Summer is the only season that governs four meridians, while the other seasons have only two. The acupuncture points for these meridians are on the hands and arms. And as usual, these meridians connect with the others.

The Heart Meridian works with the blood vessels and moves the blood through them. An imbalance in this meridian can lead to excess warmth, insomnia, palpitations, nightmares, a skipping pulse, pain in the tongue, feverish feelings, restlessness and feeling vexed. (That’s when you just don’t know what is wrong, and you have some or all of the above symptoms.) The time of day for the Heart Meridian is 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Small Intestine Meridian works with elimination with the bowels in Western Medicine, and the Bladder in Asian Medicine (I know, it’s a strange interpretation.) This Meridian works from 1 – 3 p.m.

The Pericardium (the heart protector) and Triple Warmer meridians are real in their effects on health and wellness, too. The Pericardium protects the heart as it works with the emotions, and helps with hot flashes or the feeling of heat in the upper body. The Pericardium works from 7 – 9 p.m., and the Triple Warmer is active from 9 – 11 p.m.

The Triple Warmer works with coordinating all the water functions in the body and works with three “burners,” including the lung area on top; the stomach, which helps to churn food; and the lower burner, which works with elimination.


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Our family has been eating organic foods, belonging to Organic Co-ops and growing our own veggies before they were even called “organic.” To us, it was simply good food.

It is easier now for anybody to get organic veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, milk or anything else. If you’re interested, how should you get started?

Start out with promising to buy one new organic product per week. As you add one item each week, promise to buy fewer “grain” foods (bread, pasta), and fewer artificially sweetened, processed, sodas or junk foods.

In one year, you will be amazed at how healthy you are. And in case you’re wondering…your food bill likely will be the same! Ours was.

Local food stores are increasing the organics in response to our requests for more items and more variety. Try health food stores, join the local produce co-op.  At ours, visitors can arrive for a free tour on Saturday mornings. I found joining a co-op was very cost effective; we were not throwing out rotting veggies. We were eating them all! Co-ops like this also have classes to help you learn how to cook and prepare food in healthy ways.

Recently, I had four patients tell me they tried my plan and felt so much better in three weeks (Did you know it takes 21 days to make or break a habit?). One patient was thrilled with her results, in turn that thrilled me! Thank you, Amy, for letting me know how well you are doing.

— Dr. Rusty


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It seems more and more women come in the clinic with thyroid problems as one of their primary health issues.

So many are still tired, can’t lose weight, have brittle hair and nails, constipation — the list goes on.

We have a checklist in our office that lists with 27 symptoms for thyroid issues. And at least one-half of the women who continue to suffer with these symptoms are on thyroid medications, too!

I was reading an article this week about the Teflon pans we have been using for years; about how ingredients in those pans may be one of the culprits. A similar article was posted on Dr. Mercola’s website, too.

As a family, we stopped using Teflon five years ago. Sure, it was easy cleanup the Teflon pots and pans, but chemicals in our food? Instead of those, we use more pure butter, coconut, olive and other oils to coat the pan. Oils are needed for our brain, joints, skin and hair anyway.

If you love your Teflon, consider using ceramic-coated pans instead. Use more oils in your cooking (like those I list above), and experience fewer health issues over the years. We have. Isn’t it worth a try?

— Dr. Rusty


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We treat a lot of knee, hip and back pain in our clinic.

People try over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs for pain, usually with no or little relief. So, if you are suffering from knee, hip and back pain, be sure you have not torn anything by checking with your Chiropractic Physician or Medical Doctor first.

Then, consider engaging in some simple stretching exercise you can perform daily to help prevent these pains. For a video go of ideal stretches, visit www.Mercola.com and look up “Knee Pain.” This site is full of useful information on the subject…and many more!

Next, come see us for Acupuncture. The average course of treatment is 6-8 visits. Acupuncture works!

Finally, eliminating ALL grains has a BIG impact, too. Learn more about grain-free living at www.drperlmutter.com.

— Dr. Rusty


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The flavor of Late Summer is sweet.

Of course, people love ice cream this time of year; but ice cream is damp in nature. It causes out blood sugar to drop during the night, so if you eat it, do so right after dinner not before bed. And, add nuts or eat a a protein with it (eggs, cheese, or meat).

The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Watercress is a very nutrient dense vegetable, too. Watercress has 17 nutrients, fiber, and protein, plus vitamins and minerals. We can get it in our local food stores, so look for it!

As with other fruits and vegetables, organic watercress is best if you can buy it. You can put it in your salad or gluten-free bread sandwiches. It can be used in a stir fry or soups, too.

Or, try cucumbers. Cucumbers are mostly water, so they have a cooling effect also. They have antioxidant flavonoids, B vitamins, and may help reduce inflammation.

Tomatoes also have flavonoids, too. One of them lycopene which helps the prostate (and there’s even more potent when  cooked as sauce or paste). Organic tomatoes contain much more Vitamin C that non-organic.

Another favorite this time of the year is watermelon. It is also anti-inflammatory, has nutrients (potassium, magnesium), Vitamin C, A and B6. All of these help with that wore out, vexed feeling which comes from dehydration. Watermelon has 46 calories per serving, but is high in sugar, so only eat a small amount.

My favorite vegetable is avocado. It is easy to get most of the year, and is very inexpensive. Purchasing non-organic is acceptable, due to avocado’s thick skin. (Pesticides and other chemicals cannot get to the fruit.) Eating only on-half of an avocado with your meal can make you feel more full, and 40% of those studied reported feeling less hungry three hours after the meal. Avocado may also help keep blood sugar levels from dropping.

Avocado does have fat, but it’s GOOD fat. This is essential for all humans, just as fish oil is. Studies have shown this good fat decreases serum total cholesterol, and it has little taste. I add hot sauce, lemon, mayo or salad dressing to my avocado. I also make guacamole, and include it in gluten-free sandwiches.

Incorporate avocados into your daily diet, and try to get seven servings of veggies a day, including two servings of low glycemic index fruits.

Have sinus congestion? Try horseradish. And, slicing a lemon, salting it and eating it quickly will dissolve phlegm, too.


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Last month I told you I had heard the definition of FEAR, which was described to me as, “Fully Expecting Awful Results.” Boy, did that get attention! Thanks for reading my blog and emails.

As a result of that idea I shared, I  got wonderful positive words to change “awful” to a positive word. They suggested the word “awful” is changed to “awesome.” They were reading my mind!

Like Yin/Yang, negative and positive thoughts, things and events have equal space until they change. This ebb and flow continues constantly in everything — our bodies, the weather, our lives – everything! When we are in the middle of something we see as “negative,” our brain perceives real at the time. We can help ourselves through the bad times by with changing directions and making different decisions.

I have been a positive thinker since I was 23 years old (for a long time!). But, I learned many years ago that simply saying positive affirmations did not fully make situations disappear. My experience was that things were awful at that time. So, I decided to acknowledge that I was in a mess, and that it would be temporary and that things would get better. My brain accepted this better and I was able to come around quicker. In other words, I said aloud or to myself something that felt real, like: “I Am Fully Expecting Awful Results and I am fearful.” Then, once I gave myself permission to realize I was afraid, I was able to replace it with, I am Fully Expecting Awesome Results.” I repeat that as much as possible, and at times, I even write or type it over and over. 

Bad things do happen to good people…that’s life. Coping with bad things can be difficult. Some people turn to drugs, alcohol and food. But, I can tell you after 17 years in practice, after seeing more than  7,500 patients ,and inserting over 1 and a half million needles, drugs, alcohol and food DOES NOT WORK. A lot of my patients rely on prayer, and many mediate. Some exercise…and some do all three.

Talk to yourself in a positive way! We often talk so negatively to ourselves. We talk to ourselves in a way we’d NEVER talk to our loved ones! How about this month we all try to talk to ourselves as if we are the most important person in our lives. We must be! After all, we are always with ourselves.


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Summertime Recipe: Quinoa (keen wa) Tabbouleh

This is one of my favorite summer salads. Quinoa is a seed, though it looks, acts and tastes like a grain.

2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa. Boil as directred.

During boiling, chop 2 tomatoes, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 onion, 1 cucumber.

Add chopped veggies above to cooked quinoa.

Pour ¼ cup of olive oil and juice from 1 or 2 lemons (or limes). Add Himalayan sea salt to taste. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Did you know? Himalayan sea salt seems to be the best salt on the market right now, and has more than 80 minerals in it! You can purchase it at health food or grocery stores. For its part, quinoa is a complete protein and can be used in place of meat, eggs, nuts or beans.

 


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From Dr. Rusty:

I found more great information on Dr. Mercola’s website this week, and wanted to share.

We all need to be careful what we read on the internet and what we decide to believe. I check out lots of sites weekly. The first thing I do is check for the sources and references. That’s how we can tell if the information is correct, and not being bought by some company to push their ideas and products.

My favorite articles that I would really, really like you to read are on 2/10, 2/22 and 2/28.

In February, Dr. Mercola posted articles that reveal the truth about two false bits of information that have been floating around the country since the 60s! One is Cholesterol and the other is Chiropractic. The proof (as if we ever needed “proof”) that they are wonderful, vitally important and safe.

  • Eggs are good for us – of course they are – Mother Nature does not make bad things. Some companies decided 50 years ago that eggs and cholesterol were bad for us. Diet restrictions were placed then came the drugs. Health did not get better, it got worse.
  • Chiropractic has been around for thousands of years. AS we know it – over 100 years. Chiropractic Physicians are REAL doctors, too. They have the education, state boards and government guidelines as MDs & DOs. And, chiropractic really works. I started in Chiropractic at age 20, and it saved me from major nerve surgery. My MD told me that I would be out of pain, but would lose use of my arm to some unknown degree. Fast forward many years – I would not have been working in the field (Chiropractic Physician Assistant) and then on to becoming an Acupuncture Physician. What a waste that would have been!

The most important point here – please check out your sources and references. What is the motive for the information? Know the side effects, are they good or bad? Can changing your life style a bit change your health? You bet it can. And we can help!


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From Dr. Rusty:

Dr. Mercola had a great article about organic foods and the truth on his website recently. (Mercola.com is a great website, I recommend you reference it often!)

Doc and I are like everybody else, we have a food budget. I was concerned about the higher food costs but felt so strongly about eating organic foods. Four years ago, I started eliminating grains from our diet. We underwent a transition process. We stopped eating cereals first. That saved $4 a week; I substituted eggs (local or organic) with veggies and lean meat or cheese. We also use the FIT FOOD by Xymogen most days (available at our clinic).

We switched from cows milk to almond milk (same price). With the FIT FOOD (at 6:30 a.m.) we realized we were not experiencing a blood sugar slump around 10 a.m. (so no snack needed) and were barely ready for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Each week, I stopped buying a veggie filled with pesticides/GMO processed, and bought an organic one. After a month, I noticed our food bill did not go up. I also noticed I was not throwing away veggies that were hard one day and then rotten two days later! The best thing was that the organic vegetables tasted much better. It took two years to continue this process. Still, our food bill is the same as it was five years ago. We are healthier, no joint pains and sleep better, too!

The best change we made was switching to organic butter – WOW – what a different taste!

Most of our organic food comes from the local stores and the DeLand Market. We belong to the Common Ground Farm co-op and that is the best place for the freshest food. They are signing people up for next year and their list fills up fast! Get in on this great place while you can.


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XYMOGEN, the Orlando-based health sciences company, has earned Australia’s prestigious certification from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), that country’s equivalent to the U.S. Federal Drug Administration.

TGA certification is internationally recognized for having one of the world’s most rigorous GMP audit processes in the dietary supplement industry, standards that are very similar to pharmaceutical-level GMP requirements. XYMOGEN’s team spent two years of intense work and dedication in order to earn the certification.

Specifically, according to TGA requirements, XYMOGEN had to demonstrate the strictest level of adherence to manufacturing and quality standards and practices. TGA requirements exceed those established by the FDA.

Learn more about XYMOGEN products at www.xymogen.com.


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The staff at the Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine in DeLand is pleased to welcome chiropractic physician, Susan Vigo to their office. Vigo is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Port Orange and has previously worked as an associate in New Smyrna before coming to DeLand. Her chiropractic interests include nutritional counseling and neurology. She believes that blending these with chiropractic only strengthens the body/mind connection.

