Sacred Psychoactive Plants & Near
Death Experiences –Lessons from
Antiquity| Dec 20, 2023
6:30-8:00 PM EST, via Zoom
Dr. Matina Chronopoulou will discuss the various literary and archeological references that point to extended use of a variety of psychoactive plants in ancient Greece. Cannabis, belladonna, poppies and other plants such as henbane or datura and hyoscyamus were used for ritual and medicinal purposes. Opium was used to induce somnolence in the incubation rituals practiced in the temples of Asclepius, who was revered as the God of Medicine. His successors practiced his art in a network of sanctuaries and healing temples named ‘Asclepeia’. Theurgic medicine in ancient Greece was magical in nature and concerned with both prognosis and prevention. It also made use of a number of rituals. The Greeks used rites of Katharsis to purge illness from the sick. During the celebration of the Greater Mysteries, pilgrims journeyed from Athens to Eleusis and participated in a night-time ceremony involved drinking Kykeon, a specially prepared hallucinogenic beverage. Classical authors describe various formulas involving wine and mandrake, belladonna, African rue, or black hellebore.
And… Dr. Barbara Bartlik will discuss the fascinating subject of near-death experiences (NDEs), where people undergo a grave medical situation and live to tell about it. The ancient Greeks did not fear death but saw it as a transition to the afterlife. In the Fourth Century B.C., the great classical Greek philosopher, Plato, was the first to record an account of an NDE. He wrote that after death, the soul chooses another life that provides challenges the soul needs to fulfill. Plato’s description closely mirrors modern-day accounts of NDEs — floating above the body, altered consciousness, traveling through a tunnel toward a bright light, a hyper-real, heavenly environment, encountering spiritual beings and deceased relatives, and an instantaneous life review. Individuals may be given instructions to spread the word about the knowledge they gained through their NDE.
Almost Therapy: A Comedy Show About Mental Health| February 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm EST |Caveat at 21 A Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
Psychiatrist and Sex Therapist, Dr. Barbara Bartlik, her daughter, comic Betsy Carroll, and other comedians will present a show that combines comedy and information called, “Almost Therapy: A Comedy Show About Mental Health.” During the show, “No holds barred” questions about mental health and sexuality will be answered.
The Beljanski Foundation|Virtual Health Tuesday| November 15, 2022, at
7:00 pm EST ( Virtual), FREE with promo code NOVTIX22
TOPIC: Cancer: You made it through. Congratulations. Now what?
About the presentation: The speakers will discuss problems commonly faced by survivors following cancer treatment including depression, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, and sexual problems. Natural therapies and traditional therapies for the treatment of these conditions will be described.
For anyone who can't attemd the live event, access to the recording will be available on my website under Videos and on maisonbeljanski.com
Personalized Nutrition 2022: Mental Health Matters | October 26-29, 2022, in San Diego, CA Hybrid (in-person and virtual)
TOPIC: Maintaining Mental Health + Sexual Health: Functional Medicine + Nutritional Considerations
About the presentation: Dr. Bartlik and Yeira Baez, INHC will give a virtual lecture at the American Nutrition Association's annual meeting entitled, "Personalized Nutrition: Mental Health Matters," on, "Maintaining Mental Health and Sexual Health: Functional Medicine Plus Nutritional Considerations. They will discuss how the depletion of nutrients associated with the administration of common medications can negatively impact sexual function and mental health. For example, vitamin B12 and D3 are needed to make the sex-positive, well-being-promoting neurotransmitter, dopamine. Vitamin D3 is depleted by some anti-seizure medications, corticosteroids and alcohol. Vitamin B12 is depleted by oral medications used to regulate blood sugar and reduce the development of ulcers. Persons who take these medications and substances should be aware of the potential to develop these vitamin deficiencies and the possible effect on their mental and sexual health. They should take preventive action, by measuring blood levels of these vitamins, taking these specific nutritional supplements, or reducing the dosages of these medications by managing their condition through a better diet and lifestyle. Many examples of medications that deplete nutrients and how to manage these situations will be given during this presentation (45 minutes).
This talk is based on the chapter by Bartlik B, Mindes J, Haas SS (2018), Sexual Dysfunction Secondary to Micronutrient Deficiency—A Common but Unrecognized Adverse Effect of Many Pharmaceuticals, Chapter 8 in B. Bartlik, J. Mindes and G. Espinosa, Integrative Sexual Health, Weil Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press, https://awcim.arizona.edu/oxford_press.html
The American Nutrition Association advocates that nutrition is the core element of our health and champions the science and practice of personalized nutrition to move nutrition to the core of health care.
