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Hugged by an Octopus!!

So. You may or may not know about this particular aspect of me. Either way, I think you'll find this post interesting, but just to warn you, I have included a picture that some of you might find a little... shocking. I hid it behind a link, but I just wanted to make sure I warned you.

Since moving to California, I have become increasingly interested in living a cleaner, more natural life, including becoming a vegetarian, recycling as much as possible and seeking ways to improve my overall health without drugs or other "traditional medicinal" means. (Yes, Mom. I know. Whatever it is you're thinking, I know.)

It sounds crazy, right? It sounds like I've totally bought into the whole California crunchy-granola thing and I have joined the ranks of the famed Fruits-and-Nuts. Maybe. I'll admit to a certain level of that. But I've also maintained a reasonable amount of skepticism and have been pleasantly surprised with how often these things have worked in my favor.

Vegetarianism, in addition to lowering my cholesterol and helping me to avoid fear of Mad Cow Disease completely, also helped me drop 35 lbs. in a few months.

Recycling means that we have roughly one full kitchen bag of garbage to put on the curb per week. This includes all the garbage cans in the house. (I plan to start composting, as well, to lessen the organic material that I'm throwing away.)

Improving my health "naturally", as you know from reading this blog, means that I've lost 30 lbs. (about 25 of which I gained back after the veggie thing), making me the size now that I was when I was a junior in high school. I have done with no surgery, no diet drugs, no liposuction, and without starving myself. It has also sent me to look for alternative ways to deal with muscle soreness, stress and my ever-present migraines. It has sent me to acupuncture.

Before you ask, here are the answers to your questions:

  • No, it doesn't hurt.
  • No, the needles don't freak me out, mostly because I pretty much don't see them. My eyes are closed when she puts them in and then I take and nap, waking only she returns to remove the needles
  • No, they don't bleed.
  • Yes, I do believe it has helped me. It's the most relaxing hour of my week and I always return to work feeling nice and relaxed.
  • You're right. It might be complete quackery. I'm still holding judgement on that point.
  • Yes, it's a little expensive, but I'm okay with that if it improves my health and does so with minimal chemicals and drugs and other ways to muck with my already-wacky body.

There. Did that get the bulk of them?

Moving right along. You may have wondered about the title of this post. Well, today my acupuncturist tried something new (new for me - not for her). It's called cupping and it's supposed to help with... well, all kinds of things, but in my case, we were working on a severe case of muscle soreness following some serious weight lifting earlier this week. So, just like in the Wikipedia entry (if you followed the link), she lit a match to heat the air in the cup, then stuck it to my back while the air was still warm, so suction was created and it stayed where it was stuck.

She told me it might leave a mark, but not to panic, and that the mark was temporary. I didn't think much of it - expected maybe a faint little mark - and went about my day. When I got home, I realized I hadn't had a chance to look in the mirror or anything since my appointment this afternoon, so I asked Schondy to look at my back and tell me if there was a mark. I think his response was "Wow! Um, yes!"

So... check it out.


(Image obscured to protect your eyes.)

Crazy, huh? And... quite like being hugged by an octopus.

Here are the answers to your questions:

  • No, it didn't hurt when she put them on me.
  • No, it doesn't hurt now, either.
  • You're right. It might be complete quackery. I'm still holding judgement on that point.

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