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More are taking charge of their health through ‘kitchen sink approach’ – Jacksonville Daily News

Posted: August 29, 2021 at 1:52 am

One silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic is that more people are making their health a priority and doing what they can to be resilient against illness and disease.

Theyre getting back to the basics on eating a nutritious diet, exercise, getting adequate sleep and safeguarding their mental health. Many are looking to a more holistic approach that takes care of the whole mind-body-spirit relationship.

I really think the kitchen sink approach is best for people to fix their health problems. It doesnt have to be just mindfulness or just Western medicine, said Jeff Fox, an acupuncture physician of 11 years who practices at Advanced Wellness and Massage in Jacksonville.

Acupuncture is a facet of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) thats been in use and documented for well over 3,000 years. Often shrouded in mystery, its a practice that utilizes the insertion of thin hair-like needles at specific points on the body for the purpose of stimulating the nervous system and regulating the bodys natural biological processes.

TCM is highly effective as preventive medicine and something people often turn to when living with chronic conditions. Acupuncture treats a wide range of physical and mental ailments such as chronic pain, addiction, anxiety, infertility, digestive issues, migraines, depression, arthritis, sleep disturbances, PMS, common colds, fatigue, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and most any malady that manifests with physical symptoms.

Foxs fascination with TCM began he saw the profound affects acupuncture had on a patient who sustained an arm injury during intervention to keep her from choking to death one day. The woman was expected to have permanent nerve damage from her injury, but acupuncture treatments delivered vascular improvement, pain management and helped her avoid surgery.

I talked to her acupuncturist and decided to make a change, Fox said. Fox left a career in computer administration to jump on an entirely new path.

Its interesting because theyre both kind of dealing with communication. One is biological, and one is silicone, Fox said.

Foxs second career has brought him far more fulfillment as hes seen patients heal, even after they found acupuncture as a last resort treatment for complex conditions.

The ability to help them be able to live without that pain thats a good day, Fox said.

But acupuncture needles arent appealing to everyone. In their quest for optimal health, people turn to yoga, massage, meditation and practicing mindfulness to negate the consequences of physical and emotional stressors.

People are using these ways of healing, not because they want to be new agey, they want to get better, Fox said.

In addition to acupuncture, Fox also uses a form of medical massage called Tui Na and herbal remedies to help facilitate the bodys natural healing processes.

Since the onset of COVID-19, more patients have been calling the clinic to schedule treatments to not only fortify their immune systems but also to deal with emotional stress of living through uncertain times.

What were really seeing is people using everything at their disposal nowadays and thinking outside the box rather than passively doing what others have said. Theyre trying to think for themselves and use all the tools that are available, Fox said.

Mostof the traffic at the clinic are massage clients and a few who seek out Reiki, a form of energy work in which the therapist channels healing energy through a clients body to restore physical and emotional wellbeing.

People have been more vocal and are asking a lot now if acupuncture and massage will help out with anxiety. People are surprised the answer is yes, said Elizabeth Eustis, a licensed massage therapist and Reiki healer with a background in yoga and personal training.

One change she has noticed in patients during the pandemic is that theyre more motivated to try new things and are open to new philosophies on how they mind their health.

People have been coming in really questioning things about themselves and their lifestyle, Eustis said.

Eustis educates clients on how massage can alleviate stress, depression and anxiety. Anyone who has ever felt their heart race or stomach churn knows these emotions affect the body on a cellular level. Massage, acupuncture, energy work and mindfulness are just a few things people are turning to in order to take back control of their health.

People should try all avenues even if they havent been open to it before, Eustis said.

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Casper Holistic Expo taking care of the mind, body, and spirit – Oil City News

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CASPER, Wyo. The Casper Holistic Expo is September 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will be held in the Industrial Building at 1700 Fairgrounds Road.

The event is focused on a holistic experience and approach. It will have vendors there to sooth the mind, body, and spirit. At the event, there will be some services directly available while other vendors will be strictly informational.

It is an event for the whole family, including your pet! There will be face painting and pet psychics there. Additionally, they will have everything from chiropractors to paranormal services.

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Admission is $5 or five canned or dried goods to support poverty resistance.

According to Christina Kuhn, the event coordinator, This year, all the booths are full with vendors and I even have people on waiting lists.

Here is the full list of vendors and what they are offering at this event.

Tarot Readings by Angie w/ Angie Farnum: Questions about past, present and future answeredSpiritual Awakenings w/ Elizabeth ChambersMs. Katies pathways w/ Ms. Katie: a reading with Ms. Katie is interactive, fun and informative. Whether you are seeking advice, clarity or a glimpse into the future, Ms. Katie is here for you! Lets figure it out together as we explore your general outlook or any facet of your life love, career choices, next steps and more.Home of the Healing Arts w/ Victoria Gonzales: Victoria has the ability to see the electric field with the naked eye, as well as whats in the present, past and future.Angel in the Mist in Reality w/ Marnee: Intuitive angel card reader does it in reality as it is happening now. In real life.Diamond in the Rough-Readings w/ Cassie: Card readings by Cassie and Tarot and oracle cards for sale.Colters Crossroads w/ Dakota Pooley: Tarot, card, palm, and aura readings.Readings by Sandra Renee w/ Sandra Buckley: Oracle and tarot readings.Angelic Readings by Teresa w/ Teresa Groninga: Teresa is a certified Angel Reader and Medium-RMT.Palm Reading by Terry w/ Terry Kettle: Palm readings.Tarot Readings by Kathleen w/ Kathleen Ray: Kathleen is a reader with over 30 years experience. Her mother was psychic as well. She is Clairaudient, Clairvoyant and an empath. She does intuitive readings as well as tarot readings. She uses Egyptian Cartouche Cards as well as traditional tarot.

Turtle moon w/ Thuvan Ahrens: Enlightened gifts to enlighten your soul: Rocks, gems, jewelry, bags, tapestries, singing bowls and salt lamps.Carolyn Eitel: Art, handmade books and natural magical items.Alpha Temptress Publishing w/ McKayla Schutt: Come on in for witches, dragons, books and so much more. Also check out her contemporary romance side as Kindra Woods.Davis Arts w/ Michael & Tessa Davis: Local artisans offering handcrafted semi-precious stone jewelry and malas and chainmail art, jewelry and gifts.Rev. Gaynol Wapotich: Psychic/Medium.Eye of the Beholder w/ Kristi Berg: Reflexology/trigger point therapy healing, card/intuitive health coaching, aura field clearing/cleanse.Rizzuto Creations w/ Sandi Rizzuto: Natural stone jewelry, crystal suncatchers, mineral specimens, wizards staffs, spheres, reiki bracelets.Kixmits Kraft w/ Kizmit Miranda: Offering many wonderful handmade products like paintings, crystal grids, and custom stickers, tarot and oracle readings. Unalome readings are a unique divination Kizmit first offered in 2019 and leaves you with a beautiful piece to take home and reflect on whenever needed.Herbal Love Creations w/ Raegan Chinn: Bath and body products, soaps, lotions, shower steamers, herbal remedies, salves, balms and teas.Earthly Treasures w/ Nicole Nielsen: Rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry.Casper Area Paranormal Seekers & Gammas Goodies w/ Kaylie Tillman & Joanne Ford: CAPS has been doing paranormal research since 2008, offering FREE and CONFIDENTIAL investigations, handmade crochet, jewelry, and windchimes.Crystalline Crane w/ Alexcis Hecker: Handcrafted crystal and gemstone jewelry.AJ Designs/FreqE1 w/ Alan Drobnak: Tools created to interact with our physical, mental and higher self. They provide assistance on a higher dimensional level, Our biology innately seeks to be in harmony with its original blueprint, its healthy state. The tools afford everyone a pathway for assisting our human condition, Feeling is Believing.Talon Enterprises w/ Lisa Winta: Everything Lisa sells is handmade by her. Wire-wrapped stones and crystal jewelry, beaded cabochon jewelry, hand-knit and crocheted mittens, scarves, shawls purses and tarot/medicine bags, paintings and diamond dot framed paintings, small beaded sculptures, beaded crystal and rock ornaments and sun catchers.Twinkle, Twinkle Little Store w/ Patricia Miller: Crystals, crafts, jewelry, tarot cards and readings.Ganeshas Daughters w/ Brittiny Pettengill & Jessica Knight: spiritual sisters making beautiful and cozy products for the home, altar and more, orgone, resin, crystal jewelry, crochet dolls and animals, tarot pouches and more.Medicine Bow Wisdom: Psychic readings and spiritual items.Empowered Chiropractic-Erica Higgins: Neurologically based chiropractic care for the whole family, specializing in pregnant women and children.

