It’s the 4th of July weekend and the mass – dash – exodus out of Manhattan has already begun! I’m outta here myself; as fast as I can…off to Roscoe, New York, the trout fishing capital of America, to test my not-so-fabulous fly fishing skills and see what I can catch. Whatever you decide to do with your holiday weekend, don’t forget your sunscreen; remember to stay adequately hydrated, be safe and above all…have fun! On a more serious note: remember, this is Independence Day here in the United States. If you live here, earn your living here, remember that this is YOUR COUNTRY; so when you speak of YOUR COUNTRY, be mindful that THIS is your country, not a distant land you where formerly resided. We are ALL Americans; ultimately, we ALL have come from somewhere ELSE, and this is truly the ONLY country in the world where we can become ANYTHING we desire. We can achieve greatness, richness, success and have any opinion and right to say and speak our minds….let’s keep it that way. So, give that some thought for a few minutes while you’re at your bbq, event or activity this weekend. It is a privilege to be holding an American passport; be proud of it, respect it and do it justice!

Perception Is Quite A Word

Recently, I had a lengthy conversation with a friend on perception and how it relates to each individual’s reality.  I thought I’d have some fun with this for a few days proceeding our discourse and asked quite a number of people what their thoughts were on perception.  I was surprised to find that not many folks were familiar with the definition of the word.  So today, I offer you some food for thought.  Have a look at the definition of perception, its synonyms, and antonyms. Think about it and see how your perception and the perception of others in any given situation affects the outcome. You might find yourself opening a dialogue with someone on the topic – it does become a juicy morsel for conversation.
per·cep·tion [per-sep-shuhn] noun
1. the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
4. Psychology . a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
5. Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.

Synonyms For Perception:
approach, attention, attitude, awareness, concept, consciousness, feeling, image, impression, judgment
knowledge, notion, opinion, recognition, sense, taste, thought, viewpoint, acumen, apprehension
brainchild, conceit, conception, discernment, flash, grasp, insight, intellection, light, observation
perspicacity, picture, plan, sagacity, sensation, study, apprehending, big idea, brain wave, realizing

Antonyms For Perception
concrete, ignorance, stupidity, thing, unconsciousness, misconception, misunderstanding
Source: Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

Father's Day: My Father Remembered…

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  In some cultures, the word ‘Father’ refers to a god.  For most people, the term is used for a biological parent, but it’s not necessarily the man that beget you who becomes your mentor in life, so ‘father’ can become whoever fits the role…it’s all o.k.

My father passed on about 14 years ago.  Thinking about him, I chuckle.  We couldn’t have been more different when I was growing up.  He was a Scorpio, I was a Sag (with a Scorpio rising – oh boy!).  He would say ‘it’s partly cloudy’ and I would say ‘it’s partly sunny’.  My father was not a risk taker; I jumped off cliffs.  My parents had four children in total:  the older three were uber-obedient and conservative as were my parents.  I was their wild child (an understatement).  I never did what my parents really wanted me to do – I despised conformity, boredom, mediocrity, uniformity…I’ve always aspired to greatness (and in my many years did achieve much greatness indeed).

In my later 20s, my father and I grew to understand one another and became very good friends.  He respected my resolve, independence, strongmindedness, stubbornness, and intelligence.  He realized that I knew where I wanted to go and the vision I saw for my future.  We would sit for hours and have long conversations about politics, religion, travel and of course – the weather.  Or, we would just read for hours on end in silent comraderie while listening to WPAT easy listening radio.  When my father became ill and eventually had to have his leg amputated just below the groin at an age of over 70 years, it broke my heart, because I knew this tall ex-detective/newsman’s ego would be bruised to be physically maimed.  So, I took my golden retriever (whom he loved) into a sound studio and recorded her on tape crunching on fortune cookies and had the technician loop the audio for an hour.  When I went to the hospital to see him, I said ‘here, put these headphones on’.  At first, he didn’t get it, but then a huge smile broke on his face and he started to laugh until he began to cry because he knew what it was.  My mother said he listened to that recording whenever his physical therapy got tough or he was in ‘phantom’ pain as so many amputees are from time to time.  The man was so stubborn, he learned to walk with a prosthetic leg without a cane for years until a few months before he died.