“Being able to practice close to home and inspire people in this community about wellness and how chiropractic can help the body and mind function as a complete unit is what I am is striving for,” says Vigo, who notes that she views each person as an individual and as such will tailor each treatment plan according to each person’s specific need. Vigo sees all ages of patients ranging from infants to geriatrics.

“I’m also certified in the Webster technique, which is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral and SI dysfunction in the pregnant woman,” she says.

Dr. Vigo moved to Volusia County in 1971 and has continued to call it home since her arrival. She and her husband have two beautiful girls, ages eight and sixteen. Location: 339 E New York Ave., DeLand.

Article courtesy of Natural Awakenings magazine, www.voflnatural.com 


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Shared with permission are these yummy greens recipes given to me by Pat Joslin of Common Ground Farm.

Check out www.cgofarm.com for more details about the farm. Doc and I love it!

 


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ACUPUNCTURE INCREASES FEEL-GOOD CHEMICALS – Acupuncture relieves insomnia, neck pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and helps menstrual cramps. My favorite website, www.HealthCMI.com, reported recently how acupuncture increases u-opioid receptors (the “feel good” chemicals I talk about) involved in the reduction of referred pain.

ACUPUNCTURE POINTS HAVE ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES – I learned recently of an Acupuncture study using a specialized CT scan that shows acupuncture points have anatomical structures. There are real distinctions between acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. Acupuncture points have microvascular structures and can be seen around thick blood vessels. This is very exciting news!

SUGAR AS POISON? One last item…sugar consumption. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco says sugar acts as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin (poison) when consumed it in excess. (We consume more than 20 times of sugar than or ancestors did!)

Sugar is in almost every processed food, and it comes under several names, including high fructose corn syrup. For the average person, there is a daily consumption of about 20 teaspoons a day, and children are at a greater risk for consuming too much sugar. Eating whole foods (not processed foods) is the best diet. And, it can be done even with the typical busy life.

I can help with ideas and menus if you need them. Remember, fruit is a sugar also, and consumer no more than 15-25 grams of fructose a day, friends. Check out this list for more details on sugar levels in fruits.


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Dr. John and I are welcoming Dr. Susan Vigo to the Center for Complementary Medicine.

Dr. Vigo is a Chiropractic Physician. She will be seeing patients when Doc is not in the clinic (Tues/Thurs) in addition to her regular hours (to be determined).

For the next two months, Dr. Vigo will be here to meet patients and become familiar with their conditions and history so there will be a smooth transition.

There will be an Open House here on at a later date, so stay tuned! Please stop by and meet her.

We all are impressed with her education, knowledge and skills.


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I still feel the “No Grain” meal plan is the best; have you tried it? Doc and I have seen amazing results for more than 5 years. There’s a transition time; you may not be able to go “cold turkey,” but try it! The No Grain diet meal plan really works. Limit or eliminate grains even for at least three weeks.

The benefits? Join pain disappears. People have lost anywhere from 9 to 25 pounds in four months. You’ll sleep better and have improved memory. It’s easy to do the transition if you are willing to do it.

Doc told someone he lost 15 pounds a couple of years ago and did not know why! I forgot to mention to him we were eliminating grains! Two years later, we are both slimmer.

Learn more about the no-grain diet here.


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Insights from Dr. Rusty as you start your new year!

DETOX SOUP TIME

It’s time for us to clean out our bodies from the food we ate the past 2.5 months. Here’s my favorite way to start the New Year off: healthy food. Yes, that’s right, my annual Detox Soup. You may recognize it as “Bone Soup,” except for a few days it will just be veggies. Enjoy!

MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

My New Year’s goal is to help more people with Acupuncture and Nutrition. So many people have told me they know someone who wants to come in for treatments. I am available for phone consultations or face to face – just have them make an appointment! What we have to offer at our clinic is a way to really be healthy, to accomplish the things you want in life, to sleep well and be happy. It is all possible. I have been in practice almost 17 years now. I am not an “Aspirin,” but I do have so pretty good ideas on health!

WINTER TUNE-UP TIME

Also it’s time for your Winter Tune-up. In Oriental Medicine, it’s a good idea to get an acupuncture treatment every time the season changes. Just one treatment. Patients that do that are really healthier than the ones that don’t. Give YOURSELF the gift of good health. And it you have not done it yet – this would be a good time to start. If you need convincing go here and read up on the countless diseases and illnesses acupuncture can effectively treat.

WINTER: KIDNEY AND BLADDER MERIDIAN

Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? In fact, it’s no coincidence.

These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff” though; they also take care of the spine, ears, head hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet. Their acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest, to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe.

ONE WAY TO INVEST IN YOUR GOOD HEALTH: HEALTHY FOOD!

Patients are asking for recipes, especially “grain free” ones. I am delighted to share mine and others from patients and relatives. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Please email yours at debra@acudebra.com and we will include them in the “Recipe” section of our website.

Salad: Do you love it or loathe it? Funny thing about the salads we eat here at home…rarely do we use lettuce. I substitute lettuce with kale, spinach, herb mixes, shredded broccoli, sprouts of all kinds and any other veggie I find at a good price (and hopefully organic). Then, I add hard boiled eggs, beans (canned and rinsed off), nuts (walnuts are the best), seeds, olives and if possible (preferably on sale) a half to a full avocado. Sometimes I add meat, too. We eat this once a day and it can count for 3-4 servings of veggies. We try to only eat what counts as good food.

It’s important to get seven servings of veggies a day. Doc and I have never found that it’s hard to do. It’s a habit and an excellent one. Be kind to your body and try to be willing to make simple changes now. (Check out what Dr. Mercola has to say about healthy eating here.)


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Pumpkin Muffins: Makes 6 muffins
Recipe generously shared by A.M.G.

1/2 can (15 oz can)pumpkin puree , unsweetened
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup PB Fit or any nut butter (almond, peanut)
1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup fresh cranberries* or dried
1 TBSP mini chocolate chips, optional
1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut, optional
1/4 cup walnuts or pumpkin seeds, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with six liners. In a large bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla extract, nut butter, and coconut oil. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate chips (if using) & coconut (if using). Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently then stir in cranberries (if using) and do not over mix. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle on the
nuts or seeds if using. Bake 15 – 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

*I prefer fresh cranberries because they make the muffins really moist. Just make sure to cook them first. You can also used dried cranberries and soak then in hot water for 10 minutes until they are plump.


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There are many outstanding nutritional companies on the market and there are also many that shouldn’t exist. I discourage my patients from ordering from the internet or advertised products on television commercials.

When I select a product to increase my health, protect my body and protect myself from deficiencies, I look for SEVERAL criteria. And, I do the same for products that I make available for my patients.

First and foremost, I question where the research for that product originated. Was the research from a top university or a reputable research company with years of experience such as Biotics Research? Of course, I always avoid new startup companies, like the one I heard of that was in someone’s garage. (Fortunately, that one was stopped in time.)

The FDA (and we all have our own views about them) DOES examine the vitamin and herbal companies on a regular basis, even the ones we recommend in our clinic. Xymogen Inc. is the company that produces Ossophan for calcium that I recommend. They had the FDA checking their products again just last month. Fortunately, the company received the “A” grade and has been told that when they get the international “tag” – well – that’s the highest designation available!

Many companies do not test the products they sell. The ingredients might be purchased in bulk from a mass-produced company from “somewhere,” and many products that are sold over-the-counter’ are from these unknown, unregulated sources. They can be the same products with different labels. I have been offered to put my own label on a bottle and sell it as my product. Why would I ever even think of doing that, when I can use a great company with the research behind them ,and be very proud of being part of the educated practitioners who use their products?

Some of the companies we use also order bulk materials from companies, yet they know exactly where those ingredients came from – from day one. These ingredients are grown under strict guidelines and  are all natural. The ingredients are also guaranteed before they are introduced into production.

It is not uncommon for some companies to use ingredients from an unregulated, overseas market (even medical drugs come in from overseas). Thousands of dollars of materials were rejected because they contained mercury. If that company had relied on the supplier’s recommendation we would all be ingesting mercury!

I do my own research and make certain that the products recommended to my patients are pure, natural and well researched.

It’s been all over the news the past few weeks. Certain vitamins and minerals do not do what they claim to do. First of al,l I check to see who did the study (usually a drug company). Then, I try to find out what companies they tested. (It’s never the ones I use.) Right now, one popular company is under a lot of heat with the FDA. I have not used that company in 38 years. That is when I found out their practices were not good at all. If something is made cheaply, well, you get what you pay for.

We use companies for all of the above reasons PLUS affordability. If it is still too expensive for you, ask for our help. We can always modify your program. With eating better, exercising, good mental attitudes and sleeping better – you won’t need all of the supplements. Our goal is to always – GET HEALTHY. BE HEALTHY. STAY HEALTHY.


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Congratulations, Doc!

Dr. John Gaffney, Chiropractic Physician at Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine, DeLand, was honored October 9 at a Tribute Dinner in Daytona Beach organized by the Volusia Flagler Chiropractic Association as he celebrated 60 years as a Chiropractic Physician. There, Dr. Peter Marin of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Gaffney’s alma mater, presented him a plaque for his dedication to the chiropractic profession for 60 years.

He also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association, celebrating his lifetime of commitment and dedication to the chiropractic profession, and for six decades of service to tens of thousands of patients. The award now will be called the “John D. Gaffney Lifetime Achievement Award” and presented to the most deserving doctors in the future.


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We have been eating organic foods, belonging to Organic Co-ops and growing our own veggies before they were even called “organic,” just good food. It is easier now for anybody to get organic veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, milk or anything else.

Want to start eating more organic foods? Start out with promising to buy one new organic product a week. As you add each week, you will also promise to buy one less grain, artificially sweetened, processed, soda, junk food item. In one year, you will be amazed at how healthy you are, and the food bill will be the same! Our local food stores are increasing the organics in response to our requests.

Try the Healthy Food Stores, and join the Co-op on Taylor Road. Show up some Saturday morning for a tour. I found it was very cost effective – we were not throwing out rotting veggies. They also have classes to help you learn how to cook and prepare the food. 

Fondly,

Dr. Rusty


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It seems more and more women come in our clinic with thyroid problems as one of their health issues. So many are still tired, can’t lose weight, have brittle hair and nails, constipation, etc.

We have a checklist with 27 symptoms for thyroid issues, and at least half of these women are on thyroid medications. I was reading an article this week about the Teflon pans we have been using for years. How ingredients in those pans may be one of the culprits. Interesting article again on Dr. Mercola’s website.

Doc and I quit using Teflon four years ago, it did not make sense to me to use them anymore. Sure, they offered easy cleanup, but chemicals in our food?

Instead, we use more pure butter, coconut, olive and other oils to coat the pan. Oils are needed for our brain, joints, skin and hair anyway. There are ceramic coated pans that are better for us.

Fondly,

Dr. Rusty


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We treat lots of knee, hip and back pain in our clinic. People try over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs for pain, usually with no or little relief. Be sure you have not torn anything by checking with your Chiropractic Physician or Medical Doctor.

There are simple stretching exercise to do daily to help prevent these pains. For a video, go to www.Mercola.com and look up “Knee Pain.” This site had lots of good information. And come see us for Acupuncture, too. Six to eight visits is the average course of treatment.

Eliminating all grains has a BIG impact, too. My dear friend Lauren tried it and found amazing benefits in many areas of her life.

Fondly, 

Rusty 


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I love to garden. Great exercise, peaceful surroundings, helps us to become creative. When you drive by, take a breath, look at the pretty flowers – whose purpose is to help clean the air and lighten your heart.

What I don’t like is using lots of water. We use below the required amount of water. I plant drought tolerant plants. We use only plants that I know will grow well in this area without a lot of water. It can be done.

I have belonged to the Garden Club of DeLand for years and we help anyone find the right plants for the different seasons. Check out the website.: www.GardenClubofDeLand.org.

Fondly,

Dr. Rusty


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51lPZw1WaOL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Most of my patients know I favor the “no grain” diet for three weeks at a time, and now’s a great time to start!

You can start now…and in three weeks when Thanksgiving comes, eat a moderate amount of your favorite things. Resume the “No Grains” diet Dec. 1 and by Christmas you can add grains. By now you will have found your carb cravings are a lot less. Start again Jan. 2nd, and after three weeks, pay attention to how you feel without the grains – many people have less pain and lose weight with more energy. And grains will actually taste BAD!!!!! See the food list below.

