12for12k Challenge Supporting Doctors Without Borders

by Mark Lovett on September 1, 2009

For the month of September the 12for12k Challenge, in partnership with Global Patriot, has selected Doctors Without Borders as the nonprofit to support, using the basic theme of Music as Medicine to emphasize both the need and the possibility of healing across borders.

This guest post by Shanna Trenholm speaks to the nature of our individual health and explores the topic of how music unites the planet and provides a much need dose of medicine in our daily lives.

When I contemplate health, in the broadest sense of the word, I consider all aspects that contribute to a healthy being: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. All these realms are in harmony when a person is healthy, or what I think of as in a balanced state of ease.

To Our Health

To Our Health

The absence of this ease is dis-ease, a response to a system out of balance. So health, for most of us, is a point on a fluid continuum—some days, weeks, and months are better than others as we quest for that sometimes elusive state.

“When Health is absent – wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applies”  – Herophilus, (335 BC to 280 BC – Greek Physician – The Father of Anatomy).

Health, that delicate balance we strive to create or maintain, is achieved by the input of many sources. Contributing to our health, or the absence of, is lifestyle and living conditions. This includes access to potable water, nutritious food, sanitation, shelter and medical care.

And while the United States undergoes the most vigorous debate in years regarding the right of citizens to quality care at a reasonable cost, around the world citizens of war-torn nations, or those caught in epidemics, or victims of natural disasters, are struggling for the most fundamental medical care.

This is where Doctors Without Borders comes in.

DWB MSF Clear Logo

Global Healing

Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as they are known throughout much of the world, was created “by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.”

Healing happens in a variety of ways and through a wide range of mediums. Along with more conventional cures, many seek solace and comfort in friends and family, in their spiritual path, and many find that music is what moves us to an exalted state of wellbeing.

Music unifies, music uplifts, music heals.

Notes of Healing

Notes of Healing

Whether from a primitive village or a civilized culture, music is the common thread in our social fabric. As listener or player, music can be cathartic and curative—helping us to move past the broken places in our lives, find creative expression, and enhance our quality of life. Music makes us feel great. Music can be medicine.

Music as Medicine is the theme for the Doctors Without Borders benefit concerts produced by Global Patriot in conjunction with Danny Brown’s 12 for 12k Challenge. Featuring The Alphonse Mouzon Jazz Project, the San Diego event will be held at Anthology on September 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 pm.

Please join us as we celebrate a month of healing music and further the mission of this vital and global humanitarian organization that is saving lives on a daily basis. We are extremely honored to be supporting Doctors Without Borders!

If your travels place you in Stockholm on September 9th, be sure to catch the second concert in the Music as Medicine series benefiting Doctors Without Borders!

Music unifies, music uplifts, music heals.

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thepinkpeppercorn September 8, 2009 at 5:24 am

Music IS medicine. I have so much to say about this, I don’t know where to begin. But I see it each and everyday.
.-= thepinkpeppercorn´s last blog ..procacci truffle sandwiches for lunch and teatro del sale for dinner =-.

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Global Patriot September 8, 2009 at 6:40 am

The power of music as been recognized for centuries as something that touches the soul and has the power to heal, yet we too often forget that fact. Seeing in in daily life is a great reminder!

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thepinkpeppercorn September 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Music IS medicine. I have so much to say about this, I don’t know where to begin. But I see it each and everyday.
.-= thepinkpeppercorn´s last blog ..procacci truffle sandwiches for lunch and teatro del sale for dinner =-.

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GlobalPatriot September 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The power of music as been recognized for centuries as something that touches the soul and has the power to heal, yet we too often forget that fact. Seeing in in daily life is a great reminder!

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