Dr. Gladys’ Books & Articles

The Well-Lived Life

Dr. Gladys McGarey, a centenarian still-practicing doctor and the mother of holistic medicine, reveals her powerful and life-changing secrets for how to live with joy, vitality, and purpose at any age.

Dr. Gladys McGarey, cofounder of the American Holistic Medical Association, began her medical practice at a time when women couldn’t even own their own bank accounts. Over the past sixty years, she has pioneered a new way of thinking about disease and health that has transformed the way we imagine health care and self-care around the world.

On these pages, Dr. McGarey shares her six actionable secrets to enjoying lives that are long, happy, and purpose-driven:

  • Spend your energy wildly: How to embrace your life fully and feel motivated every day.
  • All life needs to move: How to move—spiritually, mentally, and physically—to help let go of trauma and other roadblocks.
  • You are here for a reason: How to find the everyday “juice” that helps you stay oriented in your life’s purpose.
  • You are never alone: How to build a community that’s meaningful to you.
  • Everything is your teacher: Discover the deep learnings that come from pain and setbacks.
  • Love is the most powerful medicine: Learn to love yourself—and others—into healing.

In a voice that is both practical and inspiring, Dr. McGarey shares her own extraordinary stories and eternal wisdom—from her early childhood in India and a chance encounter with Mahatma Gandhi to her life as a physician and a mother of six, to her survival of both heartbreak and illness. And she doesn’t just look backwards, she looks forward. At over a hundred years old, Dr. McGarey has an inspiring plan for a healthier and more joyful future for all.

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Living Medicine

This is the captivating story of centenarian Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey, the Mother of Holistic Medicine, as she takes us on her personal journey to evolve her own paradigm shift into Living Medicine. Filled with wisdom derived both from and for her physician colleagues and patients, this book serves as an introduction as well as a guide to what it takes to create true healing and individualized well-being.

Dr. Gladys has long been a medical visionary and pioneer. It’s no coincidence that her vision led her to cofound the American Holistic Medical Association over forty years ago. Out of her personal experience and understanding that life and love are the true teachers and healers, Dr. Gladys has once again given birth to medicine’s next evolution—Living Medicine. She helps the reader glean the roots of medicine’s past and glimpse what’s possible in its future from the perspective of practicing her craft for over eighty years. She teaches us what it means to “age into health” and shows us—by example—how to do it.

Those who read the first edition of this book, which is truly her signature work, will likely be surprised and amazed by how much she has grown since then. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow along with her on this journey and get a taste of what’s to come in this field.

To heal the broken disease-care system we now have in medicine requires the wisdom and experience of teachers like Dr. Gladys. Aspiring young medical students, as well as residents across all medical specialties, will do well to heed her wisdom as they embark on their unique and individual career paths. Readers of all ages, nationalities, faiths, and creeds will find this fascinating book hard to put down. Lives will be changed as a result, just like “once you’ve seen the cow’s face in the ink blot, you can never go back and not see it.” Reading this book will leave you inspired and looking forward to whatever Dr. Gladys does and discovers as she begins her next one hundred years!

The World Needs Old Ladies

Intriguingly written in alternating voices of doctor and patient, The World Needs Old Ladies presents a fearlessly inspired growth map to a life of physical, emotional and social holistic health. The clear and comforting voice of Dr. Gladys resonates indelibly throughout this informative and optimistic volume, as we are led through over 90 years of the doctor s globe tested approaches towards wellness and the greater good. Under the overarching metaphor of the Tree of Life, Dr. Gladys draws vivid vignettes from her experiences in India and Afghanistan as well as her long medical agency in Arizona. A remarkable multigenerational medical family is revealed as we are enlightened with the compassionate wisdom and practical substance of Living Medicine , spanning issues as divergent as birth to death, motherhood to Mother Goose, and romance to remedies. While acknowledging technological advances, timeless recipes describing what works best are also disseminated with generosity, wit and humor. As the reader reflects upon the down-to-earth knowledge and healing power of both doctor Gladys and patient Eveline, a reciprocal healing takes place. The doctor and patient coalesce into the reader s physician within , who, by reading this book, gains trust, courage and confidence to search out and make decisions that may not be conventional but are effective. Gilah Yelin Hirsch – Artist, Professor of Art

Born to Live

This is a collection of stories about birth and life in the new age. It is a string of precious beads in which the thread holding them together is one of Dr. McGarey’s own interpretive ability and philosophy. As often as possible, she quotes the stories as they were written for her by individuals experiencing the events. The remainder of the tales are from her own experience in delivering babies into the world and taking care of people and their problems in the course of her medical practice.

Born to Heal

BORN TO HEAL takes you from mystical green jungles and the overwhelming crush of humanity in India’s crowded cities to the stark beauty of Arizona’s high desert. The author follows one woman’s lifelong, haunting quest for spiritual and professional growth. Beloved mother, wife and physician, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey has inspired this uplifting chronicle that follows her search to expand her knowledge and undestanding in the healing arts as well as the art of life.


The following is a listing of articles that Dr. Gladys has written for Venture Inward, the official magazine of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Venture Inward is a bi-monthly magazine that is published for the members and affiliates of the Edgar Cayce Foundation. Venture Inward seeks to inspire, challenge, and expand human awareness in spiritual development, mystical experience, philosophy, parapsychology, and holistic health.