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Val Staples teaches, and learns, about healing, wherever she goes. She works in the physicians assistant program at Duke University.

— From February 1978
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

Rather than talking-about-doing, it is possible now to begin educating ourselves. The books listed below focus on Western techniques, and use standard disease classification. Clearly this represents only a limited aspect of well-being and self-care, but it is a convenient starting point.

February 1978
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

12 May 1974. Josh may be dying. It seems so witless and so unreal. I cannot relate to him as other than a living force. Words seem superfluous to the privacy and loneliness of his experience. He is Josh as he always has been; I make clumsy assurances of my love and hope. My suffering for him can only make it harder.

December 1977
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

The drug habits of Americans — that’s “legal” drugs, obtained by prescription or off the grocery and drugstore shelves — is alarming.

November 1977
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

Early introduction of stress recognition and relaxation techniques as part of one’s daily routine could have a significant impact on health.

September 1977
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

Warm summer weather and more time outdoors bring with them predictable health problems, mostly minor, but nonetheless annoying. I would like to share some “home remedies” which are based mainly on herbal or holistic approaches.

July 1977
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Temple Sweeper

Eight years ago I decided to become a vegetarian. This decision corresponded roughly with a hazily conceptual political activism and very clearly with an infatuation with a male vegetarian. Since then . . . concern for my diet has moved from the realm of “proof of lifestyle” to a central place in my efforts toward well being.

June 1977
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Val Staples Enterprises Announces Distillate Of Rainbow

Distillate of Rainbow is an ancient and natural remedy for the relief of tension and nagging worries.

May 1977
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