No Grains Daily Food List

  • Eat 6 servings of the following: chicken, tuna, fish, and eggs (1-2), beef, nuts (14), cheese (1 oz.) and 1 cup of beans for fiber will create a sense of fullness.
  • Eat 7-9 servings of veggies a day (lettuce can be eaten but not counted). That’s about a handful of veggies. Make a salad using new greens, kale, herb mix etc. Try new flavors. Use lemon, olive oil and or vinegar for your dressing. Check out recipes on our website.
  • Use lots of herbs & spices but limit salt. Only 1 piece of fruit a day but no juice unless it is a veggie /tomato juice.
  • DO NOT EAT cereals, grains, bread, pasta, macaroni crackers, rice, oatmeal, cakes, and cookies.
  • You can eat little red potatoes but only 1 serving 3 times a week – sweet potatoes are great and you can eat 1/2 a day. Drink plenty of water. If you are used to drinking milk – only 8 oz. a day.
  • Try Almond Milk – the vanilla flavored 30 calorie one is very popular. Limit coffee and tea – try green and herbal teas. No soy product.
  • For more information go to www.Dr.Pearlmutter.com or read his bestselling book, Grain Brain, and he has a new cookbook out, too.  You can get them online at Amazon.com or in our local bookstores. It will change your life!

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In 2015, we are not seeing the pollen that we usually see this time of year. Autumn has been late this year; maybe because of all the rain, who knows? (I can still work out in my pool and that’s not usual either!) Patients are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches this past week. This is right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

We didn’t have our usual “late summer colds” after the kids went back to school this year (it’s called “Wind Cold” in Chinese). What’s strange about these colds is they have associated with them sore throats and mild fevers. These symptoms started in early August this year, even before school did, and that’s unusual. In Oriental Medicine we call this Wind Heat. So I hope we don’t have a bad autumn season.

I believe the best solution is Acupuncture (Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. There are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.but the suggestions below also help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter).

If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, here are some additional simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season”:

  1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.
  2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!
  3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said also recommends putting a pinch of baking soda in it. (By the way, he also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!)
  4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.
  5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt), and eat it quickly. The salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.
  6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
  7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.
  8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.
  9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful.  In our clinic, have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic.  These are very safe, very effective, and inexpensive. (You can call (386-734-4126) or e-mail me if you can’t get into the clinic and we will put together a prescription for you.)
  10. Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples.  A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”
  11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal.  Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count. And, of course NO GRAINS!
  12. In Oriental Medicine, the following foods are recommended for allergies – green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus.  Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.
  13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it (read my personal testimonial here) or read more about it on our website. Also check out the video on the “Welcome Page” – “Take a Tour” here.

If you did the protocol above and still have problems, please CALL US ASAP at 386-734-4126. We want everybody feeling great. Last summer I ordered 500 new vials to treat you for your allergies, including new ones. Be sure you’re an AcuSET patient. That’s where we start!

And, please – do yourself a BIG favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.

Fondly, Dr. Rusty


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A note from Dr. Rusty:

“I have been in practice 16 ½ years now. I have treated more than 7,000 patients. This amazes me more every year. Acupuncture has been accepted beyond my wildest dreams. Just when I think I can’t be even more surprised – I AM!

“I purchased the computerized diagnostic equipment 17 yrs. ago this month. I started classes in New York and San Francisco. This is the test I use for the AcuSET treatments – to identify sensitivities. I had quite a few allergies myself, and they were pretty bad. I always say I was one of my worst patients. I completed the treatments in three months back then. I re-tested and was all cleared.

“Recently, I retested myself (as I do every few years) and am still cleared of ANY sensitivities. So when someone asks, “How long does this last?” I can honestly say – at least 17 years. We still have an 85-percent success rate. If you know someone that has symptoms related to allergies and sensitivities please tell them about this procedure. I have not been sick or not able to eat in restaurants or worry about smoke, perfumes, soaps or pollens putting me to bed in 17 YEARS!”


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Does the FDA regulate dietary and herbal supplements? YES.

“FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA):

  • Manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded. That means that these firms are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products before marketing to ensure that they meet all the requirements of DSHEA and FDA regulations.
  • FDA is responsible for taking action against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product after it reaches the market….”

Read more here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/


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Essential Oils: Dr. Mercola

This week on Dr. Mercola’s site (www.mercola.com), he has information on essential oils. More people have been asking me about them recently. I love essential oils! I use them as room fresheners here in the clinic and at home. In fact, we will have a new batch for sale in the office soon. They are safe and can be beneficial for health conditions. The can help you fall asleep (lavender) and perk you up (jasmine).

I have been making a formula for people with eye problems to rub on their face. If you want to do the same, buy quality oils (I like Young Living Essential Oils, for example). I mix them with organic sweet almond oil (you can purchase that at our local health markets). And, you can buy diffusers and use them to freshen up your home and office safely! Other fragrances you can buy can be harmful and not natural (candles, sprays, etc.).

Dr. Perlmutter: Sugar and Grains

Dr. Perlmutter (www.drperlmutter.com) writes about research that explains sugar and grain’s effect on the brain, and how they lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.* He advises to eliminate grains, sugars and processed foods…and get exercise!

These simple lifestyle changes can help you live a healthy, longer life. They will save you and your family from heartache, too. We are a sick nation. Today’s generation of children will not live as long as their parents. That is a tragic first for our country.

One of the first steps is getting up and away from the television and computer. Remember when we only had three televisions stations to watch at night and no computers? We played and so did our parents! Or, at least they cleaned house and did yard work. Most of the problems we see in our clinic are due three things: 1) drug side-effects when drugs are given to people with preventable health issues; 3) weight problems and 3) lack of exercise. So, PLEASE, take responsibility for YOUR health and life. We can help you start. There is even an Acupuncture point for willpower, and I know where it is!

(*His views on this are not embraced by the medical profession.)


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The ending of 2014 did not go well for me. My entire body was in constant pain, I had carpel tunnel in my left hand. (And, I should mention that at the age of 3 , I was diagnosed with polio in my left leg that left me with a limp and a drop foot.)

Not long ago, my doctor diagnosed me with a pinched nerve in that leg, and suggested an MRI. The MRI showed severe carpel tunnel and arthritis throughout my entire body. I corrected the pinched nerve with stretch exercises, and was given prescriptions for a muscle relaxer and a pain pill but, there was still the matter of severe pain in my body. About seven years ago I injured my back and had to use a cane to get around. After my back healed, it was easier for me to continue using the cane. The pinched nerve in my leg forced me to use a walker and the dread of a wheelchair in my future was depressing. For at least six months, I could only shuffle my feet and trying to find a comfortable position in a chair or bed resulted in pain.

My husband and I were active seniors (I am 83 years old), and suddenly found ourselves house-bound most of the time. One day, my daughter mentioned a co-worker made an appointment with an acupuncture physician and had excellent results. Having nothing to lose, I called Dr. Debra Gaffney’s office. After the first treatment, I was told I was fixable, which was music to my ears.

I recently had my 10th treatment, then every three months I will go back for one treatment to keep things working.

Today, I no longer need a walker, my fingers are flexible and, thanks to Dr. Gaffney, I am no longer on prescribed medications. Without her treatments, I would still be housebound and living on painkillers. My husband, who suffers from vertigo and a cough due to acid reflux , saw my results and is now a patient, too.

We are both grateful for the TLC Dr. Gaffney gives us, and also for her wonderful staff who are always pleasant and willing to give a helping hand.


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The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Incorporate them in your daily diet and try to get seven servings of veggies a day, including two servings of low-glycemic index fruits (see my website for the list).

Watercress is a very nutrient-dense vegetable. It has 17 nutrients, fiber, protein, in addition to vitamins and minerals. You can purchase it in local food stores (organic is best, as it is with most produce.) You can put watercress in your salad, or gluten-free bread sandwiches, and it can be used in stir-fry or soup.

Cucumbers are mostly water so they have a cooling effect, too, plus antioxidant flavonoids, B vitamins and may help reduce inflammation.

Tomatoes also have flavonoids, including lycopene, which helps the prostate (it’s more effective when cooked as sauce or paste). Organic tomatoes contain much more Vitamin C that non-organic tomatoes.

A favorite this time of the year is watermelon. It is also anti-inflammatory, has nutrients (potassium, magnesium), Vitamin C, A and B6. All of these will help with that worn-out, vexed feeling which comes from dehydration. It has 46 calories, but it’s high in sugar, so only eat a small amount.

I love avocado. It’s easy to get most of the year and is very inexpensive. It’s safe to buy non-organic because of its thick skin (pesticides and other horrible chemicals cannot get to the fruit). I add hot sauce, lemon, mayo or salad dressing. I also make guacamole and include it in gluten-free sandwiches. In fact, the Nutrition Journal (through Mercola.com) reported recently that eating as little as one-half of an avocado can make you feel more full. In a study, 40 percent of study participants reported feeling less hungry three hours later the meal that included avocado. Avocado may also help keep blood sugar levels from dropping. Yes, avocados do have fat, but it’s a good fat called monounsaturated fats. (This fat is essential for all humans, just as fish oil is). Studies have shown monounsaturated fats decreases serum total cholesterol.

Horseradish is great for sinus congestion. (Also for congestion…slice a lemon, salt it and eat it quickly to dissolve phlegm.)


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We are still seeing patients with the summer ‘vexed’ feeling: that hot, tired, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me’ feeling. We’ve seen it more this summer than in the past.
As always, a few weeks before the season changes we see symptoms coming in. In Oriental Medicine there is a season called “late summer,” and it will be here soon. Late summer brings symptoms we all call food poisoning or a summer cold.

As I’ve written before, in Oriental Medicine we have seasons that correspond with Meridians. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians will be focused in August. Practitioners have thousands of years’ experience watching people and their symptoms, matching them with the seasons…and it still works! I find it helps me focus on my patients and their symptoms. After 16 years in practice, I see the same thing every season; 2 weeks before the season begins, the problems arise.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians work with digesting food, building blood, transforming and transporting nutrients. It deals with dampness (a heavy feeling), sinus congestions, headaches on the forehead, a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head, muscle cramps and aches, edema, diarrhea, nausea and phlegm. These are the problems coming in regularly now.

I have a list of ideal foods for you to eat during this Late Summer season, too. Check out my new article that includes the list and more details about the specific benefits of watercress, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, avocado and horseradish.


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August 2015


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Miscellaneous sources of gluten: cosmetics, lipsticks/lip balm, medications, non-self-adhesive stamps and envelopes, Play-Doh, shampoos/conditioners, vitamins and supplements (check label)

Gluten-free grains: amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, millet, potato, quinoa, rice sorghum, soy, tapioca, teff

‘Code words’ for gluten:

  • amino peptide complex
  • avena staiva
  • brown rice syrup
  • caramel color (frequently made from barley)
  • cyclodextrin
  • fermented grain extract
  • hordeum distichon
  • hordeum vulgare
  • hydrolysate
  • hydrolyzed malt extract
  • hydrolyzed vegetable (protein)
  • maltodextrin
  • modified food starch
  • natural flavoring (extract)
  • secale cereale
  • soy protein
  • tocopherol/Vitamin E
  • triticum aestivum
  • triticum vulgare
  • vegetable protein (HVP)
  • yeast extract

 


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Grains that contain gluten: barley, bulgar, couscous, farina, graham flour, kamut, matzo, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat germ

Foods that often contain gluten: 

  • bakes beans (canned)
  • beer
  • blue cheses
  • bouillons/broths (commercially prepared)
  • breaded foods
  • cereals
  • chocolate milk (commercially prepared)
  • cold cuts
  • communion wafers
  • egg substitute
  • energy bars
  • flavored coffees and teas
  • french fries (often dusted with flour before freezing)
  • fried vegetables/tempura
  • fruit fillings or pudding
  • gravy
  • hot dogs
  • ice cream
  • imitation crab meat, bacon, etc.
  • instant hot drinks
  • ketchup
  • malt/malt flavoring
  • malt vinegar
  • marinades
  • mayonnaise
  • meatballs/meatloaf
  • non-dairy creamer
  • oat bran (unless certified)
  • oats (unless certified)
  • processed cheese (Velveeta)
  • roasted nuts
  • root beer
  • salad dressings
  • sausage
  • seitan
  • soups
  • soy sauce, teriyaki sauce
  • syrups
  • tabbouleh
  • trail mix
  • veggie burgers
  • vodka
  • wheat grass
  • wine coolers

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image_2571860Eggs are a nearly perfect food, and go great with your veggie salad. In fact, when eaten with greens (not iceberg lettuce), they increase nutrients. Other nutrients are better absorbed when eggs are eaten with salads.

