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Elliott S. Dacher, MD, is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study.

Dr. Dacher attended medical school at S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, and completed his post-graduate training at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and on the Harvard Medical Service at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.

In 1975 Dacher moved to Washington, D.C. He served as a practicing internist, physician/administrator, and director of wellness and health promotion services for the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Program. Seeking to investigate and model an innovative approach to healing, in 1984 Dr. Dacher established a private medical practice in Virginia. He began exploring approaches such as meditation, imagery, yoga, biofeedback, alternative therapies and counseling to assist individuals in expanding consciousness, and developing self-regulation and self-healing capacities.

In 1995 Dr. Dacher left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the healing process. This work has taken him to the east where he has studied the theory and practices of Eastern healing. This research has led to his book, Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing published in 2006. His latest book, Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing, was published in 2011.

Dr. Dacher is the author of Whole Healing, and Intentional Healing. He has regularly contributed to books and periodicals, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences and workshops.

Born in New York City in 1944, Dr. Dacher now lives in Massachusetts. He has two daughters.

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  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 8 of 8)

    Integral Health and Human Flourishing

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    Week 8 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    The integral approach to health appreciates the contributions of the four central aspects of the human experience – biology, consciousness, inter-personal relationships, and inter-connection with culture and the environment. Session 8 explores these four aspects and emphasizes the central role of inner development.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-11-16
    • 02:00:36
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 7 of 8)

    The Alchemy of Adversity

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    Week 7 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    How can we turn adverse circumstances into opportunities for practice? Session 7 brings life's unavoidable difficulties into perspective, so that adversity will become a powerful teacher on the path to larger life and health.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-11-09
    • 01:55:00
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 6 of 8)

    Work as Practice

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    Week 6 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    This class explores the step-by-step process through which ordinary work can be transformed into a profound practice, advancing our efforts toward inner development and human flourishing.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-11-02
    • 01:57:49
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 5 of 8)

    The Noble Heart

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    Week 5 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    This class helps us develop an understanding of the concept of "otherness," the focus of a noble heart. We learn how to shift from self-centeredness to other-centeredness and expand our capacity for selfless intimacy, joy, and love with "loving kindness" meditation.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-10-26
    • 01:56:20
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 4 of 8)

    Transforming Disturbing Emotions

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    Week 4 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    This class presents the seven approaches to work with afflictive emotions, in order to restore natural harmony and balance. We learn about the human capacity for self-regulation and explore current research in the field of neuroscience.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-10-21
    • 01:58:47
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 3 of 8)

    The End of Suffering

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    Week 3 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    This class explores the way to progressively alleviate stress, and suffering while simultaneously promoting the qualities of human flourishing – optimal health, enduring happiness, and a stable and profound peace of mind, body, and spirit.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-10-14
    • 01:51:58
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 2 of 8)

    Cultivating and Abandoning

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    Week 2 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    A fish dropped into contaminated water cannot survive. Session 2 explores the discerning wisdom which can identify those aspects of our lives that support inner development as we cultivate the supporting aspects of our practice.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-10-08
    • 01:32:11
  • "Optimal Health and Human Flourishing" with Elliott Dacher (class 1 of 8)

    A Precious Life

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    Week 1 of the course Optimal Health and Human Flourishing.

    This class explores the traditional elements of a daily sitting practice and mind-training practices which are integrated into daily life.

    • Optimal Health
    • 2011-09-28
    • 01:52:08
  • "Consciousness and Healing Panel" with Marilyn Schlitz, Elliott Dacher, and Janet Quinn

    IONS President Marilyn Mandala Schlitz leads a Consciousness and Healing panel with Elliott Dacher and Janet Quinn for the Next Evolution of Health Summit.

    • Lectures
    • 2010-12-11
    • 01:28:30
  • "Recovering the Soul of Healing" with Elliott Dacher (part 1 of 2)

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study. He ...

    • Lectures
    • 2010
    • 00:41:54
  • "Recovering the Soul of Healing" with Elliott Dacher (part 2 of 2)

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study. He ...

    • Lectures
    • 2010
    • 00:44:08
  • "Integral Health" with Elliott Dacher (part 1 of 2)

    The Path to Human Flourishing

    Our uppermost potential for health and healing is not fixed. The integral level of health transcends and embraces all earlier approaches, offering expansive and profound well-being. Elliott introduces the principles and practices of an evolutionary, holistic, and developmental integral health.

    • Lectures
    • 2007-08-11
    • 01:13:57
  • "Integral Health" with Elliott Dacher (part 2 of 2)

    The Path to Human Flourishing

    Our uppermost potential for health and healing is not fixed. The integral level of health transcends and embraces all earlier approaches, offering expansive and profound well-being. Elliott introduces the principles and practices of an evolutionary, holistic, and developmental integral health.

    • Lectures
    • 2007-08-11
    • 00:38:29
  • "The Perfection of Health" with Elliott Dacher

    In this engaging dialogue with IONS President Marilyn Schlitz, Dr. Dacher describes our conception of health not as something to be fixed but revealed. Our human potential is limitless, yet we tend to deny our precious opportunity to gain vast, profound, and enduring health, happiness, and wholeness.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2007-06-13
    • 01:06:32
  • "The Perfection of Health" with Elliott Dacher (excerpt)

    In this engaging dialogue, Dr. Dacher describes our conception of health as something not to be fixed but revealed. Our human potential is limitless, he says, yet we tend to deny our precious opportunity to gain vast, profound, and enduring health, happiness, and wholeness.

    • Shorts
    • 2007-06-13
    • 00:04:46
  • "The Art and Science of Integral Healing" with Elliott Dacher

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2006-01-04
    • 01:02:55
  • "Building Values-Based Health Care" with Elliott Dacher (part 1 of 3)

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study.

    • Lectures
    • 1998-07-01
    • 00:41:46
  • "Building Values-Based Health Care" with Elliott Dacher (part 2 of 3)

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study.

    • Lectures
    • 1998-07-01
    • 00:34:32
  • "Building Values-Based Health Care" with Elliott Dacher (part 3 of 3)

    Elliott S. Dacher is a pioneer in the emerging medicine of the future. His knowledge and practical approaches to the field of health and healing have evolved from his extensive experience as a practicing internist participating in over 50,000 medical visits and his ongoing independent research and study.

    • Lectures
    • 1998-07-01
    • 00:43:48

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