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Albert Stern is a healer, artist, and instructor. He practices acupuncture, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. He creates anatomical illustrations and fine art paintings. He is also an acupuncture instructor and teaches at various schools and facilities. He works with the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine and Peak Research Institute. 

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Study: Effects of Acupuncture on the Prefrontal Cortex

Albert Stern

For the last 30 years, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology has been publishing experimental and ground-breaking medical research. The most recent publication, Oxygen Transport to Tissue XXXVII, has a chapter looking at acupuncture and anxiety. 

The research focuses on oxidative-hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentration of the pre-frontal cortex. This section of the brain in near the forehead and responsible for decision making, social behavior, personality, and cognitive actions. Changes in oxidative-hemoglobin indicate metabolic activity in this brain region. Using imaging (near-infrared spectroscopy) researchers observed changes in this area of the brain on those during and after acupuncture sessions. 

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UPDATE: The RESEARCH on Acupuncture and the Emergency Room

Albert Stern

Mr. Reinstein is the lead author of the research paper which is mentioned in the original post. The published paper is titled, "Acceptability, Adaptation, and Clinical Outcomes of Acupuncture Provided in the Emergency Department: A Retrospective Pilot Study" and is published in the journal Pain Medicine. The study is a great example of how acupuncture can prove its value side-by-side with standard medical care! 

Best of all, Adam Reinstein was kind of enough to send me a copy of the published research. Even better, he said I was welcome to share it with anyone who would like to read it. 

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The Acupuncture Principle of Balance and Cancer Research

Albert Stern

Cancer researchers are considering a new way of dealing with the disease. Rather than eliminating all of the cancer cells present, researchers are looking at killing most of the cells present and managing the rest. In essence, striking a balance in the body with the cells. Time Magazine has a great overview of the current work. 

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Words Matter: "The Mentally Ill" vs "People With Mental Illness"

Albert Stern

I am very deliberate with the words I choose when writing about people and diseases. I am very conscious to say, "a person with a cancer diagnosis," rather than, "a person with cancer." I choose this because it emphasizes the individual person over the disease. An area where word-choice is particularly important is the topic of mental illness.

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Are Parasitic Worms the Key to Treating Autoimmune Diseases?

Albert Stern

For the last half a dozen years I have been fascinated by the most unlikely research, helminth therapy.

Helminths are parasitic worms which infect humans, such as tapeworms or hookworms. Unchecked these creatures can create disease and illness. However, growing research is demonstrating a surprising positive effect on health. 

I first learned of this research from NPR's show RadioLab. The episode "Parasites" featured the story of Jasper Lawrence. Jasper cured himself of severe asthma by infecting himself with hookworm. His asthma quickly became manageable and under control. (He would regularly monitor the hookworm to ensure it did not grow out of control.)

In parts of the world where helminth infections are common, autoimmune diseases are rare. This has lead to researching if the worms are helping regulate the immune system in some unknown way. There is quite a lot of research examining how helminth may help those with autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis

The Guardian published a great overview of the topic. Here are a few quotes from the piece: 

"Joel Weinstock, a gastroenterologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts, which examined the effect of worms on patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Almost 75% of those who ingested the worms were cured, especially noteworthy given that they had not been helped by more traditional treatments."

“I’m convinced,” he says. “Based on the evidence I’ve seen, it is very effective,” he says. “It has a really good benefit-to-risk ratio, especially for serious autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disorder.”

There is likely no magic bullet for complex autoimmune diseases. However this is an extremely promising line of research.