I miss my father.  I’ve done so much with my life in the years after he passed.  Medical school, travels, adventures, misadventures…I know he is proud of me.  My mother has said that before he died, he told her that out of the 4 children, he was proudest of me.  Why?   I never took money from him.  I never allowed him to buy me a car.  I never asked him for anything, nor did I ever burden him with my personal affairs.  I was responsible for my own life.  I was a success.  I was his only child to attend grad school, win international awards, lecture internationally…achieve greatness.  I told my mother that I am who I am today because although we thought we were so  different, my father and I were really so much alike.  All the ethics he valued, he instilled in me…integrity, truth, honesty, justice.   In remembering my father today, I will leave you with this treat…The poet, Khalil Gibran, in his poem, The Prophet, had this to say on children:

“Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.  You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts.  You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.  You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.  For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.  You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.  The archer see the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with his might that His arrows may go swift and far.  Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

I miss my father….I was his wild child, but I was his love child, his favorite child, his smartest, and most successful.  If he were here this weekend, I’d take him to lunch and argue with him over the check until he’d have to let me pay.  If your father (no matter who you consider that man to be) is still around, treat him to something nice this weekend, or at least let him know how much he means to you.  If you’re a parent and your children have grown up to be decent human beings, be proud that arrow has gone pretty swift and far.  If not and that arrow has turned out to be a flop, just give your shoulders a shrug and know you did your best…you can’t control them.

Lyme's Disease: Facts You Should Know To Protect Both You And Your Children

Lyme’s disease has been identified as the fastest-growing infectious disease in the US. Lyme disease (LD) is a clinically diagnosed mélange of symptoms caused primarily by a spirochetal bacterium called borrelia bergdorferi.  LD is transmitted by a tick-borne organism that transports itself to and from rodents, deer, pets, and humans.

LD is a tricky bugger (and known as ‘The Great Imitator‘), because it can present in the clinic with symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis & rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few. Other bacterium (ehrlichiosis & babiosis) can be simultaneously transmitted via the same bite to complicate the situation.  The borrelia pathogen attacks the B-lymphocytes, which are the cells responsible for making antibodies for the immune system. 

So How Does It All Happen?

The tick must be attached to its host for at least 4 to 24 hours for the infection to spread.  Ticks are traveling on ninety nine different species of migrating birds and more than 30 species of small mammals.  Contrary to common belief, infection can occur during any month of the year.  More than half the bitten victims do not recall being bitten because of the minute size of the tick and due to the fact that it injects an anesthesia while performing the bite.  A ‘bulls eye’ – like rash usually forms at the site of the bite, but over 60% of victims do not present with the rash.  Generalized and inexplicable malaise and fatigue with flu-like symptoms are most common.  It can takes weeks to months for the spirochete to reproduce inside the body.  This leads to insidious and chronic infection.  Most tests have had only a 30 – 40% reliability rate.

The After Bite

The LD pathogen slowly makes its way through the body; the longer it remains in the victim‘s organism, the more severe the infection. The severity of the infection is categorized  into three phases related to its progression in the body — early disseminated (the most treatable phase), late disseminated, and chronic.  Allopathic care includes immediate treatment with quinolone or cephalosporin antibiotics for a minimum of 6 weeks and is not a foolproof  relief or cure.  In reality, the side effects of the antibiotic therapy can make the patient feel worse. Persons with chronic LD can be severely debilitated neurologically and can experience dementia and delusions, confusion, loss of memory, all of which can lead to a complete neurological breakdown.

LD Signs & Symptoms – What To Look For

Head, Face, Neck:  unexplained hair loss, headaches, tingling or stiffness and pain of head, neck, and jaw, facial paralysis or ‘tics‘ in the face.

Eyes/Vision:  impaired vision, ‘floaters‘, pain and/or swelling in and around the eyes, and photophobia (light sensitivity).

Ears/Hearing:  diminished hearing, pain, ringing and/or buzzing in ears.

G.I.:  diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and compromised urinary functions. 

Musculoskeletal:  muscle spasms, swelling, stiffness, heat and pain in the joints.

Respiratory and Circulatory:  chest oppression and pain, shortness of breath,  rib soreness, night sweats, heart palpitations, irregular heart beats.

Neurological:  burning sensations, shaking or tremors, partial paralysis, numbness and weakness of limbs, poor balance, and lightheadedness.

Psychological:  displays of hyper emotion, depression, bipolar-like behavior, weepiness, insomnia or inability to stay awake.

Mental Capability:  confusion and memory loss that can mimic Alzheimer‘s, lack of concentration and difficult speech.

