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Jerry (VAJARA)

Background brings out Foreground

Develop and Administer Daily Care Plan--Holistic and Integrative Health Practices and Health Services by Gerald W. Vest, LISW, LMT Our “Background brings out our Foreground.” I don’t recall where I picked up this thought or quotation, but does make sense when we examine what is “behind us, in the background” and what we have in store for us in the “Foreground.” I discovered this concept of our ‘Past’ collecting itself as unfinished and incomplete life experiences with its storage of pain and suffering in our Backs. Everything is happening with us and to us every moment, asleep or awake, makes no difference. I recall reading a statistic about back pain with adults representing over 70% of our population. So it’s just not athletes beating their brains and bodies to oblivion, also those sitting at desks or working on assembly lines or in offices who are suffering as well. Our Service Members carry over 110#’s in their back pack with additional weapon(s) and ammo on top of a vertical vertebrae. Humans are not designed or created for heavy weight or we would be equipped with four appendices, much like elephants, camels and horses. It is for this reason that our SNM Alliance introduces deep tissue back massage with Michael Wick, LMT, followed with an acupuncture treatment, Acupuncture --Free Acupuncture for our Returning Vets and FamiliesCrossroads Acupuncture--crossroadsacu@gmail.com (just around the corner on Farmer’s Market), every Saturday morning or during the week. Offering this opportunity and experience is a treat beyond words. Visit our Website and learn about the many integrative and holistic health services that are available for recovery, restoration and resilience following this decade of wars. (Please let us know if these or other health services are offered as an alternative to the Killer Cocktails and the Psychic Tattoos (disorder labels) for life. Psychiatry, Western Psychology and Big Pharma are in the business to get everyone they visit with for a few minutes, on several chemical cocktails so that they can become dependent and addicted to them and their “Medicine.” I have worked with the military and behavioral health system for many years and what I observe is the creation of the “VA Shuffle” that many of you know has cost the lives our warriors and their families returning from the wars. Hey, wake up and smell the toxic behavior of our sick care system in America, often referred to as Professional Health Care (not)….seems there may be a relationship with our private prisons, private hospitals, private schools and other sick care systems coding, labeling and drugging everyone they can--our military, incarcerated youth and adults, students, elders, foster children, adolescents, toddlers, etc. Who is assuming responsibility for the pain, injury, suffering of these psychiatric protocols….drugging patients, children and elders until they slobber or drool. I recommend that my clients research every drug given them and examine the warning and side effects identified on the container. Add them all together and ask your local pharmacist and physician or psychologist if they would take them? Do they know what will happen to your body, mind, emotions, spirit and social relationships with a steady diet of these dangerous chemicals? Furthermore, investigate all other substances you intake throughout the day such as tobacco, alcohol, sugar. Don’t you also wonder why you are unmotivated, tired, lack inspiration, happiness, joy, creativity, love, compassion, and other virtues such as courage, dignity, self-respect and mindfulness. Not going to end on such a painful note, so let’s get our music instruments out and begin jamming. Enjoy some Yoga, dance, biking, swimming, walking, acupuncture, massage, lots of meditation to open us up to our natural and true health opportunities allowing our immune system, our breath, our exercise, our nutrition, our friendships, our family and our whole being get engaged and involved with intensive and extensive health services. http://www.jerryvestinjuredwarrior.com/id15.html Note: Special appreciation for the Intensive and Extensive Health Services provided our Injured Warriors and Families enrolled in our Ft. Bliss R & R Center designed by Dr. John Fortunato, Chief.
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Learning to Learn & Play with Children

This Integrative Health blog will focus on teaching, learning and playing with our children. The key, for me,  is maintaining an open, honest, loving and respectful relationship. Mindfulness is a way to be one with our children and grandchildren as their instincts are clearly tuned in to our interactions--verbally and non-verbally. In this blog I will introduce creative activities that we enjoy. While having fun, we are promoting health, learning and developing skills. Also, I will introduce art, music, dance, martial arts, writing, exercise, biking and other methods for maintaining high levels of consciousness. Mindfulness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We've all heard the adage - "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- makes Jill dull as well. Do visit the "Supporting Children to Learn through Play" by the Canadian Child Care Foundation.

This Blog and My HomePage allows me to share some of my favorite integrative practices, policies, methods and activities that I use in my professional practice , in my classes and for self-care. I am very enthusiastic about  including logs related to my professional and personal experiences while being mindful of our social work core values, practice methods/skills, knowledge of human development & behavior,  and of interactions and relationships of our natural and social environments.

Hope you enjoy ...

Jerry Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT - Holistic Social Worker, Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center and Professor Emeritus - NMSU School of Social Work



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