Issue 11  Healing Techniques, Take 2                                            

Bekki Shining Bearheart

What's New at CEH
Things to Note
   CranioSacral Practitioner
Structural Therapy &
     Bodywork Modalities for
        Acute and Chronic Injury

   Reiki and its Interface with
Upcoming Issues 
Book Reviews:
    CranioSacral Manuals: 
      Upledger and Milne
Commentary by Crow

Activists' Corner:
Bekki's Art:
   Beaded Amulet Bags for
     Yvonne and Judit 
Testing  on Animals
Submission Guidelines
What's New at CEH


This issue is focused on healing techniques Crow and I, and some of  you, practice, which are excellent complements to shamanic healing (which we covered in an earlier issue).

We bring  you three articles on healing techniques based in body work and energy work, some reviews and a commentary by Crow. We hope you will enjoy them. Please also take a look at issues that are in process, and send material for them if you are so inclined.

We are now planning the rest of our 2008 and also our 2009 schedule. We have a number of our regular two-day workshops planned, and we expect to offer one or two Two-Week Shamanic Healing Intensives in the coming 18 months (in addition to the September training), as well as a Ministerial Training  and a Teacher's Training. If you are interested in these let us know at your earliest convenience. There are pre-requisites, and we are finalizing those very soon.

Also please note Web Site Changes and other announcements which follow.

Bekki and Crow

Do you know someone who might be interested in Shamanism, healing or metaphysics in general, or our work in particular? Please do forward this Newsletter to friends that would be interested... You'll find the Church of Earth healing on line HERE. There is a link to the Newsletter Archives on our home page...

Web Site Changes!!!

New web site, old address!
The web site has a new look, as well as new information. Our Schedule has been updated, there are now more links on the home page to make it easier to navigate, and there are new additions to the Gathering of Healers page. Also you can now find old issues of the newsletter archived there.

We would love to have feedback on the new web site. I did all the work on it myself, with lots of coaching and help from Mary Pat and Rob (drumming circle members). I am working on any glitches, such as links that don't work, as I find them, so if you find something like this send me an email  telling me the page and the type of error you found. I will thank you for it!
Crow has asked me to relay two important bits of information:

WE HAVE DIAL-UP. This means that large files, especially photographs, can take a VERY long time to download to our computers. We generally have to delete these. And because I'm the computer fixer-upper, if I'm not home when these come in, Crow has to bug our server people (which usually includes a lot of swearing at the computer and the people before it's all done.) So please, if you send photos, do reduce them in size so they take up less space.

OUR ROAD CAR HAS BEEN REPLACED, thanks to a generous donation from Chris Forester. Our back-up car needs replaced. If you have a car that you are thinking of getting rid of, that gets decent mileage and is newer and in better shape than a '93 Mercury  Tracer station wagon, you can donate it to the church and take it off on your taxes.

Being A CranioSacral Practitioner: Delights and Complexities
by Crow Swimsaway PhD

Forms of body-work and forms of energy work are myriad and thick on the ground: some seem to occur spontaneously in and for the practitioner, some require prolonged training. For some there is certification, and licensing may be required (depending on who you are and where you are located), other practitioners are seen to 'just do it.'

One of my earliest fascinations with shamanism was with what could loosely be called tribal touch-healing. I had only a general familiarity with the concept, from literature and hearsay when, in 1980 I took a class in "metaphysics" at Ohio University. There was a full evening segment which gave me more personal familiarity with the practice and how it felt. I also learned that, according to that teacher, I was "backwards" in that I was naturally sending energy with my left and receiving with my right hand. I was genuinely interested in incorporating this style of healing in my work but there were no teachers locally to take me to that level. Then, in the late 80's as things were really getting started with the Church and our classes were taking off, we began organizing classes for Sharon Laurie, from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is an amazing healer and teacher. Her chakra work is excellent but what she showed me about energy healing was hugely exciting and stimulating: in an almost electrical sense she turned on my hands. At last I was able to combine 'book learning' with experiential juice and begin to do and teach tribal touch-healing myself as part of our shamanic offerings.

