Vasant Lad, Amadea Morningstar, Todd Caldecott, David Crow, plus other amazing practitioners like Dr. David Frawley and Michael Tierra, who were not present at this Summit, but I am mentioning them as very inspiring, valuable contributors to Ayurvedic knowledge as well. This Summit’s speakers presented so many life-changing perspectives from a such a variety of backgrounds, distilled right down to the very essence of Ayurveda. Personally, my own life-long passion for herbs led myself and husband, Len to own and operate Aspen Springs Herb Gardens in central Alberta, a very small cottage-based operation, where we grew and wild-crafted a large variety of Certified Organic herbs and concocted our own herbal medicines since 1996 (herbal infused salves and massage oils, teas, a nutritional soup and seasoning mix, tinctures, potpourris, and eventually, our own line of 15 herbal formulas containing Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs), which we sold at local farmer’s markets and at the Acupuncture Clinic in Red Deer, AB, where we worked as associates of Dr. Kenneth Wu’s, offering nutritional/herbal counseling and NAET Allergy Therapy. We have recently moved to Vancouver, BC and continue to practice on a much smaller scale. I remember attending Todd Caldecott’s intensive course on Ayurveda at Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Calgary, AB back in the late 1990s. His incredible teaching changed my life and I have been ‘smitten’ with Ayurveda ever since!!!!!! My interest in herbs and Eastern medicine (TCM and Ayurveda) led my husband Len and I to be long term TCM, Tai Chi and meditation students and friends of Dr. Kenneth Wu, OMD, Grand Master of Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Chi Kung. I would like to mention how blessed we are to be friends with and receive Dr. Wu’s teachings that are so in accordance with the principles of both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine. This summit has added so much richness to our constantly changing knowledge base. All these practitioners are so down to earth, humble, generous and honest. It gives me so much pleasure and inspiration to realize that Ayurveda is exponentially growing internationally, esp. at a time when we need it the most!!!!!!! I believe it is THE key to a sustainable and nonviolent future for our planet. That really should give everyone hope for a great future!! Namaste

  11. RC says:

    Great exchange of ideas here about the way that the old and new can blend into a healing mechanism for us. Thanks so much to both of you for your efforts to put this summit together. It has enriched my life to listen to the many ideas and constructs presented. I deeply appreciate it. Peace be with you!

  12. Diane says:

    Thank you for the wonderful interview. It was so informtive and really locks together the various approaches to healing and overall health. You did a wonderful job of putting together this very informative Summit. The fact that I now have so many other places I can glean information is fantastic. Thanks again,to you both, Cate and Eric!

  13. Paola La Falce says:

    Dear Eric and Cate, thank you so much for organising all this wisdom sharing. Thanks to Mark Holzman for letting me know about the summit. I teach yoga in Paris and since years been totally fascinated about ayurveda. What a gift to get all these informations and inspiration at once…even more during the last crazy days in Paris. Namaste!

  14. Lupe says:

    We relocated to Santa Fe a short while ago and consider ourselves as still new to the area. It took us a year and a half to find Dr. Grasser and when we came across his website we thought we had hit the jack pot. Here, according to what his website was telling us is an MD primary care who also is an Ayurveda practitioner. We immediately changed doctors. So now we have established ourselves as new patients and got our insurance primary care physician but what we are looking forward to the most is getting started with Ayurveda. We have done the work, we have made huge changes to our diet, to our lifestyle and we’ve been working on the emotional and spiritual. But even so, we still have health issues that we have great hopes Dr. Grasser will help take us over the hump and barriers with Ayurveda. We are aware that we have imbalances to correct and that we need more work on the emotional and spiritual and 2016 for us is looking forward to working with Dr. Grasser and bringing the benefits of Ayurveda into our lives. We have enjoyed greatly the summit, the speakers, and the enormous effort to reach out to expose more people to Ayurveda. We had a keen interest in hearing Dr. Grasser speak, especially, because we have chosen him as our new primary doctor to also get Ayurveda. Bless you Dr. Grasser!

  15. Patricia says:

    Great!!!! Really love this summit. Are there any practioners in the Miami / Ft Lauderdale area?

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      Patricia, for an Ayurveda Practitioner directory, I recommend the National Ayurveda Medical Association. For Functional Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine.

