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There Is a Chance To Save the Health System in Romania!
o m a n i a ’s health system is in a deep crisis, and everyone of us knows it. State hospitals (apart from a few hospitals, such as Military Hospital, the University Hospital, etc) are falling apart: sometimes, hospitalized patients sleep in the corridors or two patients sleep in one bed. Shortly, the conditions there are deplorable. The lack of doctors and nurses in state hospitals, as they left for private hospitals or work abroad, all these are caused by poor material and professional conditions. Unfortunately, relations between doctors and patients, because all these conditions, are worsening by the day. I think the Government made a big mistake by transferring hospitals from the Ministry of Health to the County and Local Councils. Those hospitals are becoming ruins, because of the neglect and failure of the local oﬃcials to organize and manage them. Enough of the problems of the state health system! We all know them and I usually do not talk about problems, but about solutions. Because of an illness, I recently had to be subjected to a series of
medical tests. As I was subscribed to the MedLife Clinic, I went to it. Hardly did I get to the reception hall when I noticed the exceptional behavior of the receptionists. They speak very nicely and politely to each patient, which is a normal fact. Unfortunately this is not the case of most state clinics and hospitals. Thus, I was hospitalized in the MedLife Clinic, in Griviţei Avenue, Bucharest. First of all, the conditions at the hospital are great, starting from the cleaning, the beautiful, bright and spacious hospital rooms for two people, and ending with the state-ofthe-art equipment. The staﬀ is outstanding: elevator operators, stretcher-bearers, nurses and doctors, they are all very nice, always eager to see the patients and ask them how they felt or whether they needed anything. Doctors there are very careful with the patients, explaining what is happening to them, what is the situation of their treatment and what will follow. Communication between doctors and patients is extremely good and I ﬁrst thought I went for treatment in another country, not in Romania. But, dear friends, I
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Editorial was in Romania, at the MedLife Hospital in Griviţei Avenue. I see, with optimism and delight that, in Romania too, there are private hospitals and clinics, where the medical consultation, treatment and hospitalization conditions are at the highest standard. We do not necessarily need to look for medical treatment abroad, as it costs a fortune. It is true, there are just a few private hospitals, but the professionalism of the doctors, nurses or the rest of Doctor Mihai Ciochinaru - Medical Director, MedLife. the staﬀ in Romania is just are currently working on a project, as high as in other countries (Germany, France, Italy, etc), or maybe which we shall submit to the Ministry of Health, to ﬁnd solutions for most more. Unfortunately, not all citizens have citizens of this country to use a highaccess to these private clinics and quality, aﬀordable health system. The essential points of hospitals, because of the cost. Thus, we, program include: the the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs, our
Team of doctors and nurses, the MedLife Health Department, Griviţa Avenue
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Editorial decentralization of hospitals, in the ﬁrst phase, by public private partnership, and the state will continue to be a minority shareholder. The Romanian or foreign investor will be
the Medical and Surgery Department at the MedLife Hospital in Griviţa Avenue, headed by Dr. Mihai Ciochinaru, the Medical Director, for their professional treatment I was given, as well as for the
the majority shareholder. Access to a health insurance system in which the health policy will cover most treatments and hospitalization. As Entrepreneurs, we shall discuss with the trade unions about the inclusion, in the collective labor agreement, of a provision for employees to be included in mandatory insurance policies, so that all employees will be treated at private clinics or hospitals, in the most professional manner possible, with the best medical equipment, so that the communication between physicians and the supporting staﬀ is as good as possible. In the end, I am taking the opportunity to wholeheartedly thank to the team of doctors and nurses from
exceptional behavior towards patients, in general. I hereby express my full conﬁdence in these wonderful people and I wish them success in their noble mission to save lives. My dear friends, don’t you see? There are chances to save the health system in Romania. Or perhaps the question is WHETHER PEOPLE WANT IT! Be healthy, happy and loved! Liviu MANDLER President of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs
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Mission To promote, develop, adopt and implement integrative medicine as part of the medical practice in Romania. The concept of Integrative medicine places the patient in the center of the medical team and means to use all proven safe and eﬃcient therapies, no matter where the system of medical thought these therapies may originate from.
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Our vision considers that integrative medicine is the common solution and meeting place for medical doctors, educators and researchers all for the beneﬁt of the patient. P.M.I. will act as a central reference point and as a representative, communication, education and collaboration factor, in connection with the public and private authorities who rule and/or coordinate this ﬁeld in the country and abroad. We also identify the speciﬁc issues faced by providers of integrative medicine, as well as the optimal solutions to solve them.
• To represent and protect the interests of integrative medicine service providers from Romania, both at a national and international level. • To develop a framework for the associated members to discuss and ask questions, mention various issues, proposals for situations of common interest, as well as to help creating and developing unitary strategies for their support and for ﬁnding solutions. • To represent and to plead for the support of the strategies adopted by the Entrepreneurs when approaching the Parliament, the Government, other authorities and/or national/local institutions, as well as when approaching the media and any other relevant entity from Romania and from abroad. • To promote the best practices among its members, by assuring ethical, responsible means of organization and function for the integrative medicine, meant to comply with the expectations of the community, at the highest standards of integrity. • To take all legal actions for the creation of a proper normative framework meant to develop the organization and functioning of the integrative medicine. It should also best reﬂect the compatibility process of the requirements of this economic group and the needs of the larger society. Thus, the Entrepreneurs will be able to initiate contacts with the authorities in charge of implementing approved projects of normative acts and to actively participate, as far as the legal system allows it, in the creation, approval, public debate and implementation of normative act projects which refer to our ﬁeld of interest, as well as to other related ﬁelds. • To become an aﬃliate or full member, from case to case, of those international associations which are actively involved in the organization and functioning of integrative medicine, so that the interests of the integrative medicine in Romania will be represented internationally, and for the correlation of its organization and functioning in Romania with the international standards in this ﬁeld. • To organize meetings, conferences, exhibitions and work-shops for exchanging experience with various associations, foundations or other institutions which have a similar proﬁle. To sign agreements of partnership with medical or non-medical institutions, foundations of associations whose objectives are common or close to those of the Entrepreneurs.
