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May 6th-12th is a special week. Why? It’s National Nurses Week, and we couldn’t be more excited! In honor of this week-long celebration, and to lead up to the May 21st Info Session at PCOM-NY, we’d like to talk about holistic nursing.
Just like East Asian medicine, holistic nursing focuses on the wholeness of the patient. This nursing specialty is concerned with the integration of a person’s mind, body, and spirit with their environment.
When treating the physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs of their patients, holistic nurses may integrate alternative modalities into Western treatment plans. This integration does not undermine conventional medicine, but complements, enriches, and broadens the scope of nursing practice and ensures that patients have the opportunity to reach their full healing potential.
Becoming a holistic nurse requires a person to incorporate self-care, responsibility, spirituality, and reflection into their lives. This powerful combination results in a greater awareness of the interconnectedness with the self, others, nature, and spirit. It is this awareness that enhances and facilitates the healing process that a patient undergoes with holistic nursing. The holistic nurse is a strong symbol of healing and health in the medicine world.
Come see us at the May 21st Holistic Nursing Info Session at PCOM-NY!
Fun Fact: Florence Nightingale is considered to be one of the first holistic nurses. She was the founder of modern nursing and set an example of compassion, commitment to patient care, and diligent and thoughtful hospital administration. Read on here!
Did you know that our PCOM New York campus offers a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (with an emphasis in holistic nursing)? If that isn’t news enough, our nursing program has advanced to candidacy for ACEN accreditation. Read more about it here!
We would like to thank ALL of the nurses out there for your compassion and selflessness. You know how to keep us going, literally! Happy Nurses Week!
Chinese Remedies for Hay Fever:
PCOM-NY department head is featured in today’s Epoch Times article on remedies for hay fever!
“Usually it’s not one thing. Yes, the pollen will trigger it. But people will start to notice that they have symptoms when they’re not getting enough sleep, under stress, drinking too much coffee, and not eating really well,” she said. “Really it’s a compounding of all of those factors that creates the problem.”
Hi PCOM Community,
For those of you who aren’t aware, I was diagnosed with Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 2013. Two years ago, after my biopsy, I was in dire health and nearly died. I was able to regain my strength and much of my health through all the various integrative/holistic and complementary treatments I’ve been receiving. Today, in April 2015, I still have lymphoma, but for the most part have been able to contain and manage it fairly well and my oncologist is supportive of my current treatment choices. At this point, my only major complaint is localized pain at the site of my tumors which happens to be on my penis. Yes, you heard that right. Due to the location, I have had to deal with two recent infections and extreme pain due to a localized, open wound when wearing clothing, walking and urinating. At this point, I am undergoing immunotherapy and may need to consider chemotherapy depending on how my current treatment progresses. Outside of this health issue, I have no other health related conditions. I have energy, strength and overall feel optimistic.
In addition to myself, my wife Misha has also been diagnosed with cancer. She too has lymphoma; her diagnosis is Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Both my wife and I and our children have been exposed to some environmental toxins. It is well known that most lymphomas are caused either through environmental pollutants such as benzene or viral infections such as the Epstein Barr Virus. We have been monitoring our children and they seem fine to this point.
In terms of Misha’s treatments, she too attempted all the various holistic treatments that I did; however, instead of feeling better, she only continued to get worse. Eventually, in March 2015, she ended up in the emergency room at our local hospital with extreme shortness of breath, severely high pulse and blood pressure and feeling weak. To receive proper medical care, she was admitted into the hospital and spent 12-days inpatient. She has had a large cancerous mass obstructing her superior vena cava which also produced 5 liters of fluid that had been compressing her left lung. Due to the dire nature of her situation, her fluid was drained and she was started on standard chemotherapy protocol for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while still in the hospital. Currently, she has received two rounds of chemo and continues to experience both adverse effects from the treatment and her cancer.
Misha’s oncologist believes that she would benefit more from what’s called monoclonal antibody therapy which is a second-line treatment option for her type of lymphoma. The problem is that in order for her to qualify to receive this treatment she first needs to “fail” her current chemotherapy protocol. In other words, insurance will not pay for the treatment unless she first goes through 6 months of chemo and fails to get better. Now, please understand, her oncologist believes the monoclonal antibody therapy would work better for her and have less adverse side effects while improving the odds of complete remission. However, in order for us to get those drugs, we would need to pay for them ourselves—out of pocket. Misha would need two treatments a month for approximately 5-6 months. Each treatment costs approximately $6,000 for a total of $12,000 a month. This amounts to at least $60,000-$72,000 just to pay for these drugs.
One of my students at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago heard about our situations and wanted to help. So, she organized with the help of other students, faculty and administrative staff a celebration and fundraising event scheduled for this Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the college. We were able to raise $1687 toward medical expenses! If you’d like to follow our updates, you can go to www.RallyForMisha.com or friend me on facebook.
You are what you eat … and drink, breathe, see, hear:
An Ayurvedic prescription for wellness makes you accountable for your choices.
Can acupuncture, massage and yoga help cancer patients stay in remission? Experts say yes. Heres how
Can acupuncture, massage and yoga help cancer patients stay in remission? Experts say yes. Heres how:
Surviving cancer and taking charge when you’re in remission. That’s our taking action for your health report tonight! We’ve been looking at ways you can improve your wellbeing and the new procedures that may give you a better quality of life. Tonight we’re showing you how integrative oncology can help patients manage stress and improve their mental and physical health.
Michael Tierra discusses his concept of Planetary Herbology. New class with Michael Tierra coming soon from http://pacificcenterforlifelonglearning.com/!
A Lower Back Yoga Sequence From A Former NFL Linebacker:
When Keith Mitchell, the former NFL linebacker turned yogi stopped by Yoga Shanti in Manhattan recently, he showed us a few moves (featured below) to help create space in the lower back. He teaches
In this month’s issue: The Infinite Spring – an article on how traditional Chinese Medicine pioneered the science of today’s wellness programs, by Greg Lane, PCOM-SD’s Director of Clinical Services… page 56.
All too often, Western medicine’s view of acupuncture is that of a complementary treatment holding an inferior position next to chemical drugs and pharmaceutical treatments. Yet, what most licensed acupuncturists can attest to instead of being a second string bench warmer, is that their craft is often the star player.
Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/3-interesting-ways-acupuncture-can-help-chronic-pain-ptsd/#ixzz3RGw7ZYep
Acupuncture pilot program:
PCOM alumnus Dr. Jaime Ralston-Wilson, who played a major part in the development of one of the first full-time in-patient acupuncture programs in a hospital in the US, demonstrates acupuncture for the local news.