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  DoctorGetWell's Monthly Column

Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.

March 2004
     The Absolute Worst Foods: Doughnuts, Soda, and others...
        Some foods became so popular that the true facts about them seem hard to swallow.
    Doughnuts, Soda, French Fries, Chips, and Fried Seafood. Sound yummy, don't they. Let's look at them.
Read the article

February 2004
     Chicken Soup for Flu: Your Grandmother Was Right!
        Research by Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, published in the medical journal Chest in 2000, validates what chicken soup actually helps reduce the inflammation and mucus production... Read the article

January 2004
     Flu season: the viral equivalent of the "perfect storm"
        In one week of December 2003 there were more proven influenza A cases in the USA than all of last year! We have widespread influenza A coupled with influenza B. On top of that, the strain has drifted genetically... Read the article

December 2003
     Use Medicines Wisely
        According to a 2001 study there were 158 million medication-related problems reported in the United States. Robert J. Michocki, chairman of the department of pharmacy practice and science at the University of Maryland, offers the safety tips: Read the article

November 2003
     What does "organic" food mean?
        ...product cannot lawfully be labeled "organic", unless the farm has been inspected by an agency authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the product meets precise standards. The USDA now owns the word “organic”. Read the article

October 2003
     Acupuncture for Kids: Laser is an Option.
        ...It is sensible to use acupuncture laser on children instead of acupuncture needles. The advantages are that this method is non-invasive, quick, absolutely painless, very safe, and provides fast clinical results... Read the article

September 2003
     Acupuncture: Positive Side Effects?
        ...acupuncture treatment is not only safer than much conventional treatment, but the unintended effects of acupuncture treatment turn into advantage.
   Over a quarter of all acupuncture treatments result in positive side effects...
Read the article

August 2003
     Infertility: Acupuncture can help.
        A study published in the April 2002 edition of the medical journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture increases the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) by a staggering 60 percent! Read the article

July 2003
     Vitamin A.. The good stuff: the more the better?
        A new study published in the Jan. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine finds that Swedish men with the highest levels of vitamin A in their blood also had the highest risk of breaking their bones (seven times likelier to suffer a fracture!). Read the article

June 2003
     The "Kiss of the Dragon"
        The growing interest in acupuncture helps the public awareness about the benefits of acupuncture and curiosity about its potential. The popularity of acupuncture sometimes tempts the media and film makers to use it as a special effect... Read the article

May 2003
     A New disease called SARS.
        As most of you are aware, there has been an outbreak of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in several areas in the Far East.
   It has since spread to other countries. Here's a look at what is and isn't known about the mysterious disease:...
Read the article

April 2003
     What does a typical acupuncture session look like?
        For people unfamiliar to acupuncture the idea of sticking needles brings all sorts of dramatic images. However, the best word to describe an acupuncture session is "UNEVENTFUL". Performed by a seasoned acupuncturist, it is so routine and... Read the article

March 2003
     Weather and your health
        ...Bad weather negatively affects your health. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls extreme weather conditions the Six Evils, more commonly known as: Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Summer Heat. For example, TCM classifies... Read the article

February 2003
     Hip pain
        I am having joint pain and stiffness in my hips. What could be causing the discomfort in my hip joints?.. Read the article

January 2003
     Losing weight for your new year resolution?
        When coupled with a healthy diet and exercise, acupuncture is an effective weight loss agent. Acupuncture facilitates the weight loss process in three significant ways:
    - Acupuncture regulates appetite control and tames cravings...
Read the article

December 2002
     Mixed nuts, shrimp and avocado.
        ...A recent clinical trial finds that replacing dietary fat sources with three ounces of almonds significantly reduced artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, without affecting good cholesterol... Read the article

November 2002
     More about fat, “controversial” foods and surprises.
        ...Chocolate is another surprise. Besides being a potent antidepressant and a tonic, chocolate and cacao beans are extremely rich in flavonoids, the same antioxidant compounds found in red wine and tea, and offer heart benefits... Read the article

October 2002
     Essential fatty acids (EFA) and cholesterol.
        ...Essential fatty acids (EFA), are the new buzzwords in medicine. "Essential" means our bodies can't manufacture these fatty acids on their own. EFAs are considered just as important as vitamins, essential amino acids and minerals... Read the article

September 2002
     Hormone Replacement Therapy.
        ...Recently researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced the findings of their long-term study that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does more harm than good. It is a major medical debacle when... Read the article

August 2002
     Knee pain: surgical intervention or acupuncture?
        Texan scientists have recently disclosed results proving surgical intervention was actually no better than sham procedures performed in their study. Studies proved that knee surgery was found to be largely a result of favorable anecdotal experience... Read the article

July 2002
     Can acupuncture bolster the immune system?
        ...The study results showed acupuncture to be a very effective and safe method to support the immune system. In the subsequent years, a number of studies have confirmed that acupuncture... Read the article

June 2002
     Shiatsu technique: is it a form of acupuncture?
        The “ancient” Shiatsu technique is not as ancient as it is commonly thought. It belongs to recent history. The father of Shiatsu, Tokujiro Namikoshi, was born in 1905 and introduced the technique in Hokkaido, Japan in 1925... Read the article

May 2002
     Green Tea.
        ...Green tea contains a large quantity of special chemicals called edcatechin polyphenols - powerful antioxidants, which contribute to longevity... Read the article

