Linda Hogan, who is on the Board of Advisors for AIFC, an organization that assists the indigenous of the Americas, tries to give the woman a break when she can by taking the children to the park or out grocery shopping. (By the way this is a very poor family and Linda buys them groceries to help them with their basic needs - do not think that our government picks up all the needs of our hard working poor.) Linda does not speak Spanish and Manuela has no English skills but as women they understand each other perfectly.
I went to visit Manuela again and told her
in my "not-so-great" Spanish, "Soy una acupunturista sin agujas."(I am an acupuncturist without needles.) She already knew I worked with women in the jungle and with medical doctors, knew I had gone to Mexico to better my Spanish skills and set up volunteer programs there, and also knew that I was to be volunteering to teach English to those in her area with the help of the Community Economic Development Center.
In fact, she
had laughed that I thought I could become fluent in Spanish in two weeks in Mexico - I laughed too.Manuela once was a teacher (before fleeing the killing fields of Central America) and is so frustrated that she
cannot help her
own children with their homework.She
wants to learn but the programs are not there.Now, after my second visit she
wants to learn even more, not just English, because this is what happened.
I had brought my tiny medical kit - a zip lock baggie.What I teach is acupuncture without needles so all you really need is your fingers.Sometimes an herb is burned over or on certain points to stimulate them deeper and I had also brought some small "moxa" poles.
I asked her
to take off her
shoes as the points to turn a breech baby are located on the feet.I showed her
where they were.
Tonight I received an email from Linda
- the baby turned.Linda
had told Manuela that her
feet didn't need to be rubbed anymore."NOOOOOOO" - I guess she
liked it.Well there is no harm in a good foot massage so I wrote back that they should continue but the "moxa" should be stopped - unless of course her
back went out because the same point for turning breech babies is used for back pain.
This is what the Pan American Whole Health Alliance
is all about - complementary healthcare training for the peoples of the Americas - our Americas - all of them.More programs need to be developed both here in the USA and abroad.The need is great.PAWHA
is an all-volunteer organization.
is on the net.Visit her
site at http://www.wildwomen-ent.com/ .Linda
is offering this opportunity to you:WILD WOMEN ENTERPRISES
HAS OFFERED TO DONATE 25% OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF ANY OF THEIR WILD WOMEN TEE SHIRTS TO PAWHA
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