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It does not matter what the pain is due to.  It does not matter if your medical professionals have told you that you have to permanently live with the pain.  It does not matter if you are living on morphine or some kind of potent prescription in order to live with the pain.  I can even help you pre/post-surgical pain or, better yet, PREVENT YOU FROM HAVING SURGERY.  I tell my patients, “If you can point to the pain, I can treat it.  I give a 90% guarantee that I will positively affect your pain by either helping you GRADUATE from pain or living without a significant portion of it.”  I put my reputation and my character on the line by challenging anyone with debilitating pain.  Acute or chronic, mild, moderate or severe, I can and I will treat your pain!
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“Ask not what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
-Howard Thurman


Our latest letter of gratitude: 

Hey Anna,

I thought you would want to know that I woke up this morning to start a full blown period. Heavy flow and really red. I can’t imagine this would be shedding of lining considering the heaviness, but I don’t know how to tell the signs of a shedding lining. I will keep notes this week on how long it lasts and how it varies from day to day. I can’t really tell yet how the IBS symptoms are considering this new development! My tummy is a bit all over the  place this morning. To see a period after 4 treatments…I’ll take it! ; )

Thank you so much for your willingness to help me start feeling better and to get my body ready to be pregnant! ; )

Have a great week,

L.K.

(This new patient has periods that are irregular.  She hasn’t had her period for many months and she is amazed that after four acupuncture treatments, she has a “full-blown period.”  We are also treating her chronic IBS.)

