August 01, 2008

Mayor seeks Coyote Wisdom

KC mayor and wife invite Native American healer to a workshopMayor Mark Funkhouser and his wife are bringing a Native American shaman and healer to Kansas City for a workshop in September.

Funkhouser says the featured guest for the healing workshop, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, is internationally known for his books, particularly Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native American Healing, on how to maximize the strengths of both Western and indigenous medicine.

The mayor said the event is not sponsored by the city, but its focus fits with his own health-care emphasis of trying to address the disparity in health-care outcomes between white and minority communities in Kansas City. Funkhouser said that, particularly for chronic diseases like diabetes, he thinks physicians need to treat the mind and spirit as well as the body.

Mehl-Madrona graduated from Stanford Medical School and is an associate professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in Canada.

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