  16. Julie says:

    In addition to knowing an MD with integrated Ayurveda practicing in B.C., also interested to know of any MDs with Ayurveda practicing in California, with experience working with people who have cancer and undergoing chemo.

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      For Ayurveda, try the National Ayurveda Medical Association. For Functional Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine. Integrative Cancer care is a huge field with approaches and treatments “all over the map,” in my opinion.

  17. Caroline segalla says:

    Thank you for balancing the different modalities so well.

  18. Heike says:

    Thank you Dr. Grasser and Mrs Stilman! Really interesting: all that numbers and markers have nothing to do with the healing. It´s who you are and where you want to go, how you want to live. I experience the same in my practise 😉

  19. Dr. M.K.Kolhatkar, M.D.,FICP. says:

    Dear Dr. Grasser, I am an 80 yr. old Pathologist having been trained in India and the U.S. I also learned Ayurved as a matter of interest. I totally concur with the views expressed by you in this talk. I am amazed to see your depth of understanding in the real human problem in relation to disease. Bravo. Wonderful talk. Thank you.

  20. amanda morell says:

    I loved this talk so so much – thank you both for putting this on, the information you’re sharing is invaluable!

  21. Miranda Mann says:

    Wow, what a fantastic interview and sensible guy Dr Grasser is, with his feet on the ground in both camps – modern medicine and Ayurveda. I was so impressed! Thank you and also to Cate; really good questions!
    Miranda (NSW Australia)

  22. caroline says:

    Favourite session, thank you

    Any knowledge of Ayurvedics pracs in Australia (Melbourne) please?

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      I am not familiar with the Melbourne area. Dr. Prasad who we had on this Summit is based in Sydney. Maybe he knows someone in Melbourne…

  23. Victoria Alara Alcoset says:

    Such a generous sharing from the heart, Dr. Grasser, about how you bring together the modalities you practice. Thanks for the great questions and engagement Ms. Stillman. It’s good to listen to and watch your work, each of you separately and together. We are so fortunate for your efforts in making this Summit happen. Namaste.

  24. Rachel says:

    Excellent! Thank you both for all of your hard work in putting the summit together!

  25. Anne says:

    This was an amazing talk. Great questions. Honest answers. I am inspired to learn more and take control of my own health!

  26. Izabella Kovarzina says:

    I loved this presentation. This information can help me to get on the right path. Thank you!

  27. Kim says:

    Great talk, thank you!

  28. Julie says:

    Thanks so much Eric, I enjoyed listening to your talk. Good to hear from someone like you speak about limitations of western medicine, and how Ayurveda can be integrated in practice. Thanks for your words of wisdom. Do you know of a counterpart in Canada? Would like to be able to refer clients to physicians with Ayurvedic understanding.

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      Any particular region of Canada?

      • Debbie Kostiuk says:

        I also live in Canada ( Calgary.Ab.) Would you know of a Ayurvedic Dr here? I believe I have a skin mite or similar. Medical Dr’s. have been very unhelpful to say the least. Thank you for helping me transition to such a wonderful “homecoming” with this summit!

      • julie says:

        sorry Dr Grasser. yes, I imagine that would be helpful. West coast, specifically Vancouver, Vancouver Island, or anywhere in B.C. Thanks

  29. Claudia Roberts says:

    Dr Grasser. I have listened to most of these segments but yours is the best by far! very inspirational. Can you possibly recommend a practitioner with you viewpoints and experience in the Seattle area? We would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks for what you do!

  30. tejaswani says:

    Excellent !!! Thank you for organizing such an informational Ayurved Sumit .Enjoyed all the speakers.

  31. Ms. Cheryl says:

    Thanks Cate for interviewing Dr Eric. I understand the important role a doctor has in collaborating with a team of others to help the patient. This is a true path to optimum health as well. Thanks again.

  32. nancy says:

    Our family has had its share of MDs but about 40 years ago, the trend toward reductionist and symptomatic medicine seemed really distressing. It was hard to hear a person referred to as ‘the infarct’…so I started studying homeopathy. Now I’m really stoked about Ayurveda. I’m already 75 and suddenly there’s 5000 years of learning to get through…I’d better get cracking.

    What a great conversation. Thank you so much for this week on information and inspiration.

