Symposium to examine holistic health


April 08, 1999|By Diane B. Mikulis | Diane B. Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HERBAL REMEDIES. Supplements. Meditation and visualization. Aromatherapy.

Much has been published lately on these and other nontraditional approaches to medicine. How can you make sense of it all and determine what is right for you?

"Holistic health care looks at the whole person -- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health," said Cindi Miller, director of community health education at Howard County General Hospital.

Because of her desire to provide education about holistic health care, the hospital will sponsor a holistic health symposium, "Integrating Holistic Health Care Into Your Lifestyle," from 8: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. April 24 at Glenelg Country School.

The objective, according to Miller, is to help participants understand how the mind/body relationship affects health and wellness, and to recognize how holistic and traditional medicine complement each other.

Miller said that when she proposed holding the symposium, several professionals were very interested in participating.

Keynote speakers will be internist Dr. Gary Milles, family practitioner Dr. Marianne Rothschild and acupuncturist Diane Huey.

"We're attempting to bridge the gap between traditional and Eastern or holistic medicine," Miller said. One of the program's objectives is for participants to identify two new holistic tools that they can easily integrate into their lifestyle to improve their health.

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as "How to Affect Healing Using Your Thoughts, Visualization and Meditation"; "Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs: What Should You Choose?"; "Energy, Healing and Aromatherapy"; "Health and Healing With Magnetic Therapy"; and "The Energy of Emotions."

Howard County General Hospital is in a partnership with Glenelg Country School, which offered its facilities for the symposium. The school is at 12793 Folly Quarter Road.

The cost is $30, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Information: 410-740-7680 and enter code 3971.

Living sacrament

Last week, Glenelg United Methodist Church held "The Living Last Supper" to celebrate Holy Thursday.

Members of the church dressed in costume and portrayed Jesus and the 12 apostles in a re-creation of the last meal of Jesus Christ.

The drama occupied part of the evening, which also included a fellowship dinner and a traditional Eucharist service.

This is the second year the church has performed "The Living Last Supper."

Organized by the church's music director, Ken Webb, the 45-minute drama required months of rehearsal.

The Rev. G. Robert Hottinger, the pastor, said the drama has added something special to the church's Holy Thursday observance.

"Thirty to 40 people normally come, and this year and last year we had around 100," Hottinger said.

The pastor said the performers put a lot of effort into their roles. In addition to memorizing quite a few lines, great pains were taken to achieve an appearance as realistic as possible.

"They paint their faces and even grow hair to look authentic," he said.

The drama begins and ends with a living tableau of Leonardo da Vinci's fresco "The Last Supper."

Each participant in the tableau is motionless and in the same pose as the subject in the painting that he portrays.

"They obviously enjoy it," said Hottinger, "since a number of them, perhaps half, were in it last year."

This year's participants were:

Jason Moleton, narrator; Steve Boeh as Jesus; Brad Olson as James the younger; Bill Connor as Matthew; Ed Pugh as Andrew; Warren Michael as James the elder; Len Insalaco as Simon; Burl Post as Judas; Stan Speace as Nathaniel; J. J. Harman as Thomas; Andy Wendler as John; Alex Post as Philip; Don Stone as Thaddaeus; and Bill Piper as Peter.

Marilyn Rogers created the costumes, and Betsy Ford and Paulina Collins did makeup and hairstyling.

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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