My daughter performs her first dance recital on June 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Please let me know if you would like to attend.  Pre-paid tickets are $12.  You can give me a check written directly to LRDA (Ladera Ranch Dance Academy).   Tickets at the door are $15.   You can call me for further information.  Thanks for your support!
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Tiananmen Square
“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making.  In a moment of dedication, they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.”
–Howard Thurman
What I care to write is below.  The information on the NY Times website is to start you on your own research of what is going on in China and what has been going on before/since 1989:
There are thousands*  of people who lost their lives 20 years ago in facing the Chinese government to promote democracy in their homeland. There are people, including hundreds of parents whose children were massacred by the Chinese government who are still TO THIS DAY under house arrest.  Parents are advised by the government to NOT go to where their children were killed to mourn their deaths.  TODAY, these people of China are not allowed to mention what happened, to not go to where their families and friends were killed and to act like nothing had happened 20 years ago.
(*The Chinese government has yet to give a full accounting of exactly how many people died.   The Chinese Red Cross initially estimated 2,600 deaths, but several different accountings have since been published.)
Many of us Americans don’t commemorate the anniversaries of other countries’ losses, but we should ask ourselves why we don’t know history or why we don’t care about other nations’ histories.
We are humans.  We have evolved over thousands of years.  Our evolution in humankind and our progression in thinking has to matter when we look at the bigger picture than what is going on in our own country.  It is incumbent that we understand as Americans that there is a country, like China, who has millions of people who have yearned to live in absolute liberty.  They wish to enjoy the freedom we have when we think, speak and act.  Just to think freedom has been enough in their history to imprison, torture and kill.
There are countless Chinese who have copied down moving pro-democratic speeches in the dark and would memorize those speeches before having to carefully destroy the papers on which the speeches were written upon.  An example of destroying goes beyond simply burning the papers: they would wet the papers and then put the papers down the drain to fully destroy the documents of inspirational speeches.  They did this because to simply have these poems, stories or speeches in their homes was enough evidence to the government that these native Chinese were enemies plotting to overtake the government.
The government of China has not cared for people to think outside the box, but just WHAT they should think day-in and day-out.
There are millions of people who have met secretly since 1989 to silently commemorate in their basements in small groups because the Chinese government does not allow people to publicly remember and mourn those who have died, many of whom were young adults in their teens.  Imagine being a young adult about 17 years old, not realizing that you were symbolizing millions of people who quietly wish for freedom of speech, doing a hunger strike and actually being shot down for standing up for something you believe in with all your heart.  Is freedom something that only Americans want?  No!  This is a right that all humans must have access to.
If you don’t believe me, go visit China on the first week of June.  Dare say, “Tiananmen Square Protests” out loud and see for yourself if people don’t get quiet and they look at you for fear that you might get escorted out of their country for being too ignorant to say what is unmentionable (or worse).
Until this day, the Chinese governments claims that they had no choice but to open fire and chase the thousands of people with tanks because they claimed that the protestors wanted to overthrow the government.  That’s if they were to acknowledge what they did (read article below).  If you speak with the common Chinese in China, they’ll probably tell you that China’s government doesn’t acknowledge that they killed anyone (or they might even say in public that they don’t know what you’re talking about as a responsible citizen).  However, the government won’t explain why they secure Tiananmen Square as June 4 approaches with heavily-armed soldiers.
The students, especially, wanted pro-market, pro-democracy and an incorrupt government.  They stood unarmed, on a hunger strike, protesting that their government make some positive changes. What if we did that?  Oh, wait.  We have done that and there is no such massacre in our history that I know of.  This was a large scale public massacre that still demands our attention and I, for one, will continue to learn about and share the story of Tiananmen Square Protests (in this case, the one that happened specifically in 1989). Why?  Because even the children now of China are being spared the truth by their parents probably around my age or so to shelter these kids of the true dangers of what a Totalitarian country can do.
I encourage you to learn a bit more by reading and listening to a survivor’s story at:  http://thestory.org/.
No matter how bleak our situation is in our country, we have something still that most of us take for granted: freedom of thought and speech.  I would hope that if I were to stand in front of the White House, protesting, promoting a hunger strike and hoping with all my heart that my government would change for the better that the worst thing that would happen to me is to be arrested, booked, maybe spend a night or two in jail and sent home.  There are thousands of protesters in China who did spend time in jail: about a year or so WITHOUT a trial.  According to the article above, there are still imprisoned people for protesting in 1989!
When you read in my emails that we have so much to be thankful for, this is what I mean.  Let us be thankful from the bottom of our hearts for the freedom that we do have; many freedoms that certain parts of the world do not have the privilege of experiencing: choosing our place of worship (or the freedom to NOT worship if we didn’t want to), speaking our minds, choosing where we want to work, just to name a few.
This email is in honor of the hundreds of people who are still missing.  Their parents do not know still where their children are, if they were sent away for “reeducation” to some remote part of China or if they were killed.
Put yourself in their shoes and please, commemorate with me and millions worldwide the reason why those many people wanted change in their homeland.  They never thought that their own country would open fire upon them, but China did.  We should never be a slave to our country.  Ideally, government works for the people by the people.  One day when all of those officials who ordered the massacre are finally dead, perhaps China’s history will honor the fallen in the name of democracy.  I hope this happens in my lifetime and I hope to be in China when that day happens.  Perhaps then, the people of China, Tibet and Taiwan, to name a few, will truly live in harmony.

