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Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1

When I began practicing acupuncture decades ago it was a cash practice in an upper-middle-class neighborhood outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Back then there was no insurance coverage for acupuncture and my patients tended to be well-to-do. This is where I started treating opioid dependency. I didn’t have a preconception at the time about addiction; … Continue reading Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1

Herbs Save the Day for Infant w/ High Fever

“My infant daughter Olivia was screaming at the top of her lungs as she lay strapped to her carrier seat dressed in a pink onesie; I had just poisoned her. It was unintentional, but the deed had been done and could not be taken back.” I explained. Thus began the tutoring of my young daughter-in-law, … Continue reading Herbs Save the Day for Infant w/ High Fever

Is Opioid Addiction a Disease or the Stamp of Depravity?

News of falling opioid-related overdosing rates seemed to me like good news this week pointing to the opioid crisis easing up. As I read through the news article it was revealed that these statistics may not reflect a plateau in the opioid crisis as the reduction in deaths could be due to a wider distribution … Continue reading Is Opioid Addiction a Disease or the Stamp of Depravity?

1st Day of Acupuncture School

My friend asked, “Do you know where you are going? Did you visit the school?” I had to admit that I had never been to Gainesville, Florida before. In my mind, it would be a short 2-year course in acupuncture that would allow me to practice herbalism under a licensed practice act that would make … Continue reading 1st Day of Acupuncture School