The magical creatures at Tucson’s historical Valley of the Moon do hereby invite all Veterans and active duty military personnel with children to celebrate with us at our first annual CHILDREN OF HEROES DAY!
This event is created for children from 2-15 years old and will be held at the Valley of the Moon on May 28. Please mark your calendars now. It is a FREE event featuring such things as a scavenger hunt, story telling, crafts instructions. Dress-up for photos with a magical creature, a music station and a really special opportunity for kids to bring in a book they have read and exchange it for another of their choosing.
Since this magical fantasyland is somewhat of a botanical garden it is highly recommended families bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs. Food will be catered by our friends at the Golden Corral of Tucson and providing food for our guests free of charge. (Note: Golden Corral raises funds annually for Tucson’s Camp Corral summer camp for qualifying veteran’s children held July 3-July 8 at the Triangle Y Ranch north of Tucson) The Golden Corral restaurant chain has created these Camp Corrals in many other cities. <http://www.campcorral.org>
The Coalition toSalute America’s Heroes will be supplying bottled water and have paid the expense of our event posters. <saluteheroes.org>The Non-profit Healing Arizona Veterans is collaborating with the Valley of the Moon staff to present this exciting event. <healingarizonaveterans.org>
The City of Tucson has recognized this event and the Mayor of Tucson will be attending in the afternoon. The City has been very helpful in furnishing names of veteran organizations to inform their members of our event.
We expect a fun crowd of children and parents to this event including families of active duty military as well as our veteran community in the Tucson area.
BRING YOUR CAMERAS! ( who knows you may even get to see a real fairy or gnome appearing. )
Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E Allen Rd Tucson, AZ 85716. To find us take Prince Rd East from Campbell Avenue, turn North on Tucson Blvd, then East on Allen Rd.
The Valley of the Moon is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is a total volunteer organization funded by no one except through donations and special performance events done in the Fall (Halloween) and in the Spring where an entrance fee is charged. This May 28 event will be done by an all-volunteer group for the benefit of those military and veteran families attending at no charge. It is their way of saying ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices you have made for our country and for the enjoyment of your children.
The Valley of the Moon was declared a Tucson Historic Landmark by unanimous decision of the Mayor and Council on May 19th, 2015.
Consider now the symptoms of more serious “headaches” that are the result of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “everyone is at risk for TBI, especially children and older adults.
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Most of us have had a headache sometime in our lives. Most of us will take a couple of aspirins and wait for some results. If we have the time, we might even lie down and rest to let the aspirin do its job.
But what happens when we have headaches every day? And what if the discomfort and pain associated with our headache is so intense that we really cannot function; we cannot perform our normal, daily routines at work or at home? Most likely, we will visit a medical doctor to be evaluated, diagnosed and provided with a “stronger” prescription “pain killer”.
According to http://www.health.com there are five types of headaches: 1) tension headaches, 2) cluster headaches, 3) sinus headaches, 4) rebound headaches, and 5) migraine headaches. In all cases, the “solution” is to take some form of medication. But there is no magic pill for any of these headaches. In fact, ironically, the rebound type of headache is caused by “Overuse of painkillers for headaches”.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These effects are clearly devastating not only to the individual that has suffered a single (or even multiple) TBI but also to their families; robbing them of the ability to function in their homes and communities.
TBI and the NFL
There continues to be media coverage of one particular group of TBI victims: National Football League players. FRONTLINE’S documentary based on the book “League of Denial” which aired on PBS reported that “In his book “Play Hard, Die Young”, Dr. Bennet Omalu tells the sad and unfortunate stories of three NFL players: Andre “Spanky” Waters, Terry “T‐Bone” Long and Michael “Iron Mike” Webster. Dr. Omalu who specializes in forensic Pathology and neuropathology examined the brains of these three players posthhumously which let to a new disease that he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (CTE)
R. Omalu examined tissue from Webster (and eight other NFL players and determined they all showed signs of brain damage previously seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
In the case of Andre Waters, his brain tissue had degenerated into that of an 85‐year‐old man with similar characteristics to those of early‐stage Alzheimer’s victims. Waters was only 44 years of age when he committed suicide in 2006. Similarly, Terry Long was only 45 years of age when he committed suicide by drinking antifreeze. Dr. Omalu and other doctors studied his brain later and believe that brain damage from his football career contributed to his depression and later suicide.