My favorite author is Ha Jin.  If you have interests in China’s history in the past century, it would behoove you to pick up Dr. Jin’s books.  I’m not much into literature these days because I have mostly time for Chinese medical, self-help and business books, but I always look for Ha Jin’s books.  Humorous, based on fictitious characters whose lives may really  have taken place, vivid and emotionally captivating.  A professor at Boston University, Ha Jin will help you escape to a world so far from our reality from America, but will take you closer to the essence of humanity.
(Epilogue, if you will.)
When are we going to finally understand that when we hurt others, we are truly just moving backwards?  When is bludgeoning someone a government’s method of reformation?  When can we finally as human beings acknowledge what we do as wrong and truly request forgiveness?
Out of fairness to the Chinese government, I will dutifully note that the Chinese government was in conflict internally as to what they should do with the protesters in 1989.  There were officials who wanted to wage war against the protesters and there were officials who wanted to end things peacefully with the people of China.  History tells us which side “won,” and now many more of us can better understand the diaspora of Chinese globally due to China’s horrible decisions that they will forever have to live with and, hopefully, regret on June 4, 1989.  This letter can never give back the lives who were taken from many parents, most of them who had urged their children to not defy the government.  I do hope that if there is a parent out there who lived the day their child was shot to death and is reading this that you would understand that I, a non-Chinese, grieve your l oss and the loss of thousands of Chinese who were made martyrs for a cause that the Chinese have yet to uphold in their lifestyle: true democracy.  Perhaps through one person such as myself in collaboration with others like-minded that we can continue building a world freedom-minded.  I will never take for granted that I can type what I want and publish how I feel online and perhaps in a book one day.  Your children may not have lived for this day, but they didn’t die in vain.  That’s why I commemorate this day as I have since 1992.

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Today, the President of the United States gave a speech in Cairo, Egypt.  If you missed it:
You can even posts your positive AND negative opinions about the speech.  NOW THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF OUR COUNTRY.
In China, what you type online is being watched and if you search the wrong thing on the internet, the government will in fact go to your home and get you.  God forbid you write the wrong thing on the internet.  I have had enough friends who live in China to get this information, but for those of you who wish to read some bit of evidence:
From Wikipedia:

Internet censorship in the People’s Republic of China is conducted under a wide variety of laws and administrative regulations. In accordance with these laws, more than sixty Internet regulations have been made by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government, and censorship systems are vigorously implemented by provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, business companies, and organizations.[1][2]

Most national laws of the People’s Republic of China do not apply to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong or Macau. There are no known cases of the Chinese authorities censoring critical political or religious content in those territories.

The escalation of the government’s effort to neutralize critical online opinion comes after a series of large anti-Japanese, anti-pollution and anti-corruption protests, many of which were organized or publicized using instant messaging services, chat rooms, and text messages. The size of the Internet police is estimated at more than 30,000.[3] Critical comments appearing on Internet forums, blogs, and major portals such as Sohu and Sina usually are erased within minutes.

The apparatus of the PRC’s Internet repression is considered more extensive and more advanced than in any other country in the world. The regime not only blocks website content but also monitors the internet access of individuals. Amnesty International notes that China “has the largest recorded number of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents in the world.” The offences of which they are accused include communicating with groups abroad, opposing the persecution of the Falun Gong, signing online petitions, and calling for reform and an end to corruption.[4]

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Taiwan leader urges China to acknowledge Tiananmen

6/3/2009, 11:14 p.m. EDT The Associated Press

(AP) — TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou urged China on Thursday to acknowledge its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 20 years ago at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“This painful chapter in history must be faced. Pretending it never happened is not an option,” Ma said in a statement marking the anniversary of the bloody crackdown that followed weeks of demonstrations involving tens of thousands of Chinese students and other democracy proponents.

“History is a beacon that illuminates the way forward. We seek to learn the lessons of history, not so that hatred might grow, but to understand our options and choose the best among them,” he said.

As the Chinese leaders have in recent years shown more concern for human rights, Ma said, they should also “let the facts of past tragic episodes speak for themselves.”

Taiwan and China have dramatically improved their relations over the past year, with Ma reversing his predecessor’s anti-China, pro-independence policy to seek closer economic ties. The two sides split amid civil war in 1949.

On Wednesday night, dozens of Taiwanese held a candlelight vigil in downtown Taipei to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

“We want China to release jailed Tiananmen protesters, reverse its previous verdict on the 1989 demonstrations, and carry out political reform,” said Yao Li-ming of the Same Bloodline Supporting Mainland Democracy Association.

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I’ve taken a few words from a song that we all know and love

America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward
O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man’s avail
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!
Today, I ask that we not just bless America, that we ask God to bless China, too. Amen.

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