Anoop Kumar

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emergency physician


Malini Sekhar

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    communications consultant


    Hi, I'm Anoop. I completed my emergency medicine residency in 2011 and have been working clinically since then. Growing up in a philosophically-minded family contributed to my view of medical education, clinical practice, and the wide-scale changes happening in healthcare today.

    While there are many approaches to solving problems in healthcare, I think one of the most important is a shift in our understanding and experience of ourselves as whole persons rather than machine-like bodies. This understanding must then be mapped to a more comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, treatment, and more, which will involve questioning the materialist philosophical perspective we have been implicitly and uncritically taught. By doing this, we build a new approach to health and healthcare, step by step.

    Below, you'll find an overall outline along with a few details of what I'm calling Second Mind Medicine. For a more visual representation, check out the page on redefining human anatomy.

    • Heal ourselves and those we touch
    • Decrease physician distress and suicide
    • Develop more up-to-date, rigorous medical science and philosophy
    • Understand mind-body medicine, mental health and illness, and different approaches to healing more completely, integrating this more complete understanding with biomedical science
    • Improve medical education
    • Advocate for a whole-of-society approach to healing, health, and wellbeing
    • Second Mind Medicine values and integrates medical science, sciences beyond medicine that may have clinical applications, philosophy, personal experience, and clinical practice. It values both analytical and experiential approaches.
    • Healing entails taking a whole perspective of ourselves that integrates mind, body, society, and cosmos.
    • To facilitate healing, we must address the basics: four pillars of nutrition, movement, rest, and connection at personal and societal scales.
    • Healing is multi-directional: It can begin with the mind, body, society, or any other point and spread to influence other aspects of us.
    • Healing is not only restoration of the integrity of body, mind, and society, but also recognizing the whole of which we, as individuals, are a part. A human being can be whole even if the body is not fully functional. 
    • Body, mind, society, and cosmos are deeply interconnected. We experience each as unique and diverse, yet they also share a deep unity.
    • The philosophies of materialism and dualism offer incomplete views of the human being by focusing primarily on the physical body without understanding the mind.
    • Other philosophies including non-duality and objective idealism offer a more integrated understanding of body, mind, and environment.
    • Second Mind Medicine values and integrates biomedical science, quantum science, and the biopsychosocial model of medicine.
    • Second Mind Medicine calls for a more rigorous science wherein the influence of culture and mind on perception, beliefs, and ways of thinking are made explicit, thereby making academics, scientists, clinicians, and the general public aware of inherent, unnamed biases in medicine.
    • The above will help us define our terms better, including terms like mind, consciousness, body, physical, mental, and therefore contribute to greater clarity.
    Knowledge gaps
    • Anatomy
      The atomic model of the body is outdated by more than a century.
    • Mind
      We don't know what the mind is or where the mind is, and so we do not yet know how to harness it's ability to heal.
    • Cross-cultural healing systems
      • Healing systems such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are thousands of years old and have been used by hundreds of millions of people, yet we are unable to translate their classifications and perspectives on anatomy, physiology, and healing into a modern scientific view.
      • View these images of various models of human anatomy.
    • Philosophy
      • Medical education does not recognize or name the materialist philosophical assumptions implicitly built into its approach to science, diagnosis, and treatment, creating a large blind spot in our approach to healing.
    • Science
      • Medical science looks through the lens of classical mechanics, which sees the human being as a collection of parts in motion. It needs to be updated to include the perspective of quantum science, in which the essential nature of the human being is not a collection of parts, but a state of potential.
      • Read about the move toward a field-based view of medicine.
    • History
      • We must understand the story of how social and political forces have come together to shape the trajectory of science, philosophy, and healthcare.
    • Healing is a personal and political act that requires questioning our personal and professional assumptions, which will take us out of our comfort zone.
    • Healing systems around the world, including allopathy, and their representative organizations have a responsibility to contribute to a broader understanding of their work and how it interconnects with other healing and social systems.
    Join us.
    1. Learn about Second Mind anatomy
    2. Join our monthly physician group
    3. Send Shauna's story to someone you know
    4. Book a talk

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    Second Mind Medicine is an educational site. Please consult your healthcare professional for medical advice.