  33. Judy Parliman says:

    I would love to know of a functional medicine MD in the Florida Keys area.

    • Dr. Grasser says:

      Check the provider listing through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
      My favorite functional med doctor in FL is Dr. Shilpa Saxena, but she is in Tampa area.

  34. Ann says:

    Really enjoyed Dr.Grasser being interviewed, he is amazing, intelligent, & loved when he said spirituality plays a big role in keeping healthy, I have been meditating for many years, along with going for walks in nature & I find it very healing & feel at one with all the trees, plants & critters, thank you once again for this wonderful seminar have thoroughly enjoyed all the speakers….blessings to you Cate & Eric….Namaste 🙂

  35. merdi gert says:

    Loving this summit. I am looking for a ayurveda practitioner in the Atlanta/Marietta Georgia area. Actually, anywhere in GA will help. I need a new pulse reading. Dr. Lad did my last one 8 years ago. I would certainly appreciate any information. Thank you.

    • Daniel says:

      I know a great, humble practitioner who works out of an office in Marietta. Please let me know if you’d like to get in contact with her, and I can connect you two.

      She has done consultations for me that are thorough and sensitive, far beyond what I initially expected! 🙂

      • Judy says:

        I visit a friend who lives in Marietta GA & would be very interested in the contact details of this Ayervedic practitioner.

  36. osa says:

    Dearest Eric and Cate,

    I celebrate the enthusiasm, grace, generosity and skillful inquiry with which you presented this magnificent bouquet of inspiring Practitioners of Ayurveda.

    With heartfelt gratitude,

  37. osa says:

    Dearest Eric and Cate,

    I celebrate the enthusiasm, grace, generosity and skillful inquiry with which you presented this magnificent bouquet of inspiring Practitioners of Ayurveda.

    With heartfelt gratitude,

    • Cate Stillman says:

      Glad to be of service.

      I remember when I first wanted to learn Ayurveda. it was 1996. There wasn’t anything Ayurveda on the internet (and I know, because I was doing internet research professionally at the time.)

      I was fortunate to find a book in our local and very liberal public library. It started me on my way.

      A summit like this, with dialogues and interviews, plugs us right into the conversation happening in real time. I’m really glad we did this and that it worked.

      Thanks for the appreciation.


  38. Cecelia says:

    Once again, I was impressed with Dr. Grasser’s knowledge, especially the way he can integrate Ayurveda and Functional Medicine. It is obvious he is an exceptional doctor who really cares about his patients. The people of Santa Fe are fortunate to have him!

  39. Michele says:

    EXCELLENT! Thank you so much, Cate & Eric, for being bold & intelligent enough to put together this summit, and actually ask & address these issues that you do in this interview with Eric!!! Omg, so refreshing and wholistically intelligent…thank you thank you thank you!!!!! This is how I’ve always felt about western medicine, and it’s just so good to hear these issues addressed, especially that doctors are not a “God”; they are just human, doing their best to help people heal.
    Much gratitude, Michele

  40. Heidi says:

    Very good.

  41. Lynne says:

    Very good! Thank you

  42. Judy Parliman says:

    Excellent. Wish we lived in Santa Fe.

  43. BRONWEN says:

    IM ENJOYING ALL OF THE SEMINAR…even tho i dont understand it all..and i find you interesting to listen to

    but if i delved more into the speakers ,.can that help me with a NHLymphoma cancer diagnosis..can Ayurveda principle basics help me cure my own body? fight the cancer and win? or this too much for me to expect? Im doing what i can for myself ,but want to do more[ have had all the 8 sessions of chemo and still having maintenance chemo every 2 months]..many thx

    • Bronwen says:

      I find there are many things I can do with my cancer patients to mitigate the negative side effects of chemo and support them so that they may moderate the cancer as much as possible. Panchakarma may be indicated later, in which case I would contact Dr. Dharmarajan.

  44. Judy E. says:

    Very good! Thank you. xo

    • Carla says:

      I so enjoyed this interview, thanks Eric for your humility and being so candid, your patients are sooooo lucky to have you. Love the way you have combined several healing modalities, and your flexibility, working “outside” the box. I like the way you have your website set up. Cate & Eric thank you so much for putting on a such a phenomenal Summit. Being 72 I have learned so much from the speakers.

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