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Pamela Lands In Paradise

You probably thought I, Pamela, dropped off the face of the planet. You are not too far off, I almost did. 

 

In December 2011 I was diagnosed with a very serious stage IV Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system) and was told I needed to pay complete attention to my healing or I would drop off the face of the planet.

I chose to stick around; I put a very strong faith team around me: Naturopaths, Bethel church healing service out of Redding, CA, energy work, acupuncture, radical diet changes, intense affirmations and said “no” to Chemo.  I did say “yes” to biological therapy I started in January. By March, 2012 my test results showed all normal systems.  Just in time, too because…

Michael, my life saving husband, retired in March and together we moved to Belize to begin our Caribbean adventure.  It has been my life dream to live in the Tropics, specifically the Caribbean and here I sit, watching the palm trees gently sway in the tropical warm breeze, daily I get to watch those cool tropical fish you see in Dr. Office aquariums only through my goggles when swimming in the ocean just outside my front door. Sailing on Catamarans, snorkeling, sun and laid back attitude is where I now live.

 

What about coaching, training and Coffee with CLASS?  I’m still here, with a stronger and proven outlook on life because bless God, I beat the odds. My whole approach has changed, you have to enjoy your learning, not just go through the ringer to live life.  Look for my new twists with better results below, they are life changers!

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From Addiction to Restoration

 

 The Ashes to Beauty is a faith-based residential recovery program and is located in a beautiful home in Eugene.   We not only welcome women with drug and alcohol addictions but women that have any life-controlling issue that is hindering them from being who they were created to be. Each resident has their own room.  If they have children (boys 7 and under, girls 12 and under) they share their room with their children. We currently have one opening.  Residents enter the program at the lowest level of responsibility.  Their life is very structured at this point.  As they progress through the steps of recovery they gain responsibility and begin mentoring the newer residents.  The program is based on the “each one teach one” philosophy and only requires limited staffing after the first couple of groups have entered the upper levels of responsibility. For more information go to www.ashestobeauty.org

A key element of the program is operating a business in which the residents work to support the program.  We operate a food business called Vintner’s Basket.  We make meals in our licensed kitchen and deliver them to customer’s homes or places of business.  The women are trained and supervised by a health inspector. If you are interested in learning more about Vintner’s Basket visit our web page at www.ashestobeauty.org/vintners-basket/

 Women in the program are able to bring their children with them, which maintains the family connection and allows for parenting mentoring.  We welcome DHS evaluations and participation and work with the women to meet the DHS requirements to restore or maintain custody of their children.  Our goal is to work with existing systems for the good of the residents.

 We use community resources to access anger management classes, parenting classes, and individual counseling. We teach job skills and work ethics, GED prep, life skills, and provide group counseling.  We use both 12-step and Genesis counseling.  Residents go to Celebrate Recovery and other 12-step meetings throughout the week.  They have very full days and are required to participate fully.

Intervening in the mother child relationship can stop the generational drug use cycle.  Women are able to raise their kids outside of the drug environment.  Those kids won’t be stuck in a foster home where they feel they don’t belong and end up back in the justice system like their parents.  Ashes to Beauty offers hope to women and children, reduces the burden drug addiction and foster care have on the public, and brings lasting positive change to Lane County.

To learn more about us or to donate visit www.ashestobeauty.org or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ashestobeautyredeemingwomen

NEW AGING: PROACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Dear MAx,

My mother is 70 years old; I am 35. My mother runs marathons; I have endless physical problems and tend to be more sedentary.  I graduated from high school; my mother is working on her PhD. My parents assure me that I am not adopted. Isn’t aging related to DNA? Why doesn’t my mother slow down?

Alexa

Dear Alexa,

Aging is a normal process of life. The good news is that there is so much knowledge about the aging process that each of us gets to create how we want it to look. And, what an incredible role model you have!

The US life expectancy for males is 75 years, females 80 years.  And, yes, genetic makeup does influence an individual’s life expectancy. But there are many other factors.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report in 2008 on “The State of Mental health and Aging in America”. The report highlights six key indicators related to healthy aging and mental and physical health. Even though depression is NOT a normal part of growing old, four of these key factors influence how we age. The other two key factors are “adequate social and emotional support” and “Life satisfaction influenced by socioeconomic, health, and environmental factors.

