A Frank Discussion on The US Healthcare Plan

The problem comes in, that we are conditioned to seeing only one answer. And that’s what the insurance companies, medical doctors, pharmaceutical companies and government representatives (i.e. both Republican and Democrat)…want us to buy into. That:

Modern medicine is the ONLY way.

Well, it is in:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Terminal illnesses (in conjunction with prayer and spiritual healing)
  • Surgical intervention
  • Medical testing to find the pathology

And how did people get healed, before modern medicine came along? Well, they have 2 traditions…that are thousands of years old. Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine. And they have another tradition called homeopathy.

And these traditions come with minimal sides effects. And don’t cost an arm and a leg, in terms of pharmaceutical drugs. And they don’t invent new ones – every year.

And there is something called spiritual healing. Which is well established and thousands of years old…in the Native American spiritual and medicine traditions. Or the Chinese equivalent of Qi Gong.

People go to these things – because they work. Or traditional medicine, has given up on them. Told them things, like they have a few months to live, etc. And the traditional doctors… will attribute any cure… to the placebo effect, statistical anomaly, etc.

Meanwhile, the Republicans will craft a bill And will try to tell us, it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And the World Health Organization, will probably continue to rate the US…in the mid-thirties – quality wise.

And I will probably spend the winters…in Central American or parts of Europe – like Spain. Since i know the popular European languages…and the languages of Latin America. And if I do need traditional medicine, I would get quality care…at a fraction of the drug and physician cost.

Or perhaps learn Japanese – alongside Mandarin. And teach English over in Japan. And get into their health system, for around $350 a year. Anyone with a long term visa – can do so.

Try an experiment. Go to the US government STEP program at STEP. Type in a country to visit, under the link country information – towards the bottom. Then after it comes up, click on the health tab. Let’s take Chile, for example. See what they have to say – in part:

Santiago has two main private hospitals that are accredited by The American Hospital Association and meet U.S. standards: Clinica Alemana and Clinica Las Condes. Both have international patient departments and experience with some international insurance companies.

It”s like modern marketing and advertising. They say these brand name vitamins, canned fruits, cereals, etc. – are the best. Even though it is a fact, they often come off – the same assemble line…as the store brands or generics.

Or folks try to tell you, that OEM (i.e. original equipment manufactures), make the best vehicle parts. But after market parts, can be just as good – or better. And much cheaper.

Reminds me of attending the ELCA Lutheran church service this week – within walking distance. I noticed the Islamic center next store was packed. So I stopped a couple of black Muslims and inquired what was going on. They told me that Ramadan had ended and they were breaking the fast. Well, I realized something. These Muslims were from Africa. And I also met Muslims, from the Middle East. Those from the Middle East, I always experienced as rude to outsiders. And those from Africa, were warm and friendly to outsiders. Both under the same religious umbrella. But belonging to different cultures. The African Muslims shook my hand and thanked me for asking.

It’s kind of like my Christian faith. It comes with the base, of a liturgical tradition (i.e. Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran or Anglican). But I add to it Franciscan contemplation (i.e. Richard Rohr), via Buddhist meditation methods (i.e. mindfulness and Zen). A love of Native American, spiritual and healing traditions. And throw in some health and prosperity thinking – with Joel Osteen. And visiting saints from the East. Like I did with Amma, at here nearby Illinois center at Amma.

See, here’s what’s missing folks. Take the Center for Contemplation and Action with Richard Rohr. We emphasize the action part (i.e. Christian charity, good works, etc). But we are missing the contemplation part. The two go together.  And if we throw in TV evangelist Joel Osteen, we add the third leg. Which is to expect, good things from God.

Here is a recent Quora discussion:
How is the Republican health care plan in any way better than “Obamacare”?

