Monday, April 11, 2005

Sense and Gullibility

First things first. I've posted something on payasita that should interest prolifers as well as those opposed to judicial activism. Don't anyone get their hopes up though. This isn't a debate on abortion. If you really have something to say, I won't stop you, but I just don't have time to get into it and no one is going to convince anyone anyway.
Now for the subject at hand. I wouldn't refer to myself as gullible exactly. If you were to tell me that you once saw two politicians poking gerbils and horseradish up each other's asses out behind City Hall, I would take it at face value. This is because nothing anyone does really surprises me anymore.

However, I have always viewed acupuncture with great skepticism until today. I have had a very annoying headache for a couple of days. Jethro had two acupuncture classes this weekend and decided to make me his guinea pig (gerbil?).

I didn't think it would work, but when he poked one needle in right between my eyes, my sinuses started draining immediately. The other points on my neck, hands feet, and top of my head made me feel very relaxed and drowsy. I'm sold.

After he took the needles out, I took a nap which was extremely pleasant. I do believe that it is different for everyone. Jethro said the same spot between the eyes gave him a headache when he had it done during class. I am greatly encouraged that my husband and I haven't paid a small fortune to make him a quack.

1 comment:


On : 4/12/2005 12:45:36 AM noonie (www) said:

needles? noooooooooooooooo ... glad it worked for you. But I've had enough of needles for one lifetime.


On : 4/12/2005 2:19:07 AM Jethro (www) said:

Noonie - I was surprised myself when we practiced them in class. You really don't feel them like regular needles. They're extremely thin and as long as you have someone who knows what they're doing, you really don't feel them at all.


On : 4/12/2005 6:34:04 AM elliott (www) said:

Okay, Jethro, find out if the acupuncture and stop smoking thing really go together and work. I've heard of it but, I've always kind of thought it was BS.
Check it out from the Doc's point of view if you would please sir!


On : 4/12/2005 8:16:25 AM Lisa (www) said:

Where do I get in line?


On : 4/12/2005 11:02:26 AM Kristin (www) said:

Quack! LOL *snort* LOL


On : 4/12/2005 11:44:20 AM noonie (www) said:

Elliot... my mum had acupuncture to stop smoking, she describes getting home sneaking upstairs and smoking out the bathroom window whilst wiggling the needle they left in her ear to help with cravings.

Jethro.. it's still a needle no thanks, acupressure works too..


On : 4/12/2005 12:19:16 PM angi (www) said:

Zelda, do i have your permission to have your hubby poke me? with needles that is.


On : 4/12/2005 12:38:54 PM Zelda (www) said:

Noonie - I don't blame you about the needles.

Elliott - I think it's different for everyone.

Lisa - when are you coming to Houston?

Kristin - LOL

Noonie - See response to Elliott

Angi - My husband can poke you anytime.


On : 4/12/2005 1:14:20 PM noonie (www) said:

Z.. I think my mum's problem is she tried all the different ways of giving up but deep down she doesn't want to.

We worked out that for her to try with nicotine patches she probably doesn't have enough surface area.
Besides while she smokes, she smells, so my kids tell me and I remind them why that is


On : 4/12/2005 1:16:22 PM Zelda (www) said:

I guess you really have to want to quit. I think most "cures" involve only the nicotine addiction, not the psychological dependency.


On : 4/12/2005 4:21:13 PM Jethro (www) said:

Elliot - From what I know so far is that stimulation of certain points in the body produces an endorphin or enkephalin release. This eases the pain of many conditions as well as help you control cravings. It is unclear as to why such a phenomenon takes place, but medical science is researching this trying to figure out why it does take place.
There are some rather "interesting" explanations out there as to the workings behind acupuncture. So far, I'm not convinced on some of the "mystical" explanations. I am, however, interested in some of the neurological and endocrine theories.
Basically, one theory goes stimulation of one nerve ending allows communication with other nerves. There may be a dominant pathway of communication between different nerves. If this is the case, then the possibility of sticking a needle (nerve stimulation) in one nerve ending could explain why there is a release of endorphins or enkephalins. Now, keep in mind that there is still much more research that needs to be done. I could be totally wrong about what I just wrote about. We'll just have to wait and see. As for now, if it actually helps people without harming them, I'll try it with the patient's permission.


On : 4/12/2005 4:22:46 PM (www) said:

Next time I get an eternal, evil chest cold, I want to try accupuncture, see if that works.


On : 4/13/2005 1:59:48 AM Inanna (www) said:

Damn, too bad he didn't have that class before I got there!!! I'm still cranky with sinuses!!


On : 4/13/2005 12:31:15 PM jeanette (www) said:

Can he poke my sinuses? Err, don't take that the wrong way ...


On : 4/13/2005 1:33:38 PM Zelda (www) said:

Jeanette - I'm afraid to take it the wrong way. It sounds too painful.