Archive | April, 2012

On Food and Pyramids

April 25, 2012

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Here’s another acupuncture myth- we’re all health nuts. To some extent, that’s true, although I’ve known many an acupuncture student who lived off of pizza and beer. When it comes to health, from a Chinese medicine perspective, it isn’t necessarily your everyday salad+athletica nervosa affair. It calls for moderation, including all these so-called health habits. […]

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Ask About Zostavax

April 23, 2012

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I couldn’t help but notice a new sign for the shingles vaccine as I walked by my local Walgreens this morning. I had attempted to ignore an ad for the shingles vaccine just last night, and the safety of the vaccine is all over the news this morning. I was starting to feel a little […]

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Believing in Acupuncture

April 21, 2012

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A couple of times a year, I have someone come up to me and say “I don’t believe in acupuncture.” Conversely, and with equal frequency, I also have people say to me “I believe in acupuncture.” Either way, the science-based part of my brain cringes. The word “believe” has all sorts of metaphysical and religious […]

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How Acupuncture Works

April 20, 2012

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This post will not explain how acupuncture works. Fooled you with that title, didn’t I? I mean, I’m going to try to start to explain, but I am not going to succeed. Why? Because I can’t just boil it down for you using some diagrams of the nervous system and facial planes and show you […]

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The Musculoskeletal Fixation

April 19, 2012

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Everyone, including acupuncturists, kind of wants to know HOW acupuncture works. Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you start really thinking about the idea of someone sticking needles in your skin and making you “better” you are likely to conclude that it doesn’t work or that it’s magical. Scientifically minded individuals, however, may prefer to […]

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A Top 10 Cliche – For Acupuncture

April 18, 2012

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By now, even if you’ve been ignoring my blog, you’ve probably heard of acupuncture. It’s that thing where people stick needles in your face, right?  But, according to a poll I conducted that really used too small a sample size to be considered “research,” although people have heard of acupuncture, they have never actually had […]

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Pricks Episode #1: Does Acupuncture Really Work?

April 1, 2012

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I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been at a party/bar/other generic social gathering where the knowledge that I am in acupuncture school attracts the question: “So, does acupuncture really work?” To save you, dear reader, from making this same mistake, or if you have already been guilty of perpetrating this crime, let me […]

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