Calm Your Anxiety and Live Your Best Life with Acupuncture

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Autism and Inflammatory Markers: IL-37 is increased in brains of children with autism spectrum disorder and inhibits human microglia stimulated by neurotensin

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Acupuncture and Long Covid

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Deep Resilience: Pain and Acupuncture

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Deep Resilience: Inflammation

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INS Barcelona 2022 HRV as Biomarker for Effective Clinical TAVNS

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Andrew Huberman: Toolkit for sleep

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Does transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (TAVNS) affect vagally mediated heart rate variability (HRV)?

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation augments postprandial inhibition of ghrelin

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Exercises for Back Pain

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The significance of “A neuroanatomical basis for electroacupuncture to drive the vagal-adrenal axis

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Calm Your Anxiety and Live Your Best Life with Acupuncture

Acupuncture works with your body so that you feel better and live longer naturally. When I first opened my practice in 1998, one of my first patients was a young mother with anxiety and panic attacks when driving, especially when crossing bridges. Her heart would beat rapidly, she’d get sick to her stomach, and have to…

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Autism and Inflammatory Markers: IL-37 is increased in brains of children with autism spectrum disorder and inhibits human microglia stimulated by neurotensin

Autism Spectrum Disorder has some origins in inflammation, as does almost every disease and condition that ails us.  I’ve discussed autism over the years. I will be goint to a Neuromodulation conference next week and hope there might be some presentations on this. Tsilioni I, Patel AB, Pantazopoulos H, et al. IL-37 is increased in…

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Acupuncture and Long Covid

In this interview with Kevin Tracey, a neurobiologist interested in using surgically implanted electrodes to stimulate the vagus nerve, he  and his interviewer postulate that Long Covid has autonomic dysfunction as part of the problem.  Vagal dysfunction could be from direct infection of the vagus nerve, but it could also be a side effect of…

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Deep Resilience: Pain and Acupuncture

Pain Chapter 3.25.2022 for sharing “The easiest pain to bear is someone else’s.”  Francois de la Rochefoucauld. We might be inclined to think that pain is unlike any of the other conditions discussed in Deep Resilience and not subject to the laws of Dr. One.  Pain is real!  Pain is urgent and serious!  But even…

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Deep Resilience: Inflammation

This Inflammation 4.15.2022 for sharing really gave me problems.  How to explain how acupuncture and other non-invasive interventions can affect something as serious and all pervasive as Inflammation?  Inflammation is linked to all the big killers, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and many other conditions.  I try to show the links, but I couldn’t do it…

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INS Barcelona 2022 HRV as Biomarker for Effective Clinical TAVNS

This is the abstract for my contribution to the International Neuromodulation Society World Congress in Barcelona May 21 to May 26th 2022.   HEART RATE VARIABILITY AS BIOMARKER FOR EFFECTIVE CLINICAL TRANSCUTANEOUS AURICULAR VAGAL NERVE STIMULATION: DIFFERENTIATING VAGAL VERSUS SYMPATHETIC ACTIVITY ­­ This case series is part of an effort to refine a bedside Heart…

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Andrew Huberman: Toolkit for sleep

I have heard Dr. Huberman on a few podcasts.   This particular segment is about sleep, an evergreen topic on this blog.  He stresses the roles of light (when to get it and how) and temperature. He is not a fan of melatonin.  I will most likely stop recommending that patients take it.  What he says…

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Does transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (TAVNS) affect vagally mediated heart rate variability (HRV)?

I wish I could say that I vehemently disagree with the conclusion of this literature review that TAVNS does not affect HRV.  As mentioned in this post, it is perhaps because it requires repeated attempts.  My studies in the clinic do not show decisive affect from TAVNS.  It is possible that I am asking the…

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Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation augments postprandial inhibition of ghrelin

I will be watching this ghrelin research carefully.  I’m a bit skeptical of this research that promises effortless weight loss.  On the other hand, I do believe that there are some powerful homeostatic mechanisms at play when the autonomic nervous system is stimulated.  As of now, the effects are muted but with the correct stimulation…

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Exercises for Back Pain

This article is from the New York Times.  Back pain is so common that anything we can do to control it is well worth the time and effort. “If holding a regular plank is uncomfortable, start with your knees on the ground, then progress to balancing on your toes. Dr. Shah also suggested squats, push-ups and bridges. To build…

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The significance of “A neuroanatomical basis for electroacupuncture to drive the vagal-adrenal axis

This article is emphasizing the significance of this recent Nature article.  It is hard to overstate how groundbreaking the original article was.  We need better, more sophisticated ways to stimulate acupuncture points in order to get the maximum anti-inflammatory and parasympathetic effect. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35128863/ Su YS, Li YM, Jing XH, Wang YQ, Han SP, Pan WX,…

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