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First Day Fortune

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          Walking through the door of Academic 1 on my first day of graduate school, I was absolutely terrified. Terrified about the workload, teachers, students, and possibilities. Would they like me? Could I succeed? Would I make a good acupuncturist? I conjured up questions upon questions. It didn’t take long to realize that learning Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College was going to be both challenging and rewarding.

          I found the faculty and staff at NYCC to be top notch – not just as professionals, but also as people. I was shocked when they gave out their cell phone numbers saying, “Please call or text me if you have any questions or concerns.” They showed that they cared deeply about our success. Now, having done my undergraduate degree at a large campus, I knew firsthand how it is felt to be a mere “number.” Throughout my whole undergrad experience – no exaggeration – only one professor knew me by name. It’s refreshing that all my professors here know me!

          Learning acupuncture is truly challenging, and very different from any subject I’ve ever tried to learn. It’s so nice to know that effort will result, not only in good grades, but also in the knowledge that I will soon be making a significant difference in people’s health.

          The students here at NYCC are great – and it seems as though everyone has is focused and shares common interests. It’s easy to make friends at all the mixers and many events during the first week of classes. Many opportunities present themselves to forge new and lasting relationships. I am also getting involved on campus: I play intramural volleyball every week and have participated in Student Government.

           Overall, I’d say my experience at NYCC has been both fun and instructive, and I very much look forward to the next two years! 

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Why Acupuncture?

Fall '09 048Being a fraternal twin is something indescribable. You think alike, talk alike, and share many of the same experiences. Although environmentally, we are the same, genetically, we are completely different people. We look different, excel at different things, and most importantly, our health is radically different.

 

My twin sister, Morgan, has struggled with illness from the early age of fourteen. She’s been plagued by many health problems, however, her most challenging area is with gastroenterology. After careful consideration from dozens of doctors, she was deemed a medical mystery with the chief complaint of constant abdominal pain and nausea. How can a person be in pain and nauseous all the time? Possible diagnoses from the doctors included Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, Crohn’s disease, and ulcers. Some even thought Morgan was crazy, anxious, bulimic, or was just “faking it.”

 

Each had a slew of different tests to administer – urinalysis, blood work, CT scans, ultrasounds of her uterus and stomach, pancreas and gall bladder function test, glucose drinking test, colonoscopy, laparoscopy, endoscopy (basically every “-scopy” imaginable). They even had her eat radioactive scrambled eggs and drink barium. How ridiculous is it that all these tests came back normal? There were instructions to make awful changes in her diet including no fat, no sugar, no gum, and no gluten. At one point, her diet included only fruits and vegetables. From December 2006 to February 2007, we watched as Morgan dropped 35 pounds.

 

It wasn’t until four years after suffering incessantly that Morgan turned to Eastern Medicine. Finally, she googled herbal remedies for stomach pain and came across peppermint oil tablets. Taking the peppermint oil gave Morgan some relief of her symptoms. Luckily, she decided to take it one step further and try Acupuncture. Morgan felt instant relief after her first Acupuncture appointment. She described falling into a deep sleep and waking up feeling rejuvenated. This was progress considering she had been in pain for four years straight without relief. For Morgan, acupuncture has made a world of difference.

 

I put my full faith in Oriental Medicine for many reasons. First of all, it’s been one of the only treatments that has helped my sister with her health. Seeing the current medical system fail time and time again is very frustrating to me. Many prescribed pharmaceuticals provide temporary relief of symptoms, but oftentimes they cause side effects and even more problems. Wouldn’t it make more sense to change energy flow in the body to help us function optimally and maybe even correct the root of the problem?  Also, new research indicates long term side effects of certain pharmaceuticals not yet known and still the drug is routinely used. These unknown side effects are extremely scary to me. It’s hard to say how many new cases of cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease are due to pharmaceuticals and not just genetics and lifestyle.

 

Leading a holistic life is logical and with Oriental Medicine as the oldest practiced medicine on the Earth, why wouldn’t people want a safe, reliable, long lasting treatment? All of these reasons have solidified my appreciation and intrigue for Eastern Medicine. I can’t even describe the excitement I have for learning how to help people who feel like they’re out of options. All this time, I knew there was something better out there and I believe Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is it!

 

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