Health Students: Collaboration–Our Future and HOSA professionalism

Psychotherapy to support your success is a key to my services as a licensed naturopathic physician. If you understand what Learning can mean, sildenafil  you can envision being a student for your whole lifetime whether you are a graduate or starting an education program. This includes learning how to manage your health of body and mind as well as social relational health. What do you know about the wide range of health professionals around the world who can help you have a better life?  [See Basic Resources, stuff suitable for graduates too, below.*]\n\nHOSA may become a major change-maker in the field of health care. My insights about the concept of Collaboration show how I hope that it may be expanded beyond its currently familiar definition. [At the bottom of this page* I include several resources for learning about new science that may of use to you.]\n\nWhen I work with students I sometimes challenge their understanding of what it is to be a student. Humans are designed to be lifelong learners. This may be especially important when it comes to the field of human health. When we begin our training we want to be sure that we’ll never make an error, we want to know all that there is to know. Take a moment and tell yourself, \”I’ll never know it all.\” This truth may help you to relax your grip on the imaginary \”shovel\” because there is no finite, achievable \”pile\” of complete knowledge that you can finally gather into your possession. For myself the use of digital libraries has made it possible to say that even if I don’t know an answer, I can usually find it through the people and information resources I have cultivated.\n\nHere is the photograph of a teacher who lives in the United States but who was trained to understand the medical science of the early Chinese dynasties. Jeffrey Yuen is an acupuncturist and educator in classical Chinese medicine. His audio podcast can be listened to by clicking here to visit my site for Acupuncture Science.\n\nHis voice is calm and I could sense his wisdom as he encourages the student to put their attention on cultivating the healer within themselves. The work will never be finished he says. I feel that his message is universal and not limited to any culture or health care system. Those of you who have followed my career know that I am respectful of people regardless their worldview or faith or choice of no faith. My statement: \”I do not want you to lose your faith.\”\n\nThis past December I attended the Fall Commencement day for the graduates of University of Hawai’i here in Hilo. This was an uplifting event where everyone was celebrating both a conclusion and a beginning at the same time. The message of the Student Speaker, Evan Matsuyama and the Commencement Address by Hilo businessman, Barry Taniguchi [report of his talk in the Hawaii Tribune — opens in new window] gave us much to think about. Since that day I’ve often visited and shopped at Mr. Taniguchi’s KTA Superstore in Hilo and am impressed with how he includes local items and focuses on serving the community.\n\nA major theme of the commencement was how important it is for the school to prepare citizens who can face the challenges that are expected ahead. To me, the school is succeeding at preparing people to be able to move society forward. One of the concepts that was talked about at the Commencement and that I’ve been learning about is called Ohana. Ohana means family, either the nuclear family or wider definitions. Applied to students it is important to recognize the value of each individual to the overall community regardless their educational track.\n\nOhana in Hilo: I stopped by the University again, during the first week of classes in the new term. While on campus I visited a student activities area where there were tables with displays of student clubs and organizations. One was staffed by students who are sophomores who are on academic tracks to be in health care careers. \”HOSA\” is an organization that had previously only admitted M.D. pre-medicine students. They were enthusiastic about how the group had expanded to include others who will eventually also have roles in the growing field of health services. Their flyer encouraged readers to go online to a site called Instagram. I searched for their main site and found these links —\n and\n\nPreparation for collaboration with others in health professions: One of the results of the HOSA organization having expanded who can join, is that medical students and other students will more easily be able to \”put a human face\” to the other professions that they themselves have not chosen to pursue. I understand for HOSA this includes Physician Assistants, Nurses, and several others. In the next paragraph I introduce the interview of a psychologist who champions Collaboration between family practice medical doctors and psychologists and others who are dedicated to helping people live more healthy lives body physically and socially.\n\nCollaboration and Mental Health. An interview at the online psychology podcast, Shrink Rap Radio: The word \”Collaboration\” got my attention when David Van Nuys, Ph.D. interviewed now-president of the American Psychological Association, Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D. She presented eloquently the position for Collaboration between different professions. [Link to: her interview on — opens in new window.] She focused on collaboration between psychologists and family practice medical doctors.