Holistic Health Insurance

March 18, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Kari Gray faced terminal cancer in her 20's. She got a second chance at life because, she says, alternative medicine saved her. Her mission is to be the ‘Voice for Choice’ with her own business, Green-Surance, www.green-surance.com. She describes her life before and after diagnosis, and her experience of doctors and healthcare systems. She explains holistic health and alternative medicine, how these relate to each other, and how these are viewed and supported by healthcare systems. She explains why she started Green-Surance, and the services it offers. She says when and why she would recommend turning to holistic health and alternative medicine, and when she would recommend continuing with conventional medical care. She says what more she would like to do to and see done by healthcare systems to help people get more from holistic health and alternative medicine. She shares her message for family caregivers who want to know more about holistic health and alternative medicine.

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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