January 22, 2012
Remembering Herb Clarke Herb Clarke died Jan. 8. He was best known and remembered as the longtime weatherman on WCAU, NBC10, and then for his six years of garden reports on KYW radio. He was also my dad. We moved to Philadelphia when Dad came to work at Channel 10 in November 1958. I was a baby. All three of us Clarke children grew up in Philadelphia. TV is a fickle and sometimes cruel business. On-air talent is often cut or reassigned with little notice. There one day, gone the next.
October 2, 2002 |
A former first lady, the subject of an Oscar-winning movie, and a scientist who has studied the effects of pathogens on the human voice are among 12 winners of the 2002 O. Spurgeon English Humanitarian Awards. The award, in its second year, is named after the late chair of the department of psychiatry at Temple University; it honors a group of people who work with different types of alternative medicine. The awards will be presented Saturday after a 6 p.m. banquet at Temple's Diamond Club, 1913 N. Broad St. One of the winners is Sharry Edwards, a pioneer in human bioacoustics, examining the frequencies of different sounds in the human voice.
September 28, 1998 |
Four years ago, Anne Khoury couldn't drum up enough interest to support her vision for a large consumer-oriented conference on alternative medicine in Philadelphia. Since then, the topic has become so hot that two separate events - each expected to draw 20,000 people - will be staged here this fall. The first, starting Thursday, is the New Health Symposium - an 11-day event modeled after the Book and the Cook. It will use sites throughout the Philadelphia region to feature dozens of authors and speakers on health topics, including Nina Shandler, author of Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, and Brian Clement, director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida.
June 15, 2009 |
WASHINGTON - The prognosis wasn't good for Bilbo. The middle-age pug suffered from a whole host of ailments, including itchy skin, weakness in his back legs, and a loss of appetite. Bilbo's regular veterinarian told his owner, Abe Haspel of Annandale, Va., that there wasn't much to be done. The feisty pug was getting old, and his condition would only continue to deteriorate. But three years later, Bilbo is feistier than ever. Haspel credits monthly acupuncture treatments for the change.
July 8, 2007 |
Harlow Whitleigh spends her days gazing out the window of her Fishtown townhouse, eating bonbons and lounging with her best friend, a Yorkshire terrier named Rosco. Harlow also barks. A small white bichon frise/poodle hybrid, she barks at cars, at the letter carrier, at birds, at customers coming to nearby Johnny Brenda's tavern, and at anyone walking by on the street. Jeniphur Whitleigh and Michael Pasquarello, who own Harlow and the Loft District's Cafe Lift, have learned to live with Harlow's high-pitched ways.
February 5, 2011 |
Lying stock-still in a bed Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, his neck and chin gripped in a rigid plastic collar, 16-year-old Mazeratti Mitchell could barely move his jaw. But the Boothwyn teenager, whose spine was severely injured in a high school wrestling accident Tuesday, smiled faintly as he spoke of the escalating battle between his mother, an herbal healer, and mainstream medicine over his care. "One of the doctors said I needed surgery because I'd be paralyzed the rest of my life if I moved my head just a millimeter," he murmured, then lifted his left arm about three inches and wiggled his fingers.
November 18, 1999 |
The University of Medicine and Dentistry announced yesterday the creation of the first center in New Jersey for the study of alternative medicine. The UMDNJ Center for the Study of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is in Newark. The university also released the results of a survey of New Jersey residents that found a significant use of alternative medicine. "The university is putting a commitment behind putting the best resources that we can into education, practice and research," said Riva E. Touger-Decker, a nutritionist and the center's acting director.
January 2, 1995 |
Can herbs cure warts? Does powdered shark cartilage help cancer? Can music help brain injuries, or acupuncture relieve arthritis? These are questions that most of the conventional medical world would have ridiculed until just recently. Some experts still do. But now they are being seriously investigated and in some cases, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its fledgling Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM). Founded in January 1992, the office now has its third director and is searching for a new one. It has been wracked by allegations of political interference, disorganization, ineptitude, and a confused scientific mission.
April 8, 1996 |
After long scorning the benefits of Third-World medicines and folk remedies, American medical schools are offering courses and seminars about them. The doctors of tomorrow are studying ancient treatments such as acupuncture, herbalism, hypnosis and healing touch. They are being told that such "alternative medicine" may not be so alternative after all. "Eighty percent of the world's people rely on what we call 'alternative medicine.' Is that to say they have no medicine at all?"
January 3, 1999
TODAY'S ESSAYS About 83 million American adults - more than 4 out of 10 - used some form of alternative medicine last year. In October, President Clinton signed a law creating the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and giving it a $50 million budget. The Journal of the American Medical Association dedicated a special issue to the topic in November. It seems to be, as one doctor calls it, a quiet revolution in medicine. For today's Voices, we invited professionals and patients working with alternative medicine in our region to talk about the trends and what the future holds.