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“The New China Diet” Multiple Sclerosis and Barefoot Doctors

One thing about traveling in China: You never really understand the reason behind half the things that are going on. For example, 7:30 am every morning is bird time. As I walk by the tiny park near our hotel, there are birdcages full of tiny brightly colored birds hanging from the trees or being carried Read more about “The New China Diet” Multiple Sclerosis and Barefoot Doctors[…]

The Great Taxi Crisis of ’10, Dermatology, Chinese Opera and Free Booze

Day 8: Monday September 28, 2010 Today got off to a rainy start, so most of us decided to get taxis to our shifts. The rest of the city must have had the same idea, because we spent a long, long time trying to flag down taxis. Most already had people in them and others Read more about The Great Taxi Crisis of ’10, Dermatology, Chinese Opera and Free Booze[…]

Buying Medicine Labeled in a Foreign Language is Fun! Kind of…

Today I finally got to sleep in late then had a “white breakfast” as usual. I went to a café with an Italian name “La Pavoni” for lunch. La Pavoni – Its in English!  They are the closest thing to a Portland coffee shop we’ve found yet, and at reasonable prices. The owner even spoke Read more about Buying Medicine Labeled in a Foreign Language is Fun! Kind of…[…]

The “Elf Service Bank”, A Different Needling Style and Running Away

Day 4: Thursday September 24, 2010 Dr Qiao was still on holiday for the autumn moon festival today, but I didn’t want to miss out on any learning opportunities, so I attended an acupuncture shift at a different hospital. It soon became obvious that the way Dr. Qiao practiced acupuncture was very different from the Read more about The “Elf Service Bank”, A Different Needling Style and Running Away[…]

On wet socks, nuns and the lovesickness carrying pavilion

Day 3: Wednesday September 23, 2010   No shifts today. As the fifteenth day of the eighth month by the Chinese calendar, there is a national holiday for the autumn moon festival. This festival dates back over 3,000 years to the Shang dynasty. Our self dubbed “Chinese Father”, Dr. Wang, took the day to show Read more about On wet socks, nuns and the lovesickness carrying pavilion[…]