New AOM Club

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 interest again.

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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 D140.

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 trimester bash.

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 Studying!

Nutritional Certification

This week's blog is about nutritional certification. I have had a few students ask me about the nutritional certification program that I heard about through Standard Process. I wanted to share this information with everyone.

The nutrition program is from the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health (IFNH), which is a nonprofit educational organization supporting health care professionals. The Certified Clinician in Whole Food Nutrition (CCWFN) is 100-hour certification program on whole food nutrition. It is designed to help practitioners implement nutrition into their practices through the functional model. The course is in a long distance learning that allows practitioners to review material at their convenience as often as they like. The Nutritional Exam incorporates many simple hands-on tests that help the practitioner better manage his or her patients through quick verifiable results. 

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The CCWFN program is divided into seven parts, each of which consists of audio/visual lectures and supporting manuals. The seven topics that are covered are digestion, sugar handling, musculoskeletal, endocrine and male/female hormones dysfunction, immune/allergy, nutritional biochemistry, signs and symptoms, and also managing and marketing your nutritional practice.

Pros:

  • The certification helps guide practitioners through a systemic approach to implementing nutrition in his or her practice. This national exam gives practitioners a verifiable point to start nutritional program.
  • You can go at your own pace.
  • This nutritional program and certification will benefit your patients' health.

Cons:

  • Time (of course).
  • Money (the program runs between $1,450 to $2,325).

If you would more information about the nutritional exam and certification, please go to the CCWFN website.

Thank for your continued support of the AOM blog! Happy Studying!

Asian Moon Festival

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 Medicine).

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!

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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 30th anniversary.

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

2013-10-09_mooncakeThe Chinese 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!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

2013-09-30_bcribbonThis week's blog I wanted to focus on the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) which is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. They remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year.  In July, my neighbor passed away from breast cancer and I would like to honor her and many women who are survivors and fighters of breast cancer.

Please encourage you patients, friends and family about yearly mammograms and self-breast examination. I will be showing my support by wearing the pink ribbon this month. There is also a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of DuPage County on Sunday October 20, 2013, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL. There are pamphlets about the 5k fundraising walk are available at the LRC front desk. This is a great cause and students can receive off-campus hours.

Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Fall is officially here!

Sarcoidosis and Acupuncture

In this week's blog I wanted to share an interesting case that I am currently treating in the veterans' clinic in Lombard. A Vietnam veteran came into the clinic three weeks ago for acupuncture to help with sarcoidosis. He is a 56-year-old black male who was diagnosed sarcoidosis two years ago.

Sarcoidosis is a disease that results from a specific type of inflammation of tissues of the body. It can appear in almost any body organ, but it starts most often in the lungs or lymph nodes. The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. The disease can appear suddenly and disappear, or it can develop gradually and go on to produce symptoms that come and go, sometimes for a lifetime.

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As sarcoidosis progresses, microscopic lumps of a specific form of inflammation, called granulomas, appear in the affected tissues. In the majority of cases, these granulomas clear up, either with or without treatment. In the few cases where the granulomas do not heal and disappear, the tissues tend to remain inflamed and become scarred (fibrotic). (Mayo Clinic, 2012)

My patient has sarcoidosis in both eyes and has completely lost vision in one. He has sarcoidosis in his spinal cord and lungs. As a result, he is hemiplegic and has suffered many complications. The patient feels that this is result of Agent Orange he inhaled when he served in the Marine Corps during one of his tours in Vietnam.

My patient's symptoms are shortness of breath, fatigue, skin rashes, poor vision, blindness, tinnitus, weight loss, depression, and arthritis in the joints. He also has bowel issues and a Foley catheter, and has a history of diabetes and high blood pressure controlled by medication. He is currently taking over 20 different medications prescribed by the VA hospital.

Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture therapy for sarcoidosis is aimed at draining excess and especially resolving phlegm accumulation. ST-40 (fenglong) is a well-known example of a point used to transform phlegm-damp. Acupuncture may be especially suited to addressing individual constitutional patterns and symptomatic manifestation of the disease (e.g., one might add GB-23,zhejin, in cases of sarcoidosis yielding difficult breathing), while herbal therapies can be used to address the more general characteristics of the disease.

In addition, I have been working with my patient on dietary counseling and Tui Na for arms, hands and shoulders. After the first treatment, my patient has shown improvement with his posture range of motion, and says he feels better after each treatment.

Resource sites: Mayo Clinic 2012 and Subhuti Dharmananda, PhD, director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon, May 2000.

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