As part of the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s growing Nature LAB, the People’s Health Sanctuary’s goal is to establish a central space in Troy at The NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center to share health skills, provide basic integrative care and explore ways to build networks of community health. People’s Health Sanctuary embraces model of open sharing of health knowledge, and empower all community members to seek their independent health goals, as opposed to the traditional, hierarchical top-down approach of clinical medical practice. Though caring for our elders, our children, or cooking soul-nourishing food for family or friends may not be deemed ‘real’ healthcare, they know that in fact, it’s what holds us together and keeps us sane. Led by JJ Luceno and Dr. Frank Coughlin, out growing network sharing skills to build a space where creative, joyful health is possible and accessible.
“Everyone it seems is struggling to keep up with the flood of information about the current crisis, the ways those in power are forcing us back to a “normal”, the over-reliance of the economy as a marker of anything lending towards health. And then we have the horrific news from Georgia and Minneapolis, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, a stark reminder of the crisis behind the crisis. Covid has only exacerbated the social oppressions and disparities that mark the “normal” so many of the elites want to return to.
Ways to handle the pandemic:
OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
Community Support and Mutual Aid:
Good resources here: https://afsp.org/campaigns/covid-19/
Good Meditation app:
wash your hands
Seasonal health info and Flu Shots:
While our primary public health concern at this moment is COVID – and rightly so – make sure the common flu is not forgotten this year. Many of the most vulnerable are staying home to avoid exposure to COVID, raising concern that flu shot rates will be much lower this year.While the COVID vaccine is still not available to most, we do have a means of preventing tens of thousands of deaths from influenza. These two pages cover the all of the essentials on the Flu shot during the pandemic, as well as some seasonal health information that helps holistically: