What You Should Know About Acupuncture Training

March 9, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under Acupuncture

If you’re thinking about a career in acupuncture you’ll want to learn how and where you can earn a certificate or degree in acupuncture. Perhaps you’re already familiar with the field of acupuncture but if not you’ll want to find out all you can both online and offline. It’s thought that acupuncture has been practiced in China for at least 2,000 years and some think it’s probably been practiced at least 3,000 years or so.

First of all you’ll want to choose an acupuncture school that offers consultation services for its graduates. The schools that do, allow graduates after graduation, to consult with instructors regarding care of their patients. You’ll also want to check to see if your state is on the national list of about 49 acupuncture schools with accredited programs and you’ll want to find an acupuncture school that offers smaller classes.

Acupuncture schools that offer courses in traditional Chinese medicine often include related training or courses in traditional medicine, such as anatomy and physiology, body therapy, massage therapy, and other sciences. For naturopathy schools that offer acupuncture programs there is a list called the: List of Accredited Natural Medicine Colleges in North America. Check with the school you’re considering making sure they have a wide selection of study resources available so you can have all the essential acupuncture materials for a broad learning experience.

You’ll also want to find out what the acupuncture training, school and program options are in your home area. Try to find a school whose program emphasizes courses in traditional Chinese medicine because acupuncture is just one element of traditional Chinese medicine. There are a few acupuncture schools that teach acupuncture practitioners the five-element Oriental medicine approach to acupuncture, which is often used in conjunction with the traditional Western medical practices.

Acupuncture is used for: arthritis, headaches, migraines, to quit smoking, to lose weight , fertility, fibromyalgia, depression, insomnia, face lifts as in facial acupuncture, back pain, high blood pressure, pregnancy, cosmetic purposes, anxiety, panic attacks, Crohn’s disease, asthma and on dogs and other pets or animals as in veterinary acupuncture.

If you haven’t experienced acupuncture make to visit an acupuncture clinic to learn more about acupuncture. You might want to talk to an acupuncture specialist or naturopath about a possible acupuncture career also. Talk to the financial aid counselors at the acupuncture school or college you’re considering to see if they have any ideas or suggestions for scholarships, grants or education loans if you need to finance your training.

Before you commit to any acupuncture school or to any acupuncture training you can check out the “Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture” by Ellis, Wiseman, and Bosson. This excellent textbook is used in many acupuncture schools and acupuncture training programs and will give you a better idea if you’d like to pursue acupuncture as a career.

If you haven’t checked already may sure to check and see if you need a license to practice acupuncture in your state. You may not need a license. Get the facts first on which states require licensing. Note that each state and each discipline has its own criteria about how alternative medicine practitioners are to be professionally licensed, if at all.

Acupuncture programs in acupuncture schools can be expensive and usually require three years or so of classes and sometimes up to five years. If you have a naturopathic school in your area, email or give them a call to find out the licensing requirements in your state. If you do get financing help or aid in the form of federal assistance be sure to have selected a school that’s accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

An acupuncture career has great career growth potential. Just be sure to find out the length of the coursework and the expense upfront and know how you plan to handle it. Many have done it before you. If possible, intern in an acupuncture clinic in your neighborhood to get first hand experience before you decide. But make sure to learn about the licensing requirements for acupuncturists for your state before you do anything else.

For more information on choosing the best acupuncture schools and finding the best acupuncture school financing go to http://www.AcupunctureSchoolsTips.com a nurse’s website for acupuncture schools tips, help, advice including info on acupuncture schools list

The Nether Regions of Glennbeckistan

March 5, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

Too funny!  Gotta love Sen. Byrd (D-W. Va.).  He ripped into the West Virginia newspaper, the Daily Mail, for an editorial they ran this week related to health care reform.

Byrd argued that the newspaper demonstrated a clear misunderstanding of congressional rules and procedures, which only results in the publication confusing its readers. Sen. Byrd wrote that the editorial more closely resembled the “barkings from the nether regions of Glennbeckistan” than the “sober and second thought” of his hometown newspaper.  Way to go, Senator Byrd!!

With all due respect, the Daily Mail’s hyperbole about “imposing government control,” acts of “disrespect to the American people” and “corruption” of Senate procedures resembles more the barkings from the nether regions of Glennbeckistan than the “sober and second thought” of one of West Virginia’s oldest and most respected daily newspapers.

Read the editorial here.

Why We Need Health Reform and Life Panels

March 5, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under Pastiche

From bloomberg.com:

One man’s end-of-life health care bills totaled $618,616, almost two- thirds of it for the final 24 months, much of it for treatments that no one can say for sure helped extend his life.

Read the whole story: bloomberg.com

Widespread food recall due to Salmonella

March 5, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

FDA ordered a widespread food recall due to Salmonella found in flavor enhancers used in thousands of processed foods.  All the more reason to eat fresh whole foods and avoid processed packaged foods… even though they are darned convenient.

The product, called hydrolyzed vegetable protein or HVP, can be found in processed food products, including soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, seasoned snack foods, dips and dressings.  At this point, the FDA doesn’t know how large this recall will get, but the expect it to grow larger over next several days to several weeks.  Thus far, no illnesses have been reported.

