[June 12, 2019, being updated]
Last year I had the honor of joining a reception of USAF Academy grads who gave our thanks to Lt. General Michelle Johnson for her leadership as the Superintendent of the Academy. [Click to view USAF Academy news report on Hosting the Last Commander's Call.] She was the first female General I had met. I was impressed with the attentiveness of the junior officers who managed her schedule and kept her up to the minute on developments during the Global Summit of Military Academies [a commendable endeavor led by a West Point graduate]. You can find more about General Johnson by searching the internet and military biography sites. The Directorate of cadet Climate, Culture and Diversity needed her tenure which ended abruptly after the Trump election.
Here is some of the news report above: “Keeping the Academy contemporary will ensure it stays at the ‘top of its game,” she said. “We live in an amorphous world of asymmetric threats we really need to think through.” Expanding the Academy’s academic and cultural diversity is fundamental to keeping the school contemporary, Johnson said. “Diversity aids in solving modern geopolitical problems. Problem solving across diverse groups — that’s what we need to be doing.” (Again, please see her story at Hosting the Last Commander's Call.
My first special assignment 1969 [I felt like an adventurer but ended up in the ranks of those the civilians spit on and tried to harm]: My boss was the adventurous former Boy Scout, Brigadier General Harold F. Funsch, Command Surgeon, Military Airlift Command. [View His Bio on a military website.]
He was an exemplary leader and showed me many clues to effective leadership. Addendum: He was flamboyant and took me under his wing after he had already begun the groundwork for Space Command. The "Legend of Woody" the cadet headed for space was moving forward.
I worked in his staff [August 1969 to September 1970] on special assignment after I graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA.edu) on June 4, 1969. I traveled many times to sites in the USA as well as overseas sometimes acting as courier. I visited the Chimp Lab in New Mexico; saw space capsule, almost got rides in the High-G spinning centrifuge and the Rocket Sled that was rusty and unused.
He and those of us in his office, carried out his his responsibilities for the flight fitness of...actually all pilots in all services globally. [Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.] I felt proud to be part of this quiet organization that held the future of space in its hands.
As a cadet I had pushed myself beyond my limits. Space was my goal but I knew that the Social Sciences map on the wall in high school was changing due to Communist disruptions. See pics below that hint at my training as leader in Basic Airborne Training Ft. Benning, Navy SEAL training in the jungle with SEAL boats in 1967. The adventure became deadly serious with the jungle warfare training. There were injuries, the men never gave up. I haven't been able to learn who of the 20 men I was temporary leader for made it through that Southeast Asia wartime. At least 8 may still be alive today. I think of them often. One Army Chaplain who took jungle training at the same time barely managed to crawl and rappel down the waterfall, but he firmly said, "I'm doing it so I can go with my men."
Disaster for me and the General: After the Vietnam War heated, up the Space Command disappeared because of President Nixon's choices. We were herded into an auditorium and asked to consider being pilots or navigators. I never felt the same after a stunning sequence of incidents in which a cadet I knew killed himself after his brother spun out and his sports car was demolished with him and his fiance. His mother was like a second mother to me and I had even confided in her about receiving my first "Dear John" letter. She was sad to tell me about her younger son's demise, "He took his own life." That's the only thing I knew about that troubled teenager who I knew had some friends who bullied him about being in the military. I felt crushed and had nightmares for years. General Funsch retired in 1972, the same year that I "took an early out" into the civilian world. I think that he was sorry that our shared vision did not materialize -- no Space Command. He did, however become famous for designing the C-9 Nightingale for rapid landing and departure in Vietnam, with a ramp that allowed helicopters to land and put the wounded on a gurney that was then rolled up the ramp so the stretcher could be clamped into position bunk-bed style and troops safely evacuated rapidly. The rear of the passenger compartment had a table for surgeons to operate and included oxygen and suction tubing. See photos that include units the General was responsible for, as well as the ROTC and SAC assignments I had after I had been assigned as active duty to the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Today I have hopes of encouraging current cadets to be calm and self-aware as well as having all Senators be told that their choices of cadet appointees are important for the future business community after they leave their mandated time of service in uniform. I want this preparation in healthy relationships to be part of the training for all applicants to uniformed military academies. I want socially healthy applicants and I want all academies to turn out productive members of the Air Force network, possibly into a future Space Command and support for civilian non-lethal colonization. See my current deck of memory enhancing cards on the Home page.
See my Captains Log at Twitter (no comments are asked for, this describes my honest development of ideas to help the nation be safer and its military be stronger and smarter and even more happy and resiliently joyous):
Below here are key videos and links that were originally on my Home Page including the work of Robert Hedaya, M.D., of Whole Psychiatry; David Van Nuys, Ph.D. of www.ShrinkRapRadio.com; Jennifer Bahr, N.D. co-founder of Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians Jennifer Bahr, N.D. [her site] interviewed on the following podcast by Dr. Van Nuys:
Post-Inauguration content: [February 1, 2017-- The Inaugural Balls and the Protests are over. Take a break, every body in DC needs to take a break sometime. [I'm busy developing Wisdom Day 2017 to be activated in person on Wednesday March 15th.] For youself or your friends why don't you contact Nirvana or EastWestHealingArts and buy some prepaid certificates for yourself or for your friends who need healing touch that you aren't able to give.]
I have decided to temporarily limit my practice to consulting on challenging cases while I prepare for a Half Iron Man competition later this year. If you are a visitor to our fair city, please know that the homeless people who come up to you asking for money may not know that DC has a number of philanthropic outreaches to those in need of food and shelter. Learn what those options are. NOTE: You can buy the publication Street Sense from a certified vendor with the appropriate vest. The income from those sales helps keep these people living in a dignified way within their very low-income lives... within this city which has been called The Campus for learning how to handle civil matters.