Projects under development ● Supporting disadvantaged persons A regional network for the promotion and application of the social economy concepts, meant to increase the chances of social reinsertion of disabled people. • Supporting patients who suffer from cancer A multiregional network for integrative therapy, counseling and social reintegration of persons who were diagnosed with cancer. • The Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs – PMI The www.patmedin.ro site, where you can ﬁnd more information about our current activities.
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Dr. Mihai Ciochinaru (MedLife):
„Health Spending in Romania increased without progress in the quality of care”
The Medical Director of the MedLife network, Dr. Mihai Ciochinaru, was so kind as to give an interview to the AMOS News Agency. – Dear Dr. Ciochinaru, for the readers of the AMOS News Agency website, please start with a short description: who you are and what do you do? – I currently am the medical director of MedLife network. Previously, I worked for 30 years as a medical oﬃcer at the Central Military Hospital. In the last 15 years, I was head of the Department of Dermatology and Clinical Oncology and, in 2010, when I had to retire, because of the legislation, I joined MedLife. Alongside the management activity I work as a dermatologist in the MedLife Hospital and I have ambulatory activities in the medical oﬃce. – You come from a prestigious unit - Central Military Hospital - the public health sector. What did this transition to the private sector mean for you? – I considered this transition to be a challenge, because all my medical formation took place in public hospitals and clinics. As I came to MedLife I was able to make an inherent comparison between the two types of health services and things are interesting, if I may say so. The private system has an organizational rigor that many of the public institutions do not reach. Sure, there are exceptions, there are good and bad things and you know very well what is the deﬁnition of a good manager: He who succeeds to do better with as little money as possible. There are many well-known aspects of what the public health system in Romania currently is about. Despite all the diﬃculties, things have improved in the public system, as well. Certainly there are many things to do, but, in addition to the ﬁnancial diﬃculties, which are objective and present in most industries, the public health system still lacks a certain rigor of activity and suﬀers from a lack of well deﬁned operational procedures that all employees must comply with, precisely. – In your opinion, why is there never enough money in the Health system? – The money in the Health system is never enough, no matter how modern it is. The money is not enough in the United States or in Western European countries that have a well-structured medical system, because it needs investment
in equipments, in drugs, as the expenses grow exponentially and the budgetary resources allotted by the state, regardless of country, are limited. It is important to ﬁnd ways to manage the money we have. Health expenditures in Romania increased without a progress in the quality of the care. A lot of money is used for unnecessary purchases, doubtful outsourcing, questionable contracts, and then, despite the small amount, the sum nevertheless greater from one year to another, should be spent wisely. The Ministry of Health - as far as I know, since I am a member of one of the committees of the National Health Home - is considering a restructuring the system, in addition to the classical reform and the new Health Law, which was very much discussed and later withdrawn. Now again, it is part of the public debate. The Ministry of Health wants to limit the unnecessary leakage of funds, and we can discuss about the various ways, as well as about the many doubtful expenses, in the interest of managers, but many of them are made from within the system, by professionals. For reasons related to the beneﬁts entailed by the prescription of a certain type of medicine, there may appear prescription excesses without a medical justiﬁcation. It was proven by rigorous studies that some of them are not indicated for use in certain cases, such as medicines for anemia in cancer, which aﬀect the survival rate. Lately, there appeared warnings from the European Medicines Agency, as well as the U.S. counterpart, the FDA, regarding the fact that the administration of certain drugs should be limited and recommended only for very clear cases. The Ministry of Health also plans to limit the use of prescription drugs, removing certain drugs from the list of gratuities. – What is, in your opinion, the place and future of private medicine in the Romanian health system? – For sure, the private medical sector will increase its share in the market of medical services in Romania. Basically, every year, new private medical facilities are opened. The overall volume of medical activity, the number of medical services, the type of provided services, the number of
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medical units belonging to MedLife’s, they all increased every year. They meet a certain need, even if the standard of living is not as high as in other countries. There is a class of people who have access to private healthcare and use these services more and more. When the health insurance market has been regulated, we believe that the share of private medical services will increase accordingly, as private health insurers will appear. – What do you think are the good things that private medicine should take from the public medical system and vice versa? – The private medical system should have more courage in addressing cases of high complexity, for ﬁnancial reasons, as far as the institution is concerned, but also in terms of the risk taken in a health service, for taking over a more complicated case, if you wish. At this time, most private medical units are slightly reluctant in taking over complex cases that require more eﬀort. The public medical system should takeover, from the private medical system, the much better organization of work, as well as the structuring of responsibilities on various departments, of the marketing performed by the medical service, perhaps even a better identiﬁcation of the team of professionals, so that they stand out. I believe that the competition between the two systems is very beneﬁcial and will increase the quality of the care, a lot.
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– What, in the context of this competition, is the future of... bribery? I am not referring to the criminal aspects... – You see, it is a matter of mentality, because if you are a honest professional, no matter where you work, you should not have a diﬀerent performance, depending on „informal payments”. It is important for people to perceive this, both the care providers and the beneﬁciaries, but there is a long process. If we think of what happens in the private sector, where informal payments do not exist and the quality of care is superior, then professionals in the public sector should do the same. I am not very optimistic. It will take some 20 years before such things disappear. That is why many doctors hesitate to work in a private institution: the salary is better in the private sector, but the aggregate income resulted from informal payments are not taxable and people prefer keeping the advantages of a public hospital. There must be a clear distinction between the medical service provided by a physician who expressly requests extra payment and the so-called „gifts” or informal payments. These things are diﬀerent. Most of the people involved in the public medical sector do not condition their medical performance upon the reception of gifts, but it is undeniable that this is also a fact.
