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It’s a BIG weekend!

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

By, Renny18 on Flickr.com

 

So, here I sit, just spent another 10 hours in school knocking down midterms fighting off an inevitable headache, but I’m still at it!  In case you didn’t already know, this weekend is kind of a big deal!  For one it’s Valentine’s Day for all you romantics out there, for another it’s Chinese New Year… which is pretty exciting.  It is the year of the Tiger this year which means the year is sure to be filled with boldness; more on that later.  But, most importantly, starting tonight… it is the start of the Olympic Winter Games!  I can’t believe it is already here!  I have a special place in my heart for games like these, I just LOVE the competition and the awesomeness of it all; athletes uniting an otherwise divided country, the feats of pure strength, heart and athleticism and the fact that these athletes bring such inspiration and hope to us all!  Good luck to all the competitors from all countries… but especially my favorite snowboarder; Graham Watanabe (we’ve pretty much known eachother since before we could stand on two legs, let alone rip down a mountain on a board as fast as you can; a good ol’ hometown Hailey, ID boy)… you rock Grahambo!  Kick butt out there!  You can watch Graham on Monday he’ll be competing in the Men’s Snowboarder Cross!  Also, be sure to check out Women’s and Men’s Freestyle Moguls this weekend (I use to ski with these guys!!  I’m rooting for them all!)  & check out the Aerialists too!  If you didn’t see it already, my buddy Jeret Peterson (also an Idaho native – Boise, ID) otherwise known as Speedy was on The Biggest Loser this week and will be sure to kick some serious butt out there this year! So check out the schedule on NBC.com & see what these guys can do!

Click here:  NBC Olympic Schedule

In the spirit of the Winter Games and since we’re on the topic of Winter sports and more specifically Skiing.  I wanted to also include this article that I just read from Acupuncturetoday.com.  

Skiing Injuries and The Power of TCM

The article discusses the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a treatment modality for injury prevention and as an essential treatment protocol for skiing injuries and post surgery rehab in high level athletes.   One common injury that many skiers, regardless of their abilities are afflicted with, is an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear; meaning one of the four major ligaments in the knee has been compromised, either partially or completely torn.  In general ski injuries usually involve the knees & possibly back.  If you are familiar with skiing, this shouldn’t surprise you. 

TCM and other Chinese Medical modalities have proven to be quite successful in treating post-surgical procedures by reducing recovery time, strengthening tendon and ligaments, reducing inflammation and getting these athletes back on the hill stronger and more healthy than before.  In addition to Acupuncture, herbal remedies, both internal and topical may be used, as well as cupping, gua sha and moxa to increase blood flow, relieve stagnation and inflammation in the area of injury; and improve range of motion and overall joint health to get the athlete back on snow.  It can also be used as a preventative modality with functional training regimens and strength exercise.  In order to prevent injury and illness, you need to build up your body to overcome any adversity that it may be exposed to; the trick is being prepared and correcting your deficiencies & weaknesses before they are exposed!

 Now since I brought it up, you will all have to go knock on wood because I’m sure to have just broken a few rules as far as starting my post out wishing Olympic athletes good luck this year and ending it by discussing the treatment protocol for knee injuries!

 

Source:  www.acupuncturetoday.com Feb., 12th 2010; www.nbc.com Feb., 12th 2010; www.mtntough.com Feb., 12th 2010

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A New Year, A New Light…

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

by, Scoobymoo

In lieu of the New Year & our progress into a new age, there is a shift taking place.  Not only in the way we percieve medicine, but in human compassion as a whole.  This You-Tube video is a beautiful portrayal of our transition towards 2012; brought to you by the Sedona Journal of Emergence, 2009.  Think what you will, but as they say “energy follows thoughts” & as I like to quote from one of my favorite books, The Art of Racing in the Rain, “that which you manifest is before you”. 

 

~be well~

Erin

Happy Acupunture Day & International Day of Climate Action!

