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Expect to be hearing more from me on this subject. As the extent of the disaster becomes apparent I’ve turned my ear toward what we can do to help. Many of you may remember that I volunteered in the aftermath of Katrina treating post traumatic stress disorder with Acupunturists Without Borders. Plans are in the works again for another volunteer trip to the gulf. I love being able to be proactive. It’s the antidote to feeling helpless. Shore efforts are still in the early stages but they will be protracted to be sure.

Myself and all of us here at Glow urge you to give assistance in any way you can. In the short term it could be as easy as making sure your hair salon is donating hair to make floats, or maybe  adopting a bird yourself.

Click here for a complete guide of how to help or become a volunteer.

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Many of you may remember when I volunteered, giving acupuncture for post traumatic stress, after hurricane Katrina. That experience was incredibly powerful for me. I have never  felt so connected, so part of the human family. This kind of disaster knows no boundaries. It crosses lines of wealth, race and status. I saw homes flattened.  There were men whose eyes were dull and who owned nothing more than the clothes on their backs. They had lost everything. Those homes left standing had the pungent stench of toxic mold.

Acupuncture served as a reset button for the central nervous system.  People who hadn’t slept thru the night since the storm were sleeping. The nightmares were less and the flashbacks less frequent. They were profoundly grateful for the help they received.

 In the wake of the devastation that Haiti has experienced Acupuncturists Without Borders is again offering their services to those in need.  The following is an excerpt from their update sent out this past week. I encourage you to donate to this worthy grassroots cause. http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/index.html Seattle can help Haiti!

AWB Executive Director, Diana Fried, and AWB Haiti

Operations Manager, Julia Raneri arrived in Port-au-

Prince, Haiti Wednesday morning, February 3. We

wanted to send you a brief report as soon as possible

from the field.

Diana says:

“We were able to land here after all and didn’t need to do

the grueling drive from the Dominican Republic. There

are lines and crowds of people waiting for food

distribution and buildings flattened everywhere. Everyone

has heart breaking stories to tell. We have already given

several treatments. Roger Brierre, friend of Jean and

Eric, our generous and lovely Haitian hosts, is driving us

around in his truck. Now and then the ground under the

truck moves, and Roger says his heart jumps because

he fears it is another earthquake.

Here is an excerpt from the New York Times on January

28:

“Meanwhile, government health officials on Thursday

reported that the psychological impact of the disaster is

becoming more apparent in the symptoms being seen at

general clinics run by Doctors Without Borders.

One, in the rural town of Leogane near the epicenter of

the Jan. 12 earthquake, reported that about half of the

people receiving treatment were suffering from mental

trauma….

The International Medical Corps, which is overseeing

operations at the general hospital in Port-Au-Prince, also

brought in a mental health specialist to help begin dealing

with emerging concerns of post-traumatic stress

disorder and other problems.”

Roger Brierre, Diana and Julia’s current guide, sends a message:

“We want to say to all American people and the government of the United States that have been helping Haitians that we really appreciate their help. However the earthquake was so devastating to our people. Please do your best to keep helping the people of Haiti.”Trauma recovery will definitely be needed as the rubble clears, and survivors have water, emergency medical care, food, and shelter.

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