My wife and I have just returned from another journey - not one in Germany or China as earlier this year, but instead 7 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Victoria General Hospital. After nearly 42 healthy weeks in the womb, our baby daughter suffered cardiac arrest in the final minutes of delivery when the obstetrician tried to rotate her, ultimately creating just enough space for her umbilical cord to become pinched. She was born via emergency caesarean section without vital signs and spent 11 minutes undergoing resuscitation. In the twelfth, she began to breathe again, but doctors feared the worst. We were informed that she would likely not survive, and if she did, severe and permanent brain damage was to be expected.
In the past week we have received a massive outpouring of love, support and positive energy. It first began with friends and family, but soon spread to pockets of supporters around the world, some who we know and others who we don't. We cannot show enough gratitude to those of you who have kept us in your hearts, minds, prayers and meditations.
Despite her grand and traumatic entrance, Ela Harper Howard Segger currently shows no indication that she is anything but a healthy baby girl. The doctors urge us to be cautiously optimistic, but with the love and support she continues to receive and her fighting spirit, we are certain she is just perfect the way she is. Thanks again for the support, and please keep sending your positive energy.
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PRC's 2010 Graduation CeremonyOn June 26 we
celebrated the graduation of a group of students from our Diploma of Acupuncture program. After 3 years of hard work these students are now near the end of a rewarding
journey as they prepare for licensing exams in British Columbia, Alberta, the USA and elsewhere. The Diploma of Acupuncture program is a 2100-hour program that
qualifies graduates for licensing exams around the world and enables them to launch successful careers as acupuncturists. We wish our graduates great success. Photos of the graduation are available on our PRC Facebook page.
Barefoot Acupuncturists taking steps in MumbaiBarefoot Acupuncturists is an association that was born in the slums of Bombay and the mountains of Kashmir
in 2007. It is an independent, non-religious and non-political organization with aims to provide health care to underprivileged people through the use of acupuncture
and local traditional medicine and to provide acupuncture training to their medical staff so that local dispensaries may become autonomous. Please click here to learn
more about this organization and how you may be able to assist.
Fall 2010 Course Schedules The Fall 2010 course
schedules are now online for all programs at PRC. If you are an interested student and would like to see the study opportunities available to you, please visit the Faculties and Programs page of our website and select the program that is of interest to you. Here you will find answers to most if not all of your program-related
questions and you can view course schedules, descriptions, admission requirements and more. If you would like to enrol in a program or even a single course, please visit the Admissions page or contact the
Office of Admissions.
Continuing Ed at PRC With the Fall 2010 course
schedule now available, you can peruse a variety of continuing education courses in natural health and medicine that are available to you. We offer 15-week courses
in both Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Tai Qi Chuan, Mandarin and many more. Courses in PRC's Department of Continuing Education are open to the general public with year-round opportunities. Please click here to see a list of courses and contact the Office of Admissions to
Applications being accepted for Fall Programs Applications are being accepted for all programs of study this fall at PRC. If you are interested in beginning a career in natural health, please explore
our exciting study opportunities. Whether you are seeking a short class in a specific discipline, a semester-long program or a multi-year program, we have study
options that may be perfect for you. If you would like to visit the college, meet students and instructors, and sit in on classes, please contact our Office of Admissions. PRC is committed to providing students with flexible study options in a variety of programs that
promote sustainable medicine.
2011 Eastern Therapies and Bodywork Calendar The Eastern Therapies and Bodywork (ETB) programs at PRC have rapidly become extraordinarily popular. The ETB diploma program is comprised of 4 unique components, the first 3 of which - Foundations of Yogatherapy, Traditional Thai Massage and Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Marmatherapy - can be taken as independent semester-long certificate programs. The fourth component integrates all disciplines and applies them to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease in the clinical setting. Ayurvedic Marmatherapy runs from this September to December, Thai Massage from January through May 2011 and Yogatherapy and again Ayurvedic Marmatherapy from September through December 2011. All programs do fill up so be sure to apply soon.
Ayurvedic Marmatherapy begins This fall PRC is pleased to
offer a 4-month certificate program in Ayurvedic Marmatherapy, a form of bodywork based on the ancient practices of Ayurvedic medicine. The Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Marmatherapy is ideal for students who have an interest in offering
hands-on healing as an augment to current skills in bodywork, or as a profession on its own. Students gain a working knowledge of Ayurveda at the basic and
intermediate levels. They learn the physical and energy systems according to the Ayurvedic model, including the Marma points. Students also learn how to identify
injuries, illnesses and imbalances in the Marma, including their associated systems and organs, and
have a working knowledge of the various ways to treat the Marma using massage, energy healing, external application of herbs, hot and cold therapies, compress
therapies, oil therapies and subtle therapies.
PRC forges partnership with Chinese University Pacific
Rim College has recently solidified a clinical partnership with Liaoning University of TCM in Shenyang, China. LNUTCM is one of China's largest TCM universities and
has an extensive network of hospitals and care facilities. PRC students have the option to work in these health care facilities during their advanced studies to earn
clinical credits and valuable experience. PRC and LNUTCM are discussing further opportunities that may be available to TCM students in the near future.
Registration open for Community Herbalist Program Registration is now open for the ever popular Community Herbalist
Program. This semester-long program offered on evenings and weekends introduces participants to the incredible world of medicinal plants and remedies and provides
opportunities in wildharvesting, medicine-making, plant identification and herbal therapeutics. For those CHP graduates who are interested potentially continuing with
more studies, 4 classes (10 credits) transfer directly in to the Diploma of Phytotherapy program. For more information about the Community Herbalist Program and how
you can join, please click here. Registration space is very limited so please don't
Fall Student Clinic Hours Beginning September 2, the
Student Clinic at PRC will be operating according to new fall hours. Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine will be available 5 days weekly
from early morning to 6:30 in the evening. For a specific schedule of clinics, please visit our Clinical Services page. If you have not yet received a treatment in our
student clinic, schedule one today. A variety of payment options are available including by-donation clinics and our popular WellPlan, which provides unlimited treatments for only $33 per month.
Lonny Jarrett returns This October 23-24 the
renowned Lonny S. Jarrett returns to PRC for a workshop entitled "Understanding Constitutional Diagnosis: Integral and Evolutionary Perspectives". In this 2-day
workshop, Lonny will explore the largest possible context for the practice of Chinese Medicine in the 21st century that will help humanity to face the challenges that
confront us today. Lonny's intention is to give students a core grounding in the "inner tradition" of medicine. Constitutional diagnosis will be examined as an
organizing framework that yields deep insights into each patient's destiny and path of healing. The imagery contained in the acupuncture point names will be discussed
as it relates to the points inner functions. Students will come to understand Chinese Medicine as a fully holistic/integral science as well as appreciate the key role that
the practitioner's own level of development plays in achieving this goal. Participation in this class is suitable for students and practitioners from any tradition and
level of training who wish to deepen their perspective on their art. For more information including how to register, please click here. Registration spaces are
limited, and this course is expected to sell out.
Jason Robertson to Present 2-Day Workshop Internationally recognized author, clinician and educator Jason Robertson will be presenting a 2-day workshop on Applied Channel Theory at PRC on February 5-6, 2011.
This workshop will include a discussion of the history of palpatory technique in Chinese Medicine and its historical antecedents in the Inner Classic and Classic of
Difficulties; an introduction to the role of the distal channels in classical physiology and a discussion of how physiology can manifest with specific, palpable
changes on the acupuncture channels; an introduction to techniques for palpating each of the 12 major channels; a channel-by-channel discussion of commonly found
changes and their significance; how to utilize channel palpation information to refine and simplify diagnosis; and an introduction to the acupuncture treatment style
of Dr. Wang Ju-Yi.