Oh, yes. The Republican bill. I just got this email – from my AARP membership:

AARP opposes the proposed health care bill because it would mean higher costs and less care for older Americans. It would:

    Allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else and reducing the tax credits that help them afford their coverage.
    Cut Medicaid for around 15 million people, stripping away coverage from millions of Americans and leaving millions of seniors at risk of not getting the care they need.
    Cut funding for Medicare, leaving the door open to benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers.
    Providing tens of billions in tax breaks for drug and insurance companies.

We need you to join us in sharing this information on social media and helping drive calls to the Senate. Now that everyone has seen the Senate Leadership’s secret bill it’s being criticized by the Senators they need to pass it. The Senate leadership is cutting backroom deals to try and win votes. We need your help making sure your Senator’s vote no!

Together we can hold them accountable for their votes. Use your influence on Twitter and Facebook to urge your friends and family to join us in taking action today!

Oh, yes. I do have a sizable following – on Twitter and Facebook. And I did post – the AARP propaganda.

And I continue with my Medicare advantage plan. And all is well and good for me.

And here is an interesting article, in my email today. From the Dark Web News:

Access to Calls, Texts, and Location Being Offered on the Dark Web

steve wrote:Also hundreds of essential oils have been used for thousands of years because they work!

Just a bit of footnotes – to Steve’s comment. The technical name is aromatherapy. There’s a description of it on Wiki at Wiki on aromatherapy.

Web MD also covers the topic at Web MD on aromatherapy..

One name for modern pharmaceuticals is allopathy. I remember when I was anemic. And I had blood tests, conducted by the primary care physician. The nurse called and said I needed a prescription for iron. I asked why I needed “a prescription”, when they sell Iron supplements – over the counter. Well, they really couldn’t answer it. Except I know the prescription would cost more. And the brand name, over the counter version – would cost more than the store brand. Which. at the Jewel Osco pharmacy is Signature Care.

And when my mom was in a comma…making her transition…Guess what? They prescribed morphine, as a pain reliever. Which is over 100 years old. What happened to all the “superior”, brand name and generic…modern day pain relievers?

Sometimes you can blend allopathy, with Ayurveda, TCM or homeopathy.

Here are 2 examples.

  • Colgate has a mouth wash called Crest Pro Health. But the Dollar General store brand, is called 2X/Day. And it costs much less. And Pepsodent still makes a US based toothpaste, at a fraction of the name brands. I get this at the Dollar tree. But I mix this toothpaste, with an Ayurveda one. Either a Patanjali or Auromere one. Which is available at either Amazon or local Indian grocery stores. The Ayurveda is good for the gums. Which helps prevent gum disease.
  • Or suppose I get a cut. I wash it, apply rubbing alcohol and bandage it. But after the cut has sealed, I apply a homeopathic solution of Calendula Homeopathic ointment, to speed up the healing. It’s available at most US, health food stores.

For modern medicine to come along and say everything before it was useless…is like the Protestant churches to say God revealed the truth, in the reformation. And the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, are part of the dark ages.
And I don’t often get on a soap box. But I did today. :!:

And I will end with some health related, article links – a friend sent to me. And a good YouTube video, telling the story of homeopathy.

Regardless of what the Republicans come up with.

 

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Aids in the fight against cancer

Aids in the fight against cancer

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Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across a couple of friends recently, who have cancer. The problem I have is that doctors might say things like ,“you have six months to live” or ,“this disease is incurable”. Technically, this information is incorrect. It’s better to say things like, “according to current medical science as we know it, we don’t have any approaches to cure this disease.” Or say something like, “according to what we know in current medical science and similar cases like yours, the average life expectancy is six months.”

Recently, I came across an article entitled Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Alternative Therapies for Treatment of Leukemia at Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Alternative Therapies for Treatment of Leukemia What’s nice about the article is it gives a good overview of Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese Traditional Chinese Medicine (i.e. TCM) therapy. Both are interesting therapies that incorporate nutritional and herbal therapeutic approaches.