For list of recalled products, go to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/HVPCP/

  • Remember to follow cooking instructions for all foods.
  • Report symptoms of Salmonella or other food-related illness to your local health care professional.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever and cramps. It can can be a serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

How to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

February 26, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

If you are smoking and want to make a healthy lifestyle you could start by deciding for yourself to strip off the smoking habit from your system.  Often times when people quit smoking they tend to gain because your appetite increase swhen you quit smoking.  There are ways to avoid the weight gain problem.

Cigarettes stimulates metabolism according to smoking cessation therapists.  Approximately 250 calories get burned when you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. When you quit, the body metabolism slows down resulting for those calories to slowly burn and giving you extra weight. Some people gain 2 pounds once they quit for 2 weeks and with this occurrence they tend to resume smoking to prevent weight gain so quitting will then be unsuccessful.

Sticking to the decision of quitting will not be that much of a burden because eventually the metabolism will normalize. Typically, smokers only gain 5-7 pounds throughout the process of quitting. And when you think about the advantages of having a healthy and smoke free living, you will feel great inside and out and will then work on removing that extra weight.

You vital organs like the lungs, heart and arteries will be free of the toxins and will start to regenerate new cells after being intoxicated with nicotine. Gradually after quitting you will notice changes in your physical appearance. Your skin is free from stress and will appear to be fairer and smoother, those yellow stains on your fingers and fingernails will disappear, you won’t have bad breath anymore, and your teeth will be free from stains and you will have healthier gums, too!

To lessen the cravings and weight gain, do drinks a lot of water, ideally eight 8oz glasses a day to keep you hydrated and to flush out toxins.

  • Substitute healthy food for cigarettes.
  • Don’t go for sugar-filled snacks and unhealthy foods.
  • Exercise to keep you busy and increase metabolism.
  • Join a support group for encouragement along the way.
  • Take up a new hobby.

For information about, and to purchase a homeopathic aid to help fight withdrawal symptoms, check out Smoke Deter.

Most L.A. pot clinics to close under new law

January 27, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under General Interest

City council voted to shrink number of dispensaries from 1,000 to 70
LOS ANGELES - The City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a much-anticipated ordinance that will close most pot dispensaries and curb the so-called “Green Rush” that swept through much of California in recent years.

The ordinance, which passed 9-3, caps the number of dispensaries at 70 and provides guidelines that will push the clinics out of neighborhoods and into industrial areas. FROM MSNBC.com

Is It Candida, or PMS?

January 27, 2010 by Terri  
Filed under Candida, Health by Condition

Candida, also known as Candida albicans, is the scientific name for a type of yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. However, if you are sick, or taking antibiotics, yeast can multiply and cause an infection in various parts of the body as toxins produced by the yeast enter the blood stream.

Symptoms of Candida are numerous and can include fatigue, headache, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, mood swings, poor memory and concentration, and cravings for sweets, to name a few. Sounds a lot like PMS, doesn’t it. That’s because excess estrogen can contribute to Candida, therefore a variety of female conditions co-exist with Candida. The most well known form of yeast overgrowth occurs in the form of vaginal yeast infections, which affect a majority of women at least once in their lifetime. Some women, depending on their dietary habits and immune system, experience recurring yeast infections.

Since many female conditions co-exist with Candida, sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether it’s PMS or Candida. If you are experiencing recurring yeast infections seeing a health care professional may help to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Candida testing should be considered as part of a thorough evaluation. There are tests available that can help you determine 1) the likelihood of a Candida yeast overgrowth being the cause of your health issues, and 2) how much overgrowth there is. One such test is the Organic Acid Test (OAT).

You can order the OAT test online from the following Websites, however I cannot vouch for the quality of any of the labs listed, nor am I responsible for the contents of their Websites. I’m only providing this brief list as a matter of convenience:

  • Great Plains Laboratory. The test requisition form (included in test kit) must be signed by a medical practitioner and accompany all specimens. Off hand, I couldn’t find what they’re charging for this test.

Yeast infections affect different parts of the body in different ways:

  1. Thrush is a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth
  2. Esophagitis is thrush that spreads to your esophagus, the tube that takes food from your mouth to your stomach. Esophagitis can make it hard or painful to swallow
  3. Women can get vaginal yeast infections, causing itchiness, pain and discharge
  4. Yeast infections of the skin cause itching and rashes
  5. Yeast infections in your bloodstream can be life-threatening

Treatment for Candida albicans includes conventional over-the-counter medication or prescription medication such as topical creams, anti-fungal drugs, probiotics, and pharmaceuticals.

Suggested natural remedies for detoxification and Candida:

Lactobacillus acidophilus is bacteria that normally live in the human small intestine and vagina. This is a type of beneficial bacteria (commonly used probiotic, or “friendly,” bacteria) is typically found in most yogurts (more so in the organic, sugar free yogurts) can help to support the immune system and maintain normal levels of yeast in the system.

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