Entries by Rose Kumar M.D.

The Gift of My Near Death Experience

At 14, I had a near death experience that left me re-calibrated and deeply sensitive.  It brought a dimension into my presence that was unknown to me before.  This dimension has never left me. What I experienced is an otherworldly feeling of love and compassion that was multidimensional and utterly penetrating.  I could never have […]

The Power of Bearing Witness

I have been seeing a patient, who I will call Ann, for 10 years.  She is a therapist who is a gentle and sensitive soul.  I can only imagine the gentle yet powerful space she is able to hold for her clients.  As she bears witness to the many facets of their lives, they have […]

Modeling Healthy Eating for our Kids

When I ask my patients to change their diets to healthier, plant based ones, many tell me that they will be met with resistance from their children.  Isn’t the role of a parent to raise their children with healthy imprinting?  Ultimately, it is our role as parents to teach our children what is best for […]

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is essential for health.  The lack of sleep stresses the adrenals and reduces vitality. It causes an acceleration of the aging process.  The three most powerful ways to promote health and slow down aging are: 1. A plant based wholesome diet rich in antioxidants 2. 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night 3. […]

Food As Medicine – Musings from a Foodie Physician

Over the years as a physician and a foodie, I have conducted my own scientific experiments on the effects of food on health.  Of course my primary subjects in this study have been my family and my pets! I’m happy to say that all the experiments have been a glorious success, from healing my stepson’s […]


Being vulnerable is what makes us human. It makes us REAL. It is also good medicine. This is what our patients feel. We must also feel it so we can stay connected through our hearts. Connection is the only REAL experience we have on EARTH. It contains within it the most powerful force for healing […]

What it Feels Like to BE with My Patients

Today I was thinking about the animating force in my body, in all our bodies, in life itself.  This animating force is SOUL. Rumi says from the moment we are born, our soul is seeking union with Source.  This is the driving force of seekers.  I feel that the closest we can connect to Source […]

Are You a ‘Sensitive’ ?

They are termed ‘sensitives’ – people that feel to the depth that the ‘norm’ doesn’t.  They tend to be pathologized by others for their depth of feeling and also tend to pathologize themselves for it as feeling deeply is not acceptable in our society.  They have difficulty being around crowds, injustice, violence, and loud sensory […]

Meaning and Medicine

Rachel Remen was my first mentor who inspired my life’s work to create a medical clinic prototype whose core essence is to heal and explore causal issues underneath illness. The Ommani Center for Integrative Medicine, www.ommanicenter.com, is an integrative, high standard of care model which has preserved the soul of medicine without compromising expertise or […]

Poetry for Dementia Patients

As a poet myself, I have been changed by the poem as it comes through my heart onto the page.  It carries its own power and magic.  I am not surprised at the healing power of poetry for dementia.  Art is medicine. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec13/poetry_09-12.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=newshour