Life Under a Purple Cloud

Healing the Eastern Way

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Throwback - that time last year I cheesily did Tai Chi with baby girl in my clinic. 

Throwback - that time last year I cheesily did Tai Chi with baby girl in my clinic. 

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"There simply aren’t enough studies…"

From time to time I make the mistake of clicking on a link regarding acupuncture treatments for certain diseases I’m researching where the writer(s) ignorantly label Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine as “quackery” for only one reason, “there aren’t enough studies.”

Well, the United States National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health (NIH) disagrees. If you click on this link, it will lead you to the NIH’s website, and if you type in “acupuncture” in the search field, it will show you roughly 20,500+ studies that prove that acupuncture is highly effective for many conditions, or prove that acupuncture is not highly effective for some conditions. 

That’s a lot of studies in my opinion. And that’s just on one website alone. But if it’s still isn’t enough, then it’s quite possibly more of a question of narrow-mindedness (or even ethnocentricity), or the unwillingness to accept the fact that surgery and synthetic pharmaceuticals are not the only answer in the universe.

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I’ve almost forgotten that I had this book. I never really read it all the way through only because it’s a Five Element Acupuncture book, and I went to a Zang Fu/Eight Principle school.
This book is called “Characters of Wisdom" by Debra Kaatz, and is a poetic and elegantly written volume describing each acupuncture point from the perspective of Five Element style Acupuncture.
Shown here is an example of how she writes, this particular acupuncture point SP-6/San Yin Jiao, a powerful point known to benefit a vast array of conditions such as insomnia, digestive issues, womens health issues, mens health issues, palpitations, etc.
It’s a beautifully written book, but definitely not meant for the layman’s eyes, as it’s coded with a variety of metaphors that only acupuncturists and acu-students can understand.
This book might be out of print (I’m lucky I got the book when I did ‘cuz now it’s like $200 on amazon), however it’s on kindle for $9.99. It’s 576 pages, so you get your money’s worth.

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I’ve almost forgotten that I had this book. I never really read it all the way through only because it’s a Five Element Acupuncture book, and I went to a Zang Fu/Eight Principle school.

This book is called “Characters of Wisdom" by Debra Kaatz, and is a poetic and elegantly written volume describing each acupuncture point from the perspective of Five Element style Acupuncture.

Shown here is an example of how she writes, this particular acupuncture point SP-6/San Yin Jiao, a powerful point known to benefit a vast array of conditions such as insomnia, digestive issues, womens health issues, mens health issues, palpitations, etc.

It’s a beautifully written book, but definitely not meant for the layman’s eyes, as it’s coded with a variety of metaphors that only acupuncturists and acu-students can understand.

This book might be out of print (I’m lucky I got the book when I did ‘cuz now it’s like $200 on amazon), however it’s on kindle for $9.99. It’s 576 pages, so you get your money’s worth.

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Twenty-four people interviewed for the absolute toughest job in the world, not knowing that the job they applied for consisted of:

  • Standing up almost all the time
  • Constantly exerting yourself
  • Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week
  • Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
  • No vacations
  • The work load goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays
  • No time to sleep
  • Salary = $0

You have got to wait it out till the end to see their reactions!

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People abuse you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They’re on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are the advertisers and they are laughing at you.

However you are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say whatever they like wherever they like with impunity.

Screw that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep the rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. You especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

Banksy

(Source: daaaaaaavid, via bluegypsy)

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I took this quiz on Facebook last night and found it pretty interesting how sometimes, these dumb quizzes can either confirm or intrigue you… in any case, they tend to make you think about yourself for a second.
Honestly, I don’t know about “psychic powers,” but I do have quite an intuition that people sometimes mistake for clairvoyance.
As far as “magic” or “supernatural powers,” people (especially my parents, relatives, and other Filipinos) have said that I was somehow born with this power of healing ever since I was in kindergarten.
And epiphanies about life that shake my perspective…. that happens more often than I can keep in track of. I thank meditation/Qigong for that. And a lot of times, it completely changes my life. Sometimes my life changes by the week. I have a lot of these “awakenings” tattooed on my forearm, but not all. I don’t have that kind of money :(
I sure do feel intuitive, and do indulge myself in the creative arts… but because I have a “black belt” in “taking things and situations for what they are,” I don’t think that I’m as idealistic as you think, despite my struggle for acceptance in the medical field.
Here’s the link to take the quiz.

I took this quiz on Facebook last night and found it pretty interesting how sometimes, these dumb quizzes can either confirm or intrigue you… in any case, they tend to make you think about yourself for a second.

