Personal Pages Archive for 

Julene T. Weaver & John Perkins

Seattle WA

These pages contain archived documents from the mid 1990s till about 2000. We no longer update this site. We leave it because many of the articles have been of interest to visitors. Because this is an archive page, our most up-to-date contact info is at the bottom of the page. Contact information on articles may no longer work.

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Julene's Babe's Network Health Corner Articles:

The Wise Woman Tradition. This article will give you some background on the Wise Woman Tradition. Herbalist Susun Weed compares the Wise Woman Tradition with what she calls the Scientific and the Heroic Traditions. Each of these traditions is simply a way to think of healing, one is not wrong or right. I will briefly summarize the three traditions by examining their symbols.

Learning more about Arthritis and Joint Pains. Why an article about arthritis? Its getting more predominant in people living with HIV and AIDS, especially since it is one of the side effects of the Protease Inhibitors. Many more people are getting early pain and swelling in their joints, …

More on Vitamins and Minerals. At Susun Weed's talk on Immune Health the question of whether to take vitamins came up. Aside from saying no don't take them, she explained what a vitamin is, looked at each vitamin briefly, and gave a simple alternative to taking it in a pill form.

Book Review: Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way By Susun Weed, Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Publishing, 1996. ($14.95). Why should you be concerned with a book on breast cancer? Anyone living with HIV or AIDS has a high risk of developing cancer. Cancers such as lymphoma, cervical cancer, skin cancer, and Kaposi's Sarcoma are commonly associated with AIDS.

A Quick Review of Buyer's Clubs. [Archived for historical interest. Most buyer's clubs are defunct.] History of buyer's clubs. In the early days of AIDS drugs for treatments of opportunistic infections or anti-virals were not readily available in this country.

CALCIUM Part I. Why is it important and how can we get enough of it? Every cell in our body contains calcium. Calcium is our most prevalent mineral making up more then half of the total mineral content of our body.

Understanding Cholesterol/Triglycerides - Part I. We are hearing about the changes in fat metabolism, especially now with the use of the Protease Inhibitors. It is estimated that ten percent of those who take Protease Inhibitors have these effects. Visible effects of these metabolic changes are being named "Protease Paunch," and the "Buffalo Hump."

Combination Anti-Viral Herbal Formula. I recently learned about an anti-viral herbal combination being used by people living with HIV and AIDS. Alternative choices can be overwhelming, and now that triple-therapy is the new treatment standard it is even harder to decide what alternatives to integrate.

Consultations Available on Alternative/Complementary Strategies for Managing HIV Infection. Buyer's Clubs [note: archived article—most buyer's clubs now defunct] are a wealth of information as well as a good source for supplements, vitamins and complementary or alternative therapies. This year while visiting New York City I took the opportunity to visit DAAIR, Direct AIDS Alternative Information Resources.

Continuum Movement
. Since 1988 I have been a student of Continuum movement. I have studied with both the founder of Continuum, Emilie Conrad Da'oud, and with Susan Harper. Emilie has developed Continuum over the past thirty years. Susan Harper has worked in collaboration with Emilie for more than twenty years. Continuum is a form of movement work that evolved from Emilie's background as a dancer.

Review of a book: Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family, By David Steinman. I've been reading this book since May when I first heard of it and found it in Canada. I read it sporadically, a chapter at a time. It is educational and a reinforcement of the strong urge I have to eat high quality healthy food.

Homeopathic Human Growth Factor Study: Notes from an Interview with Barbara Brewitt, M.Div., Ph.D. I have to start off by saying how this new study and my growing understanding of it has given me an enormous hope for the future.

KOMBUCHA. Kombucha or Manchurian Mushroom, what is it anyway? … It is called Manchurian Mushroom by some because people in the east have been drinking the fermented beverage for generations. It is reported to go back as far as 221 BC to ancient China and was referred to as the Remedy for Immortality."

The roles of the liver. The liver is known as the master chemist of the body and it is the second largest organ in the body, after the skin. The liver weighs three pounds and sits under the lower right rib cage.

Microalgea. Macroalgea, or sea vegetables come from the deep sea, but there are also many micro algea which grow in fresh water. Microalgea are one cell organisms with structures similar to bacteria. As such they border the animal and plant kingdoms. They grow in fresh water lakes around the world and have been used as food primarily in times of war when other food supplies were difficult to come by.

NO ONE RIGHT ANSWER. According to the Wise Woman Tradition there is no one right answer. We are all unique individuals and worthy of treatment as such.

The Numbers Game. A new blood test, the viral load, is now available giving everyone dealing with HIV or AIDS more numbers to cause anxiety. This new marker indicates how much viral activity is in the blood and doctors are using it to decide combination treatment therapies. The use of this new blood test has changed the way doctors treat HIV, the aim being to reduce the viral load so it is undetectable in the blood and to keep it undetectable.

OILS AND FATS: Emphasis on FLAX SEED OIL. This column will address the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats and oils. Why do we need them, and because we need them what is the best way to use them, and which ones are the best to use? This subject is big, I will address a narrow range of this big topic.

