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Big Med

Big Med California in the twentieth century was consistently the harbinger of cultural and political change. When a trend emerged in California, it would usually show up in the rest of America sooner or later. Take for example, skateboards; in California in the ‘50s; Omaha in the ‘60s. Then there is the economic evil known […]

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Self Care is a Revolutionary Act

Often when I hear the phrase ‘self-care,’ my eyes roll back in my head. I instantly envision Instagram hashtags and thinkpiece headlines that equate to little more than the aesthetics of self-indulgence; fancy baths, yoga with baby animals and an endless stream of consumable products that promise to improve the quality of my life. Here’s […]

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Omaha Health Expo This Weekend

Omaha Health Expo This Weekend Cardiologist Richard Collins said it succinctly. “If I’m in the ER with a heart attack, I don’t want the doc to come in and put a broccoli sprig on my chest.” Dr. Collins was speaking during an interview on the Heartland Healing television program and at the time was chief […]

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by Michael Braunstein There’s an irony about the terms “alternative medicine” and “traditional medicine.” They are used exactly backwards. Ask the average American to describe “traditional” medicine and they’ll tell you it is the kind found at the behemoth hospital centers. It’s where  medical doctors use drugs, surgery and […]

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The Hundred BB Theory Updated

https://thereader.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Candle-lower.mp4 The Hundred BB Theory by Michael Braunstein Have you ever wondered about the roles certain people have in your life? Perhaps you’ve met that woman or man to whom you have been explosively attracted; someone who has touched your soul like no one else. Or the person who’s done you wrong and you resent. […]

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You Can’t Die Laughing

You Can’t Die Laughing Healing with humor by Michael Braunstein “Laugh, laugh I thought I’d die…” In 1964, Norman Cousins lie dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were only half right: There was nothing they could do. Cousins didn’t accept their […]

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Esoteric Therapies: Not Ready for Prime Time

Esoteric Therapies: Not Ready for Prime Time by Michael Braunstein It took Western medicine about 5000 years to recognize acupuncture as a valid and effective medical therapy. Acupuncture treats dozens of medical problems and improves the health of millions. Admittedly, Western medicine had few opportunities to learn about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Until the 19th century […]

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Life in the Balance: Tai Chi

Life in the Balance: Tai Chi by Michael Braunstein I heard an ad on the radio the other morning. It was for a clinic in the area that specializes in a particular field of physical therapy that was addressed to persons who, for some reason or another, have difficulties with balance. We’re talking plain, old […]