Did You Know…

Vitamin Packaging by colindunn
Vitamin Packaging, a photo by colindunn on Flickr.


Did you know…


That taking oral contraceptives may decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, folic acid, magnesium and zinc?

That using laxatives may decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamins A, D, E, K, calcium and potassium?

That antacids may get in the way of the body taking in vitamins A, B1, calcium, copper, folic acid, iron and phosphorus?

Tobacco can get in the way of vitamins B6 and C absorption?

Follow Up To The Pine Street Foundation Day Of Debate

Last Saturday June 11, at the Lick-Wilmerding high school in San Francisco, California, the Pine Street Foundation hosted a day of rousing debate featuring acupuncturists and acupuncture students. There were 3 rounds of competitive debate of thought-provoking topics of potential direction-changing impact to traditional Asian medicine in the United States today.

Round 1 featured eight teams debating the below-listed 4 topics:

1.Resolved: Contemporary Chinese medicine as currently defined by the People’s Republic of China is superior to all other international variations of Chinese medicine.

2. Resolved: Acupuncture as a medical intervention should be disallowed because its mechanism of action cannot be scientifically proven.

3. Resolved: The replacement of traditional Chinese medical vocabulary that describes diseases, pathologies and treatments by modern scientific medical vocabulary is an important development and should be encouraged as the standard.

4. Resolved: Chinese medicine is a fad in the U.S. and its viability, as an independent medical intervention does not have a dynamic future.

The winners of round 1 continued on to round 2 to debate one of these two resolutions:

1. Resolved: The sustainability of important cultural habits (cultural relativism) should allow the continued use of animals as Chinese herbal medicine, including endangered species.

2. Chinese herbal medicine attempts to extend the current age limits of the human lifespan (aka: anti-aging “herbal tonics for longevity”) should be welcomed.

The winners of round 2 went to the third and final round of debate:

Resolved: Chinese medicine should be embraced as an essential part of the U.S. national health-care reform.

You can imagine that it was difficult for non-participating acupuncturists not to have strong opinions regarding the topics and at times it was difficult to vote on the various teams’ debating abilities rather than the topics themselves. It seemed however, that even for the acupuncturists who were debating the unpopular sides of the topics it only strengthened their own resolutions of their chosen profession.

You might ask what I was able to take away from the debate? My favorite quote comes from a member of the Jade Monkeys team who argued the negative side of the second resolution of round one. He stated, ” Let us never put a period where a comma should be used.”

If competitive debate of topics important to traditional Asian medicine is something you just can’t miss they are going to have their second annual day of debate in March 2012. Find out more about the Pine Street Foundation at:


Pine Street Foundation

If you can’t seem to get enough of the acupuncture experience and you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out what’s happening at the Pine Street Organization this Saturday, June 11 at 9am


Acupuncture In The Media

acupuncture.jpg by gomesmam
acupuncture.jpg, a photo by gomesmam on Flickr.
Helped in part by growing media awareness, acupuncture continues to gain momentum in mainstream American medical culture. Check out this MSN article:


More Medical Silliness?