Prof. Dr. JOHN G. IONESCU:
„Integrative Medicine is a viable prospect in treating chronic diseases” A leading personality of international medical life, Prof. John G. Ionescu is the Scientiﬁc Director and founder of the Neukirchen Special Clinic and one of the Romanians who have a prestigious career abroad. Being emotionally connected to his native country, the Professor comes to Romania regularly, as he is involved in the transformations of the Romanian medical environment. On the occasion of his latest visit, I requested an exclusive interview. – Dear Professor Ionescu, you are a public ﬁgure known by Romanian specialists as a result of your visits in Romania, in recent years, as well as due to your presence at the ﬁrst Congress of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs. For those not familiar with your ﬁeld of activity, please introduce yourself: Who are you and what do you do? – You have already introduced me as a visitor in Romania. I have lived abroad for over 30 years and, for the last 25 years, I have been running an Integrative Medicine clinic in Germany which specialized in treating the most diﬃcult allergies, skin and environment illnesses. Lately, there are more and more such medical conditions in Western Europe and America, because of the
continuous accumulation of toxic environmental factors and even by trans-placental transmission. The diseases we approach are classically treated with a number of anti-inﬂammatory substances, such as cortisone, non-steroidal anti-inﬂammatory substances, radiation, etc., but all these therapies are unfortunately only tackling with the symptoms of the diseases. They are aimed at blocking the symptoms of inﬂammation, redness, pruritus. But these therapies do not lead to solving the case. On the contrary, every eﬀort we exert in treating these diseases is addressing the causes, which are diﬀerent from one patient to another. A s such, the Integrative Medicine investigates the causes of these diseases, and ﬁnds that
We believe in your happiness! they are often resulted from alimentary mistakes, microbial infections or overload of toxic substances in the body. We can identify them by very precise tests which show if the patient is aﬀected by pesticides, solvents, food additives or heavy metals. Of course, the therapeutic decision is diﬀerent from case to case, depending on the substances that assault the patient. Unfortunately, food is not taken seriously, even today, in classical medicine. In Germany too, there are few clinics that try to detect food intolerances. In our case, this is part of the procedure: the identiﬁcation of causes that are triggered by an inappropriate food which cannot be processed by the body. As such, each person needs an individualized diet. Nobody in classical hospitals provides such a service. Further, we distinguish in patients several microbial outbreaks that also participate in the phenomenon of chronic inﬂammation that assault the patient. Even excess of irritability, depression, fatigue and anxiety can be caused by neural inﬂammation, induced by noxious environmental factors. Without examining these causes, we cannot achieve lasting results, a cure. – The spectacular results you obtained in your clinic are due to this approach: the integrative medicine. To what extent is this methodology developed in Romania? – As far as I know, elements of integrative medicine are practiced by certain medical doctors who went to such courses, especially abroad, and they apply, as much as they can, these elements in their oﬃces. Unfortunately, most colleagues do not have the necessary equipment, a specialized laboratory for such tests, to measure the load I
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am referring to or the speciﬁc reactions to certain foods. Therefore, in general, these therapies have a large “blind” component. They seek treatment, but the result is only good or unsatisfactory. – I guess it all depends on a certain psychological barrier and specialization of classical medicine. It is diﬃcult for experts to decide to interact in their disciplines. – I think that the major barrier is the lack of training for university students. As such, one of my current initiatives, together with PMI (the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs) aims to reintroduce such courses. In the past, we oﬀered post-graduate courses at UMF (the University of Medicine and Pharmacy) Bucharest and we would like to resume them, if possible, in an optional university course for students who wish to be informed in this ﬁeld. – In fact, your visit now is meant to establish a new step in your collaboration with the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs. What is the partnership all about? – First, I had the pleasure of being invited at the ﬁrst Congress of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs, in November 2011. It was very well done, with speakers from Romania and from abroad. As a ﬁrst objective, we want to reintroduce integrative medicine courses at the University. We hope to do this in Bucharest and Iasi. We also want to create a reference center for integrative medicine in Bucharest and to provide patients who have no other way out of the chronic disease, with a perspective for treating his or her illness. – One of the basic directions of your activity refers to an issue that generates a growing concern: aging. What is your approach on this issue? – Due to the specialization of the clinic in autoimmune diseases and diseases of the skin, a series of innovations refer to the skin regeneration process. We know very well that an old skin has a much lower potential to regenerate than a younger skin. Its state of inﬂammation is much higher and therefore the phenomena of intolerance, as well as precancerous states, advance with
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age. As such, our innovations are aimed at biotechnology products that compensate for these deﬁciencies, for example by phytohormones (of soy or other plants) which activate the synthesis of collagen in the skin, combating the process of photo-aging by exposure to the sun (which makes skin age very quickly) by a ingenious therapy which oﬀers a package of antioxidants and eliminate heavy metals from the skin. The eﬀect is obvious, and people who cannot stay in the light of the sun, showing a major intolerance to the sun – by using these medicines – may be exposed to the sun and they get a normal tan. – How can Romanian patients get to use your products?
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– We have a site in Romania – www.energycosmetic.ro – so that these products have been available to the Romanian public for two years. We want to promote and explain the value of these products to cosmetologists who will work with the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs in order to explain to pharmacists and beauticians, as well as to their customers, what is the metabolic background of these innovations. Recorded by Octavian ANDRONIC
A lab picture: Professor John Ionescu (right) together with his colleagues, Dr. Alexandru Constantinescu and Dr. Raluca Constantinescu, the anatomy laboratory of the Clinic
Intensive Psycho-Oncology Course
he Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs (PMI) hereby announce the beginning of their psycho-oncology course in late May 2012. This course is certiﬁed by the College of Psychologists. Its main purpose is to attract and train health professionals with knowledge on psychological assistance in Oncology, Psychological, Social and Multidisciplinary Research in Oncology, knowledge and development of prevention campaigns on health and understanding with various teams, as well as training for trainers in Psycho-Oncology. The course is structured for two years, in eight modules. The ﬁrst four modules will take place from May to November 2012. The schedule of the course is: Friday to Sunday, 8 hours a day, in the course room of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs, 79-81 Dornei Street, District 1, Bucharest (near the
Chibrit Square). The main subject matters are: • Evaluation tools in Psycho-Oncology/Life Quality, new drugs; • The families of neoplasia patients; • Children and teenagers having ill relatives; • Complementary techniques and team interventions; • Social Work in Oncology; • Pain Therapy; • Palliative cures. The course is organized by the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs Association, in collaboration with: • The University of Bucharest, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences • Universita Politecnica delle Marche – the
We believe in your happiness! Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Ancona, Italy • Semper Onlus Oncological Institute – the Oncologic Institute for Integrated Support and Multidisciplinary Research, Fano, Italy • Assform – The Association for Higher, Continuous and Distance Education, Rimini, Italy
Recognition and professional role - The Basic and Advanced course will be internationally recognized by scientiﬁc organizations in the ﬁeld and by the professional bodies, enabling training and specialization in psycho-oncology. - After the ﬁrst year, students will be awarded the Training in Psycho-Oncology title for all health professionals, psychologists, psychology and medical students, who will be able to rely on Oncology, in general, and on all local associations working in the ﬁeld of Oncology. The nurses and social workers will have equal titles, as recognition of their own category. - In the second year, the candidates will actively participate in Prevention campaigns, Research Protocols and Training Operators and will also get recognition in the ﬁeld of psycho-oncology. The lecturers are: - Marco Romeo, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Coordinator of the Italian Society of PsychoOncology in Marche and Chairman of the Oncological Institute for Integrated Support and Multidisciplinary Research. - Ettore Tito Menichetti, Oncologist and Director of the Division of Medical Oncology in the Hospital of Senigallia, Vice-President of the “Associazione Oncologica Senigalliese” (The Oncology Association of Senigallia) - Silvia Di Giuseppe, Psychologist, Psychotherapist and professor at the Italian Institute for Systemic and Relational Psychotherapy Paolo Semprini, ASSFORM Director and expert in Teaching Methodology and Quality Assessment for learning - Rossana Berardi, Research Oncologist at the Medical University of Ancona and author of numerous national and international, award winning publications. She is also a Professor of Medical Oncology in the “Scuola di Specializzazione in Oncologia dell’Università di Medicina di Ancona”
Acquired skills: • Year 1: Basic skills will be developed, especially
the bibliographic knowledge of the assistance methodologies: a methodology to better manage the response to psychological stress in diﬀerent stages of disease, also developing the understanding of psycho-corporeal relaxation techniques and family dynamics, in cases of illness. • Year 2: The course will develop skills related to the ability to analyze their own diﬃculties in the medical and therapeutic relationship, thus strengthening the eﬀectiveness of teamwork. The support part will be integrated in research and prevention projects (Labor Psychology) to obtain training skills in Psycho-Oncology.
