by Carrie Adams

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” – Albert Schweitzer

nbI met Nate Brown, 31, at the Winter Death Race this past March. He was holding a rope over his head and I was holding the stop watch that would tick off the brutal 60 minutes he and the other racers would have to keep the rope suspended in the air as part of their first task. Brown and his Albert Einstein School of Medicine classmate Daniel were up from the Bronx for the weekend race. Over the next 28 hours and 5 minutes, Nate’s finishing time, I would see him several times, his demeanor consistently relaxed, unflustered, and calm. He was seemingly unfazed by the physical tasks, sleep deprivation, and mental stress the race is designed to evoke.

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by Khaled Allen

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If you think acupuncture is just for hippies and new age health nuts, you might want to reassess your view of the marines. The Navy has lately been experimenting with acupuncture to treat symptoms of PTSD, concussion, and other ailments associated with extreme physical stress.

Cmdr. Keith Stuessi, the man in charge of acupuncture at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, has used the ancient Chinese technique to treat more than 20 patients, with a shockingly high success rate.

Acupuncture is normally used to treat muscle aches and minor sprains. Its use as a treatment for brain injury and the mental and emotional problems of PTSD is relatively new in the military.

Considering the low cost and the great potential for providing relief to soldiers, however, the Navy is apparently pretty enthusiastic about it and has already committed itself to providing acupuncture as a standard method of treatment. The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting studies on its effectiveness in treating symptoms like sleeplessness, memory problems, headaches, and anxiety.

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