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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Healing the Wounds of War
A nonprofit group is bringing the benefits of alternative medicine to those who need it most.
By Stephane Babcock
The Serbian siege of Sarajevo in the mid-1990s has left scars on the land, its people and their spirits.For four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city's inhabitants suffered through ethnic cleansing, torture, rape and being cut off from food, electricity and medicine. Ten years later, the Healing Hands Network, a U.K.-based charitable organization that brings healing in the many forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is helping the people in the region to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.
Since 1997, Healing Hands has been sending two practitioners a week from April to October, treating more than 10,000 people. CAM treatments offered include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, reiki and acupuncture. Patients are referred to the organization by the Association of Concentration Camp Victims, the Center for Torture Victims or the Association of Civil Victims of War.
"The impetus came from a group of complementary therapists who visited Sarajevo in 1996, shortly after the end of the war, and realized how much their therapies could help the people there," said Deirdre Parrinder, one of the organization's volunteer practitioners.
The volunteer practitioners operate two treatment rooms from a rented house in the old area of Sarajevo, as well as from outreach homes in three surrounding areas that were Serb-controlled during the war. Four practitioners always are on hand, with two new volunteers arriving each week and staying for two weeks. There also are two interpreters on hand who help organize the patients' visits and manage the office. Practitioners work half of the time in the rented house and the other half in one of the outreach homes. "The first year I went (2005), we worked in a building in one area in which some of the patients had been held and tortured during the war," reminisced Parrinder.
To join the missions to Sarajevo, practitioners need to be fully qualified, have insurance that can be extended to cover work in Bosnia and must raise money to cover airfare, living expenses during their stay and a contribution for the Healing Hands general fund. "Although most of the volunteers are British, Healing Hands has a few volunteers from other European countries, and is open to volunteers from other countries," said Parrinder.
Practitioners who volunteer their time, money and background with Healing Hands do so for many reasons, each unique to the individual. "In one way, working in Bosnia was a natural extension of my career path," said Parrinder.
The benefit to the volunteers comes in the form of memories that have their own way of healing. "On the first day of my second visit, I went to work in an outlying area of Sarajevo and there, waiting outside, was a man who told me he had not had any knee pain since I had treated him the previous year," recalled Parrinder.
Some of the memories remind Parrinder of the hardship faced by the residents of Sarajevo. "One woman lost 22 family members, including her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Another woman saw her three sons blown up by a landmine. Another woman lost her whole family, a husband and two sons."
The efforts of Healing Hands have not gone unnoticed by the people who have benefited and the country that needed them. "In Bosnia, there is a healing tradition called bio-energy and people are very open to the work of Healing Hands," said Parrinder. "The work of Healing Hands is greatly appreciated. To quote Muzafar Teskeredzic, Union Secretary of the Civil Victims of War, Sarajevo Canton Citizens Association, 'Our members say Healing Hands gives them a reason for living.' He added that some people were happy to go without food to travel to the treatment centers."
Healing Hands has plans to visit other areas in need of their healing missions. "They will probably send a few volunteers to Kosovo next year," said Parrinder. "There also is a project starting in Kenya at a Nairobi woman's hospital with rape victims. This project will concentrate on involving local therapists [and] showing them how Healing Hands works, and will be organized differently from the work in Bosnia."
To find out more about the Healing Hands Network, visit www.healinghandsnetwork.org.uk.
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