According to aging research, humans reach their peak of growth and development in their mid 20’s. After that the body starts that gradual less functioning process. BUT, Alexa, there are things that can be done to be like your mother at 70. The most important factor is to be proactive with your health.

Excessive alcohol use, abusing drugs, obesity, and smoking are all things that contribute to aging before your time. Healthy aging includes paying attention to your mind, body, and spirit.

Three ways to stabilize, and, maybe, even reverse damage that has been already been done is to:

-Advocate for positive health care: become knowledgeable about your medications and any other treatments suggested by your medical team. Explore alternative healing methods.

-Consult a nutritionist to learn more about your diet and how it may affect your physical well being. No one diet fits every body.

-Change your lifestyle to include exercise, simplifying your pace, and including a component of daily meditation, prayer, or silence to reduce stress.

Truthfully, Alexa, I can really see no reason for your mother to “slow down”. I would love to have you use this column as a topic of conversation with your mother to learn what she has done to be where she is at today.

Dr. Ilene Cummings, thebeautyconversation.com, reminds us that “How we think is how we age.” Perhaps if you change your thinking from, “mother (needs) to slow down”, to “I need a healthier lifestyle”, your aging process will not be so painful.

Be well on your journey to graceful aging.

Have a question about addiction, recovery, or life transitions such as retirement, career change, grief and loss issues, empty nesting, etc, ‘Ask MAx’. Send your questions to Lifestyle Changes, PO Box 1962, Eugene, OR  97440; or, e-mail your questions to:  askmaxcolumn@yahoo.com. Learn more about MAx Fabry and read her blog at www.lifestylechangescounseling.com.

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGY

What are your sources of energy?  Energy can be attained through different sources, and you do not need to do it all on your own.  But first, it is a good idea to evaluate how you currently attain your energy.  Realistically, it is probably in the typical way that most people attain their energy, such as, get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night, wake up and drink coffee, have a couple of meals each day.  This method is a good enough method to attaining energy.  Now, look deeper into your source of energy.  There are more factors to your life that give and take energy.

Factors

  • Mental health: Normally, this factor is viewed under a category dealing with a diagnosed disorder.  Your mental health does not need to be viewed in this way.  Your mental health could be viewed as the amount of issues (positive and negative) you are thinking about each day, and each hour of the day.  If you can endure many different items to think about then being mentally busy will not be a burden.  If you cannot handle more than a couple of items at a time, then more than this number will become a negative issue for you.
  • Stress: Everybody has some kind of stress they are working with in their life – it can be bad/negative stress, or it can be good/joyful stress.
  • Feedback: What are other people telling you about what they observe about you?  Whether or not they give you feedback about your behavior, which comes from your mental (and emotional) output, in a constructive, positive or negative way it is still feedback for you to work with regarding your mentality.
  • Emotional being: People are emotional creatures, whether or not they portray their emotions.  Some people may be more logical than others, but they still have emotions.  This factor can strike a person’s energy depending on the emotion they are feeling.  A person could receive positive news one day and then be on an “emotional high” for the next couple of days becoming more productive than usual and influencing those around them.  The same can occur with the negative, “emotional low”, sense.
  • Spiritual: Even if you do not think of yourself as “spiritual” there is still a sense of something within you that you rely on.  If you feel calm and at peace in nature then that is where you go to get spiritually filled.  Within this part of you getting filled, your energy becomes rejuvenated.
  • Social: People are social beings and are created in such a way that everybody needs human social contact.  Some people need more contact than other people.  This is where you can receive information on the energy input and output you are portraying and receiving.

There is always more to energy than meets the eye.  Take time to evaluate the factors of how you can attain energy in order to have a continuous flow of it.  With energy you will be able to interact with family, friends, neighbors, and strangers in a positive way.  With energy you will influence those closest to you in the way you intend.  This is your opportunity to evaluate yourself for the betterment of you and your loved ones.

 

Embrace the journey with your child as you experience the privilege of being a parent.

Learn more about me at: http://www.lifestylechangescounseling.com

 

Virgo: Earth Sign of Holistic Integration

Virgo: Earth Sign of Holistic Integration

“Health is an announcement of agreement between your body, mind and spirit.”

