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Does Your Child Need an Energy Healer? | US News

Energy Healer

Energy HealerThe title of this US News article was enough to stop almost anyone in his / her tracks “Does Your Child Need an Energy Healer?” What? Since when is energy healing even an option to consider?

Outside the US and outside modern times, touch has certainly played a role in healing. This article helped bring back that question to top of mind. Healing touch is nearly instinctive and can be very empowering. As with any practice, there are those who claim to have mastered energy healing but have only a weekend course on the subject. Perhaps it is time to open our minds to energy healing and help consumers find legitimate practitioners who want to promote healing within ourselves.

THE HOSPITAL STAFF WAS at a loss: A young patient with leukemia was writhing in pain and inconsolable. She hadn’t slept in days.

Then Dr. Joy Weydert, a pediatrician who was chief of integrative pain management at Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri at the time, stepped in. The girl, who was about 13 years old, had maxed out on pain medications and refused integrative therapies like guided imagery and massage, even though she’d found relief from them before. “She was beside herself she was so uncomfortable,” Weydert remembers.

So Weydert, now a clinical professor of integrative medicine and pediatrics at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, pulled one more tool out of her toolkit: energy healing. While the practice can take many forms, in this case, it involved gentle touch and guidance on breathing regulation.

Within 10 minutes, the patient began settling down, and within 20, she stopped wiggling and steadied her breathing, Weydert says. After no more than 30 minutes had passed, the girl was asleep for the first time in days. When she woke up the next morning, she said, “Do that to me again!” Weydert recalls. She taught the technique to the girl’s mother, who continued to use it at home each night. “It empowered her to be able to help out,” Weydert says.

For more information please see the original article: Does Your Child Need an Energy Healer? | Wellness | US News

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Lifestyle and Complementary Therapies Tackle Health Problems

Lifestyle and Complementary Therapies Tackle Health Problems

Lifestyle and Complementary Therapies Tackle Health ProblemsSuper Bowl LII is just a few days away and New England Patriot’s QB will again take snaps at this grand event. Brady, 42, released his TB12 healthy lifestyle book in 2017.  Brady has also taken the spotlight for his high performance lifestyle. However, Brady is not the only Patriot to challenge conventional wisdom… and to demonstrate that lifestyle and complementary therapies tackle health problems.

But in the weeks leading up to Sunday’s game, it’s been a different New England Patriot that has been capturing the lion’s share of attention for his commitment to holistic health: linebacker James Harrison, who, at 39, is the oldest defensive player in professional football. In an intimate interview with National Geographic that has quickly gone viral, Harrison detailed a $350,000-a-year “pre-habbing” and rehabbing regimen, which includes massage therapists, acupuncturists, cupping sessions, chiropractors, and a no alcohol, refined sugar, or processed carb diet to help his body recover from the daily punishment he endures on the the field. “All I know is before I get treated, I hurt, and after, I feel better,” Harrison says of the alternative and holistic protocols that are by no means standard in locker rooms, but are quickly gaining steam, thanks to pioneers like Brady—and a new demand for integrative therapies that are as beneficial for those suffering from chronic injuries and illness as they are for those of us simply hoping to live a better, more balanced life (for slightly less than six figures).

Whether you’re a pro athlete taking blindside hits, or, say, a working expectant mother, “the pathways to health erosion are very similar,” says Erika Schwartz, M.D., an integrative medicine doctor and the CEO of New York’s Evolved Science, a concierge medical service that specializes in rejuvenation and disease prevention. Those pathways are often lined in stress, sedentary lifestyles, and sugar, Schwartz continues, noting that an unprocessed diet that doesn’t deprive you, but helps your metabolism function properly—coupled with an exercise routine grounded in moderation—are key to staving off disease, inflammation, and aging. In other words, taking key cues from pro-level nutrition and cardio is a universally sound investment.

Source: Super Bowl 2018: Patriots Linebacker James Harrison Spends $350,000 a Year on Holistic Healthcare—And Here’s Why – Vogue

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After California wildfires, vets help bears and other wildlife heal

Vets Use Alternative Medical Treatments

After the California wildfires many wildlife suffered burns and other injuries. Some animals were fortunate enough to escape and be transported to a group of veterinarians. The vets use alternative medical treatments to help with healing.

