Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Traditional Oriental Medicine "Music"

As there are 12 keys of music so too are there the 12 organ channels of Chinese medicine; 6 yin and 6 yang:





Urinary Bladder


Gall Bladder

Heart - Pericardium

Small Intestine - Triple Heater




Large Intestine


Prescriptive music requires the correct key in order for the music medicine to work properly. By rebalancing the proper organ system through acupuncture or Chinese Medicinal herbs symptomatic relief can be achieved.  So, for each individual there are 6 yin keys and 6 yang keys. Mapping of the organ system can proceed from the patient's tone (1 of the 12 tones yielding 12 basic energetic mappings).  The prescriptive music also must contain other elements regulated by Chinese medicine.  Simply playing a tune in the right key will attain neither optimum nor even mediocre results.


But what of the 8 extraordinary channels: Governing, Conception, Yang Heel, Yin Heel, Yang Linking, Yin Linking, Thrusting & Belt?  These channels are reservoirs of energy that work especially well with cases of depletion and genetic pre-dispositions. They are powerful and can be used for other types of cases also; as long as the patient shows tolerance and effectiveness for the prescription.


Even more powerful than the 8 extraordinary channels are Yin Essence and Yang Essence. Another word for essence is jing and it is said that it is fixed in quantity (pre-natal Jing).  Musically it is possible to replicate this vibration and direct it to the needy organ so perhaps original jing is thereby conserved.   


It is the union of two primary essences that produce the Governing Vessel and the Conception vessel from which the other 18 channels derive.


The Governing Vessel (Sea of Yang Qi) forms the nine Yang rivers, including 3 other extraordinary channels:


1.   Urinary Bladder

2.   Gall Bladder

3.   Small Intestine 

4.   Triple Heater

5.   Stomach 

6.   Large Intestine

7.   Yang Heel 

8.   Yang Linking 

9.   Belt


The Conception Vessel (Sea of Yin Qi) forms the nine Yin rivers including 3 other extraordinary channels:


1.   Kidney

2.   Liver

3.   Heart

4.   Pericardium

5.   Spleen

6.   Lung

7.   Yin Heel 

8.   Yin Linking

9.   Thrusting



Stay "Tuned",


Dr. Tang



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Traditional Chinese Recipe for Coughs

Metal element healing recipe 
Traditional Chinese Recipe for Coughs

Fall is a time when coughs can appear.  Here's a simple yet very effective recipe to help soothe those coughs: 
4 cups of water
¼ cup of almonds (about a handful)
2 pears (any variety), cut into pieces
1 or 2 large pieces of tangerine peel (organic!)
                            2 to 3 tablespoons of honey
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.  Add the almonds, pears and tangerine peel.  Allow the mixture to boil down to two cups.  Stir in the honey.  Drink while warm once or twice a day for about a week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Water or Coke?

Water or Coke? 
I could not believe this.....  Very interesting 
 (well, really, I've believed it  for a long time.-Dr. Tang)

   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.    (Likely applies to half the world population) 

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak 
 that it is mistaken for hunger. 

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.  

  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs      for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a  University  of  Washington  study. 

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of        water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain 
 for up to 80% of sufferers. 

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term        memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on 
 the computer screen or on a printed page. 

#8..   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of      colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast 
 cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop 
 bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water 
 you should drink every day? 

   In many states the highway patrol carries        two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from 
 the highway after a car accident. 

     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke 
 and it will be gone in two days. 

    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the      toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, 
 then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes 
 stains from vitreous china. 

   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:        Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds 
 Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.  

   To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour       a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble 
 away the corrosion.  

  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola 
 to the rusted bolt for several minutes.  

   To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into    the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. 
 Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix 
 with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.  

  To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke    into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run   through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen 
 grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your 

     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. 
 It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric 
 acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major 
 contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis. 
   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the 
 commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place 
 cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. 
   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean 
 engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

   Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? 
or Coke?  

 Quick! send this helpful info on to your friend health conscious or not!!!! 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fwd: Daily Health News: Just a Little Belly Fat Can Damage Blood Vessels

Just a Little Belly Fat Can Damage Blood Vessels
Raises risk for high blood pressure, other heart problems, study finds

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- People who put on even a little weight around their middle hinder the function of cells that line their blood vessels, increasing the risk for high blood pressure and other problems, a new study finds.

These cells, called endothelial cells, are vital for proper functioning of blood vessels. They control the ability of the vessel to contract and dilate, which in turn controls blood flow. Damage to the endothelium can lead to the vessel not functioning properly and eventually high blood pressure and blood vessel disease, the researchers noted.

And "when people put on a modest amount of weight, if the fat is in the belly, those people tended to have a greater impairment of endothelial function," said lead researcher Dr. Virend K. Somers, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. "Endothelial function is a marker of health of the blood vessel."

"There is something about fat deposited in the belly that makes it potentially hazardous to health, because impaired endothelial function has been linked to increased risk of high blood pressure and blood vessel disease," Somers said.

