I finished my nursing education with an RN degree in 1976 and a year later my training as a Jungian annalist.
In 1989 I went for a nursing refresher course at the College of Nurses in Nepean, Ontario
In spite of that I have not worked in formal nursing since then.
Bearpaw, our Jewellery making business took of like a lightning bolt and we both worked at new and exiting designs, making and selling our creations full time. Any free moments I had were taken over by my shamanic work and as local word about that went around I took a step back from the daily jewellery making and towards taking care of an ever increasing group of shamanic clients and patients. Then I was also asked to formally teach about shamanic ways, about drums and drumming and also within the Native Studies programs in schools, universities, in the community and in the health care system.
Now, that we taking it a bit slower, as far as Bearpaw Jewellery is concerned and I now am visiting fewer schools on a regular basis (Now there are many dedicated graduates of the Native Studies programs teaching in most all the schools 🙂 )
I have a bit more “private time” – to maybe catch up on some reading – or just relax a bit for a change…
But over the years I often wished, that I could go back to university to catch upon the latest science in in Medicine, maybe even genetics, in social studies, and a variety of “new to me” and exiting subjects.
Live and learn, right!
Keep these grey cells busy ……before they frizzzle away….
Then, a friend pointed me to Coursera!
Learn without having to go to Toronto or another big city! Study right at home?!!
When I have time – like late at night! 🙂
I was hooked!
So since last summer I did/ participated in quite a few courses offered by Coursera:
Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine:
This course provided information on the history, traditions, rituals, herbs and remedies and video demonstrations of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin America and Mexico. The course discussed the effectiveness of traditional medicine in order to meet the needs of many people, especially the uninsured.
I LOVED every minute of that course!
In the early 1980ties during every winter we lived in the Central Highlands of Mexico and had direct contact with curanderos and curanderas and indigenous Medicine, which has its roots in shamanism.
I knew many of the Herbs that were used in curing and in the Temazcal sweat-house. So this course was sort of a refresher and also re-awoke many dear memories as well as it updated my knowledge of techniques like Fire Cupping, the Manteagas and the Temazcal. 🙂
Encouraged by this experience I dove head over heals into “What a Plant Knows” presented by the University of Tel Aviv = a course about the sensory system of Plants.
Plant biology about what and how a Plant can see, how Plants react to smells -to being touched and moved – or eaten and how a Plant always knows where it is compared to the Sun and the Water source.
It sounded sooo easy and fun, but the course went all the way down into Plant genetics and epigenetics, photoperioidism, phototropism and how a Plant’s short and long time memory works.
I realized, how much science advanced and I had to buckle down to catch up in order to pass the exam.
At the same time that the Plant course, Johns Hopkins offered
”Mayor Depression in the Population”
This I HAD to take!
Sooo many of my clients are struggling with mayor depression and with SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The course looked at depression from a Public Health Care point of view and the increasing incidences of MD in the population, why more women than men, why do women often seek help and men do not, how does MD present in Kenia – compared to with what symptoms do patients seek help in the US….
But there were hundreds of depressed individuals taking the course in the hope to receive some answers and the professors were all epidemiologists, not equipped to answer their concerns and questions on the accompanying forums. So rather quickly I became quite active there……
It also was a difficult experience, because what the course stipulated as solutions for the problem of a steadily growing population afflicted with Mayor Depression just are not implemented in the communities up here in the bush in Canada – or are not realistic in general, due to costs involved and due to lack of trained professionals.
There were long discussions on the forums of this course and one could easily see, if the posters came from Western Europe, California or the Eastern US or from India, South Africa, Peru or from Central Canada….. We here live in the proverbial First World, but as far as Mental Health services are concerned this here is a Third World Country. When I posted that, many sadly agreed.
But all in all I learned a lot!
Come to think of it, maybe I should share some of it here in a future post.
So, what do I have my nose in, at the moment?
2 very interesting things:
The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich offers
“Circadian Clocks: How rhythms structure life “
The course is still open, so you can take a look here.
I find it fascinating, because over the years I noticed, that all my depressed clients have a circadian clock, that is out of sync = they sleep until very late in the morning/ noon and are up all night….
Cancer patients also have disturbed rhythms and so of course do shift working people….
The other thing is, that again and again my Medicine Animals point out, that clients with SAD do not get enough Sunlight in the morning hours and most people are working indoors at a 9 to 5 jobs and are not getting enough Sun light to keep a healthy immune system. This all , I sensed, is dependant on a compromised in their circadian rhythm and sleep rhythms and so, I wanted to know more. Sure enough!
My Medicine Guides are absolutely right and the scientists now have prove of how disturbed rhythms make us ill and kill us. They also found out, how to fix these problems, but our social clock = the 9 to 5 workweek would have to change and with it our whole society.
Did you know, that most medications a person gets prescribed do not work, because they are taken at the wrong time of day, when the “liver cycle” just washes them right out of the blood instead transporting them where they were supposed to help??
No, I stumbled over that conundrum with people on blodd pressure meds, when my Owl again and again showed me, that these need to be taken at certain times in the evening – individual to each patient. And then chemo = Cancer patientsthat should get their drugs at night – there is little use to suggest that kind of thing to patient on a tight shedule at the Barrie hospital….
But, right again, Certain cancer drugs work better- or not at all – or have mostly side effects or almost none – depending on what time of day you give them and also depending what natural chronotype the patient is – when his or her liver/ adrenal/ cortisol cycle is at what stage and or his / her immne cycle is active during sleep
Ifff you have any time on your hand sign up to this course and look at or download the videos of the last = no 6 lecture and learn about it!
This course should stay open for a few more weeks…..
The other course I am participating in right now is
“Preventing Chronic Pain” given by the University of Minnessota”
Discussed are myofascial pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis and TMD.
Right now we are all chewing on the module about Fibromyalgia……..
… reminding me, that my homework for today is waiting…..
I live and learn
……. to help and heal……