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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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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