by Joan Margaret
Sparkling ideas are being gently blown into flame
in the Labrys Healthcare Circle this winter, warming our circle with
comfortable excitement. And
our non-profit organization, Associates for Community
to serve our wimmin’s community as a source of inspiration and
fund-raising for female healthcare.
Laura Knoff is enjoying the speaking engagements and praise that
comes following publication of her second book on healing with
Whole-Foods Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She
also continues as a nutrition teacher at Bauman College in Berkeley,
additional to her private
nutrition consultation practice at
the Labrys Circle.
Juliane Barner continues her Jin
Shin Jyutsu practice here. For
the last two years she has been fortunate to deepen her knowledge
of the art in a small mentoring program with a local Jin Shin
Jyutsu teacher. Early
in 2010 she also enrolled in the American Priestess Program at
a non-profit organization that explores, examines and celebrates
ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions.
Cait Cain has completed her acupuncture studies
and is studying for her licensure exam. As Joan’s
apprentice she is practicing Applied Kinesiology, Nambudripad
Allergy Elimination and Bio Geometric
Integration in the Labrys
Janis Irvin is giving power point presentations
about the Bio Electro Magnetic Energy Regulator (BEMER)
and selling them through links found on this website, while ending
her job as technician for the Meridian Stress Assessment System (MSAS).
She is planning come Spring to retire from her job with a pharmaceutical
I, Joan Margaret, exchanged one computerized
diagnostic tool, the MSAS, for another; the NAETer which is similar
but said to be easier to use and not needing a technician to
operate. I have been expanding my knowledge in brain health and
last year gave workshops with eight strategies on how to “Love
Your Brain” to groups
of old Lesbians and queer seniors. The handouts from those workshops
are available on this web site.
During the last two years I have been attending
weekend and monthly seminars by Datis Kharrazian, D.C. And this year,
Laura Knoff has joined me. As an example we have learned in detail
the mechanisms of the dastardly ill effects of gluten grains on our intestines,
brain, glandular and immune systems. We have both been guiding
our patients/clients on how to incorporate this very scary knowledge
into smooth food changes.
Kristi Matthews, office goddess extraordinaire,
has taken her first vacation in four years this winter. She
has held the office operations together, which has been especially
difficult with our changing from PC to Mac computer operations.
Pamela Stoneham temporarily stepped into Kristi’s
boots as office goddess while Kristi was away. She is a recently
certified Medical Assistant and she teaches Improvisation classes
and workshops all over the country. She is a multitalented addition
to the Labrys Healthcare Circle.
“Anything in this basket is yours for a donation to the Women’s
Cancer Resource Center and Associates for Community Education.” This
is the sign on the basket you’ll find in Kristi’s room in
the center of the suite. We are offering you herbs, food supplements,
Traumeel samples and things like that. It’s popular among
those of us who like to browse for bargains.
We continue to improve our office operations as
a Green business, while keeping
it a scent free space for the safety of ourselves and our clients. We
ask those while in the office to turn off their cell phones. We
offer that you read a book in the waiting area with all the references
on why: Disconnect by Devra Davis.
A little known fact about these healthcare-talented
wimmin is that of the seven of us, five are singers. Kristi
sings her original songs accompanying herself with a guitar, a singer-song
Larua, Janis, Joan and Pamela are members of the
Chorus. We enjoy music camp two weekends a year at Women
Making Music, where we learn musical instruments and play with
art and story telling with improvisation. Ask any of us if you’re
interested in joining us.