January 03, 2009
Registered Nurse Elise Burger is spearheading a monthly discussion group set to start in mid-January. Burger plans to provide information and support to encourage people to make healthy choices and take more responsibility for their health; "Especially" Burger says, "with the high cost of health care, preventative measures should, and could, play a huge role".
The "Alternative Health and Nutrition Interest Group" will meet for the first time Thursday, January 15 from 7-8:30 pm at Ketchikan General Hospital (specific venue to be announced). This is not a hospital-sponsored organization.
Burger, originally from South Africa, grew up in a family that kept a pot of herbal tea on the stove, a practice she still maintains. Her interest in self care practices grew while doing missionary work on the border between Angola and Namibia with people who had little access to western medicine and she now is a certified Nurse Nutritional Consultant though the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine.
There will be a speaker at the monthly meetings with time for questions and discussion. Burger stressed the intention of the organization is not to diagnose or treat any illnesses or conditions and emphasized the continuance of regular care with physicians. Burger's plan is for the group to concentrate on better nutrition and preventative care.
The meetings are free and open to everyone.
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