Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chinese Medicine for Healthy Skin - Book Review

I recently read the e-book Chinese Medicine for Healthy Skin by Michelle O'Shaughnessy and was very glad I did!

Shaughnessy's expertise in the field is evident. Her e-book is chock full of information on how to maintain a healthy skin and body, using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

I wrote a book review, which was posted on and is included below in its entirety:

Always on the lookout for ways to lead a healthy life, I was pleased when I read this book. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was the focus, with an emphasis on keeping your skin and body healthy. For a beginner like me, who never studied TCM or even knew where to begin, this is a great read! I learned that the Chinese integrate both Western medicine as well as TCM in their hospitals. This is definitely something lacking in our hospitals in the United States, and something I would like to see happen. As the author eloquently states "It will be an exciting day when every hospital and clinic in the world incorporates the best of the West with the best of East to bring about optimal health for all people."

The author begins with the history of Chinese medicine, which I found absorbing. As I read on, I explored a whole different world of medicine that included the yin and yang, the meridians, the five elements, acupuncture, and much more. The photos in the book were quite valuable and helped me picture the different regions of the body that the author was pertaining to. In particular, the different pictures of the tongue, and their appearance, revealed another whole world of diagnosis. Also, the soup recipes appeared inviting and I can't wait to try them out on my family.

Although the author mentions a few books as references, I would have liked to have seen medical references, as well as case studies of patients having good results with TCM.

Overall, I feel this book is a valuable guidebook for anyone interested in learning more about TCM and how to incorporate it into their lifestyle. This is one book that I will refer to often.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Can you imagine a life without the post office?

Several months ago, I had learned that the post office was cutting back its hours and that several post offices were not open on Saturdays. I recently witnessed this with our local post office, and I was saddened by the turn of events. I think the post office is a valuable part of our lives, a human part. Real people are behind those post office buildings, with real jobs and they have families, like you and I. We must think about them, too.   We have a relationship with our mailman. We wave when (she, in this case) comes by daily. Sometimes in the past, I have left little goodies for them for Christmas in the mailbox.
That gets lost in email.

I wrote a poem back in 2011, describing how I felt about the whole thing and what the post office meant to me:

Save the Post Office!

The post office has been the best of friends,
Throughout my youth and beyond.
It keeps me posted on life's trends
With nary a cause to frown.

Efficient and quick, they brought the news -
Always there each day for me.
Through birthdays, weddings, and college, too,
They sent mail for a very small fee.

I cannot think of another way
To receive my very own mail.
The post office should be here to stay.
Please, please, don't let it fail!!

by Patty Apostolides, 2011 

There is nothing quite as pleasing as a hand-written card, or a letter received in the mail. Email is alright, but not the same. Also, books get delivered by mail, and I love reading books. The feel of the book and turning the pages, fill my senses in different ways than scrolling down on the computer.

Here is a site that shows statistics about the post office. I think it tells the story:

So, try and use the post office whenever you can. Send cards to friends and family, instead of email. It's more personable. Send real gifts by mail.

The post office provides some privacy.  

I know that they say it's more "green" to use the internet for banking and to pay bills online. Do you really want all your personal information being available online? Think about it. The post office provides privacy when it comes to your bills.