Dr. Gislason wears several hats. You can find him every morning, reviewing the
scientific literature and updating his articles and books. His first interest
was brain science which he pursued since he was a premedical student in his
teens. Dr. Gislason graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in
1967 and practiced medicine in British Columbia from 1971 to 1995.
He established Environmed Research Inc. in 1984 In Vancouver, British Columbia.
Environmed Research became a publisher, an information hub, an educational
group, a support system, a manufacturer of nutrient formulas and developer of
the Alpha Nutrition Program, a basic strategy of nutritional medicine. The first
website was created in 1995.
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
In his preface to the first book, Existence and the Human Mind, Dr. Gislason
"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."
Books from Dr. Gislason's Philosophy,
Psychology & Neuroscience Series
Allergy and Nutrition
Dr. Gislason 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 and CEO of Environmed Research Inc. since
1984 and, since 1995, he 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 30 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.
Stephen & Fon (Sumala)
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 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.
Stephen's arrangements cover a broad range of musical styles, including Jazz,
Rock and Roll, Pop, Latin and Electronica. He selects Pop and R&R classics with
good melodies and the potential for interesting instrumental arrangements. 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.
Persona Digital Music
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