Honestly, I don’t know about “psychic powers,” but I do have quite an intuition that people sometimes mistake for clairvoyance.

As far as “magic” or “supernatural powers,” people (especially my parents, relatives, and other Filipinos) have said that I was somehow born with this power of healing ever since I was in kindergarten.

And epiphanies about life that shake my perspective…. that happens more often than I can keep in track of. I thank meditation/Qigong for that. And a lot of times, it completely changes my life. Sometimes my life changes by the week. I have a lot of these “awakenings” tattooed on my forearm, but not all. I don’t have that kind of money :(

I sure do feel intuitive, and do indulge myself in the creative arts… but because I have a “black belt” in “taking things and situations for what they are,” I don’t think that I’m as idealistic as you think, despite my struggle for acceptance in the medical field.

Here’s the link to take the quiz.

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Just as a reminder, my acupuncture clinic Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine offers the absolute highest quality of acupuncture (and other modalities such as cupping, acupressure, etc.) for the most competitive prices in order to serve the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL, and to everyone else beyond the area in need. 
Some of my specialties are:
Stress / Anxiety / Depression / PTSD
Headaches / Migraines
Musculo-Skeletal Pain Management
Insomnia
Here’s a list of my rates.
I even teach meditation and Tai Chi privately as well.
So if you live in the area, please do come by. Whether you’d like a treatment or just want to have some tea with me and ask how this all works, I’d be happy to see you!
On top of my affordability, I’m also offering student and military discounts, and discount packages are available :)
Please inquire within!

Just as a reminder, my acupuncture clinic Purple Cloud Center for Eastern Medicine offers the absolute highest quality of acupuncture (and other modalities such as cupping, acupressure, etc.) for the most competitive prices in order to serve the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL, and to everyone else beyond the area in need. 

Some of my specialties are:

  • Stress / Anxiety / Depression / PTSD
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Musculo-Skeletal Pain Management
  • Insomnia

Here’s a list of my rates.

I even teach meditation and Tai Chi privately as well.

So if you live in the area, please do come by. Whether you’d like a treatment or just want to have some tea with me and ask how this all works, I’d be happy to see you!

On top of my affordability, I’m also offering student and military discounts, and discount packages are available :)

Please inquire within!

(Source: purplecloudcenter)

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Every time we go to Mexico, we get to watch these little heroes in action. Sometimes, we get to pick them up and help them into the ocean. You don’t realize how strong they are, and how much will to live they instinctually have until you pick them up and feel them paddling their tiny little arms and legs. Turtles are so intriguing to me, and are my absolute favorite little friends.

Every time we go to Mexico, we get to watch these little heroes in action. Sometimes, we get to pick them up and help them into the ocean. You don’t realize how strong they are, and how much will to live they instinctually have until you pick them up and feel them paddling their tiny little arms and legs.

Turtles are so intriguing to me, and are my absolute favorite little friends.

(Source: 500px.com, via mothernaturenetwork)

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What do I do as a Navy Reservist?

As most of you know I’m a Hospital Corpsman (medical technician) in the US Navy Reserve, and I just finished spending the weekend on duty. I’m sure a lot of you wonder what it is that I do in the Navy Reserves, because many of you might think that all we do is get on a boat and shoot cannons and play war all day.

On duty weekends, my Reserve Unit is in charge of “readiness” for all the Reserve Sailors in the area. Every month, we conduct what’s called “physical health assessments” for every Sailor who belongs to our command, our base. We check your vitals, vision, dental condition, hearing, and make sure that your immunizations are up to date. I’m personally in charge of checking vitals, visual acuity, and making sure everyone who’s injured in my unit is doing okay. 

However, we are classified as an “Expeditionary Medical Facility” unit, which means that in the event that my unit gets activated/mobilized (deployed), then we’re the unit that builds a “forward hospital” inside the foreign territory in question, in the war zone.

Ever watch the old television show “M*A*S*H?” That’s pretty much what we train for during our two week annual training. We Corpsmen train in battlefield/combat medicine, which means we’re paramedics, only we get bullets and bombs flying at us. Our Nursing, Dental, and Medical Corps have to learn how to do their thing while under the risk of mortar attack. So basically, if stuff hits the fan, we Corpsman go out and drag out the injured from the combat zone (either during or after actual combat), assist the medical staff in saving their lives, and get those kids on a plane home or to our medical base in Germany.

