Most of Dr. Gibbs current events recently have been limited to lecturing to doctors.
Dr. Gibbs presented at the American Osteopathic Association annual meeting in Anaheim California in September 2016. He gave two lectures one entitled ‘Holistic Psychiatry a Comprehensive Approach and a Map of the Mind.’ And another titled ‘Using Yogic Breathing Techniques and Ancient Philosophy to Transform the Mind.’ Deepak Chopra gave the keynote lecture for the conference. (Photo of: Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Gary Gibbs)
The Mind Body Spirit Workshop
The Yoga of Kings (Raja Yoga)
This workshop has three parts. The first is Pratyahara - traditional yogic breathing techniques to withdraw the mind from the outside world and to prepare it for meditation. The second part is a guided meditation on light. The third part is a reading from spiritual literature followed by a brief commentary by Dr. Gibbs, questions and answers and discussion.
Overcoming Depression, Transforming the Mind
We live in the world of our thoughts. We take our thought world with us wherever we go. It may appear that other people and events have the power to determine our state of mind. However, as we examine our mind closely, we find it is our thoughts that actually cause our mental state. The world of thought is vast and powerful. It has higher and lower realms. Repeated strong thoughts from the lower realms can drive us to, and keep us in the depths of despair. Recurring thoughts from the higher realms can uplift us to the summits of peace and happiness.
Through exploring the world of thought we can develop clarity as to the nature of the higher and lower mind. By increasing our navigation skills in our thought world we can develop the ability to strengthen our own higher mind.
Know Thyself-Training the Mind the Greco-Roman Way
Over two thousand years ago the Greek and Roman philosophers taught how to train the mind using maxims, short wisdom sayings, as guides for living. The ancients believed “Only the wise are free” and “Only the virtuous are happy.” Learn methods to strengthen the wise and virtuous mind.
An Introduction to Alternative Medicine and Rhodiola as a Case Example
The politics of conventional verses alternative medications will be discussed. We will examine what the definition of science is, and how this word is often “misused.” The inherent weakness of “the gold standard” of double blind placebo controlled studies will be examined.
The history of the use of Rhodiola as an adaptogen, (a medicine which helps one to handle stress) and as an antidepressant, will be described. The research behind this medicine and how to find good sources will be described. Dosage strategies will be given.
A review of the use of Rhodiola will begin the lecture. A discussion of the most well known alternative medicine for depression, St. John’s Wort will follow. A review will be given of the extensive research on St. John’s Wort.
SAMe will be discussed, including mechanisms of action and how to dose for depression, as well as, the nutraceutical combination of B6, niacinamdie and L-tryptophan as precursors to serotonin. The uses of Brahmi, the most prominent spiritual herb in Ayurveda, as a treatment for depression and psychosis, and to promote meditation, will be discussed.
Natural Treatment for Anxiety
Skullcap tea’s usage for anxiety will be explained as well as the reason why too much use can dull the mind, parallels to benzodiazepines will be discussed. The story of kava kava and valerian root will be covered.
Ginseng is perhaps the most famous herbal medication in the world. The varieties of ginseng will be detailed with a focus of Siberian Ginseng as a modifier of the adrenal gland.
Ashwaganda, an anxiolytic and the esteemed male rasayana (rejuvenative) in Ayurvedic medicine will be introduced. The use of B complex and Brewer’s yeast to strengthen the nerves will be explained.
Natural Treatment for High Cholesterol, Elevated Liver Functions, Kidney Weakness and the Uses of Fish Oil and Flax Seed in Bipolar Disorder
High cholesterol, an elevation in liver functions, and kidney weakness are common side effects of psychotropic medications. Natural treatment of these side effects will be discussed.
The history of fish oil and flax seed in bipolar disorder and the research publicized in the Archives of
General Psychiatry will be discussed.
Natural Diet, Exercise, Breathing and the Mind
What type of diet has been linked to long life and better health? How safe is the most popular artificial sweetener aspartame, also known as Equal or Nutrasweet? Learn about the rules for eating to control weight. Learn about exercise and the mind. Find out how to train your breath, and learn the qualities of breath that calm the mind.
Stop Smoking Hypnotic Session
A one hour session for those who are ready to give up smoking. There is a pre-requisite of bringing a list to the presenter of five reasons you want to quit smoking, five days before the session. At the time of the session participants are asked to bring all of their cigarettes for disposal and to remove ash trays from their home. The class will begin with a traditional hypnotic induction followed by a variety of hypnotic suggestions drawn from both modern and ancient teachings.