But remember, cooking affects the nutrients in eggs, so make soft-boiled, lightly fried, poached or scrambled eggs. “Free range” eggs have higher nutrients according to the USDA, too.

Homemade salad dressings are the best. We use olive oil and lemon juice with herbs mostly. Coconut oil is better but I find it a bit sweet.

Dark greens such as watercress, kale, spinach are exceptional. Make your greens count. Add broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and sprouts. This time of year, local produce is more available. Use low glycemic fruits (see our list on the website) such as berries. Avocados provide 20 essential nutrients including potassium, Vit. E, B’s and folic acid. Avacados also are full of beneficial fats.

Enjoy coconut water (found in the water aisle), and you’ll really feel better and ready to tackle the heat.


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Can acupuncture help anxiety?b742f1e6-5bdb-4c95-9081-821dc13b3e26

Yes, it can and quickly in most cases. Anxiety works with the Heart Meridian, and summer is the season for that Meridian. It usually does not take a lot of treatments, most patients are seen four to six times over four-week period.

meditationMeditation is very helpful. We will have a class on Saturday, July 18, to explain how to quiet your mind. Email
yogabuff@mac.com to join the class!

Click here for July 18 meditation class flier.

Good sleep helps anxiety, too. We all need 7-9 hours a night. How many do you get? Most people don’t get that many for numerous reasons. Acupuncture can help with sleep problems, too. Eat six small meals a day — meals high in protein and very low in sugar and carbs and grains.

I also recommend EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique – instructions available free of charge at www.mercola.com). Another website is www.tappingsolutions.com. These techniques use Acupuncture points to relax you. They can be used for pain, insomnia and stressful feeling also. You can learn them in minutes. We have used them for 15 years now and highly recommend them


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We’re seeing almost record heat these days. It’s hot out there, friends! People tell me they drink enough water. I believe they believe they do! But, we are seeing more patients come in the clinic these days feeling weak, tired and some even are experiencing some confusion. Those are symptoms of dehydration.

To combat dehydration, try coconut water from time to time. If you don’t like the taste of it, add a little juice. You will be amazed at how quickly you will feel refreshed after drinking it.

And PLEASE help yourself: Come in for your summer tune-up! Summer governs four meridians, and one of them is the Heart Meridian. In the clinic, we are seeing a lot of Heart Meridian problems, including insomnia, palpitations, fast heart rate, dizziness and feeling “vexed.” (Okay, you may not know what “vexed” is – it’s a very old word. It means that hot-ish, agitated, or an “I don’t know what’s wrong with me” feeling.) Feeling vexed usually comes in August, but this year we are seeing it earlier. Also, try meditation; it can do wonders. Check out the information here and join us from 9:30 a.m. – noon, July 18, at our clinic to learn more about it.

Also, over these past few weeks we’ve seen “Summer Colds,” and summer has barely started! We had a long cold, damp and rainy winter. So please come in for your tune-ups. Call us at 386-734-4126 to schedule it or for an appointment the same day.

Speaking of same-day appointments, WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU. Maybe not the exact time you want, but if you call in that day and I am there (99% of the time I am here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), you WILL get to see me for a treatment. In my 16 years of practice I’ve inserted more than 1 million needles, but I have never been too busy to see anyone who needs a treatment. Sometimes, one treatment is all you need.

Our policy is this: If you need treatment, we will do everything possible to see you. You may have to wait a little bit (I’d need to see you by 6 p.m., and I do take a lunch break), but please call when you need a treatment! People say, “I thought my health problems/issues would go away.” And to that, I reply, “Where did you think it would go?” Inflammation – the basis of most pain – just doesn’t pick up and leave your body to go visit someone else’s. Inflammation interferes with your normal balance of Qi, Yin and Blood. Balance is what gives us that internal harmony and creates the health you so rightly deserve. HEALTHY is the normal way to live – not PAIN.

As always, contact me so we can help you get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy.


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July 2015


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement regarding prescription painkillers. The warning* states that prescription painkiller overdoses are at epidemic levels and kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.  The death toll from overdoses of prescription medicines has more than tripled in the last decade.  Everyday, more than 40 people die from the prescribed painkillers, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

I understand how living with chronic pain can be debilitating and depleting on all levels of life. With the use of Acupuncture, we have helped many people become pain free.

I never take a patient off of their medications, because I am not a medical doctor, but I can work with your physician to help reduce or eliminate dependency on pain medications. The treatments usually take about eight visits, around two months, sometimes less. In that time, the quality of life will be greatly improved. 

My patients have shared their sorrow over family members who have died from accidental overdoses. Acupuncture offers an alternative to support healing without an ongoing dependency on prescription painkillers. If you or a loved one has a challenge with chronic pain, please ask us. We can help.

(*For more details about the warning, look here.)


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One of my favorite summer salads is Quinoa (pron. “keen wa”) Tabouli. Quinoa is not a grain, but a seed (thought it looks, acts and tastes like a grain!)

2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa – boil as directed on the package ( about 15 minutes).

During this time chop 2 tomatoes, 1 bunch of parsley, 1 onion, 1 cucumber.

Add to cooked quinoa.

Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil and juice of 1 lemon ( or 2).

Refrigerate till you are ready to eat.

Quinoa is a complete protein and can be used in place of meat, eggs, nuts or beans.

For more great recipes, look here.


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The name of my favorite acupuncture point is P7, located on the inside of the wrist. I use this Big Picture treatment for patients who are struggling with clarification or decision making. This point is extremely helpful for these purposes – just ask me for it.  In Chinese Medicine, this is called Daling, it clarifies the heart and calms the spirit. P7 works with harmonizing the Stomach Meridian, too.

Point H7 works with eliminating insomnia and nightmares, palpations and loss of voice, as well as many other problems. This point is on the inside of the wrist near the little finger, and is called Spirits Door or in Chinese, “Shenmen.”

TW5 or Outer Gate, Waiguan in Chinese, works with protecting the Wei Qi or defensive Qi. I use this if I feel a wind cold is affecting you. This one is in the back of your arm, just a few fingers up from your wrist.

A common point on the face near the ear is SI 19, Palace of Hearing or Tinggong. Treatment in this area is used for earaches, tinnitus and hearing problems.

You can rub these points if you show any of the symptoms – it is your body, so rub it! These meridians work with so many problems. I include one of these meridians and acupuncture points in each treatment.


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Ever wonder about the “success rate” of acupuncture? Patients often ask what kind of conditions can be treated with acupuncture, and the results we get here at the clinic. Throughout the country, acupuncture sees a consistent 85 percent success rate overall.

This past week, we received interesting feedback from patients, and it reflects acupuncture’s national success rate. We always enjoy these testimonials; they not only help us serve you, our patients, better, but they also encourage people with those problems to become patients themselves. So please feel free to e-mail your testimonials to debra@acudebra.com, which is always a great email for contacting me directly, too.

Speaking of successes, this week we saw two little boys with skin rashes. When they arrived at our clinic, they had been receiving medical treatment for three weeks. With treatment from our clinic, both are looking good, are experiencing less itching and their moods, concentration and sleep are much improved.

This week, we also heard from a gentleman who has had pain for five years, and after treatment, it is gone. He is also much stronger.

One of my regular patients recently visited her M.D. for a checkup. He wanted to run an allergy test on her; I encouraged it. She reported they found no allergies at all! We’re not surprised; that is typical in our experience.

A man told me last week he has not felt this great in years. Our patients in their 90s also reported feeling less pain this week.

We never take these results for granted. In the acupuncture setting, those are the expected results, and side effects! Please encourage your family and friends to call for an appointment.

Why suffer?


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I am amazed at how fast time flies! It just so happens our homeopathic and herbal medicines are flying off the shelves, too!

Recently, Christine and Christy were discussing how our clinic is constantly ordering homeopathic medicines and nutritional supplements, but no matter how many boxes come in, we need more!

Why is this? It’s partly because we are in the middle of spring, and that means it’s Liver and Gall Bladder time. Many patients come in with problems this time of year. But, we have lots of homeopathic and herbal medicine options to help. Don’t suffer from bladder infections and cough/sinus problems…and a host of other ailments. Again, we can help!

Also these days, we often are prescribing supplements for tendon/ligament injuries, headaches, cravings for sugar and the desire to lose weight. Every season brings its own set of health problems; we treat more of them in that season. It’s interesting to watch; the last 16 years of my practice have taught me a lot. It’s amazing to think the Asians understood this thousands of years ago.

(If you’re curious about the effectiveness of weight-loss supplements, be sure to read this recent article by Biotics Research Corporation.)

BEST SPRINGTIME FOODS

Healthy food makes the best medicine. So this spring, remember to eat apples, asparagus, eggs, clams, crab, honey, lemons, mangoes, peas, pears, pineapples, string beans, tomatoes and yams.

These foods build the Yin, which will help calm the Yang. The Yang rises in spring, which you may feel as heat in your face, or a rapid pulse. Also add sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, peppermint, plums and vinegar to your diet. As usual, lots of veggies and a little fruit are very cleansing for the systems.

REMEMBER: CHOOSE ORGANIC, AND LOOK FOR ‘COMMON GROUND’!

I have re-joined the Common Ground Organic Co-op, and I highly recommend it to you, too! The cost versus what I spend on organic is very reasonable here, plus it’s fun and I love meeting new people who think value healthy eating. They even have single share memberships available. Visit www.cgofarm.com to learn more! –

SPRING TUNE-UP REMINDER

Remember to call for your spring tune-up, too. Keep your immune system and peace of mind running smoothly. Believe it or not, the emotions with spring are anger, frustration and depression. A tune-up can help you deal effectively with these feelings, and lessen their power. Call us at 386-734-4126. In June, it will be time for the Summer Meridians tune-up (Heart/Small Intestine, Heart Protector and Triple Warmer Meridians).


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Source: http://www.bioticsresearch.com/

Biotics Research Corporation, an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of superior nutritional supplements available through healthcare professionals, responded to the recent report that revealed several weight-loss nutritional supplements have been reported to contain a never-before tested ingredient that’s closely related to amphetamines –– not the plant — indicated on their respective labels,– according to a Harvard-led study published online this week by the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

“This is just the latest example that underscores how critical it is for dietary supplement companies to have comprehensive testing programs. We often feel the minimally required testing just isn’t adequate. Nearly 40 years after starting our company, we continue to see the value in consumers getting their supplementation directly from healthcare professionals,”” said Denis DeLuca, President of Biotics Research. “”Now we have a situation where supplements meant to assist consumers in weight loss have been reported to contain chemicals which may potentially be detrimental.”

The products, which were sold under various brand names in retail outlets across the country to the general public, have been reported to contain chemicals similar to amphetamines.

In response to this and other recent events, and in its continuing efforts to help educate the public, Biotics Research has prepared patient education materials for thousands of doctors around the world to hand out to their patients, as well as counter displays for each practice and clinic. (See Biotics’ Quality Control brochure here.)

“For nearly four decades we’ve worked closely with our global network of healthcare practitioners in an effort bring a new level of awareness to patients regarding the importance of Quality Control to the source of their supplementation. It’s important for healthcare professionals to do their due diligence on behalf of their clients, because not all supplements are created equal,”added Mr. DeLuca.


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IMG_7817Yesterday, a patient glanced at me with a puzzled look in her eyes when I talked about her Liver Blood and Qi. Even though I talk and think in Acupuncture terms and have done so every day for the last 19 years, I sometimes forget the terminology might be brand new to a new patient.

If that’s the case with you, please just remind me that it is all new to you. I ALWAYS have time to spend with you and am happy to clarify anything you do not understand.

