Community Acupuncture

Chilling out the Rice

A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed piece for my college newspaper urging the school to have a more transparent discussion on divestment from fossil fuels. Concluding that piece, I called global warming, “the greatest problem in human history”. Okay, I confess, perhaps I did employ a bit of hyperbole aimed at shaking listeners out of their complacency. There is actually a much deeper problem which I’ll address in a bit. Even when the sky seems to be falling in our world, it’s important not to lose our bearings by focusing exclusively on everything that is wrong, reminding ourselves –...

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First Relax and Release Your Mind

As a community acupuncturist, I have the privilege of trying to help people with their health problems. But as I’ve often commented, I try not to see myself as a Helper – a medical professional reeking with the white coated doctor syndrome. With his superior intellectual knowledge, he stands on his ego pedestal looking down at you. Not very empowering or healing. A good acupuncturist or doctor is a good listener first and foremost, so if any of what I have to share – and I do like sharing a lot – rubs you the wrong way. Feel free to ignore it, delete it, or otherwise forget it. Several years...

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Journey to Kailash

This is a story about a pilgrimage I undertook in late summer of 2001- a journey to a mountain in one of the most remote corners of the Earth in an area considered by Buddhist tradition to be “the navel of the world”. As always with pilgrimages though, the journey is not merely a story of epic bus and train rides or the joys and challenges of living out of a backpack with meager food, sleeping in dusty dog houses, encountering stunningly beautiful mountains and friendly natives. Pilgrimage is ultimately an inner journey, an unfolding of the hidden pathways of the mind – the...

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Blood Building Soup

(Editors note: Another timely submission in our current theme of defense against the (dark arts) flu. Serena wrote this back in May, 2008. She has inside knowledge of Indian cooking – so pay attention if you wish for deliciousness. Thanks Serena!) We’re always told to eat more greens. Dark and leafy, they are good for us: Eat more! Doing so for some recalls barely palatable memories of mushy spinach. Others balk at the idea of eating greens because they’re unsure of how to prepare them. Knowing how to cook these super nourishing veggies means the difference between actually...

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To vaccinate or not?

The stakes are high – your health or your child’s health, everyone’s health. From many groups, we increasingly hear competing, confusing, unsettling, even frightening assertions: Vaccines contain toxic compounds like mercury (recently removed in most, though trace amounts still remain), phenol, acetone, alum, and formaldehyde. They damage the delicate immune system of the newborn leading to a host of problems like autism and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Many health professionals have concluded that their use is based on inconclusive science and questionable epidemiology. ...

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Acupuncture and Disaster Relief – Hurricane Katrina Journal

(First published on Feb. 27, 2007 – we continue to transfer blogs from our old server to our new server – enjoy our CommuniChi history!) Although Hurricane Katrina and the Great Flood of 2005 in New Orleans has long since dropped off the front pages of the media, the after effects of this disaster continue to impact people in the area as they struggle to put their lives back together. Acupuncturists Without Borders’ work in New Orleans was an eye opening experience for Serena and I and from this experience we both acquired a deep resonance with the idea of establishing a...

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