October 24, 2009 1 comment

By, Gale Franey
By, Gale Franey

It’s true folks, October 24th marks the 7th annual Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day Oct. 24th!  In 2002, National Acupuncture Day was enstated to promote the positive benefits of Acupuncture and other Oriental Medical modalities to the public and get the word out.  This year, hopes to be the biggest and best ever, with events set up all over the country.  Organizations are setting up lectures & group events, private practices are giving great deals and even some free treatments!  Acupuncture seems to be gaining more recognition in the media and the healthcare systems these days and more and more people are using AOM (Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) as a means of preventative and general healthcare.  If you are interested in learning more about AOM, I’ve included a couple of links to find an event near you. 

Of course these links are not fully inclusive, if you don’t see an event in your neck of the woods feel free to ask your own acupuncturist if he/she has anything set up for the day or even the week! 

If you have never had acupuncture and have any questions about it, make today your day to learn something new, or stop in for a treatment.  It’s really an amazing medicine and I’ve enjoyed every minute of my education thus far, I’m truly excited to continue learning and someday being able to really share my knowledge with my own clients, friends and family!  Ever since my first Acupuncture visit, I think I always knew I’d end up here, but it’s been quite the journey!  If you have a great story about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, please share it!  I love hearing people’s stories, they are always so inspiring.  I know how important this medicine has been in my life and I hope that it becomes a part of yours too!

350In other news October 24th also marks International Day of Climate Action which means: people in 181 countries are coming together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 4500 events around the world, people are gathering to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. 

Here is a copy of a letter issued by the organization 350.org to give you a little more information:

We are a group of people from around the planet—young and old, scientists and writers and activists—who have one thing in common. We know the most important number on earth: 350. And we know how to use that number to finally get global action on the worst crisis humans have ever faced. But we can only do it if you help.

A year ago, our greatest climatologist—NASA’s James Hansen—and his team produced a landmark series of studies. They showed that if we let the amount of carbon in the atmosphere top 350 parts per million, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.”

The bad news is we’re already past that number—we’re at 390 parts per million, which is why the Arctic is melting, why drought is spreading across the planet, why people are already dying from diseases like dengue fever and malaria occurring in places where they’ve never been seen before.

The good news: that number gives us a target to aim for.
When the world’s leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to reach agreement on a new climate treaty, we need them to go farther than they’ve planned to go: we need to make sure they’ll pay attention to the latest science and put forward a plan that gets us back to safety.

So here’s the plan. On October 24, we need you to organize an action in the place where you live, something that will make that most important number visible to everyone. People in more than 1000 communities around the globe have already announced plans—they’ll be school children planting 350 trees in Bangledesh, scientists hanging banners saying 350 on the statues on Easter Island, 350 scuba divers diving underwater at the Great Barrier Reef, and a thousand more creative actions like these.  At each event, people will gather for a big group photo that somehow depicts 350–and upload that photo to the web 350.org.  As actions take place around the world, we’ll link all the pictures together electronically via the web–by the end of the day, we’ll have a powerful visual petition linking together the entire planet that we can deliver to the media and world leaders.

So far more than 100 nations are taking part—it’s shaping up to be to be the biggest day of grassroots action on global warming ever. But we need it to be much larger—we need you, in your village or town or city, to take part.  It’s not hard—we can help you with materials and ideas. But you need to take the first step, by registering an action and starting to let your friends and neighbors know about it.

Involve groups that you’re in—everything from your church, mosque or synagogue to your local bicycle group. People want to help, especially if they see the chance for something that might actually matter. This is even more important than changing your lightbulb—this is your chance to help change the way the whole world operates. October 24 comes six weeks before those crucial UN meetings in Copenhagen. It’s a great chance to take a stand—maybe the last great chance, given what the scientists tell us about the momentum of global warming.

But it can only happen with the help of a global movement—and it’s starting to bubble up everywhere. Farmers in Cameroon, students in China, even World Cup skiers have already helped spread the word about 350. Churches have rung their bells 350 times; Buddhist monks have formed a huge 350 with their bodies against the backdrop of Himalayas. 350 translates across every boundary of language and culture. It’s clear and direct, cutting through the static and laying down a firm scientific line.

This is like a final exam for human beings. Can we muster the courage, the commitment, and the creativity to set this earth on a steady course before it’s too late? October 24 will be the joyful, powerful day when we prove it’s possible.

