Speakers' Articles

  • Damp is like feces? By Janice Walton-Hadlock

    by John Stan | Apr 03, 2017
    A patient once told me that, for years, she had avoided eating soup or moist foods such as warm applesauce and fruit because her acupuncturist had warned her against Damp. Her acupuncturist had told her, with a straight face, “You are too Damp: you need to avoid Damp food.” Soup and moist foods would have been perfect for her. They literally are damp foods: foods containing moisture, healthy foods. Moist foods were just what she needed. Remember, damp foods, foods full of moisture, are good for us.
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  • Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy with an Organic Whole-Food Multi by Dr. David Wang, ND

    by John Stan | Feb 28, 2017
    Eating a nutrient-rich, whole food diet ensures the health of the growing baby. Health Canada recommends a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement as “insurance” for a health pregnancy in case mother’s diet is lacking since greater demands are placed on her body. (When not obtaining required nutrients, mother’s stores are depleted for baby’s needs.) However, it is also an investment in the child that will reap enormous gains.
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  • The Heart of Your Work by Felice Dunas

    by John Stan | Feb 01, 2017
    As a profession we are blossoming and going through growing pains. As professionals we are improving the healthcare landscape and surmounting challenges. As people we are moving towards the fulfillment of our life’s dreams and confronting hardships. While there are many dimensions through which to look at life, it is undeniable that both the Yang and Yin aspects exist. That which nourishes partners that which diminishes. Abundance walks beside lack and progress means set backs.
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  • Happy Year of the Red Rooster - A 2017 Forecast by Lillian Pearl Bridges

    by John Stan | Jan 27, 2017
    January 28, 2017 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Red Rooster. The Rooster is Yin to Monkey’s Yang and many of us are still reeling from the Monkey’s shenanigans around the world! The Yin nature of the Rooster forecasts a calmer year and should bring a lot of relief from the shock, strain, tension and anxiety of last year.
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  • Autumn: The Season of Metal Energy

    by Aly Lewis | Oct 31, 2016
    In autumn we learn more about ourselves, perhaps, than in any other season. Having provided the harvest, Nature now makes everything bare. In this season Nature lets go of its abundant creation of the past year in a grand final display. Autumn marks the end of the growing season - a turning inward, a falling away of outer-directed energy. Leaves turn color and drop. The old leaves go back to the earth, enriching it to promote the coming of new leaves, a new harvest.
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  • Korean Hand Therapy: Micro-meridians - by Dan Lobash

    by John Stan | Aug 03, 2016
    In a previous newsletter article I discussed the Correspondence Therapy level of KHT. This Basic Level of Korean Hand Therapy is characterized by an image corresponding to the body on each hand as shown in Fig.1. The concept is much the same in auricular therapy which superimposes a body image onto each ear.
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  • PART 1 KHT Series - The Sound of One Hand Clapping - by Dan Lobash

    by John Stan | May 05, 2016
    There is a Zen riddle that asks “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” This answerless riddle, or Zen Koan, is intended to focus one’s thoughts during meditation, in an attempt to cease conscious thought. Today, however, I would like to redirect your thoughts to the familiar, conscious sound of two hands clapping.
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  • Year of the Monkey Forecast

    by John Stan | Jan 27, 2016
    Written by Lillian Bridges February 8, 2016 ushers in the Year of the Red Monkey. Monkeys are considered the tricksters of the Chinese Twelve Animal Signs and this means it is likely to be an exciting and “interesting” year. But remember that the fortune cookie proverb, “May you Live in Interesting Times” is actually considered a curse!
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  • Qi Gong for the Yin Brain – A Self-Help Technique

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    Last month I wrote an article called the Dual Screen Experience – The Benefits of a Healthy Perspective. If you did not have a chance to read it you can find the article here. The article explored the latest trend in technology that encourages TV viewers to log into the TV station’s website with a laptop or other portable device....
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  • 6 Reasons to Reconsider Conventional Vitamins

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    Canadians spend $3 billion a year on vitamin supplements; you probably recommend them to patients to increase vitality, reduce specific symptoms, and ward off disease. Supplement companies promote that most people need to supplement with synthetic nutrients to replace real ones that are lacking in the diet. Here are 6 reasons to reconsider that strategy...
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  • Understanding Depression from a Broader Perspective

