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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: Health + Fitness

Re: “No Free Ride

!0 years later and disabled persons are still stuck in rural Vermont in isolation and loneliness.

Posted by Patty Sue Cooper on 09/17/2015 at 9:25 PM

Re: “South Burlington's New Methadone Clinic Attracts Patients — and Opposition

A good treatment center for those who are addicted to opiate drugs will certainly be a benefit to any community. For those seeking recovery, methadone treatment centers will be a benefit to them and their neighbors.

Posted by R Johnson on 08/29/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Blissing Out in the 'Life Vessel'

I appreciated this article on the Life Vessel. There are as many paths to wellness as there are people, and I believe that if one gets benefit from any healing / health work, it is worth at least one try to find out!

More and more, science has begun to support the "unseen" or "un-conventional to modernity" healing modalities. Just a few years ago Acupuncture and chiropractic care were viewed in a negative light. We now see people recover more quickly from surgeries & accidents.

Everything is energy and I have used the life vessel. Did it "cure" me? No, but I awakened a long silenced quiet in my spirit and body. I now KNOW what it FEELS like to rest or be relaxed, so I am better able to help myself despite health challenges, to help myself recreate the lack of stress outside the Life Vessel, and this in turn supports me to feel better. With Wendy's guidance, I shared my experience, and her feedback was beneficial as well.

I have also had the opportunity to see Wendy's health improve first hand, too!

The comment about costs that the author made is relative. One could have surgery that costs thousands of dollars, or learn to relax (or with acupuncture say for TMJ) and Life Vessel, consume far less dollars, not endure invasive procedures (often having side effects or infections), and support our bodies in the ability to heal themselves. Do we have to understand it all? I don't think so. Just listen to others you know, or try it yourself. Every body is different, is it YOUR time to experience this kind of healing work? Try it and find out. That seems to be the litmus test for me. Does it work for me? Yes.

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Posted by BR on 08/23/2015 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Blissing Out in the 'Life Vessel'

This is an advertorial that makes false medical claims and intentionally conflates them with what this device IS approved for by the FDA, which is:

"The Life Vessel is indicated to provide topical heating for the relaxation of muscles and relief of muscle spasms, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains and stiffness, temporary relief of minor pain and stiffhess associated with arthritis, and to temporarily increase local blood circulation."

It won't cure any of the other things this article mentions, and Seven Days needs to clearly label those claims as unapproved by the FDA and this whole article as an advertisement.

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Posted by debunkingpseudoscience on 08/22/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “A Burlington Teacher Unveils the Secrets of Snake-Style Tai Chi

I am a student of Stephanie Panskus. I did not look for the Tai Chi snake style, and never cared too much about Martial Arts secrets. After my friend dragged me to a lesson, I was intrigued by the way I could work with Stephanie. We have to feel, reflect and talk a lot. It is the only way to learn what the snake style can offer to me. I haven't found magic, I have found a way to work with body and mind iteratively and incrementally for the rest of my life. Thank you Bob, thank you Stephanie!
Peter (32)

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Posted by PeterLinder on 07/24/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A Burlington Teacher Unveils the Secrets of Snake-Style Tai Chi

I am very happy to read such an earned honoring article about my Grandmaster Bob Boyd.
He definately is the outstanding person and teacher like here was written!

Before I met him I learnt some time Tigerstyle-Tai Chi but stopped with it because it felt very wrong to my body how the corrections were given to the students.
My work as a Physical- and Manual-Therapist since 20 years (-> so teaching optimized movements to my patients too) did not correspond to that kind of bodymovements.
But the Ipfamilystyle/Snakestyle of Tai Chi does match definately to health and optimized bodymovement!

Me, now in learning process with Grandmaster Bob Boyd since 2008 and working as a certified teacher of his style too, I am able to report that every student having had some pain before starting Tai Chi Ipfamilystyle is now after training regularly much better or even free from lowbackpain, shoulderproblems and neckpain and improved in body balance.
So there is a lot of healthbenefit additionally to very much fun while training this wonderful style of Tai Chi : The Ipfamilystyle - Snakestyle!

Thanks to Grandmaster Bob Boyd it is spread all over the world!

Our Teacherteam is from the US, Canada, Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, Japan, Serbia, England, Ireland and we are meeting each semester to improve our skills and maintain our connections!

Christina Pieras, PT/OMT/Certified teacher of the Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute

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Posted by Christina Pieras on 07/24/2015 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Service Dogs Offer Some Mentally Ill People a New Leash on Life

Are there any such services in upstate ny near lake placid?

Posted by luigi on 07/06/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Going It Alone, and Female, in the Woods

Hike Vermont, everyone! At peace, at ease, with a smile and a kick ta yer step.

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Posted by Tom Anderson on 06/05/2015 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Going It Alone, and Female, in the Woods

Truth be told, Emily Benning's parents were more than just frantic when she first went for "an adventure" in the woods behind our house. It had snowed, she was about six or seven, and the sun was going down. Following her trail in the dimming light, I could see where she had veered off her path to investigate things like deer scat and weird looking tree stumps. I grew more and more alarmed the farther I ran while slipping in the snow, hearing no response to my yelling her name at the top of my lungs. Thankfully this parents worst nightmare had a happy ending, but these parents learned an important lesson. Encourage your children to test their own limits; just make sure they don't go overboard testing yours. Happy Trails Emily!

