Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Water Frogs

Investigation Update: Outbreak of Human Salmonella Typhimurium Infections Associated with Contact with Water Frogs

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states to investigate a multistate outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Typhimurium infections due to contact with water frogs including African Dwarf Frogs. Water frogs commonly live in aquariums or fish tanks. Amphibians such as frogs and reptiles such as turtles, are recognized as a source of human Salmonella infections.

A Tough Year – Grieving and Acupuncture

This year has seen a lot of deaths as well as a lot of serious illnesses. And grief can begin long before the actually death of a friend or loved one, human or animal. Grief can also come from the death of someone famous, if the connection is strong enough.

Thoughts for Food

From time to time I’ll be compiling lists of foods for various health concerns and posting them. I hope you find them interesting but do remember that you should never radically alter your diet without first discussing your current health with your MD or acupuncturist, or both!

Acupuncture as a Health Maintenance Model

Like many Westerners, I suppose, I have never had much contact with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM) and only thought of it vaguely as a folk art that worked more or less by accident. I’ve since come into a much closer relationship with Oriental Medicine and have found that it makes sense to me in terms of my own profession, computer modeling.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, even acupuncturists get to have fun once in a while.  So if things seem a little wacky, it’s not your screen – it’s a little cyber high-jinx.  Enjoy!

Tree Good, Fire Bad

In Traditional Oriental Medicine the Lungs govern Qi and respiration. They’re responsible for inhaling Qi from the atmosphere, combining it with the Qi received from food and spreading the resultant useable Qi throughout the entire body. The Lungs are called the tender organ because they are the most external organs and they connect the body to the outside world. The Lungs are easily attacked by external pathogenic factors, in this case smoky, ashy, hot air. When the air we’re taking in is poor quality, we tire easily. Of course, when we’re breathing fine air and eating garbage we get tired easily, but that’s another discussion.

You can call me the baby doctor!

In keeping with the Daoist ideals that the father’s health (mental, emotional and physical) is as important as the mother’s at the moment of conception, I work with couples who are planning to become pregnant to ensure that both partners are in the best mental, emotional and physical condition they can.

Boo for the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter

Up until the June 2009 issue, I’ve had very few complaints with the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.   They’re a pretty conservative publication but they’ve had interesting articles and have seemed to be pretty balanced, until this issue. In the Wellness made easy section on the last page, they published this: Avoid “herbal” or “natural” weight-loss […]

Hand Washing

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and help stop the spread of infection is wash your hands.

Catching Up on My Reading

This month’s (March 2009) UC Berkeley Wellness Letter has some wonderful common sense comments on constipation and colon health, including the surprising results of the study published in the 2005 American Journal of Gastroenterology which shows that “stimulants did not harm the colon”.  You can read the whole article in my office if you’re interested.  […]