Organizational details Costs: - 650 Euro / year / person - 550 Euro / year / Member of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs (PMI) - 250 Euro / year / for ﬁnal year students in faculties of medicine or psychology Note: The number of places is limited, as our policy is “ﬁrst come, ﬁrst served”. Those interested are kindly asked to follow the registration procedures! The course registration procedure is open until May 15, 2012. Payments are to be made until May 24, 2012, at PMI’s bank account: RO63 BITR BU5R ON03 5408 CC06, at Banca ItaloRomena, the Ion Mihalache Agency. Also, it is possibility to pay in installments at the Italo-Romena Bank: up to 12 installments, after having received a letter of recommendation from the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs.
Registration can be made - On-line, at www.patmedin.ro; - By email, at: oﬃce@patmedin.ro, oana.gavril @ patmedin.ro - By fax, at: 021.230.02.98 Other details upon the course: For people who live in Cluj, Iaşi, Braşov and Constanţa, it is possible to organize the theoretical part of the course in an interactive way, by videoconferencing, provided that a training group of at least 10 people is formed in the respective town. The practical part of the course will be held in Bucharest. Course Director: Marco Romeo Organizing Director: Liviu Mandler Educational Coordinator: Mario Paolo Semprini Scientiﬁc Coordinator: Marco Romeo and Ettore Tito Menichetti Recorded by Alina PETRE
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Thank You for Being There!
love computers! They give us great freedom of movement and the „ ability to get a lot of information, very soon. For a long time, I wanted to learn more of its secrets, but I failed, so far. The Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs provide these courses free of charge. Moreover, they supports us with transportation, being a real „blessing” for us, people who can hardly move „, Cătălin told us, one of the 45 beneﬁciaries of the ICT course ran from March to April 2012 by the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs in their Bucharest-Ilfov Center, as part of the „Regional network for the promotion and implementation of social economy concepts in order to increase the chances of social reintegration of disabled persons” project, co-funded from the European Social Fund, the Human Resources Development 2007-2013 Operational Program, Invest in People! Like other colleagues of the three groups of students, Cătălin is a person having physical disabilities, as well as diﬃculties in traveling and writing. Nevertheless, that does not prevent him from doing very well with the computer and from quickly „catching” everything the „Professor” teaches him at the Course. This is true for other colleagues, as well. They told us that, had the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs not supported them by providing means of transportation, it would have been impossible for them to get to the class. Another person who, despite his physical disabilities, has a university and a post-university degree, mentioned:
„When an organization prepares a project to support the disadvantaged, they should also consider how to implement such a project, for it’s easy to write. The hard part is to identify the exact needs and give the proper support. In our case, people who are hardly movable, apart from the need of being trained, which is met by the project activities, it was necessary for the transportation to be deducted or to be provided with an alternative means of transportation in order to beneﬁt from the project facilities. The Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs understand this need and found a viable solution to meet it.” These are just some of the responses we received from students after the ﬁrst day of class. Of course, there are diﬀerences between participants in courses, diﬀerence of social status, education, type of disability, degree of satisfaction or dissatisfaction with themselves, with the society and institutions. We received suggestions for which I thanked them, complaints - that we tried to ﬁx, as well as thanks. In a word, the ﬁrst week of the course was „humane”. Groups were created between the students, as well as more or less friendly relations, mutual support or contempt, but, beyond all this, we were moved by what a participant in the course told us. For the ﬁrst time, he considered himself integrated into a community: „Thank you for having organized these courses and for having agreed to accept me. Thank you for being there!” Larisa TOADER
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Truth and Lies about Deafness
ne can never forget the image of his or her grandmother, with her mild face and slightly curved back, as she takes her hand to her ear and says “Huh!...” urging one to repeat what was said because he did not hear. This is one of the troubles with aging, decreased hearing, and doctors call it hypoacusis. When talking about the decrease of hearing because of aging, there are all sorts of rumors that have to be stopped. Thus, people say is not good to use a hearing device because one might thus increase his level of deafness. It is wrong. The hearing device helps the elderly by amplifying sound. Moreover, it keeps the brain cells that are responsible for hearing in a state of use, so that they do not die because of lack of activity. With age, it is not the eardrum that is damaged, but a part of the cells that convert mechanical energy of the sounds into nervous signals. In parallel, some brain cells age, too. It is a decrease of hearing, a neuro-sensorial hypoacusis, but not a matter of sound transmission, because, despite the many years, the eardrum and interior bones of the ear work well. The issue is about the transformation of mechanical sound waves into nerve signals sent to the brain. Let us
not forget that one hears ars with the cortex. The ear is only a receiver, but the ear is great because it has the function of hearing, as well as keeping one’s balance. This is the miraculous, divine design of the ear. The mechanical sound wave passes through the outer ear and middle ear reaching the inner ear, where the nervous signal is created and sent to the hearing area of the brain. But in the inner ear is also in charge of preserving balance. The ﬂuid inside that maze has small ﬂoating “pebbles”. In fact, they are crystals that we call otoliths. These crystals reach the edge of the maze and the body is thus helped to regain a state of balance, by moving. In fact, vertigos occur because of the ﬂuid in the maze changes its composition and because of defective movements of the crystals in the inner ear. For other details about deafness, please read my next article. Florin CONDURAŢEANU
If We Really Wish, We Can Move Mountains
his is the title of the ﬁrst tutoring meeting organized by the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs as part of the mentoring and tutoring activities carried out in order to support, from a social and psychological point of view, the beneﬁciaries of the “Regional Network for the promotion and implementation of social economy concepts in order to increase the chances of social reintegration of disabled persons” project. Over 30 girls and women were invited to participate in the activities organized by the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs at the Howard Johnson Hotel, on March 8, which is the International Women’s Day. For three hours, ladies of all ages, beneﬁciaries of the project, heard the motivational presentation provided by the psychologist of the center, Ileana Cercel, and participated in occupational group therapy activities. “We intend, by this event, to provide group activities so as to attract female beneﬁciaries, to
