Richard Louis Miller is an American Clinical Psychologist, owner of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary, and broadcaster who hosts the Mind Body Health & Politics radio program, a syndicated radio talk show which airs on NPR affiliate KZYX&Z FM & www.KZYX.org.
Dr. Richard Miller
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Dr. Miller, M.A., PhD, began the present Wilbur Hot Springs Sanctuary for the Self in 1972 combining the safety and security of the pristine Wilbur springs environment with a modern personal mind-body health philosophy emphasizing dignity and respect for all. He also revitalized the ancient healing method the Greeks called Balneology – the science of the therapeutic use of natural hot mineral waters.
As the Founder of the internationally acclaimed Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program, Miller integrated his techniques of humanistic psychology and psycho-physical fitness training with social model rehabilitation. During the 1980s, he helped detoxify over 1,500 persons at Wilbur Hot Springs. None of these people were medicated or hospitalized during their residential treatment. Dr. Miller believes the professionally designed Wilbur ambiance and pristine environment, combined with the therapeutic qualities of the mineral hot springs were significant adjunct to his 86% two-year success rate.
Dr. Miller’s approaches to healing have been the subject of national television news reports (including segments on the news programs of Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, David Brinkley and Phil Donahue), print media (Time, Newsweek, and US News & World Report), two film documentaries, and the book Gestalting Addiction. In order to share information with the general public, he co-authored a weekly news column in the San Francisco Chronicle, while co-hosting a weekly syndicated radio program.
Dr. Miller has presented his work at national conferences of the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the White House Conference on Drugs.
In addition to continuing his professional work in psychology , and performing his ongoing role as "Wilbur Caretaker," Dr. Miller currently hosts a weekly radio program, "Mind Body Health & Politics," on NPR affiliate KZYX & Z radio in Mendocino County. Known for its wide ranging discussions on politics and health, the show's format includes guest interviews, guest speakers, and listener call in. Dr. Miller's website for the show  offers a forum & soundboard for the listeners to interact with the show and its guests.
In 1992, while motorcycling, Dr Miller was hit head on by another vehicle. In the resulting accident, a Winnebago recreational vehicle ran him over, and completely crushed both of his legs. In the emergency room he talked the attending physician out of amputating his legs, which led to a 15-hour surgery attempting to save his legs. This was the first of 6 surgeries to regain full function of his lower limbs. While In intensive care, Dr. Miller devised methods of coping with the psychological trauma, using visual imagery to aid the healing process. With the expectation of being paraplegic and using a wheelchair, he began rehabilitating himself by doing "wheel chair laps" around the hospital ward. As soon as he began walking on crutches, he strapped them onto a motorcycle, drove back to the scene of his accident, and made retraced the original multiple times in an attempt to remove the trauma from his mind, replacing it with "a perfect ride". Using special T bar crutches, he went on the complete 2 triathlons including swimming in San Francisco Bay. He used the same crutches to run the 7 mile Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge run in San Francisco with his marathon buddy Wayne Greene. Dr. Miller used this life changing event to deepen his understanding of himself and those suffering Posttraumatic stress disorder. The implementation of those lessons soon followed, where he created a simple maxim, "Limits are self-imposed, and one needs to always be cautious of accepting the limitations imposed by others."
A nature reserve (also known as natural reserve, bioreserve, natural/nature preserve, or natural/nature conserve) is a protected area of importance for flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. Nature reserves may be designated by government institutions in some countries, or by private landowners, such as charities and research institutions, regardless of nationality. Nature reserves fall into different IUCN categories depending on the level of protection afforded by local laws. Normally it is more strictly protected than a nature park.Wilbur Hot Springs
Wilbur Hot Springs is a naturally occurring historic hot spring, health sanctuary, personal retreat and 1,800-acre (7.3 km2) nature reserve in Williams, Colusa County, in northern California, United States, about 2 hours northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area and 1½ hours north of the Sacramento Airport.