                                                    – Neal Donald Walsch

Wednesday August 22nd the Sun will move out of the self-aware and dramatic fire sign of Leo and enter the modest and improving mutable earth sign of Virgo. Each succeeding sign of the zodiac builds upon the foundation laid by the previous sign by rectifying or redirecting its energy. Virgo asks us to shift our attention away from our individualized self and to be of service.

The negative polarity of Virgo gives her a receptive, internal nature. She is a humble, practical archetype, striving to serve through self-improvement, healing, and mentoring. The word “humble” comes from the Latin word for “ground” or “earth.” Virgo is the embodiment of humility, grounded in the material world, keenly aware of the physical needs of humanity, and our interdependence and interconnectedness with the earth’s ecology. Virgo “tends the seed” with dedication and dependability. She wants the earth and its inhabitants to function more efficiently and healthily. She mentors others by passing along her guidance, skills and practical wisdom.

The key phrase for Virgo is “I Analyze.” Virgo studies the objects of her attention carefully and precisely. Her focus is on the details, symbolized by the individual grains of wheat on a stalk. Virgo analyzes and categorizes in logical, methodical ways, assimilating essential facts.

Although Virgo appears to be concerned with the constituent parts and details of the whole, her goal is unification through refinement, realignment, and integration of the parts into wholeness. In this manner she represents the holistic healing disciplines. Her aim is the perfect integration of body, mind and spirit.

Virgo can efficiently divide a task into manageable parts. She is a careful planner, capable of integrating diverse aspects of her projects. She is discriminating and discerning, scientific, conscientious and thorough in her efforts to create order and perfection.

Virgo rules areas of our life which prepare us for being of service in the world, including our work related skills and habits. Virgo strives to improve and perfect herself so that she can serve in higher and better ways. She learns new skills and works diligently to perfect and apply them. Virgo rules people in the service industries, social services, law enforcement, and organized labor and unions.

Virgo also rules our physical well being and health-related habits such as diet and exercise. Virgo serves others with her healing skills, and is represented in the health profession by doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and holistic practitioners. Parts of the body ruled by Virgo are the organs of digestion and assimilation, including the intestines and gall bladder. With Mercury as her traditional ruling planet, Virgo also governs the nervous system.

The ecological sciences are ruled by Virgo. Through studying the components of ecosystems, the plants, animals and environments they are dependent upon, ecologists come to understand the interconnectedness and interdependency of the parts of the whole system. They analyze, categorize and explain energy flow, food webs, and relationships between species, populations and their physical environments. They provide understanding of the workings of the unified whole.

The domestic sciences are in Virgo’s domain. Housekeeping and household chores including cleaning, laundry, preserving and putting away food for the winter are Virgo activities. Virgo creates useful items through her crafts, sewing and weaving. She tends domestic animals and pets, and through animal husbandry produces food and useful products.

We cultivate our Virgo energy when we tend to our pets and domestic animals. By feeding, exercising and caring for their needs, we contribute to their health and well being. We learn the meaning of dedication and duty. We come to understand the importance of methodical, efficient habits and routines. Our animals become our teachers and healers in life.

Virgo archetypes are the Divine Feminine, the Earth Mother, Goddess of Fertility, and the Virgin. Isis and Mother Mary embody the energy and healing power of Virgo. Colors for Virgo are navy blue, gray and orange. Navy blue and gray are the colors of the uniforms worn by workers in the service industry. Orange is the color of the late summer harvest. Gems for Virgo are sapphires, agates and jasper.  Pansies and nut-bearing trees are Virgo plants.

“It’s important to know that words don’t move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.”

                                                         – Danilo Dolci

Planetary Rulers of Virgo

In mythology Chiron the centaur, half man and half horse, was a great healer and teacher. He instructed the gods and humankind in the healing arts, ethics, archery and music. Struck by an arrow, Chiron received an injury that never healed. For this reason he is known as the “Wounded Healer.” Although Chiron could not heal his own wound, he became the Sacred Teacher, leading the way towards healing, wholeness and self-sufficiency by guiding, mentoring and instructing others.

Chiron in the astrological chart reveals our own unconscious sense of woundedness and devastation. We carry our personal Chiron wounds, the pain and hurt, from old experiences of rejection, abandonment, deprivation, abuse and loss. Although the Chiron wound is experienced personally, it is a universal aspect of being human.