Here is where the article states its own purpose: “This article seeks to highlight the important concepts of these two alternative healing therapies in the treatment of cancer, while simultaneously providing evidence for their success in treating leukemia and the necessary induction of these methods into contemporary Western medicine.”

But the most important takeaway from the article is this: “ TIM and TCM have been found to be extremely successful in conjunction with contemporary, allopathic measures for treating cancer, such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and invasive surgical techniques.”

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Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof – Ayurveda Shop (Photo credit: marketing deluxe)

Both ancient and modern medical approaches can co-exist and work together. Let’s take Ayurvedic toothpaste, for example. A normally use a product from a company called Auromere. Vicco is another Indian company making Ayurvedic toothpaste. Ayurvedic toothpaste is good for gums. It’s the gums and gum disease that causes folks to lose teeth. Now I used to travel to an Indian grocer to buy Vicco. The owner said I should use Crest toothpaste instead. I told him I used Crest or a Crest competitor. The toothpaste is good for preventing tooth decay and reducing tarter. But after I used the US toothpaste, I followed it up with Vicco to reduce gum disease. Now I used Auyomere instead.

Folks can also look at spiritual approaches, like prayer, spiritual healing, etc. But these approaches should be supplemental to traditional medical treatment. Cancer is a frightening disease. I really emphasize with my two friends and hope the cancer is in the early stages – at least. I see many commercials for hospitals like Cancer Treatment Centers of America. I don’t think they respond better than other US hospitals. But only studies will bring out the truth.

Since Ayurveda and TCM offer both nutritional and herbal approaches to treatment, they should be seriously considered as supplements to traditional medical treatment for cancer. And TCM does add acupuncture to the mix.

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What Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organic and Which Ones Not To

Sometimes it is hard to know where to invest your money. You want to eat healthy and avoid pesticides, but you can’t always afford the high prices of organic food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are high on your list of things to get on the grocery store, but how do you know which ones really absorb the toxins and which ones are pretty immune to them? Well, for your benefit, here is a list of twelve things to buy organic and fifteen things it is okay not to buy organic.

Buy

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Onions and Garlic 9th May (Photo credit: Elfleda)

Organic

As you read the list, you will notice certain similarities. The fruits and vegetables most affected by pesticides are those with thin skin, think leaves, or widely spread leaves. These tend to absorb a higher quantity of pesticides and also tend to be difficult to wash off completely.

  1.  Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/collard greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)

Good to Go

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Organic food mela (Photo credit: Hari Prasad Nadig)

As you read the safe to eat fruits and vegetable list you will notice that these have thicker skins, some kind of outer covering that is stripped away before eating, or inedible skins. These attributes make this list of food less likely to carry toxins into your food supply.

  1.   Onions
  2.   Avocado
  3.   Sweet Corn
  4.   Pineapple
  5.   Mangoes
  6.   Sweet Peas
  7.  Asparagus
  8.  Kiwi
  9.   Cabbage
  10.   Eggplant
  11.   Cantaloupe
  12.   Watermelon
  13.    Grapefruit
  14.    Sweet Potatoes
  15.    Honeydew Melon

These are just some suggestions. Depending on the season and the area that you live in, it may not be as big a difference in prices as others. However, if you have to save money and cut costs somewhere, make sure you know which fruits and veggies are safe and which ones you should really spend the few extra cents on.

Author Bio:

Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to baby sitting jobs. He personally thinks his blog will help finding information on all things related to a babysitter.

Commentary (Randy Kemp)

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Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m happy to have Paul share some wisdom on organic veggies.  I like buying them at Trader Joes, where the price is inexpensive.  Sometimes I add a bit of herbal supplements to the mix.  In one popular Ayurveda book by Vasant Lad, he mentioned that Ayurveda and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) complimented each other.  You find me buying chyawanprash from Amazon, cell salts in a 30X potency from a homeopathic supplier, Tibetan longevity tonic from Tibetan Herbs (i.e. Tibetan Natural Healing), and drinking Chinese herbal teas from Triple Leaf.