Mystic Lighthouse w/ Joseph Evens: Readings, Body balancing.Ella C Moon/Bodhiella w/ Elizabeth Gardiepy: Bodhiella is Buffalo, Wyomings one and only metaphysical shop! We sell ritual supplies, metaphysical books, travel altars, wands, crystal crowns, witch hats, crystals, tarot/oracle cards, leather journals, ritual tools and much more. Wyoming Internationally published Pagan Author Ella C Moon has over 17 books available and will be on site to sign books at our booth!Place of Possibility w/ Lorie Eichert: Readings of all kinds, energy clearings, specializes in past life readings.Golden Light Reiki w/ Sherri Martz: Shaman, reiki master, energetic healing.Peace, Love and Reiki/Joy of Life Unlimited w/ Donna Annis: Reiki Master providing Reiki to aid in stress relief, pain relief and relaxation, amethyst bio-mat, spiritual guidance.Points in Harmony w/ Jennifer Goetz: Reflexology, acupressure.A Place For Passion w/ Christina Kuhn: Offering a variety of spiritual and metaphysical items, leather journals, oracle and tarot cards, candles, herbs, hemp and CBD products and much more (expo hostess).Wisdom Tree LLC w/ Mia Foley: Rocks and crystals for people and petsWispy Realm w/ Summer Ross: One of a kind hand-sculpted collectibles.Woodland Secrets w/ Sue Masterson and Lisa McPherson: Fairy homes and related items, homes, home furniture, dresses, rooms.Live & Let Dye w/ Stacia Cooper: Custom tie-dye clothing as well as accessories and handmade jewelryBills Lapidary w/ Bill Hollingsworth: Various loose rocks and rock art such as crosses, pendants and various other items made out of rock.Copper Marie Astrology w/ Kaylynn Mack: Natal charts, relationship synastry, astro consulting, astro-cartography, transit reports.Poverty Resistance Food Pantry w/ Mary Ann Budenske: Face painting.Dr NadineAnimal Communicator and Healer: Internationally acclaimed HEALER for animals and humans providing clear communication and HEALING. She is the creator of SOUL Food Deck of inspiration cards and multiple Mp3 albums. Dr Nadine is known as the Healers Healer.GenCel Wellness w/ Wayne Pitter: Ionic foot bath.Wild Wyoming Beauty w/ Holly Chapman: Body butter, facial cleaner, shampoo and conditioners, bath salts, and body washes.Home Sweet Home Blessings w/ Kim and Stephanie Moore: Home blessing kits, magic candles, bath salts, blessing salt, incense, sages, cauldrons, magic essential oils, water bottle with crystal inserts.Sonadora Bath Company and Drops of Jupiter w/ Cody & Taylor Bush: Local handmade bath bombs, soaps and lotions. Meditations tools, Arcturian jewelry, Resin lamps.Magnetic Jewelry w/ Sue Achenbach: Quality magnetic therapy jewelry, promotes healing and reduces pain.SlimGenix w/ Madison McLimore: Rapid weight loss clinic, lipo-like lasers that open fat cells and drain their contents into the lymphatic system for quicker weight loss and reduced inches.Northwestern Mutual w/ Sara Bohl: Heart-centered holistic financial planning.Touch of Grace w/ Grace Wright: Handmade jewelry.RKB Creative Studio w/ Kathy Bruemmer: Handmade fabric face masks and other handcrafted items.Copper Energy & Scrimshaw & Jewelry w/ Jennifer & Larry Flowers: Copper wire energy tools, wire wrapped wrapped jewelry, scrimshaw plaques and jewelry.Spacevalue Apothecary w/ Peyton Osborne: A variety of natural candles, holistic remedies and wearable art.Custom Reflection WY w/ Katherine Schuetz: Custom decals, cups, shirts, onesies, masks and so much more.Atkins Fractal Art by Reginald Atkins: Fractal artwork.Bejeweled by Linda w/ Linda Winslow: Unique one-of-a-kind design jewelry, wire wrapped, natural stones, trees of life, chakras, Reiki-infused wire wrapped stones, Green witch art, wall and window hangings, candles, bone art, wands, gaged ear plugs, spell jewelry, natural health and beauty products and chair massage.Ravenstar Energy Healing w/ Inanna Ravenstar: Using Shamanic Native American teachings, you will receive a channeled message from your guides. I also have Animal Spirit tools for sale as well as my Super powerful magical sprays.Aura photos by Judy Lekic: Aura photography.J & S Designs w/ Sonia Hamit and Judy Lekic: Trees of life.

Pink Zebra w/ Crystal Lister: Home fragrances.Twisted Sage Studios w/ Brian Besco: Tensor rings and copper pyramids.Black Hat Market w/ Savannah Thornburgh: Home decor, self-care items, jewelry, candles, etc.

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Massage therapy studio opens in Tarboro | Business | rockymounttelegram.com – Rocky Mount Telegram

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Ashley Marie Hall was ready to complete her classes and sit for her licensure test to become a massage therapist when COVID-19 hit and delayed the whole process by shutting down in-person training.

It was frustrating, she said. I was ready to open.

Once the process resumed on Zoom, Hall who is known to visitors of the Tarboro 27886 Facebook page as Ashley Marie completed her studies at The Healing Arts in Raleigh and The Massage School in Cornelius.

Once COVID-19 hit, we went straight to Zoom and never missed a beat, she said.

And just because classes were conducted on a virtual platform and not face-to-face, Hall said there was no drop in the intensity level.

I had to learn all the bones and muscles in the body and how everything ties together and interacts, she said.

In all, she had over 650 hours of study before taking and passing her state boards in February. In addition, while in Charlotte, she participated in sports clinics and worked with what she called a very prestigious private school.

Overall, she said the training and licensure process she went through was intense and challenging, and when she completed her studies and passed her boards in February, she was ready to go.

In March, she opened A Serendipity Massage & Bodyworks LLC at 403 St James St., Suite 5. Its the white building located next to the Tarboro Primitive Baptist Church and her entrance is on the side facing the church.

When I started my work (to get licensed), I had someone tell me that Id never be able to open a massage therapy business, she said. Thats where the name of my business came from here I am.

Hall said she believes in a holistic approach to taking care of oneself.

You take one medicine to help this and then you need another medicine to help that and you have all the interactions, she said.

Hall said that she is certified in cupping and that the practice is her personal favorite. In addition, she does pre-natal massage and lymphatic massage.

The most popular thing people want is cupping and hot stones, she said.

She also does reflexology and essential oils and said peppermint is her favorite scent.

She also does couples massages and said that offering is very popular at her Greenville location.

Im blown away at how well Ive been received, she said. Ive been open six months and my slots were completely sold out in two of them.

Hall said her husband, Marshall, and friend Kelly Spivey have been her biggest supporters and have always been there for her.

Hall said she wants to continue to learn and expand.

I want to be a sponge and learn everything I can and bring it here so that people dont have to travel to find whatever it is, she said.

Hall is a proponent of all things local and shopping local businesses and is a regular on Facebook, where she pitches local businesses, activities and events.

I want to push local. Were only here for a time and I want to make an impact (on the community) and help (people), she said.

Hall said her massage therapy studio is generally open four to five days a week and she sees between two and five clients a day, depending on appointments.

Appointments can be made online at http://www.aserendipitymassage.com under the appointments tab. She accepts cash, credit cards and gift cards and gift certificates are also available.

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Can holistic wellness help treat diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illnesses? – The Indian Express

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In trying to protect ourselves from Covid, one of the most important lessons that we have learnt is to not take our health for granted. Focusing on our physical and mental well-being is no longer optional, it is what we need to work on constantly. Since the first wave, as we tried various hacks and tips to boost immunity, many realised how health and fitness are based on much more than undergoing treatment for short-term results. Think of all those government advisories or numerous social media posts by nutritionists and wellness experts who emphasised on holistic and sustainable way of living from immunity-boosting foods to exercise to keep illnesses at bay.

There is growing consensus among experts about how holistic wellness can help manage or cure even chronic illnesses, more so amid the pandemic. This involves making tweaks in your diet, working out, sleeping well, taking care of your mental health and so on all directed towards a balanced and, therefore, healthy lifestyle.

Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this approach considers the whole body and how we interact with our environment. It takes everything into account from how much sleep you get to how stressed you are, how varied your diet is and whether you are happy. Any imbalance in one aspect affects you in others and causes illness. This is more important in the current health scenario where an increasing number of health problems are considered psychosomatic in nature or diet and lifestyle-related, Dr Partap Chauhan, director, Jiva Ayurveda, tells indianexpress.com.

Treating chronic illnesses from their roots

Chronic illnesses have been on the rise in recent years. A 2019 study published in the journal Preventive Medicine found that globally, one in three adolescents are at the risk of diseases like diabetes and cancer due to unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity. Again, a 2020 study in the journal Diabetologia found that more than half of the men and nearly two-thirds of women in their 20s in India could develop diabetes during their lifetime.

According to WHOs 2019 Global Health Estimates, heart diseases have also taken more lives than ever in recent years, recording an increase of more than two million since 2000.

The ideal way to combat such diseases is to correct them from the roots, and that is exactly what holistic wellness aims to do, according to Dr Chauhan. For example, when a person with migraine visits an Ayurvedic doctor to get holistic treatment for his problem, instead of walking out solely with medicines, the doctor will take a detailed look at all the potential factors that may be causing the person migraine headache, such as other health conditions, his diet and sleep habits, stress factor and gut health. The treatment plan will involve personalised medicines to treat the disease from its root along with diet and lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring and improve the overall quality of life.

Interplay of physical and mental health and how yoga can help

Not just physical health, holistic wellness experts lay equal emphasis on boosting ones mental health. For instance, Mindhouse, a digital wellness platform, combines the techniques of yoga, meditation and nutrition to treat chronic illnesses. The companys co-founder, Pooja Khanna says, Most of the chronic or physical health issues can impact a persons mental health and vice versa most mental health issues can impact a persons well-being. Take for example diabetes. Stress can be one of the major causes for negatively impacting glucose levels. Similarly, diabetes can be a cause for stress, particularly in the early days when you have been diagnosed. While there is a lot of emphasis on treating physical health, we often tend to overlook the mental health which needs to be brought to the forefront.

Several studies have also analysed the link between physical and mental well-being. A 2019 study in the journal Health Psychology found that women with symptoms of depression were at an increased risk of multiple chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes and cancer.

According to Khanna, yoga and meditation play a huge part in managing chronic illnesses. Different yoga poses can positively impact different parts of the body helping control specific symptoms related to a medical condition.

Agrees Dr Chauhan. Clinical effects of meditation impact a broad spectrum of physical and psychological symptoms and syndromes, including reduced anxiety, pain, and depression, enhanced mood and self-esteem and decreased stress. It is also proven to be effective in the management of chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, cancer, hypertension, and psoriasis.

It can also help keep heart diseases at bay, says the doctor. Yoga and meditation can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates, and help slow the progression of atherosclerosis all risk factors for heart disease. While almost any exercise is good for the heart, yogas meditative component gives it an extra boost by helping to stabilise the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels which, when irritated, contributes to cardiovascular disease.Since the lining is reactive to stress, and meditation can lower stress hormones, yoga may be causing a cascade of events that could reduce a persons risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.

Another example of yoga alleviating chronic problems is for arthritis patients. People with various types of arthritis who practise yoga regularly can reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility and function, and lower stress and tension to promote better sleep.

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and diabetes are among other health issues that can be controlled with these practices. We see a lot of people with PCOS, diabetes and hypertension who opt for non-clinical solutions rather than taking medication. This is of course done in consultation with a doctor keeping in mind their specific symptoms, Khanna states.

