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Introducing Juli Yelnick

2013-11-27_juliI 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 all.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Good Luck on Finals! Congratulation to our graduates of Fall 2013!

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.


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!

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!


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!

Warning Signs and Prevention

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:

  1. Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking and understanding;
  2. Sudden numbness or weakness in face, arm or leg (usually on one side);
  3. Sudden blurred vision or trouble seeing with one or both eyes;
  4. Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination;
  5. Sudden severe or unusual headache with no known cause.

Image depicting stroke symptoms
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:

  • Sudden pain in face, chest, arm or leg;
  • Fainting, seizure or an accidental fall;
  • Sudden feelings of tiredness or nausea;
  • Sudden pounding or racing heartbeat;
  • Sudden hiccups or shortness of breath.

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.

  • Image of CT scan of headEat a healthy diet.
  • Monitor and reduce your blood pressure, if you have high blood pressure.
  • Prevent diabetes. Since diabetes and high blood sugar raise your chances of having a stroke, use glycemic index guidelines to help you manage blood sugar levels.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Manage your triglycerides. Elevated triglycerides raise your risk of stroke. Have yours checked and if they're high, follow a diet to lower triglycerides naturally.
  • Keep your cholesterol low. High cholesterol can increase your odds of having a stroke. If yours is higher than normal, it's important to lower cholesterol naturally.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight also raises your risk of strokes.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Lower your stress level.
  • Incorporate exercise into your life style--Tai Qi, Qi Gong, yoga, walking, etc.

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 great week!

Statistics and stroke information cited from, Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association, and American Stroke Association, and class notes.

Graduating Senior Interview - Meet Lauren Warner

2013-07-23_laurenQ: 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 acupuncture.

Q: What are the pros and cons of dual enrollment?

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 clinic?

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 medicine?

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 CAM therapies.

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.