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letters Shame on you, Xpress Times may be tough, but that’s no reason to abandon your basic mission — publicly stated — and your historic role in town. When a group of volunteers, Americorps people, and professional builders and construction tradespeople come together to funnel funds from a federal program to weatherize homes in West Asheville, free, while training at-risk youth in construction trades, it is a story at the very heart of the old Mountain Xpress beat. Old as in Julian Price days, Green Line, Public Interest Projects and Investigative Reporting Fund days. And, most pointedly, Dogwood Fund days. This is the spirit, the roots no one knows better than Mountain Xpress. This story idea was offered to Mountain Xpress on Thursday, Jan. 7, with some urgency, since the cold snap had placed many senior citizens and struggling families in a bad spot. Even leaving aside the idea that this is an emerald green idea that saves energy, lots of energy, immediately, this activity spearheaded by Community Action Opportunities in Asheville and Green Opportunities in West Asheville provides help for those in our community who could use it. That includes me. GO came knocking on my door recruiting qualified homeowners to have their homes weatherized, free. It seemed like a scam. I checked it out. It wasn’t. These folks have already done a couple of dozen
homes and have funding to do 60 over the next few months. I applied, qualified, and was accepted. When, after an initial appraisal, they set a date to do the work, I e-mailed Mountain Xpress with the story idea, offering to write it and illustrate it with photographs or simply turn over the contacts to Xpress editors. As a former employee of Xpress, I have a good idea of the news selection process and the competing interests for space. I received an expression of interest and then nothing. I wrote again the following week and was told the story was handed off to an assignment editor. When weatherization day rolled around [on] Jan. 13, more than a dozen workers showed up with blueboard, duct tape, hammer and nail, Plexiglas, mastic, masks, plywood, etc., and built insulation retaining dams in the roof, sealed ducts in my house, wrapped my heater in insulation, weather stripped doors. Along with them came a reporter and photographer from the Asheville Citizen-Times and a TV cameraman and reporter from WLOS. Not only did Mountain Xpress not run a story that would have benefited so many of us in West Asheville and beyond, it didn’t even send someone to cover it for a future issue. The shame arises from looking at the current issue that could have carried an announcement, at least, of the program and contact info so folks could know it was available. The
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lead non-story is a tempest in a teapot feature on a YouTube Mountain Xpress video that got taken down supposedly for political reasons after it went viral and holds the Xpress record, “racking up more than 15,000 views.” That is a joke. My kid posted a kitten video that got 4,700,000 hits (see it at http://bit.ly/3v4sr). The weatherization offer didn’t even make your Buzz section. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate Xpress editorial priorities and consider why you’re going through all the design changes and upgrades and headaches. As the paper shrinks due to the lingering recession and declining ad revenues and Ashevilleans across the board are going through hard times, maybe it’s time to go back to your roots and return to the focus that made Mountain Xpress Asheville’s reliable and significant neighborhood newspaper. — Zhenya Gene Senyak Asheville The editors respond: Thank you for spreading the word about this innovative, free weatherization program. We’re fortunate to live in a community with no shortage of smart green initiatives, and we devote considerable attention to them; unfortunately, there are so many that we can’t always cover them all. Several factors led to Xpress not covering this particular story, primarily, making some tough choices in the past few weeks about where to concentrate our limited resources, especially in the context of our prior coverage of similar stories. In the past year, several of our Green Scene columns have focused on the weatherization programs of various organizations, including Warren Wilson College’s INSULATE! program, Green Opportunities, Weed & Seed projects and Community Action Opportunities. We’ve also regularly featured the related projects these and other groups undertake in the community, such as the Buncombe County Extension Office’s recent energy-efficiency workshop. Further, Americorps and GO will be featured in an article in our 2010 Green Building Directory, which will be published in March. For the time being, visit www.greenopportunities.org/asheville-go to learn more about what Green Opportunities is up to. Regarding Xpress’ mission: In our minds, it’s just as important as ever, particularly given the tough times you reference. Lastly, regarding last week’s cover story about a suppressed Xpress YouTube video, you are indeed not the only one who considered it a “tempest in a teapot.” From our perspective, having a piece of our journalism censored for almost two months on the basis of a bogus copyright claim — no matter how many views the video got — was a most-serious matter, and we saw news value in explaining to our readers just what had happened — and how they can keep it from happening to them.
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Airport board’s Hawaii trip doesn’t fly with me As a 36-year veteran of attending and making decisions to not attend such optional conferences or business meetings as a senior executive working for several Fortune 10 companies, it is apparent that the recent decision by the Asheville airport board to attend the meeting satisfied their personal agendas of being in Hawaii during the winter month of January. … I note that there are 382 airports in the U.S., and only about 50 attend the conference, which signifies that this meeting was not that critical. Approximately 13 percent of airports deemed this event as important to attend. The other airports must use their superior judgment and attend the less costly meetings on the mainland, which take place on a frequent enough basis. If the trip was really worthwhile, no one takes the time to send grainy photos back to Asheville during the trip and author a lengthy 536-word statement to justify bad judgment and ease their conscience or guilt on making a bad decision that betrays the public’s trust. Auditing their trip receipts and finding out if they apportioned personal expenses for their
family members in attendance from the airport charges on receipts should be an interesting exercise for the airport accounting department when they return. Well, at least there are some citizens of Asheville who will be sporting a nice, deep, healthy tan in the middle of winter (or maybe not, to show they were in meetings during the daylight hours, after the proverbial “blank” hit the fan). … Where is the real accountability here? This board should be replaced as soon as they touch the ground in Asheville. I volunteer to serve on this board at no cost to the city, as I could probably make just as bad a decision as the current board did. — Andrew Biazis Candler
Cyclists more at risk than car drivers In a recent letter to Xpress, Howard Shepherd asserts that if “cyclists want to be taken seriously as vehicles” then they must act like vehicles, obeying the same traffic laws as cars, trucks and SUVs [Jan. 6]. In almost all respects, his point is well taken. The easiest way for me and my road bike to avoid becoming a tangled mess of teeth,
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intestines and bloody steel is to ride to the right, signal clearly and light up at night. As a bicycle enthusiast, however, I take these precautions only to survive on roads made for automobiles. For Shepherd to suggest that bicycles should behave politely because they are vehicles like cars ignores the reality that not all vehicles are created equal. Cyclists accommodate cars as a matter of life and death, and recognize that we share the road on unequal terms. Cars are faster, heavier and less maneuverable than bicycles — and there are a lot more of them on the road. Whether or not he or she follows the rules, a cyclist will always have more to lose when an absentminded driver pulls a fast right turn. Accidents happen even when a bike rider is doing everything “correctly.” Drivers get frustrated when cyclists cause them to slow down, take caution and maybe wind up a little late. Cyclists have much more at stake. I don’t believe that reckless riders are the reason that drivers toss their trash at cyclists. [But] there is no excuse for sloppy, dangerous road rage. If Shepherd is to generalize and condemn all the “folks like Mr. Craig” [Christopher Craig, author of “Finding Equilibrium,” a Dec. 9, 2009 Xpress commentary], perhaps he should also indict each and every motorist for endangering those on two wheels. An ignorant driver is playing with a much more dangerous machine than is an ignorant cyclist. — Gabriel Karabell Asheville
A bike-friendly Asheville would be more liveable This is perplexing: While many forward-thinking and growing cities large and small — such as Portland, Louisville and New York City — are making bicycle transit a high priority, Asheville has become a national hotbed of anti-bicycling sentiments that have boiled over to hostility for some. Or so it seems from reading some of the letters to the editor published here and in other local publications. While New York City, with its 8.4 million residents, has seen a 45-percent increase in bicyclists in just three years, Asheville has declared war on the bike. Even bicyclists themselves are on the attack. Wow, what’s next? War on strollers? Those ignorant and inconsiderate parents who think they own the sidewalk? Come on folks, let’s get real here. The roads of Asheville are dominated by cars and trucks, and with almost no bike lanes (apart from token ones that are “bike paths to nowhere”), it’s tough pedaling, which is a real shame and loss for this community. Instead of pointing fingers, we should be lobbying the DOT and our city leaders to make real accommodations for safe bicycling throughout the city.
