WYTHEVILLE – Wendy Welch is amazed that the health professions education program resulted in a survival medical guide for Ukrainians trapped from Russian troops. Russian army.
Welch the director of the executive office for The executive director of the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium who has been involved in the management of the program that began last year to bring the health and medical professionals students along with members of the Inman Village community in Appalachia.
The program’s two main goals are to help residents understand the available health and nutrition services and also to train students that the health of a community is determined more by individual choice and more by the services and food options are available.
In the course of that work, Welch noted that the recent cooperation between Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine led to the creation of the 18.2-page google Docs resource for herbal as well as pharmacological resources for medical and nutrition.
Welch stated that DeBusk students were getting ready for coming to Inman regularly to assist GMEC by providing monthly educational visits and community support. Mary Beth Bobas, an herbalist and nutritionist at DeBusk visited Inman recently along with Welch as well as Tori Mackal, faculty adviser for the UVA Wise’s Health Pre-professional Club to get more acquainted to the curriculum.
“We were walking through the woods that surround Inman and MB began picking the medicinal and edible plants that were scattered across the forest,” Welch said. “She said that it’s impossible to gather these varieties of plants that pesticides are utilized, but the area surrounding Inman was the perfect spot to look for and utilize natural plants.”
Even though the Ukraine situation was not escalated into war at the time, Welch said she wondered what Bobas knowledge could be applied to assist the residents of Inman.
“MB stated”I’m an nutritionist. You’re an Anthropologist. You can figure it out.’ “Welch said, laughing.
The hike resulted in GMEC working together with UVA Wise plant biologist Ryan Huish on ways to help educate Inman residents on the benefits within their own backyard. Welch stated that Inman wasn’t the end of this effort.
“There exists an unofficial group of parents and child advocates in the region who for many years has brought older orphaned, abandoned or abandoned youngsters of Ukraine home to celebrate the Christmas season,” Welch said. “Many are children with mental, emotional physical, or emotional needs and the group provides them the care they need while at home in the U.S. They also spoil themby packing their bags with practical Christmas gifts prior to their departure back to Ukraine following the Christmas season.”
Welch stated that the advocates remain in contact with the children even when they’re back in Ukraine and assist in finding adoptive parents as well as providing ongoing support. An avid knitter, Welch has knit a variety of blankets and other items for children.
“We had two kids who were obsessed with all things Spider-Man,” Welch said. “We knitted them all Spider-Man blanketsand watched them on TV having to evacuate during the war. The blankets were around them.” the blankets.”
Two teenage girls, Diana and Slav, were shattered by the Russian attack, Welch said. A campaigner could help Diana obtain a visa to travel into Switzerland, Slav — his real name has been hidden in the event that Russian forces spot it in the media and pursue his family members — remains living in the stricken southern city of Mariupol.
“Slav isn’t able to leave Ukraine because he’s of the age to be a soldier,” Welch said. “We’ve been talking to him and there’s facial infections with sores. We’ve inquired about what medications or drugs are in his possession and were advised the vodka is black tea and vodka.”
Welch stated that this led to a number of pharmacists and herbalists working together in conjunction with GMEC contacts as well as advocates to find out what else is in place to assist Slav and other people who are stranded in the conflict.
“There’s the best practices and there’s a chance to survive,” Welch said. “We discovered that a lot of houses included spice racks, and that the pharmacists and herbalists began from there. Every spice rack is filled with curcumin, an ingredient that pharmacies can inform you that it has a range of applications. We also discovered that steamed nettles resemble spinach and may aid in nutrition.”
In the case of Slav’s they were able guide him on how to manage his infection as well as treat the ulcers Welch said.
A few of the teenagers the advocates were helping were expecting, Welch said, and nettles aren’t safe to consume during pregnancy.
“You can soak nettles that have been steamed with vodka over a few weeks, but” explained Welch, “and after a woman gives birth and is pregnant, they can drink 15 drops of the drink in the form of a glass of water, and this will give them the after-natal nutrients.”
When the group began to study other plants Ukrainians could benefit from and began to learn about the application of botany in different regions in the nation, Welch said. Researchers uncovered notes from the Romanian herbalist group , which gave specific regional information on the most useful plants from across the country.
“Chickweed is found in a variety of areas in the United States,” said Welch, “and you can chew it or even spit it into your hands and apply it to your wounds to prevent infections.”
At that point, Welch said, group members were able to perform quick translating from Romanian in English in Ukrainian to create the guide of 18 pages.
“We have compiled information about dandelions, violets and even herbs” Welch said. “With this being an Google Doc, we still can provide the information out to people who are there. When the power is on at any time of the day, individuals can charge their phones and users can then download or keep the data stored in their smartphones.”
Welch stated that the leader of the advocacy group who prefers to go by the name of Misty She had contacted Slav on Friday regarding how to treat fever that was caused by his illness.
“Misty is currently teaching Slav the method of making garlic paste using mustard and apply it on his feet in order to reduce the fever” Welch said. “If they do get one of the onions, they must cut off the top and rub it onto his feet before eating the remainder.”
Welch admitted that she didn’t expect an once-a-month nutritional or medical school program from Wise County to spawn a Wartime survival guide.
It was the most bizarre experience to compile and translate everything in Ukrainian,” said Welch. “While those who benefit from this information might still be hungry however, they will not be suffering from malnutrition. We’re here for the long run.”
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