Healthy People Don't Need Medicine


Lifestyle and Health Advise for Men in Their 50s

As one grows older and surpasses the age of 50, many questions begin to clog the mind. One wonders, for example, about the right type of foods to eat and if in any case, there are some real good probiotic supplements to help with building muscle mass and keeping skin’s health in good condition. It doesn’t end there. At 50 or above, a man asks vital questions about his lifestyle as he approaches golden years of his lifetime.

For example, what is the healthiest diet for me and why should I avoid certain types of food? What types of physical exercises befit my age and to what extent should I engage in them?  How often should I visit a hospital for medical/health screenings? which shoes may elderly women need for a comfy walk? These questions could go on and on. However, finding reliable answers can be difficult sometimes, especially at in this age bracket when interest on information is equally on the decline. You just want to live a comfortable life.


Chinese Herbs

Some VIP’s of the Chinese Formulary

Chinese Herbalism is key component of Chinese Medical Therapy.  Chinese Medicine concerns itself with patterns of dysharmony. Quite naturally then, when it comes to correcting these patterns of dysharmony with herbs, the herbs are combined into formulas. It is very rare that a Chinese herb will be used on its own; Ginseng being a notable exception.

The Herbal Formulas presented here are combinations of herbs that have been used for many centuries to address the patterns of imbalance that happen to the human organism.  And while I gave them general headings,  such as pain relief, stress relief, etc, please understand that this is just to highlight some of the meta-function of the formula, and don’t be tempted to take the simplistic view as is so tempting to the western mind, that you can take a certain formula to alleviate a vague sort of category of illness. It requires professional consultation with a trained herbalist to identify the dominant pattern of disharmony.

Furthermore, patterns change with time and with seasons and there are complex relationships  among the systems, and for complicated cases it can be possible to use more than one formula.


Small Intestine Healthy People Don’t Need Medicine

Pathway of the Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine meridian travels from the side of the pinky finger up the ulnar (pinky finger side) side of the arm, up the back of the forearm to the back of the shoulder crease, through the shoulder blade, up the side of the neck under the ear up to the area at the side of the cheek bone.

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Functions of the Small Intestine System

  • The small intestine receives the digested food from the Stomach.
  • The small intestine separates the clear from the turbid
  • The small intestine governs the humors of the body.
  • The small intestine governs urination

5-Element Associations of the Small Intestine System

The small intestine is associated with the fire element and is the yang to the yin of the heart.

Disease and imbalance are easily transmitted between yin/yang pairs. And conversely health and restoration can be accomplished by this relationship as well.


5 Things You Should Know About Acupuncture Happy Hour At Sunnyside

What, When & Where is it?

For two hours on Wednesdays, from 5 – 7 we are opening our doors to Veterans and Active duty military and their families to come and experience acupuncture for FREE. We are located in San Diego, just off Miramar Blvd, between the 805 and 15 Freeways at 7940 Silverton Ave. Suite 110.

Yikes! Why would I want to get stuck with needles?

That’s a question that a lot of people have, and rightfully so. People generally have an aversion to sharp things, it’s natural. Furthermore acupuncture is a very strange idea. It almost sounds too good to be true, that sticking pins into strategic points on the body can treat a variety of issues, from pain to post-traumatic stress, to hormone imbalances.  Let me address these concerns before we move on.

Acupuncture is NOT about needles.  Acupuncture is about stimulating the body to heal itself and restore optimal functioning. The thing is, needles make a very useful tool for a couple of reasons. First of all they are metal. Metal conducts electricity, acupuncture points are access points into a multi-functional information grid.

This information grid is a neuro-myo-fascial tissue complex and is comprised of nerves

(“neuro”), muscles (“myo”) , and fascial tissue. Stimulating these points creates a signal to the body’s core communication network and has the effect of stimulating self-regulatory mechanisms in the body.

A second reason why a needle is an excellent tool for stimulating the self healing mechanisms of the body is that it can safely pierce the skin. This simple act of piercing the skin calls the immune system into action. Experts from nearly any field, medicine, military, sports… would agree that a strong defense is essential to winning, whether it’s winning the game, winning the war or winning a greater quality of life.

How Does Acupuncture work for PTSD?

Acupuncture treatment for PTSD uses a form of acupuncture known as “auriculotherapy” which is a fancy Latin way to say “Ear Acupuncture” A specific protocol was introduced in 2001 by Dr. Richard Niemtzow for use in combat situations. This protocol is known as “Battlefield Acupuncture” and has been found to be extremely successful for pain-relief as well as in the treatment of PTSD.