Meditation and yoga can aid in chronic mental illnesses as well. Nikita Sulay, psychologist and outreach associate, Mpower -The Foundation, another wellness platform, says, In illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other neuropsychological issues, we may use yoga and meditation as techniques to help deal with certain emotions, calm the mind, increase awareness and use body as a medium of expression. However, there is no strong scientific evidence that one can be cured with meditation and yoga. Nonetheless, they are very effective to aid medical procedures and other psychotherapies.

Holistic wellness or medical treatment what should you opt for? Experts say both go hand in hand. While surgeries and medicines work on managing the disease symptoms, a little yoga or meditation practice integrated into dincharya (lifestyle) can even keep the illnesses at bay. These practices empower you not to only take care of your physical health but your mental well-being, Dr Chauhan asserts. Nowadays, even a lot of surgeons suggest their patients meditate before or after surgery to ease anxiety or post-operative pain, improve the psychological state, and recovery time. Meditation and yoga also benefit those seeking relief from mental and physical stresses encountered during their hospital admission, as seen in Covid patients.

Sulay adds, Yoga and meditation are alternative healing therapies which means that they are ways of treatment that are used in tandem with mainstream therapies. For instance, if one suffers from a knee injury the main therapy would be physiotherapy and yoga can be used along with it.

Holistic wellness in India

Dr Chauhan says a paradigm shift has been noticed in people in India, especially between the ages 20 and 50, when it comes to holistic wellness. People are eating consciously, indulging in physical activities, sleeping on time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The government is also introducing programmes to promote the wellness industry in India.

Khanna, however, adds that this ever-increasing demand in the wellness industry is met with a fairly unstructured supply. There is no one place for people to turn to for all wellness solutions that are suited to their needs. That is why we are looking to create a platform offering yoga, meditation, nutrition, counselling, supplements, Ayurveda, and more, to help people, she says.

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Andrea Mannelli Now: Where is John of God’s Alleged Victim Today? Netflix Update – The Cinemaholic

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Netflixs John of God: The Crimes of a Spiritual Healer is a four-part series that, as the title suggests, explores the life, work, offenses, and aftermath of Brazils once-notable Joo Teixeira de Faria. As an alleged medium and mystic surgeon, he was dubbed John of God and spent over four decades claiming to channel spirits to heal patients. However, throughout this time, he was sexually abusing the vulnerable women who came his way for aid as well. One such significant individual is reportedly Andrea Mannelli. So, heres everything we know about her.

As per the documentary, more than a decade ago, Andrea Mannelli was a workaholic, married, and going through the motions of everyday life in a stagnant routine. Her only sense of ease came from her family parents and sister with whom she has always been close. Thus, when her mother got diagnosed with a brain tumor, she was ready to go to any lengths to help her live, even if it meant trying holistic medicine. Together, the family made their way to Joo Teixeira de Farias center in Abadinia, where Andrea caught his eye. He soon grabbed her arms and asked for a private session.

As per Andreas accounts, Joo called her a medium and claimed that she could be the key to cure her mother. During their session, he slowly began molesting her, stating it was the only way for her to help. Every single time he touched her, she cried, and every time she cried, he screamed that her mother would die if she didnt cooperate. According to Andrea, Joo used her emotional susceptibility before, during, and after the sexual assault to take advantage of her in every way. It went to such an extreme that she didnt even realize what had happened until a while later.

Once Andrea Mannelli came to terms with her abuse, she yearned to file a complaint. Yet, his money, power, and public image frightened her, driving her to pull back and keep quiet. That is, until December 2018, when a few women publicly accused him of rape. The next morning, Andrea filed a 9-page report and resolved to fight for justice. Her mothers tumor had been deemed benign and operated on before she realized his violation, but she still discerned that Joo probably had little to do with that. With this, she became crucial in his trial and testified to every detail of her attack.

Following Joos first conviction, Andrea partnered up with the prosecutor on this case, Gabriela Manssur, to combat violence against women in their country. Although the verdict in her case is still pending, shes utilizing her experience and trying to move on by helping others deal with comparable ordeals. Andrea now knows shes not alone, and she wants to spread that message. For this, her role in the communication and content industry for a firm founded by Gabriela aids her. Moreover, the So Paulo, Brazil native also works on brand partnernships at another firm in the city.

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University Hospitals introduces Food for Life Market giving patients access to food necessities – WKYC.com

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CLEVELAND University Hospitals is unveiling its new UH Food for Life Market at UH Cleveland Medical Center today. It is part of a holistic nutrition program that helps to address food insecurity. The program will also help to address chronic health conditions that might be impacted by access to healthy food.

We are streaming today's ribbon-cutting ceremony live in the player at the top of this story.

The market will feature fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, meat, whole grains and more.

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the structural systems of oppression in our country, only compound the disproportionate risk of food insecurity for our Black and Brown neighbors. University Hospitals understands that addressing these social determinants of health will have greater impact on the overall health outcomes of our community than the actual treatment of disease, said Celina Cunanan, Interim Executive Director, UH Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Some of the most jarring images over the course of the pandemic have been those of endless cars lined up at food banks and distribution centers around the country.

"Those images stirred an awakening in our country about the fragility of food security for so many of our fellow citizens.

"As the clinical lead for this program, I am proud that our UH system is prioritizing the addressing of food insecurity through our Food For Life Markets, said Cunanan.

When a patient at UH Cleveland Medical Center is identified as food-insecure, they will get a referral from their doctor to visit the UH Food for Life Market, where they will receive a week's worth of healthy food free of charge. They will also meet privately with a registered dietitian, who will help with healthy recipes, meal tips and cooking demonstrations.

The UH Food for Life Market focuses on the direct connection between food and a persons health, said Anne Leach, registered dietitian and Director, Clinical and Community Nutrition at Sodexo Healthcare, who has worked on behalf of UH to establish the UH Food for Life Market. UH has implemented a preventive food-as-medicine model to address food insecurity, which we know, if prolonged or repeated, can have negative health consequences.

This will be the second Food for Life Market that UH has opened. The first opened its doors in October 2018 in Cleveland's Fairfax neighborhood, housed within the Otis Moss, Jr. Health Center. That neighborhood is a food desert and has been defined as an impoverished area by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health's Creating Healthy Communities program and the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. That market has distributed almost 86,000 pounds of food to 1,425 people since it opened.

A second Food for Life Market opened at UH Portage Medical Center in February 2021, and has served 90 households so far.

The UH Cleveland Medical Center location will initially be open Monday through Friday, with appointments encouraged.

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Analysis Reveals Negative Mental Health Among Those With HCC Diagnosis – AJMC.com Managed Markets Network

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In addition, HCC is the only cancer for which the incidence and mortality rates have continued to rise exponentially over the past 2 decades, researchers wrote. The disease has a relative survival rate of under 30%.

Limited data currently exist as to which particular aspects of HRQL are affected by a diagnosis, and how these aspects change over time. To address this knowledge gap, researchers used Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registries (SEER) data linked with Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) data to conduct a propensity score-matched analysis.

MHOS is a yearly survey administered to a random sample of 1000 to 2000 beneficiaries, while SEER data is gleaned from newly diagnosed cancer patients throughout certain geographic regions. Fifteen MHOS cohorts who completed baseline assessments between 1998 and 2012 and follow-up assessments between 2000 and 2014 were included in the analysis.

The final study population included 365 controls matched with 62 patients diagnosed with HCC. HRQL was assessed using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36) from 1998 to 2005 and the Veterans RAND 12-Item (VR-12) from 2006 to 2014, researchers wrote.

Mean (SD) age of the entire population was 72.57 (9.19) years, while the majority (57%) of individuals were white. Most participants (73%) had a history of hypertension and arthritis (60%), and around 1 quarter of patients had heart disease (26%).

Analyses revealed:

Patients with American Joint Committee on Cancer stage >2 had a worse decline in physical and mental health, with a clinical and statistically significant decline in vitality scores

In the first 12 months after diagnosis, physical health domains such as general health and physical function are impacted. However, after the first 12 months of diagnosis, these aspects of HRQL either improve or remain stable, researchers wrote. In contrast, most components of mental health seem to be less profoundly impacted in the first 12 months, but the trends continue to worsen over time.

Results suggest more long-term strategies are needed to address mental health impairments after 1 year in these patients. Although holistic approaches like palliative care could be beneficial for these patients, these strategies are underused among those with HCC.

In addition, HRQL is critically influenced by time since diagnosis, probably due to increased stress given limited treatment options and dismal prognosis; hence the needs may vary over time, authors said.

HCC or liver-specific measures of HRQL were not available in the data resources used, marking a limitation to the current study. HRQL data may also have a reporter bias, while other social confounding cannot completely be controlled for. Findings may not be representative of patients in Medicare fee-for-service.

Given the high incidence and mortality of HCC cases, the need to address HRQL issues is urgent. Future research needs to evaluate the value of HRQL scores in comparative effectiveness research involving therapeutic options and psychological interventions, researchers concluded.


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New Family Clinic Focused on Health and Wellness to Open on Arkansas Side | Texarkana Today – TXK Today

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Texarkana and the surrounding area is gaining a new resource for health and wellness. Led by Sam Nix, APRN, Total Access Health & Wellness will be opening on E. 9th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas in 82 Plaza. The clinic will offer primary care and minor emergency care, with the ability to accept walk-ins for those who need to be seen on the same day, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Mr. Nix will begin seeing patients on Tuesday, September 7th, the opening day of the clinic, and they are already accepting appointment bookings.

After working in both hospital and clinic environments as a practitioner for the past six years, the opportunity arose to open my own clinic and I jumped at the chance, said owner and primary practitioner Sam Nix.

Mr. Nix is a graduate of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a family nurse practitioner and has also completed a post masters certification in emergency medicine. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UAMS and is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2022.

Mr. Nix has worked in the medical field for over 23 years with experience as a flight nurse, emergency room nurse, and house supervisor. He currently has privileges as a nurse practitioner at both Wadley Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital. As a nurse practitioner, Nix is trained to blend the scientific processes of assessment and diagnosis with a holistic approach to managing patient care, looking to enhance overall well-being starting at the root cause, and not just treating symptoms.

