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Delicious Smells – and a Strong Immune System

By Tammera J. Karr, PhD

Have you ever picked a sun warmed peach from a tree – held it to your nose inhaling the smell that is only a warm fresh peach? Are you one of those folks who smell your food before you eat it? Well this may be the article just for you.

Many prescription drugs dull your senses—and weaken your body’s ability to repair itself. Additionally poor dental health, false teeth, smoking and zinc deficiency also change or dull senses.

Delicious Smells – and a Strong Immune System by Tammera J. Karr, PhD


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

By Rev. Dr. Chrys L. Parker, J.D.

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.


How much and in what ways does watching the daily television news affect our daily lives? Are we better off ‘in the know’ or ‘in the dark?’?

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Elderly Need for Real Protein

Elderly Need for Real Protein
by Tammera J. Karr, PhD
© 2014 Holistic Nutrition for the Whole you

One of the challenges for older clients is muscle loss, to maintain muscle you must have protein along with weight bearing exercise. There are individuals who require less protein than others to maintain their bodies, but over the years I routinely see elderly clients consuming one or two meals a day, and often times little meat. Part of this is due to the nature of our digestive tracts producing less stomach acid, making it hard to breakdown proteins. Medications and excessive supplement use have an effect on hunger as well, if you are nauseous from a hand full of vitamins, food may not be appealing.

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Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
By Dr. Kristen Neff
Harper Collins Publishing, 297 pages

Review by
Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, BCPC, DAPA, FAPA, CRC, NCC, DCC
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of RCHS program
University of Idaho

Over the past decade, there has been an emerging interest in compassion and its promotion within Westernized society. During this time, a number of books devoted to the topic of compassion have been written from the perspective and inclusion of Buddhist philosophy or from the angle of integrating compassion into the practice of psychotherapy and other helping professions. Examples of these books include The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology by Lorne Ladner; How to be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert; Compassion Focused Therapy by Paul Gilbert; and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy by Robert Firestone, Lisa Firestone, and Joyce Catlett. Regardless of the perspective, these books provide readers with insight and information about compassion and the importance of practicing it as a way of life. In his book The Compassionate Mind, Dr. Gilbert devotes a chapter to the discussion and transformation from self-criticism to self-compassion. However, it is not until recently that a book has emerged which discusses and explores the topic of self-compassion in full detail. Dr. Kristen Neff covers this subject in her work entitled Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.

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The Precarious Balance Between Love, Hate, Action, and Self-Control in Potentially Violent Patients:

The Precarious Balance Between Love, Hate,
Action, and Self-Control in Potentially Violent Patients:
Avoiding therapeutic emotional closeness that can trigger decompensation

Barbara Young

As mass murders occur, more emphasis is placed on the importance of psychiatry. There is the expectation that if strange and isolating behavior is observed in a young person, then medication and psychotherapy may avert a criminal act. Looking back over my 64 years of treating patients, I recognize that the key word in the previous sentence is may —medication and psychotherapy may avert a criminal act.

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Shoulder Injury Mechanisms and Integrative Medicine Therapies

Shoulder Injury Mechanisms and Integrative Medicine Therapies

Anne J. Yatco, B.S., M.F.A., Forensic Scientist at the Institute of Risk & Safety Analyses

Kenneth Alvin Solomon, Ph.D., P.E., Post Ph.D., Chief Scientist at the Institute of Risk & Safety Analyses

We begin by providing a preliminary examination of the anatomy of the shoulder, as well as the range of motion of the shoulder.  Next we discuss the common mechanisms of injury to the shoulder, followed by a discussion of the types of shoulder injuries that arise from said mechanisms.  We continue by illustrating the relationships between associated injuries.  And finally, we will discuss common integrative health therapies for shoulder injuries.

 

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Philosophy of the Soul: Faith and Reason for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Philosophy of the Soul:
Faith and Reason for Behavioral Health and Wellness 

PofthesBy:
Jose Gustavo Gonzalez, LCSW, CCH, BCPC

 

There have been many attempts to reconcile the logical gap between the transcendental being and the physical realm. This work is an integrated approach to the human and transcendent nature of the person with the intent to bridge evidence-based science on human behavior and reasoning with the metaphysics of philosophy.

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The Art of Being Mindful

The Art of Being Mindful
By: Kevin P. Feisthamel

Many different groups, from Zen Bhuddists to Existential philosophers like Jean Paul Sartre, have touted the benefits of living in the moment. Kevin Feisthamel discusses ways to integrate the art of being present into our lives and therapy.

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Defeating Tinnitus Naturally

Defeating Tinnitus Naturally

Dr. Paul Yanick, Jr., Ph.D., President of the American Academy of Quantum Medicine www.aaqm.org

Tinnitus is normally considered a lifelong problem. However, in this article Dr. Yanick discusses a natural cure for this chronic problem. Dr. Yanick was a sufferer himself, until he discovered that it resulted from electrochemical malnourishment.

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