Healthy people, healthy planet

Author - Tom Ferguson MD

Tom Ferguson, M.D. (1943-2006), was a pioneering physician, author, and researcher. Dr. Ferguson studied and wrote about the empowered medical consumer since 1975 and about online health resources for consumers since 1987. After attending Reed College, earning a Master's Degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, he launched a prolific career in consumer focused medical writing as founder of Medical Self Care magazine. Dr. Ferguson passed away in 2006.

Drugs and Self-Care

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Joe Graedon, M.A. about his concerns about patient’s lack of information about the drugs they are taking. He outlines what you need to ask the doctor when a drug is prescribed, and what should be in your home medicine...

Ten Years of Self-Care Classes

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Keith Sehnert, M.D. about how he started teaching self-care classes in 1970, and the growth of these across the country. He outlines what motivates people to take the classes, such as to save money, be more in control...

A Field Guide to Birthing

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Michael Witte, M.D., and Heidi Bednar, R.N. about their insights into how parents can research the birthing options available and discover that there is more flexibility than they expected.

Self-Care In a Mexican Village

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews David Werner about the self-care network run by the farm people among the villages in western Mexico. These people with no formal medical training have learned how to handle preventive and curative medicine for their...

A Field Guide to Body Work

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. about how our mind and body are intimately involved. This presents us with many options for using various kinds of body work to enhance our own health, happiness and fulfillment.

How Health Workers Can Promote Self-Care

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews John Travis, M.D. about his approach for self-care, once a specific organic illness is ruled out. He advocates that individuals are turned over to wellness educators, who act as consultants looking at life style choices...

A Psychological Journal as Self-Care

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Ira Progoff, Ph.D. about people being much more capable of guiding their own efforts to get unstuck than we've given them credit for. About journaling as a tool to help you deal with difficult times in your life, times...

A Field Guide to Stress

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Kenneth R. Pelletier Ph.D. about explains how a prolonged biological stress pattern leads to disease. He details how to break this pattern with various stress management options, rather than illness.

Money, Friends and Health

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Michael Phillips about his change from thinking money would help him get freedom, respect, health and security to understanding that these came from doing the things he really loved, and spending as much time as he...

What We Can Learn from the Dying

Tom Ferguson, M.D. interviews Stephen and Ondrea Levine about their acquired wisdom gained from their work with people dealing with death and dying and those that love them. The Levines report that these people begin looking into their own hearts...