The largest brain bank in Bedfod, MA focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.” The brain bank referred to is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass. new data from the nation’s Forensic Pathology and Neuropathology examined the brains of these three players posthumously which led to his discovery of a new disease that he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
In the case of Andre Waters, his brain tissue had degenerated into that of an 85‐year‐old man with similar characteristics to those of early‐stage Alzheimer’s victims. Waters was only 44 years of age when he committed suicide in 2006. Similarly, Terry Long was only 45 years of age when he committed suicide by drinking antifreeze. Dr. Omalu and other largest brain bank focused on traumatic brain injury has found evidence of a degenerative brain disease in 76 of the 79 former players it’s examined.” The brain bank referred to is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ brain repository in Bedford, Mass. new data from the nation’s Forensic Pathology and Neuropathology examined the brains of these three players posthumously which led to his discovery of a new disease that he named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Dr. Omalu examined tissue from Webster (and eight other NFL players in subsequent research) and determined they all showed the kind of brain damage previously seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease dementia. In the case of Andre “One theory is that too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. Another is that rebound headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream.” In either case, the increased use of even over‐ the‐counter medications is not a cure for the underlying cause of even a “simple headache”. adults.” http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/
Doctors studied his brain later and believe that brain damage from his football career contributed to his depression and later suicide.
In a more recent case, Chris Henry, a wide receiver that played five seasons in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals died in a motor vehicle accident at the age of 26 in December 2009. During his NFL career, Henry was convicted of several criminal charges and was briefly suspended by the NFL. Post death investigation revealed that Henry had developed CTE during his playing career due to multiple hard hits to the head. While several former NFL players have been found to have the disease after their deaths, Henry was believed to be the first still‐active NFL player to have the condition.
The CDC states that “TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. Every day, 138 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI. Those who survive a TBI can face effects lasting a few days to disabilities which may last the rest of their lives. Effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and communities.”
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The State of Oklahoma has demonstrated national leadership by being the first to create The Oklahoma Veteran Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Plan (SB1604). This program makes it possible to begin the rescue of more than 40,000 veterans in Oklahoma who are today living with the negative effects of their valiant service to our country; traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Oklahoma State Government has independently validated the fact that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and cognitive rehabilitation are effective treatments for TBI and PTSD; and, has created The Patriot Clinics, Inc.
Virginia, Arkansas and Texas all have similar legislature in various stages of review to create and support Patriot Clinics to treat veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Arizona Medical Professionals and concerned citizens have joined forces to raise awareness of HBOT, the most effective treatment presently available for concussion and traumatic brain injury. By uniting with groups like the American Legion, VFW and Rotary International, our goal is to introduce and pass legislature in the State of Arizona to provide HBOT treatment for our Arizona Veterans free of charge.
If you or your organization is interested in obtaining more information or would like to participate in any way to support our efforts, please contact Rick Chimblo at: email@example.com
All of these NFL players exhibited the symptoms of TBI leading up to their untimely deaths. They were being treated with various prescription medications. But they were not being cured. Their lives began a continuous “downhill spiral” that ended in suicide or a tragic fatal accident.
The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation (IHMF) has helped many NFL players “achieve clinically significant recovery” after completing treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT is the most effective treatment presently available for TBI.
Testimonials by NFL legend Joe Namath (see link at the end of this Newsletter), Hall of Fame lineman Joe Delamielleure, Pro Bowl linebacker Bill Romanowski and tight end star of five Superbowls Marv Flemings all confirm the benefits of HBOT. Delamielleure states “Of all the therapies I have been treated with, Hyperbaric Oxygen has helped me the most.” These are some of our American Football heroes.
What about our American Military Heroes?
Using a network of civilian clinics like NorthStar HBOT in Tucson (http://www.northstarhbot.com/), a coalition of veterans and medical doctors working pro bono have successfully treated hundreds of TBI and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) veteran and civilian casualties. The use of HBOT has demonstrated dramatic success in returning fully‐treated patients to a quality of life far above what they could have received from traditional or Department of Defense medicine. The use of prescription medications can only relieve or “masked” the symptoms of TBI and PTSD. The brains of these casualties have been physically damaged and the only permanent cure is to heal and repair that damage. The use of HBOT enhances oxygen delivery to injured tissues and activates more than 3,100 genes that promote healing processes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has been extraordinarily successful in the study and treatment of neurological disorders
. The MRI/DTI images the fiber tracts of the white matter in the brain where “lesions” caused by concussion can be seen. Before and after MRI/DTI scans of the brains of patients suffering from TBI and PTSD have shown a noticeable improvement in the repair to damaged tissue.
Patriot Clinics (www.patriotclinics.com) in Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho and North Carolina are activity helping veterans with TBI and PTSD.
