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Volume 3, No. 11, November 2003
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ENERGY WORK AS AN ADJUNCT TO RADIATION THERAPY
Jeri Mills, MD
Healing can prevent side effects of radiotherapy
In the last year I have had the privilege of meeting healers from all over
the country. Some of them have shared tales of their most profound healing
experiences with me. My friend David recently shared a story that shows how
intent and belief can turn even a simple exercise into a powerful healing
David is a Reiki master and Tai Chi instructor. For many years he has
taught a Tai Chi class for cancer patients. In an effort to explain the
concept of Chi (life force energy) to his students, David uses an exercise
many of us learned in our first-degree Reiki classes. He has his patients
move the palms of their hands together and apart until they can feel the
energy between them, and then he has them form it into an energy ball or
"Tai Chi ball" as he calls it.
David began, "One day after forming her energy ball, a woman who had just
begun treatment for throat cancer asked, "Now what shall I do with it?"
"She caught me off guard," David told me. "In those days, I'd never thought
about it being a healing tool; it was a parlor trick, a way of teaching
people to feel their own energy, no more.
"Without a lot of thought, I glibly answered, "Why don't you rub it onto
the places on your face and neck where you are receiving your radiation
treatments. It may help to reduce the side effects from the radiation." She
obviously believed I knew what I was talking about even though I didn't
"How often should I do that?" she asked.
"Oh, at least 5 or 6 times a day."
David continued, "She took me at my word and started doing what I had
suggested. After that she never needed to take any of her pain medicine and
she never developed the burns and blisters they expected to come with her
radiation treatments. The doctors couldn't understand what was happening.
They were so concerned they began rechecking and recalibrating their
equipment to be sure she was really receiving all the radiation she was
supposed to get. The machines were all working just fine... (See the
complete article in IJHC Sept. issue)
RETURNING TO THE HOMELAND:
Medical Student Experiences of Natural and Hospital Births
Mara Merritt, DO
Healing the wounds of medical training
I spent last month working with a really fabulous family doctor and three
home birth midwives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Without a doubt, this was a
very different experience from anything I imagine is offered in any medical
This issue of identity and internal clashing, being raised in a midwifery
model of healing, yet training to be a physician, has been and will
continue to be one of my most tremendous struggles to find my place within
medicine. I am the daughter of a home birth midwife. I will soon be a
physician. Apparently, this is not common. In fact, I am the only one that
I know of so far.
After three and a half years of medical school, and another year of working
with medical students at the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), I
returned to the land I grew up in. I hadn't ever forgotten my homeland, not
really. For years, I had focused on holding tightly to myself, expending
all mental and emotional energy on remembering who I am, as an individual,
as a healer. Somewhere along the way I forgot the essence of the system of
healing that called me, that shaped me, that birthed me.
Eight months ago I planned a four-week childbirth rotation with three home
birth midwives in Albuquerque, assisted by the generosity and advice of a
family practice attending ally. I knew vaguely that I needed to do this; I
needed to recover from my toxic experience of traumatic, rushed, hateful
(See the complete article in IJHC Sept. issue)
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***STUDIES and PROGRESS NOTES***
** SPIRITUAL AWARENESS AND HEALING **
Bunnell, Toni. The effect of healing with intent on peak expiratory flow
rates in asthmatics, Subtle Energies, 2002, 13(1), 75-89.
Abstract: This study was conducted in order to determine whether healing
with intent (HWI) could be demonstrated to exert a beneficial effect on
peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR) in diagnosed asthmatics. In 22 asthmatics
who received HWI, for a ten-minute period, their PEFR was found to improve
significantly (p = 0.009), while 18 of these subjects who returned a week
after the first session showed still further improvement (p = 0.003). No
significant changes was observed in the 26 non-asthmatics that received HWI
following either the treatment or control sessionl. These results sugges
that the delivery of HWI, for ten minutes, to people with asthma, produces
a significant improvement in breathing efficiency, using peak expiratory
flow rate as an indication of lung function
** WHOLISTIC APPROACHES **
Honesty in organic labeling
Check out the little stickers on fresh fruits and vegetables in food
markets. A five digit code starting with
9 indicates produce that was grown organically.
