We often think of germs, genetic abnormalities, poor lifestyle choices or plain bad luck as being the cause of illness and disease. We go looking for the “smoking gun,” for the one thing that was the source of our troubles, but often the health issues we face arise out of a much more complex stew of causes and conditions.

In this episode Greg Bantick and I discuss the various ways that both illness and health can arise, how at times the symptoms we are troubled by are helpful messengers and how the influence of the mind plays a profound role in our wellbeing.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • What got Greg interested in looking at causes and conditions.
  • It’s one thing to treat a headache, and yet another to get to the source of headaches.
  • Thoughts on health and doctoring
  • Three stances toward lower back pain
  • What is Qi?
  • When the mind makes the body ill we call it hypochondria, and when the mind makes the body well, it is dismissed as placebo. Just what is going on with this thing we call “mind?”
  • How to build stability in life
  • Listening to your life


Greg Bantick, B.Ac., M.T.O.M. In 1975 he started studying Chinese medicine in Sydney, Australia. In the late 70’s he was part of a small group that started the first Acupuncture college in Brisbane, while maintaining an active private practice.

In 1982 he spent the year studying in China and Japan. On his return he arranged trips by several leading Chinese and Japanese scholar practitioners to Brisbane. In 1986 he moved to San Diego, where he began teaching at the new Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Greg served in curriculum advisory roles and as a senior faculty member and clinical supervisor for over 14 years. He helped develop the Masters Degree program. In 2001 he was invited to be Academic Dean and Clinical Director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.

He returned to Brisbane in early 2005 where he maintains a clinical practice and teaches to the profession.





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