Total Access Health and Wellness is a primary care clinic focusing on treating chronic medical conditions and minor emergencies. Services include wellness exams, sports physicals, DOT physicals, urgent care, sutures, minor fractures and sprains, in-office procedures including cryotherapy and removal of skin lesions, sick visits, and Covid-19 testing. We also offer occupational health services, such as employee health contracts to help companies decrease the cost of healthcare to their employees. Other services include health and wellness programs designed to increase the overall well-being of your workforce, thereby reducing the amount of sick days and increasing productivity. TAHW accepts most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare, along with competitive cash pay options.

I am very excited and am thankful to have this opportunity to serve my community and am thankful for the support of my family, especially my wife Katy, Nix said. Many of the patients Ive come to know over the years feel like family as well, and I look forward to continuing to serve them in this new venture.


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Collective Efforts to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Genetics Department Make Steady Progress – Yale School of Medicine

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Every two weeks, members of the Yale Genetics Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) come together to discuss ways to address equity and inclusion across all underrepresented memberships within the department. These discussions are centered around four major areas: i) understanding the challenges that members of our community from underrepresented backgrounds face, ii) scrutinizing and formalizing a more equitable approach to hiring, iii) educating members of the community at all career stages and job functions in how to eliminate current exclusionary practices, and iv) investing in the support and retention of underrepresented minorities within the department. The committee operates within a network of Yale-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts led by Deputy Dean and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Darin Lattimore together with Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion & Associate Chief Diversity Officer Rochelle Smith, both from the Yale School of Medicines Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

DAC was formed in October 2020 and is led by the Vice Chair of Diversity in the department, Dr. Valentina Greco. The overarching goal of DAC is to provide a lens through which to scrutinize and improve all departmental practices to embrace, enrich, and support a greater diversity within the departmental membership. The committee members partner closely with departmental members and leadership to achieve this. DAC members also act as representatives for other community members at their professional level undergraduate, post-graduate, graduate students, post-doc, administrative staff and lab professionals, clinical staff, and junior and senior faculty updating their peers on DAC efforts and bringing forth the concerns of their circles to the committee. Committee members communicate regularly with each other through a Slack platform, educating themselves and supporting each other in this critical work. The committee members are individuals with diverse backgrounds and different lived experiences who must be brave, vulnerable, and open with each other as they discuss the resistance within and outside the community to implement cultural change.

One of the areas where DAC is currently focusing its efforts on is the departments hiring practices, closely collaborating with faculty members and departmental leadership to develop an approach that both attracts and enriches for diverse memberships. To this end, DAC has recently provided extensive review and feedback of departmental guidelines for the recruitment of new junior faculty. These guidelines span from the initial wording of the advertisement to procedures detailing best practices for scoring applications, conducting interviews, and advancing candidates at each stage of review. Once approved, the guidelines will help to ensure that diversity is embedded in every faculty search going forward as a core value of the department, and that proactive steps to promote diversity in faculty hiring are consistently taken, regardless of who is directing the search.

Just as important as diversifying the candidate pool is ensuring that the department can support and retain its diverse faculty members. On its own, recruiting diverse candidates will not fix problems of equity and inclusion in the department this would only perpetuate such problems by creating a false sense that the culture has become more inclusive and supportive simply through diverse recruitment efforts, instead of addressing the underlying barriers that have traditionally excluded diverse members in the first place. To provide an authentically supportive environment for vulnerable memberships within the department, DAC is helping to implement an infrastructure for everyday processes, ranging from mentoring to promotion criteria, that continually scrutinizes and improves itself to be equitable for everyone.

DAC meetings create intentional spaces for scrutiny and to brainstorm solutions. However, it is also important to note that efforts to address inequity have been underway in the department even before the formation of DAC. In 2019, Dr. Caroline Hendry, Scientific Director and Advisor to the Chair of Genetics, spearheaded the Program to Support and Retain Women Faculty in Genetics, partnering with long-time advocate of gender equity Dr. Valentina Greco, as well as senior women faculty in the department Dr. Lynn Cooley, Dr. Valerie Reinke, and Dr. Hui Zhang. The program was designed in consultation with Dr. David Berg, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and an expert in organizational behavior and group and intergroup relations. The program takes a holistic approach to both support the professional advancement of women faculty in Genetics and to begin to break down the socio-cultural barriers that have impeded their advancement thus far. The Program to Support and Retain Women Faculty in Genetics has equipped me with tools to develop my managerial skills on a more personalized basis, says Dr. Kaelyn Sumigray, Assistant Professor of Genetics. She shares that the program provided a much-needed support system for developing my research program at a critical time in my career. The program spans four key areas: i) creating opportunities for women to become leaders, ii) scrutinizing and reassigning the distribution of burden and invisible labor in the department, iii) deconstructing gender stereotypes that limit career progression, and iv) establishing best practices for life-work integration. Importantly, the program includes men in the department insofar as they must be willing to take an active role in recognizing and addressing their privilege and role in perpetuating the structural, cultural and organizational barriers that have so far restricted womens careers in science from advancing on par with their male colleagues. Many aspects of the program can and are applied to other groups that are currently underrepresented in the department not just women in order to support and retain all vulnerable memberships.

More recently, the committee has expanded its efforts in training and educating the department on topics primarily at the intersection of race and genetics and issues of discrimination. The Equity Journal Club (EJC) was established by the departments trainees and staff in response to the social movement that came from the murder of George Floyd. It is another example of a diversity initiative that existed prior to DAC, and DAC is now working to expand the initiative and incorporate it into the more routine Research in Progress forum in the department as part of the departments ongoing educational mission. It is a sign of our commitment to learn and improve as a collective group," says Maria Benitez, a Genetics student and DAC representative. The DAC and EJC are in the midst of planning speaker events open to the Yale community to expand the conversation around the intersection of racism, genetic research, and health equity. DAC members also have a vision of putting together a library, compiling literature on anti-racism and systemic discrimination that anyone can access to educate themselves.

Dismantling structural bias and discrimination against people of diverse racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other vulnerable memberships is a long-term project. It cannot be solved by one individual leader, but requires peers to unite as followers of a movement that collectively desires and is willing to make the effort for change. Dr. Greco emphasizes the need for each member in the Yale Genetics community to bring a dedicated and serious commitment to change ourselves in order to make space for others. The exceptionalism and individualism that academia is built on is antithetic to the notion that talent is widespread. Furthermore, consciously or unconsciously, we perpetuate with our actions the false belief that talent can only be found in the few memberships consistent with the appearances of those who currently hold the most power and privilege, Greco continues. DAC believes that this ideological disconnect is the biggest resistance that the department faces in moving forward with DEI initiatives. Members of the department must realize that talent is present in groups that have historically and continue to be only tolerated, suppressed, or entirely excluded at various levels on the academic ladder.

Yale Genetics DAC and members of DEI committees across Yale continue to reflect on privilege and take action to make the department and the institution a more equitable place. Though there is still so much to be done, with the ongoing activism of DAC members and the collaboration of the entire department, Yale Genetics is determined to build a more inclusive environment for all.

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Misinformation Concerning COVID-19 Abounds in the Medical Community – – Legal Reader

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Information about the coronavirus can sometimes be confusing and misleading.

There is so much mixed information out there about the coronavirus and how to protect oneself against it. There are a multitude of conflicting opinions, in particular, in the medical community and those closest to instituting disease prevention practices especially with regards to whether or not the vaccine is effective.

The Center for Disease Control and the Indiana State [Department] of Health are giving you very bad scientific guidance, said Daniel Stock, MD, a primary care physician with a concierge practice in Noblesville, Indiana. The doctor described himself as a functional family medicine physician, although he is not officially board certified.

Stock believes that COVID-19 vaccinations are doing more harm than good because they make coronavirus infections worse. Hes alleged his treatment of over 15 COVID-19 patients with vitamin D, ivermectin, and zinc has kept them out of the hospital. He also stated that this cocktail reduces the mortality risk by 75%. The doctor shared his findings despite a study that was released in August finding that ivermectin is an ineffective treatment option.

In response, the state health department issued a statement reaffirming that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. But by then, the YouTube video of Stocks comments had gone viral. The result is that there is greater political divide among those who are for, and those against, getting the vaccine.

Officials are scrambling to address public statements such as Stocks which spread confusing misinformation about the effectiveness of the vaccine and supposed alternative, holistic treatments. The breadth of conflicting information is on the rise, which makes it difficult for Americans to determine what they feel is the best course of action. Because of this, many are opting to stay unvaccinated, which leaves them at risk of contracting the deadly virus and having significant symptoms that can be life-threatening.

People in the medical community accused of spreading false information include public officials such as Scott Atlas, MD, who served as President Donald Trumps COVID-19 advisor, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, whose YouTube account was temporarily suspended in August.

Thats the problem. Those types of viral videos of someone somewhere who thinks they know something the rest of us dont, said Jennifer Bryan, MD, board chair of the Mississippi State Medical Association. I dont know any good reason why a physician should be advising against vaccination. Its appropriate for medical boards to look into those situations.

A new Associated Press (AP)-NORC poll shows anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter and this is primarily due to news of the Delta variant and the adoption of new policies in states and school districts. Hospitals are also filling once again to max capacity. In late June, the number of reported cases week-to-week, according to the CDC, was around 12,000. On July 27, this average increased to over 60,000.

The CDC recommends all people ages 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant, or who might become pregnant in the future, get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Report urges major reforms in the transition to residency – AAMC

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Each year, tens of thousands of medical students face a flood of potentially life-changing questions.

After many years of a demanding education, how do they nab a coveted residency slot to complete their training? How do they determine whether a residency program where they could spend the next three to seven years is the right fit? What can they do to stand out among dozens of applications? And most concerning, what happens if they dont get a spot?

The process is so stressful and all-consuming, says Juhee Patel, DO, a recent graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. You focus so much on the next step, and the next, that you can forget that youre still a student trying to learn.

Medical school advisors who guide students through the complex process feel the strain as well. And residency program directors who may receive a thousand applications for a dozen positions struggle to pinpoint the candidates who will best suit their programs.

The system is broken, notes Karen Hauer, MD, PhD, an associate dean at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine.