8 is for genetically engineered produce. See "Talking Fruit" at
Wisdom TV/ Radio
The nations only 24-hour television network devoted fulltime to the issues
and perspectives relating to mind, body, spirit and earth, has been
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Variety, in Lawrence, Tonganoxie and Douglas County, Kansas. - available in
more than 6.1 million cable and satellite homes nationwide
www.wisdommedia.com www.wisdom.tv www.wisdomradio.com
** COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES **
Safe nutritional supplements proven equally efficient for AD/HD
'risk factors' for AD/HD clustered around eight areas: food allergies,
thyroid disorders, amino acid deficiencies, essential fatty acid
deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicities, B vitamin
deficiencies and a high carbohydrate/low protein diet,"
Alternative Medicine Reviews (Alternative Medicine Review 2003;8(3):319-330)
Sage enhances memory could help in Alzheimers
Tildesley NT, et al. Salvia lavandulaefolia (Spanish Sage) enhances memory
in healthy young volunteers.
Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2003 Jun;75(3):669-74
Herbal medicines put into context
British Medical Journal Editorial
Their use entails risks, but probably fewer than with synthetic drugs
BMJ 2003, 327, 881-882 (18 October)
Journaling your feelings helps wound healing
By writing your feelings down 20 minutes daily you can enhance wound healing.
** ENVIRONMENT **
Garlic instead of pesticides for slugs and snails
Garlic could be the new way to drive slugs away from our lettuce without
Slug protection costs £30m a year in the UK
Biologists from the University of Newcastle, UK, have found that a barrier
of garlic oil repelled the molluscs.
Garlic has been co-planted as an anti-pest control for hundreds of years.
Discovery may spur cheap solar power
October 2, 2003
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -- A major European chip maker said this week it had
discovered new ways to produce solar cells which will generate electricity
twenty times cheaper than today's solar panels.
STMicroelectronics, Europe's largest semiconductor maker, said that, by the
end of next year, it expected to have made the first stable prototypes of
the new cells, which could then be put into production. <clip>
(from Larry Morningstar, Eco Echoes mana8@...
** HUMAN ECOLOGY**
A Lewin Group study of the cost effects of daily multivitamins for older
adults indicates that the daily use of a multivitamin by older adults could
lead to more than $1.6 billion in Medicare savings over the next five years.
IJHC/WHR Caution on Federal legislation re health care issues
Medical licensing and regulation of the practice of medicine is the
responsibility of each state, not of the Federal government. Invariably,
there are gray areas of the law and unanticipated problems facing doctors
and careseekers. At the State level it is possible to get a hearing on
urgent questions and issues. This is impossible at the Federal level.
IJHC/WHR Caution on voting machines (physical and human)
In health issues as in any issues, we would hope to be able to vote for
those candidates who represent our views.
We have been led to believe that paper ballots are not as reliable as
electronic voting machines, but this is simply not accurate.
SEE ARTICLE ON THE POTENTIALS FOR CORRUPTION WITH ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES
A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America
By Victoria Collier - t r u t h o u t | Perspective
SEE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON VERIFIABLE VOTING ISSUES
See Rep. Holt's bill, HR 2239, "The Voter Confidence and Increased
Accessibility Act of 2003." Please contact your Congressional
Representative immediately and urge their support, sponsorship, and vote
for this critical legislation. The coming elections are too critical to be
recorded and tabulated without adequate security, oversight, and
SEE MEMOS FROM COMPUTER COMPANY INDICATING THEY WERE AWARE OF COMPUTER
FLAWS BUT SOLD VOTING MACHINES ANYWAY
*** EVENTS *** = presentation by Daniel J Benor, MD
9-12 The Spirit of Justice - International Alliance Of Holistic Lawyers -
2003 Annual Conference - New England Conference Center, Durham, New
9-12 Building Bridges of Integration for Traditional Chinese Medicine: -
East Rutherford, NJ (12 miles from New York City www.tcmconference.org
10-12 American Holistic Medical Association's National Resident Retreat -
Jemez, New Mexico (about an hour from Albuquerque - retreat co-coodinators:
Mara Merrit, PGY1 tmerritt@...