Awareness of our Chiron wound sets us on a path of healing in order to become whole. We begin our healing journey by engaging our Virgo energy to seek relief: we discern the nature of our wound and take practical, methodical steps to resolve and heal our injuries. We transcend our pain and reconnect the fragmented parts of our self. In this way we transform our wound into our greatest asset. When we emulate the Sacred Healer we give the gift of healing and wholeness to others through our example.

 While the traditional ruler of Virgo is Mercury, many modern astrologers feel the more appropriate rulers are the asteroids. The asteroid belt lies mostly between Mars and Jupiter and consists of what some astronomers believe to be innumerable pieces of a planet which broke apart and fragmented. Symbolically these fragments represent the different parts of ourselves that have become disconnected, fractionated, compartmentalized, and wounded or hurt. Through Virgo, we recover and reclaim these parts, heal them, and become whole.

Ceres was the largest of the asteroids, before its reclassification and promotion to ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006. In Roman mythology Ceres is the goddess of the abundance of the land, agriculture, and the harvest. She is known as the Goddess of Grain. Her name in earlier Greek mythology is Demeter, which means “earth mother.”

In the astrological chart Ceres represents the need for nurturing as well as the capacity for nurturing others. Ceres shows what we need from ourselves and others to feel unconditional love. As a ruling planet of Virgo, Ceres governs mother-child relationships, attachment and dependency, mentoring and care-taking of all living things.

The asteroid Chiron was discovered in 1977 and later reclassified as a comet. Its orbit lies between the planets Saturn and Uranus. The time of its discovery coincides with the blossoming of the human potential movement, personal and global healing, and integrative and holistic sciences including ecology. Chiron is considered to be the most important modern ruler of the sign of Virgo.

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
– Tori Amos

 

Celestial Events 

The Month Ahead

As the Sun moves into Virgo it opposes Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces, and squares the lunar Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius, creating a Grand Mutable Cross. Our will and desire to improve ourselves and our physical conditions must be balanced and integrated with attention to our spiritual nature. We must heal ourselves and the world spiritually as well as materially. The lunar Nodes ask we let go of details and distractions and seek a higher, more encompassing vision. This Grand Mutable Cross challenges us and provides opportunities to create change in our lives and in the world.

The Sun in Virgo trines Pluto moving retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. Probing the depths of our feelings and attachments to old structures and security will reveal areas we can actively work to change, heal and restore.

The Moon’s Nodes Change Sign

The Moon’s Nodes in the astrological chart are not planets or luminaries, but points in space that mark the intersection of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth with the ecliptic. Like the planets, the Moon’s North and South Nodes travel through the signs of the zodiac. It takes nearly 19 years for the Moon’s Nodes to travel through the entire zodiac, or a little over 1.5 years in each sign.

The Moon’s South Node represents our spiritual starting point in this life. It is an amalgamation of many incarnations and indicates overly developed ways of being. It contains unconscious patterns, behaviors, and attitudes that are very familiar and comfortable for us, that are easy for us to slip into. It is an area of life for us to revisit with conscious awareness so we can resolve problems and heal past experiences. The North Node represents the energy and area of life we need to explore for balance and growth, to stretch and embrace the new. It is our spiritual destination.

Since March 2011 the Moon’s South Node has been transiting the sign of Gemini, while the North Node has been in the opposite sign of Sagittarius. This has been a time for us to to let go of being distracted, scattered, unfocused and cynical so we can set our sights on our goals for the future. It has been an opportunity for us to get in touch with our inner Truth and develop a new, higher vision of life that connects us with the greater universe outside of our self.

On September 2nd the transiting South and North Nodes will leave these signs and enter Taurus and Scorpio, respectively. This new 1.5 year cycle will provide us with opportunities to heal and transform our attachments to the material world that have kept us stuck. It will be a time to do the deep, transfiguring and transformative work that will allow us to discover our inner strength and be reborn anew. It will also be a time for profound changes in the outer material world: in global monetary systems, traditional institutions that provided material and political stability, and the use of material resources on the planet.

New Moon in Virgo

A New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon conjoin overhead from our perspective on Earth. This represents the fusion of our outer consciousness and awareness, symbolized by the Sun, with our inner emotional and unconscious self, symbolized by the Moon. This is a fertile time for new beginnings, for sowing the seeds of your new projects and endeavors.