make them spend their spare time in an enjoyable way and to socialize with people who have common interests. In a few words, we want them to relax with us. Our psychologist at the Center, Ileana Cercel, was able to prepare an attractive motivational speech and to make them discuss, as well as to make them review their self-perception system,” said Irina Cioroba, the coordinator of the Bucharest-Ilfov territorial center. The event was organized by the Center for Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs by their Bucharest-Ilfov Center of Counseling and Labour Market Integration for disabled people, under the “ Regional Network for the promotion and implementation of social economy concepts in order to increase the chances of social reintegration of disabled persons “ Project, co- funded from the European Social Fund by the Sectorial Operational Program for Human Resources Development 20072013, Invest the people! (L.T.)
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THE ASSOCIATION IHTIS – THE SCHOOL FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO GIVE UP
ounded at the initiative of individuals with severe physical disabilities, IHTIS was meant to be, from the beginning, a beautiful ideal, but it was not understood for a few years, because it was inconsistent with the pattern of “NGOs that provide aid.” The IHTIS Association tries to make a balance between “giving” and “receiving”, underlining that, through their actions: a physical disability is not a barrier for giving, but it is not a reason to expect only to receive, either. The period of 2004 - 2011 was a good experience for the IHTIS Association to deﬁne itself. Thus, young people with severe physical disabilities and a normal IQ were asked to represent themselves as initiators, coordinators and beneﬁciaries of social and cultural projects. The IHTIS Association has always symbolized the will and skill of children and youth with severe physical disabilities to experience the integration into a group of people who often hinder their dedication, perseverance, as well as their stubbornness to make their social integration really happen. Today, IHTIS means: literature, popular songs, a won ﬁght against discrimination, awareness, sensitivity, socializing ... It is often said that “in the new information society, human capital replaces ﬁnancial capital as a strategic resource.” At IHTIS, it is really so...
Free Speech - a Fundamental Right Freedom of expression falls into the category of fundamental rights and freedoms, and the expression of thoughts, opinions and freedom of creation, of any kind, by words, writing, images,
sounds or other means of public communication, are unbreakable. For people with severe physical disabilities, the right to a free speech is often violated, as a connection with accompanying persons is a natural trend of people. Such a mentality makes it possible for the lives of people with physical disabilities, despite their normal IQ, to be managed by anyone else but them, the consequence of their status being indeﬁnitely extended to that “socially assisted” persons. Few people realize what happens in the mind of a wheelchair user who hears someone saying before him: “I am not talking to you, get me to your companion”. This situation is real and experienced by many of us. Such evidence is promptly reported to the IHTIS Association website, which became an online advocacy tool, whenever circumstances require it. The term “advocacy” means “support of a plea, for them to: either express their personal opinion about something important, or to support a common cause or proposal”. The courage to publicly ﬁght, in a constantly and conscious way, against a situation of limitation or prevention of free speech, is not something that many of us have. The fear of social repercussions when showing a digniﬁed attitude, leads many to accept the case even if they are often outraged because their right to self-representation is violated. Impairment – disability – handicap are diﬀerent terms. The ﬁrst refers to the strictly medical problem, the second is about a limitation in personal abilities to perform certain physical activities, and the latter expresses the result of interaction between a person with disabilities and inadequately prepared (adapted) physical environment for personal needs, imposed by their respective deﬁciency. The education level and personal attitude establish the role and place of every citizen in the larger society, whether or not they have a deﬁciency. Encouraging children and youngsters with physical disabilities (as well as others) to express themselves - is an act of dignity and mutual respect, for everybody’s mutual beneﬁt. The natural harmony of life becomes a chaos when people do not believe in the potential capabilities of their disabled
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a reliable core of social activism in Dorohoi, Botoșani County.
neighbor, particularly when their face is somewhat out of “pattern” and, because of that image, they are labeled as “good for nothing”. How many of us are or are not like that?
What Can I Do for the Community? In a society where NOT many dare to ask: “What can I do for the community?”, we felt the need to step out of the pattern of the “volunteer for disadvantaged groups” and to face everybody as active, responsible citizens . During April-December 2011, by the actions we initiated, we aimed: - The presentation of the IHTIS Association as a symbol of the capabilities of youth with severe physical disabilities (with a normal IQ) to advocate for their social integration; - To encourage others to expose their point of view, to exert their right to free speech as an act of dignity and mutual respect; - To facilitate the interaction between youth with and without disabilities, in various forms (dialogue, literature, music, arts and crafts); - The rehabilitation of the social status of two youngsters with physical disabilities who were not integrated into the community; - To attract people into a process so as to create
The feedback we received as a result of our activities motivate us to keep on performing our activities: Prof. Corneliu Drescanu – The whole approach was a real exercise of contact between young people with disabilities and members of the Dorohoi larger community. The project is original, is of interest for the public and has capabilities of social integration. The dialogues showed the urgent need for implementing such projects in order to valorize the skills of young people with disabilities into social life. I appreciate the initiative, their mobility of ideas, as well as their realistic measures. Their publications are representative, of a proper quality and of interest for the larger public. Partner: Municipal House of Culture in Dorohoi, run by Valuţă Murariu - as host, we supported the development of an activity aimed at ﬁnding another way of approaching young people with disabilities, as well as another way for this social segment to connect to the larger group they belong to. Artistic performances, promotional materials, the book they launched, exhibitions, and the dialogue were all good occasions for IHTIS to make their humanitarian projects known, as well as their initiatives and another way of seeing the surrounding reality.
