Avicenna Institute Student News: December 1st, 2014

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Dear Students,

I saw an important cartoon about "mental" illness that I printed out and hung on my wall today. I also made some copies to give to clients and friends if needed. I don't often add to my collection since I have been collecting for so many years. However, this was a very powerful document and even better - it was clear and easy to understand. 

You can download the article and cartoon HERE. The mini-version in this newsletter (see below) is not print-quality. 

I was inspired to share this because of how many people - even health care practitioners -  I have heard giving "emotional advice" to someone with depression, anxiety or other "mental" illness. I have put "mental" in quotes because it is that part of the label that misleads so many people - even practitioners - to focus on the emotional aspect of the illness rather than the physical aspect.

Depression, Anxiety, and other forms of mental illness have a physical basis. It is only with this understanding that healing can start. The emotional aspect is a result of a physical imbalance and is only the "face" of the illness. It can also come about when someone desperately tries to find "logical" reasons for what their body is telling them. 

We are raised to believe that if we are depressed then someone or something must be making us depressed. Or that if we are scared that there must be something to be fearful of. The concept of "physical anxiety" or "physical depression" has not yet made its way into popular culture.

However, it is a reality. I have one client who can have anxiety attacks while she is sitting down watching TV or even while doing dishes. Yet she is also an actress and singer who performs in front of hundreds of people on a weekly basis without any anxiety at all. Like many people with anxiety or depression she does not fit the stereotype.

By focusing on the "mental" aspect of the illness, however, we may miss opportunities to find the true source of the problem. 

Just the awareness of this distinction and a pledge to always remember this will make you a better consultant, coach, writer, or healer.

Blessings & Health,

Kristie

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Correct Citation Styles

A student last week asked about correct citation styles. For turning in your homework we accept any style as long as it is consistent. However, this wonderful online website gives additional guidelines for professional use. If you are blogging or writing articles about natural healing for public use you will want to reference this website HERE.

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Do You Want to Contribute?

Do you have a natural healing blog post, story or tip you would like to share? Send it to: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com and we will include it in the next newsletter with your name, website and contact information.

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Need Help Getting Started?

Connect with other students who are taking the classes, get tips from students and staff on how to start your classes or stay inspired and more at our student forum HERE. You can also e-mail us at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com any time with questions about your classes or materials.

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Coming Soon

The following items are ones we are working on in the offices and studios. If you have any requests, find anything missing on the website or have any questions let us know!

Update: December 2014: Things are moving along with the projects so we have added some ETAs to some of the projects below...

*Herbal Reference Books: We have a set of eight amazing herbal reference books that will be going online soon. We can't wait to share them with you. They will be a cornerstone in your herbal reference library! ETA December 10, 2014.

*Updated Syllabi: We will be updating and creating a more detailed Syllabus for each class (see the ones we did for the Anatomy and Temperament Course as examples)

*Updated Texts: We continue to update all the texts for the course. We only have four texts left to update! All the texts for the Naturopathic Healing Course will soon be completely updated. We will then move on to updating the Unani Tibb course texts. Thank you for your patience! 

*More Physical Texts: Physical texts will soon be available for the following classes: Herbal Healing, Herbal First Aid, Herbs for Women, Reflexology, Iridology, Homeopathy and Ethical and Legal Consultations. ETA "Herbs for Women" and "Herbal Healing" - December 1, 2014.

*Individual Class Tutors: These are becoming available for many of the classes. Vanessa Nixon-Klein is our new Aromatherapy Instructor. Please let us know if you are qualified for one of these jobs. We know that many of you are already medical professionals or professionals in an alternative health care field. Of course we would like to consider our students for these positions before we consider outside applicants so please submit your qualifications for the following positions: Instructor/Tutor for: Anatomy, Herbal Healing, Reflexology, Iridology. Consulting, and Homeopathy.

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Need the Latest Welcome Letter?

If you are a student that enrolled before April 2014 you may want to look at the new welcome letter and make sure you are up to date with any changes HERE.

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Would You Like to Be a Mentor?

Students would love to be able to contact you! You do not need to be a naturopath or graduate of The Avicenna Institute to be a mentor. Students need mentoring opportunities in many fields. Please contact us if any of the following apply to you and you would like to be on the mentor list:

1. You have been part of this program for more than two years and would like to help guide new students through the process.

2. You are an aromatherapist, reflexologist, herbalist, massage therapist, or other natural health care professional.

3. You write a natural health focused BLOG, you write natural health focused articles for magazines or you sell natural health products (herbs, vitamins, aromatherapy oils, etc.)

4. You run a clinic or are a member of a clinic that would be open to having an assistant help (even with tasks like filing records or transcribing).

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Need a Textbook?

If you enrolled as a student before December 1, 2013 physical text books were not available and did not come with the classes. Now that physical text books are being offered you don't have to miss out. You can still order them by clicking on the textbook picture to the left.

Due to travel textbook orders were delayed from a couple weeks ago. If you ordered a text book in the past two weeks you should be receiving it in about 7-10 days.

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Miss a Newsletter? 

Browse old student newsletters below...

September 22, 2014: Student News: Course Updates and More

August 7, 2014: Student News: Aromatherapy Lecture Live (this was rescheduled, new date has not been announced)

June 27, 2014 - Student News: Website Updates Coming Soon

June 8, 2014 - Student News: New Aromatherapy Lecture Online

June 1, 2014 - Student News: Text Books

May 6, 2014 - Website Issue Alert - This May Affect You...

May 1, 2014 - How to Cite Sources in Your Papers

April 24, 2014 - Why Studying Might Give You More Time

March 29, 2014 - Certifications and Over the Counter Drugs

(Note: This is still active - we still need more feedback)

February 15, 2014 - Calling All Practitioners and Students Selling Natural Healing Items!

(Note: This is still active - we are still needing more submissions)

February 6th, 2014 - Improvements Being Made at The Avicenna Institute of Natural Healing

January 30, 2014 - Announcing Our NEW Student Newsletter! Important!

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Tips to Avoid "File Frustration"

* Remember you can always text us for immediate help. We can even send you file links by text. 

* We have set up everything on the site to be easy. If it is not something is wrong. Check the forum or text us to check for "known issues". It's sort of like calling my Internet company when the line is down. They always have an announcement on there if there is a "known issue" so that saves me time trying to figure out what is (not really wrong) with my modem.

* Be sure to check the forum. We made an announcement earlier today about the issue but a few people had not checked so they e-mailed us and were confused.

* Be sure to post for help on the forum. There is always someone on the forum and you will always get the quickest response there. If you e-mail us it may take up to half a day for a response to urgent issues and up to three days for a response to non-urgent e-mails.

* Be sure to use the help pages.

* When possible download files to your own computer or device for quick retrieval. The system we use is only intended as a "delivery system" anyway so to see the files correctly you have to download them anyway.

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Working to Make Your Experience Easier

The website was "down" for a few hours last week twice. We have had a webmaster working to fix the issues. At the same time he is working to make your experience better, as always! Keep in mind that if the website ever goes down or you experience any urgent issues the best ways to contact us quickly are: Facebook Instant Messenger and/or Text at: (571) 327-8495. If you contact us as soon as you see an issue we can usually solve it in under ten minutes.

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**Our old website required you renew access, with the new website you can request access without ever paying to renew that access – even if you want to access lessons you purchased ten years ago! If you received an automated message from our old website asking you to renew please delete that message and ignore it. There is also one exception to this rule – if you are one of the ten people who purchased year memberships during the short period of time we offered them please contact us for access options at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com  - you still have access to many of your materials!

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