2005-04-01 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Rockaway Epidemic
By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. Nancy gahlesDR. Nancy gahles There are signs of a growing epidemic in Rockaway. The signs and symptoms are reminiscent of those experienced by the original inhabitants of the peninsula, the Rehkwacky Indians.

People on the peninsula gradually manifest signs of isolation. They feel disconnected from the communities outside the peninsula. They have a vague discontent. This manifests in a wandering type of mentality where the residents of Rockaway don’t support their own community by patronizing local businesses but see the “greener grass” on the other side. This creates an epidemic of poor health in the business community of Rockaway.

Apathy, an indifference, sets in and people don’t have the motivation to make connections with their neighbors. They don’t want to leave their homes and join in local events. “Let somebody else do it” is the philosophy that abounds.

Outbreaks of violence, quarrels over parking spaces, littering the beaches and destruction of others’ property is the eventual breakdown of the mind that sets in if the cause is not treated. A review of the historical data of the original Rockaway inhabitants was fascinating.

Hidden in the text of a manuscript of an Indian medicine man was the treatment that was used for this condition in their time.

It was a simple two word phrase that caught my eye …….April Fool’s!

May The Blessings Be!

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