It seems a world away, but really it was only a mere ten years ago. I did as most
do. I went to the doctor when I got sick, which was more often than I would have
liked although overall I was really rather healthy. It was not until I was
introduced to a new line of thinking though that I realized how unhealthy my
It was not until I was introduced to Chinese medicine did I realize the real
difference. Instead of going to a doctor when I was sick, I began going to the The
Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine when I felt fine. Instead of a doctor spending
two minutes with me, they were (and are) partners in my health. My first session
was probably 60 minutes in length and included every facet of my diet, exercise,
sleep patterns, prior injuries, illnesses, and others.
I have been to acupuncturists before, and have had different experiences. My
first was someone who was very cold in his approach. Not only the room itself,
but his approach was one where he did not explain what I was going to
experience. Instead, I laid down and he inserted the needles. It did not hurt at
all, but I felt very uncomfortable not being able to move and he simply left the
This did not sway me from trying it again, and I found someone who was exactly
the opposite. He had a great bed side manner, was very professional and a really
good person. The acupuncture itself was really helpful, so I started going
whenever I could.
People often ask me what do I go to acupuncture for specifically, and it is a great
question but more than anything it is to increase my immune system. I relate it to
taking your car into the shop for an oil change. There may not be anything wrong
with the car, but it routine maintenance that keeps the car running at peak
performance and is what keeps the engine running much longer.
It was more coincidence and location that brought me to The Lotus Center of
Oriental Medicine. A friend recommended it, and it was closer to where I lived.
Because of the convenience, I started going there and I still do to this day.
It is not merely for acupuncture that I go, though. They offer a slew of services
beyond acupuncture. I have tried quite a few different treatments as well as
herbs and supplements.
In combination with my regular treatments, I also have changed my lifestyle
especially in terms of my diet. It is these changes that positively impacted all
aspects of my well being. I feel better, and I rarely get sick.
Traditional western medicine has been beneficial for me, and I will continue to
utilize it as a resource but I am overwhelmed with appreciation for finding
alternative medicine as an additional resource. It is one that has given me results.
If you have never tried acupuncture, or any other many different treatments
offered through Chinese medicine, a great resource is:
And, if you live in South Florida you can visit their office located in the heart of
Boca Raton. Their phone number is listed on their website.
Evoking an emotional response is the basis for headlines, plot lines, story lines and so much more. The more emotionally captivated an audience, the less a need for logic and reason.
If one only looks only at the body of work that is the news it would be easy to assume that every category of violence and crime has increased dramatically to the point of overtaking every fabric of society. Even if categorically false, and can be proven statistically, it matters not. What is seen is a never ending constant visual barrage of rape, ravage and pillage 24 hours a day seven days a week.
It was not that long ago, though, when the newspaper and the 5:00 a clock news were main sources of information. The newspaper delivered daily, and sometimes only weekly depending on how rural the area. The news segments lasted a merely hour (coupled with late night news and the morning news). That is a stark contrast to today’s world, but is their more news worthy events? Or, do we have more time slots to fill and as such less than news worthy material ends up making the headlines?
When emotions run high, logic and reason can be thrown right out the window. It is only through time, looking back, that the picture becomes much clearer to see. Part of that is disassociating from the emotion of the moment.
Has life really changed that much, or rather has the coverage of life changed? Or both?
May history be the guide.