Monday, June 30, 2014

Badass Femme Fatale

Everyone has a best feature, so find clothes and accessories to accentuate those, whether it’s your shoulders or your long hair. 
-Tim Gunn

A woman walking down a runway wearing a dress that has all the meridians and acupuncture points on it...  Now that's FASHION!!!  Holly Renee, creator and master mind of Shenova Fashion, joins the show today to talk about how she combined science and Chinese medicine into her signature fashion line.
            So, many of you will be wondering why we are quoting Tim Gunn and talking about fashion. We truly have not lost it nor gone off the deep end (yet). Our guest this week is truly one amazing individual. Not only is she trained in acupuncture, she is also a fashion designer and notable science geek. Needless to say, we fell in love with her immediately!
            Holly Renee is one of those rare individuals that encompass many different arenas of interest and talent. Her “geek” clothing and her love of science come together in an amalgam of incredible fashion forward sense, uncanny multi-dimensional eye, and an ability to fit clothing to the human form like a skilled anatomist. Her studio is her sanctuary where her feelings about science and the human form come together and she can create the most exquisite and fascinating clothing to boggle the mind and capture the eye.
            She began her foray into fashion at the age of 13 and was in her first fashion show at 15. Holly's mother, being a biochemist, would bring home slides of DNA she was analyzing.  Those double stranded DNA structures have stayed with her ever since.  She has always loved science and labels herself as a “techie, sci-fi and design nerd” and she follows through with that thought in her design esthetics. She is clearly not afraid to push the envelope in design and even formulated a pair of pants that upon first look resemble steel armor plating. She is amazing!
            Holly has walked in many shoes in this lifetime and it is clear that she is dedicated to her current path and is only beginning to explode on the fashion scene. In fact, do not be surprised to find PhD candidates graduating in her clothing.
            Vera Wang wrote it best, “Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.” We believe you will find Holly Renee to be following that logic quite proficiently.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lions, Tigers, and Bears O MY

Paulo the howler monkey
Episode 25: Lions, Tigers, and Bears O MY
Description: Dr. Daneila Lewgoy joins the show from Porto Alegre, Brazil.  Her clients are not of the human type.  Rather as a veterinarian who specializes in acupuncture and herbs she sees more of the exotic animals.  How do you find UB-23 on a python?  Or does Yin Tang work on a howler monkey?  To her though, it’s normal, she just goes to work everyday! 

Dr. Daniela Lewgoy, having been a small animal surgeon for 4 years, decided that she was not doing enough for her animal patients by just cutting and prescribing medication.  It was at this turning point when she began to specialize in acupuncture and herbs for her animal friends of all shapes and sizes.  With her increase in holistic medicine she found less and less need for invasion surgeries (yet still necessary at times).

In Brazil her clientele does not only consist of cats and dogs, but of large snakes, fish, howler monkeys, birds, pigs, porcupines, anteaters, horses, and a plethora of other creatures.  A few of them are pictured below from her Instagram account.
Paulo the howler monkey was taken in after a fall from a tree then a dog attack

Nut Moxa Therapy (1 of 2):  Herbs are placed inside the nut, moxa is then added to the top of the nut, used in many eye conditions

Nut Moxa Therapy (2 of 2)

Python getting treated for neurological condition

Not always easy to find or needle a hedgehog

This gold fish had a bladder disorder.  Doing very well!

TV interview in Brazil

Dr. Daniela Lewgoy

Vet School - Lutheran University of Brazil 2004
Veterinary Acupuncture - Institute Bioethicus 2010
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Institute Bioethicus 2010
Training in animal chiropractic and osteopathy – International Academy of Animal Chiropractice
Small Animal Surgery – 2004-2008

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Scientist Researches How To Relax... Get ACUPUNCTURE !!!

Histological section showing the decrease in corticotropin releasing hormone via electrical acupuncture in chronic stressed rats.

Episode 24: Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, joins the show to review the research she is doing at Georgetown University on the treatment of Chronic Stress and Pain Management with acupuncture.  Her findings… Just get acupuncture!

Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, is doing what all acupuncturists dream:  She is proving the mechanisms by which acupuncture works. Her research involves understanding how acupuncture works on the interplay of stress hormones with respect to the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands (Eshkevari, et al 2012). Even more interesting is her ability to needle rats and her use of a well-designed Sham Needling protocol. The studies indicate that acupuncture does provide relief for pain and chronic stress by decreasing adrenal Npy mRNA. This classic stress response mechanism has been studied for years and leads us to believe that it may be the one key process in the degradation of the homeostatic balance and can lead to all forms of disease and maladaptive stress.

Which points did Ladan choose to research for chronic stress?.  Most of us would assume Yin Tang.  Ladan thought so as well but she ran into a problem.  Yin Tang, between the eyes, I tried for about 6 months believe or not and I couldn’t get the needles in there with the animals sitting still and I was causing stress on the animal, because when you are doing stress studies on animals you have to be really careful where the needles are, where you insert them, and not to give them anesthesia…  For practical reasons you have to keep the needles away from the rats face because otherwise what they will do is they will turn around and they will chew the needles and the electrodes, so it (ST36) was far away enough from the rats face you could insert the needles, insert them (rats) back into the cage, and they (rats) will not disturb them.  The sham points were selected also away from the face so the rats would not disturb the needles.”

What truly makes Ladan interesting is that she is an acupuncturist, scientist, associate professor, and nurse. She is engaging and dynamic and her passion for understanding how things work is infectious and guides her in her quest to understand what happens with acupuncture and how it can be transferred to human models.  She has spent months perfecting the Sham point location. She has spent months making rats cold (induces chronic stress similar to humans).  And she does it with such zeal, but with the drive to truly make Western science pay attention to what acupuncturists have been accomplishing for centuries. Her biggest focus: To find an outlet other than opioid for pain management; particularly when it comes to acute and chronic stress and the adaptations that the body can create to cope with those stressors.

  • K.K. Trou and L. Eshkevari. Pain management in the parturient-in Varney’s Midwifery. Burlington, MA: Jones and Barlett Learning, 2013.
  • L. Eshkevari. D. Jasinski, Pharmacokinetics-In Nursing Anesthesia. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill-Livingston, 2005.

Journal Articles:
  • L. Eshkevari, E Permaul, S. Mulroney. “Acupuncture blocks cold stress-induced increases in the ypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis (HPA) in the rat.” J Endocrinology 217.1 (2013): 95-104.
  • Hupman, and L. Eshkevari. “Propofol and Ketamine for Targeted Muscle Reinnervation after Limb Amputation.” Anesthesia e-Journal 2.1 (2013); 1-4.
  • L. Eshkevari, KK Trout. “Management of Post-Partum Pain.” J of Midwifery and Women’s Health 58.6 (2013); 622-31.
  • L. Eshkevari. Rupert Egan, Dylan Phillips, Jason Tilan, Elissa Carney, Hakima Amri, Susan Mulroney.. "Acupuncture at ST36 prevents chronic stress induced increases in Neuropeptide Y in rat." Experimental biology and Medicine 237.1 (2012); 18-23.
  • L. Eshkevari. B. Baker. "Knotting of Pulmonary Artery Catheter: A Case Study." AANA Journal 75.6 (2007): 423-8.
  • L. Eshkevari. J. Health. "Use of acupuncture for chronic pain: Optimizing clinical practice." J Holistic Nursing 19.5 (2005): 217-221.
  • Eshkevari, L.. "Acupuncture and pain - a review of literature." AANA Journal 71.5 (2003); 361-70.
Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc
Georgetown University
Assistant Director of Nurse Anesthesia Program