I was very happy with that until 2002 when Bekki, having completed her LMT and Structural Therapy trainings, came across a small popular book by John Upledger DO about his experiences with craniosacral healing, Your Inner Physician and You. We were driving back from a teaching weekend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and she was reading the book aloud to me. If even half of what that book described was true, this was a technique I had to learn. Bekki felt the same. Here was a body-centered therapy which grew from a deep anatomical and functional understanding that comfortably acknowledged, and used, what we had come to know so well as the body's energy systems. This blend achieved phenomenal healings. The Upledger Institute offers workshops on every level and in many locations (see so it was not hard for us (with a little financial help from our friends) to sign up together for the next one in Columbus, Ohio.

That was in October 2002. A year later, when I stopped taking detailed records, I had logged over 110 client sessions (about an hour each). For most of that year I also had the pleasurable learning experience of receiving weekly craniosacral work. I did weekly trades (about 50 times) with a massage therapist who works locally and just happened to take the same training with Bekki and myself. I highly recommend such an exchange arrangement for every student of this art. Learning the swings and cycles of the body and its energy flows can only be done by repeatedly laying hands on other people. Each individual is, of course, unique. It was not obvious to me until I had the experience, however, that craniosacral and other rhythms in any given individual may change continuously over time in response to many different external and internal influences. Seeing a client only once or twice is unlikely to reveal this. Experiencing the results of repeated regular therapy on oneself is also vastly revealing.

About half-way through my first year of using the excellently designed Upledger protocol I picked up and read a pair of books by Hugh Milne given to me sometime earlier. By comparison to Upledger, Milne is very openly spiritual and shamanic --- he calls it by name and in detail. And, Milne uses some moves and some versions of moves that are different from those of the Upledger system. Ah Ha! Not huge changes but very significant ones that improved my approach and my understanding.

You may have gathered by now that I advocate a combined Milne/Upledger approach to craniosacral healing. I believe that paying attention to both of their styles while developing a working awareness of how you can best apply them in a consistent and coherent protocol involving the whole craniosacral system (the whole body, really) and your own personal strengths and awarenesses, will bring the best results for you and your clients.

How and where you may learn this complex material is the next question. Both teachers have websites and international teaching organizations. Check them out. I do not believe one can learn craniosacral healing just from reading: it is too complex and too hands-on to just spring into your mind-body-spirit from the written page. Nor am I personally impressed with the so-called craniosacral training offered by many massage schools: it tends not to approach the whole craniosacral system; not to include an adequate foundation in the anatomical-physiological workings of that system; and often focuses only on the head and/or upper body. I recommend the originators or a highly experienced practitioner of the system who also teaches.

Structural Therapy and Bodywork Modalities for Acute and Chronic Injury
by Marcilyn Brient, Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist

I had a severe horse accident in 1994 in which my ankle was broken and as a result I had multiple surgeries which included two total ankle joint replacements, the first of which was botched. The last surgery was in 2003. Over time, I began to notice how much my body was changing. I was on crutches quite a bit and walked with a limp. I sought chiropractic assistance as my spine began to curve into the position as a resultant way of going. The chiropractic work did seem to help. It realigned the vertebrae and gave relief to the areas where the nerves and muscles had been compressed or overstretched. I had been having most of the trouble in the neck, lower back and pelvis areas. The adjustments gave me a lot of pain relief as well as helping me to feel more balanced. I had been getting really good at falling down!  After another period of time and with more awareness of my body, I realized that there were still areas of discomfort that were more specific such as my neck, arms, shoulders and my legs including the ankle. These areas were more localized and would not resolve with just the chiropractic adjustments. I sought assistance from my family doctor who is a DO and who specializes in Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy. As I began to receive regular work with him I found he was able to address the small spasms and trigger points that had been manifesting as a result of continuous crutching and limping. He was also able to re-align the smaller, more specific areas that were otherwise not resolving through chiropractic treatments alone. Although there seemed to be even more relief and balancing in my body, I still had tight areas and some general aches and pains. Some of the muscles still seemed tight and sore and appeared to keep pulling some areas of the skeletal system out of place.  I began to notice that I was still compensating in for the pain in my leg. I continued using the right side of my body much more than the left. As a result, even though both of these wonderful modalities were helping quite a bit, I still felt the affects of some muscle tension as well as tightness in other soft tissue structures such as tendons and ligaments. The problems continued to add up on the whole. Because my ankle still gave me problems and the pain was often severe on and off, I still had pain in areas of my body. I knew that I needed additional help. I began to work with Bekki Shining Bearheart in the world of Structural Massage Therapy. She encouraged me to do the “Ten Sessions”. Right away I began to notice more of a difference. I began to have much less pain and discomfort in my leg and in my total body. I found that it was easier to move and was developing a sense of balance that I had felt I still had not gained through the chiropractic and OMT alone. Bekki worked deep in to the soft tissues, stretching them back towards where they were supposed to be originally. This allowed the skeletal system to more easily move back into place when I got adjusted. The adjustments and the manipulations were holding much better and for longer periods of time. She was able to release a great deal of tension that was mostly physical and the cause of some of the pain but even sometimes manifested itself as emotional release.  This emotional “gunk” had also been affecting me on a physical level, keeping me locked up and holding pain! Bekki was also able do Energy work. This seemed to help re-establish flow of energy that had also gotten locked up in particular areas of my body. Overall, I simply felt better. Eventually, I felt like I didn’t need as much bodywork and Bekki had helped to give me back a “normal” life. The therapy held for a long time but time passed and life happened.   Because I will always have prosthesis in my ankle, there will perhaps be issues that will reoccur. I did get a little lax in seeking treatments and the problems that I had previously began to reoccur although not as severely. I know now that for me, I must keep up with all three of these modalities. They do compliment each other really well and I feel best when I am receiving regular work in the Structural Therapy, OMT and the Chiropractic Therapy. This has become a mainstay of my healing process. I feel that they have given me a quality of life that I would not otherwise have, AND the continuation of these treatments on a regular basis will extend this life quality well into my aging years. In fact the doctors are quite amazed given my surgical history and the length of time that I have been dealing with my healing process, just how well I am doing now! I want to mention that there are other areas that I work in to adjunct my healing process. I work from a nutritional perspective by eating well and I adjunct with supplements and herbs. I continue to work on emotional, mental and Spiritual levels. I have recently added Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to my regime (very amazing and effective so far!). Even though it does seem difficult at times still, I try to live a positive life filled with peace and joy so that I may continue to have comfort in my body and wonder in my life.

Bekki Shining Bearheart is not only an excellent therapist with an extensive knowledge of the human body and how it works, but she is very sensitive as well. She can find exactly where the issues lie in the body and are, and she is always checking in to make sure that the pressure is appropriate. She is very comfortable to be with and is always willing to meet one’s needs when the physical or emotional issues arise. She has always been very encouraging and good at follow up. She has even gone as far to call me to remind me that I need bodywork! Bekki is a true healer and we are truly honored to have her among our healing community.

Marcilyn has been a member of the Athens Drumming Circle since 1994.

Reiki and its Interface with Shamanism
by Scott Lichtman

Bekki and Crow have asked me to write for them a piece on Reiki and Shamanic Practice and Healing and how the two can or do combine for a practitioner of both.  It took me a while to consider this, as the two have intertwined, sometimes inextricably in my spiritual and healing practices.

  Reiki is a predominantly Japanese healing practice with its roots in Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism.  Reiki literally means Universal or Divine Energy.  “Rei” meaning universal or divine and “Ki” means energy, as in chi or prana.  Reiki is accredited to Dr. Mikao Usui who brought forth the practice in the late 1800’s.  The commonly accepted story as to the origin of Reiki is Dr. Usui was teaching his students in a Buddhist monastery.  He was discussing the similarities of the healings of the Christ and the Buddha.  His students challenged him as to how he could believe in such things without understanding or witnessing such healings.  This began a course of study and journey for Dr. Usui, leading him to study the original teachings of the Buddha in Tibet.  While studying and meditating there in attempt to discern the truth and means by which the great teachers of history performed their healing works, he embarked on a 40 day meditative fast in the mountains.  The story says that 38 days into his fast and meditation, he began to despair that he would never be shown the secrets, never be shown how to heal the sick or share these wonderful secrets with the world for healing.  It was then that the Buddha appeared to him and made him the first channel for Reiki.  He showed Dr. Usui the symbols used in Reiki and their meanings and usages.  Dr. Usui had seen these symbols in the writings, but there had been no explanation, or clues, as to their meaning or for what they were used.  Dr. Usui became so excited he began sprinting down the hill to share with the monks of the monastery what he had learned.  In doing so, he stumbled and stubbed his toe quite badly.  He bent down in pain and grasped the toe in his hands.  And Reiki began to flow.  When he removed his hands, his toe had stopped bleeding and appeared to have suffered no damage.  Arriving back at the monastery, Dr. Usui was ravenously hungry.  He asked that food be brought to him, meats and fruits, rice and savory dishes.  The monks tried to dissuade him from this, as he had been fasting and his system would not be able to handle this much solid food.  Dr. Usui assured them that what he had learned would not only allow him to do so, he would suffer no ill affects.  He was correct and ate voraciously in joy and thanks suffering no ill affect.  Dr. Usui returned to Japan and began teaching Reiki to his students.  Eventually, Reiki was brought west, first to Hawaii, then the west coast and has begun spreading its roots across the country.  Since its first incarnation, Usui Shiki Ryoho, the original form of Reiki, many off shoots and branches of Reiki have sprung forth.

