Death and The Wellness Industry


For our June meeting, please join Dr. Rachel Oristano and Death Party Philadelphia for an in-depth discussion on the intersection of death and the wellness industry.

Every industry has its pros and cons, and the Wellness Industry is no exception. This talk will include a critical look at some of the negatives, such as an analysis of “Anti-Aging” and how that relates to death denial, the cultural obsession with youth, and ethics in treating potentially terminal illnesses. These points will be compared against the positive aspects of the Wellness Industry as they relate to Death Positivity, such as appreciating the wisdom and experience from elders in medicine, the emphasis on sustainability, and the value of quality of life in hospice care.

Sunday, June 30th at 6pm.
Tickets are now available (and FREE!) via the event page.

About June’s guest speaker:
Rachel Elizabeth Oristano is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Oristano received her Naturopathic Doctorate, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, and Doctorate of Science in Oriental Medicine from the accredited National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. Prior to attending NUNM, Dr. Oristano graduated from Haverford College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Minor in East Asian Studies, and a Concentration in Neural and Behavioral Sciences. She furthered her scientific research experience working in the Aaron Gitler Molecular and Cell Biology lab at the University of Pennsylvania before pursuing her career in natural medicine. Currently, Dr. Oristano practices in East Falls, PA and focuses on mental health, using nutrition, acupuncture, and mind-body medicine as her primary treatment modalities.

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