Voodoo, an Anchor, Rises Again

Voodoo, an Anchor, Rises AgainIT was past 3 a.m. in a dim basement in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Jack Laroche, a Haitian-American computer engineer, nervously awaited his bride: a voodoo spirit named Ezili Freda who believers say has the power to lavish love and wealth and render wayward spouses impotent.

Kissing and energetic medicine

Kissing and energetic medicineMany of us were raised in families where emergency medical treatment of minor childhood cuts and abrasions were treated with iodine, a Band-Aid and a hug. If you fell off your tricycle and scraped your knee, then your pain, tears and fears were soothed by the attending adult or teenaged baby sitter who would often end the first aid session with this heartfelt question, "Would you like me to kiss it and make it better?" This question was offered to any child as it addressed their most primary need for love, comfort and attention. A few minutes seated in a warm lap, some understanding words and a kiss on the hurt knee and you were healed, wiping away your tears, ready to return to play.

Tanzanian medicine man with a nation on his doorstep

Tanzanian medicine man with a nation on his doorstepAll roads in Tanzania, including the dirt ones, seem to be leading nowadays to the Loliondo village about 400 kms from the nearest town of Arusha in Northern Tanzania. A “miracle cure” has turned the small village into the most famous place in the country, if not the continent.

Court: Eagle feathers only for American Indians

Court: Eagle feathers only for American IndiansSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Restricting use of eagle parts and feathers to members of federally recognized American Indian tribes for religious purposes does not violate the religious freedoms of non-Indians seeking the same right, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
The Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals found that such a prohibition, under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, does not violate the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

First Nation taking a cultural slant on treating dementia

First Nation taking a cultural slant on treating dementiaWhen Robin Shawanoo does memory tests for dementia in the Onedia Nation of the Thames, he asks people to name the similarities between corn and squash. His colleagues in neighbouring London, Ont., have people compare a watch and a ruler.

The subtle change is a small example of an emerging approach to Alzheimer's care — an approach focuses on treating the disease within a cultural context.