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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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