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Dirk B. Vandersloot


Downeast School of Massage

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Downeast School of Massage

99 Moose Meadow Lane

Waldoboro, Maine,04572

United States

Company Description

DSM offers experienced teachers in the wide variety of subjects presented in our core program, as well as in our electives. Faculty encourages each student to succeed through individual attention and support. They continually create supportive, imaginative tea...more

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Homeopathic Consultant

The Health and Healing Center


Bangor Daily News

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Maine Medical Center corporation

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Dirk B. Vandersloot
Dirk B. Vandersloot, M.D., Homeopath, graduated from Harvard University and UCLA Medical School. He has served on the teaching staff at Maine Medical Center's Family Practice Residency Program. He has been utilizing homeopathy since 1983, initially as part of his family medicine practice, and now as a full-time consultant at the Center for Health and Healing in Rockland, Maine. Dirk practices meditation and is a Certified Reiki Practitioner. At DSM he teaches Introduction to Homeopathy.


Dr. Vandersloot & Arlene
Dr. Dirk B. Vandersloot Dirk B. Vandersloot, M.D., has been utilizing homeopathy since 1983, initially as part of his family medicine practice and now as a full time consultant. Dirk graduated from Harvard University and U.C.L.A. Medical School. He did his Family Medical Practice residency at the Maine Medical Center and served on the teaching staff of that program. Subsequently, he was in private practice for 10 years as an associate of Holistic Family Practice in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Dirk has had 30 years of meditation experience in the U.S., France and India. He has also completed Reiki training, Levels I and II, as taught by John Harvey Gray. Dirk has a grown daughter and enjoys living on the mid-Maine coast with his wife, Jean Forest.

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Dirk Vandersloot, MD
17 Masonic St Rockland, ME 04843 207-596-0991 Dirk Vandersloot MD is a graduate of Harvard University, UCLA Medical school, and the Maine Medical Center's Family Practice Program (1978). He has studied and trained at the National Center for Homeopathy as well as with internationally regarded homeopaths Catherine Coulter, Lou Klein, Jeremy Sherr, and Rajan Sankaran. He is a practioner of classical homeopathy, treating acute and chronic conditions. His medical background allows for appropriate referrals for evaluation and treatment from conventional physicians. Dr. Vandersloot also teaches mindfulness based meditation practice ,and he is trained in Reiki healing. His practice is in Rockland as a part of a group of holistic practitioners at the Center for Health and Healing.


Dr. Dirk Vandersloot
Dr. Dirk Vandersloot ROCKLAND, Maine - Dirk Vandersloot has treated a generation of midcoast residents with a homeopathic approach to medicine. And now those same patients are returning the favor by offering their healing energy to the Rockport resident as he deals with a cancer diagnosis. His journey has included a trip to the Philippines last month, where he visited sacred locations and met with a shaman healer. "I felt healed by the whole experience," Vandersloot said. Vandersloot graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., where he focused on biology. He then graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. He performed his internship and residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, a year working in the emergency room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and then held a teaching position in family medicine at MMC. He began a private practice in Newburyport, Mass., for the next eight or nine years, where he began incorporating holistic approaches to medicine. He and his wife, Jean, looked to move to Maine and at the same time there was an advertisement for an opening as a homeopathic doctor at the Center for Health and Healing in Rockland. He came here nearly 20 years ago. Vandersloot said when he first arrived he agreed to give a presentation on homeopathic medicine at the Camden Congregational Church on a cold, October evening. He expected few, if any, people would attend. Instead, there was a standing room only crowd. He said the holistic approach to health care makes sense and his belief in it is rooted in his growing up during the 1960s when Eastern philosophies and new age approaches spread in the United States. "It was a very inspiring time. The mind, body, spirit is all connected. It's common sense," he said. Vandersloot has relied on both alternative and traditional medicine when his journey with cancer began last summer. Last July, Vandersloot began experiencing what he thought were prostate symptoms. He tried herbs and other homeopathic approaches to deal with his symptoms but got no relief. He turned to what he termed allopathic medicine - mainstream medicine - to diagnose his health concern when he got no relief and his right flank began hurting. He suspected that his remaining kidney was the source of the ailment. Vandersloot had a kidney removed when he was a teenager. Vandersloot said he had gained 15 pounds at a time when he was trying to lose weight for his daughter Julia's upcoming wedding in October. An ultrasound showed a shadow on his bladder. An obstruction in his urethra was also found and fluid had built up in his body. The shadow was determined to be a tumor and doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor inserted a tube and drained off 14-15 quarts of fluid. Vandersloot said he was very grateful for allopathic medicine and praised the skill and efficiency of the doctors who treated him. He was just beginning recovery from the procedure to drain the fluid when he received the diagnosis - he had an aggressive form of bladder cancer. "It was obviously a shock. I knew the implications," Vandersloot said. He said his years of meditation helped him during this time. "I could bring peace to myself. For me, that was a tremendous part in the healing process," he said. The next challenge came when his doctor recommended a scan to determine whether the cancer had spread. He said his insurance company would not cover the scan - which would cost $4,000. The insurance company also did not cover any outpatient treatment, including chemotherapy that would cost $3,000 per day for six sessions of three consecutive days each. Vandersloot said at this point, another part of the healing began when the love of relatives and friends began pouring in to him. The response of the traditional medical community was to be aggressive, Vandersloot said. In his case, the recommendations were to remove his bladder, prostate and some lymph nodes. Those procedures would would raised his three- to five-year survival rate from 10 percent to 50 percent, he said. But there was also a 60 percent chance of serious complications from the surgeries. Vandersloot said he realized he needed to be whole minded and began seeking and receiving offers from many homeopathic practitioners in this area. "I decided not to do surgery, not to do radiation but to completely embrace this different, more integrated approach to cancer care," Vandersloot said. He said conventional medicine tries to force a treatment to fit a diagnosis and that this force brings unwanted side effects. The doctor said he had never taken supplements before but now is taking 24 in morning, 20 at noon and 25 at night. The mixture of supplement was organized by a biochemist in New Hampshire. He said the supplements were designed specifically for him. He has been on the regimen for a couple months with no side effects, he said. The key is to receive low dosages of such treatments and allow the body's natural immune system to respond. Friends would also stop by and drop off organic greens and organic drinks. Vandersloot also turned to the world of energy medicine. "It was the full monty, a full experience in healers, sacred places, with a definition of grace," Vandersloot said. "Anything is possible under this kind of grace." He first stayed at a spa known as a Sonya's Garden outside of Manila. I felt the healing of his unconditional love," Vandersloot said. The next day Father Suarez held a mass before 5,000 people and asked Vandersloot to speak. Vandersloot, his wife and Orly visited several sacred places north of Manila, including the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag. Vandersloot said when he thought the time with Magic Orly was over, the healer got two live cobras and sacrificed them by cutting them open and extracting blood and bile from its gall bladder. "He called it my new chemotherapy. I was very trusting and surrendered to it. I drank it with wine. It felt like good medicine," Vandersloot said. Vandersloot said Friday all that effort appears to have been successful. He had another positron emission tomography, or PET, scan done and received the results this week which showed not only has the cancer not spread but there is no evidence of cancer in his bladder. He cautioned that PET scans are not the best device for finding cancer in the bladder but that he is elated by the news. He said is relaying this good news to those who have helped him with their thoughts and prayers.


Dr. Dirk B. Vandersloot
Homeopathic Consultant The Center for Health & Healing 17 Masonic Street Rockland, Maine 04841

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