To EDUCATE, MOTIVATE and EMPOWER the individual to take charge of their own health. To attain vitality and a strong immune system using, exercise, proper nutrients and healthy lifestyles.
By empowering patients to make educated health-care decisions they can achieve the level of wellness they desire.
We appreciate our clients who take the time to give us feedback on our services. We always like to know how well we are meeting our clients goals and expectations and whether we are living up to the high standards we have set ourselves.
“To educate, motivate and empower the individual to take charge of their own health. To attain vitality and a strong immune system using, exercise, proper nutrients and healthy lifestyles"
We focus on Health, Detoxification, building a strong immune system, advise patients on healthy lifestyles including; diet, exercise, sound/restorative sleep, supplements, physical, mental, and emotional health. We educate patients on their health-care options, create awareness about health and disease and various risk/rewards of treatment protocols. We focus on resolving the underlying problems, not simply treating the symptoms.
By empowering patients to make educated health-care decisions they can achieve the level of wellness they desire.
Richard Smithee, master of oriental medicine / Acupuncture & Chiropractic
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego California US
License to practice acupuncture since november 17, 2003 by Secretaría de Salud Sonora.
Educate, motivate and empower the individual to take charge of their own health.
Chinese medicine is a system of preserving health and curing disease using natural, non-invasive forms of treatment such as acupuncture, nutrition/diet, herbal therapy, massage therapy and chiropractic therapy.
Acupuncture is founded on the relationship of the flow of energy between the organs and the circulation of energy along a system of channels or meridians. By stimulating the body’s various systems acupuncture is capable not only of cure but also prevention. Prevention is unquestionably the highest form of medicine.
Food does much more than simply provide you with fuel. It may promote or worsen health depending on what you eat. A nutrient-dense diet of whole foods has been shown to prevent many chronic diseases and may help treat many conditions.
The ancient art of bone-setting or as it is known in China as die-da. Uses spinal alignment and adjustments of the joints and/or musculoskeletal system to maintain healthy nerve conduction. Nerves make all muscular contraction possible and transmit all sensations to the brain, and make possible our sight, sense of smell, taste, touch and hearing.
All of these testimonials are on file in our clinic for your review. Some of the testimonials below have been modified for clarity from their original Spanish language.
Prostate Cancer: I want to share my experience because I want the general public to know that CANCER is not the end of life. I am an Acupuncturist, and for me it was a wakeup call to take better care of myself! After a Urinary Infection I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. My options according to my medical doctor and surgeon were as follows: 1) Prostate Surgery that included removing my lymph nodes and tissue around the prostate. 2) Radiation or Chemotherapy to make sure the cancer has been removed. 3) Medication in the form of pills to help with the side effects of the surgery, chemo and/or radiation. I was told EMPHATICALLY and FORCEFULLY that I had to do this procedure as soon as possible because cancer is a deadly disease and has to be attacked right away and cancer cannot be healed. Of course, after all this there were no guaranties that I would be cancer free. I practice Oriental Medicine so I know from personal experience, and that of my patient’s, that our bodies are capable of healing themselves naturally, when we help and give them a chance. Lucky for me, a couple of weeks earlier I had met Richard Smithee, an acupuncturist in Guaymas, so when the BAD news was given to me I called Richard for an appointment. When he asked, “How can I help you?” I told him “I need a miracle” and handed him the paper with the diagnosis, he read it and said, “Let me share with you – everybody has cancer cells in their body, even babies; the difference between an active cancer and an inactive cancer is determined by the strength of our immune system. I do not cure cancer! But, by strengthening the immune system and detoxifying the body and modifying lifestyle choices we can nourish the body to heal its self.” We started the healing process that day and I followed the protocol Richard prescribed and I am CANCER FREE now. It has been a humbling, easy and interesting experience for me because being a health practitioner I had been taking care of myself. I was positive that I would not grow things like cancer in my body, but it happened and I am a wiser and healthier person because of it. Based on my experience with CANCER, it is a gentle and effective way to deal with cancer by addressing the root problems that caused it.
