|[February 14, 2013]
Aetna's 2013 African-American History Calendar Highlights Complementary Medicine
HARTFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
Interest in complementary medicine has grown sizably in recent years as
has the number of individuals providing services in many of its
sub-specialties. Aetna (NYSE: AET)
highlights some of the most fascinating African-Americans contributing
in this field of health care in its 32nd African-American
history calendar titled "Celebrating African Americans Practicing
Physical and Alternative Healing."
Yvonne Bronner, Sc.D., R.D., a professor and founding director of the
M.P.H./Dr.PH. program at Morgan State University wrote in the calendar's
introduction, "The NIH's National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine has supported research in this area since 1992.
Positive effects of some therapies can be explained and supported.
Others can't. But practitioners continue to present positive experiences
from their patients." Dr. Bronner previously was director of the
University's complementary and alternative medicine research training
Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO and president of Aetna said, "There is
so much we have yet to know about complementary medicine. There is a
rather lengthy history of medical research that either supports or
negates traditional Western medical practices, but the research
conducted on complementary medicine is relatively new. Still, there are
many components of complementary medicine providing beneficial results
with many people living healthier. There is no doubt that many of these
therapies are alleviating pain and suffering."
"Aetna is proud to focus on the accomplishments of African-Americans in
these healing arts. They are people making an important contribution,
both to their communities, as well as to their spcialty," said Floyd W.
Green III, Aetna's head of Community Relations and Urban Marketing.
Practitioners featured in the calendar represent a wide diversity of
practices. For example, Lester L. Carter, Jr., a pharmacist who opened
his own pharmacy in Milwaukee in 1968, is also an herbologist, and ships
homemade remedies all over the country. Cynthia Shelby-Lane, M.D., is a
Detroit doctor who promotes therapeutic laughter and is developing a
12-step program to help people laugh more and live longer. After earning
a Ph.D. in sociology/criminology and teaching at several universities in
Washington, D.C., Andrea Sullivan sold everything and moved to Seattle
to earn a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree. The author of "A Path
to Healing: a Guide to Wellness for Body, Mind and Soul," Sullivan moved
back to Washington and opened the Center for Natural Healing in 1988.
Other practitioners profiled in the 2013 calendar are:
Stella Stepney, M.S., A.T.R.-BC, L.C.A.T., who practices art therapy as
a clinician, educator, researcher and author;
Wentworth Jarrett, M.D., who built an integrated medical center with a
traditional practice as well as biofeedback, massage therapy, yoga,
Pilates and skin care;
Jamela Franklin, Ed.M., M.A., a certified aromatherapist who draws from
200 essential oils to help calm and heal the body;
George Mumford, M.Ed., who left the corporate world to teach a
mindfulness-based stress-reduction program to prisoners and staff at
Massachusetts correctional facilities. He then went on to the NBA and
NCAA where he worked as a sports psychologist;
Angela Tatum Fairfax, Ph.D., who is CEO of a counseling and creative
arts psychotherapy practice, and a dance movement therapist;
Ifeoma Ikenze, M.D., who has incorporated 25 years of homeopathy into
her medical practice;
Rolf Gates, a yoga teacher and author. As one of the leading voices in
modern yoga, a former social worker and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger, he
now teaches yoga full time;
Folashade Omole, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., C.P.E.H.R., a physician who also is a
licensed medical acupuncturist; and
Juneau K. Robbins, D.C., a chiropractor who spends much of his time
helping patients manage pain.
The 2013 calendar is available for $4 by calling 860-273-0509. The
online version of the calendar is available at the following website: www.aetnaafricanamericancalendar.com/2013/.
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