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Nutrition Tips January, 2015: Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?

by Tammera J. Karr, PhD

When I saw this headline in the Scientific America magazine from August 20th, 2014, I was surprised for two reasons. The first is this magazine hasn’t been overly receptive of information of this nature over the last few years. The second reason is the controversy over fluoride in general.

Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine’s drinking water—and potentially other New England states.

Like many states with granite rich soils Maine’s many small communities and residents, rely on private wells for the water they drink, bathe in and perhaps use to make infant milk formula. Newly available data, released in recent months, indicates that in some 10 communities in the state of Maine, wells harbor dangerously high levels of fluoride. In some cases, the wells contain more than double the level that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the acceptable maximum exposure level.

Nutrition Tips January, 2015: Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?


Emotionally-focused Therapy in Adolescents Grief Work: What Helps Healthy Grieving?

By Dr. George Kurian

In a world filled with increasing violence, death, abuse, and other tragedies, children can become the invisible, silent mourners whose need for grieving goes unnoticed or overlooked. To the extent that children are able to express their grief when it matters, they will grow into adulthood as healthy individuals capable of handling the challenges of life. This article presents an overview of what normal and traumatic grief reactions are and explores the role of healthy grieving for adolescents. Through case examples, using a family therapy model, this article presents Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) as a simple, practical way to help adolescents cope with their normal grief reactions of depression, anxiety, anger, feelings of rejection, and sense of worthlessness. Regardless of what theoretical orientations or therapy models counselors are accustomed to using in their practice, EFT can serve as a useful tool in helping clients successfully engage in healthy attachment styles within a secure “safe haven” relationship. Moreover, for counselors of faith, the role of spirituality is explored as a way to facilitate healthy grieving for those struggling to cope with traumatic events of childhood.

Emotionally-focused Therapy in Adolescents Grief Work: What Helps Healthy Grieving?


Mandala Art: Inter-professional Mindfulness Education and Journaling Techniques for Self-Awareness and Self-Transformation

By:

Kathleen Quinn, EdD, MSN-WHNP-BC, MED, RN

Discovery Integrative Healthcare and PsychotherapyCenters

October 15, 2014

601-467-0041

drkathleenquinn1@gmail.com

This article is the result of a series of presentations during the Summer 2012 and 2013 Academy for Expanded Perspectives on Learning conferences, as well as the Summer/Fall 2014 faculty development workshops for San Antonio College.  The content is based on principles of mindfulness and reflective practice, supporting disclosure in non-verbal patients and students and utilizes expressive art in the form of Mandalas.  The psychological underpinning for this form of expressive art is Jungian and is frequently used to self-identify similarities to establish inclusion of group members; use amplification of aspects from the mandala to stimulate awareness, self-expression, and communication with others; and finally to create a mechanism to diffuse and manage stress in academic and work environments.

Mandala Art: Inter-professional Mindfulness Education and Journaling Techniques for Self-Awareness and Self-Transformation


The Integration of Classical Music Composition Theory in the Facilitation of Expanded Trust, Appreciation, and Utilization of Opposites in Treatment

Bruce Gregory, PhD is the Director of the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology at Ryokan College in Los Angeles, CA. He has been a frequent presenter at Ericksonian Foundation Conferences focusing on the theme of integrating Rossi’s Mind-Body approach into other therapeutic modalities.

Jung’s identification and appreciation of the transcendent function in the integration of the conscious and unconscious minds set the stage for almost a century of exploration and use of unconscious healing resources in a variety of treatment situations, which ultimately incorporated trust and appreciation of the use of opposites. The integration of principles of classical music composition theory with Mind-Body Hypnotherapy supports the need to use opposites in treatment and shows new pathways for the application of the implied directive, the equivalence principle set forth by Einstein, and the principle of correspondence used in the set theory of Cantor. Classical music composition theory is applied primarily through the creative use of principles and processes involving tension and release, as well as the principles and processes of counterpoint. The application of Mind-Body Hypnotherapy in the treatment of opposites is compared to other therapeutic modalities, principles of duality from oriental philosophy and martial arts.

