‘American Sniper’ an ‘endless abomination’

I saw the incredibly violent American Sniper on M.L. King’s nonviolent birthday in a Biltmore Grande theater packed with other Ashevilleans. Director Clint Eastwood succeeded in depicting how brilliantly brave sniper Chris Kyle was tragically traumatized, and then murdered, in part by America’s Middle Eastern policy. The movie is mainly an endless abomination of kicking […]

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Asheville Harry Potter Alliance seeks funding for charitable projects

The Asheville chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance (AHPA) has come nearly to the halfway to achieving the group’s $500 fundraising goal on popular crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The club, bonded by a shared love of all things Harry Potter, holds philanthropic events and fundraisers on a regular basis, according to organizers. Members hope to improve […]

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Survey shows local support for integrativ­e care

  In order to assess the state of integrative and mind-body medicine in the Asheville area, Xpress invited health care professionals in the Asheville area to participate in a survey about their approaches to treatment. Of fifty-one respondents, half were individual health care providers. Other respondents listed themselves as clinics or health centers, hospitals, or educational […]

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Smart bets: Green Sunshine

“For the eight-piece Tampa, Fla.-based funk/hip-hop band Green Sunshine, every show is a party,” says a press release. And that’s almost all you need to know. Except that members have stage names like Optimus Rhyme, Mowtown Tea and Sunshine Slim, and they’ve got matching green tracksuits. Together since 2008, the collective considers itself to be […]

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B the Change community gathering at New Mountain, Feb. 10

The Asheville Chapter of the B Corp Movement host a “B the Change” community gathering at New Mountain. The Tuesday, Feb. 10 event takes place at 6:30 p.m. and focuses on “educating, inspiring, and entertaining fellow change-makers, businesses, artists and innovators.” Press release from New Earth MUZiQ: On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 6:30pm the […]

What are the health insurance options for mind, body and spirit?

If you seek nontraditional health care, such as integrative or complementary approaches, does insurance cover it? Although the vast majority of such services are paid out of pocket, there are some exceptions and signs of change for the future. “I know that there is a trend in that direction, when you’re talking about integrative medicine […]

COMPLEMENTARY HEALING: More and patients look beyond traditional Western medicine or seek complementary care. Acupuncturist Nancy Hyton says that many patients have been referred by the doctors —  "People come to us because they've exhausted their conventional medical options or they've reached a plateau." Photo by Tim Robison

Local practition­ers explore medicine’s new frontier

Brian Lewis’ quest for a different kind of medicine began in medical school, where he received a grant to study healing methodologies from the Himalayas and Tibet. He later co-founded a student group on integrative medicine. Lewis, a physician at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, says he came to realize that “without treating the whole person, you [can] not do […]

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Treating the whole person: integrativ­e medicine in the Asheville area

Holistic medicine aims to treat the whole person, not just diseases and their symptoms. There is a growing awareness among practitioners — both traditional and alternative — that healing can be brought about or accelerated by involving all aspects of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In back-to-back Wellness issues, Xpress looks at two different aspects of […]

HEALING SPACE: “The body follows the mind," says Linda Silwedel, a holistic resource nurse in the Mission Health's cancer program, of integrative approaches. Massage, for example, helps patients come "back to that nice, wonderful relaxed state, and that allows the body to heal more effectively and work with the cancer treatment plan so much better."  (Pictured: Silwedel and Kimberly Christenso; photo by Cindy Kunst)

Local providers increase use of nontraditi­onal treatments

In this town, if you haven’t had an acupuncture appointment, massage, energy-healing session or herbal consultation, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Modalities that were once thought of as hokey, or at least incompatible with the Western medical model, are becoming less alternative and more mainstream — so much so that Mission Hospital, Park […]