Link to registration: https://theana.org/personalizednutritionsummit
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Katonah Study Group October 19, 2022, at 6:30 pm EST, FREE
TOPIC: Healthy Brain, Body & Sexuality with Less Medication
About the presentation: Without adequate amounts of essential nutrients, those who take medications are more likely to suffer from nutrient depletion, low mood, low energy, and sexual dysfunction. Integrative medicine (IM) can often prevent or mitigate many health problems and allow for reduced dosages of medications — thus avoiding side effects. Eating health-promoting foods and taking vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements can support health and wellness and positively impact sexual and mental health. For example, nitric oxide (NO) boosts blood flow to the genitals and other parts of the body including the brain. NO bioavailability is enhanced by increasing the consumption of specific foods and supplements, e.g., beets, leafy green vegetables, vitamins C and B12, magnesium, potassium, and L-arginine. Increased NO is associated with reduced homocysteine, an inflammatory substance detrimental to sexual and mental health and cognition. These are but a few of the examples that Dr. Bartlik will discuss.
The Katonah Study Group (KSG), founded over 20 years ago, meets monthly from September – June, in person or virtually, “to share a wide variety of approaches to healing and happiness.”
To attend go to: https://katonahstudygroup.org/
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2022 New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) Annual Conference Oct 15, 8:30 am- 8:00 pm EST; Bartlik and Mindes presentation at 5:00 PM, FREE
TOPIC: Mental & Sexual Health and the Covid-19 pandemic: A New Synthesis and the Need for Public Education
About the presentation: Dr. Bartlik and Janet Mindes, PhD, will be presenting at the 2022 annual conference of the NYANP (NYANP.org) on the topic of Mental & Sexual Health and the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic changed the way people relate to one another sexually. Depression and anxiety increased, as well as some types of sexual dysfunction. Living through the COVID-19 pandemic also changed the way many people take care of their health and prioritize wellness. An integrative medicine approach combining optimum nutrition, regular exercise, and other health-promoting habits often can prevent or mitigate many health problems, improve mood and improve sexual function. Taking targeted vitamins, minerals, and botanical supplements also can support health and wellness, help people safely reduce the medication(s) they take and/or lower the dosage, reduce associated side effects, and positively impact sexual and mental health.
The New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) is a not-for-profit organization and the professional organization for Naturopathic Doctors in New York State.
9.5 CEUs and FREE registration!
Link to registration: https://nyanp.tradewing.com/conference/hPu7HbCbuygTXb4cF
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March 2022 - Women's Health Series
Featured speakers included Dr. Hugh Melnick, Holistic Nutritionist Kim Ross and
Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Bartlik, discussing how to bring the hormones in
balance for a healthier more vibrant you.
MARCH 10 PANEL DISCUSSION
Themes we’ll explore:
Outcomes we’ll seek:
Create connections around women’s health, menopause, stages of life.
Create a setting where we feel safe and can ask whatever questions we wish.
Offer information not readily available (Hugh)
Takeaways for home (Kim)
Reconnecting in real life (Barbara)
Make the event engaging, lively and interactive. Let’s bring in all voices. (Sallie)
Maintaining Sexual Health Throughout Your Life Barbara Bartlik, M.D. + Ronald Hoffman, M.D., CNS, FACAM + Janet Mindes, Ph.D. Authors of the recent book, Integrative Sexual Health*, will discuss evidence-based integrative medicine for sexual health. Discussion and presentations will be followed by Q+A. Tue, Feb 22, 6-7:15 pm. * [Dr. Andrew] Weil Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press, 2018
Dr. Barbara Bartlik, integrative psychiatrist and sex therapist, editor and author of Integrative Sexual Health (Weil Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press), participated in a group interview organized by Purvi Tantia at the Global Mental Health Summit for Mompreneurs. Ms. Tantia is the founder of the Women of Wisdom Movement, a global movement that promotes networking among women in business and the expansion of their brands on an international scale. In this summit, Dr.Bartlik discusses how mental and sexual health play a vital role in an individual’s well-being, and in a busy mom's life. Her message is that it is important to connect intimately - even when one is stressed - as intimacy can help reduce stress and increase mutually supportive bonds with one's partner. She also discusses ways to enhance these through natural approaches, such as improved micro-nutrition via targeted use of certain nutritional supplements. Attached below is the link to view this interview, along with more information about the summit: https://www.purvitantia.com/global-mental-health-summit-61
On Tuesday December 8, 2020, Dr. Bartlik joined a panel with colleagues and friends Ronald Hoffman, MD, CNS, FACAM, and Janet Mindes, PhD, presenting on “Maintaining Sexual Health Throughout Your Life”, based on their recent book, Integrative Sexual Health (2018) for the [Dr. Andrew] Weil Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press. This event is part of an ongoing series, The Doctor Is In, at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on the Upper West Side. These and many other excellent talks this JCC offers are free and open to the public, as
well as to JCC members. Q&A will be a feature of the panel. As many of you know, Dr. Bartlik is an integrative psychiatrist and sex therapist; Dr. Hoffman is an integrative physician and nutritional medicine specialist; Dr. Mindes is an integrative medicine research expert.
