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COLLEGE COMES OF AGE
FROM SHIRLEY MACLAINE TO AL ROKER
York College of Health Professions Is Showing that Holistic Health
is one of the Hottest Fields For Students
New York College of Health Professions is more than
25 years old. When it was started, its current President Lisa Pamintuan
was just 13 years old and a national tennis champion who just three
years later, at 16, would play at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. In
many ways this College, which has both undergraduate and graduate
programs in holistic health, has always been a bit unconventional.
But Neutraceuticals and Complementary Health care are now becoming
the choice of hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.
As more people are dissatisfied with our health care system that often
does not address the chronic needs of those needing pain management
or rehabilitation, they are turning in droves to Complementary forms
of medicine. Today even major medical centers often recommend Massage
Therapy or Acupuncture for their patients in conjunction with receiving
In the last few years New York College of Health Professions
trained hundreds of nurses at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest Hospital
in America, in the techniques of Massage therapy under a Workforce
Retraining Grant from New York State. Both the nurses and patients
loved the experience.
As the world becomes smaller Western medicine is
reaching even the remote areas of China, and conversely, Chinese Herbal
Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques like acupuncture
and massage are becoming commonplace in the United States. Other forms
of Complementary medicine are also making their way into the general
Both Shirley MacLaine and Al Roker have delivered
commencement addresses to graduating classes at New York College,
and while the former is certainly far from center Al Roker from the
“Today Show” is about as mainstream as you can get. He
said last month to the Class of 2006, “…more and more
people are really beginning to realize the benefits, the actual healing
properties and powers of different cultures’ medicines, I think
you are really on the cutting edge’.
Lisa Pamintuan says “The school offers an opportunity
for many people who are starting a new career or changing careers
to become a health professional in as little as 24 months. As a licensed
health professional our graduates can start their own businesses,
work in hospitals, spas, resorts or even on cruise ships”. “It
also provides our graduates with the opportunity to see and help patients
get better. Unfortunately, our health care centers take in very ill
patients and release them as soon as possible, certainly not when
they are really better”.
These therapies are becoming more popular not just
for illness, but for wellness. “We have smoking cessation clinics,
appetite suppressing techniques as well as major programs in pain
management and control,” says Pamintuan.
“Shirley MacLaine is a brilliant woman and while
I might not agree with everything she says she was fascinating to
listen to. Al Roker was insightful in understanding that while Western
medicine thinks it has all the answers, other cultures have been around
for thousands of years and have actually been dealing with health
problems long before the traditional Western medicines were,”
The College believes in the field called Integrative
medicine, which combines the best of both. It has Visiting Professors
that include well known medical doctors, former university Presidents,
psychologists and others of varied backgrounds in addition to our
core full-time and adjunct faculty.
The College has expanded dramatically and is now entering
the publishing field, launching a new clothing line that has therapeutic
value and its own line of supplements. “We don’t have
the classical Ivy, but we have a lot of plants that will do a lot
more for you,” says Ms. Pamintuan.
From a regional school on Long Island, New York, the
College has expanded and now owns a 35 acre facility in Lou Yang,
China. It is exploring other national and international centers for
spas and clinics.
New York College will be introducing an educational
program and book on the ‘Science of Self Improvement’
in the fall that will use many techniques to work with people at all
stages in their lives to achieve better health and prosperity.
Unlike a traditional College, New York College of
Health Professions sees its endowments coming from its products and
services to the community, as well as from donors.
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