SAMPLE LETTER THAT YOU CAN USE TO WRITE TO YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR
(Month) (Day) (Year)
The Honorable (First name) (Last name) Arizona State Capitol, Room (Number) 1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
RE: Patriot Clinics – Healing Our Veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD
Dear (Representative/Senator) (Last name):
My name is (your first and last name) and I am a concerned citizen who resides in your district.
Based upon information from the American Legion there are more than 22 veteran suicides every day here in the United States. These statistics could be as high as 35 veteran suicides per day! Not only is it shameful as a nation to allow this situation to occur among our heroes, but to be so unaware or even unmoved to this horrible fact that we do not even have 100% accurate statistics and more importantly that we are not addressing it at every level of government.
One of the major causes of these suicides is traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered in combat by our veterans in Iraq, Afghanistan (Operations Iraq and Enduring Freedom) and the Gulf War (Desert Storm).
The State of Oklahoma has demonstrated national leadership by being the first to create The Oklahoma Veteran Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Plan (SB1604). This program makes it possible to begin the rescue of more than 40,000 veterans in Oklahoma who are today living with the negative effects of their valiant service to our country; TBI and PTSD. The Oklahoma State Government has independently validated the fact that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and cognitive rehabilitation are effective treatments for TBI and PTSD; and, accordingly has created The Patriot Clinics, Inc. (http://www.patriotclinics.com/) Virginia, Arkansas and Texas all have similar legislature in various stages of review to create and support Patriot Clinics to treat veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Arizona Medical Professionals and concerned citizens have joined forces to raise awareness of HBOT, the most effective treatment presently available for concussion and traumatic brain injury. We are asking you and the other members of the Arizona State Legislature to introduce and pass legislature in the State of Arizona to provide HBOT treatment for our Arizona Veterans free of charge.
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On Thursday, September 18 Healing Arizona Veterans is sponsoring the STOP SOLDIER SUICIDES Awareness Eventat Armory Park in Tucson, Arizona. This event has been created to bring public awareness to the 22 veterans a day committing suicide. Every 18 hours an active duty military commits suicide.
If you want to see inexpensive & beneficial health care look no further than China that has been using the healing arts of Qi Gong (pronounced Chee GONG) practiced there for over 5000 years and is much older and much simpler to do than Tai Chi. Last year I witnessed the power of this ancient art when I met a man named Joe Pinella that has been practicing QiGong for over 40 years and teaches it here in Tucson. He will be working with Healing Arizona Veterans as part of our comprehensive healing program.
When you read his story you will be convinced that this healing exercise can literally change lives and give hope to our veterans that perhaps had given up any hope for recovery.
After a catastrophic car accident, Joe Pinella was diagnosed quadriplegic and told by doctors that he would never walk again. But, against all odds, Joe Pinella used the ancient Chinese healing techniques of Qi Gong and Tai Chi Kung to relieve his pain, regain his strength… and train his body to walk again!
Joe Pinella knows firsthand what it is to recover from severe injuries that medical doctors and physical therapists said would leave him permanently disabled. Joe broke his neck and back in a catastrophic car accident. The doctors who treated him in the emergency room were amazed that he survived. They removed two vertebrae and four discs from his neck. They told him he would be a quadriplegic. When Joe proved them wrong, they told him he would be severely disabled for life. He could not feed himself, wash, shave or dress himself. Joe did not accept this verdict and turned to his background in the Chinese healing arts.
As a young man, Joe had studied the ancient Chinese healing arts of Qigong and Tai Chi Kung… and he was certain that these healing movements would offer him a way to recovery. He knew things were possible that Western medicine did not accept. And he was right. As he turned to this ancient form of self–healing, Joe fully recovered his ability to walk, take care of himself and relieve the unremitting pain by using Qi Gong and Tai Chi Kung.
Tai Chi Kung is based on very specific slow movements that help strengthen the body’s muscles and connective tissues. It is the same ancient Chinese healing art that Joe Pinella used to retrain his body to walk again.
For centuries Tai Chi Kung was a secret art, known only to a select few in the monasteries and royal households of China. In the early 20th Century, the practice made its way to North America and has gained a great deal of attention in recent years as more and more people discover the amazing healing benefits from this type of very specific, slow and low impact exercise.
Medical studies now validate that the slow, repetitive movements of Tai Chi Kung measurably increases internal circulation, improves balance, relieves stress, improves cardiovascular fitness, helps regulate blood pressure and can have a positive impact on Arthritis, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s.
Years later, after having helped himself recover from pain and regain full motion, Joe set out to help others by creating his Healing Movements System. What Joe found in his own recovery process – and what he found in teaching hundreds of people – is that some Tai Chi and yoga can be just too difficult to do for people in pain.