Migraine Headaches: I want to take a moment to express my appreciation for Richard Smithee and the medical help he has given me. When I first met Richard he was immediately able to see, even without asking me, that I was suffering medically. When he asked how I was feeling I sensed that he really cared and was not just asking out of politeness. I explained to him about the migraine headaches I had been suffering with since a child and he immediately told me he could help. I had recently been hospitalized on an emergency basis for a migraine. The treatment was ineffective. During the last 5 months of treatment from Richard, he has solved my migraine problems with acupuncture, deep massage therapy and proper nutrition. His hands-on, total body approach to medicine has made such a difference in my life. Richard takes the time to ask many questions to help him determine the correct approach to healing. He always takes the time to explain the reasons for his questions and how the body is connected. His genuine concern for people is very evident. I feel very confident in Richard’s ability to help people. I have suggested his services to several people and will continue to recommend him. To me, Richard will always be my healer and teacher. Anyone who looks to him for medical help will receive tremendous medical knowledge, experience and genuine caring.
Painful Menstruation: Thank you for giving me such relief from the terrible pain I had been experiencing each month. My menstruation cramps were so bad, they put me to bed for two days out of every month. I was unable to perform at my job, or do anything else. Your regular acupuncture treatments soon gave me relief from my pain. I no longer dread that “time of the month” anymore. Your skillful, gentle touch in your work and your knowledgeable and careful decision making in patient care management provide me, and all your patients with the best holistic health care. I highly recommend your care to family, friends, and acquaintances. I can certainly verify your effectiveness and your techniques to anyone who wishes to achieve true health. Thank you again for providing me with such expert and thoughtful care. Sincerely.
Shoulder Pain - Rotator Cuff Injuries: Over the last 10 years I have had 3 surgeries on my right shoulder for Rotator Cuff problems. Since my last surgery, whenever there has been any pain, I have gone to Richard Smithee for acupuncture and I have been amazed at the amount of pain relief that occurs. I have decided that 3 surgeries were more than enough and I do not want the possibility of there being any more damage done than I already have. The acupuncture works wonders and after 20 – 30 minutes I feel like my old self again.
Pain – Low Back/Legs, Fingers/Hands/Wrists (Waiting for surgery): I am writing this at 8 A.M. Sunday morning, because I can’t wait to tell you on Wednesday. Last night after my 5th treatment I was able to move m left leg up to rest above my right knee. I said a prayer. I hadn’t been able to do this for over 5 months. This morning I was able to do stretching exercises without pain. Then when I raised my left leg to rest on my right knee to tie my shoe, I was elated. I could not even force it before, because the pain was so severe. The pain in my hands was the reason I came to the Passport To Health. When my medical doctors told me I would have to have double surgeries in both hands and wrists, I knew I had to try Alternative Medical choices. For 2 years I haven’t been able to stand at the sink and finish doing dishes without stopping and sitting down to rest. For the last two days I have completed this chore without stopping, without back or leg pain, and only 2 weeks of 4 treatments. Now you know why I had to write to you. The caring, gentleness you give to people proves you are using your knowledge and use of this God Given Gift. Hope this letter will suffice until I can thank you in person. Sincerely,
Diabetes with High Glucose – Cholesterol and Triglycerides: My diabetes problem started many years ago, at the beginning I could control it more or less, four years ago my problems got worse. I had very high glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides. I received medical attention but I could not control the problem. In August my test results were; Glucose 364 Cholesterol 543 Triglycerides 1160 I had strong problems with colitis, atrocious constipation; I might go to the bathroom once a week, but only after taking a lot of things. Also, I had strong pain in all my bones and the joints in my hands and feet, also sciatic pain. In the clinic Pasaporte a la Salud doctor Richard Smithee started me on a program that included acupuncture, diet of fruit, cereal, vegetable and supplements. I began to clean out my intestines. In October my test results were; Glucose 224 Cholesterol 294 Triglycerides 391 Then after a Christmas party without a diet my test results were; Glucose 229 Cholesterol 227 Triglycerides 264 I thank doctor Richard Smithee and his team of for their work, now I feel very good, even though I had a lot of family problems, I keep myself cam and I can sleep; before I had insomnia. .