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Posted by Joe Benning on 06/05/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Going It Alone, and Female, in the Woods

Nice article and black bears can be very dangerous especially mama bear with cubs! I've been hiking my entire life and rarely encountered any trouble. I only had one encounter with one sketchy character and then it wasn't anything.Most of my hikes are solo because I like to go my own pace and really take in the view.

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Posted by Thomas Pullman on 06/05/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Untangling the Complexities of Vermont's New Health Insurance Exchange

Navigator Tatum O'Malley from CVOEO sent the following correction after being severely misquoted: 1. A Navigator does NOT recommend plans. Navigators only educate VHC customers about how health insurance works and how to make an informed decision about what plan works best for them. The only mention of the Bronze plan was in the context of suggesting that some people, particularly the low-income Vermonters that frequent CVOEO, may be tempted to sign up for the Bronze plan because they are only considering the upfront (low) cost of the premium. It is the Navigators role to educate Vermonters about health insurance, so that they can understand that Bronze plans could in fact be the MOST expensive option for them, due to the high out of pocket costs. It may have been mentioned that a Bronze plan that can be paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA) could be an option for individuals able to set aside savings, to soften the blow of higher out of pocket costs (but again, specific options are never recommended). Further, the majority of CVOEO clients are not able to set aside savings in an HSA, so do not consider this plan type. 2. A Navigator does NOT ask personal questions about lifestyle choices that could impact health care needs or costs. While someone meeting with a Navigator can volunteer medical information, if they want information about how they will be covered and the costs they would face with different plans. The discussion of personal lifestyles, etc was in the context of the already mentioned topic of discussion- there are many reasons why the Bronze plan could be problematic for someone and that Navigators can help people make informed decisions by understanding the potential high out of pocket costs if they face healthcare conditions or injuries, generally.

Posted by HealthConnect Cvoeo on 06/04/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Going It Alone, and Female, in the Woods

I firmly believe if you are taking these long hikes (especially in VT) during the spring season that you carry no less than a .45 ACP handgun or rifle if you feel like carrying it. There are more dangers in the VT woods than sketchy people. What happens if you cross a mama bear with cubs. She's not likely to walk away unless that big bang scares her or in a worst case solution doesn't put her down upon an attack. Then you have coyotes, wolves, mountain lion, etc

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Posted by Joseph Crawford on 06/03/2015 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Service Dogs Offer Some Mentally Ill People a New Leash on Life

How do I go about finding a dog? My savings has been depleted paying over 20,000 in medical bills and can't afford to buy one but know I need a companion!

Posted by brian on 06/02/2015 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Using Yoga as Post-Trauma Therapy

Hi there! Great article you have, I would also want to share my thoughts that Yoga indeed has positive effects not only in the body but also in the mind, a total holistic wellness that brings us to know our inner-self better. It gives us a peace of mind that helps us have a much better perception about our lives.

Our advocacy is to promote the positive effects of meditation, yoga and inner wellness.

Help us, visit our website at and also my blog at

Thank you and have a great day!

Posted by Bob Phillips on 05/02/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “A Burlington Entrepreneur Aims to Market a Placebo

Hi Nate,
This is actually not an April Fools joke. My goal is to create more awareness of what works and what doesn’t work in healthcare–by empowering consumers and patients to systematically track their own experience. This is relatively easy to do if you are looking for a short-term effect. Just track the symptom that you decided to focus on before and after taking the placebo pill. Of all the times you took the Zeebo pill, how many times did you feel better? This is an important question. To facilitate this kind of tracking I made a free app. Try it out. And if you wish, design and track your own, customized experience to help you feel better. Let’s become more rigorous in asking and tracking what works and what doesn’t work. This matters not only when it comes to placebo effects. Thanks Ken for covering our story!
All the best,
Uwe ‘OOVA’

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Posted by Uwe Heiss on 04/08/2015 at 3:05 PM

Re: “A Burlington Entrepreneur Aims to Market a Placebo

At the risk of belaboring the obvious...this ISN'T an April Fool's Day joke?

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Posted by NateOrshan on 04/06/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Service Dogs Offer Some Mentally Ill People a New Leash on Life

Of course, Denise! We love it when our stories are shared through social media. If you're on a desktop or laptop, just above the title of the article there is a slightly opaque bar with social media icons on it. All the way to the right on that bar is the "share" button that you can click on to share through Facebook. Thanks for reading!

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Posted by Neel Tandan on 03/02/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Service Dogs Offer Some Mentally Ill People a New Leash on Life

May I . share this story in my Dogs Save Lives?

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Posted by Denise Hopkins on 03/01/2015 at 11:59 PM

Re: “State Health Department Calls HPV Vaccine Watchdog Group a Bunch of Worry Warts

What is most troubling about this article is its rather insulting title....but that is ok because it demonstrates that
Vermont's State Health Department has nothing better to do in its support of the pharmaceutical industry and its agenda in pushing what are dangerous drugs that are genetically modified to boot than to use dumb insults..

How about responding to the young health girls and young woman who have out have turned severely ill after these shots and died? Yes death, so the death culture can be pushed.

The Vermont Health Department and people in the State House, want to force you and your children to play Russian Roulette. Who know which shot will kill or maim.

Why do they call shots shots because you get shot and when you get shot by a mercury bullet then you may well die as well as lead where shot in your veins.

Posted by Bruce Marshall on 02/26/2015 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Herbalist Guido Masé Cross-Pollinates Modern Medicine and Traditional Remedies

How awesome! Thanks for highlighting fascinating people doing some amazing work in VT!

Posted by Hannah Kirkpatrick on 02/15/2015 at 7:02 PM

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