Celebration of Health explores relationship between traditional, alternative medicine
In 350 B.C., ancient Greeks congregrated at healing temples to restore their minds, bodies and spirits through the arts.For a more modern rendition of this age-old concept, the alternative health nonprofit Davi Nikent will hold a Celebration of Health in Carbondale Saturday.”This is like our coming-out party,” said Jean Wallis, an organizer for the event and participant in the newly formed organization. “What Davi Nikent is about is bridging the gap between traditional and alternative medicine.”The event will feature 11 speakers who will discuss a variety of alternative health topics, from increasing athletic success to the wellness benefits of rhythm and drumming. Dr. Jeremiah Echhaus of Grand River Medical Center will explain integrating conventional and alternative medicines through practices such as herbal remedies and acupuncture. “I think it’s the future of medicine,” he said. “It offers patients more opportunities for treatment.”Ricki McKenna, a certified nutritionist, will educate parents about children’s diet, particularly the poor nutritional value of packaged and sugary foods, such as most yogurts.”We want people to be aware of what they’re putting in their mouths and their children’s mouths,” she said.Keynote speakers Dr. Michelle Schultz and Dr. Dave Jensen will touch on women’s heart health and overall wellness, respectively. On the main stage, myriad dancers – African, belly and Ute – will perform as a connection to sacred healing dances of the past. Fifty door prizes, including gift certificates for alternative health treatments such as massages and acupuncture treatments, will also be distributed. A Ute elder gave Davi Nikent its name, which means “always light” in the Ute language, Wallis said. The group plans to develop a Web resource directory to provide information on alternative therapists throughout the region.”We’re all looking for ways to take care of ourselves and find balance in our lives,” Wallis said. “This valley is so rich with alternative therapies, and most people don’t have any idea how to find them.”Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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