Commentary on election (Randy Kemp)

I am an independent. This means I’ll vote for the person I think best does the job. I get my best election information from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and the  ONION (The Onion)

The PBS debate moderator was terrible. He let things get out of hand. The moderators from ABC, CNN and upcoming CBS are much better. They will keep things in control. Obama came out swinging in debate 2 – as I expected. I’m much more interested in what the independent analysts say about the debates.

I’m more interested in the Senate makeup after the election. It’s less of an issue who wins the presidency, as long as you have a balance of republicans and democrats in the house and senate. They are forced to cooperate, due to automatic deficit reduction measures.

Even if Obama loses, he will still be active. He could earn good money writing a book and on speaking engagements. He could also work with former president Clinton on United Nations projects.

Mitt? If he loses, he can always go back to making a fortune. I forgot he does that automatically from his investments.

A good site for checking facts is fact check.  Here’s what they said about the second debate at fact check on second debate.

Academic and business blog posts (Randy Kemp)

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English: Studio shot of an organic Honeydew melon grown by delbosque farms USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine

  • How to Make Popcorn Balls Blog post
  • How to Juggle Family Visits During Your Nanny’s Hours Blog post
  • How to Start a Family Garden When You Live in the City Blog post
  • 10 Top Characteristics to Look for in a Family Blog post
  • How to Prepare Your Child for Getting the Flu Shot Blog post
  • 10 Reasons to Consider Having Your Nanny Homeschool Your Children Blog post
  • 10 Tips for New Nannies Blog post
  • How to Discipline Your Child in Front of His Friends Blog post
  • How to Throw a Kids’ Cookie Decorating Party Blog post
  • How to Help Your Au Pair Adjust to Living in a New Country Blog post
  • 30 Blogs on Car Seat Safety Blog post
  • How Stereotypes May Cause You to Miss Out on a Great Nanny Blog post
  • 10 Signs Your Nanny Needs a Vacation Blog post
  • How to Know if Your Child is Old Enough to be a Latch Key Kid Blog post
  • 10 Ways to Manage Kids’ Screen Time Blog post
  • 10 iPhone Apps For Learning Sight Words Blog post
  • 7 Safety Classes Nannies Should Consider Taking Blog post
  • 30 Blogs With the Best Homeschooling Tips Blog post
  • 10 iPhone Apps That Can Keep the Kids Occupied While You’re Stuck Standing in Line Blog post
  • 10 Tips For Parents of Kids Who Are Being Bullied Blog post
  • 30 Blogs That Focus on Kindergarten Readiness Blog post
  • 5 Festive Halloween Treats to Give Classmates Blog post
  • How to Re-Pot a Plant that is Root Bound Blog post
  • How to Make a Snow Ball Wreath Blog post
  • 5 Creative Ways to Give Money as a Gift Blog post
  • 30 of the Best Blogs for New Moms Blog post
  • 6 Things Live-In Nannies Should Respect Blog post
  • 5 Fun Foods to Pack for Kids Lunches Blog post

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Does Ted dot com generate good ideas or is it WFMT hype?

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It started out listening to a WFMT radio show. I was driving and listening to this musician. He talked about some world travels to do music. The springboard was this website called Ted.

So I asked my self this question: What is Ted.com all about?

The easiest way to find out is to join for free. But I had to answer some interesting questions:

  • I’m passionate about
  • People don’t know that I’m good at
  • An idea worth spreading
  • Talk to me about
  • My TED story

The idea of a platform for ideas intrigued me. Here’s what they say about themselves:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.”

Not as easy as it seems

I don’t know about you but I’m having difficulty. I can’t think of an idea worth spreading and I can’t come up with a Ted story. Perhaps I can get some clues from ideas I discussed with folks on email.

Let’s see now….

