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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Thrilled for the Exoskeleton Revolution in Healthcare

Albert Stern

We will live in a world where those with lower spine injuries or disabilities will not need wheelchairs. Advances in exoskeleton technology for medical use is advancing rapidly. 

Three years ago, Ekso Bionics unveiled a product to allow a person with lower-extremity paralysis to walk at the cost of $110,000. A year ago, ReWalk worked with veterans on a suit costing $70,000. Last week, US Biotics debuted The Phoenix, costing $40,000. 

The technology is rapidly improving. Watch! 

There is an entire International Robotics For Good Competition. It is filled with jaw-dropping projects such as: brain controlled wheel chairs, guidance systems for the blind, and exoskeletons for children with neurologic disorders. There is so much great work being done. 

These projects make me so excited and thrilled for the future! 

The young girl in this video has cerebral palsy, she says, "I want to be able to do what everybody else would do." 

It is just a matter of time...and she will. 

 

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[Note: The image at the top of this post is a promotional photograph from USBiotics]

Awesome Charlottesville Whole Foods Supports Acupuncture

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The local Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA choose to give 5% of their daily profits to Common Ground Healing Arts, a local health and wellness nonprofit.  

Common Ground Healing Arts is going to use the donated money to fund a mobile acupuncture clinic. The group does a great deal of sliding-scale community work including treating those at the Fluvanna Women's Correctional Facility. 

The Team Leader at Whole Foods, Kristen Rabourdin said, "One of the great things about Common Ground is that it's accessible to everyone... so if someone may not think they can afford all of these wellness programs that they offer, they actually can."

It is so wonderful to see a Whole Foods supporting acupuncture in such a direct way. 

Perhaps jump over to the store Facebook page and thank them! 

Unlike Anything I Have Seen Before

Albert Stern

The purpose of art is to make us feel things. We live completely saturated in images, video and sound. So much so we become kind of numb to it all. For example, the art of animation is amazing. Crafting fictional images which move is otherworldly and powerful.

But after The Minions, Hotel Transylvania, The Peanuts Movie, Frozen, Big Hero 6, King Fu Panda, The Lego Movie, whatever Pixar is putting out, the entire genre of anime, and any number of breakfast cereal commercials - we stop seeing the beauty of this art form.  

Please watch this 3-minute video by Emma Vakarelova. It breaks through all of that clutter. It is magical, stirring, deeply beautiful, and unlike anything I have seen before. 

It is based on a poem by French surrealist poet Robert Desnos, "I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real."


The Beautiful Dancing of David Rakoff

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David Rakoff was a Thurber Prize–winning humorist most well known for his work on This American Life. He passed away three years ago, much too young, at the age of 47. 

A new post-humorous collection of his work was released this year, The Uncollected David Rakoff. 

I was lucky enough to see David perform at one of the many live shows This American Life has produced over the years. He was wonderful. 

The news of the newly published work reminded me of his last performance on stage for This American Life. David was also a trained dancer. Because of his illness he could only use one arm at the time.

He combines grace, power, sadness, and frailty all in one performance.  

It is still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. 

I started the video at the dancing, but the entire clip is worth watching.