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Aspirations of a First Responder

(The State of Minnesota has not adopted standards for Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practitioners.

A brief discussion of consent for treatment (onsite) may be found here: Consent. All our clients are free to seek help from these Local Agencies, or others at any time. The right to refuse treatment, or to seek consent for the implementation of your own treatment plan, is also proposed as a way to work with practitioners who believe there are 'hopeless conditions', because to work with someone believes we are truly is.


  • To live in truth.
  • To have faith.
  • To repent one's sins.
  • To give proof of humility.
  • To love justice.
  • To be merciful.
  • To be sincere and wholehearted.
  • To endure persecution. [i]
Eight Point Cross


  • Observant: that he may note the causes and signs of injury.
  • Tactful: that he may without thoughtless questions learn the symptoms and history of the case, and secure the confidence of the patients and bystanders.
  • Resourceful: that he may use to the best advantage whatever is at hand to prevent further damage, and to assist Nature's efforts to repair the mischief already done.
  • Dextrous: that he may handle a patient without causing unnecessary pain, and use appliances efficiently and neatly.
  • Explicit: that he may give clear instructions to the patient or the bystanders how best to assist him.
  • Discriminating: that he may decide which of several injuries presses most for treatment by himself, what can best be left for the patient or bystanders to do, and what should be left for the medical men.
  • Persevering: that he may continue his efforts, though not at first successful.
  • Sympathetic: that he may give real comfort and encouragement to the suffering. [i]

Complementary and Alternative Medicine falls into three categories:

Professionally organized alternative therapies.

They comprise of the "Big 5" therapies namely acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathy and osteopathy. These disciplines were considered as presenting evidence of an "individual diagnostic approach".

Those that made no diagnostic claims and complement mainstream approaches.

These were: Alexander Technique, aromatherapy, Bach and other flower remedies, body work therapies including massage, counseling stress therapy, hypnotherapy, meditation, reflexology, Shiatsu, healing, Maharishi ayurvedic medicine, nutritional medicine, and yoga

Alternative disciplines.

These disciplines are those which purport to offer diagnostic information as well as treatment but favor a philosophical approach and are indifferent to the principles of conventional medicine. [ii]


1. Johanniter International

2. Choong, Kartina Aisha and Duckworth, Jean Ellen (8th of May, 2015): The Regulation of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

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