Herb Bus

Herbalista Free ClinicI just received the good news from Mason at Mountain Rose Herbs that there is another mobile free clinic in Atlanta Georgia called the Herbalista Free Clinic.  The organizer is a talented herbalist named Lorna Mauney-Brodek who also runs her own herbal consulting practice.

They run a mobile clinic nicknamed the Herb Bus which is focused on herbal medicine and also hosts a weekly foot care clinic. They are pioneering natural medicine outreach by scheduling monthly visits to a variety of locations throughout the city.

The Herbalista Free Clinic hosts regular classes on health. They post information regularly on their blog, facebook page and website. It is easy to keep updated. They are also firm believers in spreading the good word about organized alternative medicine. Herb Bus has procedures and manuals available on line. These people are VERY impressive.

We welcome our brothers and sisters in healing to the mobile clinic community. We appreciate the inspiration.

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More Donations from an Old Friend

A Little Goes a Long Way

A Little Goes a Long Way

The Merry Hempsters is a local company owned and operated by a long-standing Occupy supporter. Even when Occupy Medical was just a few lawn chairs under a tarp, Gerry, the owner, saw to it that we had donations to keep us going.
Gerry has stepped up to the plate many times since then. He has brought us lip balms, lotions, containers and a hefty supply of raw materials to work with. His generosity is inspiring.
It is clear that he understands that Occupy Medical is more than a first aid tent. We are the pioneers in the healthcare revolution. Gerry has seen enough suffering and he wants to make a change.
Recently, Gerry stepped in with more donations from Merry Hempster: raw herbs and boxes and boxes of salves and lotions. Once again, my herb team stood in awe as we stared at the donations.
As volunteers, we get used to the idea of living on a shoestring. If we have the donation, we will give it, for free, to the patient. If we don’t have it, we scrounge around our supplies and make do or scratch our heads for places that our patients can get adequate substitutions.
This time we don’t have to scrounge or make do. We can just hand the patient with psoriasis the lotion he needs. We can just hand the woman with cracked lips that balm that she needs. We can reach into a box and pull out what we want, when we want it. We are getting spoiled.
Thank you, Merry Hempsters, for helping our people. Thank you, Gerry, for understanding that you are part of solution.

The Friends List

Occupy Medical

Occupy Medical

Every week Occupy Medical gives away donations of medicine, medical supplies, supplements and hygiene supplies to those in need. Our policy on healthcare is strict: Healthcare is for all. Our ability to heal should not depend on what lines your wallet.
This means that some of our volunteers are busy chasing donations to support the Sunday clinic throughout the rest of the week. The supplies that we need come from a variety of sources. Personal donations are most common. One woman drove up and opened her trunk revealing boxes of brand new wound treatment supplies. Her mother had passed a few weeks earlier. Her family did not need the medical equipment and she knew her mother would approve of sharing these with the clinic.
Other donations come from groups dedicated to charity. Interfaith Occupy and churches such as First United Methodist and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection have helped our people on a regular basis. They bring food, supplies and support that truly comes the heart.
Our allies support us in ways that make our lives much easier. Cahoots popped by unexpectedly with big boxes of wound care. White Bird Clinic has offer numerous supplies through the past year and 1/2. They generously got us started with basic supplies back in the early days of Occupy. Our local hospitals have donated medical equipment that has tremendously expanded the level of care we can offer our patients.
Now businesses are starting to step up as well. Mountain Rose has always been a generous supporter of our clinic but other small, local businesses are sharing with OM this year. One of the owners of Sol Botanicals taught a free workshop via our community education series. McKenzie Mist supplies us with spring water.
As of today, a new business has joined the pursuit of universal healthcare by sharing a grocery bag of vitamins and herbal supplements. To them, it was helpful to lighten the shelves to make room for new product. To us, it meant saving our people from malnutrition. Thank you, Evergreen Nutrition. Welcome to Occupy Medical.

