Seminars to benefit Glenwood Springs boy |

Seminars to benefit Glenwood Springs boy

April E. Clark
Post Independent Staff

Western Slope Orofacial Myology is sponsoring two wellness seminars Friday to benefit a 4-year-old Cambodian adoptee with debilitating medical conditions.

The lectures at the Ramada Inn support the Jerri Israel Family Fund for Chaz Israel-Olson, who suffers from a form of congenital muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, low muscle mass and chronic hepatitis ” among other diagnoses.

“He’s such an angel on earth,” said Israel-Olson’s mother, Jerri Israel. “He was so darn sick, he almost died, and he is finally just coming out of that. He looks healthier. You can see it in his eyes.”

From 8-10 a.m., Sandra Coulson will speak on orofacial myology, the study of improving poor tongue, lip and mouth muscle tone caused by tongue-thrusting; thumb-, finger- and pacifier-sucking; cheek- and nail-biting; and tooth-grinding and -clenching. She is incoming president of the International Association of Orofacial Myology.

“Sandy’s presentation is geared to professionals to help them understand orofacial muscle dysfunction, how to identify it, and what can be done correct it; those who will be particularly interested in coming would be dentists, orthodontists, pediatricians, family practitioners, physical, occupational and speech therapists,” said Patti Braceland, owner of Western Slope Orofacial Myology. “However, the general public is welcome to come and learn the facts about habits such as thumb/finger sucking, nail-biting and open-mouth breathing and what can be done to stop these habits.”

Linda Chae, founder of the ToxicFree Foundation, will lecture from 10:15-11:45 a.m. on chemicals commonly used in personal care and household products.

“Linda is an ‘amazing grace’ to spend time with; truly a treat. She will teach us what ingredients in personal care products could be toxic to our well-being, what to look for in labels, and how to protect ourselves and our families by simply raising our awareness,” Braceland said. “Certainly anyone who is concerned with the growing rate of cancers, heart disease, hormonal disruption, attention deficit disorder and a host of other diseases will not want to miss this seminar.”

Donations of $10 will be collected at the seminars for the family fund, or they can be made at any Alpine Bank branch.

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