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    At some time, mental illness indirectly affects most Canadians as it strikes a family member, friend or colleague. 20% of us will personally experience a mental illness during our lifetime...
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  • Treating Trauma with Chinese Herbal Formulas

    by John Stan | Aug 26, 2015
    Many acupuncturists can support their treatments for pain and trauma with Chinese herbal products. It is useful to know how the various formulas are differentiated in order to choose appropriately. Acute patterns found in trauma always involve blood stasis with heat; chronic conditions present with blood stasis due to cold, damp or deficiency of yang. Heat is also predominant in active flare-ups of gout or rheumatoid arthritis, and trauma formulas can often be used in those cases as well.
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  • Integrating Korean Hand Therapy Into Your Practice

    by John Stan | Jun 29, 2015
    This article will explore how to integrate Korean Hand Therapy into an acupuncture and alternative/integrative medical practice. This will be done by describing several possible scenarios based on practitioners’ solutions.
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  • Grapeseed Extract – The Healthy Medicine

    by John Stan | Apr 29, 2015
    Grapeseed is rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins complexes (OPCs) and related bioactives. Medical applications for OPCs include prevention of cardiovascular disease, recovery from stroke, reperfusion injury, treatment of cancer, asthma, septic shock, arthritis, diabetic vasculopathies, menopausal hot flashes, and a multitude of skin disorders.
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  • Year of the Sheep - 2015

    by John Stan | Feb 26, 2015
    February 19, 2015 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yin Wood Sheep or Green Sheep. The Sheep is fundamentally an Earth creature, so this year the elements of Wood and Earth are considered in conflict as Wood uses up Earth. However, the Wood Element also gets fed by Earth and therefore is a sign of steady growth for economies around the world. And, because it is Yin Wood, it will usher in more peace and calm. This will be a great relief after a turbulent and fast-paced Horse year. To many people, it may seem a bit boring. Remember that the Chinese consider boredom to be good luck because you have choices!
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  • Treating Infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    by John Stan | Dec 18, 2014
    Chinese medicine delineates several patterns in infertility. At its core, tonification of blood and kidney qi is necessary in most cases. Further pattern differentiation can be made for deficiency of kidney yang,yin or jing; liver qi stagnation, blood stasis, or accumulation of phlegm and dampness. In evaluating for patterns, paying close attention to the menstrual history offers the best clues. Irregular periods or premenstrual syndrome (irritability, breast distension, abdominal distension) indicate qi stagnation; dysmenorrhea indicates blood stasis or exogenous cold into the uterus; amenorrhea or light, scanty periods confirm blood deficiency; and obesity involves stagnation of phlegm and dampness.
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  • FORMULA FOCUS: Huan Shao Dan 還少丹 - Part 1

    by John Stan | Dec 18, 2014
    Huan Shao Dan is sometimes referred to as Rejuvenation Elixir or Return to Youth formula. It is considered a prime anti-aging and restorative formula in Chinese medicine. Its use and application is varied and can be employed to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from: chronic fatigue, decline of the senses particularly hearing and vision, diminished sexual functioning, emaciation and loss of appetite, night sweats, premature aging, senile and age-related conditions, weight-loss and lack of appetite and even extending to post-partum recovery.
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  • Master Tung's Four Horses - Extraordinary Points

    by John Stan | Oct 30, 2014
    Master Tung Ching Chang was a traditional Chinese physician from the Shandong Province who was famous for the miraculous and spontaneous results he would obtained using just a few needles. Master Tung’s Four Horses combination consists of six acupuncture points, three on each thigh: a wonderfully effective point pattern, easy to locate, and very versatile. A four-horse carriage moves very quickly with extraordinary momentum, a fitting metaphor for the strong and lasting effects of these amazing points, among the most powerful in the entire body.
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  • Winterize the Kidney Channel

    by John Stan | Oct 30, 2014
    Is the Kidney channel running unobstructed and free? As your patients put in their orders for snow tires and cinnamon sticks, you can optimize the flow in their Kidney channels. Obstructions of the Kidney channel Qi can occur suddenly or can build up over time. Causative culprits can include leg bones broken years earlier, history of hernia, appendectomy scars, C-section scars, old knee or ankle injuries, or injuries or surgeries in the low back area.
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    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    Qiu 秋 the fall, the autumn, shows an ear of grain (on the left) filled with fire 火 (on the right). Summer’s firing is over, the fall is here; inner time, metal time to cut the ties that bind. Autumn is two edged: on the one hand the harvest season with its mellow abundance, and on the other, the rapidly shortening days with the nip of death in the keen air. A time of evening, of rebalancing, the scales tipping in favour of the dark, the cold, the yin, the in. Central to it is the full moon mid-autumn festival zhong qiu jie 中 秋 節, held on the 15th day of the 8th month (September 8th in 2014), to celebrate the growth and power of yin, of harvest, of woman and the moon. Sunbathing is out, moon gazing is in, and moon cakes are all around!
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