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Holistic nurse talks in Ripon about Alzheimer’s

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POSTED March 16, 2013 1:45 a.m.

It is all about the “missing piece” of the puzzle in severe cases of dementia and other illnesses that is described as the “emotional wellness” toward healing.

An outgoing personality and socializing with others has a lot to do with preventing Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly,  Ripon Rotarians heard at their regular Wednesday noon meeting at the Barnwood Restaurant. 

The Guided Imagery practitioner,  and author of two books on the subject, Maureen Minnehan Jones, R.N., of Oakdale,  told how the lack of socialization can cause the neurons in the brain to shrivel and deteriorate from their lack of use, causing Alzheimer’s.

She used the life of Ronald Regan to exemplify how the body can react to certain illnesses from birth, defining the causes and predict the later medical and physiological outcomes.  The nurse said Regan had difficulty in letting himself out and letting other in with an almost invisible shield, like a portable phone booth, around him.

“His body cried out for years,” she said of the man she described as suffering from emotional abandonment having learned to never really get attached to anyone from his childhood experiences – later in life suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Jones is the creator of the Modus Operandi Technique in holistic medicine after working for years as a registered nurse in emergency rooms and surgical wards.  She said she always felt there was something missing in the overall healing process and discovered the answer within her own body. 

Being diagnosed with cancer some 17 years ago, she attempted her own healing by using her mind’s power and focus on overcoming the disease.  Months later she learned she was free of the cancer that had been diagnosed from a blood test.  The same approach is true with the memory loss in Alzheimer’s when it is caught early, she added, saying a reversal is also sometimes possible.

Those who stay to themselves and don’t get out of the house and mix with friends and family on a regular basis are good candidates for the deteriorating mind disease, she added.  The mind needs to be kept active and challenged for a person to remain healthy with a good memory, she said.

It was in 2002 – 11 years ago – that Jones became a Guided Imagery practitioner and later spent five years writing her book, “Wisdom to Wellness.”  She graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Dees Moines, Iowa in 1973. 

The book reveals how emotions trigger diseases in the body.

By developing the Modus Operandi Technique (MO), she was able to release the abnormal symptoms out of her body and has had normal blood work for nearly a dozen years showing no cancer present.  She noted that once she realized her success with the power of the mind, she quickly realized this was the practice where she could probably best benefit her patients.

In discovering the alternative physiological approach, she transformed her life and launched herself on a career of teaching new methods of healing.

“By using the MO Technique, the emotional component that underlies the symptoms, condition, or disease can be released out of the body.  You can then take responsibility and become proactive in your own healing,” Jones noted.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has completed courses in Guided Imagery, Acupressure, Reflexology, Polarity, Emotional Anatomy, Human Behavior, Kinesiology and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.

In 1997 she added being a Certified Massage Therapist to her list of achievements and found she could actually feel the energy in the human body.

She cautioned that her new book is not intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.  It is best to ask your physician if this self-healing method could be used with your treatment plan. 

“Before attempting the Modus Operandi Technique, it is suggested you seek the expertise of a trained physician for a diagnosis, treatment and guidance for using this particular therapeutic modality,” Jones said.

Lee Glickstein, founder and president of Speaking Circles International, commented on her “Wisdom to Wellness” book, saying, “For those who already know or intuit that self-love is the primary path for healing illness, this book absolutely nails the practical steps to get there from here.  Practitioners in all modalities owe it to themselves and to their patients to digest this book.”

For more information go to   Jones is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and Imagery International.

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