Tai Chi is most often taught as a “Form.” A “Form” is a sequence of individual moves. A form may consist of hundreds of moves in a specific sequence much like a choreographed dance. This kind of Tai Chi is wonderful, but can be very daunting to someone just starting out, or to someone who has a specific complaint, like severe arthritis of the knees or a tennis injury they would like to address.
Likewise, some aspects of yoga are very helpful and other aspects can be harmful if attempted too soon or not performed accurately. In developing his Healing Movements System, Joe went back to the fundamental principles of these ancient techniques. He took the best elements of each… and then put them into a format that is easy to follow and easy-to-do by people of any age and any skill level. This system consists of breathing exercises, slow gentle movements coordinated with breath and visualization. These healing exercises are similar to the individual movements used in Chinese physical therapy… and have been proven over the years to help loosen stiff joints and relieve pain. Many people who have tried Tai Chi and found it too difficult to learn all the steps have done Joe’s program easily. Joe’s program is Chinese physical therapy.
By rotating all the major joints of the body, you expand and contract most of your muscles, thus increasing circulation and range of movement. You stimulate the production of synovial fluid, which bathes and lubricates all your joints. Breathing exercises open your lungs allowing you to take in more oxygen and expel toxins.
Healing Movement builds muscle strength, which is critical to catching yourself from falling. It improves the health of your entire circulatory system as well as gently working the heart. Its slow, calming motions coordinate your nervous system and your muscular system.
Healing Movement exercises also enhance the performance of specific functional movements so that the activities of your daily life are easier to perform.
In Healing Movement, you work on training entire movement sequences rather than just building the individual muscles involved in the movement, like you do in conventional strength training. Your brain controls the movement of your muscles, and it thinks in terms of whole movement sequences, not just individual muscles.
These gentle movements, based on Qi Gong have helped thousands of people with Arthritis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer lessen their pain, regain more movement, increase their energy, and live a better quality of life.
Here are some brief testimonials on how the exercises changed lives of some local residents he has taught.
Comments from Marion.
An 88 year-old woman who wears her long gray hair in a bun on top of her head. She did the program for six weeks in a wheelchair. One evening after class she pulled Joe close for a kiss on the cheek. She told him that for several years she had been unable to put her own hair up; her grown daughter did her hair every morning and she did not like the way her daughter did her hair! That morning was the first time in three years that her arms were flexible enough to reach up and do her own hair.
Elizabeth. A sixty six year old woman who always had to unbuckle her seatbelt to back out of her driveway. Her neck and shoulders were too stiff to look behind her while backing up. After doing Healing Movements System for eight weeks, she is now able to keep her seatbelt on!
Kathy. A reflexologist who had to stop working because of the pain in her hands. She is back to work now.
Comments from Amanda
Tai Chi Kung has been very beneficial to me. I have severe osteoarthritis in my neck, knees, shoulders and wrist. Since I started practicing Tai Chi Kung I feel a lot looser, have more flexibility and less pain overall.
I like this form of exercise because it is low impact, easy to learn and I can practice it at home on my own. Anybody can do it. You don’t have to be in great shape to do it or be very flexible as for instance Pilates or Yoga. Also you don’t need any special equipment. I have improved my lung capacity and stamina. I can now go for walks for an hour or longer and not get winded at all. This is a great way to get in shape specially for older people who may have physical problems and can’t do some of the more strenuous exercises.
Comments from Ana
I have arthritis and tendonitis in my right wrist. The doctor, recommended physical therapy sessions twice a week which included ultrasound, hot and cold pads and various exercises. I was still in treatment when I went to your class and had not been able to play golf for three months. I was not making any progress fast and was quite discouraged. I was in too much pain to even pick up a golf club, let alone try to swing it.
I started going to your classes twice a week and also practiced the Tai Chi Kung exercises at home. A week later I started playing golf again and did not have too much pain. I have stopped all the other treatments but continue to practice Tai Chi Kung and attend your sessions. I am very pleased with the results. I feel a lot better and have more energy. My wrists are getting stronger and my golf handicap is going down.
Comments from Pete
I have a really bad back, with severe scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. I’ve been going to a very good physical therapist for five years who has me do “corrections” several times a day to help balance my pelvis, which often gets out of alignment, causing hip pain and sciatica. Once a month or so he does deep tissue work on my back and also balances my pelvis.
