Rainy Saturday

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Wow, what a crazy weekend!  On a recent Saturday, I awoke to find a river in my backyard and a lake beside my apartment parking. The water was five feet from the 1st floor balcony and a foot away from the transformer box. Needless to say I was a little panicky since I had to go to clinic in two hours. So my husband and I unplugged all of our electronics in preparation for any water damage. When I arrived at clinic, the parking lot was flooded, leaving very few options to park. Lake Janse was overflowing with water almost to the sidewalks. The swans probably loved the larger area in which to swim. Marilyn at the front desk informed me we were closing clinic and re-scheduling patients. However, I still was able to treat two patients.

Chinatown

Saturday was a scheduled fieldtrip to Chinatown with Jin, my OM Nutrition teacher. We have explored so many new food items in class that she wanted us to have the experience of seeing first-hand what they look and taste like. We went to an herbal shop that had an array of exotic items in big glass jars and even more along the store aisles.

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The most abundant food item was the ginseng. They had American, Korean and Chinese ginseng, both fresh and packaged of different grades. Jin showed us items such as Mu Er, a black fungus that in Chinese medicine moves blood, fresh Reishi Mushroom for cancer protection, deer tendon to strengthen tendons and bones, as well as abalone shell, cordyceps, shark cartilage, black hair moss seaweed, sea cucumber, and the best  - the bird's nest. The bird's nest is the nest of the swallow. The swallow uses its saliva to make its nest in caves in China.  The Nest is used to improve one's longevity and improve youthfulness and complexion. It is very rare and it is sold along with the other very powerful herbs for at least $300 per pound. I guess it is a safer alternative to Botox or liposuction.

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Dinner

We ate at a Southern Chinese restaurant. Jin selected all of the food choices and we ate Dim Sum style. Dim Sum consists of many dishes that are shared on a big lazy susan among the people at the table. Jin said the Chinese think it's rude to pass the dishes from person to person so they use the turntable instead. Foods consisted of duck, tofu, crab and green veggies, lotus leaf filled with sticky rice and shrimp and veggies and a few others. Each of the foods we have learned about in class has many functions in the Chinese culture.

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