Life in the wild can be cruel. But there are always people working to heal nature’s damage.

After Southern California’s recent wildfires, veterinarians used acupuncture, fish skins, and other alternative medical treatments to help wild animals recover from burns, vets said Wednesday.

Rescuers brought two adult bears, a cub, and a young mountain lion to veterinarians with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of California, Davis.

Jamie Peyton, chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at the university’s vet school, said standard pain treatment is challenging for wild animals and caregivers because of the wildlife’s sharp teeth and claws. For safety reasons, vets have to heavily sedate the animals every time they change their bandages or care for them.

Finally, Peyton and her colleagues decided to employ alternative methods: acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, cold-laser therapy and even fish skins.

Source: After California wildfires, vets help bears and other wildlife heal | Fox News

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Ohio Medicaid Covers Acupuncture Starting In 2018

Ohio Medicaid Covers Acupuncture

Ohio Medicaid Covers AcupunctureHealthCare Too is based in Ohio and very excited to see that Ohio Medicaid covers acupuncture for pain management as an alternative to opioids. Acupuncture has a very low risk profile, is not addictive and has helped manage pain for millennia. Offering acupuncture as an alternative to Ohio Medicaid recipients not only will reduce opioid addiction deaths but will also lower costs.

 

Ohioans with Medicaid can start seeing an acupuncturist next year after the state expanded its coverage for the treatment for certain types of pain.

State officials and medical professionals are increasingly aware of how opioid overdose deaths tend to follow high use of prescription painkillers.

However, as new rules curb access to prescription opioids, people with chronic pain still need treatment options and acupuncture could be part of the solution, the state Medicaid office says.“After further research on acupuncture, we saw the greatest degree of effectiveness in controlling symptoms for low back pain and migraines,” said Brittany Warner, spokeswoman for Ohio Medicaid.

Theresa Mhanna, a licensed acupuncturist at Red Dragon Oriental Medicine in Waynesville, said it’s rare that health insurance covers acupuncture. She said the decision could encourage more acceptance of the treatment.

“It basically has opened the door to other insurance companies to say we’re recognized,” she said.

Mhanna said she has previously treated a few people who had their opioid prescriptions reduced.

Her emphasis is on holistic treatment, she said, and getting at the root cause of an ailment, including talking through lifestyle changes.

“When we start treating people for these physical illnesses, it’s exciting to watch people evolve,” she said.

Ohio Medicaid will cover up to 30 acupuncture visits per year.

Source:  Ohio Medicaid expands acupuncture coverage for 2018

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Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

Chronic Pain Education

Chronic Pain EducationDean Ornish once said, “Awareness-mindfulness-is the first step in healing.” The authors of the article Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic-Pain After Education would certainly agree. When we think about it, chronic pain is not just something that appears during a clinical visit. Chronic pain is on-going so we need tools to deal with it on a daily basis. Chronic pain education is that first step in healing.

Veterans with chronic pain accessed more complementary and alternative treatments at a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center after attending a “pain education school,” and those participating in a functional medicine clinic reported reductions in perceived stress and musculoskeletal pain, according to results of two studies presented at the PAINWeek 2017 meeting.

The lead investigator of both studies, David Cosio, PhD, a health psychologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, in Chicago, told Pain Medicine News that while the VA system requires its facilities to offer at least two alternatives to traditional medical approaches to chronic pain, the pain treatment center serves a tristate area and offers 23 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options.

Dr. Cosio and his co-investigator Erica Lin, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy specialist also at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, conducted an analysis of data from their previous study of participation in an innovative pain education initiative to determine what “take-away” lessons might be reflected in the behavior of the participants after completing the coursework.

Upon entry into the pain education program, 44% of subjects (n=45) had not used any type of CAM. In the remaining 56%, CAM was used in different combinations, with 30% active, 41% passive and 36% transitional. After completing the program, 86% of subjects were accessing CAM treatments, and many more had entered into active modalities (24%) than passive (12%) or transitional (14%).

“As we educate people about the existence of these treatments, they are going to use them,” Dr. Cosio said. “I think that part of the problem [is] that patients may not be aware of the complementary and alterative medicine options that are available.”

