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Mailbag: Prayer has power to heal what ails you

December 06, 2011

The recent column written by David Hansen about Linda West-Conforti and her efforts to: "empower clients to take charge of their own health care" (and to help other individuals understand that there is a more natural approach to health) was most encouraging, ("Hansen: Bridging the medicine gap," Nov. 11).

Many recognized authorities such as Deepak Chopra would agree, and in an article he expresses support for the idea that there is more to health than western medicine is addressing. He indicates that the elements of wisdom and science, tradition and research, mind and body, should be combined to enhance treatment alternatives.

Yet, many ask what these alternatives include.

For years the public has been using a number of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) but haven't labeled them as such. More recently, researchers and others have been labeling the different alternatives.

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In a report from the National Institutes of Health listing the 10 most common complementary and alternative medicine therapies adults use, prayer was at the top.

It appears that the public's interest in these alternative medicines is opening the door to a broader view as to what provides the best health care for individuals.

I would agree with West-Conforti's efforts that to raise the awareness of alternative medicine, especially prayer, will help clients take charge of their own health care. I have had a broken bone set and other physical ailments healed through the application of prayer.

Donald W. Ingwerson

Laguna Beach

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Traffic is not very hospitable

I hope the city comes up with a better traffic plan for next year's Hospitality Night. While I realize it is a boon to local businesses, it is a boondoggle to the rest of us residents who are stuck in horrendous traffic. I personally was trapped for 64 minutes between the canyon's festival area and Ocean Avenue and Coast Highway. There has to be a better plan next time.

Bah, humbug!

Ebenezer Scrooge

(Galen Wollenberg)

Laguna Beach

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Let's revisit idea of closing Forest to cars

Last week's wonderful Hospitality Night was our annual reminder of how much better Laguna would be if we closed the west end of Forest Avenue permanently to cars.

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