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March 9, 2007
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Dear Sarah,

Recycle Your Energy Community Acupuncture Events
April 22, 2007 - Earth Day

A non-toxic, pesticide free event for individuals, families, and communities that is good for the environment.

Please consider holding an event on or near this date to support AWB's programs, and to promote your own work.

We will send you a great poster and materials you need to do a community acupuncture event.

Contact  for information and to receive a packet. 

Thanks to Leonard Sokolov (CO) for coming up with the great name for this event!  


We are happy to announce that AWB has received its official IRS 501C(3) tax- exempt status!

All past donations are retroactively tax deductible going back to the start of the organization.

March 2007 photo of trailer park in New Orleans
Gulf Coast
Hurting Mentally,Emotionally, Spiritually, Physically
(from March 7, 2007 email)

The Gulf Coast is frankly in sad shape, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
To give an idea, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mental health services so far have totaled $24.3 million for 260,000 residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and that's not coming close to meeting the need.
How bad is it? According to a new study jointly conducted by the Columbia University National Center for Preparedness and the Children's Health Fund, up to 35,000 children - one-third of them across the Gulf Coast still displaced by Hurricane Katrina - are plagued by mental health, behavioral and school problems. Many of those children's parents are depressed, leaving them unable to help the children, according to Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the center and president of the health fund.
As The Hattiesburg American newspaper has pointed out, the numbers in the study are staggering. More than 60 percent of the parents and caregivers tested for high anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the report. Even more staggering is the number of children still living in FEMA trailers - not just in the trailer parks set up after the storm but in many neighborhoods that were devastated. Those numbers are somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000, although Redlener said he is "quite comfortable" in saying that 25,000 to 35,000 of them are in serious trouble.
These mental health problems among children -- the innocents --  is cause for concern.

AWB is raising money to go back to New Orleans. We need to raise $10,000.00 immediately to continue our program. Please consider donating something to help this effort and/or help us find businesses that would like to sponsor this work.

In May we will be holding a training for the public in New Orleans, teaching basic Chinese medicine techniques for self care, including the NADA ear protocol using ear seeds, qigong and acupressure - offering tools for people to be able to help themselves in an ongoing manner.

The AAAOM has generously offered to host this training at their May 9-13th  conference in New Orleans. We hope to see you there! Go to for conference information, or
Click Here.

We welcome donations of cash and supplies to support this event (please contact about supply donation needs).

Click Here to Donate to New Orleans Program

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Other AWB News and Events
  • Upcoming Trainings (16 CEU's, NCCAOM and CA approved): Bay Area (March 23-25), Boston (March 30-April 1), New York (June 1-3), Chicago (Oct. 12-14). Pending confirmation - Maryland, Seattle, Maine. For more information email
  • We have been invited to do a presentation to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in May.
  • We are doing a training for the public at the AAAOM conference (see description above). We have also been invited to do a presentation at the banquet luncheon at the conference.
  • We have been invited by Yo San University to speak at their graduation in March.
  • We have been invited by NADA to join a panel presentation at their conference in May.

AWB Wish List

No, we are not wishing for more portapotties! But we do really need the following:

Volunteer Lawyer (for specific questions, not a huge time commitment)

Treasurer for Board

Volunteer Grantwriter

Lapel microphone

Powerpoint projector

 Tent City, New Orleans                                        Desktop computer


                                                                 Please email

Last night I watched the movie "A Raisin in the Sun", based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry. This was my favorite book in 5th grade. At one point the grandmother says: "There's always something left to love. When do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When he's done good and made things easy for everybody? No, no --- no, that ain't the time at all. It's when he's at his lowest and he can't believe in himself because the world done whipped him so. You make sure you've taken into account the hills and the valleys to get to where he is."

Diana Fried, Executive Director
Acupuncturists Without Borders

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