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Mystery at the heart of healing

Many people in the modern world believe (whether explicitly or implicitly) in “promissory materialism”, which essentially says that although there are things that Western science hasn’t fully explained, it is only a matter of time before all is illuminated. Rather than seeing the reductionist, materialist scientific worldview for what it is – a worldview, one […]

My mentor, Bob Duggan – a life well-lived

It’s been about a week and a half since Bob Duggan, one of my greatest teachers, the founder of my acupuncture school, visionary, father, grandfather, passed away. Amidst the grief I feel, there is immense gratitude, and a deep reflection on everything I’ve learned from him. He taught me just how radical getting down to […]

Acupuncture for Syrian Refugees

Update: THANK YOU to all who made my mission to Greece possible! I am so grateful for the support I was able to offer for people who are in a tremendously difficult situation. On Nov 16th I’ll be joining a team of Global Outreach Doctors to help with the SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS on a small […]

How Does Acupuncture Work?

I gave a talk on acupuncture this past Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, a charter high school in Oakland. I was impressed by how many great questions the students asked! My goal was to explain some of the exciting things we’re beginning to learn about acupuncture from a biomedical perspective. AND to […]

Acupuncture + Depression: The Empty Heart

This is the second post in a series on acupuncture and depression. The first post is Building a Fire in Your Life. The quiet center of our hearts offers endless rejuvenation and reassurance. It does this by being empty: at any given moment the heart has both full and empty chambers. The Chinese character for […]

Acupuncture + Depression: Building a Fire in Your Life

[This is the intro post in a series that will explore depression and Chinese medicine] I like the magic of building fires. Do these certain tasks – gather kindling, make a pyramid, add a lit match, fan like crazy, add bigger sticks. Then (if you’re me) pray that they catch. And they always do! I’m […]

A patient’s acupuncture story

The following entry was written by a dear patient of mine. She went from being terrified of needles to actually looking forward to treatments! I hope her success story will help others who are curious about acupuncture and are afraid to try it.  In mid 2012 I decided to try acupuncture for chronic pain in […]

Does acupuncture hurt?

This is one of the the top questions I hear about acupuncture. When you mention the word ‘needle’ people tend to get a little bit wary. Some people even hold up their hands in defense as if I’m going to try and stick them with a needle right then and there! I can relate. When […]

Discussing holistic health in Pittsburgh

I had the great, last-minute pleasure of being interviewed by Joanne Quinn-Smith on her Positively Pittsburgh Live radio show on Monday night.  It was a round table discussion with another acupuncturist, Barbara Solomon and a chiropractor, Dr. Dan Turo. The topic was holistic health, and I had a fantastic time engaging in conversation with people […]

What your liver has to do with heartburn and anger

I started to write this post on Sunday evening, and wanted to have it up on the blog on Tuesday (it’s Wednesday.)  I’m sure you’re familiar with this scene:  I was at my computer, ready to write.  And then I moseyed on over to Facebook, just to, you know, check in.  I sent a few […]

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