 Reiki is often called “The Usui System of Natural Healing”.  Reiki heals by opening and removing blockages in energy flow for the health of the whole person.  Reiki is used to remove blockages causing physical as well as emotional pain.  Emotional blockage can inhibit energy flow in the body as much as physical trauma.  Unresolved emotional issues will often result in dis-ease and physical manifestation as the energy in the body is out of balance and flowing improperly.  Through Reiki, energy and balance is restored for the health and benefit of the client.  In Reiki, the practitioner is a channel for the “Universal Energy”, the energy flows through the practitioner and into the client to bring peace, healing and well being to the client. Shamanic healing and practice also brings balance and healing to the client.  In Shamanic Practice we work with our allies, guides, ancestors and teachers in our journey work to bring information and healing energies back for our clients.  The shamanic practitioner will journey with the clients healing in mind and bring back energies, allies, lost soul parts or in some cases even provide psychic extraction of intrusions or energies left in the client by others or past damage/trauma to the client.

The shamanic practitioner is also working for the client to bring balance, healing and proper energy and soul balance to a client, much the same as in Reiki, although, with different techniques.  In shamanic practice, the practitioner is working directly with the client's soul parts, allies, teachers, guides for the benefit of the client.  In Reiki, the practitioner is a channel for the energies of the universe allowing the balance and love of the Divine to flow through him or herself in order to achieve balance for the client.  Reiki is most often considered to be self-aware and self-balancing.  Both Reiki and shamanic healing bring balance and wholeness for an overall sense of healing for the client.

 In shamanic healing, the practitioner will retrieve soul parts or remove negative energies or intrusions from the client, retrieve allies or return lost energy.  Often this can entail that the practitioner handles or contains within him or herself negative or damaged energies and then ground out or negate this energy with the help of their allies or techniques given them by their guides.  In Reiki, nothing of the client enters the practitioner, the Reiki practitioner is a channel for the energy, assuming nothing of the client’s illness or imbalance.  The energy flows through the practitioner and into the client, grounding naturally without the intervention of the practitioner.  Often in Reiki, an attempt to force or control the flow of energy to the practitioner’s desires will result in a weakened or even cessation of energy flow.  In shamanic practice, the practitioner needs to shield ground and protect themselves from negative entities and energies.  In Reiki, the energy is self grounding and protection is very seldom required of the practitioner.

In my own Reiki practice, I have found that often my allies and guides have shown or made their presence known during a Reiki healing session.  The first instance of this was while working on a client who had some severe blockages in her abdomen.  While focusing and working to relieve these blockages, my heron ally appeared and showed me a surgery that had left an adhesion.  I asked the client if they had a trauma or surgery in this area and received an affirmative answer.  While I continued working on this energy blockage, my heron ally removed an intrusion from the client during the session.  Since then, I have found that my allies are often present during Reiki healing and energy balancing sessions and have begun to guide me to do energy work while they perform extractions on their own while the client is receiving the Reiki energy.  My healing room has expanded and also now includes altars and representations of my allies, particularly those who assist during my healing sessions.  These sessions with my allies are not intended to be shamanic healing, nor something that I truly control.  As most of us in shamanic practice know, sometimes Spirit has its own idea and agenda.  A Reiki session with a client begins and is intended as simply that, Reiki and nothing more.  That being said, I now also honor my allies and guides at the start of a Reiki sessions as well as my Reiki Ho, or Reiki prayers, as I know that at any time if needed my guides and allies may appear.  With this combination of spirit help, my clients have reported some powerful healing sensations and I have seen imbalances and blockages heal much more quickly.

