March 2013 
Issue: 14
Ferry Building
SF CITY SIGHTS: Ferry Building

Girl getting acupuncture


Two  prestigious journals published studies  showing acupuncture's effectiveness for allergies this month. Very nice to see. I also wanted to call attention to a brain study showing acupuncture works for smoking cessation cravings.
From the "First, Do No Harm" files Calcium is no longer recommended for bone health and "watchful waiting" is now the recommendation for ear infections in children.  
My interest in Heart Rate Variability (HRV), an indicator of the stress response, has gone mainstream with Arianna Huffington touting a phone app for HRV. 
As always, more at the blog. 
Spring is almost here, come in for a tune up!
Arianna Huffington  
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Kristen Sparrow, MD
First, Do No Harm:  New Specialty Panel Recommendations

The Medical Specialty Panels have come out with some new recommendations on testing and treatments. Some alarming new data on PPI's like Nexium and Prilosec. Please click through to read.  Colonoscopies every 10 years, and bone density testing only after age 65.  Watchful waiting is recommended for otitis media in children, and Vitamin D and calcium not needed for bone health. (Great! Since I never could get myself to take it.)   
Female Doctor 
Careful with Medications!


 Acupuncture Research Files: Allergies and Smoking Cravings

The journals "Annals of Internal Medicine" and "Allergy" both published positive studies on Acupuncture for Allergies.  The "Annals" also had an editorial that mentioned the double standard for  acupuncture studies versus Surgery studies. Acupuncture studies have to have a "sham"(fake) treatment as one of the arms of the study, where surgery studies do not.  Glad that someone besides me has pointed that out...
Also a study exploring the brain patterns evoked with smoking cessation and acupuncture.

Smoking image
Stress, Aging and Black Swans?

From an unlikely source, Nassim Taleb's book called "Black Swan" he makes a case for  acupuncture.
He also described the ravages of chronic stress on the brain leading to aging, an interest of mine.  And, in general, discusses philosophy of research and why looking older is not always a negative, at least in some professions. Of course I loved to read that!
  Nassim Taleb  
The Staggering Costs of Our Health Care System

Here is a link concerning the Time Magazine manifesto about the shameful, sky-high costs of medical care in the U.S.   
pain figure
Try not to get sick...

In This Issue
Watch Out for Nexium, Prilosec. No more Calcium. Yippee!
Research: Acupuncture for Allergies and Smoking
Stress, Aging, and the Philosophy of Science
Horrific Costs of Medical Care

Ancient Medicine Made Modern
Dr. Sparrow giving a treatment
Using both science and time honored teachings to ensure your health of body and spirit. Live long and be well!

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