I wrote my second, Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy Life, to help people understand why and how Acupuncture works. Check it out and find tools to help you live a healthier life. The book is available as an e-book or you can pick up a hard copy in our office. Or, you might find it interesting to have a card with your Chinese Diagnosis on it; just ask me for one.

Here is a brief guide to some terms to help you get back to basics with Acupuncture terms! The following is a list of words and phrases you may hear me say when you come for a treatment:

  • Balance – Balance is what we try to achieve on every visit. You have balance in your life and body when everything feels “right.” With balance, you have the energy to do what you want, sleep well and feel good after you eat.
  • Qi – Qi is the most important part of us. Qi (chee) is invisible, but the effects are not. Qi is everywhere and everything; it is energy and more. When you wake planning your next nap you know you are Qi deficient. When you crave certain foods (salty and sweet are the most common) you know you are Qi deficient.
    Here’s a visual example: When you see leaves and branches move – you think you are seeing wind, but you are seeing the effects of Qi.
  • Gu Qi – We also have Gu QI– that digests our food. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians work with Gu Qi.
    And, each Meridian has its own Qi.
  • Meridian – Most people remember my comparison of the human body to a Christmas tree with strands of lights. Those stands are the Meridians. They have names: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Gall Bladder, Heart, Small Intestine, Kidney, and Bladder, Pericardium and Triple Warmer. These Meridians do things with those organs and much more. At this time of year, spring, the Meridians are Liver and Gall Bladder. These Meridians are associated with the eyes, tendons and ligaments. Symptoms can be rib pain, headaches, blood pressure, eye problems and sleep problems. The emotions are anger, frustration, lack of courage and depression. These conditions can be treated with Acupuncture and proper nutrition.

One of the easiest ways you can take care of yourself during and between treatments is to eat better. Foods that are the most beneficial for Spring (Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians) are black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, crabs, peppermint, vinegar, beef, chicken cherries, coconut, figs, grapes, tomatoes, lentils, potatoes ( sweet & red small) and tofu. I also recommend eating beets during this time to help clean the liver.


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Dr. Mercola had a great article recently about organic foods and pesticides.

Doc and I are like everybody else: We have a food budget. I was concerned about the higher food costs, but felt so strongly about eating organic foods. Four years ago I started eliminating grains from our diet. We did a transition process. We stopped eating cereals first. That saved $4 a week. I substituted eggs (local or organic) with veggies and lean meat or cheese.

We also use the FIT FOOD by Xymogen (available at our clinic) most days. We switched from cows milk to almond milk (same price). With the FIT FOOD (taken at 6:30 a.m.) we realized we were not experiencing a blood sugar slump around 10 a.m. (so no snack needed!), and were barely ready for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Each week, I stopped buying one GMO-processed veggie filled with pesticides, and replaced it with an organic one. After a month, I noticed our food bill did NOT increase. I also noticed I was not throwing away veggies that were hard one day and then rotten two days later. The best thing was the organic vegetable tasted much better. It took two years to continue this process. Still, our food bill is the same as it was four years ago. We are healthier, have no joint pains and sleep better.

The best change was to organic butter – WOW – what a different taste!

Most of our organic food comes from the local stores and the DeLand Natural Market. We have belonged to local co-ops and that was the best place for the freshest food.

What’s your organic food experience? Let us know on our Facebook page and we’ll share it!


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In Oriental Medicine, each Meridian has a season that represents a changing of where a different set of Meridians are active. Spring is the season for the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians; they care for the organs of liver and gall bladder as well as the eyes, blood, tendons and ligaments, and feelings such as anger, frustration and courage.

The Liver Meridian. A stagnated Liver Meridian can lead to headaches, migraines, constipation and a bitter taste. Sour is the flavor for spring, so to alleviate this experience, try adding some lemons, pears, apples, grapefruit, kiwi, mandarin orange, olives, pineapple, strawberries, tangerines and tomatoes to your meal plan. (Read more about this in my article about organic food.)

Blood Stagnation and the Liver Meridian. The Liver Meridian can be responsible for Qi and Blood Stagnation — and these can be the cause of a variety of pains. Acupuncture helps relieve the stagnation. To help your body heal from pain, include chestnuts, chili peppers, chives, crabs, onions, mustard leaves, peaches and vinegar in your diet.

Blood deficiency and foods that help. Blood Deficiency needs tonics to build us up, and Blood Deficiency may leave a person pale, weak, dizzy and tired. Has anyone said you are anemic? After childbirth or surgery, one can develop a blood deficiency. Eating adzuki beans, apricots, beef, beets, eggs, dark leafy greens, figs, grapes, kidney beans, parsley, sardines and watercress helps build up your blood.

The Liver Meridian and our eyes. The Liver Meridian works with our eyes. Foods that help this are cucumbers, tofu, water chestnuts and chicken.

It’s time to detox. Simple detox procedures are always good for the body in the spring, since this time of the year represents new growth and releasing the old. Black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, crabs, peppermint, plums, saffron, chicory, vinegar and wine help with a detox and support the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians.

One of my favorite detox foods is beets. I eat one every day in the spring. Also, I recommend Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain. We are seeing incredible, yes, incredible changes in our patients who are following his recommendations.

How much fruit should you eat this season? I recommend only one serving of fruit a day; keep it under 15 grams of fructose. (See my list.) Be sure to eat enough protein – especially eggs, chicken, clams and crabs every day.


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ONE STEP CLOSER TO INSURANCE COVERAGE — I read in ACUPUNCTURE TODAY that in November, the Joint Commission (the principal accrediting agency for health care organizations) is working on improving the access to integrative care (acupuncture is one of them) throughout the United States. They are elevated the potential values of “non-pharmacologic” approaches. This means we are one step closer to insurance coverage for all.ACUPUNCTURE FOR PAIN AND SLEEP — My favorite website, www.HealthCMI.com, reported in November that acupuncture increases u-opioid receptors ( the “feel good” chemicals I talk about) involved in the reduction of referred pain. Acupuncture relieves Fibromyalgia pain and helps sleep, too. 

ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES OF ACUPUNCTURE POINTS — A recent study at a Japanese University that featured a specialized CT scan showed acupuncture points have anatomical structures. There are real distinctions between acupuncture points and non-acupuncture points. Acupuncture points have microvascular structures and can be seen around thick blood vessels. This is very exciting news! The study documented that acupuncture reduces pain, autonomic nervous system dysfunction and mental illness in Parkinson patients. 

SUGAR 101 — Finally. let’s talk about sugar consumption. According to Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, sugar acts as a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin (poison) when consumed in excess. We consume more than 20 times of sugar than or ancestors did! It is in almost every processed food on the market, and one of the labels it comes under is “high fructose corn syrup,” among others. For the average person there is a daily consumption of about 20 teaspoons a day. Kids are at a greater risk. Eating whole foods, not processed foods, is the best diet. Eating less sugare CAN be done, even in the typical busy lives we lead. I can help with ideas and menus if you need them! Remember: Fruit is a sugar also, and try not to consumer more than 15-25 grams of fructose a day. Check out the list on my website.


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51lPZw1WaOL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Winter is the season for the Kidney and Blatter meridians. Foods you can eat to replenish your Kidney and Bladder Meridian, and a Yin Tonic for winter, are apples, asparagus, eggs, clams, kidney beans, walnuts, yams, lemons, tomatoes, dill, green beans and plums.

Remember to eat six servings of protein a day (nuts, eggs, cheese, lean beef, fish, chicken and legumes/ beans). A serving is 14 nuts, 1 egg or a piece of meat the size of your hand. Beans can go into almost every recipe and ½ cup is a serving.

Avocados are showing up in the stores and at a great price thsi season, too. It is a wonderful source of heart- and brain-healthy monosaturated fat, and is low in fructose.  It also regulates blood sugar levels.

Besides fiber, avocados have nearly 20 essential health–boosting nutrients, according to Dr. Mercola’s recent report. (I love him and Dr. Perlmutter!) You can use it as a avocado as a replacement in baking – use equal amounts. I have eaten a wonderful chocolate pudding made with avocado; you’d never know it was in there.  They also are rated low on the pesticide application, so you can buy regular and save your organic food dollars for strawberries!

I still feel the “No Grain” meal plan is the best. (We now have the cookbook available at our center).  We have seen amazing results in people who follow the No Grain meal plan. There is a transition time to accomplish it, so you may not be best suited to go “cold turkey”.  Don’t get discouraged — TRY IT. It really is worth it.  You get started by limiting or eliminate all grains from your diet, even for just three weeks. This has been the best meal plan I have seen.  We’ve been recommending it for more than four years now.

The best “side effect” of the no grain meal plan is the disappearance of joint pain. And, weight loss! People ont he plan have lost anywhere from nine to 25 lbs in four months. On the plan, we sleep better and our memories improve.  It’s easy to do the transition if you are WILLING to do it.  Doc told someone he lost 15 lbs last year and did not know why – I forgot to mention to him we were eliminating grains! And one year later, we both are still slimmer.


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There are so many veggie options for this soup. Save and freeze them for the perfect simmering opportunity.

There are so many veggie options for this soup. Save and freeze them for the perfect simmering opportunity.

Here’s my favorite soup recipe. There are articles and cookbooks coming out about the benefit of bones cooked in soup; it’s funny how old things have become new again, such as including bones in cooking soup broth. Our moms always did that. Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) had a great article and recipe on Nov. 23, titled, “Bone Broth: A most nourishing food for virtually any ailment.” You can freeze turkey bones, too, if you have some leftover from Thanksgiving last week. (I’m not sure it has the same benefit as chicken but it tastes and smells delicious!) Nourishing soups heal our body and mind. So get out that crock pot and start healing!

• 1 bottle of V8 juice (Note: use the low-sodium version with the green cap) and 1 large can of low-sodium beef or chicken broth in crockpot.
• Any frozen or fresh veggies (NOT CORN); Small red and sweet potatoes are good; Save your leftover veggies in the freezer, even the tops to the celery, and use them in this soup.
• ¼ cup of any vinegar (You won’t taste it, and it pulls the minerals out.)
• Garlic and any of your favorite herbs and spices for soup
• Raw or leftover meat with bones

Simmer for 6 hours. Can be eaten for breakfast, too! Enjoy with eggs, nuts or cheese for added protein.


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Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Well, here we are again in one of the sweetest and busiest months of the year: December. It can be stressful. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? Definitely not!

Throughout the past year, you have read in my articles that each season governs a couple of meridians. Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Kidney and Bladder Meridians’ acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe. (That last Acupoint is famous for turning a “breech baby.”)

You can help the above functions…
You can help your health and problems with the above functions by rubbing your feet. Start at the bottom up around the ankle bones, move to the inside ankle bone. And, rubbing along your spine and on your head to the eyebrows will help the Bladder Meridian. Rub your foot for about one minute and move to the other. You can’t do it wrong or miss the points – there are so many Acupoints on the feet. For low back pain or kidney bladder problems, sit on a chair and rub your low back up and down for a minute.

Food that helps, too…
Foods to help your Bladder Meridian are grapes, pears, strawberries, watermelon, celery, eggplants, chives, raspberries, water chestnuts, green beans, walnuts, carrots, lettuce and onions. Foods to help your Kidney Meridian are black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, caraway seeds, dill, plums, pork, string beans, tangerines, walnuts. For kidney stones, eat star fruits and walnuts. For kidney weakness, eat kidney beans and sweet potatoes.

Foods and emotions of the season…
Foods for the winter season are artichokes, barley, clams, crabs, millet, oysters and seaweed. If you are on a restricted diet and cannot eat one of the above foods – don’t!

The emotions for the season are fear and anxiety. Remember to breathe in deeply, hold for the count of four, exhale deeply, and repeat four times – as often as possible. Try to work up to a count of 7, 14, and then 32. Be sure to ask for my help when you come in for your Kidney and Bladder Meridian tune up.

Wishing you all the best to get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy!


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I51lPZw1WaOL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ recommend the “No Grain” diet for optimal energy and health, and I recommend it for three weeks at a time.

You can start now and in three weeks when Thanksgiving comes, eat a moderate amount of your favorite things. Then, resume the “No Grains” diet December 1, and by Christmas you can add grains.  (By now you will find your carb cravings are a lot less.)

Start again on January 2nd, and after three weeks, pay attention to how you feel without the grains – many people have less pain and lose weight with more energy. Start enjoying the No Grain diet. You may never go back to your old eating habits again!

For more information go to  www.drperlmutter.com or read his bestselling book, “Grain Brain.” Dr. Mutter also has a new cookbook for sale; we have both in our office available for purchase. I promise you, the “Grain Brain” way of eating will change your life!

To help you prevent or relieve symptoms we have many high-quality supplements available in our clinic, too. (See this post for details). Anytime, you may email me at debra@acudebra.com or call us at 386-734-4126 to make a plan to schedule your tune up, too.

The “No Grain” Daily Food List

  • Eat 6 servings of the following: chicken, tuna, fish, and eggs (1-2), beef, nuts (14), cheese (1 oz) and 1 cup of beans for fiber and a sense of fullness.
  • Eat 7-9 servings of veggies a day (lettuce can be eaten but not counted).   Use lemon, olive oil and or vinegar for your dressing. Try kale in your salad or “ recipe on our website.
  • Use lots of herbs & spices but limit salt. Only 1 piece of fruit a day but no juice unless it is a veggie /tomato juice.
  • DO NOT EAT cereals, grains, bread, pasta,macatoni crackers, rice, oatmeal, cakes, and cookies.
  • You can eat little red potatoes but only 1 serving 3 times a week – sweet potatoes are great and you can eat 1 a day.  Drink plenty of water.  If you are used to drinking milk – only 8 oz a day.  Try Almond Milk – the vanilla flavored 30 calorie one is very popular.  Limit coffee and tea – try green and herbal teas.
  • No soy products.

 


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Right now, we are halfway through autumn – the season for the Lung/Large Intestine Meridian. The good news is we have been treating fewer sore throats, sinus symptoms and bowel problems this season than last year around this time, and what we have been treating is not as severe. That’s wonderful!

I believe it’s because more of you are getting your tune-ups and taking your supplements. Remember: It is really important to get your Acupuncture treatment every three months, too. The whole immune system is easily strengthened by Acupuncture and nutrition, working harmoniously together.

For those of you that have problems with colds, sinus congestion or running noses with sneezing, we can help. We have a complete homeopathic pharmacy for all of these! And, I’m happy to say we are able to shorten the duration of symptoms and alleviate the pain quicker with Acupuncture and homeopathy. In some cases, patients we eliminated the symptoms within four hours! Call for your appointment as soon as possible at 386-734-4126. You don’t have to have a treatment at the same time, its just a great idea to do so if you can. (PS – If you feel you may be getting a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water with the first inkling of it. If there is phlegm, slice a lemon, put salt on it suck on the the slice quickly.)

November is here, and I know it’s the beginning of a stressful time for most people. My advice is that you try not to listen to the news. Truly, if you really need to know something, someone will tell you. Remember, too, that Acupuncture can help you cope with the craziness of the holidays. Make a choice to not go crazy!

Control your stress with deep breathing. First, take a deep breath count to four – hold it for the count of four and release it for a count of four. Do this again. Breathing like this will relieve your symptoms of stress.  Nothing is more important than good health.  With good health you CAN cope with anything!

And of course, we tend to overeat starting now to January 1st. Did you know the average American gains more than seven pounds each year, and usually doesn’t lose it? This doesn’t have to be you! Change your behaviors and make better choices.

Don’t forget about the “No Grain” diet I recommend. I favor the No Grain diet for three weeks at a time. You can start now and in three weeks when Thanksgiving comes, eat a moderate amount of your favorite things. Then, resume the “No Grains” diet December 1, and by Christmas you can add grains.  (By now you will find your carb cravings are a lot less.)  Start again on January 2nd, and after three weeks, pay attention to how you feel without the grains – many people have less pain and lose weight with more energy. Start enjoying the No Grain diet!

Fondly,
Dr. Rusty


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Each cold and flu season, millions of people rely on OTC (over-the-counter) medicines to relieve cold, cough, and flu symptoms.  Those medicines may provide temporary relief, but they are not without unwanted side effects and warnings. This year, try to prevent illness, relieve symptoms and restore your good health these natural nutritional supplements:

PREVENT your illness by strengthening your immune system, and enable your body to better recognize and fight off invading flu viruses and colds, with these:

ENGYSTOL

  • Strengthen the natural immune response
  • Help protect against subsequent flu and cold viral infections

BIO-IMMUNOZYME FORTE

  • Broad spectrum product known to support immune function

CYTO-ZYME THY

  • Immune system booster

IgG 2000 DF

  • Immune system booster

PROBIOTICS

  • Ask Doctor for the best formula and dosage for you or your child

VITAMIN D

  • Ask Doctor for dosage information

RELIEVE your symptoms with these:

ENGYSTOL

  • Has been used empirically to prevent the development of acute systems when taken either before or at the first sign of flu or common cold symptoms
  • Research has revealed the activity against viruses, such as influenza, 2 adenovirus Type 5, Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV 1) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

CYTOZYME-THY

  • Use with viral or bacterial infections, croup

IMMUNO-gg

  • Formulated to provide immune support for viral conditions and other immune problems

SINUS SPRAY

  • Nasal congestion, rhinitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms

SINUS TABLETS BHI

  • Sinusitis and rhinitis, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and headache

COUGH BHI

  • Wet and dry coughs, coughs due to colds and flu

THROAT BHI

  • Minor sore throat, laryngitis, hoarseness

FLUPLUS BHI

  • Symptoms of flu and colds, chills, fever, nausea, body aches, fatigue

BIO-C PLUS 100

  • Use with inflammation, colds, flu, fever, fatigue, stress, and healing

NAUSEA BHI

  • Nausea or vomiting, dyspepsia, bloating, and constipation

RESTORE a weak or vulnerable immune system that over time can lead to more serious conditions with these:

PROBIOTICS

  • Ask Doctor for best formula and dosage for you

DETOX KIT by ViaTREXX

  • After recovering from an illness use to flush toxins and help restore immune function

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Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

It seemed like autumn “popped” out in one day…and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance.

Yellow pollen has been everywhere the past two weeks. While the rain the past few days will help keep the pollen down, it also makes the allergens worse.

People are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches following that. Right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season.” Of course, I know the best solution is Acupuncture, but the tips below help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter seasonal changes. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and there are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

Try these tips:

1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you wore during yard work. After working in the yard, take your clothes off in the garage, then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it either.

2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!

3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses, or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said to put a ‘pinch of baking soda in it’ recently. He also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!

4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey). Any tea will do.

5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt) and eat it quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent, according to Oriental Medicine.

6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face, and breathe in and out.

8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel after eating this.

9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful to combat seasonal allergies. We have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic. These are very safe and very effective, AND inexpensive. You can call me at 386-736-734-4126 or e-mail me at debra@acudebra.com if you can’t get into the clinic. We’ll assemble a prescription for you.

10. Rub your face gently, but firmly, around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A significant Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”

11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

12. In Oriental Medicine, green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots are recommended for staving off allergies.

13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog…which you also can do in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

14. If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET – the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it or go to our website and read more about it (http://www.acudebra.com/services/). Also, check out the video (“Take a Tour”) of our office, and learn more about what we do, and what we can do for you.

Please – do yourself a big favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy. We’re here to talk with you – 386-734-4126.


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“I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.” Dr. Rusty

Do you recall how last year, at this same time, it was cooler. As a matter of fact, just last week we had some of the hottest days in three years!

Labor Day is here and in lots of states that says summer is over, but it’s not over here, for sure! But, there’s also something interesting that happens around this time of year. Patients come in with different symptoms. We’re still treating nausea, a tight band feeling around heads and a general hot yucky feeling (late summer Spleen & Stomach Meridians).  In addition, this past week, people have started showing up with sinus, constipation and skin rashes. Usually this happens closer to the actual date of autumn.

The Lung meridian takes care of the lungs and skin. The Large Intestine Meridian works with the sinuses, throat and the bowels. They are affected by dry weather. The emotions for these the Lung and Large Intestine meridians are grief, sorrow and “letting go.” Are you feeling these emotions right now?

We have noticed just in the first two weeks after school starts, children come down with “colds.”  Adults start showing signs a couple of weeks after that.  Our “regular” patients – the ones that come in monthly or every three months — are not getting sick. We’ve seen just a few mild sore throats and sinus congestion.

I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.  The time to depend on a “prescription” to fix us is over! Remember, Acupuncture can help eliminate these troublesome symptoms even in a few hours. We have many homeopathic formulas as well as herbal for these symptoms and to help prevent them from coming on.  And, we can do homeopathic injections (the needle is really tiny and short) to help prevent or treat.

If you think you are catching something try the following techniques and foods to eliminate the symptoms:

  • Rubbing around your nose, around your collar bone, from your thumb up your arm to your collar bone and by the nail bed (outside) on your second finger up your arm across your neck, on your face to your nose will help stimulate these 2 Meridians.
  • Foods to eat in this season for the Lung are carrots, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, grapes, green onions, honey, olives, peanuts, pears, peppermints, persimmons, radish, tangerines, walnuts, water chestnuts.
  • To help the Large Intestine Meridian, eat tofu, black pepper, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, honey, lettuce, nutmeg, persimmons, salt, and spinach.
  • For asthma problems, add pumpkin to your diet.
  • Constipation? Add bananas, Chinese cabbage, pears, spinach and sweet potatoes.
  • For coughs, use honey and lemon mixed together, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, tangerines, carrots and asparagus also help.
  • Sore throats feel better with pineapple juice.

For more information about these meridians and much more about treating things you’re experiencing, read my books, “Sensitivities,” and “Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy, Long Life” are available at Amazon.com or in our clinic.


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Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Year after year, a few weeks before the season changes, we see symptoms coming in. In Oriental Medicine, there is a season called “late summer.” And, it will be here soon!

The interesting part of this story is late summer brings on symptoms we all call “food poisoning,” or a “summer cold.” In Oriental Medicine, we have seasons that correspond with Meridians. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians will be focused in August. Oriental Medicine has in its corner thousands of years of watching people and their symptoms, matching them with the seasons…and all these years later, the explanations still apply. In my practice, I find these tried and true “seasons” help make my focus on patients and their symptoms a bit easier. After 15 years in practice, I still see it…the same symptoms and problems every season – 2 weeks before the changes occur.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians work with digesting food, building blood, and transforming and transporting nutrients. It deals with dampness (heavy feeling), sinus congestions, headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head), muscle cramps and aches, edema, diarrhea, nausea and phlegm. These are the problems my patients are coming in for help with regularly right now.

The flavor of the season: SWEET

The flavor of this season is sweet. People LOVE ice cream this time of year. Ice cream is damp in nature. Also causes our blood sugar to drop during the night. If you eat it – do so after dinner – and add nuts. Or eat a protein with it (eggs, cheese, and meat).

Eating tips for your best health in late summer

The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Incorporate them in your daily diet. Horseradish is great for sinus congestion.


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In our clinic, we are seeing a lot of problems associated with the Heart Meridian: insomnia, palpitations [fast heart rate], dizziness and that out-of-sorts feeling.

In our clinic, we are seeing a lot of problems associated with the Heart Meridian: insomnia, palpitations [fast heart rate], dizziness and that out-of-sorts feeling.

Summer is definitely upon us with warmer weather…and daily rains.

One of the meridians governed by Summer is the Heart Meridian.  In our clinic, we are seeing a lot of problems associated with the Heart Meridian: insomnia, palpitations [fast heart rate], dizziness and that out-of-sorts feeling.  If you are experiencing that out-of-sorts, hot, agitated, and ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me’ feeling that usually happens in the heat of the summer, come see us — Acupuncture can help. We have been hearing these comments earlier than usual this season.

In addition, the barometric pressure from storms can cause people to feel joint pain and/or tightness around the head, with a mild headache. Keep in mind that Acupuncture helps to make those symptoms go away.

We have also seen more Summer Colds; this is due to the long cold, damp and rainy winter we experienced. So please come in for your tune ups!

People sometimes say, “I thought it would go away.” And I like to ask, “Where did you think it would go?” Inflammation, the basis of most pain, doesn’t pick up and leave your body to go visit someone else.

Inflammation interferes with your normal balance of QI, Yin and Blood.  Balance is what gives us that internal harmony and creates the health you so rightly deserve. Experiencing health and balance is the normal way to live – living in pain is NOT.


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The Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine also is the home to a special series of summertime health and wellness topics taught by Lauren Griffin, M.A., LMHC.

The programs include the Lifeskills Toolbox Summer Series, June 19-July 24; OnTrac Weight Wellness Strategy Seminar, June 17 – July 15; No Sweat Summer Movement Series, June 18 – July 16; and the OnTrac Hoofers Club, June 14-28. Most classes (except OnTrac Hoofers Club) will be held at the Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine, 339 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Persons can register for the classes by calling Lauren Griffin at 386-801-2606, or The Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine at 386-734-4126.

Summertime Special Events Calendar www.LifeSkillsToolBox.com * Lauren Griffin, M.A., LMHC * 386-801-2606   Lifeskills Toolbox Summer Series — Join us in a discussion of the latest helpful lifestyle and wellness topics and learn how they can help you achieve your goals. Light refreshments served.

Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. June 19, 2014 Rapid Results MBT (Meridian Based Tapping)
June 26, 2014 Busting Procrastination: 10 Strategies That Work
July 10, 2014 Conquering Life Clutter: More Than Just Stuff
July 17, 2014 Relationship Rainbow: Friend, Foe, or Fooled
July 24, 2014 Love Lessons for Yourself: 7 Ways to Bloom
Tuition: $95 for all 5 events Free bonus participation in the OnTrac Hoofers Club ($60 Value) for all class participants.

OnTrac Weight Wellness Strategy Seminar
Open to everyone. Graduates of the OnTrac Wellness Series, PLUS anyone interested in learning more about weight loss and grain-free living will find support, helpful tools and proven ideas for implementing grain-free weight loss strategies into real life situations. Discussion encouraged. Graduates will learn new skills and newcomers will receive an Additional “OnTrac Get Up to Speed” Information Packet. Grain-free refreshments served.

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. June 17, 2014 Part One: What is Weight Wellness and What’s up with Grains?
June 24, 2014 Part Two: Implementing transitional grain-free weight loss strategies.
July 1, 2014 Part Three: Real tools on how to make your best choices.
July 8, 2014 Part Four: How to live grain-free and still have a life.
July 15, 2014 Part Five: Preparing for success.

Tuition: OnTrac Graduates: $95 for all 5 events Newcomers: $110 for all 5 events, plus the “OnTrac Get Up to Speed” Packet Free bonus participation in the OnTrac Hoofers Club ($60 Value) for all class participants.

No Sweat Summer Movement Series
Want to exercise while seated in an air conditioned space? Join us at the No Sweat Summer Movement Series where you’ll learn seated Qi Gong and other fun movement activities that can be done in a seated position. It will be worth the effort for the new insights, laughs and endorphin release alone. Of course light refreshments will be served..

Wednesdays, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. June 18, 2014 — More fun than you can possibly imagine and helpful movement too.
June 25, 2014 Even more fun and helpful movement.
July 2, 2014  Loads of learning and movement.
July 9, 2014 The laughter is the best part.
July 16, 2014 What a wonderful experience! Don’t miss out, join us.

Tuition: $60 for all 5 events Free bonus participation for all class participants in the OnTrac Hoofers Club ($60 Value)

OnTrac Hoofers Club (Optional with classes)
Free bonus for class participants ($60 Value)

Approval of Dr. Rusty is required for participation in the OnTrac Hoofers Club, a free bonus of optional scheduled group walks. Light refreshments will be served.

Dates and Locations:
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Bill Dregger’s Park, Wisconsin & High St.
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Bill Dregger’s Park, Wisconsin & High St.
Friday, June 20, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.  Bill Dregger’s Park, Wisconsin & High St.
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (evening)  Stetson University Fountain
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (evening) Stetson University Fountain

Tuition: Free bonus for all class participants. ($60 Value). Must have approval of Dr. Rusty for participation.


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The location of the acupuncture points for these meridians is on the hands and arms; as always these meridians connect with the others and tune- ups are important.

June has arrived and that means summer is in full swing in Florida.

In Oriental Medicine, summer governs the Heart and Small Intestine Meridians with the Triple Warmer and Pericardium Meridians.  Four meridians for summer, while the other seasons govern only two meridians, this makes the summer tune-up even more important.

  • The Heart Meridian works with the blood vessels and moves the blood through them.  An imbalance can lead to the experiences including: insomnia, palpations, nightmares, skipping pulse, pain in the tongue, feverish feelings and restlessness.
  • The Small Intestine Meridian works with elimination.
  • The Pericardium Meridian, the heart protector, along with the Triple Warmer Meridian, referred to as San Jiao, are not organs, they are meridians. This can sometimes get lost in translation and confusing, but these meridians are real in their effects on health and wellness.  The Pericardium protects the heart as it works with the emotions and most importantly it can help with hot flashes or the feeling of heat in the upper body.
  • The Triple Warmer (San Jiao) works with coordinating all the water functions in the body.  The descriptions are dated from the third century.  This meridian works with the three burners including: the lung area, on top; the stomach, which helps to churn food and the lower burner, working with elimination.  (Can you see why they called it a swamp area?)

The time of day for the Heart Meridian is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the Small Intestine from 1pm to 3 p.m. The Heart Protector Meridian work begins at 7 p.m. and runs to 9 p.m., with the Triple Warmer starting at 9pm ending at 11 p.m.

The location of the acupuncture points for these meridians is on the hands and arms; as always these meridians connect with the others and tune- ups are important.

Foods that support heath in this season are: asparagus, celery, chocolate, coffee, lettuce, vinegar, wine, ginseng, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.  These foods are bitter in nature and that is the flavor for the Heart and Small Intestine Meridian.

The name of my favorite acupuncture point is P-7, located on the inside of the wrist.  I use this Big Picture treatment for patients who are struggling with clarification or decision making.  This point is extremely helpful for these purposes – just ask me for it.  In Chinese Medicine this is called Daling, it clarifies the heart and calms the spirit.  P7 works with harmonizing the Stomach Meridian.

Point H7 works with eliminating insomnia and nightmares, palpations and loss of voice as well as many other problems. This point is located on the inside of the wrist near the little finger and is called Spirits Door or in Chinese, Shenmen.

TW5 or Outer Gate, Waiguan in Chinese, works with protecting the Wei Qi or defensive Qi. I use this if I feel a wind cold is affecting you. This one is located in the back of your arm just a few fingers up from your wrist.

A common point on the face near the ear is SI 19, Palace of Hearing or Tinggong.  Treatment in this area is used for earaches, tinnitus and hearing problems.

You can rub these points if you show any of the symptoms –it is your body – rub it. These meridians work with so many problems.  I include one of these meridians and acupuncture points in each treatment.


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DSC_0358Recently, a patient looked at me with questioning eyes when I spoke with about her Liver Blood and Qi. Even though I talk and think in acupuncture terms, and have done so every day for the last 18 years, I tend to forget the terminology might be brand new to a new patient. If this happens to you, please remind me! I always have time to spend with you, and am happy to clarify anything you don’t understand.

I wrote my second book, Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy Life, to help people understand why and how acupuncture works. Check it out and find tools to help you live a healthier life. The book is available as an e-book, or you can pick up a paperback copy in our office. Or, you might find it interesting to have a card with your Chinese Diagnosis on it; just ask me for one.

So, maybe you, too, have questions about the terms we use here everyday, or terms you’re curious about. If so, here is a brief guide to some terms to help you get back to basics with acupuncture vocabulary! The following is a list of words and phrases you may hear me say when you come for a treatment:

BALANCE – is what we try to achieve on every visit. You have balance in your life and body when everything feels ‘right’. You have the energy to do what you want, sleep well and feel good after you eat.

QI – the most important part of us. Qi (chee) is invisible but the effects are not. Qi is everywhere and everything. Qi is energy and more. When you wake planning your next nap you know you are Qi deficient. When you crave certain foods (salty & sweet are the most common) you know you are Qi deficient. When you see leaves and branches move – you think you are seeing wind but you are seeing the effects of Qi. We have GU QI- that digests our food. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians work with Gu Qi. Each Meridian has its own Qi.

Most people remember my comparison of the human body to a Christmas tree with strands of lights. Those stands are the MERIDIANS. They have names -Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Gall Bladder, Heart, Small Intestine, Kidney, and Bladder, Pericardium and Triple Warmer. These Meridians do things with those organs and MUCH more.

At this time we are in the spring; the Meridians are Liver and Gall Bladder. These Meridians are associated with the eyes, tendons and ligaments. Symptoms can be rib pain, headaches, blood pressure, eye problems and sleep problems. The emotions are anger, frustration, lack of courage and depression. These conditions can be treated with Acupuncture and proper nutrition.


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According to oriental medicine, the life-energy known as Qi flows through a system of meridians in our bodies.

A different set of meridians is active during each season. Spring is the season for the liver and gallbladder meridians, which not only care for the liver and gallbladder, but also the eyes, blood, tendons and ligaments. They also affect anger, frustration and courage.  A stagnated liver meridian can lead to headaches, migraines, constipation and a bitter taste in the mouth.

Because sour is the flavor for spring, try adding some of these tasty items to your meal plan – lemons, pears, apples, grapefruit, kiwi, mandarin oranges, olives, pineapple, strawberries, tangerines and tomatoes.

The liver meridian can be responsible for Qi and blood stagnation, which can cause pain almost anywhere in the body. Acupuncture helps to relieve the stagnation. You can help your body heal from pain by including the following foods in your diet – chestnuts, chili peppers, chives, crabs, onions, mustard leaves, peaches and vinegar.

Blood deficiency may leave a person pale, weak, dizzy and tired. Has anyone said you are anemic? After childbirth or surgery, one can develop a blood deficiency. If you have a blood deficiency, you need tonics to build you up. Eating the following foods helps to build up the blood – adzuki beans, apricots, beef, beets, eggs, dark leafy greens, figs, grapes, kidney beans, parsley, sardines and watercress.

The liver meridian works with our eyes.  Helpful foods include cucumbers, tofu, water chestnuts and chicken.

Simple detox procedures are always good for the body in the spring since this time of the year represents new growth and releasing the old. To help with detox and support the liver and gallbladder meridians, try black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, crabs, peppermint, plums, saffron, chicory, vinegar and wine.

I recommend only one serving of fruit a day; keep it under 15 grams of fructose. See my website for the list.  Be sure to eat enough protein – especially eggs, chicken, clams and crabs – every day.  Beets are one of my favorite detox foods. I eat one every day in the spring.

Also, we love recommending Dr. Perlmutter’s book, “Grain Brain.” We are seeing incredible, yes, incredible changes in our patients who are following his recommendations.

Spring has sprung early this year, with mixed-up weather – cold, rain, fog and then heat in February. We made it through another winter without any major viruses or flus; at least my patients did.  Acupuncture keeps the immune system working more efficiently and helps to fight off the bad germs.


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  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped (or jar)
  • Small can of tomato sauce
  • Small can of tomatoes
  • 1 cans chick peas rinsed and drained
  • ½ bag of frozen green beans, any style
  • 1 teaspoon each basil and oregano
  • Sea Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese if desired

 

Cook garlic and onions in olive oil

Add the rest of ingredients and heat thoroughly

 


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  • Slice 3 apples
  • Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 packages of Truvia
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
  • 14 walnuts or your choice

Bake 20 minutes or 5minutes in a microwave

3 servings

Freezes well

 


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  • 1 PACKAGE OF FRESH CRANBERRIES
  • 1 CUP OF HONEY

IN A SAUCEPAN – BRING TO A BOIL FOR 5 MINUTES.

CAN BE SERVED HOT OR COLD

YOU CAN ADD ORANGE JUICE OR PINEAPPLE JUICE OR STEVIA TO TASTE

 


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Wash and cut in half 10 small red potatoes.

Boil 10 minutes in salted water (1 tablespoon of salt)– check with a fork to see if they are tender.

Drain and either put in your mixer or use an “old fashioned” potato masher.

Add ½ cup of milk (or water) and ¼ stick of butter and mash or beat.

 


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  • 1 lb of ground turkey or beef (or none and 1 can of beans).
  • Chop 1 onion, 2 stalks of celery, 3 carrots, 2 garlic cloves ( or 2 tablespoons of dried garlic powder).
  • Cook the above in skillet with olive oil till tender.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried sage (if using turkey) and
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme and rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of frozen peas and or green beans

Pour into a baking dish.
Add frozen hash browns or make mashed potatoes and bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Top with shredded cheese if desired and bake 5 more minutes.