\n\nHowever, I think that the time is come for medical doctors to know more about the many other approaches that their patients may choose to use while at the same time the patient is taking medications prescribed by the M.D. I’ve just re-listened to the interview and Dr. McDaniel said she has visited several other countries. I’m almost certain that she knows that these systems include approaches such as acupuncture and homeopathy. She said that she had visited Cuba. I’ve been in meetings where practitioners who know the Cuban health system announced that they had used homeopathic preparations such as to successfully treat their Leptospirosis epidemic, citing statistics that were impressive. (I include that Cuba information on my page for Homeopathy Science.)\n\nExpanding the definition of Collaboration in health care: The concept of Collaboration is very important in modern times when a growing number of people choose to actually avoid going to see medical doctors (M.D.) or others trained in the \”western medicine\” approach to health. Medical doctors and others will benefit by learning about the skills and the perspectives on human health that are the basis for other professions besides their own.\n\nCollaboration partners: These potential others include ones such as I myself am deeply immersed in: acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, body psychotherapy, massage and bodywork and homeopathy. In the past decades Integrative Medicine was a term coined to describe efforts to include multiple approaches to health. Now that I’ve heard the new term Collaboration, I hope that the definition can be widened so that all professionals who are ready to help would have opportunity to be part of a patient’s Circle of Care.\n\n*[Updated 1/24/15] Below are some of the basic concepts that I wanted to give to the new graduates from the Commencement ceremony. These could also become important insights for students who are still on their way to graduation.\n\n1. Nutrients and success: Your mind and your abilities to study and perform can be affected by nutrition and other factors that are studied in schools certified to teach naturopathic medicine. Some ND graduates have advocated a specialty board for Naturopathic Psychiatry. The term \”Orthomolecular Psychiatry\” can be traced to Abram Hoffer, M.D. (whose career overlapped that of Linus Pauling who coined the term \”Orthomolecular); Dr. Hoffer included nutritional supplementation as part of patient treatments for mental illness. I’ve met him and assisted in his giving a presentation in Seattle where naturopathic medical students had been invited. After his death, The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine is now edited by naturopathic physician Jonathan Prousky, N.D., MSc. I have placed links to interviews of Dr. Prousky, as well as Stephen Ducat,N.D., Ph.D. by psychologist David Van Nuys, Ph.D., at the bottom of the home page of the internet site that I started, for DCNN (DC Natural Neuroscience) — click here to go to the DCNN front page. These interviews are with N.D.s who are board certified in naturopathic medicine and who have seen great improvements in mental health using methods that in my opinion can often complement what medical doctors do.\n\n2. Acupuncture points, skin conductivity, emotions and a simple process of \”tapping\” on your body: My board certification in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) qualifies me to teach Continuing Education classes. I’ve put some information online about \”acupuncture meridian dynamics\” — A) Acupuncture Science [my site, same link as above]; B) \”Tapping\” approaches to changing people’s health of body and mind [my introduction]. For a while I was a member of ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology) prior to it being approved by the APA (American Psychological Association) for providing CE credit events. C) Acupuncture Today magazine recently featured articles about new steps to bring acupuncture fully into the healthcare system. (Article: Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession — Link to magazine article; opens in new window.)\n\nExpanded acupuncture interest: The AcuGraph digital meridian imaging technology has become my main hope for scientifically approaching the issue of documenting the way that small shifts in the flow of ions in the electrical network of the body can result in major changes in physical and emotional health. [My intro including the video \”Welcome to Acupuncture.\”] In 2012 I finished an initial research study [three-clinic observational study] that I’m hoping will lead to an ongoing study into the benefits of acupuncture system treatments (using multiple methods such as laser, electricity or needles) for making changes in emotions and mental health.\n\n3. Your brain:  The Teenage Brain is now eloquently defined.  This book by psychiatrist Daniel Siegel makes a clear presentation of the brain science of \”myelination\” and maturation so that we all can relax and accept that between 12 and 24 years of age we’ll have spent half our life in the state of Teenage Brain capability. This includes risk-taking, approval-seeking, impulsive actions and more. [Book site. Opens in new window.] See my blog where I comment on Brainstorm and how to have a larger perspective so that you can respect your own past if you are older and can look back on that time of your life.