Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day in Orange County with Dr. Mary Snyder, Integrated Acupuncture Service


Mary Snyder Acupuncturist Orange County

Dr. Snyder: Now, the reason I went to two high schools, just so you know, is that they built Fountain Valley High School and they didn’t have enough kids to go there. So they changed the school boundaries when I became, when I was about 14 years. So, I had to go to Fountain Valley High School. No Barons, not go Barons.

Anyway, I’m passing around a handout that you can look at later. I’m sure you’re going to read it in detail. You know I’ve been fooling around talking about deer antler drops and you know all those kinds of things. Because I have mentioned a couple times, I really would like to have your attention and understand a little bit about what acupuncture and oriental medicine can really do for you and for your friends and family. And so, not that deer antler drops aren’t the great end-all for us great Baby Boomers but.

Business Growth Innovators Member: Who you calling a Baby Boomer?

Dr. Snyder:: Well, you know, you know who you are. Okay. Part of my focus actually is becoming more about anti-aging and age reversal and longevity. So, that is kind of where we’re heading. But I do treat families and children also. But what I gave you here, October 24. Don’t forget it. Mark it on your calendars, is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day. So, I gave you the press release that is out, released by the National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, excuse me, the NCCAOM, excuse me, which is the national organization that certifies the schools and practitioners.

The reason that we’re having the National Acupuncture Day is to raise everyone’s awareness about acupuncture and oriental medicine but also to emphasize the importance of having the right practitioner. So, that’s kind of an important thing to know. So, I also handed you an acupuncture and oriental medicine fact sheet that does have a little table on it about what the World Health Organization says acupuncture can treat. But there’s a lot more besides what is on this page.

So, you know, a lot of you probably think you come to an acupuncture clinic because of pain. Of course, I heard a lot of you talk about your pain and I haven’t seen you but, you know who you are. But a lot of internal medicine problems are treated very effectively with acupuncture. So, in response to the public’s increasing use of acupuncture and oriental medicine and in response to the fact that there’s a widespread movement to take the mystery and the unknown quality of acupuncture out of our thinking and change our conditioning, the National Institutes of Health developed an office for alternative medicine.

So, it is called the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. They are the ones who are making sure practitioners are going to a higher level of care. So, just so you know the little letters behind my name, not that I want to go with titles or anything. My patients say, “Shall I call you Dr. Snyder or Dr. Mary?” I go, “Just call me Mary, that’s my name.” To take the mystery out of that part. But the LAC means Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed under the Department of Consumer Affairs, which is a California organization.

DAOM is a rather new title. It’s Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. You’ll see people out there with OMDB behind their name, but it’s not a recognized now title. Their going for the DAOM. You’ll see a lot of licensed acupuncturists if you’re looking for someone and you’re not looking for me. And that’s OK. Just so you’ll go. But there’s a lot of LAC’s, but there’s not a lot of DAOM’s, yet. But many of the schools are working to get accredited so that they will be considered legal, not legal, but highly qualified. And the school that I went to in Santa Monica for my doctoral college is highly qualified and now is one of the 8 accredited schools in the United States.

So, the focus of the DAOM program and the one that I took is Integrated Medicine, And what that means is that we’re trying to take what’s been considered alternative medicine and have it become mainstream, because the effects and benefits from acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are partially what you see on this little sheet. But also above and beyond what we see on the sheet.

So, we are in a society where a lot of people are aging, and I just want to tell you this, that aging is normal, but decay is not. And a lot of people are thinking and I’ve heard many people say, “You know what, I’m just breaking down, I’m getting old.” People I am 63 years old. I have 7 grand kids. I don’t think I look 63. I don’t think I act 63. I tribute a lot of it to the fact that I’ve acupuncture for more than 14 or 15 years. Everybody else can do this too.

There’s not one person that you know, that does not need acupuncture. Not one person. It’s a movement. It’s a change in our thinking. It’s a change in our mindset. It’s a change in our conditioning that is being pushed by the tide of higher intellectual thinking people are coming into. All of us, in a way, have a purpose. Well, all of us have a purpose. And all of us should be working on our purpose. If we feel well and we are functioning well, we will be able to work to help everybody else. I know that’s a little idealistic but truth is that there’s no turning back. The tides are pushing us towards all of us, taking charge of our health.

Instead of being in the authoritative medicine, sick chair industry has been our model for only a hundred or so years. And going towards what we call collaborative medicine. Meaning that you are in charge of your health and your practitioner is the one who helps you get there.  That has been going on for more than 3,000 years. 100, 3,000 let’s see where we find ourselves as we change our thinking. Go back to our natural roots and see if we can lower the cost of healthcare by preventing illness and disease and decay. So, anybody have any questions?

Audience member 2: How did you start up? It was obviously like a conscience decision to kind of get into this.

Dr. Snyder: Yes well, I had a family member who had cancer and I had already been going back to school. Court reporter, sitting there on a little machine for a longtime, producing transcripts, and listening to everybody see with everybody else. Sorry attorneys. Hey Kip. Where bad things happen to good people. I knew there was more for me than that.

So I had an interest and when the family member was getting chemotherapy and had a stroke. And we’re all standing around and the neurologist walks out and he said, “Yes, he had a stroke, he has cancer.” Oh no. Chemo patients have heart attacks and strokes all the time is what the neurologist said. And it was like a defining moment for me because I just thought that was not right. Nobody told anybody that person was let go because they did not want to rehabilitate him because he had terminal cancer so they didn’t do anything about his stroke. And he passed away in three months.

With that, I did a lot research, I started reading, I dropped out from some of the classes I taking and I went back and dug deep and I found the consensus statement by the National Institution of Health, that says acupuncture is recommended  to chemo patients to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Right then and there I went, okay, I have to go do this. I did it. I thought I was going to be doing it more as a hobby, and here I am. One more minute. Anybody else? Ron.

Business Growth Innovators Member: Something like ADHD, how is that treated because it’s like an ongoing issue and how does acupuncture help?

Dr. Snyder: We look at it as in imbalance in some of the neurotransmitters and also I believe there’s an imbalance in the energy flow, possibly due to the widespread use of ultrasounds neuro and toxic chemicals put into vaccinations and those types of things, not that I’m saying stop giving your kids shots. So with that the electrical system of the body is reregulated by acupuncture to try bring it back to its natural electrical flow, where the organs, the nervous system the brain, everything is receiving these signals that the needles are conducting around the body. It’s basically your electricity 101.

I do not take children off their medication. I attempt to work with the family and doctor and with the family feels comfortable with. I’m talking adults too with ADHD . The medication can possibly be lowered with doctor’s permission or the parents working that way. But I do think it’s a modern day issue.

So how are we going to adapt? So we have adapted for millions of years to all the changes and our bodies have sort of a combination. Okay, I’m going to get dinged. I can go on and on. Anybody want to talk to me, want to come to my office for a consultation, I do a free consultation so you’ll know I’m not a voodoo woman and that I actually have something to say and to help people.

Dr. Mary Snyder Integrated Acupuncture Service

If you live in Orange County, California and are looking for acupuncture as an alternative treatment give Dr. Mary Snyder a call.

18430 Brookhurst St. Suite 102
Fountain Valley, CA 92708