First, I would like to say welcome back students and faculty at
NUHS. I had a wonderful two weeks break. At the end of this
trimester, I will graduate with my master's degree in acupuncture.
I will still be around campus, though, since I officially
dual-enrolled this trimester in the naturopathic medicine program
and will be working on second doctorate at Midwestern University in
Downers Grove starting in winter quarter.
This week's blog is about the first Illinois Walk for
Acupuncture sponsored by the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental
Medicine (ILaaom). ILaaom is Illinois' oldest
professional organization representing licensed acupuncturists and
students, along with oriental medical schools and
acupuncture-related businesses. It is registered with the State of
Illinois as a nonprofit corporation. ILaaom was formed in 1983 (as
the Illinois State Acupuncture Association) to be the unifying
force for Illinois acupuncturists to uphold ethical and
well-regulated standards of practice and to lobby for legislation
to advance the profession. ILaaom acknowledges and respects all
traditions of acupuncture and oriental medicine, and believes that
cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will
ensure that this ancient medical art will retain its integrity and
achieve the recognition and legal status to which it is entitled,
thus enhancing the quality of health care for people in
The first Illinois walk for acupuncture was held this past
Saturday, September 7th from 9am to 12pm in
downtown Chicago along our beautiful lakefront. We had a great
turnout. They coined the phrase "Move your Qi - Walk for
Acupuncture." Everyone had a great time!
The walk helped raised money to continue our work of increasing
awareness of the benefits of acupuncture, advancing and defending
the practice of acupuncture in Illinois, and improving services and
support for practitioners. ILaaom will be having future walks and
events. You can visit their website: Support Acupuncture.
A Big Thanks to NUHS students, friends, and family who were able
to attend the event.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog! Have a
Autism Awareness Month. I have mentioned my son Mykael who was
diagnosed with autism 3 years ago and shared his journey with my
readers. I have four sons and a daughter. It is more common than
people realize that autism will likely impact a second child in the
family, especially among boys. My 4-year-old Landen has been
diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He is not like my son Mykael; he
has very mild case of autism. He has verbal skills. He is able read
and write for his age, but he lacks the social skills. In addition,
he has an intense interest about all cars and trucks. He was
diagnosed with Asperger's a year and half ago.
Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or
Asperger disorder (AD), is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that
is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction,
alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and
interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its
relative language and cognitive development.
I wanted to share more about autism spectrum disorder. As I
shared with you in my earlier blog, autism statistics from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1
in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum--a 10-fold
increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that
this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and
awareness. Studies also show that autism is four-five times more
common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1
in 252 girls are diagnosed. ASD affects over 2 million individuals
in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government
autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10
to 17% annually in recent years. There is no established
explanation for this continuing increase, although improved
diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often
family lives with autism every day like so many families. I want
make sure everyone is aware and has information about how you can
get involved in the Autism Speaks Walk of 2013. Autism Speaks Walk
will be held in Chicago at Soldier Field on May 18. We need
everyone's support and if you still need community service hours to
graduate, this is a wonderful community event that is near and dear
to my heart. If you need more information please contact me
directly or contact us at http://www.autismspeaks.org or
Remember: Every 11 minutes, another family receives the
devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.
Don't wait another minute and support the Awareness for
Thank you for continued support of AOM blog. Good luck on finals
and congratulations to our graduates of Spring 2013.
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