The report is published in the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

For the study, Somers' team randomly assigned 43 normal-weight adults to either gain about nine pounds or keep their current weight.

The researchers measured endothelial function in the brachial artery, which is located in the arm. Specifically, they looked for the ability of the artery to dilate.

Measurements were taken before the study started, after eight weeks of weight gain and again after 16 weeks of weight loss.

People who gained weight showed a decrease in the ability of the artery to dilate, the researchers found.

However, when they shed the weight again, the ability of the brachial artery to dilate properly snapped back to normal.

People tend to ignore minor weight gain, such as the few pounds they can put on over the holidays, Somers said. "It's only 10 pounds, and that's not much, but even this modest amount of weight gain has potentially harmful effects for blood vessels," he said.

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, said that "increased body fat has been linked to both premature cardiovascular disease and endothelial dysfunction."

This study nicely demonstrates that weight gain and increases in abdominal fat are directly contributing to endothelial dysfunction, he said. "Further, this endothelial dysfunction is entirely reversible after the excess weight and abdominal fat is lost through diet. This is yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess belly fat," Fonarow said.

More information

For more information on risks for high blood pressure, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Virend K. Somers, M.D., Ph.D., professor, medicine, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minn.; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, medicine, and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, University of California, Los Angeles; Aug. 17, 2010, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Natural Jif: What’s The Dif? -Lisa Cain, Ph.D.

Posted: 04 Sep 2010 05:32 AM PDT
This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl

Recently, one of Snack Girl’s readers asked me to define the difference between Regular Jif and “Natural” Jif.So, I went to the store and purchased them to evaluate.  Here are the ingredients in regular Jif:

Here is Natural Jif:

I looked and couldn’t understand what the difference was because the nutritional facts are exactly the same.  Then, I phoned Jif (note the phone number for questions).
It seems that the major difference is that Natural Jif includes palm oil as an ingredient while Regular Jif has hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean).  Why does this make Natural Jif natural?
The Jif representative informed me that palm oil hasn’t gone through the processing of “hydrogenation”.
I’m a bit of a geek, so I actually have taken a year of organic chemistry in 1993 (I am also old).  Hydrogenation is simply adding hydrogens to a compound.  So the rapeseed and soybean oils have added hydrogens which helps them to be solid at room temperature.  Why would you do this?
The Regular Jif that I purchased will last until June of 2012.  Basically, it helps the peanut butter to be shelf stable.
Okay, I bet your eyes are glazing over right about now, but I am not done.  Palm oil is a highly saturated vegetable fat.  What “saturated” means is that every carbon is bound to as many hydrogens as possible.  Basically, palm oil already has a bunch of hydrogens added to its carbons.  So, it didn’t need to be artificially hydrogenated because it is NATURALLY hydrogenated.
The Natural Jif that I purchased will last until June of 2011 (one year less that Regular Jif).
Okay, so I am a big advocate of healthy peanut butter see: How To Choose Healthy Peanut Butter. My definition is that the ingredients list should have one ingredient: peanuts.
Does it matter which one you choose (especially if you are a choosy mother)?
With natural peanut butter you get per serving:
*1 gram more fiber
*2 grams more protein
*1 gram less sugar
compared to Jif (Natural or Regular).  These differences can add up if you eat a lot of peanut butter.
My suggestion is to question the term “natural” on the front of the package.  This term is not regulated by the FDA and two products that say “natural” can be two VERY different things.
Clearly, Smuckers (which owns Jif), is trying to compete with the REAL natural peanut butters of the world.
Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Training: Nutri-Q: cNAQ Notification


When a patient completes the Nutri-Q, a notification will be sent to me.  This notification will then be forwarded to the administrative staff, who will please log in to with log-in name as and the same common password. 

A sample of the email that you are to look for to perform the steps.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Nutri-Q: cNAQ Notification
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:04:36 -0500
From: Nutri-Q Notification Manager<>
Reply-To: Nutri-Q Notification Manager<>

This message is being sent to Dr. Alan C. W. Tang:  This message is to notify you that one of your clients (Diana Balsevicius) has just completed a cNAQ.  PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL, it is being sent from an unmonitored mailbox.  Thank for using Nutri-Q.  Sincerely, The Nutri-Q Development Team

Please print out the patient's results by the following instructions:

Enter name of patient to query

Click view.

Click cNAQ Queue
Checkbox report and accept

Click the Questionnaire/History Reports tab and check the appropriate box. and click generate report

Generate the three reports of:  
1. Symptom burden graph
2. Symptom Burden Report
3. Client Recommendations

AND print out for the doctor to review with the patient

Also import into Eclipse, either by using the import function in the EHR (recommended) or by scanning the report to the scanner.  The former (import) requires knowledge of where the PDF is saved, but is not difficult.  There is a standard report name generated by the computer.

The reports will look like this.  Inform the doctor and schedule the patient for a review of the exam.  Also color code appropriately the type of appointment for the patient's next appointment so the doctor knows what is to be done next.  e.g. light blue background with red text. The doctor will review the results with the patient and prescribe the appropriate nutritional protocol.