Reproduction and Sexuality:  diminished sex drive and sexual dysfunction, difficult menses, breast tenderness and discharge, yeast infections, blisters and swelling of the genitals, testicular pain and generalized pelvic pain.

Lyme’s CAN be transferred from breast milk and via invitro!

Children cannot express what is wrong if they are too young and older children do not lie – SO LISTEN TO THEM!!  Teenagers suffer because quite often, they are thought to have Epstein-Barr (Mono), depression, drug use, social and sexual difficulties, and hormonal issues.  Lyme’s can be a killer for the elderly because their immune systems are compromised because of their age and are quite often misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer‘s.

Testing and Treatment

There are no CDC-approved screening tests that are accurate enough to be called definitive. Diagnosis is determined by identification of clinical signs and symptoms. Diagnostic tests include blood tests for IgG and IgM antibodies, such as ELISA and Western Blot, but these tests show poor sensitivity and can be inconclusive.
Thus the diagnosis must be made from looking at history, taking symptoms and general patterns into account. Diagnosis is additionally hampered by the co-infection factor, which may create a host of other sometimes strange symptoms.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Treat the Symptoms of LD
Traditional Chinese Medicine treats all the symptoms of LD and does not discriminate this as a ‘singular disease‘.  All body systems are addressed and treated. The body’s immune system must be ‘boosted’ by the use of acupuncture and herbal formulas, the generalized malaise, fatigue, muscular and neurological complaints are treated; simultaneously,  the GI system must be protected from the harsh side effects of the powerful antibiotic regime given by the patient’s m.d. 
BY NO MEANS SHOULD ANY PATIENT STOP THEIR COURSE OF ANTIBIOTICS!!! Otherwise you will find yourself sicker and will have to begin the course of treatment from the start line!

Most Chinese herbal formulas prescribed are very potent and effective heat-clearing herbs with well-demonstrated antibacterial qualities.   This helps to dissipate the ‘steaming bone’ sensation of heat permeating from the body’s core out to the surface.  These herbal formulas will boost the immune system, relieve joint pain, assist in the cessation of spasms and tics and clear the damp heat in the body (yeast infections, skin eruptions, etc.).

If  LD is quickly diagnosed and treated aggressively with the combination of western antibiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine, recovery can be achieved, although there is no proven test to indicate that a true cure has been achieved. 
If LD is not diagnosed and treated within a timely fashion, it can become a physically, mentally and socially debilitating life for the victim.

If you have been experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms with no explained causes that you can recall, visit your m.d. and ask for a Lyme’s test to run out the possibility.  Since this is a disease of exclusion, your doctor will then examine and test for what could be the root cause of your concern!  If you don’t have an m.d., contact me, and I can refer a good western doctor.

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Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Riding

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Prepare Smart To Get Ready For That Competitive Sporting Event

Ok, people! It’s Competition Time! You’ve spent hours in the gym prepping for that triathlon, decathlon, marathon, Cross Fit, Muddler and any other sporting competition there might be cooked up out there. Have you truly prepared yourself for ‘race day’? Have you paid attention to your nutritional needs? Have you been warming up, stretching and cooling down? How limber and loose are you…really?? The professional athlete shaves seconds and milliseconds off his/her time by utilizing a team of nutritionists, trainers, and ACUPUNCTURISTS to MAXIMIZE speed, agility, endurance and strength…this is what makes the difference between winning and losing (if all those hours you’ve spent torturing yourself in the gym really matter to you). My athletic clientele ‘runs the rope’ from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete, and no matter who walks through the door, everyone is treated with the same high standard of care. Regular weekly treatments at my clinic ensure that you will run faster, jump higher, kick and punch harder, swing that club and hit that golf ball where you want it to go, and best of all – recuperate faster so you can prepare for your next event. How does it work? Basically, the gentle insertion of an acupuncture needle into a precise point sends a signal to the central nervous system in the brain. The brain decodes the signal and ‘understands’ that particular section of the body needs specific ingredients for optimum homeostasis. The central nervous system then ‘orders’ various systems of the body to transport neurotransmitters, hormones, red blood cells and all other cellular nutrients to the areas of the body that are lacking these essentials; thus relieving muscle tightness and pain, restrictive motion, fatigue and neuropathies. Nutritional counseling and various stretching techniques are usually part of treatment strategies. The end result? Relief of pain, improved range of motion, improved overall performance…competition ready! So, if you’ve been training hard and not really getting those results you thought you would achieve….do what the pros do…come into my office and start treatment today!