or Jodi Sherman, PGY2
16-19 Mind Body Spirit Expo Philadelphia - (215) 627-0102
627-5294 www.mindbodyspiritexpo.com Sunday, Oct. 19 HEALING MY SPIRIT,
MYSELF - Experiential workshop with Daniel Benor, MD
16-19 19th Annual International Symposium on Acupuncture and
Electro-Therapeutics - Columbia University, School of International Affairs
Dag Hammarskjold Lounge 420 West 118 Street, New York, NY .(40 Credit hours
- New York State Boards for Medicine/ Dentistry towards acupuncture
certificate for New York State licensed physicians/ dentists; also AMA CME
Category I Credit - Yoshiaki Omura, M.D., Sc.D. DrOmura@...
16-19 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 61st Annual
Conference - Long Beach, California http://www.aamft.org
19 - November 2 Indigenous Medicine and Public Health in Ecuador -
Preserving our Traditions, Healing the Future - Reality Tour and
International Conference on Alternative and Complementary Medicine
17-19 American Polarity Therapy Association National Conference (APTA)-
Living in the Elements: The Heart of it All - Kelleys Island, OH -
17-20 His Holiness the Dalai Lama - New York City http://www.dalailamanyc.org/
21 His Holiness the Dalai Lama - New York City - free public talk in
Central Park http://www.dalailamanyc.org/
22-25 From Impasse to Breakthrough - Association of Healing Health Care
Projects & Fetzer Institute - Sun River Resort near Bend, Oregon.
22-27 Feldenkrais Guild of North America - The Paradox of Simplicity -
Rhinebeck, NY 800-775-2118 www.feldenkrais.com guild@...
23-25 International Forum Science, Religion And Consciousness - Center for
Transdisciplinary Studies on Consciousness (CTEC) - Prof. Joaquim
Fernandes, CTEC, University Fernando Pessoa, Praça 9 de Abril, 349,
4249-004 Porto, Portugal ctec@...
30-Nov. 1 Breakthroughs in Energy Psychology - Fifth Annual Energy
Psychology Conference 2003 in Toronto - Meridian Psychotherapy Services,
ACEP - Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre - CEU - Dr. Sharon Cass Toole
416-221-5639 Fax: 412-221-7126 conference@...
31 Nov. 2 First Annual Health Freedom Conference - National Health
Freedom Coalition - Rochester, MN - Freedom to access any of the healing
arts, Freedom to practice for all healing practitioners 651 688 6515
5-6 2nd International Congress on Tibetan Medicine From Tradition to
Evidence: Research and Practical Applications Hyatt Regency, Capitol
Hill, Washington, DC Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel
Medical Center, includes CME 866-547-3309 www.procultura.org
6-9 European Ways of Brief Strategic and Systemic Therapy - Centro di
Terapia Strategica - Arezzo Italia tel. ++39 0575 350 240 fax ++39 0575
7-9 The Awakened Mind Workshop - Anna Wise (author of: The High
Performance Mind and Awakening The Mind) and John Lowan - Hampton Inn,
Brooklyn, Ohio 1-800-447-8052 or 1-216-766-5707
8 Sacred Drum Workshop - John MacEnulty - Making drums for meditation and
ceremony - Limited to four people per workshop -St. Louis MO 63110 Tel.
9-14 Destination Health: Renewing Mind, Body and Soul Scripps Center for
Integrative Medicine Venue: Kauai, HI www.scrippsintegrativemedicine.com
19-23 American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) - 30th
anniversary conference - Genetic and Environmental Influences on the
Nervous System - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada (800) 532-3688
21-22 10th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care- Royal College of
Physicians, London, UK Venue:The Southgate Hotel, Exeter, UK. Barbara
Wider, Department of Complementary Medicine, Universities of Exeter and
Plymouth, UK B.Wider@...
