Sick Care or Healing Practice? What COVID-19 Is Revealing About Our Unhealthy Health Care System

Aired 2 June 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

An Interview with Erik Goldman, Founder of Holistic Primary Care – News For Health & Healing

“We have a health care system that is neither healthy nor caring.” — Swami Beyondananda



The current COVID-19 crisis has made our health care system front-burner news. On one hand, there are stories of dedicated and skilled professionals who have put their own wellbeing on the line as the front line in fighting the COVID infection. On the other hand, we have physicians who, alarmed at the ineffectiveness of the protocol, have spoken out and have been shut down. Not only that, but helpful non-drug remedies have been de-platformed by social media at the behest of the World Health Organization, and any information not consistent with the official CDC COVID-19 story has been blatantly censored.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As a country, we pay more per capita for medical care than any other nation in the world, and all that money buys us health care that ranks 27th in the world, down from sixth 30 years ago. What’s wrong with this picture? Perhaps it’s a medical system that is about money, money über alles, and where primary care physicians are little more than plantation slaves, paralyzed by university debt. Instead of noble independent practitioners, they have largely become employees of managed care conglomerates – where executives make millions in salary.

Our guest this week, Erik Goldman, has been serving health care professionals who want to practice more holistically for 20 years. He is the founding editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, a medical publication serving ~60,000 professionals with news and education about non-pharma alternatives for preventing & treating common chronic conditions. He is also co-producer of “Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care,” a series of conferences that explored practice models to support holistic medicine; and The Practitioner Channel Forum, an annual executive retreat focused on the opportunities and challenges in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.

Erik has been a medical journalist since 1985, after graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a BS in biology and philosophy. Prior to HPC he was the New York Bureau Chief for International Medical News Group, one of the country’s leading medical trade publishers. While at IMNG he covered a range of medical specialties, as well as socio-economic issues in health care.

If you’re ready to confront the elephant (and donkey, because both political parties are in the pocket of big medicine) in the living room, join us.

To find out more about Erik Goldman and Holistic Primary Care, please go here: