The History of the Camino De Santiago Trek

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A self-employed occupational and preventive medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, concurrently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. William D. Jones, MD, is planning to complete the famous Camino de Santiago hike in Spain.

Far more than an ordinary hike, the Camino de Santiago began in the Middle Ages as a path worn by pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, the legendary resting place of martyred Christian saint James the Great. The Christians who have completed this trek look forward to a shorter time in purgatory during the afterlife.

Although some continue to walk the Camino de Santiago for this specific reason, far more are on the path for enjoyment and the rich experience it offers. Because Santiago de Compostela originally drew pilgrims from throughout Europe, it ultimately consists of multiple routes. Its principal paths were lost to historians until a couple of decades ago, when a wealth of information on the Camino de Santiago was published, thus sparking international interest.

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Basque Country Highlights of the Camino de Santiago

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Serving the needs of occupational health patients, William D. Jones, MD, maintains an established Oklahoma City, OK, practice. Having traveled extensively, William D. Jones, MD, had the opportunity to traverse the Camino de Santiago this summer. The ancient pilgrimage route stretches from southern France near the Spanish border to the medieval Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

The beginning point of the trail is located in traditional Basque country, which has a unique cultural character and language that is distinct from both French and Spanish. Highlights of the area include Albaola in Pasai San Pedro, which is the site of a historic shipbuilding center. The working museum currently features artisans crafting a 16th century era whaling ship, employing labor-intensive shipbuilding techniques of the era.

Basque country is also a particularly biodiverse area that harbors the wetlands of Urdaibai, which are set aside as a Biosphere Reserve and provide species, such as spoonbills, urasian bittern, and fish eagles, with a critical habitat on the Iberian Peninsula.

Those in search of the historical roots of the region can explore the Monastery of Zenarruza, which is a thousand year old national monument at the the base of Mount Oiz. This steep stretch of the Camino de Santiago is one of those made up of “original road,” or cobblestones that have settled unevenly over time and are challenging to traverse.

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A Brief Overview of the Camino de Santiago Trail

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A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, specializes in occupational and preventive medicine, and is the secretary and treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Aside from his professional duties, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys fitness and travel, both locally and outside of OK. Dr. Jones plans to travel to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago trail during the summer season.

The Camino de Santiago trail is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage now traveled by thousands of people each year on foot, horseback, and bike. There are several route options to choose along the Camino de Santiago, with some of the main ones including the Camino Frances (which starts in St. Jean Pied-du-Port and provides a variety of scenery) and Camino del Norte (which runs along the North Coast of Spain). Also popular, the Camino Portugués starts in Lisbon, goes through Northern Portugal, and is relatively flat compared to some of the other routes.

Most of the Camino de Santiago trail consists of well-maintained tracks or pavement, which makes it easy for travelers with little backpacking experience. Plentiful infrastructure along the trail also provides hikers with numerous options to stay overnight, thus eliminating the need to plan every detail of the hike. Upon completing 62 miles or more of the hike, travelers receive either a certificate of completion or a pilgrim certificate (if it was completed for religious reasons by a Catholic believer).

AMA Adopts New Policies to Address National HIV Epidemic

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A medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD specializes in occupational and preventive medicine. Since 1988, Oklahoma City, OK-based physician William D. Jones has held membership in the American Medical Association.

The leading national physician organization in the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new policies that seek to address the HIV epidemic as the result of a vote at its Annual Meeting. At the core of the new policy, the AMA will concentrate more of its fundraising efforts on plans that aim to accomplish such goals as diagnosing individuals who have contracted HIV as early as possible and treating HIV infection to bring about sustained viral suppression.

As an additional step toward suppressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S., the AMA adopted a policy that aims to de-stigmatize HIV infection. Through the policy, the AMA will advocate for the repeal of state laws that criminalize the non-disclosure of HIV status. It seeks to accomplish this in part by creating a new program to educate health care professionals, physicians, and the public on new techniques for reducing the risk of HIV transmission.

The 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament

 

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William D Jones MD

A self-employed physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones holds an MD from Brown University in Providence, RI. He has operated his private practice since completing his residency training through the University of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City. Outside of the professional environment, William D. Jones, MD, sponsors multiple charitable initiatives including the Angel Foundation at SWAT.

