ACA January 2011 Newsletter and Workshop Announcement )
January 2011
Workshop on Resources for Children with Special Needs
  • Acupuncture is good for your pets too!
  • Questioning the Scientific Method
  • Spotlight on Qi Gong and Tai Qi Classes in the Mat-Su Valley
  • Greetings!

    On Thursday, January 20th, from 7pm-8pm, Alaska Center for Acupuncture will present a FREE class on Resources for Children with Special Needs.

    Resources for Children with Special Needs presented by Krista Sutherland

    Is your child or a child you know in trouble at school? Having behavior problems at home? Do you want to find some help for them and some support for you?

    Find the help you need as a parent, grandparent, guardian or teacher and become an advocate for the children in your life. Help spread the word on the available resources to those who need it. This presentation will cover the agencies and groups available, the types of services they offer, as well as how to contact them and begin applications. The primary focus will be on elementary children with extended knowledge for middle and high school kids.

    In this presentation you will learn about the resources and support you need including:

    *Local support groups

    *Advocacy services

    *Child care

    *Health Insurance for children

    *Mental Health Services

    *Developmentally delayed or learning disabled services

    Please pre-register for this free class by calling Alaska Center for Acupuncture at 745-8688. Class space is limited so call early to reserve your place.

    About the presenter:

    Krista Sutherland is a Case Manager at Mat-Su Health Services for the Rehab department in the behavioral health wing and has been in that position for over 7 years. She has been working in mental health for 10 years. For the past 7 years she has led a group for emotionally disturbed elementary school kids, teaching anger management and social skills. Krista is a mother of two elementary age boys and has been a wife for 10 years. Children are Krista's passion and she is driven to help parents, teachers, grandparents, or anyone else working with kids to be an advocate for the children in their life.

    For a printable flyer to hang in your office or forward to friends, please click the link below:

    Resources for Children with Special Needs Flyer

    You may also RSVP on our Facebook page:

    Resources for Children with Special Needs Facebook Event Page


    Acupuncture is good for your pets too!

    Questioning the Scientific Method

    Below are three recent articles which call into question the gold standard in Western Medical Research: The placebo controlled, double-blind study.

    Each article takes on a different angle of scientific research, but if you read all three, you will have to come to the conclusion that there is a lot we don't know - and that is humbling.

    1. The Power of Placebos

    This article looks at what happens when you actually tell the patient that they are receiving a placebo pill. Guess what? The placebo pill still works, even when the doctor AND the patient both know it's fake pill


    Bonus Article: Mercola.com asks how do we know exactly what is in a placebo pill

    Basis of Many Medical Studies Found to be Proved Fatally Flawed


    2. Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science

    "Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science."


    3. The Truth Wears Off

    Is there something wrong with the scientific method? This article examines the "decline effect" - it demonstrate how many results that are rigorously proved and accepted during scientific tests start shrinking in later studies


    Spotlight on Qi Gong and Tai Qi Classes in the Mat-Su Valley

    1. Moongate Healing Tao offers Tai Chi, Qigong, and Healing Meditation classes throughout the Matanuska Valley AND they have a new location: Morning Glory Wellness Studio, Palmer, Alaska. (across the street from AT&T Sports Complex, building on the right, upstairs)

    Instructor Wendy DeGraffenried has over 10 years experience with Tai Chi and Qigong. She is a Certified Healing Tao Instructor.

    Wendy carries on Master Jou, Tsung Hwa's goal to use the many open spaces we have here in the United States to teach the ancient art of Taijiquan. Her classes synthesize her broad and continued studies of the Oriental Healing Arts. These studies include Yang Style Taijiquan, Qigong, Medical Qigong, Chinese Calligraphy, Healing Tao, I Ching, Yang Style Sword, Yang Style Fan, Push Hands, Silk Reeling, Points and Meridians, Auricular Therapy, and Energy Healing. Together with these studies and her experience as a Registered Nurse, she maintains an awareness of each individual, carefully and gently guiding students to balance in body, mind, and spirit

    To learn more about Moongate Healing Tao and to check out their class schedule and special events, visit their website at the link below:


    2. T'ai Chi Chu'uan - An ancient exercise form unifying mind and body practiced for health, relaxation and self-defense - brought to you by the Arctic Institue of T'ai Chi Chu'uan and the Mat-Su Borough Community Enrichment Program

    Class: Beginning T'ai Chi Ch'uan

    Location: Mat-Su Borough Gym
    350 E. Dahlia Ave
    Palmer, AK

    Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays (16 lessons total)

    Time: 6:30-8:00pm

    Starts: Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Ends: Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Cost: $185.00

    Instructor Info: Melissa Behnke, Certified Instructor, assisted by Marshall V. Clymer, Certified Instructor teaching in Alaska since 1978

    To pre-register, contact the Mat-Su Borough Recreational Services Division by Monday January 24th, 2011.

    Phone: 745-9578

    Email: recreationalservices@matsugov.us

    3. Virgil Miller MAcOM., LAc is offering Qi Gong classes at Mat-Su Integrative Medicine in Wasilla. New students are welcome. If you would like more information, contact Virgil at 357-2322

    Last month, Virgil presented a fantastic class on 1000 Hands Buddha Qi Gong at Alaska Center for Acupuncture - if you missed the class, here is the flyer to learn more about Qi Gong:

    1000 Hands Buddha Qigong