Helping amputees and phantom limb pain

ME AND MY MIRROR

Treating phantom limb pain with free mirrors and mirror therapy ...globally.

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PITCH TO NICK AHLMARK OF ‘STORYTIME FILMS’ FOR AL JAZEERA FILM DOC
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PITCH TO NICK AHLMARK OF ‘STORYTIME FILMS’ FOR AL JAZEERA FILM DOC

By on Nov 8, 2014 in General

Hey Nick,
Okay, so region by region:

LAO : I’ve been once before and there is PLENTY still to do. Lao is quite a bit more backward than Cambodia and possibly even more traumatized. Lao is also, as you likely know, a totally different tragedy. No land mines in Lao because the chicken-ass Americans never sent ground forces in and Lao was anyhow a covert aggression. They never sided with the N Vietnamese or Viet Cong yet a portion of the so-called ‘Ho Chi Minh Trail’ ran through Lao and for our American friends that was enough to bomb them into the stone-age. It’s one of the dirtiest stories of modern war.

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The Importance of Being Frank

By on Feb 21, 2014 in General, Outreach

In all earnestness, I think being Frank is serving me well. I’m not beating about the bush with these people and I believe they appreciate it. Lots of times I’ll put my hand on a super-mutilated guy and just say, ‘I can’t help you man. You’re fucked.’ They usually give me a shy smile and a nod of resignation. And, of course, people of all stripes are likely to be more honest right back at you. Reciprocity. I gave a workshop a couple nites ago at Battambang’s nicest café, The Café Kinyei (also called the 1 ½ St. Café). They do all kinds of good things for the Khmer community here and are involved with many of the more valid NGOs. The room was mostly expats, a couple doctors and therapists, a few Khmers who mostly spoke English well, and Untac (!!!), my translator for the evening. It’s relatively rare for me to have such a gathering of educated English –as-a-first –language people, and so nice to be able to get a little more technical and maybe a little more expansive. Well, I kinda blew it. I mean, let’s be frank; I’m a bit of a chatterbox and boy can I digress. I was apologizing afterwards to my new friend Andrew who’s a Brit and a doctor for the Brangelina people, MJP (the Maddox Jolie Pitt Foundation). He laughed and said, ‘No, no, it was OK. It was good; it IS clear though, that you, um, CARE about what you’re doing.’ He went on to say that he’d recently told his boss about me riding around on this goofy bicycle with a giant load of mirrors on the back, and the boss the asked him, frankly, ‘Is the guy a nutjob?’. Maybe. But I’m getting through. Getting through to the clinics, the NGOs, the community and, of course, the amputees themselves. I’m being aided enormously by the fact that public interest has really swung to neurology or even, in more layman’s terms, the mysteries of the brain. Even in the small room at KINYEI there were at least two or three people who had read and been fascinated by Norman Doidge’s “The Brain That Changes Itself”. That would be...

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Quote – One of mine from July’s S.E. Asia Globe

By on Aug 14, 2013 in General, Life in Cambodia

It’s worth remembering that it may have worked for me so well because I needed it to work,” he says. “But here you have the most complex organism in the universe, the human brain. Then you have one of the most common household implements on the planet, and that’s the solution to one of the most complex syndromes known to humankind. Neurology doesn’t quite understand phantom pain yet, but the mirror does.   A quote of mine from July’s S E Asia Globe. Scroll down and find the link to the entire article! Peace!!! If you enjoyed the read, please feel free to share...

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S.E. Asia Article

By on Jul 30, 2013 in General, Outreach

A great article on Me And My Mirror in this month’s ‘S E Asia Globe’, Asia’s glossiest and most informative monthly. Check it out! (  or you can Download the entire article here) If you enjoyed the read, please feel free to share...

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