Management In the 21st Century: Part 3 - Shake It Up,
Baby! - Happy Chinese New Year to all and good riddance to
the feeding frenzy we call "The Holidays"... More...
Thursday - February 24, 2005
Management in the 21st Century: Part 2 - Food, Glorious Food
- In Part 1 of this series on Weight Management, we looked at
some of the reasons Alaska, and America, seems to be on an ever
increasing weight gain status. - More...
Wednesday - November 24, 2004
Management In the 21st Century: Part 1, Identifying the Problem
- Greetings, Sitnews readers. It's good to be back with you after
a summer layoff. In the coming months, I plan to present some
new and relevant topics concerning health and welcome your ideas
for new columns. The first is a series on weight management.
In September, I had occasion to attend a national conference
on the treatment and prevention of obesity. I have been concerned
about the ever increasing weight of our population,
particularly among our children, and wished to understand
the cause of this epidemic and which options are currently being
employed. As you may imagine, this is a pretty expansive
topic and one article will not address it all. Let's begin by
trying to understand the nature of obesity and identifying the
Monday - October 11, 2004
- Much controversy exists today about food, eating behavior,
and our western, sedentary life style. The health risks associated
with these things have created a whole set of health and medical
considerations not known in in 1900. In 1900, the top ten causes
of death were principally infectious disease. Today, the top
ten are primarily life style disorders related to poor nutrition
habits, lack of exercise, and stress. We all get tired of the
doom lectures presented by health experts concerning our eating
and exercise behavior. Here's a lighter view of the situation
that makes the point just as well if not better than most of
the lectures you'll hear. (Note: Any brand references are solely
to illustrate the point, not to demonize a manufacturer.) - Read more...
Thursday - June 17, 2004
#23 THE MAP FACTOR IN HEALTH &
HEALING - Modern technology
has brought many miracles to human life and health. Life expectancy
has increased and diseases are diagnosed much earlier than than
in the past. Treatments for pain, inflammation, and disability
have improved the quality of life for those living with long-term
conditions. Yet, there are some who seem to flourish in spite
of their challenges while others remain victims of their disorder.
Why is this? What is it that allows some to live with or recover
from an illness while others have a life that is about their
illness? - Read
Saturday - May 08, 2004
Story: Update - On May 30th, 2003, I shared with Sitnews
readers the story of my Ohio friend, Jan Lively (see Sitnews
#14). Jan had survived breast cancer only to have it
metastasize as liver cancer. In January of 2001, her tumor marker
count (a measure of the number of cancerous cells in her body)
was 4500. A friend introduced her to medical qigong and she began
to practice routinely. She found a physician who placed her on
a diet of macrobiotic, organic whole foods. I met Jan at a month
long Chi-Lel Qigong retreat in Hawaii in February of 2002. At
that time, her tumor marker count was 2500; a count of
50 or less is considered "normal". - Read
Tuesday - February 24, 2004 - 12:30 am
To The Groundhog - Last week, the groundhog poked his head
above the snow, saw his shadow and decided we'd have six more
weeks of winter. That being said, it's important to remember
that along with the winter months come health considerations.
By continuing to follow some basic cold and flu season guidelines,
we can make it till spring with minimal inconvenience. - Read more...
Wednesday - February 11, 2004 - 12:50 am
#20 Chinese New Year: HAPPY 4701 THE
YEAR OF THE MONKEY! -
January 22nd, begins
the 15 day celebration of Chinese New Year. You may enjoy participating
in this unique event designed to get us off on the right foot
for the new year. Even in the west, we can benefit from this
ancient tradition. Preparation, the Festival, and Superstitions
are the three components of the Chinese New Year Celebration.
more & view the photo gallery...
Thursday - January 15, 2004 - 12:50 am
Are the Fat Chinese?? - For the last several weeks, I have
used this column as both a travel log of my trip to south China
as well as a forum for health related subjects. This is probably
the last column I will write specific to my Asian adventures,
though I will continue to provide information on medical qigong
and other Asian health practices. - Read
Wednesday - November 19, 2003 - 12:50 am
Log #5: Overcoming Preconceived Notions Part 2 - Zhongshan
- There is no tie-dye in southern China but you can buy European
pointy-toed shoes extending so far beyond the foot they look
like elf shoes. There are no fresh, raw vegetables to be had
in restaurants; everything is cooked, including the lettuce.
There are no table manners as we know them; it is acceptable
to reach across your dining companions, slop food everywhere,
and slurp your noodles. However, you are expected to cover your
mouth with your free hand while you pick your teeth with the
other. To say that I experienced a myriad of cultural differences
between the west and the People's Republic of China,
what we used to freely call Communist China, is an understatement.
