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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Unconditional Healing

Shawn Smith - April 6th, 2006
Is your family’s disconcerting eye keeping you from quitting your day job and starting that novel? Is the risk of losing your most-favored customer status at the local steakhouse keeping you from going vegetarian?
Put yourself at ease. You’re not alone. Not by a long shot.
“We’re constantly using others to judge the value of our own lives,” says Dr. Jerry Berbaum, a holistic healer and author of *A Sacred Journey: The Awakening.* “We take on roles of what others think we should be.”
The alternative medicine doctor works with individuals to realize their wants in life and recognize the relationships between people and the natural world. Incorporating nutritional analysis, homeopathy, counseling and natural medicines into his practice, Berbaum believes addressing both physical and psychological needs promotes wellness most effectively.
His methods, he says, leads people to break away from limiting social roles, which often can be the root of illness.
“When we get locked into those roles, we don’t like them, but we don’t recognize them either. So we feel stress and fatigue,” the 63-year-old healer says. “I put a big emphasis on getting people to see their self-worth and value and a lot of the emphasis on getting rid of self-judgment.”
Berbaum hosts self-realization workshops periodically at the Center for Conscious Living, 1200 W. 11th Street in the historic building 50, Traverse City. He is a guest of the Yoga for Health Education program.
Berbaum introduces attendees to methods for recognizing the origin of subconscious fears and self-imposed limits. He also teaches an an exercise helpful for releasing emotional stress. “We talk about how the subconscious mind works so we can have some basis of control over it,” he says.

TAKING HIS OWN ADVICE
Approaching his 30th year as a certified chiropractor, Berbaum began to feel the weight of not only twisting necks and aligning spinal columns but also with providing spiritual guidance and alternative health advice.
On the side of his traditional practice, Berbaum was doling out dietary plans and explaining Native American philosophies to his patients. Realizing the stress the double-duty created, he gave up his chiropractic duties to study more holistic healing methods and Native American teachings.
For the past 11 years, Berbaum has studied under an Oklachoctaw Native American elder, who is specialized as an Ojibwa Peace Shield teacher. Peace shield teachers focus on the relationships between individuals and the world at large.
Leaving chiropractic work largely in the past, Berbaum now shares a Whitmore Lake office with a massage therapist, where he does everything from discuss his patients’ lives to answer the phone and arrange appointments.
This untraditional approach may stem from his experiences in chiropractic school, where Berbaum’s professors taught him to keep a distance from his patients.

“I totally do not believe that,” says Berbaum, who usually goes by “Jerry” with his patients. “People hug me on the way out the door. It’s very family-like.”

HOLISTIC PRACTICE
Sometimes going to the doctor’s office and getting a prescription is all anybody wants when affected by illness. But have you ever had the feeling that medicine alone won’t get you out from under the covers?
Antibiotics may not always be the solution, says Berbaum, who advocates supporting the body’s natural defense systems by balancing physical and psychological discrepancies.
For example, he enjoys telling a story about a sick man who visits a doctor, who tells the man he has six months to live.
“They die just on time, right on schedule,” Berbaum says of those patients. “People are very influenced by their doctors.”
The power of a doctor’s influence adds to his belief in taking unique approaches to curing ailments.
“There are so many variables with what kind of healing works for people,” he says. “One variable that myself and others have found, it’s really the emotional side of the picture that can make a tremendous difference.”

Find out more about Dr. Jerry Berbaum, his book and his workshops at http://www.readingup.com.

 
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