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Dear Readers.

It's with some sadness I announce I'll be winding down my Healing Options series, which started in 1998 soon after I left the Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA) national office in Washington, D.C., and moved out West.

After my departure, I wrote what I thought would be a one-time PN article on alternative medicine. As it turned out, the effort was anything but one time.

Because of reader interest, I was invited to write more articles on alternative topics. This endeavor evolved into a long-term series (100-plus articles), as well as a book, Alternative Medicine & SO, the website and a widely distributed email newsletter.

The series' objective was to provide information about diverse therapies that expanded the healing spectrum for individuals with spinal-cord injury/disease ranging from Traditional Chinese Medicine to stem-cell treatments.

I believe the healing world is vast, and there are many under-appreciated therapies that not only can augment wellness but, in some cases, actually restore some life-enhancing function.

Over the years, my efforts have been facilitated by periodic PVA grant and contract support. Because this support has now ended, I need to, unfortunately, wrap up the project.

The effort it takes to research and write an article on a different topic every other month is considerable. Nevertheless, I will try to submit the occasional article.

Overall, I've been very grateful for my 20-plus year PVA association. PVA is a great organization with a lot of heart and soul.

Laurance Johnston, PhD

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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