So, if ever you see a menacing-looking photo of me that looks like this:

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It’s not that I’m a war-monger or some sort of jingoist ‘Murrican killer… I just want to help save lives. This particular photo shows me on [simulated] watch, making sure I’m [notionally] guarding the lives of our friends (or enemies) inside my ambulance as we wait for more assistance.

It was a good training exercise I did with the Army back in August. I was attached to the 343rd Ambulance Company who’s battlecry was “First To Save!” We took part in a lot of simulated (yet very realistic) first-responder runs, including battlefield simulations, and mass casualty situation of different scenarios from a terrorist attack, IED explosion, or a flipped-over bus full of tourists. It was pretty intense.

So yeah, that’s what we do in my unit, and that’s what I do as an individual.

By the way, don’t pronounce it “Corpse-man.” It’s “CORE-man.” We’re not corpses. At least give us a chance to live!

So anyway, another weekend in the books, and time to transition my brain back into the realm of Eastern Medicine. 

It’s not a hard transition, because the bottom line of why I’m a Navy Corpsman and a Licensed Acupuncturist is compassion.

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Throwback - that time I thought I was a cool jazz vocalist. I just closed the website today. But I’m still getting album sales on iTunes lol thanks Europe and Japan!

There were a lot of things I’d have done differently for this album, but it turned out nicely, had good radio airplay and nice reviews. 

It seems like a lifetime ago.

Throwback - that time I thought I was a cool jazz vocalist. I just closed the website today. But I’m still getting album sales on iTunes lol thanks Europe and Japan!

There were a lot of things I’d have done differently for this album, but it turned out nicely, had good radio airplay and nice reviews.

It seems like a lifetime ago.

Filed under jazz throwback

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coolsciencegifs:

Phosphoric acid and tooth over 365 days
If you didn’t know already, phosphoric acid is in cola and other soft drinks. THIS is what it does to your teeth… tooth enamel erosion and tooth decay. 
This is post number 12 from the “Acid + things” series for today.
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Phosphoric acid and tooth over 365 days

If you didn’t know already, phosphoric acid is in cola and other soft drinks. THIS is what it does to your teeth… tooth enamel erosion and tooth decay. 

This is post number 12 from the “Acid + things” series for today.

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(via mindblowingscience)

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Why is horseshoe crab blood so vital to pharmaceuticals?Every drug certified by the FDA must be tested with an extract from the animal’s blood, but the biomedical harvest is affecting horseshoe crab populations.

“Horseshoe crabs have a primitive immune system, so they fight off infection with a compound in their blood called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate. LAL binds and clots around fungi, viruses and bacterial endotoxins, protecting the crabs from infection.”
"In 2012, more than 610,000 of the animals were harvested for biomedical purposes."
“Studies show that 10 to 30 percent of the bled crabs die.”
To be honest, I’m not comfortable with this. I understand the need for research into the most effective ways to protect ourselves from fungi, virus, and bacterial colonies that continue to mutate and adapt to what we humans are doing… but if you pharmaceutical engineers are going to kill off 30% of these little crabs (which came out to 183,000 of them dead in 2012), I wanna know that you ate them all. And I wouldn’t mind force feeding the dead carcasses to you either.
Or… the pharmaceutical engineers can just research a most excellent Chinese herbal formula called “Huang Lian Jie Du Tang,” aka Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity, which is one of the strongest natural remedies to fight off viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. 
And it’s just made of roots, bark, and a fruit.

mothernaturenetwork:

Why is horseshoe crab blood so vital to pharmaceuticals?
Every drug certified by the FDA must be tested with an extract from the animal’s blood, but the biomedical harvest is affecting horseshoe crab populations.

Horseshoe crabs have a primitive immune system, so they fight off infection with a compound in their blood called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate. LAL binds and clots around fungi, viruses and bacterial endotoxins, protecting the crabs from infection.”

"In 2012, more than 610,000 of the animals were harvested for biomedical purposes."

Studies show that 10 to 30 percent of the bled crabs die.”

To be honest, I’m not comfortable with this. I understand the need for research into the most effective ways to protect ourselves from fungi, virus, and bacterial colonies that continue to mutate and adapt to what we humans are doing… but if you pharmaceutical engineers are going to kill off 30% of these little crabs (which came out to 183,000 of them dead in 2012), I wanna know that you ate them all. And I wouldn’t mind force feeding the dead carcasses to you either.

Or… the pharmaceutical engineers can just research a most excellent Chinese herbal formula called “Huang Lian Jie Du Tang,” aka Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity, which is one of the strongest natural remedies to fight off viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. 

And it’s just made of roots, bark, and a fruit.