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Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic opens at Catholic Worker storefront

(Plain Press, May 2011) Starting March 10, 2011, The Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic opened its doors at the Catholic Worker Storefront at 4211 Lorain Ave.  This clinic will provide herbal consultations and herbal first-aid, Reiki, foot baths/foot care, and in the future hopes to offer massage, community acupuncture, and chiropractic services. The clinic will run from 5-8 p.m. every other Wednesday starting March 10. Everyone is welcome, especially uninsured, under-insured, and those in need of a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing. Appointments are recommended from 5-7pm. Walk up appointments are available, or call 216-223-8621 to schedule an appointment by phone.  Spanish translation will be available at the clinic. Upcoming Clinic Dates: May 11th & 25th, June 8th & 22nd

The Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic was initiated with the belief that everyone has a right to quality health care, and that health care includes preventative care and holistic care – be it a massage for someone with chronic back problems, or herbs that help someone sleep.  For Uma Kirkwood, one of the herbalists involved with the Lake Effect Clinic, herbs have given her “the ability to take control of my own health. I want others to have that same gift.”

The collective believes that alternative care can fill some gaps that exist in the medical system. “We believe in a model of medical care based on education, listening, and respect,” says Kirkwood. This approach to health care focuses on working in partnership with clients on addressing their own health concerns, sharing tools and knowledge which can help people better manage chronic and short-term health problems. The volunteer practitioners at the clinic will work together to help clients develop integrated healing strategies, which may include self-care techniques alongside the healing work of an experienced body-worker.

The new health clinic is seeking monetary and in-kind donations. If you have any of the items listed below and would like to donate them, contact Josh at 216-223-8621. Equipment: Massage table/chair, tarps, towels & washcloths, small empty jars with lids (ex: baby food, spice jars, lip balm containers, etc.), Quart size Zip-loc bags. First-Aid Supplies: Iodine, Band-aids, Gauze rolls and pads, tape, hot and cold packs, etc. Ambiance Supplies: Candles, tea, incense or other aromatherapy.Other Supplies: Epsom salt, sea salt, essential oils, Bach flower essences, massage oils, aloe vera gel, neti pots, French presses.

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