Friday, February 27, 2009

More Reading: Ode Magazine

Last week, we noted that Yes Magazine is a suggested read, according to Dr. Duckworth. He's also a fan of Ode Magazine.

Here's a link to what they're all about.

They've got blogs, too, which you can access here.

As an example of the stories they run, here's a piece on Peruvian medicinal plants.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Announced: Spring / Summer Class Schedule

Due to consumer demand, the Natural Life Therapy Educational Presentations are now scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These studies will cover an understanding of Natural Medicine for the consumer, as well as the philosophical basis of Natural Life Therapy, that is, the Kototama Principle. These presentations will draw upon the work of Masahilo M. Nakazono Osensei, founder of Natural Life Therapy, with much references to his books, "The Real Sense of Natural Medicine"; "Messiah's Return"; "Inochi, The Book of Life"; and "Kototama Principle." These presentations are free and open to the public. Each class will begin with 15 minutes of Sound Meditation.

March 6: Messiah's Return – The Current of Creation
March 12: The Real Sense of Natural Medicine
March 19: Messiah's Return = Dimensions
March 26: (this evening's class has been canceled)
April 2: Messiah's Return – Fu-Yin, The Father Sounds
April 9: The Five Aspects of Inochi Medicine Treatment
April 16: Messiah's Return – The 32 Child Sounds
April 23: Self-Health Guide – Kototama Sound Exercise
April 30: Messiah's Return – Kototama Sounds
May 7: Physical Exercise
May 14: Messiah's Return – Kototama 100 Gods
May 21: Diet and Physical Health
May 28: Messiah's Return – The Perfection of Civilization
June 4: Traditional Medicine
June 11: Explanation of the Fifty Sounds of Kototama
June 18: Home Health Care Recipes
June 22nd to August 27th - Summer Break

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tower Grove Clinic News

As a note of reminder to visitors of the Tower Grove Clinic: today was the last day that the Institute of American Acupuncture and Life Medicine was open for clients. Folks who've been visiting Drs. Duckworth and Hackler are invited to make appointments at the NLT Clinic in Creve Couer. Hours will be available for IAALM clients on Wednesdays and Saturdays; please call 314-991-6044 for details on how schedule a visit to the Creve Couer location.

The Drs. would like to thank all the good people who took visited the Tower Grove Clinic in recent months.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Reading: Yes Magazine

A few weeks back, we asked Dr. Duckworth for some reading recommendations. Not necessarily even pieces that were directly relating to Oriental medicine or acupuncture. Just good reads that might provide a few moments (or, hey, even hours) of thought. He recommended a couple of magazine titles and we'll note one of those today.

It's a deceptively simply-titled 'zine: Yes.

While each edition is loaded with progressive fare, we figure that an interesting way "into" the publication is through one of the subsections. And looking at the online table of contents, one that would probably be of some interest to the NLTC audience is the not-small topics of Agriculture & Food.

Here's a link to that section, which includes text and video.

And since we're already digitally open to the publication, let's take a peek into their archives on the topics of Health & Spirituality.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New class: Monday, February 23

In case you missed it, on Monday evening, February 9th, we discussed "Choosing the Right Diet for Me." We covered basic food groups and ways to think about eating well without having to follow a strict diet. Also, we went over a quick way to evaluate one's basic state of digestive health and why one needs to incorporate both the climate we live in and the season of the year when working out dietary guidelines. In addition, a "foods to eat list" and "grocery list" we're handed out as a staring point.

Our next discussion/class will take place Monday evening, February 23rd at 6:15 p.m. Please join us, at the Clinic, with your questions!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Seeking: Questions, Queries, Comments

Part of the appeal of blogging is the ability for any business, service or organization to connect to its clientele. And the patients of the Natural Life Therapy Clinic are welcome to become a greater part of the digital community of this blog, simply be sending questions, comments or even links. We'll review the content and either post it up, or send it along to Drs. Duckworth and Hackler for their thoughts on the matter.

Curious about a particular form of herbal remedy? Wonder how acupuncture differs at NLTC from other practices in town? Interested in knowing more about the role of diet in your health? In addition to sending questions for stand-alone answers, you can also comment on blog posts, individually.

Also know that we're trying to keep content coming, with blog posts slated on a Monday/Friday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule weekly. Check back frequently for updates, or "follow" the blog, by subscribing at the RSS feed below.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Post-Partum and Well-Baby Care

Traditionally, in Asian cultures, after a woman gives birth, she spends six to ten weeks receiving on-going restorative care to help regain her physical and mental strength. Naturally her "Ki" (energy), has been temporarily depleted after giving birth. Recovery time is different for each woman, however, if her Ki (energy) remains sluggish or stagnant too long then symptoms will often begin to arise, such as, headaches, low back or "unexplained" body pain, digestive issues, irregular periods and more.

In our western medical system we unfortunately don't offer this type of restorative health care to our new mothers, resulting sometimes in unpleasant systems that may become chronic. Working out a schedule of Natural Life Therapy care post delivery will help a mother recover with more ease and help her face some of the wonderful new challenges ahead for her and her family. Balancing the pulses through Meridian Therapy, utilizing acupuncture, energetic bodywork, diet, herbs, and supplements if needed, we often find women feeling much better within two or three treatments.

As some of you know, many families have employed Natural Life Therapy Clinic in addressing infertility and pre-natal issues with much satisfaction. Post natal care and pediatrics are also specialties of our clinic. What many don't know is that we provide well-baby care for the first year of life free of charge. A specialist of Shonishin (needleless acupuncture), a gentle non-invasive system of pediatric health care, we seek to help the new born grow strong with a healthy immune system and properly functioning digestive system. Treatment can lend support as the baby strengthens and thrives in those first twelve months.

We know you may have good medical care. We want you to have great Health Care!

For more articles and previous newsletters please see our website.

With warm regards,
Thomas Duckworth L.Ac., DKM
Jason Hackler L.Ac.
Mary Wallis L.Ac.
Mallory Reed
Sharon Reed

Monday, February 2, 2009

Health Alert: High Fructose Corn Syrup & Mercury

By Jason Hackler, NLTC

We, at Natural Life Therapy Clinic, want to keep you informed of health issues and concerns that may affect us all. A few days ago, January 26th, the HealthDay News came out with a news piece on the following:

According to two US studies almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup contained mercury. Mercury was also found in almost a third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products where high fructose corn syrup is the first or second ingredient (Washington Post).

High fructose corn syrup in recent years has replaced sugar as a sweetener in many products, such as, cereals, breads, yogurts, soups, lunch meats, condiments and any number of beverages, especially soft drinks. There is already much concern about this over-use and side effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which I'll explain in more depth in the next newsletter. Mercury is part of the natural world, however, overexposure to it can pose a health threat, causing any number of unwanted symptoms.

Please inform yourself as best you can of what you're consuming. High fructose corn syrup is usually found in the ingredient list on labels; mercury, of course, at least presently, is not listed. One solution: avoid most products with high fructose corn syrup – manufacturers use it because it's cheap and has a long shelf life, not because it's good for Your Health.