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Aug 3

Beware of “Useless” Surgery

New York Times reports that many surgeries are still being performed even though evidence suggest they do not help patients. Randomized clinical trials have shown that many surgeries are closed to being totally useless. Most of these surgeries are performed intending to help pain, particularly pains in the spine and knees. However, their success rate […]

Jun 30

15 million needles (a documentary film)

I would like to share an amazing documentary about famed and influential acupuncturist Dr. Zhu. He revolutionized the way we treat stroke patients. I am very proud to have graduated from the same school and worked at the same hospital as he did in Shanghai.

Oct 5

Nobel prize awarded to scientist of Traditional Chinese Medicine

A scientist of Traditional Chinese Medicine was awarded Nobel prize today for finding a cure for malaria. She looked into 1600 years old record of Traditional Chinese Medicine and isolated artemisinin as the active ingredient of Qinghao. Ancient Chinese people had been using Qinghao to fight malaria for thousands of years. Not only do they […]

Sep 19

Over-prescription of pain medication is causing a surge of heroin problem in the US.

The Economist reports a surge of heroin use in the US. Three quarter of heroin addicts began their opioid use from prescription pain drugs. According to CDC, there is 300% increase in sales of opioid since 1999. It is not hard to see where the problem is coming from. Currently we are in a pain […]

Aug 6

The Mythology Of Science-Based Medicine

I would like to share an excellent article written by Larry Dossey M.D., Rustum Roy Ph.D and Deepak Chopra, that discuss the common misconception about medical treatments. It is unfortunate that in an age of science and critical thinking, most people, even professionals and scientists, cannot objectively evaluate the merits of medical treatments. Instead, people […]

Jan 5

Why is it so difficult to lose weight? – part 3 of Losing Weight Using TCM

Now we have covered the fundamental mechanisms of weight gain. They seem very simple. You just have to increase caloric output or reduce caloric input to create a caloric deficit. Why can’t people lose weight? There are many factors that make weight loss extremely difficult: Biological: The body has a natural tendency to maintain stability, […]

Dec 5

Why are people overweight? – part 2 of Losing Weight Using TCM

So why are people overweight? Genetics can play a big role. Research of identical twins raised by different families has shown that twins tend to have similar weight despite different lifestyle environment. However, if you look at historic pictures of people under food rationing, for examples, 1960s in China or Wartime Europe in 1940s, you […]

Dec 4

Introduction to Losing Weight Using TCM – part 1 of Losing Weight using TCM

Being overweight is an epidemic problem in America. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), currently: 33.9% of adults are obese (BMI >30), and 34.4% of adults are overweight (BMI>25) and below obese. So total 68.3% of American adults have weight issue. There are countless products and services on the market that promise weight loss. […]

Oct 5

Surgery Rate Late in Life Surprises Researchers

New York Times reports that researchers are surprised to find that surgery rate is incredibly high in the last few months or even weeks of seniors’ life. This is not really surprising because, on average, people spend half of their medical expense in the last year of their life. Most people assume that modern medicine […]

Sep 19

US prescription drug death outnumber traffic fatalities.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-drugs-epidemic-20110918,0,5517691.story