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16 May 5, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC HEALTHWISE www.upcatholic.org GENERAL ELECTRIC APPLIANCES KIRKISH FURNITURE Largest stock in the U.P." Restonic Bedding Televisions - RCA - Hitachi - Toshiba Floor Covering Free Delivery in the U.P. 1-800-535-0258 1200 W. MEMORIAL HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN See our electronics department for more specials. For information / registration contact MaryAnn Bernier - 906-227-9115 mbernier@dioceseofmarquette.org Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Sunday, June 4, 2017 St. Louis the King Parish, Marquette Mass: 4:00 p.m. ET Dinner to follow Meet The Bishop Day Open to individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers SEEKING A FULL-TIME HOLY CROSS CEMETERY SUPERVISOR - ESCANABA The HCE Supervisor provides for the care of the grounds, grave- sites and mausoleum at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Escanaba. Supports administrative duties for billing, payment acceptance. Is responsible for storing and burying human remains in line with Catholic teaching. Facilitates the sharing of human and mechanical resources to assist diocesan cemeteries. Uses a database to assist customers, assist in sales and other duties as assigned by the Director of Cemeteries. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage duties of groundskeepers (GK) at or assigned to HCE Manage work of GK loan into HCE, loan out to HCM Able to assist in other diocesan cemeteries as directed Selling of plots, mausoleum, columbarium spaces and headstones/markers Trimming overgrown trees and bushes as needed Removing items no longer fit for display at grave-sites Removing trash from cemetery Maintaining the mausoleums Mowing grass with the use of hand and riding mower and weed whip Care of landscaping, including tree and bush trimming Care of lawns at all cemetery buildings Repair and perform preventative maintenance on all grounds equipment Preparing graves for burials, including digging and landscaping Accurately processing purchase agreements & accepting payments Reviewing invoices for final review and approval by DOC. Other duties as may be assigned by the director JOB QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE: Knowledge of grounds equipment operation Proficient with Excel, Word & wiliness to learn other programs Basic math skills Ability to type Repair skills for minor equipment Ability to organize, schedule and arrange priorities Self-motivated and able to work independently High school graduate Good communications skills Those interested should send a resume and cover letter by June 1, 2017 to (no phone calls please): Neil Newcomb c/o Holy Cross Cemeteries 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855 P atients who face serious illnesses are sometimes attracted to alternative medicines, also referred to as holis- tic or new-age medicines. These can include treatments like homeopathy, hyp- nosis, energy therapies like Reiki, acupunc- ture, and herbal remedies, to name just a few. These approaches raise various medical and ethical concerns. An important 1998 article in the New England Journal of Medicine sums it up this way: What most sets alternative medicine apart, in our view, is that it has not been scientifically tested and its advocates largely deny the need for such testing. By testing, we mean the marshaling of rigorous evi- dence of safety and icacy, as required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the approval of drugs and by the best peer-reviewed medical journals for the pub- lication of research reports. Beyond the fact that their clinical icacy has not earned a passing grade using ordinary methods of scientific inves- tigation, the basic premise behind some alternative medicines can also be highly suspect, raising concerns about superstitious view- points or misguided forms of spirituality motivating certain therapies. If we consider acupunc- ture, this technique does appear to provide benefit in certain cases of pain con- trol. Yet similar results have been reported using sham needles tapping the skin in random places with a thin metal tube. Brain scans have demonstrated that treatment with genuine needles, as opposed to the sham needles, does cause detectable changes in the brain. But, when researchers ignored acupunc- turists recommended meridian placement of needles, and instead did random placement in the skin, the same brain effects were ob- served. Hence, it is unclear whether the results seen from acupuncture arise mostly from the well-known placebo effect or not. Further research should help resolve this question. Even if the observed effects are not place- bo-related, acupuncture's non-rational justifi- cation for its purported effectiveness remains a concern. It is based on energy principles that neither science nor faith irm. Glenn Braun- stein, M.D. described it critically in the follow- ing way: Chi, the invisible nutritive energy that lows from the universe into the body at any one of 500 acupuncture points, is conducted through the 12 main meridians [channels] in (ideally) an unbroken circle. Meridians conduct either Yin energy (from the sun) or Yang energy (from the earth). All maladies are caused by disharmony or disturbances in the flow of energy. Clearly, then, some alternative therapies, be- yond the basic issue about whether they work, raise serious spiritual concerns as well. Another new-age therapy known as Reiki, developed in Japan in the late 1800s, claims that sickness can be caused by a disruption or imbalance in a patients Reiki or life ener- gy. Reiki practitioners try to heal a patient by placing their hands in certain positions on the body in order to facilitate the flow of Reiki from the practitioner to the patient. A 2009 document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stresses, In terms of caring for ones spiritual health, there are im- portant dangers that can arise by turning to Reiki. The document notes that because Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholics to put their trust in the method, because to do so would be to operate in the realm of superstition, the no- mans-land that is neither faith nor science. Scientific investigations of another new-age therapy, the popular herbal remedy known as echinacea (taken early to ward offa cold) have revealed no difference between echinacea and a placebo in controlled studies involving several hundred subjects. While some herbal remedies may be harmless and inert placebos, others may have more serious health conse- quences if ingested above certain dosages due to ingredients of unknown potency derived from natural substances. Sometimes a remedy can be borrowed from Chinese, Indian or another medical tradition, but it should be chosen for its icacy, safety, and reasonable mode of action, and not be in conflict with principles of sound medical science or Christian teaching. Health improvements that arise from alter- native remedies may be due not only to the placebo effect, but also to the fact that patients are usually given more time, attention and focused concern by alternative practitioners than by traditional physicians. This can trans- late into modified habits and changed life- styles, leading to various health benefits. Modern medicine can be legitimately faulted for downplaying this dimension, so that, in the memorable words of pediatrician Jay Perman, Doctors tend to end up trained in silos of spe- cialization, in which they are taught to make a diagnosis, prescribe a therapy, and were done. But were not done. The famous Greek physician Hippocrates once noted the same point: It is more import- ant to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. Todays physicians-in-training, fortu- nately, are seeking to incorporate more and more of these patient-centric and holistic aspects into their own traditional medical practices to improve patient care and out- comes. Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Yale and did post-doctoral work at Harvard. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Mass., and serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. See www.ncbcenter.org. The ethics of New Age medicine MAKING SENSE OUT OF BIOETHICS Father Tad Pacholczyk, Ph. D

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