22-24 Healing the Wounds of Childhood - The Phoenix Foundation for
Tranformational Healing - Tekels Park,Camberley, Surrey, England
23 Energy Healing, Cancer & Plant Medicine - International Seminar -
Charity Source of Life Foundation (Switzerland) - Regents College, Central
London, England. Jack Naidu phylak18uk@...
4 7 Birth, Brain and Bonding:- The Psychology and Science of Attachment -
20th Anniversary, 11th International Congress of the Association of Pre and
Peri-natal Psychology and Health - San Francisco, CA
6 Sacred Drum Workshop - John MacEnulty - Making drums for meditation and
ceremony - Limited to four people per workshop -St. Louis MO 63110 Tel.
19-21 Medical Qigong: Body, Mind, Spirit Healing and World Peace - Sixth
World Congress on Qigong East West Academy of Healing Arts, American
Qigong Association Downtown Marriott Hotel, San Francisco
16-18 Natural Supplements in Evidence-Based Practice: A Clinical and
Research Update - Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine Venue: Kauai, HI
16-20 3rd International Conference on Shamanism, Enlightenment, Sacred
Sexuality The Message Company - Santa Fe, NM www.bizspirit.com
1 28 Medical student clinical elective in Cuba - emphasis on Natural and
Traditional Medicine (NTM) 2nd year of MEDICC offer - overview of Cubas
health system in Havana, after which students will spend two weeks in the
province of Camaguey, working more closely with family physicians,
observing firsthand Cubas integrating health paradigms for the best
patient outcomes. This elective is open to 3rd and 4th year medical
students who have intermediate or advanced/fluent proficiency in Spanish
www.medicc.org Diane Appelbaum: dappelb@...
, or Adrianne
12-16 American Society of Clinical Hypnosis 46th Annual Scientific Meeting
630-980-4740 info@... http://www.asch.net/
1-4 Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) - 35th
Anniversary Annual Meeting www.aapb.org (303) 422-8436
15-18 The Second International Conference on The Science of Whole Person
Healing - Washington, DC - Friends of Health
28 Clearing the Vessel Through Which Healing Flows Experiential
workshop Daniel J. Benor, MD - American Holistic Medical Association 27th
annual conference, "The Soul of Medicine - Sheraton Old Town, Albuquerque,
NM - http://www.holisticmedicine.org
28-May 1 American Holistic Medical Association 27th annual conference, "The
Soul of Medicine - Sheraton Old Town, Albuquerque, NM -
3-6 The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena - Communicating
with the Other Side - Club Cal Neva, Reno, Nevada USA
24-30 14th Annual ISSSEEM Conference Colorado Springs, CO -
19-21 Traditional Healing & HIV/AIDS - A Global Search By Orthodox Medical
Practitioners And Traditional Healers For Cure For Hiv/Aids Among Natural
Products And Practices - at Le Merdien President, Dakar, Senegal
8-10 World Conference Ethnotherapies - University of Munich, Germany -
ETHNOMED Institut für Ethnomedizin e.V. |Tel. & Fax: +49-89-40 90 81 29
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*** BOOKS ***
Wright, Machaelle Small. Co-Creative Science: A Revolution In Science
Providing Real Solutions For Todays Health & Environment, Warrenton, VA:
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This extraordinary book details ways in which we can invite nature spirits
to work with us in creating a garden. The garden can be a plot of land with
vegetables and flowers, or it can be a project for growing better
relationships or for growing in our own inner wisdom.
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*** HUMOR ***
DOO WOP HORSES
Some people have too much time on their hands, but I must admit, this is
almost hypnotic. Wait for the entire screen to load up with all four
horses and a fence in front of them. Then click on each horse.
Make sure your sound is on. Re-click on any horse to make it turn off or
turn it back on again. Somebody did some real wizardry of programming to
coordinate this! Try clicking on the horses from left to right then right
to left then just one or two at a time... Its fun and a good stress
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