I was commenting on a complicated psychiatric case history with a friend. The case used many medications, over a course of several years – with no significant results:

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“I read XXX’s story and it was very interesting. But I also think traditional medicine made it worse, from all the drug side effects and interactions. It would have been better if she had a classical homeopath work with her from the beginning. Or an ancient herbal approach that uses a vital approach, such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Urani or Tibetan Medicine. Or even a Bach Flower remedy practitioner. Perhaps even a good course of therapy like Cognitive Behavioral. From my perspective, traditional medicine is best for emergencies (i.e. heart attack, terminal cancer,etc.) and their testing ways (i.e. blood work, X-rays, etc.). “

Why did the musician write on his Ted profile?

This I like to know. I decided to call WFMT and see if I can track down the show, musician, etc. The operator connected me to someone from their program department. They thought it was a question for George Preston and connected me to his voice-mail. I left a message what I wanted on Friday, October 21, 2011. I’m still waiting a reply. Since I’m not a big time contributor, it might take a few days.  I also filled out their contact form. When I get the info, I will visit the musician’s profile for ideas.

What else could I talk about on Ted?

I could talk about social media. After all, I’ve been active on it since the beginning of 2008. I can speak things like Twitter Latin and LinkedIn Swahili very well, while I only have run of the mill familiarity with Facebook Chinese.

Or perhaps I can get some ideas from The Onion (Onion ), which I get from weekly from the local comic book store.  Let me scan some of this weeks headlines:

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  • “Federal government to reduce Madoff’s sentence if he can infiltrate U.S. economy in 48 hours and turn it around.”
  • “New decoy website launched to lure away all moronic internet commentators.”
  • “Nation waiting for protesters to clearly articulate demands before ignoring them.”

Perhaps I can talk about literature or direct response marketing.

Maybe it can be something heavy like comic books or old-time comedy like the Three Stooges, Marx BrothersLaurel and Hardy or W.C. Fields.

Ted anyone?

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Welcome to real healing magic of the Amega Wand

Now this device resembles a fancy gold pen and is supposed to contain secret crystals…it sells in a MLM marketing scheme for $300.  Let’s look at a YouTube video (original vs a competitive and much cheaper clone) at youtube.com/wat….

You see, I have this friend I’ll call Rugby. I won’t reveal his true name. Let’s just say he’s very familiar with what I call “real energy healing processes.” But when I visited him last week, he pulls out this fancy pen.

He then proceeds to ask what is wrong with everyone. Rugby talks of things like skeptics he worked on, talking about remarkable healing. He then works on everyone for a minute and asks for feedback.

Well, one minute is too soon to tell. When I asked to examine this remarkable healing device, I was told that it would contaminate the energy. It appears it only works for the purchaser.

Now I won’t put Rugby down. Maybe this is the greatest healing device since sliced bread. If so, why not open up the device to scientific study and gain more credibility?

Herbal Lore

Now keep in mind, I’m a big believer in alternative medicine and energy modalities, that have stood the test of time. You might find me experimenting with:

For the record, I wouldn’t utilize the herbal lore of western traditions, unless it’s from the ingenious population. But I would welcome contributions from Ayurveda, TCM, Tibetan and Unani (Islamic – see lifepositive.co…) traditions.

Time for a homeopathic hypothetical example

I might utilize the science of homeopathy. Suppose I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. There would be different approaches to treat this…therapy, hypnosis, traditional pharmaceuticals, etc.

If you are familiar with homeopathy, you might utilize Aconitum Napellus (i.e. Latin name) or rescue remedy. Suppose you had this ailment all your life, and Aconitum and rescue remedy only supplied temporary relief.

Then you might apply a very high potency of Aconitum. But from which pharmaceutical company, as homeopathic batches vary from company to company?

If I take the recommendation of my homeopath friend and professional consultant, I would utilize a 10 M batch from the Hahnemann labs at hahnemannlabs.com…. And any US professional homeopath who’s been around would agree – their lab is the best.