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If there were proper bike lanes, then both drivers and bicyclists would feel better since the “zone” for bicycles would be clearly delineated. Now, it’s a game of weaving around obstacles and into the path of vehicles, making things frustrating for all parties. Would it be too much to ask to have real bike paths on some of the city’s wider streets? Livable streets are good for all: Property values go up, the streets are safer, traffic is less congested, the health benefits are many. So, if we’re going to get angry and want something done, that energy should be focused on positive solutions. It is truly time for Asheville, a city renowned for its livability, to embrace the bicycle — and walking, for that matter — as part of the transportation mix. So, let’s bury the hatchet and get to work. Those who want to get involved can join Livable Asheville at www.livablestreets. com/projects/livable-asheville/blog/. — John C. Tripp Asheville
The homeless aren’t the problem, but delinquents are Being homeless does not make someone bad, but being violent, drunk and hostile does make them a problem. Portraying the delinquents who terrorize the people who live, work and frolic in downtown Asheville as peaceful homeless individuals who have just fallen on hard times and merely want to eat is just plain insulting. It’s insulting to the homeless people who genuinely want to be a part of the community but who have become victims due to unfortunate circumstances. No one is complaining about people who are simply homeless. No one is complaining about veterans. Lumping the derelicts in with the honest, hard-working majority of veterans is an insult. The bums downtown are nasty, offensive and threatening. The thugs who make everyone’s lives miserable are the problem. They try to intimidate people into giving them money. They spend the money they get on drugs and alcohol, not food and clothing. These individuals are fully aware of and frequent the many organizations who provide food and clothing for free. I don’t know what I would do if I became homeless. I do know what I wouldn’t do: I wouldn’t spend day after day after day toxically drunk trying to pick fights with, and hollering obscenities at, the people who live and work downtown. How about giving us a break? We just want to feed and support ourselves. We aren’t rich. Some of us volunteer at churches, shelters and soup kitchens. We don’t mind sticking a dollar in the “spare change for real change” box. We simply want to walk about town without being threatened and yelled at. — Brandon Oliver Asheville
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Asheville to consider energy-efficiency fund jan. 12 meeting
v Mission plans new cancer center v City seeks FEMA reimbursement for storm costs v Stream buffer proposal diverted
by Brian Postelle Asheville property owners flummoxed by the high cost of energy-efficiency upgrades for their home or business may soon have a partner in the city of Asheville. At its Jan. 12 meeting, Asheville City Council unanimously voted to explore establishing a pilot program in which the city would provide loans to cover such property upgrades as solar technology, window replacement and installing insulation. Sustainability upgrades, noted Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, are expensive at the outset but typically pay for themselves over five to 10 years via energy savings. If property owners could get some help with the initial investment, more Asheville residents might be encouraged to make changes that would help curb the city’s overall energy use, he said. “Asheville has never been afraid of being a pioneer in cleaner energy,” said Newman in proposing the Asheville Energy Independence Initiative. Money to bankroll the project could come from either a city bond issue or a rotating fund similar to the city’s Housing Trust Fund, in which developers’ payments on low-interest loans help grow
Paying a visit: Former Council member Holly Jones says she and her colleagues on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners want to work with the city on a new energy plan. Opportunities. “There’s a track here that I think is full of opportunities.” Equally enthusiastic was Chief Financial Officer Paul Szurek of Biltmore Farms, who gushed, “I
“I think this may be the smartest idea to come before Council in a long time.” — Paul Szurek, Biltmore Farms CFO, on proposed city loan fund
the fund, making more money available for future projects. The property owner’s debt, he said, could be included in annual property-tax bills. (Newman is a partner with the Asheville-based solar technology company FLS. But he says that, based on conversations with the city attorney’s office, the position does not warrant him excluding himself from votes on broad-based energy policy, only those decisions in which FLS is a direct bidder.) Environmental advocates and industry representatives turned out in force to support the idea, saying it could not only lower the city’s carbon footprint and save money, but also create jobs and help grow the local green sector. “This has the potential to create careers,” declared Torin Kexel of the nonprofit Green
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think this may be the smartest idea to come before Council in a long time.” Energy, noted Szurek, will only grow more expensive in the future. Asheville Geothermal owner Rick Clemenzi said the loans would benefit both local companies and their customers, who often feel they can’t afford the upgrades the industry offers. “They just flinch and say, ‘It’s too much money; I can’t do it.’” Homeowner Michelle Smith backed that sentiment, saying she just wants to make a start on boosting energy efficiency. “I would really like to be able to fix my windows and doors,” she noted, adding, “It’s been very difficult for me to be able to do even those first steps.” Meanwhile, former Council member Holly Jones, who now serves on the Buncombe County
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Board of Commissioners, said she hopes the city and county can join forces in considering the initiative. “We are definitely going to be looking deeper into this,” said Jones. “We would love to be looking deeper together.” Sustainability loomed large in last year’s City Council election, which saw three newcomers win seats. Council members Cecil Bothwell and Gordon Smith, in particular, emphasized the idea during their campaigns, as did Robin Cape in her unsuccessful write-in re-election bid. “I ran under this plan in 2008 and 2009,” said Bothwell. “I feel like I was elected to do this.” For Smith, the move would mark a first step in fostering a new green economy for the city. “This is going to have ripple effects,” he predicted. “We can become a magnet for this kind of business.” Council member Bill Russell urged caution before taking on what amounts to “hundreds of millions of dollars” in debt, however, saying, “We need to really look at finances to really get into this.” And Council member Esther Manheimer, while noting that she’d like to see solid numbers from staff, said she’s open to the idea of the city fostering such a relationship with private property owners. “I think this recession is calling for a new day of public/private partnerships that create jobs,” she observed. City staff will research a pilot project, including scope and timeline, and present the plan to several Council committees before making a
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Mission to build cancer center
Mission Hospital got the go-ahead for a new five-story outpatient cancer center on its south Asheville campus. Late last year, City Council gave the hospital permission to temporarily close adjacent streets to accommodate the construction. The $59 million structure, to be built on Hamilton Road between Brooklet Street and Victoria Road, will contain 118,000 square feet of space and include its own parking deck. As a level III project, Council would have reviewed it in any case, but Mission also requested a variance allowing fewer parking spaces than what the Unified Development Ordinance specifies. Square footage is typically used to determine the appropriate number of spaces, but according to the staff report, the cancer facility will need only about one-third as many as city code requires, due to the specific nature of the services to be provided. According to Karen Grogan, administrative director of cancer services, Mission sees about 3,000 new cancer patients a year — the fifthhighest volume of such patients served by any North Carolina hospital. Currently, however, Mission’s cancer facilities are spread over six separate sites. “One glaring omission at Mission is the inability to offer patients a dedicated cancer center,” oncologist Eric Kuehn told Council. “These patients have long walks and confusing access to get to these departments.” Council members unanimously approved the project.
