The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 8, 2002 - 3
explores use of alternative medicine
Smoke rises from
stacks in Hatcher
Three people were escorted out of
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
Wednesday night after staff reported
that they were smoking in the library,
according to the Department of Public
Safety. None of them had any affilia-
tion with the University.
Palm pilot, money
stolen out of
A person reported yesterday that he
thought he dropped his wallet, contain-
ing his palm pilot and money, on the
floor in Pierpont Commons on Jan. 14,
DPS reports state.
When it was turned over to DPS, the
money and palm pilot were missing.
DPS has no suspects.
Food thief caught
in South Quad
A person obtained food from the
South Quad Residence Hall cafeteria
Monday afternoon without paying for
it, DPS reports state.
DPS responded and identified the
person. The person was read the tres-
passing policy and escorted out of the
An unknown person smashed a win-
dow of a business on Green Road
Monday morning and stole two com-
puters, according to DPS reports. Two
L-shaped fence poles were used to
break the window. The computers were
valued at $1,400 each. The case is
An unknown person broke a water
fountain in the 5300 corridor of Mary
Markley Hall early Tuesday, according
to DPS reports. DPS has no suspects.
0 missing from
A worker at the MFIT building on
Industrial Road called DPS Wednesday
morning, according to DPS reports.
She stated there was $160 in her desk
on Jan. 30, which is now missing.
taken to hospital
A West Quad resident reported that
his roommate was very sick and need-
ed an ambulance Tuesday night,
according to DPS reports.
The caller said that his roommate
had been vomiting and disoriented.
Huron Valley Ambulance responded
and transported the male to the Univer-
A Housing Security officer assigned
to Couzens Residence Hall found graf-
fiti in the 2400 corridor of Couzens
Wednesday night, according to DPS
from vehicle in
A caller reported that he left his
vehicle unlocked in the East Medical
Center Carport Wednesday morning,
DPS reports state. During the time it
was parked, a gym bag was stolen from
inside. DPS has no suspects.
apartment to fill
A pot was left on a stove in an apart-
ment in the Northwood V area Tuesday
morning, DPS reports state. The pot
caused the apartment to fill with
smoke and a maintenance worker
called 911. DPS responded and provid-
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Michael Gazdecid
Daily Staff Reporter
With recent studies indicating that over 42 percent of the
country's population uses complementary and alternative med-
icine, interest has surged at a national level to study and vali-
date claims of the efficacy of alternative medical practices.
Due to the new wave of interest, the National Institute of
Health recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to Sara Warber, a
lecturer in the department of family medicine and co-director
of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research
Center with Steve Boiling. The grant is to integrate comple-
mentary alternative medicine techniques into the Medical
Working with CAM researchers, the Medical School plans
to attempt melding traditional medical teaching with forms of
medicinal therapy that are more exotic and less respected by
most Western physicians.
"The goal is to better improve the doctor-patient relation-
ship as well as make them more sympathetic to patients
needs," said Elena Gillespie, cardiac surgery researcher and
co-investigator of Reiki technique at the CAMRC.
In 1998, Bolling received a five yedr, $6.7 million grant
from the NIH to fund research into CAM treatment for cardio-
vascular disease. The University is the only medical school in
the country to hold both a CAM research grant and a CAM
curriculum grant from the NIH.
CAM covers healing methods that range from herbal sup-
plements to acupuncture. Researchers said they are not push-
ing certain types of therapy, but rather attempting to inform
future doctors of alternative treatments patients may use with-
out their physician's knowledge.
"Often the role of the physician is not to say whether it is
good or not, but to know what type of things our patients are
asking about and whether they are potentially harmful," said
Thomas Schwenk, chair of the department of family medicine.
Much of the CAMRC investigation is concerned with forms
of energy healing therapy, including Reiki and Qigong. Both
techniques base themselves on the belief that everything is
made up of an all encompassing energy. This energy can be
tapped into to hasten recovery.
According to Elena Gillespie a Reiki master and investiga-
tor with CAMRC, everyone has an energy field flowing
through the body. When a person is ill the energy paths are
blocked. Reiki masters become a conduit for energy into the
patient. Qigong holds similar beliefs about the body and has
been practiced regularly for thousands of years. The ideas of
universal energy in which all matter takes part are concurrent
with modern notions of quantum physics.
"The underlying idea seems to be our thoughts seem to
direct our reality," Gillespie said.
University researchers are currently testing these therapies
to determine if there is a measurable amount of benefit for
patients. Amy Ai, a research fellow for the surgical department
in the University Hospitals, was the major designer and princi-
pal investigator for Qigong research here at the University up
until three years ago.
"This is the largest trial of its kind funded by the NIH," Ai
Ai designed the study to accurately measure the affects of
energy therapy that would allow for vast differences in subjects
of varying backgrounds, along with Bolling.
"We want to discredit those false healers and provide hard
evidence, scientifically," she said.
