Holistic Acupuncture

Dr. Allan Bazzoli, M.D.


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Living and Dying

During a recent presentation to 1st and 2nd year OSU medical students about death and dying, I reminded them of the delicate balance between life and death.  The six quotes below, three having to do with life, the other three with death emphasize those intertwined qualities that make us human.

Growing older, I’m trying to live more from the heart.  Many feel that is where the soul resides.  I’m not sure of that but I am convinced the heart is like a vast reservoir from which intuition flows.  It has become so difficult to listen to the quiet voice of the heart with all the noise of social media.  Balancing the near constant stimulation of the mind with the cool waters of the heart, for me, means spending as much time as possible out in nature.  Take a few minutes to reflect how these writers view that kind of balance.

The mind is the last part of yourself to listen to.  It thinks of everything you can lose.  The heart thinks of everything you can give, and the soul thinks of every thing you are.     Neale Walsch

The old Eskimo hunters she had known in her childhood thought the riches of life were intelligence, fearlessness, and love. A man (or woman) with these gifts was rich.     Jean Craighead George

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.     Jackson Brown Jr.

As I discussed with the medical students, it’s not easy to face your own death at any age, especially when you are only 24 or 25.  But facing your own death allows you to live life more fully.  The concept of living into dying.  Being grateful for each day.  Living in the moment.  Living each moment.  Take another moment to appreciate these reminders.

Death twitched my ear. “Live!” he said, “I’m coming.     Virgil 1 AD

If you only had an hour to live, what would you do and why are you waiting.     Stephen Levine

It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth, and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up.  Only then will we begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.      Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.

Dr. Kubler-Ross wrote the first really popular book on dying, “On Death and Dying”, in 1969.  She introduced the five stages of grief:  Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance.  Recently, Dr. Atul Gawande wrote a New York Times bestseller, “Being Mortal”.  In the book, he explores the idea of living a good life all the way thru to a good death.

I remind my family, friends and patients that there are only two things you take with you when you die.  The people you love and the people who love you.  That’s it.  Nothing else.  No stocks, no fancy house, not even your underwear.  I refuse to spend any more time than necessary acquiring “things” I can’t take with me when I die.

Life is precious but oh so fleeting.  I try to approach each day with a sense of wonder and excitement.  Hold your vision, trust the universe.

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Dr. Allan Bazzoli, MD is a practitioner of Acupuncture, Holistic Medicine, and Physical Medicine in the Mt. Vernon/Central Ohio and Columbus area.  He is available for speaking engagements on a variety of holistic medical topics.  This material can be distributed free to the public as long as there is no remuneration and credit is given to the author.

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Walk Your Path

Deep, meaningful quotes can be supportive, uplifting, reassuring and inspiring.  I fell in love with them when I was young.

One of my favorites is by e.e. cummings:  “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”

It has become increasingly difficult in daily life to be an individual and express those traits that make us unique.  Society puts so much pressure on everyone, at all ages, to conform to what’s called the norm.  The mundane repetition of our lives is so aptly described in that old line, “Get up, go to work, come home, go to bed”.   Day after day.  Routine seems like the obstacle that blocks the flow of creativity and imagination.

Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., in their iconic 1997 commercial (still on youtube), took this idea one step further.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify and vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.
They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as crazy, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Albert Einstein was the first image in that commercial.  Most know that he was a Nobel prize winning physicist who thought outside the box.  Most don’t know that near the end of his life, he wished he had spent more time contemplating the mysteries of the universe, especially God.  “I want to know God’s thoughts. The rest are details”, he said in 1955, a few months before his death.

In one of his more famous quotes, Einstein expressed the same idea as Jobs and Cummings but in scientific terms.  Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can’t help get that reality.  It can be no other way.  This is not philosophy.  This is physics.”

It’s a constant battle to be creative, innovative and imaginative as we travel thru life.  So here’s to all that embrace their individuality and refuse to sell out.  As Yoda would say, “May the force be with you”.

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Dr. Allan Bazzoli, MD is a practitioner of Acupuncture, Holistic Medicine, and Physical Medicine in the Mt. Vernon/Central Ohio and Columbus area.  He is available for speaking engagements on a variety of holistic medical topics.  This material can be distributed free to the public as long as there is no remuneration and credit is given to the author.