Background: The Ear

There are over 300 points on the ear. The ear is known as a micro-system. Specific regions of the brain are mapped to specific points on the ear. We are learning that specific parts of the brain have specific functions. The ear is like a computer keyboard that can connect via small nerve and blood pathways to the brain computer which of course is the master computer of the body.

Background: The Brain

One of the key points in the “Battlefield Acupuncture” Protocol is the Thalamus. The thalamus is like a major multimedia system. It takes the sensory information from the sense organs and mixes it with the emotional information from the limbic system along with stress signals from the autonomic nervous system and projects this mix onto the cerebral cortex where it is perceived as reality.

Background: Traumatic Stress

When the body is exposed to stress it responds with a release of hormones and bio-chemicals that makes it possible for the individual to deal with the stressful situation. Adrenalin is released from the adrenal glands, heightening sensory capabilities to hair-trigger status and enabling the individual to accomplish extraordinary things. This is the well-known “fight or flight” response.

What can happen in a traumatic situation is that the because of the intensity of the experience it makes a significant neuro-chemical imprint and it is like the system gets caught in a kind of a loop: Memories of the sights and sounds of horrific situations and the attendant emotional soundtrack continue to replay upon the perception screen of the cerebral cortex.  The individual can feel like they are in a constant state of stress even when the environment is no longer truly stressful.

Acupuncture for Post Traumatic Stress

By needling the acupuncture point in the ear, signals are sent to specific regions of the brain. These new, neutral, signals allow the neural circuitry to reset itself.  It requires no mental re-creation of the trauma, there is no need to “talk it out”, and all it requires is the ability to sit quietly for about 20 – 30 minutes. Treatment is done in a chair in a casual setting there is no need to lie on a treatment table. After needling the points, small seeds, (vaccaria) are taped to the pressure points. This allows the soldier to continue the therapy on his or her own for several days post-acupuncture, thereby extending the effectiveness of the treatment. The taped seeds usually fall off after a few showers.

Happy Hour? Will there be alcohol?

No. One of the great attractions of alcohol is that it can be used for its suppressive effects on the Central Nervous System as a means of reducing stress. Unfortunately, as everybody knows, alcohol is a toxic substance that can lead to a variety of trouble with overuse and dependency. “Ear Acupuncture” can both relax and detoxify.

Free? Why are you doing this for Free?

I am offering this out of respect for the men and women who have volunteered to serve our country. It is one small way I feel I can give back in a meaningful way.  I have heard Kafkaesque horror stories of vets trying to get much-needed medical care. This is also a way to offer direct access to care without the red-tape.


8 Keys To Understanding The Small Intestine & Leaky Gut Syndrome

1. The Physical function of the Small Intestine

The Small Intestine is a semi-permeable barrier that has a basic function of sorting the food we eat into:
• Something to be used by the body
• Something to be passed out as waste.

The outer surface of this barrier is composed of a mucous layer and is colonized by beneficial bacteria, and elements of the immune system. Beneath this mucous layer are the epithelial cells of the Small Intestine. These cells are joined together by Tight Junctions, which are like a protein version of stitching.
Chinese Medicine describes the Small Intestine function thusly:
The Small Intestine presides over the division of solids and liquids
The Small Intestine directs the fluids to the Urinary Bladder and the Kidneys.

It governs the separation of the pure from the impure :
Most importantly, the Small Intestine is responsible for absorbing the nutrients from food. These nutrients enter into the Liver to be processed and then assimilated into the flesh and blood.

2. Dysfunction of the Small Intestine Function: Leaky Gut

Naturally, problems will develop when this barrier is not functionally intact. This is a condition known as “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” Instead of only allowing the purified essence of the food into the Liver, Impure substances enter as well. These impure substances can trigger inflammation, as the body tries to defend itself. These particles will get tagged by the antibodies of the immune system. This can lead to food allergies, and food sensitivities and the inflammation can set the stage for arthritis.
Major contributing factors to “leaky gut” are antibiotic use that decimates the colonies of beneficial bacteria and allows an overgrowth of Candida, and NSAID’s such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

3. The Mental function of the Small Intestine

In Chinese Medicine there is an understanding that there are mental & emotional functions coupled to each of the 12 organ systems. The mental functioning of the Small Intestine is analogous to the physical function of separating the pure from the impure. This involves a mental “sorting function”. If your life involves a lot of sorting and separating, this taxes the energy of the Small Intestine system. Typically, administrative work involves handling what is important vs. wasting time dealing with unnecessary tasks. An executive assistant’s job, for example is to act as a filter for the executive, and to provide the executive with only the necessary and important information, and to screen the less important calls, etc.
Such work can be a contributing factor to a decrease in the function of the small intestine. Conversely, a poorly functioning Small Intestine, will impair one’s ability to discern what is useful from the waste.