LM potency and magnetic manufacturing

Suppose we have something called intuitive intelligence, which I wrote about earlier. I might then feel I needed a higher potency. I might read an article on LM and CM potency at hanp.net/genera…

Perhaps I might want to experiment with an LM potency using another manufacturing process, which I would read about at nicko500.co.uk/…

Or I might think thought can influence making a remedy, like the article mentions at robertfield3.wo.. .

What to do?

How about experimenting with a 50 LM potency, made by a magnetic process (i.e – only use higher than 30 C), like the company Celletech embraces at celletech.com/…?

Then at the same time, apply a CM potency from the second best US pharmaceutical company – Standard homeopathic pharmacy at txoptions.com/sho….

Just to insure I take the LM potency correctly, I follow the advice at classicalhomeopat….

Any hypothetical example I might have come up with, for post traumatic stress disorder, might magically have disappeared – with a minimum of aggravations (i.e. bumps in the road).

But we are testing 2 theories here:

  • The Magnetic mechanical method Celletech utilizes to make the LM potency is valid and I should notice some effects, after taking the 50 LM dosage – following the 10 M from the Hahnemann labs
  • Since remedies on the C scale will aggravate towards the beginning….and LM towards the end…both together will result in minimum aggravations.

On to Hydrogen

So I’m back…chatting about my hypothetical experiment in homeopathy.  But this homeopath shows me some proving done with hydrogen.  I’m reading through the description …I notice one entry where… they talk about first entering the darkness…then entering into light.  Two things come to mind:

  • The theories of psychiatrist Carl Jung, regarding the shadow self.
  • The medieval Christian mystical literature….especially “The Dark Night of the Soul” by St. John of the Cross

Back to Rugby

Did you follow all this, folks? Well, traditional doctors might shake their heads. They would think both Rugby and I were crazy. They might say that the placebo effect is relevant in both examples. But my solution is cheaper than the $300 magic pen.

Is this magic pen better than…a Sufi healing talisman?…A Native American (i.e red road) healing ceremony?…an Eastern healing mantra?…prayers by a Christian Scientist?…A pentecostal healing service?…or the homeopathic process I just described?

Don’t get me wrong here, folks.  I’ll a full believer in prayer and spiritual healing – as long as it works in conjunction with conventional and alternative healing.  After all, didn’t Luke…who hung around Paul and the miracle working apostles…never ceased being a physician?

Now back to the magic pen!  Perhaps if I wait until a competitive pen comes out, I can get it on an infomercial for just $19.95. And they might throw in an attachable nail clippers, dog whistle and carrying case – for no extra charge.

Complimentary Medical Systems – April 27, 2008

Medical systems in other countries usually offer a choice of systems. Some of these systems are thousands of years old. Let me give a couple of examples:

  1. In India, once can choose between the systems of Allopathic medicine, Homeopathic medicine, Ayurveda, and Unani.
  2. In China, one can choose between Allopathic medicine and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

The problem is the limited research conducted upon non-Allopathic medical systems. Yet can Allopathic and other medical systems work together? Let’s take an example from history. There is a complicated oriental system called pulse diagnosis, where information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_diagnosis. A nice, scholarly presentation of this diagnostic modality is found at http://www.itmonline.org/arts/pulse.htm. Can we combine ancient oriental diagnostic methods, like oriental pulse diagnosis, with modern western scientific testing? Of course! How many times do you find a person complaining of medical issues – when a hospital staff has performed every test known to man – yet haven’t discovered the root cause? Can pulse diagnosis offer a complimentary method of diagnosing illness? Remember when western physicians and researchers were studying acupuncture? Acupuncturists, if they are properly training, can do wonders with issues like pain. So let me pose these questions.

  1. Can we blend modern Allopathic with other medical systems?
  2. Can more research be done on ancient medical systems?

Let’s wait and see, what the future holds.

Randy Kemp

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