Speakers' Articles

  • Year of the Yellow Dog - 2018

    by John Stan | Jan 16, 2018
    February 16, 2018 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yellow Dog. This is a Yang Earth Year, which will bring much more stability, with a few notable exceptions. The Elements are Yang Earth on top of Earth, which means that they harmonize with each other. So, overall, it is will be a much calmer year and may sometimes even seem boring. But there is a Chinese saying that “Boredom is good luck, because you have choices!” After two fiery years, it is time to exhale and take in a deep breath to regroup. There will be a palpable feeling of relief from the tensions of the previous years, especially as we get deeper into the year. Life should get easier and more relaxed.
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  • Hacking Chinese Medicine

    by John Stan | Jan 12, 2018
    Acupuncturists in lecture audiences and students alike have long asked me to write up the treasures that I now pass along in class. They tell me that when they overthrow their stab-in-the-dark practice of Chinese medicine to incorporate insights about the workings of channel Qi, their clinical results are vastly improved. They have satisfaction in knowing what they’re doing, as opposed to that nagging feeling that they’re just guessing and hoping for the best.
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  • Golden Flower's Pediatric Medicinal Syrups

    by John Stan | Jan 08, 2018
    A number of years ago, I introduced a group of pediatric formulas to the Golden Flower herbal repertoire: Clear & Release, Lung Clear, Jade Defense, and Children's Ear Formula. These 2 oz bottles are meant for infants, toddlers, and young children; they come as sweet-tasting syrups, using glycerin instead of alcohol, and are ready for direct administration.
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  • The Ultimate Energy Challenge - How One 60-Year Old Conquers It!

    by John Stan | Jan 02, 2018
    What are your plans for your 60th birthday, if you haven’t had it yet? How does running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days appeal, as an idea? Well, that’s exactly what Dr. Pushpa Chandra is doing – starting at the end of January, 2018. She’s taking part in the World Marathon Challenge, which starts in Antarctica and moves on to Cape Town, Perth, Lisbon, Cartagena and, finally, Miami. During this intense 7-day period, she will eat and sleep on airplanes and be ready to run a 42.2-kilometre marathon each time she touches down.
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  • Acutonics - the Art of Science, and Medicine and Music

    by John Stan | Nov 28, 2017
    Acutonics embraces both ancient wisdom traditions and new paradigms in health and wellness, while remaining firmly based in science and strongly supported by case study documentation and research. It is a re-unification of art and science, music and medicine and elegantly harmonizes the cosmobiology of both patient and practitioner.
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  • Classical Five-Element Acupuncture...Beginning the Journey

    by John Stan | Nov 28, 2017
    The Chinese understood human beings to be microcosms, meaning that within us are the same elements that are found in Nature. When these elements are functioning in health and balance within us, we experience health. If the elements are imbalanced, disease must be the result.
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  • Modern Cupping & Fascia Release Throughout the Hips

    by John Stan | Sep 28, 2017
    Bruce Bentley presents a new explanatory framework and treatment vista for cupping by using flexible and easy-to maneuver silicone vessels to remodel discordant fascia. The practical focus will be on treating chronic hip pain and restricted mobility.
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  • The Stomach Official - by Professor Neil R. Gumenick

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2017
    The Stomach, known as "The Official of Rotting and Ripening Food and Drink", with its paired Official, the Spleen, represent the Earth Element within us. In the cycle of the seasons, Earth is associated with Late Summer – a time when growth has reached completion. The harvest is abundant, the fruits ripe, round, sweet, and ready to be picked. What had been once a seed has come to fruition. The Earth generously provides the nourishment we need to live and thrive. The Officials of Earth within us receive the food, make it into a proper digestive mixture, and transport its essence to fuel every organ, function, and system. No organ or physical or non-physical process could occur were it deprived of nourishment.
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  • The Symbolic Value of Numbers

    by John Stan | Jul 27, 2017
    Numbers play a significant role in Classical Chinese texts. They indicate the quality more than the quantity. The systematic recourse to numerology helps to keep the framework of the discourse in mind, while setting out the processes of life. Without losing sight of the unity ‐ which is the nature of life ‐ numbers show its development, stage after stage. They are the reflection of the natural order.
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  • Time Acupuncture

    by John Stan | May 25, 2017
    The neologism "Time Acupuncture" illustrates the combination of the energetics of the time with the energetics of the acupuncture. Through the coordination of these energetic cycles we are able to optimize the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment.
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  • The Quintessential Sincerity of the Therapist

    by John Stan | May 24, 2017
    There is always a relationship between present beings. This relationship is even stronger when these beings focus on one another, direct their attention from one to the other, as is the case between doctor and patient. What occurs in the treatment is also what occurs between them.
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  • 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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