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text 2016-03-28 08:47
The Peterson Group: Is Acupuncture Really Effective For Children?
As one of the entities in the world that support alternative medicines, The Peterson Group CAM and Integrative Medicines is convinced that acupuncture is safe for children. It even considers the practice as an effective method to treat chronic pain as well as other illnesses and diseases.

It's evident that there are several study findings regarding this particular traditional Chinese medicine, some of it proved its effectiveness, others don’t. Modern American acupuncturists have been through strict training, safety standards and certifications before becoming licensed, making them trustworthy and reliable individuals. Unqualified practitioners are often the reason why some studies suggest that acupuncture is not really effective and safe for children.

On the other hand, The Peterson Group strongly believes that qualified practitioners can provide effective treatment for children using acupuncture. It is considered safe because of some factors, such as infections from acupuncture needles are particularly rare because only single-use sterile disposable needles are being used in this practice.

As a parent, you're may be thinking that the needles can pierce through the lungs or other vital organs of your child, but you're thinking it wrong because the needles are hair-fine, virtually painless, and are inserted superficially into the skin. But if you can't help but get worried about the needles, there are also other painless methods used to stimulate the acupuncture points without using any needles but have similar therapeutic effects as acupuncture. Those kind of methods will not have any pernicious effect on the body since they do not penetrate the skin.

Experts are also using a non-needle method to children afraid of needles. In particular, this method is commonly used for babies and toddlers to stimulate acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles are not retained in the body for children under age 8, they are swiftly tapped in and immediately taken out. Advise your children to stay still for a couple of seconds at a time during the treatment. But for children over age 8, the needles are maintained in the body for 10 to 20 minutes while the child is sitting still. In order to avoid any dangerous effect on the child, the needles are made smaller and are inserted superficially to the skin.

During the insertion of the needle, children might feel a brief feeling of discomfort for almost 1-2 seconds, which is not a big deal so there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Because of the special techniques used in pediatrics, mild harmful effects such as temporary bruising or swelling at the needle site rarely happen. The Peterson Group wants you to make sure that the practitioner you choose is licensed and has special training in pediatrics.
Source: tpgwellness.com
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url 2014-11-07 05:22
Mean Girls When Mother Nature is ONe
Mean Girls: When Mother Nature is One - Carmen Monique

Do you ever feel like Mother Nature is like that brat sister that can just do anything and get away with it? It's enough that we get a monthly, and beauty is pain and stuff but fibroids? She has really crossed the line. Mother Nature is a mean girl that needs to be taken down. A queen bee that need to be knocked off her thrown. In this book I will share with you my journey with fibroids and how I beat them. With all the vitamins out there and everyone trying to sell you something, I will show you the synergy that worked for me. If you are trying to avoid surgery and want to do things the natural way, this book is for you. Included is a before and after picture and my four month change. It's time to take back your health and show Mother Nature who is boss!!!

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review 2014-09-02 16:32
Urban Acupuncture by Jaime Lerner
Urban Acupuncture - Jaime Lerner

“Good acupuncture is about drawing people out to the streets and creating meeting places. Mainly, it is about helping the city become a catalyst of interactions between people. A mass transit hub, for example, doesn’t have to be just a bus station. It can also be a gathering place." 


Cities are supposed to grow organically, but modernity brought with it huge migrations, and in order to accommodate the growing population and its needs, modern urban planning can be summed up in the phrase “out with the old, in with the new”. In general, it consisted in throwing people out of their traditional homes, bulldozing said homes, and build freeways and concrete apartment buildings. Over time, these cities became cities made for cars, not people. People stopped living in the urban space, leading to a dwindling sense of community. These and other reasons made life in big cities unpleasant, chaotic and lonely.

With most of the population quickly shifting to urban communities, it has become more important than ever to understand cities and to know how to make them better places to live and work in. As should be obvious to everyone, this is no easy task. In this book, Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, defends the idea that you don’t have to undertake large-scale changes to a city in order to make it better. You just have to pinpoint a few, small changes here and there, that will trigger a cascade of positive events in the city’s energy - hence, the acupuncture metaphor.

I began reading thinking this was a great analogy, but after a while (and a lot of repetition) I was less sure of its effectiveness. The examples he uses are interesting, but they’re also wildly different, and sometimes it’s hard to understand how it all can be brought together under the concept of “urban acupuncture”. The biggest problem for me was that the examples were a bit too superficially explored. But the book does give an overall hopeful view of the future of cities.

Jaime Lerner sounds like he was a remarkable mayor and is a talented city planner who really understands and loves urban life. 


Note: I got this book for review purposes through NetGalley.

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review 2014-03-04 00:00
Acupuncture: Is it for You?
Acupuncture: Is It for You? - J.R. Worsley Very good introduction and helpful for skeptics like me.
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