April 2002
     Acupuncture Basics: Ancient Theories
        My acupuncturist talks about "chi" and "meridians". I am confused and embarrassed to ask her what she means. Can you explain?.. Read the article

March 2002
     Irritable Bowel Syndrome
        Irritable bowel syndrome is among the diseases and chronic conditions that can be helped with acupuncture. Acupuncture is proven to be very effective in the treatment of ailments accompanied by spastic reactions... Read the article

February 2002
     Chronic back pain.
        Pain reduction is only one of the effects of acupuncture. Most importantly it reduces inflammation, eliminates muscle spasm, activates blood circulation and accelerates the regenerative process. This makes the effects of acupuncture last. Read the article

January 2002
     Acupuncture Modalities Part 2
        Last month we discussed acupuncture modalities. The list can be very long, and not to be annoying, I will focus only on the most common and effective: ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE, CUPPING, TUI NA and LASER ACUPUNCTURE. Read the article

December 2001
     Acupuncture Techniques Part 1
        Acupuncture point can be engaged by needling or by other means of physical stimulation: thermal (heat – moxibustion), electrical (electro-acupuncture), barometric (suction -cupping), magnetic, mechanical (acupressure, massage), light (laser acupuncture Read the article

November 2001
     Anxiety, depression and insomnia.
        ...Anxiety, depression and insomnia are always on the top of the list of conditions that are successfully treated with acupuncture. The first thing acupuncture will do is to restore your normal sleep pattern... Read the article

October 2001
     What is Ear acupuncture?
September 2001
     "Is Acupuncture a kind of psychological treatment?..
August 2001
     Acupuncture on animals?
   Q:    For this issue I picked two very common questions: "Can Acup ... Read the article

July 2001
     Acupuncture for skin conditions: psoriasis.
   Q:    I have psoriasis and by the end of the cold season it gets s ... Read the article

     Acupuncture for "instant face lift".
   Q:    Acupuncture for "instant face lift". Is this a joke?
    I ...
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June 2001
     A few of the many myths we commonly hear.
   M:    Acupuncture hurts a lot. Read the article

   M:    I will bleed from the needles. Read the article

   M:    I will look like a porcupine. Read the article

   M:    Acupuncture is not covered by insurance. Read the article

   M:    Acupuncture is a sort of religion. Read the article

May 2001
     Ginseng. What does it do? Is it safe?
   Q:    At an herbal store I was advised to take ginseng. What does ... Read the article

April 2001
   Q:    Can acupuncture help with cancer treatment? Read the article

February 2001
   Q:    What can be treated with acupuncture? Read the article

January 2001
     Low back pain.
December 2000
     What is acupuncture? Is it about sticking needles?
   Q:    Recently I was asked the same "old" question: What is acup ... Read the article

November 2000
     Acupuncture and professional sport.
   Q:    I enjoyed watching the Olympic Games and I wonder if Acupunc ... Read the article

October 2000
   Q:    How many visits do I need before I know if acupuncture is wo ... Read the article

September 2000
   Q:    What is the best time of the day for acupuncture treatment? Read the article

   Q:    Is acupuncture effective for substance abuse? Read the article

August 2000
   Q:    What is the best time of the day for acupuncture treatment? Read the article

   Q:    Is acupuncture effective for substance abuse? Read the article

July 2000
     Is Acupuncture of Chinese origin?
   Q:    Is Acupuncture of Chinese origin? Read the article

June 2000
     Is acupuncture covered by medical insurance?
   Q:    Is acupuncture covered by medical insurance? Read the article

May 2000
     Acupuncture role in cancer treatment.
     Can acupuncture and herbs treat cancer?
   Q:    I have just been diagnosed with colon cancer. I will need ch ... Read the article

     Acupuncture for chemotherapy side effects.
   Q:    I get chemotherapy every three weeks and get very sick durin ... Read the article

     Acupressure bracelets for nausea.
   Q:    Do the acupressure bracelets that they sell at the drugstore ... Read the article

April 2000
     For headache, do you put the needles into the head?
   Q:    If you have a headache, do you need to have the needles put ... Read the article

     What does acupuncture really feel like?
   Q:    My father has had acupuncture treatments for 8 years and swe ... Read the article

March 2000
   Q:    I am a 55 year old woman and I have had chronic fatigue for ... Read the article

   Q:    My ten year old daughter has asthma and we have visited the ... Read the article

February 2000
   Q:    I quit smoking for my New Year's resolution, but I have been ... Read the article

   Q:    What kind of training do acupuncturists have? How do I know ... Read the article

January 2000
   Q:    I am receiving chemotherapy for cancer and I suffer terribly ... Read the article

   Q:    I am trying to loose weight, but it is so difficult to stay ... Read the article

December 1999
   Q:    I had back surgery for herniated disk a few years ago but I ... Read the article

   Q:    Does acupuncture actually treat the medical condition or jus ... Read the article

November 1999
   Q:    I have daily headaches and have been taking pain medication ... Read the article

   Q:    I see a physical therapist regularly for my back pain and ge ... Read the article

   Q:    I know that each acupuncture session is $50-65 and I am not ... Read the article

October 1999
   M:    Acupuncture hurts a lot. Read the article

   M:    I will bleed from the needles. Read the article

   M:    I will look like a porcupine. Read the article

   M:    Acupuncture is not covered by insurance. Read the article

   M:    Acupuncture is a sort of religion. Read the article

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