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Anthony Lorenzo, LAc.

Anthony Lorenzo, Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc.)
Anthony Lorenzo, Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc.)

Anthony Lorenzo is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc.), who completed his training at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, in 2011 with a Master’s degree in oriental medicine and Bachelor’s degree in health science.

An Ohio licensed practitioner since 2012, Anthony received his acupuncture education at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, founded by Dr. Leon Hammer who wrote the book on oriental medical psychology (Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies). Anthony is well trained in treating emotional and mood disorders, addiction therapy,  and in the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Anthony also practices a unique system of acupuncture learned in an apprenticeship with a master who has almost 40 years of experience. Anthony’s mentor/teacher learned the system via an apprenticeship in Japan.  The system of acupuncture practiced by Anthony originates from an ancient lineage that has been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years. He also utilizes Richard Tan’s balance method and applied kinesiology (muscle testing) adapted to oriental medicine for diagnosis.  Anthony uses smaller needles and less manipulation of needles to stimulate Qi (life force) flow.  Magnets can be used instead of needles for those who can’t relax with needles.

Anthony’s particular style of acupuncture is not practiced by anyone else in the Cleveland metropolitan area and is unique to the specific lineage he apprenticed with to learn from.  Anthony practices what would best be described as a Japanese style 5 Elements.  He uses some of Master Tong and Richard Tan’s methods also.

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Professor Shakoor, MA

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Professor K. Shakoor is a master of Usui Reiki.  He has been practicing yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Aikido/Jiu Jitsu for over 40 years.  He teaches his own system that combines techniques from yoga and Qi Gong that he calls Mahaah-Roo Yoga.  He also holds a masters degree in oriental medicine.

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Janis Gain, Reiki Master

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Janis Gain LPN is a Reiki Master of two different systems of Reiki:  Usui and Practical/Kundalini systems of Reiki.  Janis offers Reiki treatment and attunements in either or both systems of Reiki at Lorenzo Holistic Health Center.  She has been a practitioner of Reiki since her attunement 20 years ago.  Janis has been a nurse for 43 years.  Janis is also a graduate of The Silva Method. She studied methods of meditation and self development with a shaman and a guru.

After 17 years working as a nurse, starting her career at the Cleveland Clinic, Janis herniated a disc in her back lifting a patient.  In an attempt to resolve her pain, Janis had 3 back surgeries each following herniation again of the disc.  Though they managed to keep her functional enough to stay off of pain medications, she was never pain free and the relief never lasted very long.  After her doctor recommended a 4th surgery, Janis began her in depth search for alternative ways to heal her pain.  She found Reiki, the Sylva Method, and acupuncture via a meditation group she frequented and decided to give these methods a try.  Within 6 months, she was pain free.  She is still largely pain free today and uses these modalities to maintain a state of health and live a pain free life.

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Building up the Kidneys

A lot of illness that’s chronic comes from long term abuse from poor diet, lack of exercise, traumatic injury, stress, not enough rest, pregnancy, or other sources.  There are some gender differences here that need to be explored.

First, let’s talk about what you can eat or do differently to help rebuild kidney energy.  There are two substances that I personally recommend that anyone can acquire at a local health food store:  royal jelly, and cordyceps mushrooms.  Royal jelly nourishes Kidney Yin and Cordyceps strengthens Kindey Yang.  Both are fairly mild and easy for most people to tolerate.  Also, bone marrow soup helps strengthen the kidneys.  Placenta is another substance that builds Kidney energy.  Also, eating organ meat–the kidney, specifically–is another good way to strengthen the Kidney.  It should go without saying, when I recommend animal products, it is always with the reservation that they should be free range or grass fed animals that were allowed to mature normally eating food they naturally eat, as well as free from hormones, toxins (pesticides, glyphosate, etc.), and antibiotics as none of these are good for you to ingest into your bodies.

The Kidney energy is affected in the Winter time.  If we observe nature, plants shed their leaves and a lot of animals go dormant during this time of year.  It’s a time to get lots of rest and not to overexert ourselves.  The Kidneys also do not like people to be up on their feet and working after 9pm.  According to Chinese medicine, we are supposed to be laying down and relaxing by 9pm.

For women specifically, pregnancy (whether aborted, miscarried, or delivered) is terribly taxing on a woman’s body.  This is often what causes a Kidney deficiency to show up.

For men, the semen contains a man’s Kidney energy and can be shed with each ejaculatory orgasm.  Yes, that includes masturbation as well.  Men can learn to have orgasms without ejaculation though.  There is a great book on this by Mikio Sankey called “The Multi-Orgasmic Man.”  This book has the teachings necessary to teach this skill that is essential to preserve a man’s life force.

How to make bone marrow soup:  place soup bones in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes.  Remove and put into a pot with clean water.  Add 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar or lemon/lime juice to the water.  Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 4-24 hours.  Strain out the bones, season to taste, and you have bone marrow soup!  :-)

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Basic Health and Lifestyle Information

Often, there are many things I want to talk with patients about who are determined to live healthier that they can easily take home and put to use. So here is a list of lifestyle changes for people to easily refer to.

1. No stressful activity during or directly after meals. That means no eating while driving, working, watching news, reading, studying, having stressful conversations, etc. I routinely walk out of restaurants that play the TV while I am trying to eat for this reason. I also refuse to have conversations about politics or religion with people I don’t agree with during my meals or to discuss stressful activities. This ultimately diverts blood flow away from the intestines/stomach and impedes digestion. Also, no standing or walking around while eating. We should be relaxed and stress free during and after meals and allow our digestion to happen under optimal conditions.
2. Chew your food more. The more we chew, the less hard our stomach has to work to mechanically break down food and the faster and easier food breaks down into easily absorbed components our bodies can assimilate. “Chewing effects article”
3. We should consume no more than 6 oz. of liquid 10 minutes before and 45 minutes after meals, and never cold temperature beverages (with or without meals). Those that have had a basic chemistry class should remember from chemistry that when you dilute a reaction or reduce the temperature, the reaction takes longer to happen.  So cold and too much dilution have the same effect on your body’s digestion (with HCl and enzymes) also.
4. Sitting for long periods of time or standing for long periods of time both are damaging to the body’s life force. If you have a desk job, get up and move a little bit every hour, and vice versa for occupations where you are on your feet for too long.
5. Throw away your microwave. Microwaving food damages the nutrients in the food and creates toxins if overcooked or leached from plastic containers. Also, the non-ionizing radiation your microwave gives off is harmful to you and every other life form near it… the greater the distance you are from it while it is operating, the better. Do not especially microwave foods in plastic as this can cause Bisphenols and other toxic chemicals to leach out of plastic into your food. Switch to toaster ovens. I know some workplaces provide no alternatives, but a toaster oven is fairly cheap… if your boss won’t obtain one for the workplace, get your co-workers to chip in. Thrift stores often have used ones very cheap. Microwaved popcorn is about the worst food you can eat. If you can’t give up your microwave, at least only cook things in glass, porcelain or ceramic containers. “Microwave information and data”
6. Do not eat corn or soy if conventionally produced (only organic). “Soy is arguably unhealthy” even if organic unless fermented AND organic (tofu, tempeh, etc.). Both are genetically modified at this point and sprayed with toxic weed killers (Roundup/glyphosate) that are showing up in peoples’ urine in studies and pesticides. I would also avoid all genetically modified foods.
7. Refined sugars are not good for you in any amounts. Sugar causes inflammation in the body. High fructose corn syrup is the worst and has been found in some studies to contain trace amounts of mercury (which is not good for you in ANY amount). Stevia is a healthy alternative if it is not extracted with toxic chemicals. I also recommend locally produced, raw honey, but that still needs to be consumed in moderation.  Also, raw honey should be avoided with children younger than 2 years of age.
8. Avoid all artificial sweeteners, but especially aspartame and sacharin. “Aspartame is a neurotoxin” that breaks down to wood alcohol, or methanol, a known carcinogen. It is found in most diet sodas and almost all chewing gum. It is the blue packet marketed as nutrasweet. Sacharin (the pink packets) has caused cancer in lab rats in one study, although the data is inconclusive to prove this connection. Splenda is still too new to tell, but I wouldn’t take any chances with my body if I were you.
9. Avoid all food dyes. Food dyes have been linked to health problems in studies also.
10. Avoid cow’s milk. Milk transforms to phlegm in terms of Chinese medicine and is not at all in alignment with human nutritional needs. Butter, cheese and yogurt (from healthy, grass fed and organic sources) are ok in moderation.  Perhaps there is a benefit to local, organic, unpasteurized and unhomogenized milk that is from organic grass fed cows, but that is the only possible exception.
11. Avoid MSG (monosodium glutamate) in your diet. It is also labeled as autolyzed yeast and some other names. Read ingredient lists. MSG is a neuro excitatory compound that causes nerves in your tongue to be more sensitive. No telling what other effects it has on our nervous tissue, but I doubt it is good. “MSG article”
12. Eat mostly organic, but pay special attention to the annually released dirty dozen of foods tested which have the highest found concentrations of pesticides. For instance, apples, strawberries, corn, celery, spinach, and lettuce are all foods found to be laden with toxic pesticides and should always only be eaten organic. Broccoli, kiwis, and pineapple are ok to eat conventional produce. “Dirty Dozen link” And yes, organic food has more nutrients in it contrary to what you have been told, as well as significantly lower levels of glyphosate (Roundup) and pesticides.
13. Eat food when it is ripe and fresh, local as well if possible. Eating local supports local farmers, reduces the carbon footprint of your food production, and tastes better when it is fresh (also keeps longer in your refrigerator).
14. Avoid processed meats that contain nitrites. These include lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon, beef jerky, pepperoni, etc. Some stores offer nitrite free options… You have to read the label to make this determination. Nitrites are a known carcinogen (cancer causing substance) and should be avoided for that reason.  Organic options do not contain nitrites and more and more brands are available that do not contain nitrites.
15. Consume alkalizing foods and detoxifying substances. Green Magma, chlorofresh, wheat grass, lemon juice, lime juice, and (organic) apple cider vinegar are all good mild alkalizing substances that should be consumed on a daily basis for optimal health. “How to Get Well” by Dr. Paavo Airola is a good book on the topic of acid/alkaline food consumption. In our modern age, we are inundated with toxins and have to do things regularly to support our body’s functions of detoxification. Children are always at greater risk when it comes to toxicity.
16. Limit your exposure to “dirty electricity” and non-ionizing radiation. This is given off by numerous electronic devices: fuse boxes/circuit breakers (about a 4 foot radium circle), fluorescent light bulbs, dimmer switches, wifi, microwaves, and cellular phones are a few examples. For more information on the growing data in support of this danger, please see the article linked here by Prevention Magazine. To see information on how to protect yourself from “dirty electricity” or electromagnetic fields, see this article by Prevention Magazine.
17. Consider doing Qi Gong. Qi Gong is basically Chinese yoga, or exercises that move and gather Qi/energy into your body and improve your health. My favorite system to encourage people to do is Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, which the videos of how to do are found for FREE on the Web here, at this link (I have linked to the English speaker portion, but if you go to www.falundafa.org there are links to information in other languages for my non-English speaking visitors).
18. Don’t buy clothes that require dry cleaning. If you must go that route, or there is no other option for you, please try to find a dry cleaner that doesn’t use PERC. The chemicals used to clean dry cleaning are highly toxic and very volatile (diffuse into the air easily). At the very least, leave your dry cleaning on a patio or outdoors for 3 days prior to bringing them in the house so they aren’t diffusing into your home air and polluting the air you and your family are breathing.

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