There is a rhythm to the movements and social graces of China
that westerners observe with awe and without understanding. "How
can they do that?", we want to know. - Read
Thursday - November 06, 2003 - 12:50 am
Log #4: On the Bus to Guangzhou - Bike with cart piled high
with boxes leaning forward, Rider leaning forward struggling
to peddle.- Read
Saturday - October 25, 2003 - 12:45 am
Log #3: Overcoming Preconceived Notions - Like many westerners,
I came to The People's Republic of China with my own ideas
of what it was all about. I envisioned rice paddies, poverty,
bicycles, rickshaws, everyone wearing Mao suits, and armed guards
standing about everywhere I went. I knew the country would be
entirely grey and brown, with only the color being the occasional
red. This is not the first time I've been wrong, but it is certainly
one of my biggest misconceptions. My month in China is limited
geographically to Hong Kong, Zhongshan, and Zhongzhou, the capitol
of Guangdong Province. Each area is very different and has its
own unique properties, none of which did I anticipate. - Read more...
Thursday - October 23, 2003 - 12:45 am
Log #2: The Art of Chinese Massage - When we go for massage
in the west, we have certain expectations: flannel sheets, aromatic
oils, hot stones, aroma therapy, soft music, cushions and bolsters,
low lighting. We have come to consider these things an integral
part of the massage experience. Not so in China. I have had a
massage of some type, reflexology or full body, nearly every
day I have been in this country, and it is not at all akin to
its western counterpart. - Read
Thursday - October 16, 2003 - 12:45 am
Log #1: Post SARS China - Greetings from Zhong Shan, China!
Originally, I planned to stop my column while on my study trip
in China. However, with the advent of email, it seemed that I
could continue to make some contribution from here. It may end
up being part travel log and part health column, but let's see
what develops. - Read
Tuesday - October 07, 2003 - 1:15 am
Off To China... Greetings, On
September 25th, I am off for a month of study in China and my
Sitnews articles will be on hold till I return. I will be spending
that time with my teacher, Master Luke Chan, studying Level
3, Chi-Lel Qigong. Regular readers will recall previous
articles on medical qigong and other aspects of Chinese Medicine.
Chi-Lel is a medical style that I teach and employ in
my acupressure practice. - Read
Tuesday - September 23, 2003 - 1:00 am
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath, Part 2 - In my last article,
I wrote about smoking. I took the reader through a tour of the
dangers and addictive nature of smoking, and how the tobacco
manufacturers would never get tobacco products past the FDA and
EPA if they were new products today. - Click
here to read more...
Thursday - August 21, 2003 - 12:30 am
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath - In a small one
person office at Ketchikan General Hospital's Prevention Services
works a part-time person who is on a campaign to erradicate smoking.
On behalf of the non- & ex-smokers, thanks for trying so
hard and good luck. - Click
here to read more....
Saturday - July 26, 2003 - 12:45 am
#15 Peace Health Corp. Holds Points
- Several months ago, I was sitting in a dark theatre with friends,
Diane and Anna. We were enjoying the ballet except for the repeated
interruption of Anna's percussive coughing. She tried sucking
on a lozenge and going out for a drink of water. Still, her nagging
cough persisted. After some period of time, I leaned over to
her and whispered to her, "press down onto your sternal
notch and just hold it." Being a nurse, she understood my
directions and I demonstrated briefly. Anna sat and pressed,
and we watched the ballet in relative comfort. - Click
here to read more...
Friday - June 20, 2003 - 12:20 am
Jan's Story By Jan Lively - This article by my friend, Jan
Lively, is a reprint from the current Chi-Lel Qigong Newsletter.
It is an amazing testament to the healing power of chi, the life-force
energy. In publishing it in Sitnews, I hope it brings encouragement
and hope to those in need that they do not have to be victims
of their disease or debilitation. It is used with her permission.
-- Joann Flora - Click here to read
Friday - May 30, 2003 - 12:30 am
Monday - May 12, 2003 - 1:15 pm
Monday - March 31, 2003
- 8:40 pm
Networking Toward Better Health...
Thursday - March 06, 2003
- 12:25 pm
CHI-LEL QIGONG: MEDICAL QIGONG...
Wednesday - February 19,
2003 - 12:55 pm
Using Alternative Medicine In A Complimentary Fashion...
Tuesday - February 04,
2003 - 9:15 pm
Ringing in the New Year!...
Wednesday - January 08,
2003 - 12:10 am
Mustering What it Takes to Be Proactive in Our Own Health...
Sunday - December 15, 2002
- 11:30 pm
The Season of Goodies...
Thursday - November 21,
2002 - 11:00 pm
#5 Chiropractic Care...
Sunday - November 10, 2002
- 10:45 am
#4 Acupressure ...
Wednesday - October 30,
2002 - 7:55 pm
#3 Health Benefits of Massage
Friday - October 18, 2002
- 11:45 pm
Cold and Flu Season ...
Wednesday - October 09,
2002 - 2:05 pm
Joann Flora ©2002
Complimentary Health Care Options ...
Wednesday - October 02,
2002 - 10:30 pm