4. The Small Intestine & the Heart

The Small Intestine is a yang organ that is connected to the outside environment, even though it is inside the body. It is receiving all the food, drink, medication, drugs & chemicals from the outside that are put in the body through the mouth. Every yang organ has a yin (internal) counterpart. The Small Intestine’s yin counterpart is the Heart. In these yin /yang organ pairs, a disease can transfer directly from one organ to the order.
Modern clinical research is bearing out this observation. Congestive Heart Failure is associated with chronic inflammation, increased permeability of the wall of the small intestine and increased endotoxins from bacteria absorption.

5. The Small Intestine and the Liver

What the Small Intestine allows to pass into the body goes directly into the Liver. A second connection with the Liver has to do with circadian rhythms of the body. The time of the Liver is 1-3 am, which is the polar opposite of the Small Intestine, (1-3pm).
If the Small Intestine is leaky and allowing impure toxins into the Liver, the Liver will then have more work to do to clear these toxins. If the leaky gut is long-standing and the Liver is chronically overloaded, toxins will then begin to spill into the Blood. The Blood will then shunt the toxins into the Lymphatic system, leading to an overburdened immune system.
A chronically toxic overloaded Liver and Lymphatic system sets the stage for weight gain, inflammation, arthritis, fluid retention, food intolerances, heart disease and more.

6. Small Intestine and shoulder pain

Figure 2. highlights points on the Small Intestine Meridian. Long-standing energy blocks in the Small Intestine meridian can be felt as musculoskeletal pain around the shoulder and neck, and can lead to problems in the organ; conversely, problems in the organ can be felt along the pathway of the Small Intestine meridian. The Small intestine meridian passes over and around the shoulder blade and up the side of the neck. This is a common area to carry stress.

7. Acupuncture’s role in the Healing process

Releasing blockages in the meridian system with acupuncture has a profound impact on the internal organs. Releasing the physical tension in the body has a synergistic effect that optimizes the other necessary changes that need to happen in order for true healing to occur. These changes should be approached in stages.
• Changes to the diet to remove offending & allergenic foods (allergy testing can be instrumental in identifying these)
• If Candida is present, it is necessary to stop promoting the growth of Candida by eliminate sugar & refined carbohydrates.
• Detoxification
• Rebuilding the intestinal flora
The process takes time and it is critical to take a holistic approach. Depending on the severity of the damage of the intestinal lining it can take from 4-9 months for full recovery. Failure to identify and eliminate allergenic foods will slow down the process. If Candida is present then it is imperative to change the environment that allows for it and to eliminate any overgrowth that may be present. Chronic toxic overload needs to be addressed as well through detoxification. Once those changes happen, then it is time for rebuilding the intestinal microflora. Acupuncture can be used throughout all the stages of the process to maximize the results and increase the effectiveness of the internal work.

8. Psychospiritual Speculations

The ancient Chinese spoke of the organic oneness of body, mind and spirit. This understanding is preserved in the classical texts and in the traditional names of the Acupuncture Points. Sometimes the function of a point is suggested by it‘s name, other times its anatomical location is suggested. Often times both are referred to. On the small intestine, there is a specific point that is invariably reactive on nearly 99% of patients I’ve worked with. The point is located on the Scapula, SI 11, and the chinese name is 天宗,Tian Zong, Heavenly Ancestors.

Heavenly Ancestors reminds us that in this life we are not only dealing with our own personal issues and karma, but we are also working through the karma we have inherited from our ancestors. It is weight we carry on our shoulders. As we grow and mature and begin to take personal responsibility for our destiny we gain the energy to properly assimilate life into our being and honor our deep inner self. We can then develop the strength to carry what is truly ours and to let go of what is not. This takes a big load off of the small intestine meridian, which then allows more energy to flow to the Small Intestine organ which can then get back to the work of assimilating our life and creating the person we wish to be in the world, and by doing that we are doing our part to create the world we wish to be a part of.


Exploring The Roots of Wellness & Illness In The Modern World

We are living in interesting times indeed. We have split the atom, we have seen the once unseen microbial world, We live in a time of instant communication and endless information, yet disease stress and angst persists. I sincerely believe that everyone can benefit from the application of the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, which has a deep understanding of the development of disease based on thousands of years of professional observations. 
It is my goal with this website to help change the thinking we have in our society that disease is something that happens to us because of infectious bacteria & viruses or the genes we’ve inherited. But to make the point that we are intimately involved with our disease in our lifestyle, diet, our thinking, our emotional patterning, and furthermore that we as individuals are connected to the world as a whole and we possess tremendous potential for transformation, a potential that is all too often suppressed and denied.