Help for OM’s Herbalists

Beautiful Calendula

Beautiful Calendula

Last week, our herbalist team (Patti, Barb, T. and Sue) were desperate. Our herbal clinic was becoming the victim of its own success. We were running dangerously low on herbs. For the low income patients that had come to rely on these herbs to help them with wounds, blood pressure and anxiety, this was a critical situation. If they could not get access to donations channeled through Occupy Medical, they would simply go without. It was a serious situation so we put out a plea for help. (See the post below.)
Almost immediately, we received an answer to our clarion call. One local herbalist, Tree Knowlton, who has been connected to the clinic since it’s inception, opened her cupboards and generously brought us a shoebox filled with both bulk tinctures and bottles to repackage them in. The variety was as much of a blessing as the quantity of the herbs. Everything was beautifully labelled and organized. I would expect nothing less from Tree. She is a fabulous woman.
Later, another local herbalist answered the call. Sherri Brown, whose class I had the privilege of taking a few years ago, offered another box just brimming with tinctures. It was almost magical to see how many of the herbs that she donated were on our “dangerously low” list. These are herbs that she had taken such care to harvest and preserve. These were plants that she put love and care into and were sharing with us – no strings attached. It was a beautiful gift.
Just when we were getting comfortable with the idea that our clinic may survive after all, another local herbalist answered the call. Gerry Shapiro, the owner of Merry Hempsters, drove his truck into town loaded with boxes of herbal donations. Gerry had been a generous donor when Occupy first started, we were happy to have him back.
Our herbalist team was gathered at Sue’s house for a meeting. Our jaws dropped as Gerry started filling Sue’s driveway with box after box of fabulous herbal offerings. He shared jars of herbal oil that shone with vitality, bags of dry herbs just begging to be popped into liquid tincture goodness and a lion’s share of empty jars for processing.
These were all items coveted by herbalists everywhere and our hands shook with delight. As I examined each bag of dry herb, the faces of the patients that dearly needed this medicine passed through my mind. I could not wait to share these treasures with them. Gerry smiled at our questions. He gave processing advice and batted ideas around for other ways of using these herbs for the special needs of our unhoused patients. Before he drove away, he gave us all hugs and offered more donations whenever we needed it.
All of these gifts arrived within a few days of each other. Our herbalist team is overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. People keep asking us how we find the time and the energy to do what we do every week, rain or shine. Sometimes our project seems so big – too big. This week gave us more than resources, it gave us the courage to carry on.

A Call for Help

Herbal Medicine for the People

Herbal Medicine for the People


Eugene’s OCCUPY MEDICAL clinic continues to grow and expand. Last quarter we had an average of 25 patients and already our numbers have risen to 30-40 per clinic. We expect the trend to continue. One of our primary jobs is serving the medical needs of our community. We operate on a shoestring budget that is based 100% on community donations. Many of our donations come from total strangers who understand the need and want to be a viable part of the solution. A significant amount of our volunteers and donors are previous patients or friends and family of patients. Many now wish to complete the circle of reciprocity with the generous gift of their time and/or resources.
A unique feature of OCCUPY MEDICAL is that we are not just an emergency care clinic. We provide preventative and managed care with 48% of our patients returning for further assistance. All of our treatments are completely free, which provides an opportunity for our patients to make personal healthcare choices that are best for them, not just what they can afford at the time.
The nutritional and herbal department has increased in popularity as our patients learn the qualities of herbal medicine. Even patients who previously did not have the slightest interest in plant medicine are now requesting this care. The herbal remedies that we provide are high to medium dose botanicals. We offer several different forms (tinctures, vinegar based, and capsules) for internal consumption, in addition to our topical salves and infused oils. It is not uncommon for us to give away between 8 and 10 oz of tincture, 400 herbal capsules, multiple doses of essential oils, a wide array of nutritional supplements and several bottles of homeopathic medicine per clinic. We move through inventory quickly and need your help in sustaining this facet of OCCUPY MEDICAL, especially with our services expanding to Fridays in addition to our regular Sunday clinic. Our need will double in a few short weeks.
WE NEED DONATIONS!
If you are an herbalist and are willing to donate your tinctures, we would be more than appreciative to share them with the community. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden with culinary and/or medicinal herbs that we may harvest to craft medicine from, please let us know. We need your help so that we may continue to offer alternative modalities of health and healing. We wish to make plant medicine accessible to those that we have the privilege of serving.
OCCUPY MEDICAL is changing the future of “traditional” medicine to welcome various alternatives in care. It is not an easy journey and we cannot achieve our goal alone. Please help us in any way you can. Our website https://occupymedics.wordpress.com/ lists the herbs that are in high demand, as well as the nutritional supplements that we regularly use. Please feel free to stop by one of our clinics and speak with Sue or “T”.

In solidarity,
T and Sue

The Clinic Gets a Little Sunshine

Last Sunday, March 24th, Joe and Patti popped by to drop off more donations and take a few pictures of Occupy Medical in action. We were enjoying one of the first sunny, warm days that OM has seen for several months.

Sue sports both the classic Occupy bandana and our new staff shirts. We gone Hawaiian!

Sue sports both the classic Occupy bandana and our new staff shirts. We gone Hawaiian!

The herbalists confer about our newest donations.

The herbalists confer about our newest donations.

OM recycles tincture bottles for the cause!

OM recycles tincture bottles for the cause!

Keeping a weather eye on the clinic. Thanks Martin!

Keeping a weather eye on the clinic. Thanks Martin!

There is always something going on at Occupy Medical.

There is always something going on at Occupy Medical.

Big smiles in the sunshine from Patti and Brooke.

Big smiles in the sunshine from Patti and Brooke.

New Herbal Donations

file000267364900(1)Occupy Medical thanks Timeless and Daughters, the makers of the Burden Cloth and topical herbal medicine, for donating to our clinic. This is a small, local company that generously opened their hearts to the plight of the suffering in our community by offering a bag of topical herbal medicine to the clinic.
As is typical of every clinic donation, the Sunday following this donation was filled with patients sorely in need of the very items that were brought in. Our volunteers barely had time to even remove the herbal salves from the bag as patients appeared in the treatment station with a request from the doctor to get topical herbs for their injuries.
Green Comfort salve ,Herbal Liniment, Unburn Gold, and Mind Soothe all proved to be the perfect medicine to save the day. Thank you all at Timeless and Daughters!