Solidarity without age Given the context of the „European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity” we plan, for 2012, a new way of showing solidarity among a signiﬁcant number of people, with and without disabilities, of all ages. By their work, they responded to the suggested topics. The project targets volunteers with skills in making hand-made products, who are willing to create manually-made objects (at home) for children or decorative objects. The wide range of products will be later valorized by the IHTIS Association in their fundraising campaign aimed at a (long term) Independent Living Center in Botoșani County. Volunteer work at home is a unique activity, since crafts and arts is a matter of interest to people of all ages. We want the target group to realize that being a volunteer means to prove solidarity, creativity and social activism regardless of age, physical shape or social status. MIHAELA MIHĂESCU, President of the IHTIS Association www.asociatia-ihtis.ro
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Actress Florina Cercel:
Before surgery, I felt a terrible fear
– How does it seem to you, this idea of a counseling center for people diagnosed with cancer and for their families? – It is a very welcome initiative and it is exceptional precisely because the number of cancer patients has increased alarmingly lately, especially in young women, as a result of ignorance: most people do not go to checks in due time. Because of the lack of education within their family, we do not have the habit of regularly going to the doctor. In this sense, I think your center must, ﬁrst of all, inform people on the importance of periodic monitoring, if not every six months, at least once a year, in the case of breast ultrasound, for example. Prevention helps the most. – What do you think are the main reasons why carers are reluctant and ﬁnd it diﬃcult to talk about the fact that they are very close to someone who was diagnosed with cancer? – People often say that the suﬀerance of those who do the caring, compared to that of those who actually suﬀer from the disease (this term is a little simplistic) is stronger, because they, on the one hand, have to care for the one they love and, on the other hand, they see the suﬀering caused by the disease. Thus, the amount of negative energy accumulated by the person who cares for the patient is twofold. Because of this, it could be that caregivers are often not willing to communicate their emotional pain, as this double aspect of their suﬀering overwhelms them and they may become even lonelier than necessary. Thus, the care provided by your center becomes twofold.
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– Throughout this project, we explained that there was no question of us wanting to assume or replace any part of the responsibility or competence of an oncologist. However, some of them are not open to dialogue and cooperation with us. Do you think that oncologists today can eﬀectively ﬁll in the role of psychologists? – I tend to say that it is because of indiﬀerence or selﬁshness. But, in fact, they may have so many patients that they do not have the time to respond to a call that would seem somewhat fashionable and not based on scientiﬁc facts. As far as I saw in Bucharest, in recent years, there are only a few doctors with that aura of divinity in their profession... They are very rare, as was Posamosca or Professor Arsenie. Now, they take a speciﬁc path and no longer have time for anything else. – I found out about some very diﬃcult moments in your life. How did Mrs. Florina Cercel ﬁnd the strength to go on? – Many times, me and I, when I talk to myself, I think that, were I not an actress, I could never have gotten over so much physical and moral suﬀering lived through... at least, as far as the latest test is concerned, the open heart surgery, I started writing a book when I left the hospital, but did not published it because it demoralizes me to see waste paper, in general... everybody writes books and I said it is better not to publish it. Before surgery, I felt a terrible fear, as nights and days became the same, but I work hard and I was happy for I did not have time to think. To be completely honest, if I were not an actress, if I did not know how to perform breathing exercises, concentration exercises, exercises that help us in preparing for a role, probably I would have not been ale to get over that moment with serenity. After all, I was downright serene as I went to surgery, especially since the stretcher bearer who came to take me to the operating room said “Lady Spain, I hope you remember that you have to bring an autographed photo, tomorrow” and I thought that if he, Vasile, talks to me about “tomorrow “... it means I still have my chance. – I dare asking who was the person who had a special impact in your life. – There are many, many people. But, ﬁrst of all, I remember my Mom and Dad, deﬁnitely my
We believe in your happiness! family. Due to my profession I had the chance to meet huge, extraordinary personalities, both in the world of theater and art, artists, teachers who were my model, who gave me courage to live and ﬁght. – In your entire career, there are memorable roles that ﬁlled people’s hearts with joy. When did you know exactly that this profession was destined for you? – My husband... when he left to the stars. At the time, I was 28, and working in the theater of Timisoara. The couple I was forming with my husband was the most popular couple in town. Sure, I loved theater, I realized I had the proper qualities for the profession, but after he left, I realized that my support from then on was my profession and I could no longer live without my profession. – You said in an interview that Vassa Jeleznova was the role that marked you for life. How did this happen and what changed in your life, at that point? – First, I changed the range of interpretation, from roles of beautiful and ﬂirtatious women - to roles that are pleasing the public, pleasant to us, actors, but not too deep, too ravishing. At very young age for that character, it was assigned to me and, during that year of rehearsals I felt great characters vibrating in me. In this sense, Vassa will always be the peak of my career, that I may have touched several times since, but never so completely. You know, in my profession, people say it is very hard to have a great success, but the most diﬃcult thing is to keep being there.
