Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters of OIRF,

As we assess 2014 and get set to begin another new year, I trust that you are filled with optimism and plans that will take your practice to the next level of success. It has certainly been an interesting year here at Occidental Institute as we successfully instituted the many changes on our “to do lists” from this time last year. I am thrilled to be working with practitioners and researchers who have endeavored to present us with the latest and most in depth information, along with their long term and unflagging support.

You have read many times before that the only constant is change. The same holds true for OIRF. How well an organization recognizes, predicts and adapts to change can determine whether it thrives, struggles or dies. In the words of the contemporary business guru Jack Welch, “Change before you have to!”

There have been a number of recent articles talking about how non-profits, societies and other research organizations like OIRF will be impacted not only by the current economic climate, but also by technology and demographics.

As one of the main drivers of change demographics will continue to have a profound effect in both Canada and the USA. The “demographic tsunami” of massive numbers of baby boomers entering their senior years (myself among them) is already putting pressure on universal healthcare and government retirement funding. Public policies being put into place in both countries today will have serious consequences for seniors in general, but will also be reflected throughout our healthcare systems.

These factors will influence every active practice – not just the practitioners themselves, but the demographic of patients who will become prevalent in your practice! Today’s seniors tend to be more healthy and live longer more fulfilled lives. And thanks to the internet seniors (and all patients in general) are much better informed and insist on being more involved with the choices and decisions regarding their health. The demand for natural and complementary healing methods is increasing exponentially as can be witnessed by the increase of patient oriented ads for supplements and smaller devices. Practitioners can see this trend clearly in the “big business” conferences and shows such as the A4M meetings. At the A4M conference in Las Vegas last month, I was astounded by the Wal-Mart sized exhibit area and the vast array of so called “complementary” devices, tests and supplements. Additionally the entire focus of the conference seemed to be on the many hormonal and sexual changes in our aging demographic population.

As with all things technology (from that latest iPhone to our TVs) we are seeing rapid advancements in our field of Biological Medicine that have changed our research protocols and your daily practices in fundamental ways. One of the most obvious technology advances is within the area of homeopathy and remedy administration. In decades past we had practitioners with collections of (tens of) thousands of remedies. Within the past 10 years we have seen a move to having smaller specific test sets, “prescribing” domestically available remedies (like Sanum, Heel, Hevert, Nestmann, etc.) and some limited remedy software. Now, within a few short years, most of us are reliant on remedy software and because of recent legislation in Europe many of the German companies (like Wegamed) are no longer allowed to sell physical test sets and everything is only available in digital format. Already we can see differences in what electronic remedies are available, the quality of the “recorded” remedies and differences in cost factors.

I have commented several times previously that I foresee an increase in the use of this kind of instrumentation and remedy software due to the changing regulations and registrations of the many European (German) remedies that we have come to rely on. How does the practitioner maintain a natural or biological medicine approach with their patients when important remedies like (for example) Heel simply disappear off our domestic market? Many – or even most – naturopathic and homeopathic practitioners rely on the sale of remedies (or supplements) for the majority of their clinic income. By turning to instrumentation and the use of electronically stored remedy frequencies, you can once again access and utilize these remedies but can no longer “prescribe” or “sell” them. Thus a whole new process and method of delivery to the patient is needed along with a changing dynamic in the income resources for the practice.

We see another example of these technology changes with the recent splits between companies like BioKat and Med-Tronik (see “The Bridge”, Volume 9, Issue #11 or at this link). Thanks to this split we have already begun to see amazing innovation and access to high quality BioResonance devices from two different perspectives but while still based on the original research and development of the engineer Erich Rasche and the physician Franz Morell, MD. I fully appreciate that many of you are working with MORA BioResonance devices that have served daily in your practice for decades. As a ‘once in a practice lifetime purchase’, why would you need to upgrade or update your devices? But the other side of that coin is, are you prepared and ready to compensate for the changes and developments in the technologically newer models? An analogy could be to ask if you are still driving your 20 year old Ford car? Or, have you upgraded to a newer more efficient model?

As an aside, during the recent A4M conference I was asked by someone why we continue to recommend all the “old” style devices like for example MORA and BioPhotons when other newer – more exciting, more expensive, more whatever – technology is now available. And the answer that spurted out of my mouth before considering the diplomacy of my remarks was “because they work”. And with a bit of further reflection I can add that for most of these “old” style devices we have new models which offer us the most innovative developments in the Biological Medicine field of today.