Conversely, I have also found that during my shamanic journeys and working with people for shamanic healing, my allies and teachers are guiding me to perform Reiki on areas of the client, or to use Reiki to heal and “fill in” a void left after an extraction.  The channel of the Reiki has been used to bring back energy from a journey for someone, or to even channel ally energy in much the same way the Reiki flows.  Spirit now seems to use the channel created within, for and by the Reiki energy to allow specific energies and intents to flow from the journey world into the person and this world for healing and benefit.

In my own experience with my Reiki practice of several years, the inclusion and addition of the shamanic practice has benefited both modalities greatly.  Reiki and shamanic healing are both geared for the same end result, the balance and healing of the whole client.  In this, and with the aid of my guides and teachers, Spirit has given me the opportunity to expand the healing I am allowed to bring others, and shown me how the two practices can blend and compliment each other to the improvement of both.

Upcoming Issues of the Newsletter

Issue 12: Integrating Shamanic Spiritual Practice into Mainstream Life and Culture, In what ways has practicing shamanism, personally or professionally, made a difference in your life? Please share...
Thanks to Michelle Sampson for suggesting this theme!
Issue 13: Living Shamanically: Healing Our Companion Animals
Issue 14, November: Speaking with the Spirits: Shamanic Divinatory Techniques
Issue 15, December: Living Shamanically: The Humor Issue
Issue 16 January:
Speaking with the Spirits: Divining through Tarot and other Card Oracles

If you have an idea for a theme for an upcoming newsletter we'd love to hear from you.

Comprehensive Book Review on Craniosacral Therapy Books
By Crow

Craniosacral Therapy, by John E. Upledger and Jon D. Vredevoogd, 1983, Craniosacral Therapy II, Beyond the Dura, by Upledger 1987, both from Eastland Press, Seattle, Somato Emotional Release and Beyond, by Upledger 1990, UI Publishing, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens FL.

CranioSacral Therapy I, Study Guide, by Upledger 1987/2001, UI Publishing, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens FL.

The Heart of Listening 1: Origins, Destination Points, Unfoldment, and The Heart of Listening 2: Anatomy, Technique, Transcendence, both sub-titled as A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work by Hugh Milne, 1995, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley.

Now that is a lot of written material (with quite a lot of illustrations too). It is my spirit-felt recommendation that anyone seriously planning to study any variety of craniosacral healing just go ahead and read all those books. Yes, time; and yes, money: but consider it a worthwhile investment in your career as a healer!

The Upledger Institute will 'require' you to read CS I before you take their workshop, CranioSacral Therapy I. They recommend CSII, before you take CST I and require it for the more advanced CranioSacral Therapy II workshop. The Study Guide is handed out at the workshop and may probably also be purchased separately. It most clearly outlines Upledger's protocol for a basic healing session. SomatoEmotional Release is the next level of healing in the Upledger system and an amazing extension of this style of hands-on-healing. The book is very good reading for shamanic practitioners since the Release is quite like a shamanic extraction in many ways (as detailed, p 91-92, in Spirit Knife, Soul Bone, Swimsaway 2005).  All of john Upledger's books for these courses are available on-line.

I do not know what the Milne organization ( requires that its students read. The Heart of Listening has been generally available on line and in the alternative healing sections of major book stores since 1995.

To review the contents of this mass of valuable material will take a book I am not ready to write yet. Instead, I will simply give you a bit more of an idea of what to expect.

Milne's Volume II is an in-depth description and analysis of every part of the human anatomy affected by a craniosacral session. Plus, Milne breaks down each of the major movements with suggestions for physical progression and state of mind and focus appropriate to the move. It takes some time to work through the anatomical details but, after some months of practice, his observations allowed me to deepen my work.

This is not an easy read and needs to be taken in doses. Even if you know anatomy quite well, the detail is boggling. Boggling but vital because here you learn how well-executed therapeutic moves accomplish what they accomplish. The right pressure, at the right place, for the right length of time with the right focus does what is needed because...

For a shamanic practitioner, Volume 1 has special excitement. Upledger describes healing miracles but he is very squirrely in his willingness to come right out and say that maybe Spirit has something to do with the healing. Milne, on the other hand, devotes a long early chapter to Shamanism. Of course, I don't agree with everything he says about my favourite subject; none-the-less, he has good things to say including detailing the spirit-energy-healing connections.

I mentioned Volume II first because, well, it is easy to go to the fun stuff first and I think you should read the books at the same time.