17 roles and whether there is any particular role that you would like to interpret? – I loved all the roles, absolutely all, even the ones I forgot. Look, I am now playing at the National Theatre one of Bulkagov’s plays, “Heart of a Dog”. I have a very small role, but it is terribly “sharp” and present. I often think, as I play this role, about how important is any character who appears on stage. No matter how small are their gestures, the audience feels them. Of course, there are roles that I would like to play some more, but we always think of what is to come. I am now preparing an exceptional Romanian play, “The Jaybirds” by Kiriţescu, as well as a composition of comedy with a few colleagues. We feel good about them and are looking forward to acting at the premiere. – What else would you have liked to do, had you not been an actress? – When I passed the theater exam, I was prepared for medicine and architecture. At the time, the theater exam was earlier than the examinations for other faculties and my parents allowed me to try, on condition that, should I not pass from the ﬁrst time, I would go to a “normal” faculty. “Unfortunately” I passed at the ﬁrst attempt. I also love interior design. In time, I decorated a few houses to my liking. I love ﬂowers and gardening. You see, when I was a child, my parents had a house with a garden of ﬂowers and vegetables, in Botoșani. I like gardening very much, as it relaxes me! A consemnat Ruxandra IORGA
– You like theater and ﬁlm very much, it is obvious. I would like you to tell me which are the most beloved
A Blind Man Was Fined by the Police for Having Crossed the Street Illegally in Focºani
great act of injustice took place in Focșani. On April 11, Traian Ilie, who is blind from birth, was ﬁned by the police for having crossed the street illegally. Despite the fact that the blind man showed his disability certiﬁcate to the police oﬃcers, they still ﬁned him. The man paid a ﬁne of 70 lei. He lives on a disability allowance of 300 lei. He challenged the ﬁne because it does not seem natural that, being his ﬁrst oﬀense, he had to take such a sanction. The response of the police was heartless. The police said that, as long as the man did not have a cane and did not present a certiﬁcate stating that he was blind, the law had to be applied.
source: Antena 3
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ome time ago I released my third book, “Life Lesson”. This book presents the picture of moral, physical, psychological, emotional child with Down syndrome, feelings, dreams, desires, achievements and times of weakness. This book complements my ﬁrst two books: “Beyond appearances” and “Champions of destiny”. The main character of the book is my son, Theodore, 25 years with Down syndrome and his friends from the Association “Give a chance” - Day Centre St. Theodore, Alexandria, Teleorman. We designed the pages for important moments in their lives, by binding in a whole articles published over the years. The book has a touch optimistic and present struggle, ambition, desire to be like others, to overcome the syndrome, to strive for normalcy, my son. He was able to learn to write, read, obtain a certiﬁcate of 11 classes (vocational school), sports, the Special Olympics champion in athletics and the oina throwing for seven years, to surf the Internet. Association’s honorary president “Give a chance” – Day Centre St. Theodore, Alexandria, Teleorman, helps his friends with disabilities to discover the mysteries of letters and ﬁgures, to draw, say a poem and a prayer. A child with Down syndrome can achieve huge jumps in the physical, motor, intellectual, if it occurs early. It is important to see our child with Down syndrome as a normal child without health
problems, to give him conﬁdence, warmth, patience and great love. These children “special” oﬀers generous aﬀection, but they need to turn aﬀection. A real parent should love their child as born, not to oﬀend him or humiliate him for not having school performance, to give him conﬁdence and support him in everything he does. A child is investing our human, emotional, moral future. Arthur Miller said, “We are each owed a destiny, primordial condition is to follow the steps takes us anywhere.”
The Microwave Oven and Cancer
he microwave oven is one of the kitchen appliances existing in every household. In only ﬁve minutes, one can get a warm meal without the slightest eﬀort. But how much does our health suﬀer from this luxury? The problem is that microwaves do not heat food from the outside inwards, as it is natural, but vice versa. Also, they do not heat the food itself, but the water in it. It is heated and evaporates. The reached temperatures are abnormally high. Researchers believe that the extremely high temperatures applied by system produce a substance called acrylamide and it poses a high risk of cancer. It seems that the food heated in a microwave oven has molecules that are changed, so that they are no longer recognized by one’s body as natural and lead to the formation of abnormal cells that
may develop into cancer. Therefore, food cooked in the microwave causes more cancers in the stomach and intestines, a visible degradation of peripheral cellular tissues and a malfunction of the digestive and excretory processes. Also, the number of cancer cells in the blood grows. When vegetables are introduced in the oven, their chemical composition is altered and free radicals appear (toxic chemical compounds responsible for premature aging and tissue degeneration). Therefore, it is recommended to use the microwave oven as little as possible and to use the traditional gas stove, instead. Clement S.
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The Handicap of Normality!!?
am not so stupid to think that I know everything. Nor do I like being so proud as to nonchalantly show oﬀ the triviality of my normality. I do not like to live with this suﬃciency in my mind, maybe because I always think of a song, a token of the immortal folk wisdom, that says “If the fool is not proud, he seems not to be foolish enough!” I have no idea how one might deﬁne normality. Who says what is natural to be in a certain way and when things start to look like an anomaly, a defect, an error or disability. However, I do not think I could be accused of indecent triviality if I say that, in general, a normal human being should have a (beautiful, ugly, smart, dumb... as lucky as possible) head, a body (90-6090... the dream of every girl), two hands and two legs (one more beautiful than the other... as the great Romanian comedian Tudor Muşatescu used to joke). But you see, this seemingly unbeatable statement, full of “normality” suddenly becomes an incredible misjudgment if we look at the evolution of the Romanian table tennis team in the World Championship, the 2012 Edition. The action takes place in Germany, in the quarterﬁnals, as Romania faces Poland. The ﬁnal score: 3-2 for Poland. Of course, until now, nothing is abnormal. It is natural that, when two teams ﬁght each other, one will win and the other, obviously, will lose. Yes, of course! But, surprise! One is amazed only
when ﬁnding out that the difference in favor of Poland was made by a game between the Romanian (and here, normality seems to go crazy!) Bernadette Szocs and the Polish Natalia Partyka, a 22 year-old sportswoman, born without forearms. The 3-0 score clearly expresses the determination and quality of the sport performance, not at all by chance. She is beautiful, casually dressed in a shirt with short sleeves, to proudly show half an arm that could bring to shame the whole world... but not HER, Natalia Partyka. Before each service, she kissed her right, disabled arm. She served with her left arm and immediately won. I will never understand how it was that Natalia chose this sport! I cannot imagine why she was not tempted, let’s say, by athletics or weight throwing and painting (what does it matter what hand one paints with?) or chess or being the chief of a symphonic orchestra... or, or ... What diﬀerence does it make when she found the path to success? I was amazed by the charm of her normality and I found myself thinking that perhaps, our dear Bernadette, a junior of only 17 years, was defeated by the handicap of her normality, as she has two hands... like the rest of us... Angela S.