If you want to take action please visit www.350.org and see if you can take part in some event or set up your own!  I know it’s late notice, BUT, in the off chance that you were looking for something to do on Saturday, you now have TWO great options and if not Oct. 24th, then at least I’ve put the idea in your head to think about it! 

Till next time,

Be well!

Sources:  350.org; Acupuncture Today.com; AcuFinder.com; AOM Day.com Oct. 23rd, 2009

Muscular Dystrophy, Obama’s Health Care, Emu Oil & Toxic Beds…

August 22, 2009 4 comments
by, Anushruti RK

by, Anushruti RK

 

 If I actually wrote in my blog as much as I think about topics, I’d probably be posting every day if not more than that!  Be that as it may, I just don’t have that much time in my day and find myself wondering where the day went not having accomplished half the things that are on “my list of things to do”.  It seems also, that by the time I actually have time to sit down and actually put these thoughts on paper, or in this case, on the computer, my ideas seem to have flittered away and the once ingenous, scholarly & well worded blog  posts I came up with in the shower are no longer anywhere within my grasp… but lucky for me, that’s why somebody invented post-its!  Now, as if my “to do lists” weren’t piling up here and there, I have that many more little notes left for myself around the house, in the car, & at the bottom of my backpack with tidbits of information that I will at some point put into more organized thoughts. 

Acupuncture & Muscular Dystrophy

There has obviously been a lot on my mind lately, and first on my list of things to share is Muscular Dystrophy.  If you don’t know about this disease it is a devastating Autoimmune disease that attacks the muscles and causes degeneration (the breakdown) of the Skeletal Muscle, and eventually the Smooth Muscle.  There are a couple of reasons I am choosing to bring this up.  One; I recently had an experience with a woman who has Myotonic Dystrophy; a type of Muscular Dystrophy in which the degeneration starts from the finger-tips and toes and eventually makes its way toward the body degenerating everything in its path eventually taking over the smooth muscle of the heart.  It can be treated only by pain management and physical therapy to slow the process, but is otherwise inescapable.  With weekly visits to her Acupuncturist she can decrease her intake of pain meds from 24 IB Profen a day to just 4.  If that’s not proof in the making, then I don’t know what is!  Just imagine how much liver & kidney damage she is saving herself from by just spending 1 hour a week with an Acupuncturist!  Not to mention keeping herself pain free enough to be able to do activity and keep her muscle tone from degenerating too quickly.  Pretty amazing stuff if I do say so myself!  And two; because that day as I was leaving school there on the street, was a group of Portlands’ best Firefighters holding up signs to Fight Muscular Dystrophy.  I considered that a pretty significant sign, that the message was to be spread.

Thoughts on Obama’s Health Care 

Since we’re on the topic of Health, and since my blog is aimed at health and wellness, the second of my thoughts to share are some real facts about Obama’s new health care plan.  Since this has been a topic of hot debate lately, I figured it only fair to share this article and website since I’ve been reading some pretty crazy things from our favorite hockey mom among others.  This site is great for all things politics, its a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to “reduce the level of deception and confusion in US politics” by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is read, seen and heard.  Check out this article:

Seven Falsehoods About Health Care

 

On to my next thought; Emu Oil!

  I am not normally one to quickly endorse a product unless I have used it and personally feel that it is useful, healthy and a legit product.  If you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts you would know that I struggle with chronic eczema of the worst kind!  I’ve literally tried everything… maybe not everything, but it sure feels like it.  Anyway, I was at a local Arts Festival in Stanley, Idaho earlier this summer and came across this booth that had all organic skin products.  The reason I stopped was because they had this wonderful bug repellent, all natural and non-toxic that actually smelled good.  As I was walking away I noticed a small sign that said “treats Eczema” and since I’ll try anything (almost) that claims to help with eczema I started asking.  Turns out this Emu Oil is generally awesome!  Aborigines used to use it on the returning warriors after their battles to ease their muscle aches.  It can be used for Arthritis, Diaper rash, Eczema, Psoriasis, Ear Aches, Sports Injuries, Shingles, Diabetes & the list goes on.   Emu Oil is an excellent transdermal carrier, which basically means it is one of the best oils for crossing the skin barrier and “delivering” the essential fats to the skin, muscles and the body.  Over time I have tried numerous different natural oils on my skin, and I can tell you none have ever soaked in quite like it and actually moistened my skin.  On top of it all, it actually did get rid of a spot of stubborn ezcema on my knee; which I can safely say is a first.  I highly recommend it and here is a great website, the company is out of Boise, Idaho and they are clearly very passionate about creating a very quality product; they have great information on their website and a great Organic product.