Facial Blemish removed from 7 year old child: Making the shift from traditional medicine to a more holistic health care is not always a clear-cut decision. When my 7-year old daughter woke up one morning with a red bump on the side of her nose next to her eye, I didn’t think much of it until after four weeks it was still there and not budging. I took her to the regular doctor who looked at it and gave us a weeks’ worth of topical antibiotic, one week no change. The doctor said it was probably scar tissue and would not go away. At this point I was a little upset as this bump was a real mar on the beauty of my child. The doctor put her on a 19 day supply of antibiotics for skin conditions, nothing changed. After six weeks of this I thought I would try calling Passport To Health, although skeptical I put her into the loving hands of Richard Smithee, L.Ac. He did what was called surrounding the dragon, putting 4 needles all around the affected area and to my great surprise Jasmine didn’t mind a bit after several visits she even fell asleep after the needles were inserted and had to be carried to the car afterwards, sound asleep. It took a few treatments as the wound was quite deep, the red bump is gone and I am certain that there will be no scar. By the way, the next step the medical doctors were going to take was to shoot it full of steroids and if that failed, try surgery. I feel that acupuncture is a much better alternative as it allows the body to heal itself without bombarding it with toxic chemical and unnecessary surgeries. I was so impressed with how Jasmine took to Richard, and believe me I am not won over easily, that myself, my husband and also my 12 year old son are receiving treatments for various conditions. After my treatments my friends have commented how well I look without knowing that I had been treated. Sincerely and with high recommendation to Richard Smithee.
You Don’t Realize What You Have, Until It Is Gone! I have been your patient for the last two years and have experienced what wonderful healing properties acupuncture and massage have given me. I felt compelled to write and share with others my recent revelation about my treatments. There is an adage “You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone.” I had been receiving acupuncture treatments regularly once a week for the last year and a half. After the first of the year, I somehow let my professional and personal life dictate all of my time. I was lulled into a false belief that I was “too busy” to call and make an appointment. As more time passed, I noticed I was starting to once again, get tension headaches and lower backaches. My periods were painful and I suffered from PMS. My energy level went way down and I felt fatigued. These symptoms had all but disappeared during my regular treatments with you To sum it up, I didn’t realize how effective your excellent care had been until I stopped seeing you. I didn’t know what good health and feeling well truly was until it was gone. Now that I have resumed my regular sessions with you I am feeling much, much, better. I am a believer more now than ever in the powerful effects that regular acupuncture and massage treatments offer. You are an effective and knowledgeable healer, with the added bonus to your patients of being kind and caring. I will continue to refer my friends and family to you and your practice. Yours in health,
Uterine Myoma and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) At the age of 23 I began to have a lot of pain in my menstrual periods, I consulted my gynecologist and I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts and a fibroid in the womb, the doctor's recommendation was surgery. I went to Passport to Health with Dr. Richard Smithee and he developed an acupuncture plan for me, I was also oriented to a change in eating habits and lifestyle. After finishing my treatment / program in Passport to Health, I returned to my gynecologist and we discovered that all my reproductive system was free of cysts and the fibroid was no longer. That is why I recommend Passport to Health and I am very grateful to Dr. Richard Smithee for his kind and discreet attention.
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder): When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and placed under medical-psychiatric care for one year suffering with strong depression. I had also been taking natural remedies that my grandmother had given me, along with other people who understood about “herbs or folk medicine” many remedies and maybe a little relief, but not what I was looking for. I read in the internet that Chinese medicine has a very strong effect on depression, anxiety, and for people with drug problems. I made an appointment with Richard Smithee in the clinic Pasaporte a la Salud, an Oriental medicine clinic.. After some explications, which in that moment I didn’t understand by my state of mind, I got my treatment, it was like I came back to the life, after many years of sadness without any reason, and depression without knowing why, afraid of everything. Sometimes afraid to go out of the door of my house. I was able to reinstate my daily activities, I could go back to the school, and I could recuperate my lucidity and my happiness, I able to get back to enjoying life. Currently I am salesperson, I am married and I have a daughter, I can feel happiness thanks to the treatment that I found here at Pasaporte a la Salud, and I highly recommend Oriental medicine and the experience is something I value greatly Ah!!! A comment I miss in my talk, my recovery was 80% in only 15 days, the balance was getting better step by step, this disorder was chronic, but in 15 days I recovered the love for life ….a grace life.