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Marvellous March!

March is almost over, I hope it was a good one. We are coming out of the winter thaw and embarking into the newness of spring. This month we are talking about a very interesting cancer documentary where viruses are being used to kill cancer, why the people you work with are so important (and why I am so lucky), the Chinese year of the goat, some inspiration and a sassy oyster recipe that is good for the immune system and is extra important for all you men out there. ;) See you in April!

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Killing Cancer Documentary

Killing Cancer Documentary

Cancer has been such a scourge of humanity for so long that the very word inspires a deep dread in anyone who hears it—it’s a two-syllable gut punch, a hole that suddenly opens up beneath you. Similarly, a “cure for cancer” has been a holy grail of modern medical research the way getting to the moon used to inspire space programs. All told, the world has spent decades and billions of dollars trying to cure cancer, or cure some kinds of it, or simply make some of them less awful and deadly—and VICE is going to give viewers an inside look at the most cutting-edge cancer treatments in the world.

It’s an hour-long in-depth documentary that focuses on therapies that go far, far beyond chemo. We’ll be taking a look at how doctors use HIV, measles, and genetically-engineered cold viruses to strengthen patients’ immune systems and wipe out cancer cells without damaging their bodies the way chemo normally does. While experimental, these techniques are already saving lives, like that of Emily Whitehead, who was dying of aggressive leukemia before doctors used re-engineered HIV cells to seemingly destroy the cancer eating her body. “My life, like most people’s, has been negatively affected by cancer, and the thought of my young children living in an age where this is no longer humanity’s number-one health fear was simply overpowering,” said Shane Smith in a statement. “My first thought was, ‘How soon? How soon can we get these types of therapies to market and helping people?'”

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Chinese Year of the Goat

Welcome to 2015, Year of the Goat

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

The Chinese new year started this year on February 19th and lasted until March 5th. The date of the Chinese new year varies every year because it is based on a lunar calendar (which is based on cycles of lunar phases) and not the solar calendar (which indicates the position of the earth in the suns orbit) which is the one we use in the West.

2015 is the Chinese year of the goat. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and the goat is the eighth in the sequence which starts with the rat. Anyone born in an animals year is said to engender the qualities of that animal according to the zodiac, so lets look and see what qualities are synonymous with the goat and what the year of the goat holds in store for us and we move into 2015...


In Chinese medicine, there are five elements that can be applied to all things from health, to personality, to what we eat. Each animal year also has a dominant element (fire, earth, metal, water, wood), and for 2015 it is the wood element. Wood is associated with the liver and spring. These are expansive energies, like new growth, reaching upwards to reach the sun. The wood element represents growth, activity, newness and outward energies, so this seems like a positive element to have its influence in the year to come.


People born in a goat year are said to be calm and gentle souls. They are mild mannered, sympathetic and shy. Goats are also very kind hearted and have a strong sense of justice. Goats have thoughts and emotions that run deep. They have great perseverance and are excellent at acquiring the skills they need in both work and life. Although they may look soft and gentle on the outside, they are strong and extremely tough, always trusting themselves, even if they do not express it to those on the outside.

Goats prefer to be in groups or with other people, but do not like to be the centre of attention. They are quiet and reserved as they spend most of their time in their thoughts. Goats like to look good and spend money on beautiful things so they always have a stylish and put together appearance. The do not, however, get caught up in exterior appearances and their kind, sweet demeanour is always presented with complete honesty and sincerity to everyone they meet.

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Why Colleagues Matter

Why Colleagues Matter

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP

I am blessed because every day when I wake up and think about going to work I feel happy about it. Yes, that is what I said... HAPPY. There are many reasons for this. One is the fact that I happen to have wonderful patients who enrich my life, humble me and teach me as much about healing as I hope I can teach to them. This, in itself is a reason to grin with delight as you get out of bed and go to work. But there is more. Second, I really, really love what I do. I have never for one moment since I started on this path had any doubt that this is absolutely the thing I am supposed to be doing. That really helps you get up in the morning (and I am not a morning person so I need all the help I can get). But the other reason, and one that is so rare and wonderful, is the other healers I have the privilege of working with. My colleagues. My peeps. My soul family.

I have the pleasure of working in a sweet healing centre in downtown Sarasota, Florida. For those of you who don't know Sarasota, it is a lovely place on the ocean, with world class beaches and full of spiritual people, yoga studios, acupuncture clinics, Buddhist meditation centres and metaphysical churches. It is sort of like the Shangri-La of Florida. I am amazed at the wonderful community of spiritual people, healers and other awesome human beings that I know here. Not an evening goes by when there isn't a kirtan, concert, meditation or documentary film happening to delight you. This is the place I get to work and live.

The centre where I practice is a very lovely space, that always smells of incense, is smashed with plants and anyone is always welcome to stop by the tea room in the back for tea and a chat. It is warm, inviting and friendly. We have a sandwich board outside which boasts different quotes every day to uplift the spirits of those walking by. We have an excellent relationship with our neighbours which consist of a tattoo shop (which is dangerous as we are all lovers of the ink), a catering company (where we often grab food throughout the day) and a sweet French restaurant and cafe where we are all on a first name basis with the owners and staff, who regularly bring over chocolate croissants which we never, ever refuse. Have you ever had a real French chocolate croissant? They are ridiculous.

One of the best things about arriving at work every day is that I get to work with two of the best healers and human beings I know. They are my colleagues. Now, I have worked in a LOT of clinics in my life, with a lot of different medical people, Western doctors, healers, you name it, which is why I know how lucky I am to have these two to work with. It is like the culmination of 10 years of working to get to the people you are meant to work with because everything is so harmonious. There is no competition. There is no jealousy. There is only respect and love for each other. Respect in each other's talents, and our unique abilities to help our patients.