Blizzard by the numbers
At its peak, the snowstorm that slammed the region Dec. 18-22 left 67,000 customers without power, 20,000 of them in Asheville, and spawned 974 calls to police, fire and rescue personnel. Emergency crews worked the most consecutive
hours they had since the 2004 floods, Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson told Council in his follow-up report on Asheville’s response to the blizzard. The “10-year-storm event,’ said Richardson, left a foot or more of snow in parts of the city and county. The dramatic number of power outages, he explained, stemmed in part from the rainsaturated ground, which caused more trees to fall. City workers, noted Richardson, cleared 50 streets of trees within the first 24 hours. Asheville will seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a portion of the $525,342 the city racked up in emergency expenses. Not all of those items are expected to be approved, Richardson told Xpress. Snow removal, for instance, isn’t eligible, but tree removal is. City and county agencies are pooling their expenses for submission to FEMA, he said, noting that to qualify, the eligible costs must total at least $667,000.
Not ready for prime time
A proposed amendment to the section of the city’s storm-water ordinance concerning stream buffers on construction sites didn’t make it to a vote. Instead, the proposal was rerouted to City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee for review. City Council approved the current storm-water ordinance in 2007 but felt the buffer amendment needed more work. The amendment, which echoes the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation last year that the city scale back its requirements to the state-mandated minimum, has already sparked some contention. Both the city and state rules call for a 30-foot buffer around streams, but the current city code requires a buffer for any land-disturbing activity, while the state directive applies only to projects disturbing an acre or more. Some members of the Watershed Policy Committee, a group of stakeholders charged with helping draft new language concerning stream buffers, had been alarmed by the P&Z recommendation, having crafted their own formula that already considers slope steepness and stream size in determining how big a buffer should be. Mayor Terry Bellamy said some Council members were concerned that the draft amendment had not been vetted properly and needed more input from the PED Committee. X Brian Postelle can be reached at bpostelle@ mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 153.
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wellness Health in Hard Times: Wellness, part 1 Take a look at WNC’s past, and you’ll learn it’s been a health and wellness mecca for more than 100 years: By the late 19th century, the area hosted several sanitariums for tuberculosis patients, as it was commonly thought that the clean air and pleasant environment did them some good. One of those patients was Edwin Grove, who built the historic inn. And George Vanderbilt, creator of the Biltmore Estate, may have first visited the area on a trip with his ailing mother. With the patients came doctors, and over the years many others have followed, expanding on our reputation as a healthy retreat. The legacy lives today in our thriving medical community, from the reputation of our hospitals to the bounty of alternative practices and practitioners. From yoga to runners, Western medicine to Eastern, Asheville offers an unparalleled environment for getting healthy and staying that way. Given that environment and the chal-
lenge of staying healthy in hard times — with health costs rising and the economy squeezing everyone and everything — Xpress offers this Wellness issue, the first of two parts, to explore just a few of the ideas, possibilities and people. In this issue, you’ll find an interview with Asheville’s first licensed acupuncturist, Cissy Majebe, whose practice was raided in 1990 but now finds herself one of many such practitioners in the city and state. There’s also a commentary from Leslie Boyd, whose son suffered and died because he lacked health care. We have an article about the Asheville Project, an innovative health-care initiative that started in 1997 when city officials aimed to cut costs and help their employees get healthier. There’s a piece on stress management and another that recommends “an ounce of prevention.” Next week, we’ll offer another round of Wellness articles, including one on healthy eating. X
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come addiction to the pain pills they’d paid for after he was seriously burned. The paltry measures being taken by Congress now are not enough. How can I tell? It’s easy — just watch insurance companies’ stock prices skyrocket as the government steers 30 million customers their way with few new regulations to rein in industry greed. And that’s on top of the billions these companies already pocket in profits. CEOs get paid millions of dollars while working folks die from lack of care. Everywhere I go, people tell me their stories. They pray to stay well, they try to eat healthy and exercise. But fall off a bicycle and break a leg and you’re $15,000 in debt. Develop cancer and you may just have to go without chemotherapy and die. Get an infection and the antibiotics to treat it can cost hundreds of dollars. Insurance companies won’t be able to deny coverage for a pre-existing condition, but they
Buncombe County doctors and hospitals donate millions of dollars’ worth of treatment and services each year, but this recession has stretched them thin. 45,000 people in the U.S. estimated to have died in 2008 due to lack of health insurance. He had a high cancer risk, but he couldn’t afford the colonoscopy needed to diagnose the disease while it was still treatable. If Mike had lived in Asheville, he probably would have survived, because he could have gone to one of the free clinics here and gotten a referral to Project Access, a program of the Buncombe County Medical Society that coordinates charity care. The problem is that not every place has such a program; Savannah, Ga., doesn’t, so my son went without. Community charity is wonderful, but Project Access shifts the burden to physicians, who are already being squeezed by ever-lower reimbursement rates from insurance companies and government programs alike. Buncombe County doctors and hospitals donate millions of dollars’ worth of treatment and services each year, but this recession has stretched them thin, and waiting times for appointments with Project Access physicians are increasing as more people seek help. Our safety net isn’t made of titanium: It can unravel. As I write this, a young man in Georgia is going into debt because his insurance company refused to pay for his treatment to over-
can charge four times their normal rates. Not many people can afford that. One man who owns a small business told me the insurance company wants $2,000 a month to cover him and his wife. He had to drop his coverage. Another man, who turned 50 last year, told me his premiums increased by $500 a month because of his age; his daughter might be uninsurable because she was treated for depression and anxiety after she saw a friend die in an accident. Sure, preventive measures can lower medical costs. The Asheville Project has reduced the city’s costs dramatically. Health educators and pharmacists help city employees with any of five chronic conditions — asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or depression — manage their condition. In return, all their medications and supplies are provided free. Managing chronic illnesses is an important measure of a health-care system’s effectiveness, but ours doesn’t do it. Instead, mental illnesses are allowed to progress until people can no longer function in society and wind up on the streets. People with diabetes are left to try to manage their blood glucose levels via guesswork and luck, leaving them vulnerable to stroke, kidney failure, diabetes and infections that may necessitate amputation.
