Acupuncture Society of Virginia

Nutrition: The Forgotten Pillar of Chinese Medicine

  • 26 Apr 2014
  • 27 Apr 2014
  • Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA


  • 10% discount for members in these organizations. Your membership must be current.
  • Current member of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia. You must log in to register
  • All acupuncturists who are not a member of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia, AAAOM, Maryland Acupuncture Society, Acupuncture Society of DC and/or a student.
  • Current student at ACAOM accredited/candidate for accreditation acupuncture school. Must send us proof of enrollment.

Nutrition: The Forgotten Pillar of Chinese Medicine

With Will Mitchell, LAc, DOM, ACN 
and Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM, ACN 

April 26-27, 2014

14 PDAs NCCAOM approved & 14 CA CEUs approved
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 8am-5pm
Registration begins 30min prior to event
ASVA Annual Meeting Sunday 12-2pm

Description: Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners understood that nutrition was vital to the patient's health, but modern practitioners often encounter conflicting information they don't know how to apply. Current nutritional recommendations actually contribute to subclinical malnourishment, making your treatments less effective than they could be. Traditional diets were different than how we eat now, as evidenced by our rate of degenerative disease. With the intention of treating the root, and not the branch and symptoms, this course will discuss:

• the differences between traditional diets vs. current foods
• the fallacy of low-fat diets and the damage they cause
• being effective in reversing diabetes and insulin resistance
• what current subclinical malnourishment looks like, and where it comes from
• misunderstandings practitioners have about traditional Chinese diets
• what's accurate and inaccurate about topics ranging from soy to raw diets to the book The China Study

You will leave with a clear understanding about what's accurate and inaccurate in current food recommendations, diets, and fads, and the ability to better asses your patients' nutrition, and where it may be hampering their health and your treatments. You will learn skills you can immediately apply to improve patients' health and resources to further depend your knowledge. As a healthcare provider, patients rely on you for your knowledge, and being able to speak to them about nutritional topics is vital.

Will Mitchell, LAc, DOM, ACN and Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM, ACN successfully integrate nutrition, Western lab testing and Oriental medicine into a practice that specializes in functional medicine. They are both Licensed Acupuncturists by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and Doctors of Oriental Medicine by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and are nationally board certified by the NCCAOM. 

Marlene Merritt has a regular nutrition column in the journal Acupuncture Today, and is currently writing a book on how Americans have lost their common sense about food. She has been a lecturer for 20 years, speaking on topics ranging from anatomy and physiology, to nutrition, to communication and business. 

Will Mitchell, with a separate specialty in Japanese acupuncture, brings his degree in Microbiology to the technicality of nutrition, and teaches at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Bringing 10+ years of clinical experience, they are both enrolled in studies for a second Masters degree in Nutrition. In addition to their full-time clinical practice, they lecture to healthcare practitioners across the United States and in Canada, on issues ranging from diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, blood chemistry, nutrition, and celiac disease/gluten intolerance.

More Information on the Instructors and Topic:

Here is a link to Marlene's recent Acupuncture Today article, in the November 2013 issue: Traditional Diets, Modern Misunderstandings

Here is a link to a video from Marlene Merritt, L.Ac.  As part three of a four part series on the topic, she  discusses the confusion around various "diets" and why they may have worked in the past, but why they fail for most people now.

Location: Fairview Park Marriott 
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA 22042

This is the same location as the 2013 Annual Meeting and Seminar

Room Rate $95/night until April 3, 2014
The phone number to call is 1-800-228-9290 and the guests can ask for the "ASVA (Acupuncture
Society of Virginia) room block".

For some who would like to book online through our hotel's web site - , the
Group Code to type in the "Group Code" box is ASVASVA.

Seminar Cost: 

$325 non-member of organizations listed below

$292 current member of AAAOM, Maryland Acupuncture Society (MAS), and Acupuncture Society of the District of Columbia (ASDC)*

$275 current member of Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA) or student currently enrolled in ACAOM accredited or candidate for accreditation school*

* We will check to make sure you are current members of the organization listed above.  If you are not, you will be contacted and asked to pay the difference. If you are a student, please email us proof of enrollment.  

For ASVA Member Rate: Please log in to the website to take advantage of our great member rate! If you have any problems please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.

To Pay by Check: Please either fill out the online registration form without payment  and mail ASVA your check or fill out this form and mail it to ASVA with your check.  Mailing address: ASVA, 2308 Mt. Vernon Ave #218, Alexandria, VA 22301.  Make check payable to ASVA.

Cancellation Policy:
* One month or more prior to seminar date: Full refund minus $25 cancellation fee.

* One month to one week prior: 60% of tuition will be refunded.

* Less than one week prior or nonattendance: No refunds.

Event Contact:

For questions about the event or registration, please contact Sarah Shupe L.Ac at or 703-217-7124

Acupuncture Society of Virginia
2308 Mt Vernon Ave #218
Alexandria, VA 22301

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