Source: Vets Adopt Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain After Education – Pain Medicine News

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UH Richmond leading the way in fighting opioid epidemic with music therapy

Music Therapy Pain Management

In the throes of the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission has recognized the need for non-pharmacological options to manage pain. New requirements for non-pharmacological options start in January 2018. However, one Cleveland area hospital has already implemented a music therapy pain management program.

About eight people die every day from a drug overdose in Ohio. To help fight the epidemic, there is a push for alternative treatments for pain.

Starting this January, all hospitals have to offer non-drug treatments. Some are already taking notes from a community hospital right here in Northeast Ohio.

“These patients really need another avenue to truly try to help them in their pain, to control their pain better, that isn’t using medications, because medications are not the answer, and definitely not long-term,” explained Patty Tumbush, pharmacy supervisor at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center.

Dr. Ratay says their approach goes back to our roots.

“Opiates have not been around all that long in the scope of pain management, and so we’re kind of going back to the initial ways that we treated pain and then using opiates as the adjunct,” she explained. “So, rather than using music therapy and OMT as the adjunct, it should be the other way around.”

Plus, music therapy works. Studies show it reduces a patient’s perception of pain.

Source: UH Richmond leading the way in fighting opioid epidemic with music therapy

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Treating Opioid Addiction With Meds

Treating Opioid Addiction

The Trump Administration recommendations include many drug alternatives to treat those addicted to opioids. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) also includes complementary therapies to help with treatment. One program in particular has found music therapy helps treatment.

Music Therapy Helps Treatment
Music Therapist Dr. Dave Kemppainen leads a group playing handmade drums, rainsticks and maracas.

The Trump Administration declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last week. There are millions of people in the U.S. struggling with an opioid-use disorder. Effective treatment can help people with opioid addiction get clean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it’s critical to expand access to evidence-based programs that provide behavioral therapy in combination with medication.

In Nevada, there are slightly more than just a dozen licensed opioid treatment programs that provide MAT.

“The needs of our patients are fairly high by the time they come to us,” Firestone says. “Their lives have been kind of challenged and they are kind of living day to day. The idea of rehabilitation and recovery is complex and it takes time.”

Firestone says doctors customize care by determining which drugs would be effective and for how long treatment should last for each patient. Under federal law, in addition to medication, programs are required to provide medical assessments, counseling, and other therapies.

The Life Change Center offers a variety of services including group counseling, a gardening program, and music therapy.

In a dimly lit room, music therapist Dr. Dave Kemppainen leads a group playing handmade drums, rainsticks and maracas.

“I think it has, number one, a calming effect; it also has a focus effect, centering effect,” Kemppainen explains. “If you have a little bit of anger or stress going on, it’s a stress release, emotional release.”

Frank Borrelli is part of the group. For maintenance, he comes to the center to pick up a weekly regimen of meds and to participate in therapy sessions.

“I’m from Chicago and I had a drug addiction and I came to Reno to build video poker and Keno and slot machines for my dad and I relapsed and started again,” Borrelli says, “so I came to the Life Change Center and I’ve been here for seven years.”

And Borrelli says he has stayed clean for those seven years.

Source: Treating Opioid Addiction With Meds

Music Therapy Helps Treatment

Physicians have grown wary of medicating every symptom and have begun to integrate complementary therapies. Evidence continues to grow that music therapy helps treatment. A recent WLKY news segment highlighted the role of music therapy in treating newborns with opioid addiction. Seen as simply another tool for a physician-guided care plan, music therapy offers not only results but a lower risk profile and costs when compared to more medications.

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Holistic Pain Relief: Trying to cure the opioid epidemic without drugs

Holistic Pain Relief

Holistic Pain ReliefYou know Holistic Health has arrived when “a redneck from Tennessee” becomes a spokesperson. Holistic Health benefits everyone, not just soccer moms and millennials. It is time to stop looking at “alternative drugs” to replace opioids as first line response to pain management. A better approach is holistic pain relief. We must treat the whole person and do so with more complementary therapies like acupuncture and yoga as well as non-clinical determinants of health like diet. The VA has successfully implemented holistic pain relief in centers across the US. Sometimes the approach even frees members from opioids. That would certainly be one way to end the current opioid crisis!

