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