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SanCap Lions Club learns value of holistic medicine at recent meeting

By Staff | May 21, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Brian Healey educates the Lions Club about the value of holistic medicine.

Dr. Brian Healey, featured speaker at the Sanibel Captiva Lions Club’s meeting on May 16, gave members and guests an informative primer on alternative wellness practices.

As Healey told it, holistic medicine can effectively treat many medical conditions.

Healey, who founded Sanibel Wellness and operates Fort Myers Acupuncture & Massage, told the crowd that Western medicine “can save and prolong life” in the event of life-threatening injury or disease, but it is “not so good at dealing with chronic lifestyle illnesses.”

“For chronic illness and promoting wellness, holistic medicine has a better track record,” he said.

Healey pointed to several factors that can either promote or undermine wellness, including diet, emotional state, relationships and stress.

PHOTO PROVIDED Lions Tom Nachazel, left, presides over his last meeting as the club’s president. He is shown with Lion George Veillette.

“Holistic medicine looks at the entire individual and drills down in search of deeper causes,” he said. “Four patients with ulcers will get four different treatment plans, not a single protocol. As a holistic practitioner, I provide individualized care, rather than a formulaic standard.”

Healey began his journey into alternative medicine as a yoga teacher, then as a medical massage therapist for muscular-skeletal conditions. A board-certified doctor of oriental medicine, he specializes in a variety of modalities, including meditation, nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal remedies.

Healey pointed in particular to acupuncture as an important treatment for pain.

“Acupuncture is based on an internal flow of energy in the body that the Chinese call Chi,” he said. “The acupuncture points, lying along the Chi lines of energy, act as valves. These control points adjust the flow of Chi through any area of the body. Disease, dysfunction, pain and different types of headaches can all respond to acupuncture.”

Lions member Bob Kern attested to the validity of acupuncture for his own chronic pain.

“For my lower back pain, Brian stuck me in the right shoulder and the right knee,” he said. “The pathways were unexpected, but when I got up and walked away, I felt much better. It is phenomenal stuff.”

Also at the meeting, Rick Wagner was inducted as treasurer and George Vellette was recognized as Lion of the Year. As outgoing president, the meeting was President Tom Nachazel’s last. Reflecting on the past year and his 25-year association with the club, he praised the Lions for its community spirit.

“I am a Lion, because I love the thought of helping people,” Nachazel said. “I wanted to give back. The Lions Club provides the avenue for me to do just that. Our club will always be a work in progress. It’s fun working with such fine people.”

The next meeting will be held on June 20 from 6-8 p.m. The Community House on Sanibel. The guest speaker for the meeting is Margaret Muhundro, executive director of the Sanibel Public Library.

Anyone interested in becoming a Lion can contact membership chairman Lion Steve Schulz at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261. For more information, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org.