However, if recognizing and responding to current change as it happens is challenging; predicting the change drivers of the future is even more so. Our practitioners, directors, advisors and staff have been pro-active in analysis, discussions and planning in order to focus the activities and research of OIRF as we move into 2015. I am not going to bore all of you with a list of our plans and projects (those dreaded and often short lived New Year’s Resolutions). Over the past year you have seen the many differences in how OIRF presents our information and in how we ask for your support both financially and politically. As we continue this transformation begun more than a year ago we are looking forward to a stronger future for Occidental Institute.

Amidst all this transformation two things have never changed – first and foremost, our commitment to our practitioners, and second, the dedication of our practitioners to OIRF. As we enter our 43rd year we can look back on a record of growth, longevity, legitimacy, and unfailing ethics that few, if any, other associations in this field can match. The powerful united voice of our growing organization will help drive the changes that will make Biological Medicine a force to be reckoned with for all healthcare choices. Join with us – again – as we re-dedicate ourselves to the expanded application of Biological Medicine in North America.

Although some suggestions have been made to turn “The Bridge” newsletter back into a paid subscription, we are once again offering this venerated publication free of charge for 2015. Like last year, all issues will be sent to you by email and then published in PDF (print) format online. Access is open to all practitioners.

Our publication focus will remain similar to this past year. Many previous issues had focused on research, studies and bringing you the very latest information. Prof. Dr. Hartmut Heine’s articles included in past issues were a testament to the – dare I say it – “scientific” background and explanations of Biological Medicine. But, as interesting and challenging as it is to follow the leaps of inspiration and understanding taken by these famous (and much honored) researchers, what are we supposed to do with this insight on a daily basis in our practice?

Included in this issue (Volume 11, Issue #1) you will find another in a series of articles about the methods and devices recommended by OIRF. We will show you the benefits and some of the possible applications of these methods. The emphasis will be on practical everyday application – on how you can utilize each particular method in your practice.

But, we need your support. Even though we are a non-profit organization we must still pay the staff, the bills and the expenses. If our research, publication and sponsorships in this field are to continue, we need to increase our (up until now minimal) fund raising activities.

We ask for your continued and ongoing financial support as we move forward into 2015:

  • Consider making a donation to OIRF for the newsletter (even though we are offering it freely)
  • Be sure that you have purchased copies of the many educational printed and electronic publications and the audio/video training presentations available exclusively through OIRF
  • Plan now to attend the various smaller instructional seminars and meetings sponsored by OIRF to learn more about these methods
  • Incorporate sale of the smaller OIRF recommended devices (such as the Medisend Protect, MECOS, the “Little Ludwigs”, the AQA 707 water regeneration device, and so on) to your patients – talk to Elaine or Carolyn for quantity discount pricing.
  • Make this the year you travel to Germany with us to see Medicine Week
  • Consider which of the various devices and methods recommended by OIRF will work in your practice and make this the year that you add one or more of them into your office
  • Plan to attend the various conferences and conventions where OIRF will sponsor an exhibit/educational booth to see these methods in action and talk to us personally about how you can incorporate these methods into your practice

We thank you for your support and look forward to working with each of you during the coming year. To close, I quote a few words to live by for a successful New Year: “A blind man’s world is bound by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man’s world by the limits of his knowledge; a great man’s world by the limit of his vision.” (Rev. E. Paul Hovey).

For 2015 we wish you . . .
12 months of Joy
52 weeks of Fun
365 days of Success and
8760 hours of Good Health!

s/ Carolyn
Carolyn L. Winsor-Sturm
Managing Director

Follow this link to see Part 2, Introducing Dr. Silvia Binder and ONDAMED
Follow this link to see Part 3, Introducing Dr. Michael Galitzer

An Informational Commentary for Supporters
From THE BRIDGE Newsletter of OIRF
Published January 2015

© Copyright 2015, Occidental Institute/Winsor, BC Canada

About the author

  • Founding director, administrator and executive director of Occidental Institute; the first English language acupuncture “school” in North America founded 1972 which over the years developed into the largest educational and promotional advocate of Biological Medicine until its closing in 2018.
  • 35 years experience with medical and technical translation and literary research in English, French and German.
  • Participation in every seminar, workshop and tour program sponsored by OIRF
  • Participation in more than 35 Medicine Week Congress programs as well as events too numerous to count sponsored by German instrumentation, homeopathic and research organizations
  • Training and certification in multiple Biological Medicine Methods including BioResonance Therapy, EAV, AMA, VEGA, Mayr Therapy, Ionized Oxygen Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, BioPhoton Therapy, the so-called Global Diagnostics and many others.
  • As a teacher, lecturer and author she has already trained hundreds of practitioners from diverse English-speaking countries.
  • Her passion and insight provide an overall view of the most effective German Biological Medicine diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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