Seaweeds or Sea Vegetables Part I
. In the article on the B complex vitamins I listed seaweeds as a good food source. This is an introduction with details on why it is a good idea to add them into your diet. Seaweeds also called sea vegetables are a staple in my kitchen and I will not cook a pot of beans or soup without adding one of the many varieties of sea vegetables.

Using St. John's Wort as an Anti-Viral (Latin: Hypericum perforatum). In 1992 I studied with local herbalist Ryan Drum. He had some tips for what helped the immune system, but when I asked him what someone who was HIV positive could use to help ward off AIDS, he gave me this information: Use St. John's Wort oil topically -(on your skin ) in three places ; 1 - the inside of your upper arms, 2 - the inside of your thighs, and 3 - the soles of your feet (particularly the soft inner skin of the arch).

Vitamins through the Digestive System: A view from Susun Weed. This is a continuation of my report on Susun Weed's Immune Health talk. Susun Weed says that people with HIV should not take vitamins; this is a controversial statement since most alternative therapies and the current literature on immune health and HIV recommends supplements.

A Day With Susun Weed and A Group of HIV Positive Women on the East Coast. I have been doing a herbal correspondence course with herbalist Susun Weed. I am focusing my studies on Immune Health, or Living Healthy With HIV. Susun was approached by a group of HIV positive women in her area to do a presentation on Immune Health; Susun asked me to come to her farm, in upstate New York, to be part of this day and share what I have been studying and learning. She also invited me to stay at her farm and use her library. I eagerly planned my vacation around this invitation.

TEKKA: A Condiment to counteract anemia. Tekka can be used to improve anemia instead of iron pills. This condiment, consisting mainly of root vegetables, is delicious sprinkled in small amounts over grains or vegetables. It is a very strong, yang food and has an uplifting effect on energy level. About one-quarter teaspoon should be enough if used daily. If you use too much you may find yourself wanting to drink excessive quantities of orange juice, coffee, or to use vinegar or other acid foods not particularly conducive to improving an anemic condition.

Take a Tylenol? How safe is it really? Every time I hear someone living with HIV/AIDS say they are taking Tylenol or ibuprofen I wonder if they are aware of the dangers they are subjecting themselves to, or if they have talked to their doctor about their use of this over-the-counter medication. There is much information to support that people living with HIV/AIDS refrain from the use of Tylenol and other acetaminophen products.

Wild Weed Walk: Focus on Dandelion. Latin: Taraxacum officinale. Thank you for inviting me to lead an herbal walk, or what I call a weed walk. Some of the common plants we found were dandelion, plantain, chickweed, yarrow, mallow, blackberry, rose hips, red clover and wild lettuce. Many of these wild weeds can be harvested, in this article I'm going to review dandelion and provide some ideas on how to use this plant.

REASONS TO USE YOGURT. Yogurt is rich in potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins, including B-12. Research shows yogurt strengthens and stabilizes the immune system. The lactobacillus in yogurt feeds the intestines, maximizes nutrients you can absorb into your body, insures the digestive system stays healthy, and stabilizes the immune system.

John's Papers

Some reports and papers written during my 4+ years quest for a Ph.D. degree from The Union Institute (TUI) in Organizational Change. I received my degree in September 1998. Under Other Pages are other pages John archives on this site.

Peer Days
Learning Modules
Project Demonstrating Excellence (dissertation abstract)
Other Pages


Entry Colloquium

Seminar #1: Cultural Diversities in Dying, Death, and Grief
Seminar #2: Research Methods and Theory Formulation

Seminar #3: "Something More": The Emergence of Spirit in Our Work, Organizations and Lives

Peer Days

PD#0: Shared Intention (Planned Peer Day on the Internet Canceled) Wrote a paper anyway because it taught me about shared intention.

PD #1: Cognitive Learning Experiences As Facilitated In Group Process (Peer Day on Peer Days)

PD #2: Transgendered/Transsexuals: An Exploration of Gender-Bending

PD #3: Women and Substance Abuse

PD #4: The Problems Facing Our Urban Communities: Community Organizations and Urban Problems

PD #5: The Creative Process On-Line Peer Day

PD #6: David Bohm's Dialogue

PD #7/8: Multicultural Expressions: Psychology, Healing and Art

PD #9: Exploring the Union Institute's World Wide Web Site In Scholarly Research

PD #10: Introducing Peacemaking Processes into Organizations

Learning Modules

LM #1: Open Space Technology

LM #2: History of Organization Development

LM #3: Statistical Inference and Methodology

LM #4: Organizational Inability to Stop When Needed

LM #5: Worker-Management Cooperation and LM #5b: Gong Forward

LM #6: World Wide Consulting

LM #7: Solution-Focused Therapy

LM #8: From Conflict towards Consensus: The Continuum of Engagement


Community Health: Infant Mortality Prevenion

PIP Camp: Open Space with Teens

Project Demonstrating Excellence (Dissertation Abstract)

Other Pages

Women Christian Temperance Union Timeline

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