Besides being heartless, it’s economically unwise. People can eat well, exercise and manage stress levels, quit smoking, drink a glass of red wine every day and still get sick or injured. And when they do, they deserve care. This is the United States of America, not 50 separate, sovereign nations. Citizens should have the same access to care in every state. I don’t mind a solution that includes the private sector, but it can’t just be to hand the insurance industry everything it wants with few strings attached. We already have an excellent single-payer system in Medicare. My stepfather and my mother both died between Christmas and New Year’s Day. They lived long and productive lives, and when their bodies failed, they were cared for and their pain was managed. In contrast, my son suffered horribly: ignored until he was down to 104 pounds, neglected when he got sick again, a lifethreatening infection left untreated until Duke University Medical Center took him in as a charity patient. Still, he had to separate from his wife to get Medicaid to pay for his chemotherapy and numerous other medications, and his first disability check arrived a week after he died. This is not how the supposedly greatest country in the world ought to treat its people. We need to keep shouting, keep pushing, keep insisting until our health-care system achieves its potential by becoming the best in the world. We can’t afford to settle for anything less. X Former newspaper reporter Leslie Boyd is president of Life o’ Mike, a nonprofit health-care advocacy-and-education agency. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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by Brian Postelle When Dan Mason was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago, he decided to take charge. At 53, Mason joined a fitness program at the YWCA of Asheville that specifically targets diabetes. “I just started going,” Mason explains. And along the way, a man who would get short of breath just going to the mailbox set his sights on walking some local 5K events. In his first foray, the Asheville Citizen-Times 5K this past August, Mason finished dead last, though he did beat his target time of one hour. Mason now walks seven to 10 miles a day and has participated in other 5K races, including one in which he placed in his age division. Along the way, he’s been able to ditch several medications, including prescriptions for diabetes and high cholesterol. And with the raging national healthreform debate highlighting the high cost of meds, that alone might seem reason enough to get fit. Personal-fitness trainer Wendy Roche says she’s seen the same thing with a client who was unhappy about how many prescriptions she had. “Obviously, she’s spending beaucoup on that alone, and on doctors’ visits and all these other after-the-fact things. She can control this, and it means a lot to her just to get in shape and get off all these medications,” says Roche .
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the puzzle that they can take charge of. “That’s exactly what’s happened,” says fitness coach Corey Duvall. “They’ve increased self-esteem and therefore been able to improve their job performance. We have one woman who is a contractor, and [business has] been slowing down. But she’s been with us since August and really improved her self-confidence, which she thinks improves her confidence to the client and getting those bids.” Duvall teaches CrossFit, a customized coaching system that seeks to target every aspect of fitness, from strength to balance to agility. This, he says, reduces the likelihood of having the kinds of accidents that sideline people who can’t afford to miss work, while helping combat fatigue due to the daily grind. “You know, you sit and work, your back is stiff and achy,” says Duvall. “Well, if you get in and start to improve that, now you don’t wake up anymore dreading going in and sitting at the desk. Instead of concentrating on that sore, injured area, you’re able to concentrate on your work.” The traditional wisdom concerning a stitch in time and an ounce of prevention applies equally to staying fit. Even in the best of times, going to the doctor or emergency room isn’t high on most folks’ list of fun things to do, and with the economy still uncertain, staying fit can spare you the fiscal burden of emergency care. “The simple fact is that when you use the body, it knows to heal faster,” says local chiropractor Jennifer Liming. Meanwhile, boosting your immune system makes it easier to avoid
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“Hiking encourages a healthy life. It encourages you to stay fit when you can’t hike.” — area offers abundant low-cost opportunities — and groups ready to help you get there. “It’s so much easier to step out of your door and run than it is to go to the gym and try to get on a treadmill. It’s fairly cheap compared to other sports,” says store manager Jane Roane of Jus’ Running, talking about the popularity of the twice-weekly group runs offered by the Merrimon Avenue business. The social aspect and the support of fellow runners help keep motivation honed, she says. Not ready for a run? There are local groups promoting just about any form of fitness imaginable: running, hiking, several types of biking and much more. The Carolina Mountain Club, for
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much; a personal trainer may be too much. But there are so many little tweaks you can change and add into your day. Parking farther away from the door; taking the stairs. Any time at all you can add a little more movement, the better.” Liming, too, endorses a less-is-more approach. “If what you did for exercise was just a good 20 minutes of stretching, that’s very good for your muscles,” she says, offering her own tip for folks who want to start getting fit: “Find something you enjoy.” X Brian Postelle can be reached at bpostelle@ mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 153.
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by David Forbes In 1997, the city of Asheville was concerned about the rising cost of employee health care. â€œIt was extremely frustrating,â€? recalls John Miall, who was then the cityâ€™s director of risk management. â€œWe would do what youâ€™re supposed to do â€” increase the deductible, increase the co-pay â€” and it just kept going up and up.â€? So Miall, together with other city and Mission Hospital officials, created the Asheville Project. Recognizing that the highest costs tended to be related to chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure and depression, they set to work on the premise that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Accordingly, they began providing classes on better ways to deal with those medical conditions while working to create better channels of communication between doctors and pharmacists. And to sweeten the deal, says Miall, employees (or their dependents) who attended the classes would receive their medications and related lab work for free. â€œOne of the challenges was that it seemed counterintuitive at first,â€? he remembers. â€œWhen costs go up, thereâ€™s a tendency to want to buckle down, save money. But the idea is that more frequent physician visits and free access to medica-
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tions saves costs, because [people] avoid more expensive treatment when the situation gets worse.â€? And indeed, as participants became healthier, the cost to the city, which serves as its own health insurer, decreased. All told, the results have been impressive, says Destiny Mattson, the cityâ€™s wellness coordinator, who currently oversees the program. â€œFor every dollar spent on the project, weâ€™ve saved four,â€? Mattson reports. â€œCurrently there are 310 retirees, employees and dependents of the city enrolled in the program, and sometimes weâ€™ve gotten that number as high as 400.â€? Mission Hospital also began participating in the program, and Clinical Pharmacy Programs Director Anna Garrett estimates that, all told, the Asheville Project now serves more than 1,100 workers and dependents associated with seven major local employers. â€œMissionâ€™s role is to coordinate enrollment and provide care management,â€? consulting and advising participants about which practices and drugs are best for them, says Garrett. â€œWeâ€™d helped the city get the project up and running, and we adopted it ourselves when we saw how much success they were having.â€? Costs for participating employees, she notes, typically drop by $900 to $2,000 annually. And while the city still spends a consider-
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to cut costs that larger insurance companies don’t have,” notes Garrett. “There’s also the challenge of finding enough care managers” to work directly with project participants. Another problem, notes Miall, is that “People can be resistant to change. But this avoids having to go to the emergency room, or the intensive care unit, because of one of these conditions. It helps the patients — they become much healthier for little cost — and it helps the insurer.” In addition, the program encourages clos-
“For every dollar spent on the project, we’ve saved four.” — Destiny Mattson, ance model for the whole nation. Miall, meanwhile, now runs his own consulting firm promoting the model and serves as special consultant to the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, which has also embraced it. Notwithstanding all the attention, however, the Asheville Project does have its limitations: It helps only those who already have insurance, and so far, the model is being used only by groups such as local governments or large employers that are self-insured. “We’ve had to put a lot of effort and marketing into convincing self-insured employers to adopt this model, but they have an incentive
er monitoring of patients’ health and better communication between physicians and pharmacists. When a diabetes patient goes to the drugstore, for example, “The pharmacist will do some basic tests when the patient comes in to refill their medication,” Miall explains. “If they see a problem, they’re on the phone to the physician’s office, and the patient has an appointment the next day.” The city, says Miall, has a lot to be proud of: “This model has spread across the country, and it started here, in Asheville, on day one.” X David Forbes can be reached at dforbes@ mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 137.