Now, for the first time, key stakeholders have come together to tackle the many thorny problems that hobble the process of transitioning from medical student to resident.

On Aug. 26, the Coalition for Physician Accountability the organization that brings together all the major players in the transition to residency process, including the AAMC, the National Resident Matching Program, the American Osteopathic Association, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates released 34 recommendations that some hope will shake up the entire process.

The Coalition-convened Undergraduate Medical Education to Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC) penned the report after nine months of extensive debate, drafting, and public feedback.

The final recommendations touch nearly every aspect of the transition to residency. They range from decreasing the stress and expense of applications to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine.

These recommendations are a comprehensive set of ideas on how to make the process better.Now the hard work starts on which ones are most helpful to applicants and programs and whether they can be implemented.

Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACPAAMC chief health care officer

Taken together, these recommendations are transformational, says Elise Lovell, MD, UGRC co-chair and emergency medicine residency program director at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Still, the road ahead is not simple. For one, each member organization of the Coalition there are 13 of them is autonomous and will need to decide which recommendations it can act on and when. In addition, the United States is home to hundreds of residency programs and medical schools, each with their own missions and resources to consider as they contemplate change.

These recommendations are a comprehensive set of ideas on how to make the process better.Now the hard work starts on which ones are most helpful to applicants and programs and whether they can be implemented, explains Janis M. Orlowski, MD, MACP, AAMC chief health care officer.In the end, well have some really good, winning ideas and some that will not work out.

Looking ahead, leaders say they are committed to the necessary work. All of the members of the coalition are committed to ongoing collaboration with each other and with medical schools and residency programs to improve the system, says Alison J. Whelan, MD, AAMC chief academic officer and the associations representative on the coalition.

Other leaders are hopeful as well. Even if all the recommendations are not implemented seamlessly, I believe good things will occur, notes George Mejicano, MD, UGRC co-chair and senior associate dean for education at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

For the past 10 years or more, we've been stuck in the same place, says Grant Lin, MD, PhD, a pediatric resident at Stanford Health Care in California and a member of the UGRC committee. The recommendations are a monumental step in breaking through that.

Worried that they wont win a slot, residency candidates have been filing more and more applications. Between 2016 and 2020, the average number of applications that candidates submitted rose more than 8% from 87.7 to 95. International medical school graduates, who often face additional hurdles in the quest for a residency slot, have hit an average of 136 submissions.

This year, we received 5,800 applications for 24 positions. Its just not possible to thoroughly review most of them, explains Richard Alweis, MD, a UGRC committee member and associate chief medical officer for medical education at Rochester Regional Health in New York.

Candidates might apply to fewer programs if they better understood where they had a shot at acceptance, the UGRC suggests. The Residency Explorer tool andCareers in Medicine program already provide some information, but the committee wants more. For instance, the authors note that such data as the test scores or geographic regions of applicants who were interviewed or ranked in the Match by a program would be edifying.

Programs looking to winnow their applicant pool need better information, too. The recommendations therefore advise making the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) more searchable say, for students who volunteered at a rural clinic or researched COVID-19.

This year, we received 5,800 applications for 24 positions. Its just not possible to thoroughly review most of them.

Richard Alweis, MDAssociate chief medical officer for medical education at Rochester Regional Health in New York

But better information is hardly enough, the report notes. The community needs well-supported pilot programs that explore innovative ways to shrink application numbers.

Some efforts, like accelerated pathways ones that seamlessly move students from aninstitutions medical school to its residency program already exist. Other recommendations, such as capping the number of applications allowed per person, would be more dramatic departures from existing practices.

The report makes several suggestions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine.

For one, it recommends that all members of the medical education community receive professional development on anti-racism, avoiding bias, and improving equity. Without such steps, physicians risk perpetuating health inequities and even mistreating learners, according to the report.

In addition, specialty societies should develop and disseminate best practices to help programs recruit a diversity of candidates.

And because clinical clerkship grades can be subjective and therefore require close monitoring the report authors recommend that medical schools review their clerkship grade distributions each year to root out bias based on such characteristics as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Those involved with the UGRC process note that the committee considered diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout, not just in guidance focused specifically on those issues. The goal, they say, was to prevent recommendations from inadvertently having an uneven toll on any particular group.

Aside from hoping to ace a residency interview, the interview-invitation system itself can be intensely stressful on candidates since it puts pressure on them to respond almost immediately to interview openings.

A friend asked me to watch their email account for offers from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. so they could go to their clerkship. Thats pretty common practice, notes Lin. If you dont respond to an interview request within about five minutes, that slot could be taken.

The report therefore recommends creating better platforms, policies, and procedures for offering and accepting interviews. While all those possibilities are being sorted out, the authors call for temporary measures for this application season, such as programs extending only as many invitations as available interviews and allowing students 24 to 48 hours to respond to invites.

And then theres another significant interview issue: Worried that they wont land a slot elsewhere, some applicants hoard appointments at many programs further down their priority list.

To address that problem, the report advises specialty-specific caps on the number of applicant interviews.

An electronic system could automatically prevent a candidate from taking too many interviews, explains UCSFs Hauer, who served on the committee. Then those many extra interviews you didnt need could go to other applicants who did really need them.

The difficulties with the transition to residency are not only with the application process. Among the other issues is ensuring that students are ready when they hit the hospitals halls.

You dont really know exactly what youre going to see when someone shows up on Day 1 of residency, Alweis says.

Thats mostly because theres no agreed-upon set of skills that every medical school graduate must possess, according to the report.

We want all of medical education to start speaking the same language when we describe and assess a learners abilities, Lovell says. Having such recognized competencies could offer many benefits. Among them are letters of recommendation built around core skills rather than more free-ranging, subjective assessments.

Another key recommendation proposes creating standardized ways that programs can provide feedback to medical schools on their graduates readiness for residency. Those observations could help schools improve their curricula and learner handovers.

We want all of medical education to start speaking the same language when we describe and assess a learners abilities.

Elise Lovell, MDUndergraduate Medical Education to Graduate Medical Education Review Committee co-chair

Imagine if the feedback loop facilitated more open communication about the needs of programs, explains Donna Lamb, DHSc, MBA, president and CEO of the National Resident Matching Program, which runs the Match, the process that allows candidates and programs to rank each other and thereby fill residency slots. We could see great improvement in the collaboration and trust between schools and programs, and as trust increases, programs will become more willing to conduct holistic review based on schools evaluations.

Rolling out the recommendations will be complicated and certainly will take time, say those involved.

At the AAMC, for example, a work group has been exploring options to improve the application process. Well build on existing initiatives, consider new ones, and be as evidenced-informed as possible, says Whelan. Importantly, before we act on any recommendations, well get additional input from our constituents and communities.

Projects already underway include upgrading the technology behind the searchability of the ERAS application and trying out supplemental ERAS questions that could aid programs decision-making, explains AAMC chief services officer Gabrielle V. Campbell, MBA, LLM.The organization has also gathered extensive resources for students, schools, and programs to improve the transition to residency.

Still, some report suggestions capping the number of applications per candidate, for instance must be approached with caution, Campbell notes. For this to work in practice, candidates must have sufficient opportunities when applying, so the AAMC is studying the equity implications of caps.

Well build on existing initiatives, consider new ones, and be as evidenced-informed as possible.

Alison J. Whelan, MDAAMC chief academic officer

The groups involved also want to contemplate possible unforeseen consequences of various steps, committee members say. In fact, Recommendation #1 is to establish a unified body to monitor the impact of changes and champion continuous quality improvements.

But such united efforts are not so simple.

This work is going to require a level of collaboration never seen before in medical education, says Lovell.

So, what will motivate individual organizations to collaborate despite their sometimes differing perspectives?

Mejicano has thoughts: Its a combination of altruism, compromise, peer pressure, and providing a compelling argument about how big the problem is.

If efforts pan out, Lin believes that thousands of people will benefit. We want to be creating an effective physician workforce for patient care because, at the end of the day, thats what this is all about.

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Agrify Second Quarter Revenue Rises 203% To $11.8M, Reaffirms Its Full Year Guidance Of $48 to $50M – Yahoo Finance

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Agrify Corporation (NASDAQ: AGFY) announced financial results for the period ended June 30, 2021, revealing 203% revenue improvement from the same period in 2020, reaching $11.8 million. The company, based in Billerica, Massachusetts, missed Seeking Alpha estimates of $15.15 million in revenue for the quarter.

Q2 2021 Financial And Operational Highlights

Revenue increased 203% to $11.8 million for Q2 2021 compared to $3.9 million for Q2 2020 and increased 69% sequentially from $7 million in Q1 2021.

New bookings were $30.7 million for Q2 2021, which is the highest quarterly bookings total for the Company to date.

Total backlog increased to $101.1 million from $82.2 million at the end of Q1 2021.

The company announced the first Agrify Total Turn-Key Solution customer partnership, signing a definitive agreement with Bud & Marys Cultivation, Inc. to install up to 1,200 Agrify Vertical Farming Units at its 50,000-square-foot facility. The partnership is anticipated to generate an estimated $28 million in annual revenue with up to $280 million expected in the next 10 years.

Expanded and amplified partnerships with existing customers including WhiteCloud, Greenstone and Nevada Holistic Medicine.

Management Commentary

We are very pleased to share that our Q2 revenue grew to a record $11.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 203%, and sequential growth of 69%, Raymond Chang, CEO of Agrify stated. At the beginning of the year, we set out to achieve $40 million in top-line revenue, secure a partnership with a major MSO, and launch our latest technology, VFU 3.6. I am proud to report that we have already exceeded these goals, and we are well on our way to realizing our expanded full year 2021 revenue guidance of $48-$50 million.

Key Q3 2021 Developments To Date

Established multi-year vertical farming research and development partnership with Curaleaf Holdings (OTCQX: CURLF) to study the impact of cultivation environment on plant health and harvest yields;

Opened new cultivation and production facility, product showcase, and corporate office in Billerica, Massachusetts, following the Companys receipt of a license for the cultivation and production of industrial hemp from the state

Launched Agrify University, a 3,500-square-foot state-of-the-art indoor vertical farming facility featuring Agrifys latest technology and advanced cultivation methods, and an innovative, project-based learning program providing participants with in-classroom, on-site

and on-demand learning options;

Announced the second Agrify TTK Solution customer partnership with True House Cannabis LLC, a partnership that is anticipated to generate an estimated $45.3 million in expected revenue in the next 10 years;

2021 Outlook and Guidance

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As a result of the continued strength of Agrifys operations, the Company remains on track to achieve the upper target of its previously disclosed total revenue guidance of $48 to $50 million for the full year 2021.

