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Book Review: Nourish Your Skin and Body With Traditional Chinese Medicine – by Michelle O’Shaughnessy DOM, Cidesco Diplomate

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Nourish Your Skin and Body With Traditional Chinese Medicine by Michelle O’Shaughnessy DOM, Cidesco Diplomate, is an excellent reference resource. The presentation has a complete explanation of energy fields and treatments for all major bodily organs including the liver, kidney, heart and pancreas.

The book begins explaining how in the view of this ancient approach to health and wellbeing, Qi is a living being that governs energy flows and bottlenecks in these flows represent disease manifestations or disharmony.

Yin is the female representation of night, interior, coldness and the lower body. Yang represents the man and is associated with daylight, the exterior, activity and the upper body.

According to the author, yin can dry up with age and result in deficiencies like dry skin, wrinkles and hyper-pigment. Yin deficiencies can be managed with chrysanthemum, lycium, and rehmannia pills.

Yang can deteriorate with manifestations like pale skin, a swollen face, sagging skin and clogged pores.

The book provides treatments for these maladies. For instance, cinnamon or a ginseng herbal mask increases metabolism. Aloe, sulfur and kaolin clay cool the skin. Yang products are cayenne pepper masks, pumpkin masks and glycolic acid to enhance the metabolism.

The author has a comprehensive description of the earth elements. For instance, the wood element is represented by the color green. Accordingly, green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, bok choy and green beans devolve from the wood element.

Red is the fire element which is represented by tomatoes, red peppers, beets, strawberries and cranberries. The earth element is yellow. Pumpkin, squash and peaches depict the earth element. The water element is blue/black. Plums, blackberries, eggplant and sea weed represent the water element.

Included are many examples of foods designed to manage specific ailments. For instance, bitter melon is employed to lower blood sugar and anise stars are employed for the spleen and the pancreas.

Nourish Your Skin and Body With Traditional Chinese Medicine should appeal to health buffs everywhere. The author explains Chinese medicine thoroughly.  It is well written and easy to read.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.