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Dossey is a strong believer in setting goals. “Not New Year’s resolutions: They don’t work. But goals. They’ll work if you set them up correctly,” he asserts. First, write down what you want to accomplish, then work backward on the steps you need to accomplish to get there, says Dossey. Keep them simple. And consider breaking them into categories, such as spiritual, health, financial and relationship goals, he suggests. Then let your unconscious mind help you out by visualizing success. “If you focus beyond the goal and get the feeling that it’s already completed, your body will help you get there,” he advises. Think of how your mind reacts when you get that sensation of hunger, says Dossey. Suddenly you’re noticing every deli sign and scent of a sandwich. The same holds true for goal-setting. “If you feel stuck, you’ve either got the
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Once the sole province of mystics, meditation these days has gone mainstream, because science now recognizes the measurable physiological benefits of giving your brain a little vacation, says Tom Ball of The Transcendental Meditation Program of Asheville. Ball, who co-directs the program with his wife, Jeanne, reports that more than 6 million people now turn to TM for relaxation as well as self-development. “Stress is epidemic,” says Ball, citing a National Institutes of Health study which concluded that 85 to 90 percent of either the cause or complications of disease is tied to stress. “Stress is serious stuff.” Ball’s answer is the technique known as Transcendental Meditation. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the program to the world in 1957, says Ball, then invited scientists to investigate. The result, he says, is a “vast body of scientific research” documenting beneficial effects. Transcendental Meditation enables practitioners to quiet their brain and delve deep within themself, he explains. The twice-daily practice requires 15 to 20 minutes of sitting quietly with your eyes closed and settling into a state referred to as “restful alertness.” The results can include increased creativity and happiness, as well as a high state of consciousness, says Ball. “It’s not mysticism or mythology: It’s reality.”
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Breath is life, and when it comes to proper breathing, less is more. So says Dorisse Neale, a registered nurse for 32 years who grew up severely asthmatic. Eventually, Neale’s long-standing interest in holistic medicine led her to the Buteyko breathing method, which see says healed her asthma. Dr. Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, a Ukrainian physician, developed this system of controlled breathing in the late 1950s, based on his research. Neale, who calls herself a “respiratory educator,” teaches the technique through her in-home clinic, her in-home, BreathDance Studio where she teaches wellness, movement and what she calls remedial breathing education. The method, she explains, is based on “gentle breath-holding. Holding breath back slightly after an exhale can increase the level of carbon dioxide in the body. Carbon dioxide is essential for the body to use oxygen, and for maintaining the body’s proper acid/ alkaline balance, she says “Carbon dioxide is a waste gas only in excess,” says Neale, noting that your grandmother’s advice about breathing into a paper bag if you’re feeling faint is all about breathing in more carbon dioxide to boost oxygenation and circulation. Faced with stress, the body goes into its classic fight-or-flight mode, which includes restricted upper-chest breathing and mouth
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Stress-busting resources Asheville Yoga Center www.youryoga.com Tip: Slow down and be present in the moment. BreathDance www.breathdance.org Tip: Take control of your breathing and you’ll de-stress. Stress Management Center/Phobia Institute http://drdossey.com/ Stress-beating tip: Make your goals simple and specific, then have fun taking steps to toward accomplishing them. The Transcendental Meditation Program of Asheville www.meditationasheville.org Tip: Use a technique such as TM to unfold the inner self.
breathing, notes Neale. But by training yourself to breathe consciously, you can learn to de-stress. “I like to quote a Tibetan saying: ‘The breath is the horse; the mind is the rider.’ So we have to take the reins with our breathing,” Neale maintains. “It’s an every-day practice to pay attention to your breath.”
Bringing it all together with yoga
The practice of yoga brings together meditation, breathing and movement. And for Sunny Keach of the Asheville Yoga Center, that combination is a potent stress-beater. The movement, the guided imagery and just the “time to be present with yourself” all add up. Stress, says Keach, is essentially fear of the future or the past, and yoga “gets you in the present moment.” Keach and his wife, Stephanie, own and run the Asheville Yoga Center on South Liberty Street, which has been in business for 14 years now. The center employs about 20 instructors and offers a variety of classes seven days a week. “We have something for everybody, but we’ve probably got more flow yoga classes” that focus on dynamic movement,” says Keach. And though some 16 million Americans already practice yoga, he notes, his center is still seeking out new students. “We want to make it attractive for them to try,” he explains. The center is also kicking off a “yoga challenge,” which rewards people with a T-shirt, guest passes and discounts depending on how many days in a row they practice, Keach reports. X Jason Sandford can be reached at jsandford@ mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 115.
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• FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Art of Intimacy Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. $60/4-session class. Info: 2545613 or www.centerforsacredsexuality.org.
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Free H1N1 Flu Vaccine • Buncombe County Department of Health is now offering the H1N1 flu vaccine by appointment to anyone age 6 months or older. Call 259-3000 to schedule an appointment. No waiting with appointment. Free. Grief Recovery Seminar/Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. W. Hendersonville. GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the death of someone close. The video seminar features recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Info: 694-3621 or www.hvlfumc.org. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm - Meeting. Grief Support Group • SUNDAYS, (1/24 through 2/14), 2-4pm - The support group will be held at the Four Seasons office, 571 South Allen Road in Flat Rock. Open to anyone dealing with grief related to the death of a family member, partner, friend or loved one. Register: 233-0307. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • MO (1/25), 6:30pm - “Healthy Meals in Minutes” with Natural Foods Chef Janice Husk. $7, covers food cost, sampling and take-home recipes. Call to register in advance as seating is limited. Health Events at the Westgate Earth Fare All classes are free. Info: 253-7656 or www. earthfare.com. • SU (1/24), 4-6pm - “The 8 Laws of Natural Healing.” Rosemary Fletcher, featured in the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, will share her story of illness and recovery. Fletcher was wheelchair-bound for 11 years. Hear what helped her recover, lose weight and walk again. $15. Info: 777-1141 or www.rawfood.meetup. com/250. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (1/22), 2:30-7:30pm - Mills River United Methodist Church, 137 Old Turnpike Road. Info: 891-5360. • SA (1/23), 8am-12:30pm - Etowah Lions Club, 447 Etowah School Road. Info: 8913071 —- 10am-2:30pm - Lelia Patterson Center Conference Room, 111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher. Info: 654-0004.
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calendar Here’s this week’s calendar of wellness features, from the Xpress Community Calendar. Hep C Hope of WNC Group meetings and educational sessions to help those with Hepatitis C learn the skills necessary to cope with their illness, and to lend support through every phase of the disease, including liver transplantation. Info: 254-0590 or www.hepchope.org. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. NAMI Family-to-Family A free 12-week class for families of persons with a severe mental illness. Sponsored by NAMI WC. Covers facts and feelings. Early registration required: 707-2937 or email@example.com. • MONDAYS, (starts 2/22), 6pm - Class in Asheville. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: www.wncana.net. Helpline: (866) 925-2148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. National Alliance on Mental Illness - Western Carolina Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free Connection Recovery Support Groups. Info: 505-7353. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Veterans Connection Recovery Support Group meets at the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road. Multi-purpose room. Contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-0515. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 298. Overcomers Recovery Support Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A Christian-based 12step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with lifecontrolling problems such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, pornography, codependency, enabling. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@sos. spc-asheville.org. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who
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wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: www.redcrosswnc.org. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (1/21), 9am-2pm - Glen Arden Elementary School, 50 Pinehurst Circle. Info: 654-1800. • SU (1/24), 8am-Noon - St. Lawrence Basilica, 97 Haywood St. Info: 221-0318. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800-477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call.
• SUNDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or email email@example.com. Info: www. orgsites.com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Step/Weights Class Free ongoing aerobics class with step, weights, resistance bands and stretches. Offered by Asheville Parks & Recreation to promote Asheville’s cardiovascular health. At Stephens-Lee Center (from S. Charlotte, turn on Max St. and go up the hill). Info: 350-2058. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Step/Weights Class ending with mat work (stretches, yoga & pilates). All levels. Stephens-Lee Center Events Located at 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 350-2058. • TU (1/26), 6:30-8pm - Free introductory Reiki Healing event. Local Reiki Practitioner Beth Huntzinger and friends will teach participants about Reiki Energy Healing, with an opportunity to receive a 15-minute Reiki Healing session. No prior experience needed. Support Groups Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or chargalvin@hotmail. com. • THURSDAYS, 10-11:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —- 1:30-3pm - Caregivers Support Group. Tai Chi Class • TUESDAYS, 1:30pm - At CarePartners Seymour Auditorium, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville. Taught by Shellye Godfrey, Occupational Therapist and Certified Instructor of Tai Chi for Arthritis & Health. $7/session. Info: 274-6179. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity • MONDAYS, 5:15-6:30pm - A support group of persons who want to discover and recover their creative selves meets. Based on course developed by Julia Cameron. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. WNC Brain Tumor Support Welcomes family as well as the newly diagnosed and longer-term survivors. Info: 691-2559 or www.wncbraintumor.org. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:15-8pm - Group meets at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave., at the edge of the Mission Hospitals campus. More events at mountainx.com/events
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askville A visit with acupuncture pioneer Cissy Majebe by Brian Postelle
How can Chinese medicine help us stay healthy in stressful times? All of us know what we need to do to take care of our health. We all know we need to eat right; we all know we need to exercise. But how do you motivate yourself to where you do that — where you don’t run into McDonald’s, or where you go outside and take a walk? We started talking to people who, maybe their jobs have been cut, talking to them about how they can begin to take better care of themselves and use this time for healing physically and emotionally, even though life is much harder because of lack of money.
These days, Asheville is a national hub for alternative medicine. That makes it hard to imagine what the local health-care landscape was like back in 1985, when Mary Cissy Majebe opened the city’s first Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic. And the ensuing two-and-a-half decades were not without their challenges: In 1990, following a complaint by the North Carolina Medical Board, the State Bureau of Investigation raided Majebe’s clinic and seized its medical records. Majebe fought back, and in 1993, the General Assembly formed the N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board, which she initially chaired. Speaking to Xpress at her Montford Avenue clinic amid the bustle of patients, children, clinicians and students from the nearby Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts (where she serves as academic dean), Majebe talked about the spread of Chinese medicine here and how it can help in stressful times. Here are excerpts from that conversation.
How does stress affect health? Stress is one of the biggest promoters of disease, whether it’s stress about jobs or stress about family. It really doesn’t matter. In Chinese medicine, we talk about stress creating what we refer to as an internal heat. From a Western perspective, that internal heat sometimes will correlate to something called C-reactive protein, which [is an] inflammation marker in the body. And so someone could have their C-reactive protein checked. From the Chinese medicine perspective, it has to do with what is creating inflammation, and most inflammation is self-imposed by stress and diet. Chinese medicine isn’t just about trying to fix the problem: It’s also about helping a person learn how they got to this place to begin with. So what we try and do is look below the symptoms, looking at your family health, your parents, your lifestyle and your constitution. And then we go to the root. Maybe if you’re allergic to formaldehyde and you work at Home Depot and you’re sick all the time, part of it is you may have to get another job. And sometimes change is hard.
Mountain Xpress : What’s changed in the field since 1985? Cissy Majebe: There’s been a tremendous growth in Chinese medicine — not just here, but across the United States and Europe. Twenty-five years ago, there were less than 20 acupuncture colleges in the U.S. and only three written textbooks that had been translated from Chinese to English. Now there are over 60 acupuncture colleges across the U.S. — one of them right across the street. And you could fill a library with books on Chinese medicine: There’s thousands of them now. Back then, there were still a lot of people who didn’t know anything about acupuncture; now there’s been so much stuff on television. I think most people now know that the most effective treatment for pain is acupuncture. It’s not about covering up the pain: It’s about trying to resolve what caused the pain; it’s getting to the root of the pain. Photo by Jonathan Welch
What reception did you get when you opened in Asheville? When I came in, physicians would say, “Well, make sure they sterilize their needles.” It was kind of foolish, because we have the same standards as far as sterilization. This community has really been supportive of alternative medicine, including Chinese medicine. Now they say [Asheville] is a mecca of alternative medicine, and Chinese medicine is one part of that. But 25 years ago, the people who did alternative medicine here were George Guess (a homeopathic physician and M.D.), John Laird (an allopathic physician who did alternative medicine and chelation) and myself. What led to the raid on your office? Because both those men were physicians, the medical board began harassing them and threatening to take away their licenses. I wasn’t a physician, and at that point there was no licensure of acupuncturists [in North Carolina], and the medical board had decided that only physicians could practice acupuncture. But that was just the medical board, and they don’t get to write the laws of the state. So they filed a complaint against me, and my office was raided in 1990. And because of that, the locals got galvanized and also the state community, and we did a big legislative push, and acupuncture became a licensed health-care modality in the state of North Carolina in 1993.
How did your patients rally around the cause of Chinese medicine? A lady named Francis Kelly, a Sunday school teacher, was 78 when she started seeing me, and she saw me for almost 20 years before she passed away. I would bet she sent me more patients in 1985 than anyone. When they raided my office, she went down to the local SBI office and demanded her records back. At that point she was probably 82 or 83, and they threatened to arrest her. And she said, “You can arrest me if you want to, but I’m not leaving without my medical records.” She said: “Those belong to me. They don’t belong to Cissy; they don’t belong to you.” She just stood up to them . And when they gave her her chart, well, every other patient went down there. Who seeks out Chinese medicine in Asheville? We see [everyone from] newborns to people who are looking at what they want for end-of-life care. The patients you see here, if you spend a day, would be the exact same kind of patients you would see in [an M.D.’s] office. People with upper-respiratory infections; people with asthma, children with earaches, people with irritable bowel syndrome, all the way up to people with hypertension and a diagnosis of cancer. We see everything.
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Rather than waiting too long to get help and then going to the emergency room for treatment? When people don’t have access to health care, what else can we expect? We’ve set up a system where the disenfranchised don’t have health care. It’s easy to say they should go see a doctor during the day. But try to call around and find a doctor if you’ve got Medicare or Medicaid. Secondly, our system is so classist. Don’t get me started on the politics of medicine, because it runs much bigger than people going into the emergency room because a child has a fever and an earache. That’s their only option; that’s what we have created in our culture. Are people seeking out Chinese medicine because it’s more affordable? Acupuncture is the fastest growing health-care field in the United States, as far as people entering into it and the people utilizing it. So it’s pretty much going to mushroom at this point, because people are seeing that, one, it works, and two, it’s cost-effective. And if you can go and get eight acupuncture treatments rather than doing back surgery, you are going to be very happy. You are going to be spending less money than what your co-pay would probably have been on the surgery. X Brian Postelle can be reached at email@example.com or at 251-1333, ext. 153.