\n\n4. Probiotics and mental health. Each of us needs to learn that our body is not a fortress but that there are microbes on our skin and inside of our digestive tract. This means that we need to know that our diet can make a big difference in how \”peaceful\” the inhabitants are inside your \”inner garden.\” [My blog with video of a medical researcher: The Community that is You: Parasites and Epigenetics.] I’ve read that many professionals are saying that the better is the health of our inner \”Microbiome\”, the better is our mental health.\n\n5. Managing stressful pollution. Our bodies can be affected by pollution of food, air and water; \”toxin management\” is the term for the way the human body responds to this \”toxic load.\” This factor might be a huge contributor to mental and physical concerns. My recommendation is that you study the basics and return later when you begin to address this in yourself or your patients. Here is the link to a chart of German health information about human toxic management or, \”Homotoxicology\”: [click here]\n\n6. Autonomic Science and self-regulation. Recently there has been an outgrowth of the \”attachment theory\” studies that states that the main aim of the individual is to attempt to gain or to maintain Safety. One of the mental health researchers whom I’ve spoken with is Stephen Porges, Ph.D., who continues to delve into the \”autonomic nervous system\” and how a person deals with the issue of Safety. [My page on Dr. Porges includes videos and transcripts and other resources.] When you enter the classroom or the office you will be better prepared when you understand how you can conduct yourself so that both you and your patient or your co-worker feels safer.\n\n7.  Coherence therapy: I’m including this because it is a basic method that can help you get along with others in the classroom or the workplace. C.T. is an insight about why some counseling methods succeed and others do not fully achieve the desired outcomes. That is the subject of the interview that Dr. Van Nuys has with Bruce Ecker. You can see that along with the information on naturopathic physicians also on the DCNN front page. (Again: DCNN front page.) The book gives the basics of how the method works: Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation.\n\n8. Play as Medicine. When some students limit themselves to only reading assigned texts, they may be forcing their body to become sluggish. That could have negative results when it comes to time for testing. I heard a great talk from the founder of the National Institure for Play. It is a topic that has been successfully researched and I’ve written an introduction that includes a great video by Stuart Brown, M.D. [See: Play as Medicine.]\n\nYou’ll notice that Dr. Brown includes examples of animals moving about in play. I have coined a term, \”Kinesthetic Medicine\” that I use to include elements of what is called Body Psychotherapy. [My page Kinesthetic Medicine.]\n\n9. New Brain Science: This term can be applied to the work of clinicians and researchers such as: A) Daniel Amen, M.D., psychiatrist who helps people build better brains [Link]; B) National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine [Link]; and the HeartMath technology for home stress reduction using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) home units [Link].\n\n10. Going to Mars and \”Thinking Outside the Box\”: I once wanted to go into Space. I met Astronaut Jim Irwin in the 1970s. Today, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin has put energy into teaching children that there is more to life than what we know here on Earth. [My introduction to him in blog, \”Autonomic Science: Relax, You’re not Sitting Atop a Rocket.] The Mars Curiosity rover and video are a strong lesson in what humans can do. [My introduction, Exploring Mars, Earth, Self: Science, Spirituality and Our Future.]\n\n\n\n11. Animals and research: Finally, for those of you who may study animals in your schooling: I’ll include this new information.\n\n\n\nIf you participate in animal laboratory classes please be aware that animals, particularly mammals, share neurochemistry with humans. In fact according to a key researcher their psychological neurophysiology is the same as humans possess. Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. says this in a podcast that I include in this: Reverse Engineer Your Brain: Dr. Panksepp’s Research and More.\n\nDr. Panksepp says that an old researcher admitted to him before he died that he had lied when he published articles stating that lab animals demonstrate what he called \”sham rage.\” He said that he’d have lost his grant funding if he said that animals and humans share the same chemistry for basic emotions. I later used that as the basis for the posting: Animals and Humans Saving Each Other.\n\nIn closing: Those are some of the background factors that most students might never have considered. Student or not,  you may gain valuable insights by looking at those resources.\n\nWhether you are an educator or a Learner you are Welcome to contact me. There may be some Functional Medicine information that we can discover. Sometimes the telling of the story of memories can create new options. Whether for yourself or a loved one I invite you to click and move forward:\n\nWelcome and connection page.\n\n

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