This section was added for visitors to The District prior to Inauguration 2017: Come back and see us again.
Treat Yourself While you are visiting in DC; now or at some other future visit for whatever purpose. Take A Break. Remember, NIHA has never been a political or partisan site. Please DO NOT "speak politics" around the sometimes deeply traumatized people who seek these oases on the other side of the border from the outer surrounding states. Please consider NIHA your main "Ace in the Hole" for your health when other options have not given you all that you seek [for Cancer, Autism, Alzheimer's, Weight, and much more],
FYI: In my consultations I pride myself on helping you strategize and get the most out the unique functional medicine, genomics and other additions to your Health Menu that NIHA provides.
I am back again focusing my full faith and support upon the non-political*, Heart-ful and Service-Animal-Friendly team of Nurse Carole and the ever-faithful and gentle Emotional Service Animal (ESA) Lucky Barker at East-West Healing Arts.
My main marketing thrust -- until The Trump Presidency opens its doors as POTUS on January 20, 2017 -- is on the no profit Routefinders Foundation (soon finalizing nonprofit status) and the ever-popular NO POLITICS ALLOWED East-West Healing Arts across the street from the National Zoo. ]
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Those who have followed my career over the decades know that I enjoy connecting people with the growing number of options for good health of mind and body as well as social health. When I do psychotherapy and counseling for adults and children with caregiver accompaniment I draw upon Positive Psychology [Seligman | Zur] and the Coherence Therapy insights of the Coherence Psychology Institute. I offer my insights and my connections to help you solve problems and clean out obstacles to self-healing. [See About Me for updated Bio and career checkpoints.] Check out the current Menu items on the side of this screen. You can discover new choices to connect with Health via Internet, Phone or In-Person events in Washington DC, Hawai'i or Seattle. I'm dedicated to helping you find Connections that benefit your life. DCNN now stands for: Direct Connections Natural Neuroscience. See my two Welcome videos below, about connections I can help you experience.
Reminder Post Election 2016: Our Nation Is Still At War
Below is a depressing trailer to a film followed by a positive motivational description of leadership aboard ship in the time of Napoleon. These three-minute introductions show different opinions concerning leadership demands of wartime. Each trailer is a superb film excerpt showing men and boys motivated to do the wartime work...in another century where women could not officially be warfighters. [I watched the film in theater 5 times and several more on DVD in my home office.] The title of the film is, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. It stars Russell Crowe and Ralph Bellamy.
Today's uniformed service is much different, with access to families back home even on the day of battle events. There are many challenges for mental readiness and resilience of active military who still have connections with Family, Friends and Community. Supporting resilience and adaptability is a major outcome of the work I offer.
In addition, treating veterans is an important challenge after they are welcomed home.
This video about War and sacrifice is recently compiled at the Washington National Cathedral -- an unexpectedly clear look at what Sacrifice means to those who have sacrificed in many ways:
Wisdom Day series -- Seeking ways that we health professionals can collaborate to deliver effective and affordable applications of science and time-tested traditional approaches.
My clinical site is designed to help you sort through the options in the health care field so that you can build your strategy and make choices for your next steps forward. Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. We can work via Tele-Coaching, Email or in person. See my Welcome video above about making a difference.
I'm trained in primary care and treating disease with natural therapies, as well as several eclectic methods for counseling and self-empowerment. No matter what disease label you have been given, as a solution-focused naturopathic physician, counselor and coach -- keeping in touch with what other natural medicine practitioners are doing -- my goal is to help you free your resources for healing and uncover your innate potential. I invite you to learn about the brain-healthy discoveries of psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. by clicking on this link or on the menu to the right. You'll also benefit from reading about New Brain Science discoveries and how to build a healthy brain and understand your mind, especially after trauma.
Those who've followed my career know that I highly recommend that the general public as well as health care professionals listen to the psychology podcast interviews of educator and psychologist, David Van Nuys, Ph.D. He founded Shrink Rap Radio which has weekly interviews and a newsletter to announce upcoming events. After listening to his programs I began my Blog and founded DCNN.pro. Here are two podcasts about mental health and naturopathic medicine contributions: Orthomolecular Medicine and Mental Health with Jonathan Prousky, ND, and Functional Medicine with Naturopath and Psychoanalytic Therapist Dr. Stephen Ducat.
Below is an interview of Doctor Dave by Australian psychologist Amy Felman.
This interview is a great look at his career as an educator then his current position as a "teacher" of a huge number of people via the free online podcasts and often videos. It is an interview of Doctor Dave by an Australian psychologist.
The interview below is with British Psychologist Peter Kinderman, about expanding our understanding of the use of diagnostic labels and the personalization of care with the goal of non-stigma and self-respect:
Below is his interview with the co-founder of Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians Jennifer Bahr, N.D. [her site].
Addendum: Following is a new link to a favorite social health/spiritual health explorer -- Krista Tippett, the founder of On Being: OnBeing.org. She is sponsored by several institutions including the Fetzer Institute (I was a student representative to its 1988 dedication in Kalamazoo, Michigan). Weekly inputs to my counseling practice are Shrink Rap Radio and OnBeing, which complement each other well and help me in my work with both secular and religious clients. [I write more on my information site's page Science and Spirituality.]
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Whenever possible I want my services for Combat and War-Exposed Veterans to be pro bono. And in addition to that thought: Here below is the special video of a psychiatrist who is a hero in my mind, Robert Hedaya, M.D. founder of the National Center for Whole Psychiatry, whose life makes the existences of countless civilians much more whole. I invite you to see my page on the side menu describing Naturopathic Psychiatry and my hopes for collaborations between license-eligible Naturopathic Physicians and licensed Psychiatrists
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