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Tourists get new owner Just south of downtown sits McCormick Field, Asheville’s very own “field of dreams,” where Babe Ruth and many other baseball legends have left their footprints. Home to the minor-league Asheville Tourists, it’s our Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. So when it was announced Jan. 5 that Palace Sports Entertainment had sold the ball club to the DeWine family of Ohio, some may have wondered if this city’s long-running minor league treasure would be uprooted. Over the past 112 years, Asheville’s Class A South Atlantic League team has played 89 seasons here, and the DeWine family has chosen to move here rather than take the ball club elsewhere. “This is a dream come true,” declared Brian DeWine, who is poised to take over as club president later this year. “I was looking for a city to raise a family and own a team, and this was the perfect place.” The closing is tentatively scheduled for March, pending approvals by the Sally League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. Joe Kremer, longtime general manager of the AA Carolina Mudcats, gave the new owners a strong vote of confidence, saying, “Asheville’s
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team is in very good hands.” Brian previously worked for the Mudcats for four years. Mike DeWine — Brian’s father — is a former two-term U.S. senator from Ohio. Brian and his wife, Kali, are in the process of moving to Asheville. “This is such a perfect match for us,” DeWine told Xpress. “We wanted a team with not only a rich baseball tradition, but also one located in a community where my wife and I could raise a family — a place that fits our values and that views baseball as an integral part of the community, just as we do. We found all those qualities with the Asheville Tourists. We are honored to be a part of the strong baseball tradition that exists in Asheville.” DeWine, who’s spent the last 10 years working on the business side of professional and collegiate sports, attended his first Tourists game last May. Soon after, discussions concerning a transfer of ownership began. Palace Sports & Entertainment wasn’t looking to sell the ball club, he says; from the beginning, the courtship was driven by the DeWine family. Longtime owner Woody Kern sold the team to Palace Sports in 2005, and under their ownership, the Tourists have posted four of the highest attendance figures in franchise history. For his part, DeWine sees the organization only getting better in the future. “We will not make any major changes this year,” he said, adding, “I want to feel a full season and go from there.” As the Colorado Rockies’ Class A team, the Tourists shine. “The Rockies have enjoyed the support of the Asheville community for 16 seasons, and we look forward to a continued partnership with the DeWine family for years to come,” opined Marc Gustafson, the Rockies’ director of player development. The sale agreement allows current employees — including head honcho Mike Bauer — to retain their jobs, if they choose, through Oct. 1. General Manager Larry Hawkins and assistant GM Chris Smith have long-standing local ties and have been with the Tourists for more than 10 years. Further, the team signed a 10-year lease with the city in 2005 to continue playing at McCormick Field, and that same year the Colorado Rockies signed a four-year extension to keep the team in Asheville through 2012. The Tourists will welcome back four familiar faces to the 2010 coaching staff, headed by Manager Joe Mikulik, who’s returning for the
New kid on the block: The Asheville Tourists have been sold to the DeWine family of Ohio, and new president Brian DeWine (pictured) is moving his family to town as the club changes hands. photo courtesy Asheville Tourists
11th consecutive season. The Candler resident — the most successful skipper in team history with 712 victories — was a South Atlantic League all-star while playing for Asheville in 1985. Mikulik is a three-time Manager of the Year (2001, 2007 and 2008), and 49 of his former players having reached the major leagues. He’ll be joined by hitting coach Kevin Riggs, pitching coach Dave Schuler and trainer Billy Whitehead. “It’s really a big advantage going into a season knowing the men you’ll be working with,” Mikulik noted. “As with anything in life, whenever you’re working with someone for the first time, it takes a while to learn one another. We won’t have that challenge this season, which should really help the staff get the most out of the players the Colorado Rockies send to Asheville.” The Tourists open their 2010 season Thursday, April 8, at home. — Rick Goldstein
Help Asheville Affiliates help you The Asheville Affiliates, a network of more than 3,000 young professionals, throws “parties with a purpose,” raising a heap of dough for worthy local nonprofits. This year, the group will partner with four groups, staging a separate fundraiser for each of them. Which four nonprofits? That remains to be decided, and the door is still open to groups that want to make their case. The Affiliates’ board, which will choose the beneficiaries, is accepting applications through Tuesday, Jan. 26. (A Jan. 22 deadline had been announced, but when contacted for this article, Affiliates board President Jessica Hunter opted to extend the application period a few days to give Xpress readers more time to apply.) Applying is free and relatively simple: Go to www.affiliatesofasheville.com and download the application. Once it’s filled out, e-mail it to the address at the bottom of the document. Although the organization offers the nonprofits considerable help in staging and promoting the fundraisers, Affliates beneficiaries are in for more than just a good party.
Last year’s events, for example, raised roughly $25,000 to benefit Green Opportunities, All Souls Counseling Center, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Asheville City Schools Foundation. A separate event held to celebrate the Affiliates’ 10th anniversary netted around $9,000 for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Over the past decade, the Affiliates have raised more than $150,000 for area nonprofits, Hunter estimates. “We take a lot of factors into consideration when choosing which nonprofits to support,” she explains. “Are they local to the Asheville area? How is their work relevant to the community? And we try to go with a wide variety of different types of groups to keep it fresh.” This year’s beneficiaries, says Hunter, will be announced at an event sometime in February. The Asheville Affiliates, she stresses, is more a network than a club or group. Anyone can join by signing up for the email newsletter at the above-mentioned Web site. — Jon Elliston
Everyone needs a hand to hold on to The folks behind the Asheville-based nonprofit Life o’ Mike, which advocates for healthcare reform, are gearing up to boost their presence in the community. “We thought we’d get into making more of a difference,” says Leslie Boyd, whose son, Mike Danforth, is the organization’s namesake. He died in 2008 after battling cancer. Since then, the group’s Web site (lifeomike.org) has collected stories, written by friends and family members of people with medical conditions, highlighting problems and inequities in the U.S. health-care system. (Boyd penned a commentary on healthcare reform elsewhere in this issue.) Now, the group is launching a program offering support to families and patients affected by chronic illness or disability in the form of folks who have gone through the same thing. Volunteers in the Patient Pals & Family Friends program will be schooled in communication techniques such as active listening to provide a sympathetic ear for people going though health-
related hard times. “When Mike died, I wished there was someone there I could talk to, and there wasn’t,” Boyd recalls. “This is peer support. it’s going to let them know there’s somebody there.” The first volunteer training session, scheduled for Jan. 23, will include presentations by a registered nurse, a psychologist and Bart Floyd, advocacy coordinator at the Western Alliance Center for Independent Living. The project, says Boyd, is asking volunteers to commit to spending one hour per week for six months, though she believes people will wind up wanting to give more. The first training session for the Life o’ Mike Patient Pals & Family Friends program is slated for Saturday, Jan. 23, at First Congregational United Church of Christ (20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, call 243-6712 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. — Brian Postelle
Lewis Kyle Wilson pleads guilty to lesser charges Lewis Kyle Wilson, an Asheville man charged with kidnapping and brutally assaulting a prostitute, has pleaded guilty to lesser assault and drug charges. He’ll be released May 27 after spending almost 14 months in jail. Wilson pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell and distribute psilocybin mushrooms. The charges were combined, and Wilson was sentenced to 15 to 18 months. According to jail records, he’d been held in the Buncombe County Jail for a total of 411 days at the time he plead guilty. The District Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The original assault charge against Wilson was not reduced due to lack of evidence or an agreement to plead guilty to other charges, but for an unspecified “other” reason, court records show. According to the original charges, Wilson allegedly picked up a prostitute, knocked her unconscious, took her to his home, forced her to perform oral sex and stabbed her in the head. She escaped and, a few days later, Wilson was arrested. After his arrest, police deemed Wilson a “person of interest” in two other prostitute attacks near his River District home, as well as in the still-unsolved 2006 murder of prostitute Kelly Lane Smith. In a jailhouse interview with Xpress last February, Wilson maintained that he was innocent of all charges, asserting that the prostitute had attacked him. At the time, he said he would fight the charges during his trial.
