February, 2012
Issue: 1

Greetings!  This is the first time I've reached out to patients via email. I thought you might be interested in some of the topics on my blog, and research activities I've been up to. My blog (called First Do No Harm) is devoted to topics relevant to acupuncture practice and your health, such as acupuncture research, some alternative health topics, current trends in traditional medicine and occasional case histories of patients in my practice.
Thanks and take care!
Kristen Sparrow
Link to an interview with me in the Examiner.  If you know anyone interested in acupuncture, this may be a reasonable introduction.
Insomnia, Blue Light and the Yin of the Yin
A recent article in Psychology Today (sorry no link) entitled "Blue Light and Sleepless Nights" (Insomnia is no match for the sun) by Sarah Korones reinforces a classic teaching in Chinese Medicine. The balance of Yin and Yang. We are in deepest winter, or the Yin of the Yin when it comes to seasons.

As some of you might know, I've done research on the autonomic nervous system using Heart Rate Variability (HRV)and acupuncture.  The following articles pertain to the scientific underpinnings of acupuncture for insomnia.

For an article on
Acupuncture for Menopausal Insomnia and HRV (warning, a bit technical)

Acupuncture and the Autonomic Nervous System and Insomnia
PSA Prostate Screening: First Do No Harm 
On Jan 6th there was an update to the prostate cancer screening study showing that even with a longer follow up time, the screening is of extremely limited benefit. Given the nasty side effects of treatment, (outined below) the recommendation is not to screen with PSA..(Read On) 
  Acupuncture and Eczema: The Science
Nice study, but small, looking at acupuncture's effect on the "itch" of eczema and the correlation with basophils.(For more science read on...)
In This Issue
Insomnia: Tips and Studies
PSA Prostate Screening
Acupuncture and Eczema

Ancient Wisdom Made Modern

Using both science and time honored teachings to ensure your health of body and spirit. Live long and be well!
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Kristen Sparrow, MD
2000 Van Ness Ave Ste 506
San Francisco, CA  94109