Price Action

Agrifys shares were trading 2.60% higher at $27.20 per share during Friday's pre-market session.

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The Way of Miracles – Film Threat

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Id be lying if I said that I didnt go into Christina Vircillo Bressons documentary,The Way of Miracles, with a healthy dose of skepticism. The film features a wide range of stories about people whose health issues mainstream medicine all but gave up on. But, by combining Western and Eastern medicine, they found success in a more holistic approach. Though I may not have agreed with the films sentiment 100%, there is truth to be mined.

The Way of Miraclesfeatures holistic practitioner Dr. Mark Mincolla and several of his patients. One womans thyroid issues prevented her from becoming pregnant. Her initial doctor told her she had no nope, while Dr. Mincolla deduced her problem by asking just a few questions. He prescribed a new diet and supplements, and success! Other stories include a woman battling breast cancer and a man who slowly began losing his hearing. All healed through holistic means primarily diet and lifestyle changes. Is it that simple?

Along with the stories, Dr. Mincolla and other experts explain the human body has this unique ability to heal itself. Subtle claims are made that western medicine sometimes gets in the way of this healing. Taken from the press release, viewers discover how to harness the power of healing by exploring how the energetic properties of food, thought, and emotion affect immunity, chronic inflammation, and the genetic expression of disease. Whew!

combining Western and Eastern medicine, they found success in amore holistic approach.

Im just a film critic, not a medical professional, so here are a few of my takeaways fromThe Way of Miracles. Im a big believer that the corporatization of the food industry has traded convenience over nutrition. The food we eat off the shelf and in our fast food is full of chemicals and preservatives for the sake of flavor and long shelf-life. I always point out that a McDonalds cheeseburger will never get moldy for years. How can this be good? Our diet and the source of our food have a massive impact on our health, and also, the food pyramid is upside down.

Stress is also detrimental to our health. We stew in our day-to-day stress worrying about everything, and become increasingly depressed from the news and social media. Managing stress is vital, and Bresson brings up various gratitude exercises to curb our dis-ease. While I believe that having a positive attitude and general outlook on life is healthier than the alternative, I began getting lost during the discussion of our energies and how this energy or force, whether positive or negative, can be passed onto others. It makes a great word picture, but I question the science. Again, I blame my natural skepticism.

My biggest takeaway fromThe Way of Miraclesis you have to take charge of your health. While you cant take blind faith in holistic medicine to cure all that ails you, you cant 100% trust traditional medicine (your doctor) either. A pill is not going to take away the sources of your stress. Nor is feeling good going to prevent the growth of tumors.

The Way of Miraclesis, if anything, educational about how our bodies work. Dr. Mincolla makes these heady holistic ideas understandable. He lets the results of his work speak for themselves and never resorts to any hard sell. We are sharply divided in almost every aspect of life. In this case, its health, and like every other issue, the answer always seems to lie somewhere in the middle.

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Meet the doctor bringing hope to the world of medicine – The Jerusalem Post

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Prof. Ben Corn decided to become an oncologist when he was 11 years old. His father had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and the disease soon claimed his life.

He was young and I was young, he said. I found that I could accept the fact that his disease was not curable, as disappointing and frustrating as it was. What I could not accept was the stigma surrounding cancer, the fact that I was not able to confide in anybody. I could not talk about it with my friends, and even my teachers, my rabbis, my community, the doctors at the top cancer center in New York where my father was treated, did not know how to deal with my family.

A specialist in radiation therapy, he has worked in some of the most advanced hospitals in the US and Israel, has authored dozens of medical studies, sat in multiple scientific committees and received a number of prestigious awards, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Award in 2021.

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His careers focus, however, has not only been to find a cure for the disease including a prostate cancer that killed his father but to bring forth a revolution in oncology and in the whole medical field: infuse care for the patients with the science of hope, a mission that he pursues every day in the hospital, as well as chairman of Lifes Door, a non-for-profit organization that he founded with his wife Dvora Corn, a therapist, in 2004.

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we want to cure them, Corn said. The idea that hope equals cure however, can be very dangerous. Unfortunately there are still many types of cancer that are incurable, but in my vision, there should never be a scenario where we do not pursue hope, never a situation where we tell the person that we have nothing to offer to them.

His approach drives from the work and literature of prominent American psychologist Rick Snyder.

CORN EXPLAINED that the idea behind hope therapy and hope theory is to define goals based on what really drives a patient. This requires the physician to really look at the person in front of them, to understand who they are beyond their disease.

This way, I find that I learn a lot about the human being who is sitting with me, in a very intimate way, Corn said. This is an amazing privilege.

The goals do not have to be medical related at all.

There are different things that we can help a patient do, sometimes with the assistance of other professionals that we work with, the professor remarked. Maybe there is a degree that a patient was pursuing that he or she interrupted, maybe there are new or old hobbies to cultivate, and so on.

I think anyone would be surprised to see how patients want to speak to us about these things, how much it helps them, he added. And when I cannot bring a person to open up myself, I look for the help of a social worker, a chaplain or one of their loved ones.

Such an approach offers tremendous benefits not only to patients, but also to medical staff.

In the world of oncology, the rate of burnout is very high, Corn noted. But if a doctor can find a curiosity about the human being thats in front of them, then the case never gets boring. Its not just, Oh, another person with colon cancer. Its a person with colon cancer thats driven by these values. And this is always going to be interesting.

In addition, all physicians dread the moment when they have to tell a patient that all options for them have been exhausted, including any possible experimental treatment. The hope therapy offers the possibility of transforming that moment.

ACCORDING TO the doctor, a holistic approach to the patient is a key value to train medical students too.

In his opinion, all health systems in the world, including the Israeli one, should do a lot more to bring this view into the care they offer.

First of all, I want to say that the healthcare system in Israel is outstanding, Corn said. During the pandemic, Israel has been looked at as a model to emulate.

However, in terms of the emotional aspect, I think the whole world is still not where it needs to be and Israel is playing catch-up just like everyone else is, he noted. Healthcare providers face tremendous pressures in terms of time, but I dont accept this as an excuse. We must incorporate the vision of a more holistic approach to cancer care, as well as to all medical therapeutics.

Shaare Zedeks new cancer center will embody this worldview, starting from its architecture.

It is going to be a beautiful place, with a homey feeling and lots of wood, Corn said.

The structures faade will feature an abstract sculpture representing a butterfly.

This is a tremendously powerful idea, the doctor added. Because the butterfly, as we know, was a caterpillar that went through a metamorphosis, something similar to what happens to a person who experiences a significant change in life.

The center will offer patients everything they might need under one roof, including different treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, but also the support of psychologists, social workers and other professionals.

We are going to assist each patient in navigating the journey into cancer, Corn said. Every person will avail themselves of the state-of-the-art therapies, offering cutting-edge technologies. For those who are interested in a more experimental approach, this will also be available. Ive been an oncologist now for about three decades. There was a time when patients didnt have trust. You cant do medicine without trust. But now I think patients want to put their faith in us so we can give them the best opportunities with state-of-the-art therapies that are ethically designed. Its very exciting to be part of a team that can provide those opportunities for patients and family members.

MEANWHILE, WITH Lifes Door, Corn continues to work to bring the concept of a more person-centered approach to healthcare and beyond.

The organization describes its mission as to empower hope, meaning, and quality of life throughout illness, aging, and at the end of life.

For this purpose, they conduct scientific research and train relevant professionals to include hopefulness in their approach to medicine.

Recently, Lifes Door also launched a platform, Hopetimize, devoted to educating healthcare providers, but also volunteers, as well as patients themselves, family members and other communities in hope-enhancement techniques.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, several hundred volunteers were trained as Hope Responders to bring their support to elderly suffering from isolation.

For the future, the organization is working on another project, the Seal of Hope.

Our idea is that we can teach all the staff of a medical center hope-enhancing techniques and when I say staff I mean everyone, from the doctors to the guards, from the nurses to the orderlies, through the workshops and seminars we have developed, Corn said. Once this happens and the hospital meets a certain set of criteria, they can become a hospital of hope, certified by our Seal of Hope.

We often talk about how diseases and viruses are contagious, but hope is contagious too, he concluded. This is the message I would like to perpetuate.

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When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we want to treat it, he said. corn. However, the idea that Esperanza Equal treatment can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, there are still many incurable cancers out there, but in my opinion, there should never be a scenario in which we do not seek EsperanzaThere is no case where we tell a person that we have nothing to offer them.

His approach is based on the work and literature of an eminent American psychologist Rick Snyder.

corn Explain that the idea behind We hope for a cure and the Hope theory It is setting goals based on what really drives the patient. This requires the physician to actually look at the person in front of them, to understand who they are after their illness.

In this way, I find that I have learned a lot about the human being who sits with me, in a very intimate way, he said. corn. Its a wonderful privilege.

The goals do not have to be related to medicine at all.

There are different things we can help a patient do, sometimes with the help of other specialists we work with, the professor said. Maybe there is a degree the patient has been pursuing and interrupting, maybe there are new or old hobbies to cultivate, etc.

I think anyone would be surprised to see how patients want to talk to us about these things, and how much they help, he added. And when I cant get someone to open up, I seek help from a social worker, a chaplain, or a loved one.

This approach offers tremendous benefits not only to patients, but also to medical personnel.

In the world of oncology, the rate of depletion is very high, he noted. corn. But if the doctor finds curiosity about the human in front of him, the case will never become boring. Its not just about Oh, someone else has colon cancer. You are a person with colon cancer motivated by these values. And that will always be fun.

Moreover, all doctors dread the moment when they have to tell the patient that all options available to him have been exhausted, including any possible experimental treatments. the We hope for a cure Provides the possibility to change that moment.

According to the doctor, a holistic approach to the patient is a core value of training medical students as well.