Released in May: A mugshot of Lewis Kyle Wilson, who was charged with stabbing a prostitute. The charges against him were reduced for unspecified reasons, and he plead guilty Jan. 11. He will be out May 27.
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Donâ€™t get left behind at â€œStool Schoolâ€? by Melanie McGee Bianchi A newish trend in parenting circles is â€œelimination control,â€? a controversial technique whereby an infantâ€™s primary caretaker is supposed to learn to read his facial cues when pooping becomes imminent and then dangle the baby over the toilet, letting him do his thing unfettered. Iâ€™ve only met one mother who had any success with the method. However, E.C.â€™s main tenet â€” that diapers are unnatural â€” gives its practitioners (and guinea pigs) an interesting link to the animal world. Oh, that it were socially permissible to teach our human young to poop in the wild. Birds do it. Bees do it. Bears do it. And they donâ€™t need sticker charts, new matchbox cars or the promise of Reeseâ€™s Pieces to accomplish the inevitable. Although thoroughly pee-trained for at least six months, my 3-year-old refused to let loose a no. 2 in the civilly sanctioned receptacle (i.e., the potty). When he felt something major coming on, he begged for a disposable â€œpull-up,â€? and wouldnâ€™t be coaxed to dump his latest load anywhere else. Astoundingly, he broke our stalemate and used the toilet while I happened to be on the phone with North Carolina Arboretum Exhibition Curator John Bubany, chatting about an upcoming show on nothing other than the embattled topic. I yelped in glee and disbelief. Bubany, a softspoken and particularly understanding individual, offered me warm congratulations. The Scoop on Poop! â€” which boasts the delightful marketing slogan â€œA Hands-On Exhibit for the Whole Familyâ€? â€” opens at the Arboretum on Friday, Jan. 22, and will be a welcome attraction for parents like me who missed The Health Adventureâ€™s thematically similar exhibit, Grossology, that closed earlier this month. Bubany, who also did design work on Grossology, says that the art and science of defecation â€œis still a taboo topicâ€? for humans â€” despite the fact that â€œevery living thing poops
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in one way or another.â€? Like a particularly satisfying bowel movement, Scoop has been in the works for quite a while and has traveled a long way to get here. It blends hard science with a wealth of video, brightly paneled displays and funny, interactive games. â€œAdults will learn something too,â€? promises the curator. (The facts on dung beetles alone are eye-watering. And did you know that the white part of bird crap is actually urine?) Visitors can step on a scale and see how long it might take an elephant to poop out their body weight, avail themselves of a unique photo opportunity involving the remnants of an outhouse, enter â€œStool Schoolâ€? and try to identify authentic doo-doo versus phony feces, and exercise their noses at the best-left-to-the-imagination â€œSniff Station.â€?
Think litter boxes are stinky? â€œReptiles,â€? reveals Bubany, â€œhave one of the smelliest farts there are. If one actually does it in the woods, you can tell.â€? Heâ€™s talking about rodent-ingesting reptiles, not herbivores. In general, animals with a high-protein diet release the more lurid loads. â€œThatâ€™s why dogs and cats are pretty odiferous,â€? he adds, blaming the â€œoversaturated protein contentâ€? of commercial pet food. Another unfortunate byproduct, for pets, of living with people is that domesticated animals can be made to feel embarrassed by their stool. â€œI have a friend whose dog is so ashamed of it that he wonâ€™t poop if youâ€™re watching him,â€? says Bubany. â€œEven on a trail, he will find a bush to do it in, and stop if you come up to him during the process. Thatâ€™s very humanlike behavior.â€? Walt Whitman revered wild animals because, according to him, â€œnot one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.â€? And indeed, in their world, elimination remains as natural as it was meant to be. In some cases, itâ€™s even encoded for survival. â€œThereâ€™s a major difference in how animals and people use poop,â€? says Bubany. â€œSome insects,â€? he reveals, â€œhide their babies in it.â€? OK â€” so maybe the differences arenâ€™t so major. Apparently itâ€™s not only human moms for whom offspring and elimination become intimately linked. Amusingly, if not intentionally, the exhibit ends on Motherâ€™s Day. Created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peelingâ€™s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pa., The Scoop on Poop! The Science of What Animals Leave Behind is based on the eponymous book by Dr. Wayne Lynch. It opens Friday, Jan. 22, at the Baker Exhibit Center at the North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way) and runs through Sunday, May 9. For hours, admission fees and more information, see www. ncarboretum.org or call 665-2492. X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a stay-at-home mom and freelance journalist.
outdoorscalendar Calendar for January 20 - 28, 2010 Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub.org or 253-8781. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Pace: slow-moderate —6pm - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, email@example.com —- 6pm - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at the Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Larry Fincher, HawCreekLarry@aol.com. • SATURDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Meet at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887 —- 8am - Beginning Runner’s Program. Meet at Carrier Park Pavilion. Leader: Tom Kilsbury, firstname.lastname@example.org —- 8am - ATC Walkers Club. Meet at Fletcher Park. Leader: Sherry Best-Kai, 595-4148 or email@example.com. Call ahead to confirm. • SUNDAYS, 8am - Carrier Park Runners. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leader: Dick Duccini, 645-8887. Long, slow distance on trails —- 8:30am - ATC Trail Run. Park at NC Arboretum Greenhouse. Leaders: Bryan Trantham, 648-9336, and Rick Taylor, 776-3853. Pace: 8:30-9:30mpm. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Encourages safe and responsible recreational bicycling in the WNC area. To find out more about the club and its ongoing advocacy efforts, or to see a complete club calendar, visit www.blueridgebicycleclub.org. • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Departs promptly at 9:15am. Route and meeting place vary. No one will be left behind. E-mail: JohnL9@MorrisBB.net. • SATURDAYS - Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride. Departs in the a.m. from Ledges Park, located 6.5 miles off UNCA exit on I-26. Ride north along the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee, then return via Ivy Hill. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• SUNDAYS - Folk Art Center Road Ride. Departs in the p.m. from the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a show-n-go ride, meaning there may not be a ride leader. Info: 713-8504 or email@example.com. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: www.carolinamtnclub.org. • WE (1/20), 8:30am - Loop around John Rock and Cedar Rock Mt. Info: 687-2547. • SU (1/24), 8:30am - Sassafras Mt. Info: 236-0192 —- 12:30pm - Twin Falls. Info: 698-9394. • WE (1/27), 8:30am - Daniel Ridge-Caney Bottom Cove Creek Falls Loop. Info: 883-2447. Fly Tying Classes Held at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Info: 8773106 or www.headwatersoutfitters.com. • SA (1/23), 2pm - “Davidson River Midges,” with Than Axtell. Hot Chocolate 10K and Kids Hill Climb • SA (1/23), 8-11am - The Isaac Dickson Elementary School Hot Chocolate 10K is limited to 800 runners. There will also be a 1K Kids Hill Climb for children 12 and under. Registration is online only: www.hotchocolate10k.com. Asheville’s flattest 10K, followed by entertainment and a cup of hot cocoa. $21.75/$8.25.
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