Craniosacral Therapy I contains many details of the material taught in the first Upledger workshop. Good to read before, then keep it to review yourself with. It has all the anatomy and functional explanations but, perhaps most important, it includes Upledger's description of where the practice came from and how it all works. This you also need to read. Understand, too, that the Upledger History is not the only one. The origin and development of craniosacral theory and practice is a little broader and more complex than presented.

The CST I Study Guide is just that. It was designed to use during the workshop and is great for reviewing the protocol later as you develop your own approach.

Craniosacral Therapy II, Beyond the Dura and the CST II workshop are about taking your work to the next level. The book details techniques and concepts such as energy cysts, facilitated segments, interference waves/arcing technique and regional unwinding or somatoemotional release which are only touched on at level I. It is good, complex, advanced reading to let you know how you may build on the basic technique.

Somato Emotional Release and Beyond is fascinating material. As noted, what one is releasing is very like a shamanic intrusion. Upledger found these and effective techniques for releasing them, as he worked cranio-sacrally on certain clients with complex histories. The book includes some astonishing stories in which the "intrusions" almost jumped out at him. The whole work is more relaxed and more spiritual that the first two, which always seem to be trying to prove that the system really works. Any advanced shamanic practitioner will benefit from reading Somato Emotional Release and Beyond.

Find some friends, buy and read these books together. They will get you to the point of knowing if craniosacral therapy is something that will help you personally, whether on not you want to learn it, and how you will be able use it in your healing practice.


comment by Crow

 This comment is stimulated by a brief section of The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines to Life on Earth  by Stephen Harrod Buhner. We hope to have a review of this book by one of you in a future Newsletter but, like All of Buhner's writing this is very rich material and will support a good deal of commentary.

This book is devoted to exploring how, since we have lost our connections with Nature, humankind has been poisoning Gaia.  His section on Bacterial Partners (p134-138) clearly makes the point that, "Bacteria are not our enemies, as scientists postulated, nor a dangerous life-form bent on sickening humankind... They are our ancestors and we are very much alike..." (134) The germ theory of disease and the resultant demonization of microorganisms has forced us to find ever newer, more complex and more persistent ways to kill them.  By initiating the destruction of its smallest building blocks the effect has been to threaten  whole structure of Earth's life, including, of course, our own existence.

The one point I would like to make here is that, every time you make the decision to use antibiotics for yourself, your family and your companion animals you take an action which unbalances each of you. ("Antibiotics do not cure disease, they simply kill off opportunistic bacteria." 138) The imbalance then makes you more, not less, susceptible to illnesses.  But that looks only at the life of a family or an individual. Beyond that singular toxic event lies a whole cascade of death. 

 Everyone one of the manufactured antibiotics persists, virtually unchanged, as it passes through us, into our waste stream and out into our environment. This has at least two well studied results. One, even in very small concentrations (yes, down to parts per billion), the antibiotics continue to kill for prolonged periods of time thus bringing imbalance and expanding illness to all the layers of nature they touch. (Just think how far the sewage from your toilet travels. Waste water treatment does not change the antibiotics.)  Two, the "target organisms" for whom these antibiotics were so carefully designed just love them, or they come to love them very quickly. "Wow, designer food, just for us!"  Before the madness of antibiotics began, there were very few drug resistant microorganisms.  Now, the germs learn to defeat, and even eat, our toxic "silver bullets" faster than the drug companies can invent them.

 Furthermore, the stimulus provided by antibiotics not only causes bacteria to become immune to a specific drug, it teaches the bacteria how to become immune to several, sometimes unrelated, drugs.  The little buggers learn fast! And they are good communicators: there is plenty of documentation that once bacteria in a small area (a person, a farm, a hospital) become immune, soon the immunity spreads to wider and wider areas, even where there is no evidence of direct physical movement or contact by the immune bacteria. It seems quite clear that manufactured antibiotics are not a winning strategy as we work to develop positive relationships with the organisms that live with and support us in this world.

 So is that scary?  Yes, and you can do without antibiotics.  Just say no;  but before you do, check out your alternative strategies and see what you can feel most safe and comfortable with.  A good long look at "germ theory" and its alternatives is a place to start: "Researchers such as Max von Pettinkofer and Elie Metchnikoff insisted that it was not the bacteria that caused disease but an interruption in the normally healthy ecology of the body that allowed pathogenic bacteria to infect it." (135)  Then there are all the easy things you can do to improve the 'normally healthy ecology' of your body.  Another great thing to know about is how to heal with herbs.  Maybe you can't or don't want to become an herbalist for others but you surely can learn enough about how and what herbs heal to decide if you want to go that route yourself.