The next New Moon will be on Saturday September 15th at 7:10 p.m. (PDT) at 23 degrees Virgo. This New Moon will conjoin Mercury in Virgo, square Ceres in Gemini, and sextile the transiting North Node in Scorpio. The new beginnings we put into motion in the areas of work-related skills, personal health and improvement will be nurtured by organizing our thoughts and communicating in methodical, analytical, practical ways. This will be an exciting opportunity to take action to create profound change on deeper levels to be reborn anew.

The area of your astrological chart where 23 degrees Virgo falls represents the area of your life where you can consciously create new beginnings that are discriminating, logical and practical. In what ways can you improve your health? How can you bring order and efficiency into your life? What new practical work-related skills can you develop? Are you embracing your vocation, or call to service in life? What parts of you or your life need to be better integrated so you can feel whole? How can you connect to the sacred earth, nurture her and feel nurtured by her?

You may wish to set new goals or create Virgo affirmations on this New Moon. Examples are: “I take take practical steps to improve the health and well being of my body, mind and spirit.”  “I am nurtured by the earth and my material reality.” “I release the need for external perfection and embrace the Divine Order within.”  “I discern with intuitive wholeness.”

You will begin to see evidence of the seeds you sow on this New Moon as they come to fruition on the following Full Moon. The Harvest Full Moon in Aries on September 29th will reward you with freedom to be your more authentic self.

“Wisdom is experience digested.”

 

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– Karen Bishop in Staying in Alignment

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CHIROPRACTIC CARE: LOW COST, HIGH RESULT WELLNESS SOLUTION

How the Center For Disease Control (CDC) defines Chiropractic Care:

“Chiropractic care—This care involves the adjustment of the spine and joints to influence the body’s nervous system and natural defense mechanisms to alleviate pain and improve general health. It is primarily used to treat back problems, headaches, nerve inflammation, muscle spasms, and other injuries and traumas.”

Millions of people have been able to use chiropractic care as preventative and to avoid unnecessary surgeries and hospitalizations.

I am accepting new patients. If you have never thought about using a chiropractor, contact me, Dr. Tom Ruckman, (541) 579-7602

Tom5809@live.com.

Ask for FREE 10 minute consult, or schedule an appointment and discuss your insurance coverage with his staff.

SERVICE ANIMALS

According to the revision in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA (http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm).  Some service animal websites will also include miniature horses as services animals, but this was not found on the ADA website.

So, what can service animals do?  Most frequently, they are specially trained from the time they are puppies in a particular assistive area.  The list of assistance is diverse: the seeing eye dog, they alert hearing impaired people to sounds, they can alert people who have seizure disorders to an oncoming seizure, they can assist people who are wheelchair bound or who have balance disorders, and they can assist people who have psychiatric disabilities.

Service animals can be raised from a puppy and trained immediately, or it can be a household pet that is trained.  Typical service dogs are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers.  Depending on which state or training company is training the dog, training can take as little as 3 months to the typical 18 months.  Most importantly, you as the consumer and the service animal need to be a match in personality and style.

For the blind person, the dog is his eyes.  For the quadriplegic or muscular atrophy wheelchair bound person, the dog helps him open doors or pick up items, and more.  For the diabetic, the dog can inform her that she is in need of her dialysis.  The list of things that a dog can do is amazing.

Other animals that can be used to assist people, but they are not recognized as service animals anymore.  Cats can be pets for stroke patients whose muscles have degenerated but can be strengthened through simply petting the cat as a form of physical therapy.  Horses can be used as a form of physical therapy for various physical disabilities that are caused from differing factors.  Just because these animals are not considered service animals, does not disqualify their value to assisting disabled people.

Service animals are a valuable asset to people with various disabilities.  This is a piece of knowledge that can be passed onto your children.

 

Embrace the journey with your child as you experience the privilege of being a parent.

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CCOs: FOLLOW THE MONEY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a Federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, located in Georgia. It provides public health and safety by providing information to facilitate health decisions, developing and applying disease prevention and control, promote health and injury prevention, and education information to improve health..  Information from the CDC is free to the public.

The following alternative practitioner information is taken from CDC “Advanced Data Bulletin”, numer 343, May 27, 2004, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults: United States, 2002.”

