Medical practitioner Dr. Jennifer Cornell returns to talk with John on Voices From the North.

 

Jennifer sees herself as a bridge between East and West, native tribes and European descendants, and modern allopathic medicine and complementary therapies. She sees that her role as a doctor is to teach the people that come to her to take steps to lead healthier lives, rather than simply relying on a pill. In a wide-ranging discussion, Jennifer challenges the supposition that doctors should pronounce that cancer patients have three or six months to live. She gives the example of where patients have been misdiagnosed, then told they don’t have a life-threatening cancer and they still die because they’ve originally been given a ‘death sentence’. There is a profound lesson for us all here: take care with your words and the intention behind them.

 Experiences are compared of a Native American Dreamer and mask maker on Kodiak Island in Alaska (a place with 15,000 people and 3,000 Kodiak bears) with the memorizers of Maori oral history; and Jennifer speaks of the importance of using local native plants for healing. Again the music of songstress Vienna Teng is featured, a song called Soon Love Soon. Jennifer closes the interview with more rich and haunting Native American flute melodies.

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