Art that Sells = Art Director...
his qualiﬁcation will be provided to the beneﬁciaries who subscribed to the free advertising class, to be held under the “Regional Network for the Promotion and Implementation of Social Economy Concepts in order to increase the chances of social reintegration for disabled persons” project, co-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the Sectorial Operational Program for the Development of Human Resources 2007-2013, Invest in People! The Art Director is responsible for the visual expression of advertising messages, whether they are used in newspaper pages, on ﬁlm or in any other media. At the Constanţa Regional Center of the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs, we started the selection of beneﬁciaries who will participate in this course, one of the three conducted as part of the
project. Eighty disabled people from the South-East region, which includes the counties of Constanţa, Tulcea, Brăila, Galaţi, Buzău and Vrancea, will get a qualiﬁcation in a highly sought profession in the labor market. Thus, their chances of professional reintegration increase. The certiﬁcates to be obtained at the end of the course are approved by the National Council for Adult Vocational Training (CNFPA). Most disabled people are intelligent and creative, and have an artistic sense, because, as we say, God compensates. „I opted for the creative advertising course because it can help me develop professionally and personally. I hope it will be easier for me to ﬁnd a job.” said one of our beneﬁciaries. Marina ŞEULEANU
Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Variety Theater Constantin Tănase,
Invites you to an educational and artistic event devoted to vulnerable people, to be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 11 am at the Savoy Room Calea Victoriei 33. From the artistic program will not miss Alexandru Arşinel, Stela Popescu, Nae Lăzărescu, Vasile Muraru, Cristina Stamate and other stars of the Romanian variety. Come to as many! Invitations please lift the Integrative Medicine Entrepreneurs ONCOSUPORT Bucharest e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone-021-2693277 mobil phone- 0745076791 sau 0372-770118 Territorial Coordinator Ion Andrei Gherasim Project co-ﬁnanced by European Social Fund Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013 Invest in people!
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Mind, Character and Personality “Education should be done in such a way that what is oﬀered will be perceived as a precious gift, not as a terrible ordeal.” Albert Einstein
person having a special training in a particular ﬁeld of activity and who teaches a certain subject matter (at school) is called a Teacher. As a teacher, it is supposed that we trust that person who guides, educates, teaches our child. My child came from school one day and told me the following riddle that he invented: Riddle: Who walks into the room and changes your life for better or for worse? Answer: The teacher. As parents, we have a very great responsibility after bringing our children into the world. Do we guide them in life to be losers or winners? What distinguishes them? Our genes, education, the environment? We do not always realize the impact we have on people. If we realized how much power we have, would we be more serene? The atomic bomb is nothing, compared to the power of humans to do good or evil. Science has two main dimensions: experiment and theory. In experiment, scientist look for information and in theory they develop models that explain what is noticed. A child who is diﬀerent from others, as my daughter who is autistic, can surprise us with a question like “How will I use in life the fact that I know what a vector is?” The word vector comes from Latin, meaning carrier. The mathematical model of the vector is a directed line segment, i.e. an arrow. In physics, a vector is the representation of a vectorial physical size. In short, the vector is a carrier of information relating to a physical size (the point of application, mode, direction and sense, such as, in biology, a mosquito is called a vector, as it carries the virus of malaria). The concept of vector is associated with movement, interaction, and objects that do not change their structure in time and can be reduced to a single representative point (called a material point). It can be any part of the object. Do you know the deﬁnition of a viewpoint, as known by my child? “The horizon of a man narrows so much that it reaches the size of a point. Then, the man says: this is my point of view!” Academic experts say that the teaching policy in
Romanian schools produces “functional illiterates” and makes students hate school and feel it as an ordeal. Students understand mathematics, physics and chemistry less and less, or even not at all. Who is to blame? Is it the fault of certain teachers who have outdated methods or is the curriculum very loaded? As a child, I liked to learn very much and I often had teachers who made me like the information they conveyed. I believed that it would be useful, at a certain point. There are very few teachers left who have the patience and passion to shape the mind of a child. The shining in the eyes of children who understand what the teacher is saying to them begins to fade. This is the case of children without disabilities. If you are lucky parent of a diﬀerent child, exercises in your life grow in geometric progression. You have to explain to each individual teacher your child’s problems and most of them do understand it. Nevertheless, you may meet tired, resigned people. Books are packed with diﬃcult, unnecessary information that are boring and tiring for students. Teachers must comply with the curriculum and we have to respect the teachers as they are struggling and trying to ﬁnd solutions so as to teach the diﬀerent children. Physics and chemistry textbooks used by students in Romanian schools are written in such a way as to shows how smart the authors are, but they are useless for the students. Traditionally, time is seen as the measurement of the distance between events. It is made of the past, present and future. The past is regarded as something that already happened and cannot be changed, anymore. The future, however, is regarded as being open to a multitude of possibilities. “Beware, son of the sacriﬁce, of the world you go by: learn, from all who die to live forever!”
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International Day of Down syndrome in Alexandria
very year, on March 21, is celebrating International Day of Down Syndrome. Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) is a genetic abnormality that occurs for unknown reasons and is still characterized by an extra chromosome 21 to chromosome pair. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes, from ordinary people have 46 chromosomes. That extra chromosome is responsible for all shortcomings that generates: hypotonia, psychomotor retardation and intellectual dismorﬁc facies, congenital heart and digestive. People with Down syndrome are pleasant, aﬀectionate, cheerful, tonic, can be trained, socialized, learn a trade, can start a family. Important in the recovery of persons with Down syndrome early intervention family, with support specialists. Armed with patience, perseverance, especially in love, we can help these people with a destiny to be as independent step, to tend to a normal life. On this day, anniversary, children and young people with Down syndrome from the Association “Give a chance” – Day Centre St. Theodore, Alexandria, Teleorman, presented the play “Save the forest”. A song inspired by everyday life, the ﬁght against environmental pollution and methods
to combat them. Cheerful, full of optimism, with a smile, holiday costumes, people with disabilities had a wonderful show, interspersed with songs of spring. It is important to save the forests, water, air, soil, so in short, the environment that inﬂuence our health and quality of life. “To love trees,” was our message. They contain in their leaves electric shock to us from specks of dust, noise and wind intensity mellowed. Each of us must make our contribution to saving the planet and the ecosystem in which we live. Children and youth with disabilities were rewarded with certiﬁcates, candy and other surprises. They were present along with parents, teachers and students from a school ground in Alexandria. Victor Hugo said: “Every child is an adult trained educated!” . Elena TĂNASE President of the Association “GIVE A CHANSE’’ – Day Centre St. Theodore, ALEXANDRIA-TELEORMAN
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