Amy L. Lansky

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Amy L. Lansky

Amy Linda Lansky (born 1955), is an American author, computer scientist, and homeopath, noted for having written Impossible Cure: the Promise of Homeopathy.


Lansky grew up in Buffalo, New York. She received a B.A. from University of Rochester in 1977 and a M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1983) in Computer Science from Stanford University.

She is married to Steven M. Rubin; they have two children.

Computer science[edit]

After receiving her doctorate, Lansky worked on artificial intelligence planning at SRI International and NASA Ames Research Center. During this time, she worked with Michael Georgeff on the Procedural Reasoning System. This work resulted in a paper[1] which won the AAAI Classic Paper award of 2006.[2] Lansky is also known for her development of the multiagent planning system COLLAGE.[3]

Lansky's other computer science publications include:

  • Amy L. Lansky, "Pasmac – A Macro Processor for Pascal", Technical Report CSL-TN-174, Stanford University Computer Systems Laboratory, April, 1980.[4]
  • Amy L. Lansky, "Specification and Analysis of Concurrency", Doctoral Dissertation, Technical Report STAN-CS-83-993, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, 1984.[5]
  • Amy L. Lansky and Susan S. Owicki, "GEM: A Tool for Concurrency Specification and Verification", in Proceedings of the Second Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, ACM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1983.[6]


In 1998, Lansky left the field of Computer Science to study homeopathy.

This transition was prompted by her perceived success at using homeopathy to "cure her son of Autism."[7][8] She explained the situation in a Psychology Today interview: "As a scientist, I recognize that homeopathy is implausible. But I've seen it cure my son."[8]

In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (ISBN 0-9727514-0-8). This book is now used as a textbook in homeopathy schools and is cited in a number of other books on alternative health.[7][9] It has been translated into German[10] and Greek.[11]

Lansky is involved in a number of activities to promote homeopathy:

  • She served on the executive board of the California Health Freedom Coalition[12] which was instrumental in legalizing unlicensed forms of medicine in California by passing (in 2002) SB-577 into law. She testified in a California Senate hearing on November 1, 2001. She has been part of their Steering Committee.
  • From 1998 to 2000, she was co-editor of the North American Homeopathic Society's journal "The American Homeopath".[13]
  • Since 2004, she has published a regular column in the British Society of Homeopaths newsletter called "Letters From America".[14]
  • She currently broadcasts a monthly Internet radio show on Autism One called "There's Hope With Homeopathy".[15]
  • She is currently on the executive board of the National Center for Homeopathy.[16][17]
  • Lansky appears as a guest on alternative health radio shows and is treated as an expert by the organizers of various alternative health forums:[18][19]
  • She has a forum called "Leading Voices in Homeopathy".[20]


Lansky is a musician who has composed a number of piano pieces. She was the singer of Not Dead Yet, a Silicon Valley rock-and-roll band.


  1. ^ Georgeff, Michael P., and Lansky, Amy L., "Reactive Reasoning and Planning", in Proceedings of the Sixth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-87), Seattle, Washington (July 1987).
  2. ^ "AAAI Classic Paper Award". AAAI. 
  3. ^ Lansky, Amy L., "Localized Planning with Diverse Plan Construction Methods", Artificial Intelligence, 98, 1-2, pp. 49–136, January 1998.
  4. ^ "Distributed transactions for reliable systems". doi:10.1145/323627.323641. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Specification and analysis of concurrency". Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  6. ^ "GEM". 1983-08-17. doi:10.1145/800221.806722. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  7. ^ a b Mercola, Joseph; Vaszily, Brian; Pearsall, Kendra; and Bentley, Nancy Lee, Dr. Mercola's Total Health Cookbook & Program: 150 Delicious Grain-Free Recipes and the Proven Metabolic Type Plan to Prevent Disease and Optimize Weight,, 2005, ISBN 0-9705574-6-9.
  8. ^ a b Michael Castleman (Mar–Apr 2004). "The Strange Case of Homeopathy". Psychology Today. 
  9. ^ Reichenberg-Ullman, Judyth and Ullman, Robert, "A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and Autism: Homeopathic Care for Exceptional Kids", Picnic Point Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9640654-6-0.
  10. ^ Lansky, Amy L., "Heilung Moglich mit Homoopathie", Random House Germany, June 2005.
  11. ^ ΥΠΟΣΧΕΣΗ ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΙΑΣΗΣ Greek translation of The Improssible Cure
  12. ^ "CHFC :: Steering Committee". 
  13. ^ NASH. "NASH | North American Society of Homeopaths - A Vital Force For Homeopathy". Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  14. ^ "The Society of Homeopaths | The Society of Homeopaths". 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  15. ^ AutismOne Radio |
  16. ^ "NASH News. NASH Member Update - September 2007". North American Society of Homeopaths. If you are interested in presenting a poster please submit a one-paragraph poster proposal to NCH Board Member, Amy Lansky 
  17. ^ "Info for Amy L Lansky PhD". National Center for Homeopathy. Amy Lansky has been a board member of the NCH since December 2003 and has been Secretary of the NCH since April 2005 [dead link]
  18. ^ "Amy Lansky, PhD.". 
  19. ^ "Autism's impossible cure". 2008-06-04.  (press release)
  20. ^ Leading Voices in Homeopathy, forum owned by Lanksy

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