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Lyme Disease & Climate Change: The Connection Between Inflammation and Global Warming

June 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Using the lens of Chinese medicine, Brendan Kelly, herbalist and author of The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis, will discuss how the warming of our planet mirrors a similar overheating within us and within our culture. Supported by research from his book, Brendan will present how the progression of Lyme disease mirrors the progression of climate change and how Lyme is very much a condition of our times.

It is his belief that understanding the progression of the disease is essential to not only treating symptoms but also promoting health. Brendan will also explain treatment methods, using western herbs along with dietary and lifestyle changes to treat the numerous symptoms associated with Lyme.

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About Brendan Kelly

Brendan practices acupuncture and western and Chinese herbal medicine at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT and has been practicing full-time for over 10 years. Brendan has a BA from Swarthmore College in Political Science and a master’s degree in acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (AFEA). He speaks on a wide variety of topics in a wide variety of settings, including on climate change, other environmental and social issues, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine and internal practices like Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

In September 2015, he published his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine, which presents the underlying, root causes of our warming planet. It blends the external focus of environmentalism (e.g., western science, policy issues, regulations) with the internal focus of Chinese medicine (e.g., personal health, balancing Qi, diet). Climate change and its literal realities—melting ice caps, dying forests, floods like those recently in Vermont—can be understood as a symptom of deeper issues, both within us as individuals and within our country and culture. The book emphasizes adopting an eastern perspective to view the western science of climate change. In the treatment room, a practitioner of Chinese medicine looks for patterns and connections of different symptoms and diagnoses. Similarly, when we look at the vast amount of data on climate science through the lens of Chinese medicine, we can see a clear pattern of what is happening to the planet.



June 1, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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