About Physiology for Hippies
In a nutshell
Physiology for Hippies offers free physiology lessons on a different topic every month for people who want to learn about the human body - just for fun.
Because physiology is fun. Because the human body is amazing. Because there's always more to learn. Because learning new things keeps life interesting. And because when we know how incredibly complex the body is, we may be tempted to take better care of it.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Living Philosophies, 1931
How it all began...
I started this website after seven years of teaching physiology to (mostly) hippie graduate students studying yoga, herbal medicine and nutrition. We're not as "out there" as you might imagine, but there's really no getting around the hippie factor.
Lots of students begin my classes thinking physiology is hard, complicated, scary or even boring. No, no, no and no. Is there a lot to wrap your head around? Yep. Can it be boring if you start with the details? Sure. But it doesn't have to be.
If there's one thing I hope my students walk away with, it's a deep appreciation for the complexity and the beauty of the human body. I love sharing my enthusiasm for physiology, and this website is one way of showing it.
I created Physiology for Hippies for my former students. Especially the ones who thought they weren't "good" at science. The ones who were surprised to find that physiology is interesting. For the people who may not have the time or desire to read stuffy textbooks or keep up with the medical literature, but who want to know more. The ones who marvel at the intricacy of it all, and who soak it all up like a sponge. For the ones who requested a separate class so they could learn about "the middle of the iceberg."
This website is for you.
Hi there. I'm Camille, an English-major-turned-physiology-professor, which is something I never dreamed would happen when I nearly failed organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Rice University.
I didn't set out to love physiology, but I just couldn't help myself. A hippie at heart, my studies in herbal medicine led me to a master's degree in the subject from the Tai Sophia Institute. After finishing that up and becoming a licensed nutritionist in the meantime, I realized that what most interested me about clinical practice was the physiological mechanisms underlying disease states.
I headed back to school for another master's degree, this one in physiology & biophysics from Georgetown University. Their program emphasizes CAM and set me up to start teaching physiology at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2007. I'm an associate professor there, teaching primary physiology and pathophysiology.
I've essentially been teaching the same two or three classes for seven years and I learn something new every time I teach them. I couldn't ask for a better job.
But enough about that. Let's talk physiology!
I hope you'll come along for the ride. First and foremost, please send me your questions! I love questions. You can stay in touch via our Facebook page, or subscribe to get updates by email. Lastly, I would totally appreciate it if you would share this website with any hippie friends who may be interested. You can tweet about it below or just, you know, send it to them the old fashioned way.
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