In the Hebrew UniversityI think its the core of our programme.

In his view, all the worlds health systems, including the Israeli one, should do more to integrate this vision into the care they provide.

First of all, I would like to say that the health system in Israel is excellent, he said. corn. During the pandemic, it was considered Israel as a role model.

However, regarding the emotional aspect, I believe that the entire world is still not where it should be Israel He is catching up like everyone else. Healthcare providers face enormous time pressures, but I dont accept that as an excuse. We must integrate the vision of a more holistic approach to cancer care, as well as all medical treatments.

The new Shaare Zedek Cancer Center will embody this worldview, starting with its architecture.

It would be a nice place, with a homey feel and lots of wood, he said. corn.

The facade of the building will contain an abstract sculpture representing a butterfly.

Its a very strong idea, the doctor added. Because the butterfly, as we know, was a caterpillar that went through a transformation, something similar to what happens to a person experiencing a major life change.

The center will provide patients with everything they need under one roof, including various treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, as well as the support of psychologists, social workers and other specialists.

We will help every patient navigate their journey to cancer, he said. corn. All people will benefit from advanced treatments that provide the latest technology. For those interested in a more experimental approach, this will also be available. I have been an oncologist for about three decades. There was a time when patients were not confident. You cannot do medication without confidence. But I Now I believe patients want to place their trust in us so that we can provide the best opportunities with the latest, ethically designed treatments. It is very exciting to be part of a team that can provide these opportunities to patients and their families.

With the door of lifeAnd corn Work continues to bring the concept of a more person-centred approach to healthcare and beyond.

The organization describes its mission as promoting Esperanzameaning and quality of life during illness, old age, and end of life.

To do this, they conduct scientific research and train relevant professionals to incorporate hope into their approach to medicine.

Recently, the door of life also launched a platform, contemplation, dedicated to educating health care providers, but also volunteers, as well as patients themselves, family members and other communities in health-improving techniques Esperanza.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, several hundred volunteers have been trained to Hope respondersTo support the elderly who suffer from isolation.

For the future, the organization is working on another project, which is ring of hope.

Our idea is that we can teach all the staff at the medical center augmentation techniques EsperanzaAnd when I say personal I mean everyone, from doctors to guards, from nurses to male nurses, through the workshops and seminars weve had. corn. Once that happens and a hospital meets a certain set of criteria, they can becomeAl Amal Hospital, Certifiedseal of hope.

We often talk about infectious diseases and viruses, but Esperanza He too, he concluded. This is the message I would like to keep.

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Little League baseball returns to Lycoming County … with caveats | Five for the Weekend – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

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Happy weekend, all.With the tournament scheduled to begin next week, theLittle League World SeriesannouncedFriday that it would close the event to the general public.

The health and well-being of our teams and mitigating their exposure to COVID-19 must continue to be our main priority, as we conclude our World Series events,Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEOsaid in a statement Friday.

With updated guidance from the CDC, and in consultation with our Pandemic Response Advisory Commission and medical advisors, we feel its essential to revert our attendance policy to unfortunately limit the spectators in Williamsport to the family and friends of our 16 participating teams and our highest-level volunteers and supporters. We are disappointed that we must rollback our spectators joining us in Williamsport this year, but are eager to provide a safe, enjoyable experience for the 16 teams who will compete in the World Series this summer, Keener continued.

The decision comes as COVID-19 cases continue to riseacross the countryandin Pennsylvania.

Lycoming County,where theLittle League World Seriesis held, is currently in the high level of community transmission, according to stateDepartment of Health data.

In May, our organization made the decision to move forward with our Little League Baseball and Softball tournaments this summer, with the focus of providing the boys and girls in our program that magical Little League World Series experience while protecting their health and well-being,Dr. Daniel Lueders, Commission Chair, Little League International Board of Directors Member, and UPMC Sports Medicine Physician said. As this virus evolves, we must continue to stay vigilant and do everything we can to reduce exposure of COVID-19 to our players and participants. Reducing fans in Williamsport is a disappointing, but necessary, measure we must make to support that effort at this time.

The tournament is scheduled to begin next Thursday, and officials said the teams that advance to Williamsport will receive 250 team passes for their friends, families, and community members. The statement continued: Additional passes have been committed to high-level volunteers and supporters, which will still be honored. All spectators, regardless of vaccination status, will also be strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when on the complex, especially while in any indoor facility during their visit.

As always, the top 5 stories from this week are below.

1.Pa. health officials are leaving mask mandates up to K-12 schools. A Senate committee has questions

Pennsylvania students and teachers will return to the classroom in a few weeks, and there are no plans for another statewide mask mandate. But that didnt stop Senate lawmakers from railing against masking recommendations for K-12 schools.

Acting Health Secretary of Health Alison Beam, Education Secretary Noe Ortega, and acting Deputy Education Secretary Sherri Smith testified during a crowded Senate Education Committee hearing on Friday, outlining recommended COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for local districts.

Families, many with young children, were in the audience, holding anti-mask and anti-vaccine mandate signs. Attendees often booed when the officials cited scientific studies and fact-based recommendations from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.

While it still supports a return to in-person learning, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status due to the delta variant.

2.I was an evangelical and an anti-vaxxer. Heres what changed | Opinion

As hospitals again fill up with COVID-19 cases, the vaccinated are getting angrier at the unvaccinated. I get the anger. I also get what it feels like to be on the other side. Being an anti-vaxxer is a lot like being an evangelical Christian, and Ive been both.

In the evangelical church of my adolescence, I was taught to believe we had a corner on The Truth. We had a duty to remain true to the good news. We accepted that we might be persecuted for our beliefs, but we were sure that the evidence (mainly the Bible) was entirely on our side. Our beliefs created a powerful sense of belonging. I was in the evangelical church long before social media, but the churchs vibrant youth program met all my social needs in a similar way. It was the equivalent of a Facebook bubble.

I fled from evangelicalism only to fall into another errant subculture when I was pregnant with my first child. I had been getting truly helpful care from holistic medical practitioners who, unfortunately, were convinced that vaccinations are damaging. I can scarcely believe it now, but once again I drank the Kool-Aid. The literature I absorbed all published independently or by small presses promised that if I raised my children naturally, I wouldnt need vaccines to protect them from communicable diseases.

3.Top Trump DOJ officials letter staked out Georgia as path to a coup | Jay S. Bookman

On Dec. 28, a top official in the Trump Department of Justice circulated an extraordinary, potentially history-altering letter to his colleagues, writing that I see no valid downsides to issuing the letter and proposing that they get it out as soon as possible.

In that letter, reported this week by ABC News, Jeffrey Clark falsely claimed that there were such significant concerns about the legitimacy of the election in Georgia that Gov. Brian Kemp ought to call the state Legislature into special session to overturn the results and give Donald Trump the states 16 electoral votes.

That of course was a lie, a lie created to foment a coup.

4.Tioga County calls on Sen. Mastriano to stop unnecessary chaos of forensic investigation

A Republican-controlled county in rural Pennsylvania has called for an end to the unnecessary chaos caused by aproposed forensic investigationinto the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections.

In a Tuesday statement, theTioga County commissionerspushed Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, to rescind his sweeping request for election equipment and voting records as part of reviewing the two most recent elections in Tioga, York, and Philadelphia counties.

All three countiesdeclinedto comply with the investigation.

Following Mastrianos request, the Department of State also issued adirectiveprohibiting third-party access to voting equipment.

The senator began his one-man quest with a false accusation, saying that if Tioga County did not give him what he wanted, it was because we had something to hide, the statement, which was read during Tuesdays board meeting, said. The people of this county have nothing to hide, and Mr. Mastriano knows it. In fact, the only one who has made himself scarce since he made this blunder without the authority of his committee or the Senate is Doug Mastriano.

5.Pa. senator wants to establish liability for parents who opt-out of mask mandates in K-12 schools

As some state lawmakers work to find ways around mask mandates in K-12 schools, one Pennsylvania state senator is planning added protection for families though he hopes its ultimately unnecessary.

Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, says he wants to hold parents who refuse to comply with public school mask mandates liable if their child transmits COVID-19 or one of its variants to a classmate.

Williamsbegan seeking co-sponsors for his proposal on Tuesday. And in a memo to colleagues, he said that rising case numbers, especially among children, should strike fear into the heart of every parent.

While the last 18 months have been difficult for many, the COVID-19 pandemic is unfortunately far from over, Williams wrote in amemoseeking colleagues support.

And thats the week. See you back here next weekend.

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Why integrated medicine is more than just a passing craze – India Today

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In a recent interview to India Today, Delhi-based designer Rina Singh, who had suffered from Covid in mid-April, talked about how even weeks into her recovery, she was far from her pre-Covid self. Dealing with erratic sleeping patterns, digestive issues and compromised energy levels, among a host of other problems, she spoke of a need to evolve an everyday living practice that is more holistic. Like fashion, even medicine is a creative pursuit and no one-size-fits-all works in this scenario, she said.

In this lies the draw of integrative or integrated medicine. Dr R.B. Smarta, CMD-interlink and vice-president of Health Foods and Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA) explains: Integrated medicine is a patient-centric approach and not related to only one particular Pathy (allopathy, homeopathy, etc) of medicines. Integrated medicinal approaches can be described as the coordinated and evidence-based way of combining conventional and less conventional medicinal practices to deliver overall care to a patient. Integrated medicine, he adds, covers conventional, complementary and alternative medicines.

There are enough medicines to take care of the symptoms, but theres no system to look at the root cause of an illness and integrative medicine addresses that, says Luke Coutinho, holistic lifestyle coach-integrative and lifestyle medicine, and founder of YouCare by Luke Coutinho. For instance, he says, there are pills to suppress a headache, but headaches keep coming back. The root cause could be anything, ranging from dehydration to constipation, lack of sleep, or emotional stress. So, asks Coutinho, can a pill help when a headache is actually caused by inadequate water intake?

An important question to ask here is, why is it that some of those who test positive for Covid are asymptomatic, while others suffer terribly? Why is it that some heal at home while others need a ventilator and oxygen support?

