ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Extra Pounds in Mid-Life Affect Later Mobility
CANCER
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
CAREGIVING
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Eat Light - Live Longer
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
FITNESS
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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When Healing Becomes a Commodity

The skewed concept of values that our society impose on us takes many of us further away from “the work” and deeply entrenches us into the mechanics of selling it.

When we’re growing up, usually in our teens, we begin to make decisions regarding our livelihoods. So many of us embrace the idea that the work we will find in the world will be in the vein of helping others. In fact, as children are we not encouraged to follow our altruistic impulses?

The basic urge to help others, for the sake of simplicity, could easily fall within the realm of the healing arts no matter how expressed. Artistic expression summons a vitality that we know affects others in positive ways. We “bring joy” to ourselves and others by our playful performances, visual representations, and song, dance and music. Joy heals.

All around us we hear of athletes, actors, artists and singers who, by expressing themselves fully, inspire the rest of us to stretch our own perceived limits. This form of healing, which includes connecting individuals with their larger communities, was once recognized and embraced as the primary form of “treatment” available to the regular Joe or Josephina.

Those of us who choose to pursue one form or another of medicine (Isn’t this interesting: even I, after years of exploring the vast world of the healing arts still automatically refer to things in the realm of treating illness and injury as “medicine;” only one aspect of healing!) are first indoctrinated into an approach that almost wholly relies on facts and figures and the memorization of data, turns human beings into projects, and seeks solutions that are designed for the masses rather than the individual.

In the world of “the Arts” itself, early schooling for most is more about learning the boxes that we’re allowed to fit in to rather than seeking the full expression of the individual. So much of our so-called education is about the re-cycling of old information rather than an emphasis on the creation of something as yet unseen. Even worse, the career/economic paths they offer define the boxes that we are shuffled into.

But all this is only the start of an insidious process.

Economics typically enters the picture as soon as the course of study/indoctrination is completed. Individuals find that they must focus a significant amount of their energy and attention not to the individual or task at hand, but on how to provide a service and derive profit from it. The reason for this is that our advanced schooling system requires that we place ourselves in debt to take advantage of it. Essentially, most actions taken in the pursuit of healing others have to be wrung through the filter of their economic consequences early enough in the process so that these seemingly incompatible elements are joined at the hip and color everything we do.

It is no wonder that so many talented and inspired people discover that their experiences in their chosen professions are soul-less. What once was a calling becomes a vehicle for economic support. Stability takes precedence over innovation and exploration. We all suffer for it.


Author's Bio
Russ Reina, a firetender, shares over 40 years exploration in the healing arts through the vehicles of counseling, art, music, workshop facilitation, photography, music and more. He trusts that you know what you need and you'll take the time to find it through his works if that's what's needed.