Trying to cure the opioid crisis without a magic pill. Without a pill at all. One alternative for chronic pain has the government spending millions on Utah research.

SALT LAKE CITY — Russ Faust knows pain and rattles off the reasons why.

“Seven broken bones in that foot, four knee surgeries, two back surgeries,” he said. “The last one, they fused some of it. Both rotator cuffs and thumb joint replacement.”

Faust said he’s tried lots of options for pain relief, including opioids.

“I’ve been on opiates, per se, forever,” he said.

The pills work, Faust said, but he doesn’t like the side effects.

“The pain pills kinda made me feel fuzzy — my wife said grumpy — and I just did not like them so I was actually looking for a way to try and get off of ‘em,” he said.

A doctor at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System steered the veteran toward the VA’s Integrative Health Program — a holistic program that includes acupuncture, hypnosis, qigong and mindfulness — and he ended up in a yoga and meditation class.

At first, Faust wasn’t impressed.

“I’m a redneck from Tennessee and thought this class was a bunch of hocus-pocus,” he said.

He kept returning to the class and after about a month, he said he started to feel better. Faust said he feels so much better now that he no longer needs the pills.

“Your brain goes to a different place and goes away from the pain,” he said.

It’s because of stories like Faust’s that the federal government is paying more attention to mindfulness as a way to ease chronic pain and avoid opioids, which lead to tens of thousands of overdose deaths a year.

Source: Trying to cure the opioid epidemic without drugs | KSL.com

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Music At The End Of Life- brings healing, comfort to the dying

Music At The End Of Life

Music At The End Of Life

It is wonderful that we are rediscovering the power of music at the end of life.

Hospitals are not the most relaxing places for people nearing the end of life. The intensive-care units, lobbies and hospital wards are full of glaring bright lights and institutional noises.

In this stressful environment, music can be the great equalizer. The soothing sounds can bring peace and calmness. Music can help defuse the tension felt by anxious patients and their families. Today, in many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s major medical centers, musicians are playing in hospital lobbies and at the bedside.

“One of the hottest topics is music and the brain,” says Judith-Kate Friedman, a professional songwriter who works with seniors. “Music lights up the brain more than almost any other human activity.”

Music at the end of life is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, when 11th century Benedictine monks used music as part of their deathbed vigils.

Those practices fell out of favor as monasteries disappeared with the coming of the Reformation and the Industrial Age.

But today, music at the end of life is making a comeback. Many Bay Area medical professionals now recognize the benefits of live music played at the bedside. And in some of the area’s leading hospices now have volunteer musicians playing music for their patients.

Source:  Music brings healing, comfort to the dying

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Research Finds Light Therapy Helps Treat Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Light TherapyChronic Pain Light Therapy

New research shows that chronic pain light therapy may help.

Chronic pain afflicts over 100 million people across the United States. It diminishes their productivity and their quality of life and costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year to medically manage. It shatters people’s emotional wellbeing, tears apart families and claims lives through suicides and accidental drug overdoses.

But now researchers at the University of Arizona have found promise in a novel, non-pharmacological approach to managing chronic pain — treating it with green light-emitting diodes (LED).

“Chronic pain is a serious issue afflicting millions of people of all ages,” says Mohab Ibrahim, UA assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and lead author of the study. “Pain physicians are trained to manage chronic pain in several ways including medication and interventional procedures in a multimodal approach. Opioids, while having many benefits for managing pain, come with serious side effects. We need safer, effective and affordable approaches, used in conjunction with our current tools, to manage chronic pain. While the results of the green LED are still preliminary, it holds significant promise to manage some types of chronic pain.”

Source: Promise in light therapy to treat chronic pain — ScienceDaily

New Thinking

Chronic Pain Light Therapy is not necessarily new. However, pain management is a problem for nearly half the US population and opioids have created their own crisis. What is new is that the medical community has begun to embrace new therapies for chronic pain. We firmly believe in starting with less-invasive remedies (see our model for Holistic Health for more). The clinician can always move to more-invasive and riskier approaches. It is heartening that the CDC the American College of Physicians, and others have endorsed a “go slow” approach for pain management.

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