The Integration of Classical Music Composition Theory in the Facilitation of Expanded Trust, Appreciation, and Utilization of Opposites in Treatment


Health Homes: A Next Step Toward Integrative Healthcare in the United States

By Kenneth L. Miller, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, BCPC, AMBPP
A.L. Stanley, MS Ed, NCC
Youngstown State University

Authors discuss Section 2703 the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which created an optional Medicaid State Plan benefit for states to institute Health Homes to serve the healthcare needs of Medicaid-eligible individuals suffering from chronic health conditions. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgated the expectation for state Health Home providers to adopt a whole-person philosophy by integrating and coordinating “acute, primary, behavioral health and long-term services” and supports. Authors clarify health home requirements, structures, functions, benefits, and limitations. They argue that Health Homes address deficiencies in the current system of health service delivery by providing integrative, efficient, and fiscally responsible services that result in improved outcomes for patients.

Health Homes: A Next Step Toward Integrative Healthcare in the United States


The Integrative Clinician, Part 2, Integrative Awareness in PTSD Treatment: Avoiding Unseen Risks of a Provider Drug Withdrawal

In “The Integrative Clinician” series, the author discusses the importance of exercising integrative awareness when treating patients with PTSD. Through integrative approaches, clinicians can develop a heightened awareness of the various ways in which their treatments interact dynamically (l) with patients, (2) with patients’ environments, and (3) with other disciplines and professional providers. In this segment, the author presents a case study in which a provider’s prescription of sleep-inducing medication intersected with environmental and interdisciplinary factors. The provider’s failure to exercise integrative awareness of these factors led to the patient’s experience of sudden and complete withdrawal from a multiple drug regimen. Analysis of the case demonstrates how integrative approaches, had they been adopted, could have improved the patient’s outcome and protected her from potentially lethal risks.

By Rev. Dr. Chrys Parker, JD

 

The Integrative Clinician, Part 2, Integrative Awareness in PTSD Treatment: Avoiding Unseen Risks of a Provider Drug Withdrawal


The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor

by Rev. Dr. Chrys Parker, JD

This article contains a brief discussion of (l) the author’s concept of practice as an integrative professional, (2) an overview of what integrative care does and does not involve, (3) why integrative approaches may play an important role in the creation of vital linkages between caregiving professions, and (4) how the regular series The Integrative Clinician will operate to enhance integrative knowledge among professionals.  The article also introduces the topic of integrative care by outlining three scenarios involving significant human problems, and identifying negative consequences in each of the caregiving situations presented.  In future  issues of The Forensic Examiner,  the author will deconstruct each of these scenarios and examine them through an integrative lens,  in order to acquaint the reader with the difference in outcomes which the professional exercise of an integrative approach might have made in lives of the individuals portrayed.

The Integrative Clinician: Integrative Approaches to Clinical Caregiving: A Personal Journey and a Worthy Endeavor By: Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.


From Healing the Healer to Being Healed: A Therapeutic Harp Travels the Sound Waves

Marcie Swift, M.Ed.

Marcie Swift shares her experience with Barbara Russell getting ready to go into a recording studio for therapeutic harp.

From Healing the Healer to Being Healed: A Therapeutic Harp Travels the Sound Waves


Caregiver Burden

Lisa Cao and Ira Heilveil discuss the strain placed on the caregivers of loved ones. Learn how being a caregiver can adversely affect health and stress levels.

 

Caregiver Burden by: Lisa Cao and Ira Heilveil


Living With a Disability: A Gateway to Practicing Forgiveness and Compassion

Susan Stuntzner, PhD, LPC, CRC, NCC, DCC
Jacquelyn A. Dalton, PhD, CRC

Forgiveness and compassion are two helpful approaches toward reducing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual anxiety brought about by negative and harmful experiences. Disability, forgiveness, and compassion are terms that may not be thought of in relation to one another, but here the authors introduce the idea that the experience of living with a disability can be an opportunity to practice forgiveness or compassion, whether directed toward one’s self or toward others. Forgiveness and compassion are similar yet unique practices that influence the emotional well-being. The experience of disability includes both the disabling life event (in the case of acquired disabilities) and the many micro aggressions that the disabled experience over time.  It is the authors’ belief that forgiveness and compassion are tools applicable to people with disabilities that may be used as a means for personal growth and healing.  These tools can benefit not only people with disabilities, but also their loved ones and all those they encounter in life.

Living With a Disability: A Gateway to Practicing Forgiveness and Compassion by: Susan Stuntzner and Jacquelyn A. Dalton