Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.

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.”

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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