 

Emulate Natural Care

 

And last but not least; Toxic Beds…

 This creates a perfect segue into my last thought to share; toxic beds!  I have recently been doing a little experiment on myself and my skin (my eczema).  The idea came about after a good friend decided to stop sleeping in what she thought to be her toxic bed and started feeling so much better after getting rid of it.  So… I have been avoiding my bed for the past couple of weeks, and three times have found that going back to the bed actually caused a pretty instant reaction.  Though, unfortunately it was consistent for a couple of weeks, I am back at square one, having a reaction even without the bed, I am still quite convinced that beds are toxic and I’m not sure that I’ll ever feel the same about sleeping in one.  There is no way that a bed able to withstand a blow torch of ungodly hot temperatures without even a spark, is even anywhere in the ballpark of being considered “non-toxic”.  It doesn’t stop with the flame retardent either, there is also Boric Acid (Roach Killer), Antimony (resembles Arsenic) and DBDPO (known to cause cancer) in the mattress.  The more I read about it, the more I’m appalled that it is actually in the laws and regulations for mattress companies to have this stuff in their mattresses.  This article has a bunch of crazy facts regarding mattress’ and their chemical contaminants & the  regulations that are in place currently.  It’s mind blowing, and I highly recommend considering your next mattress purchase to be something non-toxic… it could save your life, literally.  Just think how many hours you spend in your bed; resting and recovering, and how many of us suffer from awful sleep, chronic fatigue and general un-ease. 

People For Clean Beds.org

 

 Hopefully this information will tide you over; there is a little something for everyone in here.  Usually I try to keep my posts pretty simple and short so you don’t get too bored, but hopefully this lengthy post doesn’t deter you from reading the whole piece & actually making it to the end.  There is some pretty valuable information in here that I hope you continue to research and continue to educate yourself about your health! 

Be well!

 

Sources:  www.epocrates.com Aug, 21st 2009; www.factcheck.org Aug 14th, 2009; www.peopleforcleanbeds.org, Aug 21st, 2009; www.emulateproducts.com, Aug 21st, 2009

It’s official, I Twitter

August 10, 2009 Leave a comment

 

by, Matt Hamm

by, Matt Hamm

So, I have been wanting to do this for a while, and finally since I apparently have a lot of time on my hands this summer, have signed up for Twitter.  I’m pretty excited about it actually, I’m going to use it as more of a quick facts and fun information regarding health and wellness.  It will be a good way for me to share all those neat little facts that I hear around school and in the alternative/natural health care world I’m living in right now, without feeling the pressure to put together a more organized & involved blog post.  Please check me out! 

http://twitter.com/eresko

Fun with Acupressure!

August 7, 2009 1 comment
Photo by vitreoushumour

Photo by vitreoushumour

Well, it turns out I am learning… and good thing too!  It’s nice to realize that all those hundreds of hours I’ve spent sitting on my butt, taking notes until my hands cramp and racking up the student loans that I’ll be paying off until the end of time are actually worth it!

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but thankfully I’m still getting lots of hits on my blog and hopefully continuing to spread all the good news about acupuncture and it’s amazing benefits.  It’s been such a great Summer, (my favorite time of year) and I’ve been busy busy busy getting outdoors as much as I can, while I have the time. 

So, the point on this blog post is to share some useful information with all of you.  Most of my time in the past year at school has been spent in the classroom with not a lot of actual hands on time, however, all that is changing.  Last quarter we started to work in the clinic and this summer we get to work in a clinic off campus. Some of the things we get to do arebodywork, cupping and moxa.  It’s been really inspiring to put all that memorization and knowledge into practice and I find myself really starting to know what I’m talking about now!