The Angel Foundation at SWAT is supported by all the teams of the SWAT Academy – a baseball and softball facility in Oklahoma City, OK, that is dedicated to helping players reach their full potential in a positive training environment. With the help of SWAT representatives and community members, the Angel Foundation hosts a range of fund-raising events to create sports scholarships for players in need of financial assistance.

One of theses events, the 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament, took place on February 9 at the SWAT Academy’s Oklahoma City headquarters. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event went directly to kids who would otherwise be unable to afford to play the game that they love. Participants get the chance to win valuable prizes such trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Branson, Missouri.

ACOEM Reports on New Framework for Evaluating Workers’ Wellness

 

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Since 1994, William D. Jones, MD, has provided occupational and preventive care in Oklahoma City, OK. The secretary and treasurer of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, William D. Jones, MD, of OK belongs to the organization’s national counterpart, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported on a new framework for evaluating the overall well-being of workers. Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the framework examines the work and personal life factors that create a holistic understanding of the aspects that contribute to employees’ well-being. In addition, it assesses the effects of workers’ subjective experiences and observable aspects of the external environment.

The framework covers five distinct domains:

1. Physical environment and workplace safety climate.
2. Company policies, programs, and practices that may affect workers’ wellness.
3. Contributing factors to workers’ mental and physical health status.
4. Workplace evaluation and experiences that influence the quality of work life.
5. Home, community, and society as influential factors outside of the workplace.

Airedale Terriers – Beloved Companions

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William D. Jones, a self-employed MD in Oklahoma City, OK, enjoys spending time with dogs when he is not busy with work. In addition to serving as secretary of the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma dog show, William D. Jones, MD, likes to spend time with his own Airedale Terrier puppy, Cooper.

Airedale Terriers, the largest terrier breed, perform well in just about any context, boasting some of the greatest versatility of any dog breed. They are bred out of the Otterhound as well as several terrier breeds, some of which are now existing. The Airedale can play the role of a childhood companion, big game hunter, duck hunter, and home guardian. It has even served in the armed forces, with varied responsibilities including sentry and messenger.

Due to the breed’s large size for a terrier, powerful build, and high energy level, most Airedales require some degree of obedience training. Their intelligence means they learn commands quickly, and their faithful nature helps them bond with owners and their families. They need regular stimulation, though, so those who can’t spend a lot of time with an Airedale should consider providing it with toys that are stimulating and challenging to play with.

The 2018 AMA Research Symposium in Maryland

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2018 AMA Research Symposium
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An occupational and primary preventive medicine professional with nearly three decades of experience, Dr. William D. Jones earned his MD from Brown University and then completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK. Professionally, William D. Jones, MD, maintains membership in professional organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA).

A leader in the medical field, AMA has supported research efforts, assisted with the development of public health policies, and served a wide membership of medical professionals since its founding in 1847. The association hosts numerous events every year for its members, including its Research Symposium.

The 2018 AMA Research Symposium will take place in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 9 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Hundreds of individuals from across the nation will present their original scientific research at the event. Those eligible to submit abstracts for the annual Research Symposium include medical students, fellows, residents, and candidates with Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.

Sleeping In on Weekends Decreases Risk of Death

 

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William D Jones MD

A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, is a physician focusing on occupational and preventive medicine. Having received his doctor of medicine from Brown University, William D. Jones, MD, operates his own private practice for patients in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sleep is an essential part of preventive care. In fact, physicians almost always recommend that patients get an adequate amount of rest in order to best recover from diseases and illnesses.

A new study coming out of Sweden claims that people who sleep in during the weekend have a lower risk of death. On the other hand, people who get less than five hours of sleep each night increase their rate of mortality by 52 percent. The good news for those on a tight weekday schedule is that the higher mortality rate can be lessened or eliminated by reclaiming the lost sleep during the weekends.

Examining the data of more than 43,000 subjects, the researchers still recommend a proper amount of sleep each night, no matter what day of the week it is. They also found that both insufficient and excessive sleep generally lead to a higher risk of death.