To help expand research opportunities and better serve
patients, the University is in the process of developing a clinic
devoted to CAM therapy and research in hopes of bringing
CAM practitioners together in one place, Bolling said.
"We can utilize patients and the expertise of people in the
surrounding area as a research validation," he added.
Marge Alpern, who along with her husband Bob made a
generous donation which the University matched toward the
founding of the clinic, expressed deep-rooted enthusiasm for
the University project. At 80 years old, she still continues to
practice meditation regularly and is excited at the thought of
CAM therapy being given a chance for medical confirmation.
"The body has incredible healing powers if given encour-
agement in the right direction," Alpern said.
Amy Al demonstrates Qigong, an alternative healing method, at the School of
Social Work Building
RHA denies smoking
ban for second time
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Two resolutions regarding smoking in residence
halls failed last night at a Residence Hall Associa-
tion meeting, signifying that the debate over smok-
ing is far from extinguished.
The Resolution to Make Residence Halls
Smoke-Free, which bans smoking in the Universi-
ty's residence halls, failed after a vote that showed
11 for the ban, four opposed and three abstentions,
mirroring the results of a vote members took two
weeks ago, when the resolution was first intro-
"I thought the no smoking resolution might pass
- it came close," RHA president Tim Winslow
said. "It came close, but it had pretty much the
identical vote it had last time. It had 11 votes and it
needed 12 to pass."
In another resolution, titled The Resolution to
Control Smoking in Residence Halls, RHA mem-
bers suggest that smoking halls be located on a
building's top floor. This resolution was also reject-
ed, although Alice Lloyd representative Anup Auro-
ra, who submitted the bill for consideration, said he
hoped the resolution would pass last night.
"The opposing side has valid points but I think
there's a way to establish a compromise," Aurora
Debate focused on the rights of smokers and
non-smokers, as well as on the impact smoking can
have on the health of residents and furniture in the
"If we get rid of smoking completely, that's
infringing on the rights of the people who want to
smoke," Aurora added. "I understand that it's
infringing on rights the other way (of non-smok-
ers), but I think there's a way to control it instead of
just getting rid of it."
West Quad RHA representative Pete Woiwode,
who authored the resolution for smoke-free resi-
"This is not an
- Pete Woiwode
West Quad RHA representative
dence halls, said he still hopes to see smoking out-
lawed in the residence halls.
"This is not an excusable habit. When people
smoke they're infringing on people's rights to clean
air ... Everyone has to breathe, not everyone has to
smoke" he said.
Woiwode added that although he is disappointed
that no resolution passed last night, he is not dis-
heartened. "I feel I have the support of the RHA,
there's just some technical disagreements," he said.
Betsy Barbour representative Alana White said
the health issue plays a large role in views on smok-
ing because of her asthma.
"Even just a hint of (smoke) and I can't breathe.
I'd never want to live next to someone who
smokes" she said. "I understand we don't want to
infringe on people's rights and I feel we're not plac-
ing anyone's rights over others. If people need to
smoke, they can go outside."
Winslow said he hopes a meeting with Universi-
ty Housing officials and two members of RHA
who voted on each side of the issue will bring
about resolution and a solution that incorporates
both sides, as well as a policy for the coming years
regarding smoking in residence halls.
Daryl Ward and Steve Burkhart resurface a building yesterday for Wolverine Temporaries.
Detroit casinos face
after latest rulings
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge
ruled yesterday that the city acted
improperly when it granted casino
licenses to companies that campaigned
for approval of gambling in the city.
U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes
Bell, who holds court in Marquette and
Grand Rapids, will now accept briefs by
the attorneys on what other issues need
to be resolved in the case. Holmes will
make a ruling on the future of Detroit's
three 'casinos after reviewing the briefs,
which are due Feb. 22.
"Basically, what you have is three
casinos in Detroit operating illegally,"
said John Peebles, attorney for the tribe.
"There's no question the casinos are in
Bell's ruling comes after the 6th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati last month returned the
case to Bell, who twice has upheld
the Detroit ordinance regarding the
casino selection process. Both times,
the appeals court overruled the'
The Lac Vieux Desert Band of
Lake Superior Chippewa Indians,
based in the western Upper Penin-
sula, filed the lawsuit in 1999 -
before the casinos opened - claim-
ing Detroit's ordinance was dis-
The ordinance gave preference to
two companies that helped support a
1996 statewide ballot measure
approved by voters that allowed off-
reservation gambling in the city. The
measure specified that only three
casinos could be built.
Food for Thought
Do they save or cost lives?
Truong Nhu Tang, a founder
of the National Liberation Front
(Viet Cong), writes in his book,
A Viet Cong Memoir, "The
Western anti-war movements
had contributed much to our
victory." Question: Did the
Protest Movement shorten the
war and save lives, or prolong
the war and cost lives?
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