I thought this week would be best time
to introduce my fellow colleague and classmate Juli Yelnick. Juli
will be the new AOM blogger next trimester. I am graduating this
trimester on December 12 with my Master of Science in Acupuncture
with honors. I will still be around NUHS because I am also in the
doctor of naturopathic medicine program. I also will be working
with a former colleague as a licensed acupuncturist in her practice
in March after I pass the boards, of course, in January. I am
currently in process of publishing two journal articles and writing
my own book.
Juli Yelnick is a wife, mother, teacher, and student of oriental
medicine. She began the AOM master's program in Fall 2012, and she
continues to enjoy that journey today. Julie has always been
interested in natural living, and the need to reduce exposure to
unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals becomes even more
apparent when you become a parent. Through this program at NUHS,
she is learning how to be well the natural way, and wants to share
this with others.
In addition to attending the evening AOM classes, Juli teaches
World Culture and American History classes at the college level.
Anthropology has always been my passionate research interest, so
adding ancient Chinese traditions to the mix is nothing but fun for
her! Juli loves integrating what she learns at NUHS into the
courses that she designs, and she recently had the opportunity to
co-author an Anthropology text book that explored the
interconnectedness of seemingly disparate world cultures and
values. Currently, she is gearing up to coordinate a return medical
brigade to Nicaragua through the integrative medicine non-profit
organization Natural Doctors International.
I want to personally thank everyone who has supported the AOM
blog. I have enjoyed sharing my many cases and experiences with you
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all. Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays. Good Luck on Finals! Congratulation to our graduates of
This week, I would like to talk about the new AOM Club. It's not
really new. We have had an AOM Club before and at least three
attempts to keep it alive and thriving. This is very exciting news
for our AOM program.
When I first started the program 2-1/2 years ago, we had an AOM
Club, but as each graduating class of AOM students left so did the
momentum to keep the club going. Due to the large number of AOM
students enrolled the past four trimesters, we are able to build
I am sad that I can't be as involved with the club this
trimester, but am excited to spread the news that the AOM Club is
back. The first meeting of the National University of Health
Sciences AOM Club was on 10/13/13. Their meeting will be every
Friday at noon. The next meeting will be on 10/25/2013 at noon in
The club members have some exciting events coming up. They are
planning a Halloween Bake Sale in two weeks and need some
volunteers!!! For those who love to bake, this is a great
opportunity to show off your baking skill!!! The sale will take
place on October 31. The club also plans on having guest speakers
and other exciting events. I am very excited for the AOM end of
If you would like more information about the AOM Club, log into
Facebook and search for National University of Health Sciences AOM
Club and Like them on Facebook. They will send you
weekly updates of upcoming events and meetings.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Happy
This week, I wanted to write about the Asian Moon Festival. Many
of the AOM students attended this festival last weekend sponsored
by ILAAOM (Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental
Over 20 students and faculty from National University enjoyed a
delicious family-style dinner, including vegetarian dishes, cash
bar and a raffle for great prizes donated by many of our supportive
vendors. Two students from NUHS won $300 scholarships!
The keynote speaker, Steve Bonzak, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, spoke on the
blossoming of Shang Han Lun style practice in relation to the
emergence and evolution of Chinese medicine in the West. The ILAAOM
founder, Claudette Baker, shared a few words to highlight ILAAOM's
It was a great event and everyone had a great time. I want to
thank everyone who participated this past weekend and showed school
spirit and support for our growing AOM program and a special thanks
to Olivia Friedman and Cynthia Easter.
Background: The Asian Moon Festival
Moon Festival is on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It's also
known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Festival is one of the
most important traditional events for the Chinese.
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that
Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You
might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The
Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the
full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat
moon cakes, and sing moon poems. The Moon Festival is supposed to
bring you happiness.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM Blog. Happy
Asian Moon Festival!
I had another topic planned for this week's blog, but I decided
to write about strokes and warning signs. My fellow intern had a
stroke this week during our clinic shift at the Lombard campus
clinic on Monday afternoon. She was rushed to Good Samaritan
Hospital and spent 2-3 days in the ICU unit and is now in a
rehabilitation center. She is doing much better but the stroke
affected the left side of her body.