Anyway, again, getting back to the point, I just recently spent some time with my friends who live in Corvallis and we ended up going to the river (The Willamette) to do some inter-tubing and just plain relaxing in the summer sun.  On the way there, we had to cross the river on a Ferry (which was sort of fun, since it was my first trip on a Ferry), but, my friend Maggie, who gets really sea sick, instantly ran to the edge and was literally gagging off the side.  Quick thinking on my part, I grabbed her wrist and put pressure on an acupuncture point on her forearm.  Literally, within seconds, I watched the nausea dissipate and the color come back to her face!  Great stuff right?  You may be familiar with this point, it’s about 3 finger breadths from the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm, just between the two tendons [if you don’t have a palmaris longus (both tendons); as some don’t then it’s just towards the radial side (thumb side) of the central tendon running up your forearm].  It lies on the Pericardium Channel, Pc 6, as is called Nei Guan, “Inner Gate”  Try it the next time you feel nauseous, and see what you think… I’ve done it on myself before, but it was truly fun to watch the point in action.  This point is also good for insomnia, palpitations,  headache, cough, asthma  and digestion issues just to name a few. 

So there you have it, my fun fact of the day… until next time, be well!

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‘Obama Positive Toward Acupuncture’

May 15, 2009 1 comment

Barack Obama by goodmosconi

Barack Obama by goodmosconi

Talk about great advertising and a great boost for our medicine!  This article featuring an interview with President Obama was just posted on Acupuncture Today!

“During a recent Q&A session of a Presidential Town Hall meeting in St. Louis, one licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in Florissant, Mo., got to ask President Barack Obama what must certainly be one of the most important questions in the minds of all alternative health practitioners.

Below is a transcript of the question and President Obama’s answer, which does appear to be positive toward the inclusion of alternative therapies into health care reform.

 

Q: I’m a licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist in Florissant. And so…

President Obama: I could use one right now. (Laughter.) My back is stiff. I’ve been working hard.

Q: I’ll be happy to help you. (Laughter.) And this kind of fits into what you were just talking about as far as health care. I’m wondering, as a practitioner of Oriental medicine, knowing that the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization have discovered through their studies that alternative medicine often is more cost-effective and very effective, how will alternative medicine fit in your new health care program?

President Obama: Well, look, my attitude is that we should – we should do what works. So I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments — or are at least as effective as more intrusive interventions.

I will let the science guide me. We just swore in an outstanding new Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former governor of Kansas. (Applause.) It’s good to see that a Jayhawk got applause on this side of the border here. (Laughter.) But she’s going to do an outstanding job. And my charge to her is, as we’re going through health care reform, let’s find out what works.

I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road. So giving children early checkups, making sure that they get immunized, making sure that they are diagnosed if they’ve got eyesight problems, making sure that they’re taught proper nutrition to avoid a life of obesity – those are all issues that we have some control over. And if we’re making those investments, we will save huge amounts of money in the long-term.

Unfortunately, the hardest thing to do in politics – and certainly in health care reform – has been to get policymakers to make investments early that will have long-term payoffs. Because people – their attitude is, well, I’ll be out of office by the time that kid grows up; and the fact that they’re healthy, that doesn’t help me. And in the private-sector insurance system, oftentimes insurers make the same calculation. Their attitude is, well, people change jobs enough for us to pay for the preventive medicine now when the problem may not crop up for another 20 years and they’ll be long out of our system, so we don’t want to reimburse it because it will make things more costly. That’s the logic of our health care system that we’re going to have to change.

The recovery package put a huge amount in prevention. We are, in our budget, calling for significant increases in prevention. And my hope is that, working in a bipartisan fashion, we are going to be able to get a health care reform bill on my desk before the end of the year that will start seeing the kinds of investments that will make everybody healthier.”

A complete transcript of the April 29, 2009, Town Hall meeting may be found at http://enduringamerica.com/2009/04/29/transcript-president-obama-at-st-louis-town-hall-meeting-29-april. The question is at approximately the 21:09 mark on the second video.

Source:  Obama Positive Toward Acupuncture; www.acupuncturetoday.com;  May 15, 2009

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