Stephen Gislason MD
Stephen is a physician, author, musician and composer.
Allergy and Nutrition
He developed an interest in allergy and nutrition after becoming ill on the early 80's and continues to follow the dietary discipline that he advocates to others. His Allergy Practice in Vancouver from 1984 to 1995 was a center of innovation and collaboration with patients and colleagues that lead to the development of the Alpha Nutrition Program and Elemental Nutrient Formulas. He was a member of the American College of Allergy and Immunology from 1984 to 1999. He has been the President of Environmed Research Inc. since 1984 and, since 1995, he has managed the company full time. The development of the Core Program, now the Alpha Nutrition Program, has been a collective effort and has evolved over the past 25 years. The first "Core Program" book was published in 1986 along with a book of Recipes. A book written for parents followed in 1989, The Core Diet For Kids and an associated book Core Program Cooking.
His books developed gradually from lecture notes and other presentations. In 1991 Dr. Gislason wrote "Nutritional Therapy, his survey of the theory and concepts behind his method of diet revision. In 1993 Nutritional Therapy Vol. 2 was published as a large format book that emphasized the practical instructions required to successfully solve health problems with diet revision. In 1998, the Core Program was transformed into the Alpha Nutrition Program. A series of texts acted as interfaces to the program, describing specific health concerns and were first published under the banner of Alpha Nutrition Health Education, abbreviated to Alpha Education in 2008. Dr. Gislason has continued to revise and expand these books into informative guides to common medical problems.
Philosophy, Psychology & Neuroscience
Dr. Gislason had an early start in the study of philosophy and neuroscience. At age 16, he decided his main life task would be to pursue understanding the human mind. In the intervening years, he studied neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters, electronics, computer science, neuropsychology and at the same time he studied Buddhist philosophy and practiced a variety of meditation techniques. His medical career veered toward general practice in rural areas, because he wanted to live outside urban environments and loved the natural world of British Columbia. He attributes much of his education to living in close relationship with the pacific ocean, with wind, waves, plankton, fish, sea mammals and ocean birds." They taught me about life, minds, communication, networks and the interconnections of all living things." In 2000, he resumed his study of neuroscience topics and began assembling notes from over 30 years of study and contemplation to write books in the Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience Series. The Book of Brain acts as a bridge between the practical and medical emphasis in the Health Education Series and the Philosophy Series. The first book in the Philosophy Series, Existence and the Human Mind (2005) was an introduction to the essential topics that link Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience. This large book became the parent of the entire Persona Digital series. The catalogue of Persona books is continuously updated and can be downloaded as eBooks in the PDF format.
In his preface to the first book, Existence and the Human Mind, Dr. Gislason stated:
"As a physician- philosopher, I have many vantage points. I allow my vantage point to shift from a detached observer viewing planet earth from the safety of distant space to an intimate and personal discussion of what life is like for me on a daily basis. Often, I am describing a physician’s point of view since I have spent more than 40 years serving in that role. Sometimes I am a visiting anthropologist making notes in a neighborhood café. At other times, I am concerned about the confusions and misunderstandings so common among my family, friends and patients. At other times I am a paleontologist or evolutionary psychologist imagining what life was like on planet earth 100 million years ago or what humans were like 50,000 years ago. Sometimes I am free spirit, a mystic, wandering this planet alone without profession or social status, an animal among animals, in love with nature and the primal feel of existence."
Stephen is the chief composer, performer, arranger and studio engineer at Persona Digital Studio. He records as the P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort. The Classical Consort first appeared in 2007 to record pieces by JS Bach, Amadeus Mozart and other composers in the classical repertoire. His new arrangements and recordings of popular music bring him pleasure and inspiration to develop new compositions. He states that he has been most attracted to beautiful ballads, modern jazz and lyrical melodies. He studied piano for many years, beginning a at age 5. As a child, he was immersed in classical music. In high school he played the trumpet in concert and dance bands and continues to play trumpet and flugelhorn parts on the keyboard. In the early 70s, he learned electronics, began building synthesizers and experimented with psychoacoustics. His study of neuroscience integrated nicely with his study of electronic sound processing and sound processing in the brain.He experiments with new techniques of sound production, exotic rhythm instruments, unusual scales, and algorithmic composition. His interests include hypnotic sounds, meditation music, cool jazz, trance dance, chill, new age soothing music, and minimalist composers such as Philip Glass. He has stated that a meaningful inquiry into the possibilities for authentic new music will involve philosophy, neuroscience, acoustic science, technology and a growing understanding of human nature.