Signs of Stroke
Even when stroke symptoms only last a few minutes, you should
get immediate help. Time is of the essence. Call 911 or rush the
person to your local emergency room if they experience any of the
following 5 warning signs of stroke:
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
Although these 5 warning signs of stroke are the most common,
the latest research shows that signs of stroke for a woman can also
include the following stroke symptoms:
One-third of all stroke victims die and many of the rest end up
with major disabilities.
Prevention of Stroke
It's estimated that 80% of all strokes can be prevented
according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke
Association. Those are really good odds. So it only makes good
sense to structure your life for stroke prevention, especially if
you have family history of strokes and hypertension.
I would like to dedicate this blog to my fellow intern and her
family. We pray for her speedy recovery. Her body may be broken but
her spirit is strong.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Have a
Statistics and stroke information cited from livestrong.com, Mayo Clinic, American
Heart Association, and American Stroke Association, and class
Q: Why did you decide to come to
National University of Health Sciences and dual enroll in both
chiropractic and acupuncture?
A: I majored in mass communication and nutrition in undergrad at
Miami, and when I graduated, I ended up working in the advertising
industry for 4.5 years. It was a great experience, but I really
wanted to be involved with health care and wanted to help people on
a day-to-day basis. My father is a chiropractor and I've seen what
a great influence he's had on his patients and their well-being
over the years. I chose NUHS because of the well-rounded curriculum
and evidence-based practice program. In my
4th trimester of the DC program, I decided to try
acupuncture in the clinic to see what I thought about it, just in
case I was going to recommend it to patients in the future. I ended
up loving it so much I decided to pursue my master's degree in
Q: What are the pros and cons of dual
A: Being dual-enrolled was great because the acupuncture classes
are at night, so I was able to do both programs full-time without
having to slow down. It was also nice when studying to be able to
approach a condition from a western and eastern medicine
standpoint. Both chiropractic and acupuncture are awesome
treatments on their own, but they are so complementary with each
other that it's very beneficial for the patients to have a
practitioner that can do both. The downside of being dual-enrolled
is that it can be exhausting and it's easy to get burned out. Since
I chose to stay full-time with both programs, there were multiple
14-hour days in there that really kicked my butt.
Q: What are the pros and cons of AOM clinic and DC
A: The pros are that you get to see a variety of patients and
get to use both eastern and western treatments. The clinic
experience has been great on both sides, and the clinicians are
awesome and have really given me the guidance I needed. The AOM
clinic has allowed me to work with veterans here in Lombard and
work in a hospital atmosphere downtown as well. However, it can be
frustrating, because even as a dual-enrolled student I still had to
treat an AOM patient with acupuncture and a DC patient with
chiropractic, and I couldn't combine them in the same visit because
they are separate shifts and are overseen by separate clinicians.
But it's still good experience because it gives me an idea of how
I'll operate when I have my own practice.
Q: Where do you see the future of integrative
A: I think more and more patients are going to be searching for
a doctor or health care practice that can provide them with a
variety of treatment strategies instead of a single option. I think
patients can only benefit from having a plethora of resources
available to them that address them as a whole person and take into
account all aspects of their lifestyle. Students should really read
up on Andrew Weil, MD, who has put out some great material
regarding the importance of integrative medicine. A recent article
described his treatment strategy as "not being wedded to a
particular dogma, western or eastern, only to the
get-the-patient-better philosophy," which is the way all
practitioners should think.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: I will be opening my own practice in Indiana after I graduate
in August. I'll be working out of the same office as my soon-to-be
husband, who is also an NUHS graduate, so it will be nice to have a
National colleague to bounce ideas off of. He does a lot of
ART/DNS/MacKenzie work, where I will focus more on acupuncture, so
we'll have a variety of treatment options for our patients. I'd
love to get in part-time with a hospital in the area after a few
years of private practice, as well as focus on using my advertising
background to work with national and state organizations to promote
A BIG thanks to Lauren! We wish her the best in her future
endeavors and upcoming wedding in August.
Thank you for your continued support in the AOM blog! Have
a great week as we count down to finals and graduation.
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