I’ve been doing Joe’s Chi Gong exercises for six weeks now. This past week I went to my physical therapist for a regular treatment, and FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I’VE BEEN SEEING HIM he didn’t have to balance my pelvis. He still did the deep tissue work, but said my back felt much less tight than usual and that my legs were not different lengths, as they usually are. Since nothing else has changed, I have to credit Chi Gong for this positive result.
These are just a few of the testimonials I have read and I use them to show you additional convincing proof that Qi Gong and Tai Chi Kung can help many to heal and have a more hopeful future than they imagined possible.
To see the video showing you Joe’s remarkable story visit this youtube video:
Article by Timothy M. Marshall PhD and Carol L. Henricks MD
Hundreds of thousands of military veterans are returning from war with serious symptoms of brain injury. The negative health impacts of war on brain health are multifactorial. We have sent healthy young people to war and they have returned with neurological symptoms that interfere with their ability to function in their life. Many are so despondent that 22 military veterans a day are taking their own lives. Nutrient optimization is a critical starting point for recovery.
The focus needs to be on giving these veterans the necessary nutrients that their “war-torn” bodies need to promote optimal healing and regeneration. It is well-known that under prolonged stress (e.g. a hypermetabolic state) the body uses up a number of important nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, iodine, chromium, iodine, lithium and the essential B-vitamins at an accelerated rate – as well as increasing urinary losses of these nutrients. For healing to take place – optimized levels of the above nutrients along with a nutrient and dietary program that focuses on and facilitates neural regeneration and detoxification of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and other chemical burdens, which ultimately impair healthy brain functioning and slow or prevent healing.
Another serious condition facing our returning veterans is something very little known by the American public. A growing number of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming sick and dying from what appears to be overexposure to dangerous toxins produced by burn pits, which are used to destroy waste.
Over 227 metric tons of trash are or were being burned daily. Waste products in burn pits include, but are not limited to: chemicals, paint, medical and human waste, discarded human body parts, metal / aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ordinance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics and Styrofoam, rubber, wood, and discarded foot , lithium batteries, tires, hydraulic fluids, and vehicles. Jet fuel keeps pits burning twenty – four hours a day, seven days a week exposing thousands of our troops and contractors to toxic fumes on a daily basis.
Symptoms from burn pit exposure include constrictive bronciolitis ( a rare disease that affects the smallest passageways of the lungs ), brain lesions, Parkinson’s , headaches, memory loss, cholelithiasis, abdominal pain, skin lesions, skin cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer to name a few. Toxins in burn pit smoke may affect skin, eyes, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs.
Toxic exposures of this magnitude require a detoxification protocol and a carefully designed regimen of nutrients to restore health. A Burn pit registry for exposed veterans has been established.
The constant stress of being in a war zone creates risk for adrenal fatigue. There are approaches to supporting recovery from adrenal fatigue.
The realities of war experiences help to create the pattern of responses we know as PTSD. Magnesium supplementation coupled with therapeutic levels of the B-vitamins and essential trace minerals – selenium, zinc, boron, chromium, iodine, and lithium – together have a calming and healing effect on the brain and promote deep neuronal healing (particular in combination with HBOT). Healing is optimized and greatly aided when the body receives the nutrients it needs, and is in a calm state of homeostatic balance.
Many are exposed to IED’s and other explosions and physical trauma which cause TBI and often multiple TBI. Healing the brain is critical to cognitive and emotional recovery. Even one concussion may lead to depression and increase the risk of suicide. If the brain does not heal, a degenerative process begins. The correlation between concussion, early onset dementia, ALS and Parkinson’s disease has been made. A special form of magnesium supplementation (e.g. mag threonate, MT) has recently been shown to promote improved cognitive functioning and neuronal cell healing. Stemgevity – a proprietary nutritional supplementation containing powerful healing herbs, and low-dose lithium in nutritionally relevant doses promotes the production and release of stem cells from bone marrow which further supports neuronal healing processes. Ambrotose, a patented formula of “smart sugars” enhances a number of essential metabolic activities, cell-to-cell communication in the brain, the endocrine system and the immune system.
Due to inherent flaws in our broken medical system –when these veterans return home, they are not effectively treated. The medications function to merely suppress systems, at best, and cause further nutrient depletions that undermine health and healing processes. In an attempt to cope with the pain and distress they feel, veterans often self-medicate with alcohol and drugs which results in further health and nutritional compromise.
Nutrition is typically not a focus of their thinking, but as healthcare practitioners, it needs to be a focus of our thinking. Medication may treat some symptoms, but medication creates dependency, not healing. Particularly with brain injury, if you do not heal the brain, continuing neurodegeneration takes place. Nutrient optimization is a critical starting point in this healing process.