Here is a fascinating Google Talk by Rupert Sheldrake. He is the author of numerous books including his latest The Science Delusion. He has an excellent background in science and biology and has recently caused a stir amongst the TED talk pages with his latest TEDx talk being unfairly banned.
This talk was presented to Google and focuses on The Extended Mind or how the mind possibly extends beyond the body and his theories of Morphic Resonance. After the 45 minute talk Rupert Sheldrake has a Q&A session with the audience from Google and addresses some interesting topics ranging from the Randi Million Dollar prise to other interesting questions posed by the audience.
If you have the time to spare Rupert Sheldrake makes some interesting points, his hypothesis seems reproducible and is a fascinating direction biology may be heading in the future. It is definitely something that requires more research and thought, without being bogged down by any dogma that may be floating around in some scientific circles.
Allergic Rhinitis, or Hay fever, is a common occurrence (especially this time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere) with the weather clearing up and grass and other pollens increasing in the air. Hay Fever sufferers will often have a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. The common solution is to take an antihistamine tablet to relieve the symptoms, however Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a extremely viable solution for individuals who for whatever reason has chosen not to take antihistamine style tablets. Acupuncture in combination with Chinese Herbal Medicine can give relief for Hay Fever with the best option for a sufferer to come in before seasonal hay fever begins to build up a resistance or tolerance to the pollens in the air.
Read the full article at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256667.php
Acupuncture Relieves Hay Fever Symptoms
Hay fever sufferers who underwent 12 acupuncture sessions experienced fewer symptoms and required less antihistamine medication compared to a control group, researchers from Charite-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany, reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.
A study in China has helped patients with an inflamed gall bladder (cholecystitis) using the traditional point Gallbladder-21 which is located on the top / in the center of the trapezius muscle. Scientists used an ultrasound scanner to detect and measure the gall bladder before needle insertion, during the initial acupuncture session and up to 30 minutes after the withdrawal of the needles. The apparent link between this point and its influence over regulating the physical gall bladder can now be clearly demonstrated through ultrasound imagery. It also demonstrates the regulatory effect of acupuncture on the body with patients that had deflated gall bladders or expanded gall bladders experiencing the gall bladder increasing or decreasing in volume accordingly.
Here is some interesting research that showed how using a single acupuncture point (YinTang) was used to reduce anxiety in patients. Yintang is a commonly used acupuncture point located between the eyebrows and is often needled as a part of a traditional acupuncture session. Yintang is often used to calm the mind and spirit, and this would result in alleviating anxiety in an individual.
Wikipedia is an interesting beast..
I’ve recently become aware of the *ahem* un-biased opinion of acupuncture according to Wikipedia. It seems as though the writer has exercised some leniency with his/her objective “findings”.
Since I’m an acupuncturist, you can assume that I am a non-biased party. Although I try to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to medicine, not everything can be put “on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst…” as Western medicine must try to quantify…with everything. It makes life a series of 1’s and 0’s…you know, very “scientific”.
So, let’s break down some of the ideas in Wikipedia:
1. The idea that evidence based medicine is superior to any other form of medicine. Well, it isn’t. Just because there is evidence to prove something is valid, does not make it worthwhile. Let me chime in here with a list of pharmaceuticals that were approved for sale…
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