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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
CAREGIVING
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Eating Free Range
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
EYE CARE, VISION
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Run for Your Life
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
A Honey of a Sinusitis Treatment
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
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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.