According to Dr Smarta, The pandemic has focussed tremendous attention on immune health and, consequently, on preventive measures through complementary and integrative approaches. Lockdown-induced lifestyle changes including lack of exercise, sleep disorders, unhealthy eating patterns and several psychological symptoms, including depression, have resulted in the need for such integrated approaches along with conventional medicines. An integrated medicinal approach includes health supplements and nutritional medicines (nutraceuticals and traditional medicines), exercise, nature therapy, botanical medicines and holistic intervention to help people strengthen their physical and mental resilience during and post infection, adds Dr Smarta.

However, it is important to remember that using an integrated approach does not mean skipping conventional practices entirely. Diseases are classified into two parts: low involvement, low risk; and high involvement, high risk. Based on the type of ailment, integrated medicine is employed in the treatment. For example, for minor ailments like mild pain and anxiety, hot flashes, etc, integrated medicines can be employed under a doctors supervision. However, for major illnesses, conventional medicine that has evolved over ages is the first line of treatment. Integrated approaches are employed at the disease prevention and the recovery (rehabilitation) stage, says Dr Smarta.

For Coutinho, its a basic set of questions you need to ask yourself. Do you expect a burnt-out body and mind to really support your immune system? Do you expect a sleep-deprived body to have sufficient energy to drive its complex immune system? Do you expect a body riddled with inflammation and lifestyle ailments to support your immunity the way you expect it to? Do you expect your lungs burdened with smoking and substance abuse to really support you in this crisis? Do you expect a stressed-out mind to have a positive impact on your physical self? Do you expect a sedentary body to be physically fit? Nutrition-performance and nutrition-fitness-meditation would be my mantra through which we can practice an integrated approach to healing and wellness in everyday life. Healthy dietary habits are the key to a disease-free body and healthy mind. Performance nutrition can be described as the extra nutrition required to boost energy levels. In order to multi-task, basic nutrition is not enough. Hence performance nutrition is necessary, says Dr Smarta.

Diet educationist, pharmacist and author Lokendra Tomar agrees: Healing takes place with internal effort; it is not carried out by medicines alone. Anti-infectives and steroids may help, but internal capacity to bolster healing comes with nutrition. Internal structure requires nutrients, metals such as zinc and selenium, vitamin C to repair and heal tissues, protein and minerals. All of these are derived from food and help the body repair and heal damage.

Coutinho sums it up: Medicines with zero focus on lifestyle are a failed approach. One prescription after another with no emphasis on lifestyle change is the reason why the world is stuck in chronic illnesses today. The focus needs to be on building a strong immune system holistically.

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Adams-Morancie Official Team Physician for Trinidad and Tobago at Tokyo Olympics | Newsroom – UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine

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Nailah Adams-Morancie, MD, MS, CAQSM, Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship based at UNC Family Medicine, represented sports medicine and family medicine as official team physician for Trinidad and Tobago at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. While she was there, Adams was kind enough to take part in a quick question & answer session.

Nailah Adams-Morancie, MD, MS, CAQSM, Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship based at UNC Family Medicine, represented sports medicine and family medicine as official team physician for Trinidad and Tobago at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Trinidad and Tobago participated in their eighteenth Olympics and had twenty-two athletes competing in seven sports.

Dr. Adams, an alumnus of the Sports Medicine Fellowship, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the U.S. to attend Howard University at nineteen, earning undergraduate degrees in biology and sports medicine. She received a masters degree in nutrition from Columbia University, her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Margaret Helton, MD, Chair of Family Medicine, enjoyed the photographs Dr. Adams sent from Tokyo during her trip, including frequent pictures of Ramses, the Tar Heel mascot, in various Olympic venues around the city. We are proud of Dr. Adams. Her experience caring for Olympic athletes strengthens her clinical and leadership skills, which translates into excellent teaching for our residents, fellows, and students, and outstanding care for our patients, from amateur athletes to elite competitors, stated Dr. Helton.

While she was there, Dr. Adams was kind enough to answer some questions about her experience at the Tokyo Olympics:

How long have you been working with Trinidad and Tobago Olympic athletes?Since 2016. I was recommended by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee to our national Cycling Federation to be the head event doctor for the Junior Pan-American Track Cycling championships held in Trinidad that summer after finishing my Sports Medicine fellowship at UNC. Some of those athletes from the junior level are Olympians competing in these Tokyo2020 Games!

How has COVID impacted the Trinidad and Tobago team, and other teams you have knowledge of?The Playbook for Athletes and Officials was created by the IOC, IOPC and Tokyo2020 to lay out countermeasures against COVID-19. We live in unprecedented times so things would expectedly be different from my previous tours with the team. We have not been able to see the city of Tokyo, other than when traveling to and from the Olympic Village or other official areas of residence (cycling and sailing, for example, are at other sites) and the event venues via buses provided. These are all efforts to keep us and the people of Japan safe.

What training or experience in primary care and family medicine do you find useful in working with Olympic athletes?Olympic athletes are among the fittest humans in the world. With that elite level of competition, they may unfortunately develop injuries that are unique to their activities but can still have medical concerns that plague our general population. As a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician, I am trained to recognize and take a more holistic view of what may be affecting them to come up with the best solution. I can use my portable ultrasound probe to evaluate soft tissue, vascular and bony structures on the spot, giving real-time input into a diagnosis and treatment plan with increased accuracy. My training also allows me to ensure they stay abreast of their preventative care as they age, and have discussions about their health and lifestyle plans after they choose to end their sporting careers.

How has the trip to Tokyo been? Any insights on the city?From what I have seen in transit between the Village and stadium, as well as around the Village itself, it is the cleanest place I have ever seen, with minimal trash cans. You take the personal responsibility of holding on to your trash until you find one. The surroundings are meticulously maintained. The Japanese nationals I have encountered are friendly and always willing to help. It looks like a place to which I definitely want to return when times are different.

Has Ramses been a good travel companion ?He has been an amazing co-pilot. Hes so photogenic.

To learn more about Dr. Adams and her work with the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, please contact reid_johnson@med.unc.edu.

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Are healing crystals really effective or are they a myth? – Yahoo India News

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You've probably heard about healing crystals if you've done any research on alternative medicines. Although this type of holistic medicine has increased in popularity in recent years, scintillating crystals have been used for thousands of years.

Throughout history, several societies have employed crystals for therapeutic purposes. These seemingly insignificant stones may be a highly effective instrument for restoring balance to your life when utilised appropriately.

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This pseudo-scientific alternative therapy technique works by creating an electrical network linked to a computer network. Crystals are thought to have therapeutic properties that might help you feel more hopeful and maintain a sense of equilibrium in your life. Although crystal treatment is popular, only a tiny percentage of the population is aware of its benefits.

There are numerous misconceptions about healing stones that prevent many people from reaping their incredible advantages. In this post, we will address some of the most common misconceptions and preconceptions about crystal treatment.

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Crystals aren't some magical rocks that can instantly generate good results. Crystal healing is a time-consuming method that may enhance your moral awakening by increasing the quantity of positivity in your surroundings. This incredible weapon will only help to increase the efficacy of the medicines. It cannot cure a medical condition on its own. On the other hand, Crystals will not force anybody to establish a relationship or completely fix you of all diseases. These, on the other hand, will just relieve your pain and may be used in combination with other medicines.

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The energy released by crystals is unaffected by the crystals' shape, size, or texture. Crystals that are irregular and drab have the same effects as crystals that are polished and gleaming.

There is an abundance of information available on the internet regarding the healing properties of crystals. Crystals, like medicines, should only be used under the guidance of a trained professional since they may have adverse side effects.

Crystal healing is an alternative medicine technique, and you should be aware of both the negative and positive consequences of integrating it into your daily routine before implementing it. It's never a good idea to depend on anything without first confirming it.

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When it comes to crystals, the quantity of energy they generate has nothing to do with their visual attractiveness. When it comes to crystal energy, it doesn't matter whether anything is rough, shiny, brilliant, or drab; it doesn't matter what it is. When you have a deep connection with a rock, its shape and size become secondary.

It is entirely incorrect since crystals may be bought separately. It makes no difference whether you were given them or bought them yourself. As a consequence of this particular feature, the impact of crystals will stay unaltered. You don't have to wait for someone to give you a crystal to benefit from its extraordinary powers.

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When we discuss healing gemstones, we invoke the concept of healing through touch and energy. Additionally, we must know that stones cure us by emitting positive energy and vibrating at a specific frequency. Is the existence of healing gemstones a fiction or a reality? Keep a note of the fundamental explanation for how healing gemstones work, as well as the associated myths and truths. Understanding what you're dealing with is always critical since it makes it easier to believe in its effectiveness.


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Docs Outside the Box! Adds Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Therapy For Treatment of COVID Delta Variant – The Free Press Tampa

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DOCS Outside the Box! announced today that it has initiated the use of Regeneron monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of the COVID Delta variant.

Leah Teekell-Taylor, Medical Director of DOCS Outside the Box!

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA, August 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ DOCS Outside the Box!, a leading Integrated Care Provider, announced today that it has initiated the use of Regeneron monoclonal antibody therapy for the treatment of the COVID Delta variant. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that duplicate the immune systems ability to fight off viruses. They can be administered through IV or injection.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently expanded the use of Regeneron's monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatment to include prevention. Regeneron's casirivimab and imdevimab are specifically directed against the spike protein of COVID-19 to block the virus attachment and entry into cells. It is most often use for COVID patients early on in their infection and who are at high risk to become severely ill from the virus.

Monoclonal antibodies, which were given to then-President Donald J. Trump when he was diagnosed with Covid in October 2020. A phase three clinical trial showed it reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by up to 87 percent.

The Delta variant of COVID seems to have more aggressive behaviors than the original, said Leah Teekell-Taylor, Medical Director of DOCS Outside the Box! "Our team is very pleased with the outcomes demonstrated from Monoclonal Antibody Therapy and have integrated it into our treatment protocol.

About DOCS Outside the Box!Docs Outside the Box! is a multispecialty care clinic offering family medicine, urgent care, and holistic care services. The practice was founded upon the principles of patient empowerment, complete wellness, and transformative care. Each patient is empowered to take ownership of their medical care and their life. DOCS Outside the Box! provides guidance to address physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. DOCS Outside the Box! provides testing for Coronavirus / COVID 19.


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