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Quote of the Month

Maintaining order rather than correcting disorder is the ultimate principle of wisdom. To cure disease after it has appeared is like digging a well when one already feels thirsty or forging weapons after the war has already begun.

~ Huang Di Nei Jing



The Red String of Fate - Soul Mates

The red string of fate is an East Asian belief that comes from ancient Chinese legend and is also believed in Japan. According to this legend, the gods tie an invisible red string around the pinky fingers of those who are meant to be together. No matter how far you go or how long you live, you are destined to find each other. What a lovely thought... <3

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the News

Food As Medicine Isn't New

Being A Nurse Is Hard

Third Acupuncture Trip

Veterans Embrace Alternative Healing

Cane Toads By The Million Line Up for Export to China for Anti-Cancer Remedy

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Maintains A Steady Growth for Business Performance

Pain Therapy Without Therapy, Medication

Men and Conventional Chronic Prostatitis Treatment

Treating Infertility with Acupuncture & Modern Medicine

The Power of Community Acupuncture

Acupuncturists Provide Stress Relief to Longmont Safety Personnel

Acupuncture a Cure for Allergies?

Acupuncture in Conflict Zones

The Role of Academic Health Centres to Inform Evidence-Based Integrative Oncology Practice

Urinary Incontinence

Learning Music from a Young Age Purifies Body, Mind and Soul

Acupuncture Effective for Managing Pain

Acupuncture + Herbs Relieve Perimenopause Insomnia

Fighting Stomach Cancer with Needles

Doctors Suggest Eastern Medicines for Cancer Treatment Plans

Ancient Chinese Tradition Offers Seniors Improved Quality of Life

Ancient Herbal Remedy Could Treat Depression Better Than Conventional Medicine - Scientists Claim

City of Pécs Welcomes Confucious Institute

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If you would like to read about the latest scienntific studies involving Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, please see our "Current Research" page to find all the latest. :)

Recipe of the Month with NourishU

Recipe Of The Month with NourishU

Oysters - Immune & Libido Boosters

Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food such as grains, legumes, meat, nuts, and seeds. The main function of zinc is to boost the body's immune system which can help to prevent colds and allergies. Zinc is also an antioxidant which can help combat inflammation and reduce disease risk. Oysters also have libido-boosting effect and are beneficial to sexual health in men. Severe cases of zinc deficiency can lead to impotence.

A cup of raw oysters contains 650 percent of the recommended daily value of zinc, 362 percent of the recommended daily intake of B-12, 13 percent of riboflavin and 11 percent of niacin. They are also a good source of vitamins including vitamins A, B, C, and D, and a good source of complete proteins which means they contain all of the essential amino acids.

Chinese medicine regards oysters as neutral in nature, sweet and salty in taste and beneficial to the liver and kidneys. Oysters have been used to promote yang, nourish blood, check excessive perspiration and premature ejaculation, cure tuberculosis of the lymph nodes and reduce stress. Oyster shells have also been used for anti-tumor and anti-infection treatment.

Most people either love oysters or hate them. Oysters are a decent source of low fat protein. Six medium oysters contain about six grams of protein. This protein is high in quality and is easier to digest than chicken and beef. According to the Resources Defense Council, oysters are one of the least contaminated types of seafood. Unlike some fish-farming operations, oyster farms can actually improve the quality of oceans and bays. That's because the oysters in offshore farms will feed on particulate matter and nutrients that might otherwise pollute waterways. Despite the perception that oysters are high in cholesterol, they actually contain only around 50 mg. of cholesterol per serving which is well within the recommendation of less than 300 mg. per day. Six medium oysters has only one gram of saturated fat and 57 calories.

When oysters are eaten raw, they may contain Vibrio bacteria that can cause illness, particularly in those with a weakened immune system. The best way to reduce this risk is to cook oysters to well done. Here is a delicious and easy to make recipe which only takes about 10 minutes.

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Oyster & Egg Pancake


  • Improves immune system, promotes yang, and improves overall health.

INGREDIENTS (4 servings)

      • Oysters – 16 oz. or 473 ml or about 10 large ones
      • Green onion – 2
      • Coriander – 2 to 3 branches
      • Eggs – 2
      • Sweet potato starch – 5 large tablespoons
      • Fish sauce – 3 tablespoons
      • White pepper – 1 teaspoon


  1. Rinse oysters and put in a mixing bowl. Mix oysters with 2 tablespoons of salt by hand for a couple of minutes so that the slime and dark materials come off. Rinse and repeat the process with 2 tablespoons of corn starch to clean oysters a second time. Rinse and drain.
  2. Remove and discard the coin shaped hard muscle of each oyster and cut each oyster into 6 to 8 pieces. Put them in a mixing bowl.
  3. Rinse and finely cut green onion and coriander and add to the bowl.
  4. Add in potato starch, fish sauce, white pepper, one spoonful of oil and ¾ cup of water. Mix well.
  5. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and keep aside.
  6. Heat 3 spoonfuls of oil in a non-stick pan and pour in half of the oyster mixture. Let it cook to slightly brown on the bottom (about 5 minutes) and use the spatula to cut pancake into 4 quarters. Add a little bit of oil right in the middle and then pour half of the egg mixture on top. The egg will flow through the cracks and around the edges of the pancake. When egg is slightly brown, turn each quarter piece upside down to brown the top side. When both sides are brown and oysters are cooked, transfer pancake to serving plate.
  7. Repeat the cooking process for the other half of the ingredients to make the second pancake.
  8. Sever hot with extra fish sauce mixing with a pinch of white pepper as dipping sauce if necessary.


No restrictions.

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