HRart Worker Book Club.2022-5

An Altar Boy Goes East

With Ted O’Brien

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On this episode of the HRart Worker Book Club Podcast, Samm interviews Medical Qigong Therapist, Acupuncturist and lead instructor at the East Coast Institute of Medical Qigong, Ted O’Brien, about his book An Altar Boy Goes East.

Growing up a devout Catholic and typical workaholic American whose stress-heavy lifestyle was making him sick, Ted found the answers to his healing journey when he traveled East. Learn a bit more about what Ted discovered, his insights into the tension that exists between Christianity and Eastern philosophies, and why An Altar Boy Goes East is the book that confirmed for Samm that Qigong would be the next step on her own healing journey. You won’t want to miss this next episode of the HRart Worker Book Club!

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About the Guest

Ted O’Brien

Ted O’Brien is a gifted healer, author, and teacher, practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 20 years.  After healing himself of numerous maladies in his early twenties, using a variety of ancient techniques, Ted has parlayed his knowledge and experience into a career of inspiring others to awaken their innate abilities to heal.  

Ted is a Medical Qigong Therapist, Acupuncturist and the lead instructor at the East Coast Institute of Medical Qigong. He’s performed thousands of patient treatments, teaches students on every level, from elementary school to Medical students, writes regular articles on Holistic health and authored the inspiring, 5-star rated book, An Altar Boy Goes East.  In this memoire, Ted shares his journey to the Far East and compares the healing abilities of Master’s from the East to that of Jesus Christ. More so, he explains how every human can unlock their God-given healing abilities by utilizing simple, time tested, Ancient meditative techniques.

Ted’s passion for helping others through his healing gifts finds expression in the treatment room, in the classroom and in his writing. Every acupuncture treatment is augmented with Medical Qigong intention, imbuing the needling protocols with even more focused and deep healing. His Medical Qigong treatments are profound, opening his patent’s mind to previously unknown healing potential. In the classroom, Ted allows each student to find his or her own path within the ancient Daoist teachings. The sharing and growth experienced by his students is an indelible part of the classes.

Recognized for his knowledge of TCM, Ted taught classes at the George Washington University Medical School during the five years he was on staff at the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, where he currently acts as a consultant.

Ted has performed dozens of public lectures and teaches classes on Acupuncture and Medical Qigong throughout the East Coast at major colleges, universities and medical schools including his Alma Mata, UMass/Amherst. For two years he assisted Dr. Xiao Ming Tian, Policy Member of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Ted received his Master’s in Medical Qigong Therapy from the International Institute of Medical Qigong, studying with Qigong Master Jerry Alan Johnson in 2004.

He received his Master’s in Acupuncture in 1999 from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, studied with Sam McClelland at the New England Institute of Integrative Acupressure and holds a BS in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts.

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