Jason Robertson, MS, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist and educator in Seattle, Washington. He spent 8 years studying Chinese language
and medicine in Taiwan and China. He is the author of numerous articles on acupuncture channel theory and palpatory diagnostic techniques. In 2008, along with
Professor Wang Ju-Yi, he co-authored Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine. Jason was a key speaker at the 2010 TCM Kongress in Rothenburg, Germany. His clinical practice, Kentucky Ginseng, is located in Seattle, and he is a
core faculty member at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.
More information will be posted soon about this workshop on our Lectures, Workshops and
Vitamineral Greens Sale Vitamineral Greens is a
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end of August, Vitamineral Greens are on sale for $62 per 500 gram bottle plus deposit. Even better, buy 2 bottles for only $58 each and 3 or more bottles for $56
Books of the Month To welcome back Lonny Jarrett
we are pleased to offer a sale on both of his best-selling books: Nourishing Destiny and The Clinic Practice of Chinese Medicine. In Nourishing
Destiny Lonny integrates philosophy, cosmology, and mythology back into the evolution of Chinese Medicine, allowing readers to expand their own unfolding to this
intricate art of healing. Nourishing Destiny offers the profundity of Chinese medical concepts, elemental archetypes, acupuncture points, and more importantly, the
In The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, he continues the message that Oriental Medicine is not merely a technique, but an
art that draws near when its core begins to resonate with the heart and spirit of the approaching student. He invokes respect for the ancient source of the medicine,
including the Five Element lineage of his teacher J. R. Worsley, and correlates them to more recent philosophical trends favoured by modern TCM. This work must be read
as the autobiography of a master practitioner who shows us his roots, his growth process, and the amalgamation of Chinese Medicine with everything he is, thinks, and
knows-all in the spirit of inspiring us to do the same.
Stop by the PRC Bookstore to get your copies
today. Nourishing Destiny is on sale for $104.95 and The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine is $114.95. Buy both copies together and
save an additional $10.
DongBang needles on Sale During the month of August
join us for a sale on DongBang supplies to make room for new inventory. Save 25% on nearly all needles, moxibustion and acupuncture supplies excluding only
30mm and 40mm length needles. In September we will be receiving new inventory including new items and items that have recently sold out. If you have not tried
DongBang needles, take advantage of this sale to discover why so many have switched to this incredibly smooth and painless needle. Visit our Books and Products page to
see our current inventory.
Gaining Ground Summit The 2010 Gaining Ground Conference is targeted to practitioners and advocates across a range of fields working to advance and accelerate urban sustainability in Vancouver and North America. Gaining Ground 2010 intends to promote Vancouver's green economy, vision, culture, and achievements, and in all ways to assist Vancouver to become North America's first 'eco-logical' city - making it a front-runner in green practice and economy much as it has been in urban design and city-making for two decades. The conference, fully titled EcoLogical: The Power of Green Cities to Shape the Future, promotes alignment and stronger interaction between sectors: business, local government, civic leadership, communities, learning institutions, non-governmental and professional organizations. Scheduled for October 4-7, 2010, the Gaining Ground Conference is not to be missed. Please click here for more information.
6th IN-CAM Research Symposium The 6th IN-CAM Research Symposium, in collaboration with HomeoNet and PedCAM, will take place at The Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, BC, on November 19-21, 2010. With an on-going commitment to fostering excellence in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Health Care (IHC) research, the theme of the 6th Symposium is Complementary and Integrative Health Care: Methodological, Theoretical and Practical Issues. The Symposium is an excellent opportunity for CAM researchers and health care professionals from Canada and internationally to share, discuss, and critically debate their research findings. Past IN-CAM Research Symposia have been described as excellent networking opportunities, where new project ideas have evolved, research teams have formed, and graduate students have met their future supervisors. For more information, please click here.
Dr. Miki Shima to Present in Calgary Dr. Miki Shima, author of An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and The Medical I Ching, will present a 2-day seminar entitled "Intro to Extraordinary Vessel Acupuncture". This workshop scheduled for September 18-19 at the Glencoe Club in Calgary will cover topics such as extraordinary vessel acupuncture, pulse diagnosis, herbal medicine and case studies. For more information, please click here.
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