 Bekki and I work extensively with herbs and have had very little interaction with antibiotics in the last 30 years.  I honestly believe that I have not take any antibiotics during that time; Bekki did once, the prophylactic shot given after her major abdominal surgery when she was essentially still unconscious; and we have used antibiotics for our animals three or four times during that period.  That's all folks, think about it.

 Buhner offers the following quotation in summary:

[Our bodies] are not distinct from the bodies of plants and animals, with which we are involved in the cycles of feeding and in the intricate companionships of ecological systems and of the spirit.  They are not distinct from the earth, the sun and moon, and the other heavenly bodies.  It is therefore absurd to approach the subject of health piecemeal with a departmentalized band of specialists.  A medical doctor uninterested in nutrition, in agriculture, in the wholesomeness of mind and spirit is as absurd as a farmer who is uninterested in health.  Our fragmentation of this subject cannot be our cure, because it is our disease.   

                 Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

Activist's Corner

COMACO: Community Markets for

Innovating rural markets for a "greener", more food secure Africa

Protected wildlife and forest areas of Luangwa Valley be made secure from human disturbances by sustaining liveable incomes and household food needs for residents living outside these areas through trade incentives that drive land use practices supportive of well-managed natural resources.

Provide marketing services, trade benefits, and extension support for farm-based and natural resource-based commodities as a basis for adopting improved land use practices that promote natural resource conservation.

1) Poverty reduction: Ensure 85% of selected poor, food insecure families achieve a sustainable production of diverse commodities that support food security and increased income and reduce risks of natural resource degradation.
2) Job Creation: Supplement Government and other private sector efforts in reducing unemployment through increased opportunities of self-employment from direct trade in farm-based and natural resource-based commodities.
3) Sustainability: Reduce trading centre's dependency on donor support for its operational costs and become fully self-financing within 5 years of a trading centre's establishment

One of their new projects is Snarewear- locally made jewelry from animal snares confiscated from poachers.

With stockpiles of over 40000 wire snares recovered from illegal hunters and poachers in the Luangwa Valley of Zambia, research was carried out to find alternate uses for the snares. With the help and direction of a Zambian Traditional Jeweller, Misozi Kadewele, a group of local women were recruited to start making the Snarewear.
Using wires handpicked from a pile of snares and seeds from local trees as beads, the group designs and creates necklaces, bracelets, anklets and decorative pieces.


Bekki's Art

This amulet bag and earrings were my first attempt at herringbone stitch and I love the patterns that are possible with it as well as the texture it creates. Moonstone beaded onto the surface, a variety of purple stones and a white agate bear fetish give it extra style... It now hangs out with Yvonne in Norfolk.
This bag was made for a Hungarian woman I met at the  shamanism  conference we attended in June of 2007. Judit is an artist who presented a paper and set up a showing of  paintings there. The paintings came from visionary experiences she had during a trip to Central and South America. I was so taken with them that I asked about photos of the paintings. She generously gave me a CD with the images of the whole show.  I made her this bag and sent it to her just as she had been given a crystal by the Dalai Lama. It now lives in the bag!

The following are companies which test on animals. Read carefully! Some of these  companies claim not to test  certain products on animals but the parent company does animal tests.

Most brands sold in health food stores do not test. And some are owned by these companies!

Allergan Inc.
Alcon Labs
Arm & Hammer
Astley Dye & Chemical Company
Andrew Jegens Co.

Bay House Aromatics
Baush & Lomb
Beauticontrol Cosmetics
BioForce UK
Bic Corp.
Block Drug Co.
Boots Plc
Brodie & Stone
Braun (Gilette Co)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (Matrix, Clairol, Ban, Final Net, Redmond, Herbal Essences, Sea Breeze, Aussie, Keri)

Calvin Klein
Carabay Seaweed
Carlonina Herrera
Chesebrough-Ponds (Aziza, Fabergé, Cutex, Oil of Olay, Vaseline)
Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Lady's Choice, Nair, Pearl Drops)
Clarion (Sea Breeze)
Clairol Inc. (Proctor & Gamble)
Clorox (Pine Sol)
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Consume r Value Stores (house brands)
Cosme Decorte
Coty (Davidoff, Joop!, Jovan, Lancaster, Rimmel, Stetson)
Color Me Beautiful
Cover Girl (Procter & Gamble)
Crimpers Pure

Dana Perfumes
Del Laboratories (Sally Hansen, Natural Glow, Naturistics, Flame Glow, Commerce Drug)
Dial Corp. (Purex, Renuzit)
Dome Cosmetics
Donna Karan Beauty Company (Has anti-animal testing policy, but markets fur)
Dracket Products Co.

