Faith-Based Healing, Medicine and Miracles

June 14, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Jaentra Gardener was diagnosed in 1977 with multiple sclerosis. She explored every method that might help her overcome this debilitating illness. She not only received but she also studied numerous therapies and techniques. She healed herself. Denise DeJarlais is a healing coach, mystic, creative thinker, and open-hearted, involved person. She and her husband, Robert Peterson, faced his life and death struggle after he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. They say why they took up healing. They explain what healing is, and who healers are. They say what healing does and does not promise, and who can benefit from it. They describe the feelings that family members experience when a loved one receives healing. They describe how they work with doctors and nurses. They explain the ways in which they work with family caregivers, especially in the earliest stages of healing, and say how family caregivers can find out more about healing.

Family Caregivers Unite!

Family Caregivers Unite!

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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