February 22, 2019
Dr. Bartlik chaired a panel in the Integrative Healthcare Symposium in New York City titled, "Doing It, Better! Integrative Medicine for Sexual Dysfunction." The panel discussed new, holistic solutions to treating sexual problems. Panelists included Geovani Espinosa, N.D., and Janet Mindes Ph.D, co-editors with Dr. Bartlik of the book "Integrative Sexual Health" in [Dr. Andrew] Weil's Integrative Medicine Library. Ronald Hoffman, MD, Integrative Medicine specialist, podcast host, and author of a chapters in the mentioned book, also participated.
Topics covered were: What’s the impact of diet on sexual performance? Are there really aphrodisiac foods? What are the best functional medicine strategies for erectile disorder/ sexual pain? Is there a place for traditional Chinese medicine, the Mediterranean diet, omega-3 fatty acids?
In order for patients to improve sexual function, they often have to first adopt a healthier lifestyle. This improves blood flow, neurological functioning, and hormonal status, all of which are needed for optimal sexual health.
Above is Dr. Bartlik pictured with Dr. David Perlmutter.
February 22, 2019
Dr. Barlik attended the IHS book signing where she signed copies of her book, "Integrative Sexual Health" in [Dr. Andrew] Weil's Integrative Medicine Library and spoke with Dr. David Perlmutter. Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author.
Dr. Perlmutter's books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. His other New York Times bestsellers include Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.
At the IHS, Dr. Perlmutter received the leadership award presented annually to a pioneer whose contributions have shaped integrative healthcare and paved the way for other practitioners.
Above is Dr. Bartlik Pictured with Dr. Thomas Culleton.
March 2nd-3rd, 2019 and May 3rd-4th, 2019
Dr. Bartlik attended two Apex Energetics Seminars presented by Dr. Thomas Culleton. The first was titled, "Functional Endocrinology: Connecting New Research With Practical Applications." He discussed hormone laboratory testing methods and how to use diet, nutrition, and lifestyle strategies to support healthy endrocine function. Dr. Thomas Culleton's second seminar was on Functional Blood Chemistry. In this presentation, he focused on:
May 5th, 2019
Dr. Bartlik attended a one-day xymogen conference entitled, "Wired and Tired Summit." Speakers included:
May 7th, 2019 and May 8th, 2019
Tasted several Clean-Crafted wines from around the world curated by Scout and Cellar, while also trying BEMER Therapy.
BEMER is an electromagnetic field therapy device that improves blood flow, nourishes cells and promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, vitality, pain, traumatic brain injury, lethargy, ADHD, and insomnia.
Above is Dr. Bartlik pictured with Dr. Lisa Oz.
May 11, 2019
Dr. Bartlik Attended the Renewal Summit- an all day fun, informative, and inspiring event which allows attendees to think about renewal in all areas of life that they would like to enhance including in health, fitness, finance, among many other aspects of life. Lisa Oz, New York Times bestselling author, wellness and relationship expert, spoke about the secrets of a "healthy body, glowing beauty and positive spirits" along with panelists Karen Ballou and Dr. Daryl Gioffre.
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June 25, 2019
Dr. Bartlik attended an event hosted at Mason Beljanski at which Sonia Satra, Sylvie Beljanski, and Dr. Bill Akpinar shared information and answer questions about Sweat, Movement & Cleanse. Sonia Satra is a mindset and fitness thought leader who specializes in personal transformation by integrating the mind, body, and emotion to create lasting change. Sylvie Beljanski was born in New York City after her father, Mirko Beljanski, PhD, came to New York to pursue a two-year fellowship with Nobel Prize winner, Severo Ochoa. Raised and educated in Paris, she completed her undergraduate studies at The Sorbonne before being admitted to the French Bar. In 1999, Ms. Beljanski founded The Beljanski Foundation, a registered non-profit, whose mission is to cure cancer the natural way. She recently wrote the award winning book, Winning The War On Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards A Natural Cure, which reveals a true story about natural medical research that’s a must-read. Dr. Bill Akpinar is the director of the Center for Healing in New York. He has successfully integrated Eastern and Western Medicine in his field for over 20 years. Having served as director of two major teaching hospital-based anesthesiology and pain management programs in the New York City area. Click here to learn more about their Healthy Tuesdays events.