EcoLab Inc.
Eli Lilly & Co.
El Sanofi Inc.
Elizabeth Arden
Enamelon Inc.
Erno Laszlo
Estée Lauder Cos.(Clinique, Origins, Jane, Origins, Donna Karan, MAC, Prescriptives, Tommy Hilfiger)

Fendi (Elizabeth Arden)
Flame Glow
Fort James

Gallery Cosmetics
Gehe UK
GWP Group
Helene Curtis Industries (Finesse, Unilever, Suave)
Henkel (Schwarzkopf, Dep)

Intimate Brands (Bath & Body Works tests ingredients, Veronica's Secret sells fur)

JCB Developments
Jhirmack (Playtex)
Jergens, Andrew Co. (Bioré)
Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Roc)
Johnson Products Co.
Jovan (Quintessence)

KAO Cosmetics
Kimberly-Clark Corp. (Kleenex, Scott Paper, Huggies)
Kingsmill Cosmetics
KMS Research Labs

Lamaur (Willow Lake, Colorsoft)
L & F Products
Lever Brothers
Lloyds Chemists
LPI Cosmetics

Manetti & Roberts
Marlene Klein Cosmetics
Marshall Pet Products (make pet products, while selling animals to research labs!)
Max Factor (Procter & Gamble)
Melaleuca Inc.
Mennen Co. (Colgate-Palmolive)
Micol Direct
Miss Selfridge
Murphy Phoenix Co. (Colgate-Palmolive)

National Trust
Natural Eco Trading
Nature's Sunshine Products
Neoteric Cosmetics (Alpha Hydrox)
Neutron Industries Inc.
Noxell (Procter & Gamble)

Olay Co./Oil of Olay (Procter & Gamble)
Oral-B (Gillette Co.)
Original Additions
Pantene (Procter & Gamble)
Parfums Givenchy SA (Givenchy, Extravagance, Amarige)
Parfums International (White Shoulders)
Parker Pens (Gillette Co.)
Pfizer Inc.
Playtex Products Inc. (Banana Boat, Woolite, Baby Magic)
PPR Group/Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (GUCCI!)
Prada Group (Fendi) Thanks PETA
Prince Matchiabelli
Procter & Gamble Co. (Secret, Crest, Vidal Sassoon, Tide, Cover Girl, Max Factor, Old Spice, Hugo Boss)
Publix Super Markets
Purex Corp.


Reckitt Benckiser (Coty, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Resolve, Spray 'N Wash, Woolite)
Redmond Products
Richardson-Vicks (Procter & Gamble)
Rimmel (supplied by Unilever)
Ronson International

Sara Lee
Sally Hansen (Del Laboratories)
Schering-Plough (Coppertone, Ban de Soleil, Dr. Scholl's)
Schick (Warner-Lambert)
Scott Paper Co.
Scottish Fine Soaps
S.C. Johnson & Son (Pledge, Drano, Windex, Glade)
Seven Seas
Shiseido Company Ltd.
SmithKline Beecham (AquaFresh, Contac, Tums)
Softsoap Enterprises (Colgate-Palmolive)
Sterling Drug
Sunshine Makers (Simple Green)
Sun Star

3M (Scotch, Post-It)

(Lever Bros., Calvin Klein, Elizabeth Arden, Helene Curtis, Ben &
Jerry's, Aim, Close-Up, Dove, Finesse, Salon Selectives, Pond's,
Vaseline, Sure, Pepsodent, Mentadent)

Vidal Sassoon (Procter & Gamble)
Victoria's Secret
Viktoria Apothekere (Phas)
Vogue International

Warner-Lambert (Lubriderm, Listerine, Schick)
Westwood Pharmaceuticals
Whitehall Laboratories

Xynergy Health Products

Yvonne Gray

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