“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, therapies, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. The U.S. public’s use of CAM increased substantially during the 1990s (1–11). This high rate of use translates into large out-of-pocket expenditures on CAM. It has been estimated that the U.S. public spent between $36 billion and $47 billion on CAM therapies in 1997 (5). Of this amount, between $12.2 billion and $19.6 billion was paid out-of-pocket for the services of professional CAM health care providers such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists. These fees are more than the U.S. public paid out-of-pocket for all hospitalizations in 1997 and about half that paid for all out-of-pocket physician services (12).

Explanations for this growth in CAM use have been proposed, including marketing forces, availability of information on the Internet, the desire of patients to be actively involved with medical decision making, and dissatisfaction with conventional (western) medicine (13). This dissatisfaction may be related to the inability of conventional medicine to adequately treat many chronic diseases and their symptoms such as debilitating pain (1). Rates of CAM use are also exceptionally high among individuals with life threatening illnesses such as cancer (14) or HIV (15). It appears that the majority of people use CAM as a complement to conventional medicine, not as an alternative (1,3,5).”

To read this Bulletin in total, copy and paste this URL in your address search at the top of your screen: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad343.pdf

Clearly, the US AMA has been cognitive of the positive aspects of using alternative practitioners and the economic advantages of doing so. Hmmm?

 

 

MAx Fabry, CEO, HealerToday.com

 

8/22/12

ASK MAx:INSURANCE CO. DEFINE WHO DOES WHAT

“ASK MAx” is published weekly in the Springfield Times, Springfield, OR http://www.springfieldtimes.net/. Subscriptions for the paper is only $28/year mailed to your home! The following column was published 03/31/11.

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Dear MAx,

I am very upset at my insurance company.  I have been seeing the same therapist for over a year and they have been paying her. Recently I received a letter from the insurance stating that I have to start all over with one of their “preferred” providers. They went on to say that my therapist doesn’t have the credentials they require. I checked with the State and she does have the credentials she needs. What is going on?

Samatha

Dear Samantha,

I am sorry you are having to deal with the irony of the insurance industry while you are trying to heal.

To help understand your plight, I talked with two insurance executives involved in credentialing. While neither would give me a to-the-point answer for any question, I think I made some sense of what they saying.

What I ascertained from their interviews is that the insurance industry defines the term “provider” for their company. The word “traditional” came up several times; I clarified this to mean that they have had the same definitions of “Providers” for many decades. When asked when this was last updated “not sure” was the answer.

Not updating definitions for “providers” is a problem because new modalities are always becoming legitimized. For instance, remember when insurance wouldn’t cover chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care has been practiced in the US since 1895. In its infancy, chiropractic professionals were characterized as “an unscientific cult”, and continually attacked by the mainstream medical decision makers. In 1969 the AMA went head to head in court with the Chiropractic Association; the AMA was found guilty of conspiracy to wipe out the chiropractic profession.

In the late 1970’s, the medically owned and operated insurance companies began to allow chiropractors to become “preferred providers”.  As insurance companies are now having their own financial issues, things are beginning tighten again for this group.

I share this history with you because I believe it can help us “laypeople” understand how the insurance companies make decisions.  I see a similar pattern occurring in my State of Oregon where Addiction Counselors seem to be following in this historical footstep.

In Oregon, Addiction Counselors that are Certified through the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO), are recognized by the State as legitimate providers. However, according to both insurance companies I spoke with, neither were familiar with the ACCBO certification process.  Consequently, in Oregon, only agencies are paid to deliver addiction treatment.

So, Samantha, your counselor could be recognized by the State as legitimate, but your insurance company may be lagging behind in their credentialing process.

If you have exhausted all channels with your insurance company, and you still feel strongly about your choice of provider, you can contact your state Department of Insurance.

Perhaps you can work something out with your present therapist so you don’t have to start all over—re-traumatization of your problem would not serve you.

Walk your healing journey with strength and conviction.

Have a question about addiction, recovery, or life transitions such as retirement, career change, grief and loss issues, empty nesting, etc, ‘Ask MAx’. Send your questions to Lifestyle Changes, PO Box 1962, Eugene, OR  97440; or, e-mail your questions to:  askmaxcolumn@yahoo.com. Learn more about MAx Fabry and read her blog at www.lifestylechangescounseling.com.