The 5-minute cook?

Paleo Reset Diet Chris Kresser has great recipes as an adjunct to his book The Paleo Cure for doing the 30-day reset diet.  However, if it takes more than  5 minutes of MY time, I sometimes have a real hard time keeping up with whipping up the tasty meals.  And so, I thought I’d share … read more

NIX & PICKS – Shopping Tips

The purpose of this blog is to post tips on recommendations and things to avoid.  There are lots of resources for these things but my posts will be in response to conversations I have with my acupunture patients.  This could include good deals and very well will be time sensitive.  There could also be some … read more

I’m STARVING!

Paleo Reset Diet First few days of the diet I was starving my brains out. I had cut out way too many carbs. I mean I had cut out both the carbs allowed and not allowed on the diet. I hadn’t yet adjusted to stocking the house with different types of carbs that I could … read more

Does the Reset cause upset?

Paleo Reset Diet One of the people in my Paleo Reset group has severe IBS and diverticulitis. She’s in a flare up stage in starting this diet. Anyone with gut inflammation is going to have to modify the diet. While the diet is so balanced for so many, some conditions require formulating something for the … read more

The Reset has begun!

It’s like the race is on.  A group of us are going to do the Paleo Reset Diet.  Interesting how we approach it differently.  Some just jumped in a started after reading only the beginning of the book The Paleo Cure.  Another read the whole book and is stocking her pantry and collecting recipes.  I’m … read more

Reset your diet… Reset your life

I don’t like diets. I don’t like to follow a diet for myself and I don’t like to put my patients on diets. Diets can be too fadish or too restrictive or not right for everyone. They annoy me. But I am having a change of heart. Not about diets in general but about a … read more

Dry Needling Caused a Collapsed Lung

This isn’t the first time that an unqualified practitioner has injured an athlete with an acupuncture needle.  Licensed acupuncturists are far less likely to cause such harm given the extensive training required.  However, many people believe a physical therapist to have better education and training and are willing to trust them to do dry needling … read more

The Diagnosis “Infertility” May not be Valid

As long as the anatomical structures are present, a medical diagnosis of “infertility” is often a fallacy. Many factors can cause a woman to have difficulty conceiving, but once these factors are overcome and a woman’s body is restored to health, conception can occur naturally.Our reproductive systems are made up of organs and hormones that … read more

Would Nixon’s Physician Warn Against Dry Needling, too?

Nixon’s Personal Physician Said Leave Acupuncture to the Professionals This is a piece put together by TCM Directory (www.TCMDirectory.com). I knew the story but not all the facts. Thank you to TCM Directory for pulling up this bit of history… This warning was given more than 40 years ago by Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, the … read more

Gluten ISN’T the Problem!

We all have heard a great deal about avoiding or reducing gluten. Many of my acupuncture patients have benefited by following gluten-free or gluten-reduced diets. Wheat is the major culprit. Research and individuals find that there can be an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten or an allergy to wheat (these are not all the same … read more

Jazz up the endorphins and drop the pounds!

Are endorphins the magic pill to weight loss? Well they don’t come in a pill but they are magical and the best part is that the more fun you have the more THEY do the work for you. No, it does not necessarily involve exercise but exercise is essential and having FUN doing the exercise … read more

Running from the Sun… Not really, I want my endorphin fix!

I just recently wrote about the sun’s contribution to radiant (pun intended) health by providing us with Vitamin D.  Vitamin D has a large spectrum of benefits to our health but the sun can give us much more… I shared my euphoric feeling when soaking up the sun’s rays. What’s THAT about? Endorphins. (I’ll be … read more

I have stopped running from the sun….

OK, I’ve been a sun worshiper all my life. I love its penetrating warmth and flooding morning light into my house. I don’t care that much about lying about in it but I love being out in it and sitting with my eyes closed and allowing it to penetrate through my eye lids. Ah! Euphoria! … read more

Do your New Year’s Resolutions include Rejuvenation?

I have been providing a facial rejuvenation program for about 9 years now.  In the new year I always offer a special rate.  My program is very comprehensive and very effective.  I have details on my website. Just recently, a facial rejuvenation patient sent me this testimonial. I found the facial rejuvenation services provided by … read more

Do the Holidays Get you Down?

Many of my patients do express feeling a lot of stress during the holiday season and some feel downright depressed.  Many people don’t know that acupuncture has been shown in studies to help depression.  Of course, I know it from my patients but this article may be helpful those who have had doubts about using … read more

Pharmaceutical Drugs are HEALTHY for You!

Really?  Just because there are “healthy” side effects to drugs, it doesn’t mean on the whole the drug is healthy.  But that’s what an article in the AARP magazine June/July issue is saying.  The article is making the claim that some common drugs can help prevent certain diseases.  But at what cost?  What an article … read more

Cost of Herbs and Supplements Likely to Increase

Illinois Senator Durbin is planning to reintroduce his supplement bill, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act (S 1310), which would grant more power to the FDA to regulate dietary supplements like they were drugs.  What I didn’t realize about this is that just the legislative effort, even if this fails again, creates such a financial burden … read more

Infertility & Celiac Disease

This story is an example of how important diet is for fertility and helping to avoid miscarriage.  I stress diet with all my fertility patients. http://www.thedailydietribe.com/2013/06/shannon-speaks-connection-between.html

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer

I sent a link to a video back a while ago about coconut oil helping an alzheimer patient. I suggested this to a friend whose mom has alzheimers and she reported that her mom’s cognitive skills (which were deteriorating) improved quickly after starting the coconut oil. She uses the Dr. Bronners brand and takes I … read more

Dry Needling Trigger Points are Acupuncture Motor Points

I found more info about the training given to PTs and chiropractors on dry needling. Couldn’t believe it! The trigger points (we used the term “motor points”) are just what we used in our training of orthopedic/pain problems at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The needling technique used to create a “twitch response” is exactly … read more

Foods for Fertility

Great website for recipes to enhance fertility. http://www.fertilekitchen.com/

Probiotics in Pregnant Women to Prevent Eczema in Children

A randomized, double-blind trial of children was conducted in women who received probiotic milk or placebo from 36 weeks of pregnancy to 3 months postpartum during breastfeeding.  Women were given 250 mL of probiotic low fat fermented milk or 250 mL placebo skimmed fermented milk per day.  The probiotic milk contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), … read more

Is Coffee a Health Beverage?

In Chinese medicine caffeinated coffee is viewed as helping move the liver qi and lift the yang but deplete the yin.  So as to whether coffee is beneficial or detrimental may depend totally on the person consuming it.  That may help explain why there is controversy over the effects caffeine and coffee may have.  Therefore, … read more