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  • 1 lb of lean ground chuck or round
  • 1 onion and 1 green pepper chopped
  • ½ cup of green olives sliced
  • 1 can green chilies, rinse
  • 1 small can tomato sauce (no salt)
  • 1 can of beans, pinto or kidney, rinse
  • 1teaspoon of cumin and Chile powder
  • Corn chips (organic if possible)
  • 1 to 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • ½ cup each of chopped green onions, tomatoes, lettuce, sliced jalapenos

Brown grown beef in a skillet and drain. Add to meat, onion & pepper and cook till tender.

Add olives, chilies, tomato sauce, beans and spices.

Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Pour into serving bowl and cover with cheese.

Top with raw veggies and serve with corn chips.


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Florida WinterThis beautiful winter weather has changed my idea for the newsletter. This is what a Florida winter really looks like – sunny and not too cold. The last 3 years we have been cold, windy and damp. This winter we have had a few days of cold, wind and damp. Our joints do not like those conditions and we protect ourselves by wearing warm clothes and eating warming foods (soups). Wearing hats and gloves.

In “winter” our brains tell us to go back deep into our caves (where the first people lived) and stay by the fire, huddle with loved ones and eat cooked foods.
We would not be eating oranges and tomatoes fresh from the groves or farms. We would not be eating lettuce or drinking iced drinks. At the end of the article I mention the best foods to add in winter.

We asked way too much of our brains and bodies to adapt – we have to adapt to electronics, speed and chemicals put in our food. Now we are asking ourselves to pretend its spring when we know it’s really winter.

There is a reason for going deep into our “cave” for a few months. We can regenerate new health. We can get more sleep since it gets darker earlier. Follow your bodies desire to go to bed even a ½ hour sooner than usual. When we sleep we heal. That is why I am always interested in how you are sleeping and offer many different supplements to sleep. Cuddle with your loved ones – human and furry. This stimulates feel good chemicals in the brain.

Valentine’s Day comes right smack dab in the middle of winter – good cuddle time.

You may have noticed a lot of people passing away this winter – we sure have! I’m hearing stories of how wonderful the person was. This is part of the healing process and very necessary for us. AND I have an idea – turn around and tell the person next to you how much you love and appreciate them – right now! Carry this feeling of love throughout your day. You will feel so much better and everyone around you will. Studies show if you smile or say something nice to someone even a stranger you and they will feel better all through the day. You will become less rattled or angry. Imagine – we can help heal those around us – not just ourselves. Enjoy February, our traditional month to remember LOVE!

Foods to eat to replenish our Kidney and Bladder Meridian and a Yin Tonic for winter are: Apples, asparagus, eggs, clams, kidney beans, walnuts, yams, lemons, tomatoes, dill, green beans and plums. Remember to eat six servings of protein a day (nuts, eggs, cheese, lean beef, fish, chicken and legumes/ beans).

Limit or eliminate all grains even for just 3 weeks. This has been the best meal plan I have seen. We’ve been recommending it for over 3 years now. The best “side effect” is joint pains go away. People have lost anywhere from 9 to 25 lbs in 4 months. We all sleep better and our memories improve. It’s easy to do the transition if you are WILLING to do it. Doc told someone he lost 15 lbs last year and did not know why – I forgot to mention to him we were eliminating grains!

Please help yourself and call for your Winter Tune –Up treatment. Patients that come in seasonally for 1 treatment reduce their chances of getting sick. We also have homeopathic medicine for symptoms . Just call – we can put something aside for you.

15% off ALL sleep aids in February


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shutterstock_22944526The OnTrac Weight Wellness program provides training and education in sessions about the emotional, behavioral and stress responses that occur during the shift to weight wellness from the Standard American Diet (SAD). The program is designed for anyone who desires weight wellness balance and improved skills for managing its stressors. OnTrac Weight Wellness is not a quick fix or unsustainable fad diet for temporary weight loss. OnTrac Weight Wellness addresses the root cause of imbalance that ultimately creates additional damage to health and rebound weight gain.

To be OnTrac is to learn new ways of thinking about pure whole food and ourselves. It’s about enjoying and loving pure whole food as a way to improve out health and weight wellness in the long term by reaching the full potential of our emotional; and physical well being. Are you OnTrac? You can be!

Classes are led by Lauren Griffin M.A., LMHC, Certified HeartMath Practitioner. Lauren has lost 58 pounds and counting following Dr. Rusty Gaffney’s “NO GRAIN” eating plan. Dr. Rusty Gaffney will help you understand the “NO GRAIN” meal plans and explain the modern misconception about nutrition and give personal nutritional advice as well.

Reserve your spot now for the next program beginning January 16, 2014 from 6:30-8 p.m. The $125 program includes seven sessions, handouts and delicious snacks.


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14Now it is a New Year and this one will be better! You’ve made the deal with yourself to improve your lifestyle – eat better, sleep more, move more (some people call it exercise, I call it fun!) and getting your Acupuncture treatments every season change; just one treatment four times a year will keep you healthy! I’ve heard the same stories all year, “How everyone in the office got sick and I didn’t” or in my family, group on a trip etc.; folks, this stuff works!

We also have available injections for symptoms of colds etc. that we can use for prevention; it’s with a teeny tiny needle and costs only $25. If you are a patient you can come in for one, or even better, one a month until Spring and you don’t need to get an Acupuncture treatment. Also remember we can email you the Nutritional Questionnaire. I will be happy to sit down with you and go over the results at no charge when you come in for your treatment. Allow us to go over your list of supplements and diet at no charge when you come in for your treatment; without a treatment we charge $25-50. There’s been some negative talk about supplements and consider the source––this is nothing new, it happens every year.

I promise you I will still attend classes and continue to learn as much as I can in Acupuncture and Nutrition to help you “Get Healthy, Be Healthy and Stay Healthy”.

A Gift to Yourself

Now that it’s finally over again and you are asking yourself, “why do I push myself so hard?”, take a look at the following ideas for recuperation:

Yes, you promised yourself you wouldn’t overeat or sample everything that passed your way these last six weeks but you did and now it’s time to “fix” your body.

The best way to start the New Year is with a “fast” of some kind. Now I’m not in favor of the traditional fast of just water for three days or something radical. You still have to get up every day and do your life. There is a simple and healthy way to do it and the house will smell good when you come home at work (at least on the first day).

Check your pantry. Make a list (see recipe below), go to the store; easy so far, right?

Get out your Crockpot (that BIG bowl that’s attached to an electric cord in the back of the cupboard–you’ll recognize it). Wash the dust out, still easy.

Dump, okay pour, two bottles of low sodium vegetable juice (red juice with green cap).

Add one package of low sodium vegetable, chicken or beef broth. Now the veggies (remember them?) colorful stuff not made with flour, sugar or fat. Frozen is great (they are actually picked at the height of their season and frozen as soon as possible sometimes that day). If you have access to good local winter veggies and or organic, do it! Okay, back to the frozen veggies, add whatever you like and maybe one or two you haven’t tried or don’t really care for; it’s only for three days – GROW, STRETCH, CHANGE – it’s a NEW YEAR! Kale is inexpensive, sweet tasty and loaded with wonderful nutrients needed to get you through the winter months and is easy to find at the store raw. Squash comes frozen or cubed in your fresh veggie section. Add lots of onions, all colors. Garlic, try fresh. If not, the stuff in the jar will do – lots! Canned tomatoes, high in lycopene. Green beans, carrots, spinach; raw beets with this will help the “detox” procedure. I use Oregano for the flavor and for its healthy benefits; it also gives this soup an “Italian” flavor. You can add more broth or juice if you have a really big crock pot. Then plug it in; six hours later your home smells sooooooo good!

You want to eat nine cups a day for three days split this up into three to six “meals”. Feel free to also eat raw or cooked veggies, too. And yes you can eat soup for breakfast. If you have trouble getting started in the morning, eat one egg cooked anyway you like without butter; and no bread! Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. You might experience a headache; drink more water or do whatever you need to do to get rid of it, napping helps if you can.

After the third day start by adding another egg and some chicken or fish with six servings of veggies and two servings of fruit, 14 nuts or ¼ cup of sunflower seeds. Notice what’s missing? That’s right; bread, cereals, pasta, rice and anything else that has flour or grains in it.

Okay, okay where’s the coffee? If you really, really have to, have one cup in the morning. Consider trying an herbal tea. Some have caffeine not a lot, but enough to keep you from major withdrawals. NO SODA! Take your vitamins as usual.

If you can stick to this plan for three weeks you will see a big difference in your energy levels and sleep. At anytime you can make another batch of soup and eat that with or without your meals.

If you are under a doctor’s orders not to eat vegetables, allergic or diabetic, by all means follow the doctor’s orders. Nutrition is simple and involved; you can start slow and make dramatic changes in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

It’s now a New Year, a New Day and you can have a New View on life. Make it your best!
Dr. Rusty


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Eat 15 grams or less a day

Avocado 0.3
Passion fruit 0.9
Kiwi 3
Strawberries 4 (1 cup)
Grapefruit 4 (1/2)
Tangerine 4
Nectarine 5
Orange 6
Apples 10-16
Banana 15
Pineapple 1 cup
Pears 16
Watermelon 18 (1 cup)
Grapes 25 (1 cup)
Mangoes 30


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1. As a rule don’t drink fruit juices.

2. Have you noticed all orange juice is the same color and flavor?
Additives and colorings are used. If you juice oranges, they are different in color and flavor.

3. In nature we would never eat 8 oranges or apples at a time.
That is how much is in 1 glass of juice. That is a lot of sugar (fructose) and very little fiber.

4. Eating a whole piece of fruit takes time, more chewing, more fiber and is more satisfying.

5. Veggie juices with one fruit at the most (low Glycemic fruits) is ok.

6. Drink water with coconut water in it for the electrolytes.

7. 1 apple has 44 calories of sugar. A can of soda has 80 calories of sugar. If you juice 2 apples you get as much sugar as a can of soda.

8. Fructose goes to the liver for processing, converts to fat and is sent to out fat cells. Eating 1 apple which has pectin/fiber takes longer and is easier for the body to handle. Fructose can damage the liver the same way alcohol does. It turns to fat not cellular energy like glucose.

9. Over the years our body becomes insulin resistant – having to process all sugars and we increase the storage of fat. The more sugar we eat the more our body has to release insulin and then fat is stored. Carbs are broken down during digestion, sugar gets into your blood, and your pancreas increases its output of insulin so glucose can get into your cells. Glucose is the correct sugar for our body to use.

10. Fatty liver disease is a result of this process over years.

11. Veggies are carbs – they just get processed in a different way.
The water and fiber don’t affect the blood sugar the same way.

12.1700 we ate 4 lbs of sugar a year. Today 25% of Americans eat over 134 grams of sugar a day.

13. Eat 13 grams of Fructose or less a day.

14. Eating fruit does not satisfy us as eating high protein or fat foods.

15. The hypothalamus gland helps us feel full. Eating fructose may program us to consume more calories. Fructose triggers hunger pains.


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thanksgivingWe are half way through autumn, the season for the Lung/Large Intestine Meridian. We treated less sore throats, sinus symptoms and bowel problems this season than any other year. I believe it is because more of you are getting your tune ups and taking your supplements. It is really important to get your Acupuncture treatment every three months. The whole immune system is easily strengthened by Acupuncture and nutrition.

For those of you that have problems with colds, sinus congestion or running noses with sneezing, we can help. Happily we are able to shortened the duration of symptoms and alleviate the pain quicker with Acupuncture and homeopathy. In some patients we eliminated the symptoms in four hours!

We have homeopathic injections available (with a teeny tiny needle) for $25 that help to boost the immune system meridians.

Call for your appointment as soon as possible. You don’t have to have a treatment at the same time, it’s just a great idea.

Keep in mind to gargle with warm salt water with the first inkling of a sore throat. If there is phlegm, slice a lemon, put salt on it and it the slice quickly. We also have a complete homeopathic pharmacy for any symptom.

November is here which means the beginning of a stressful time for most people. Acupuncture can help you cope with the craziness (self imposed – we do have choices) of the holidays. It does seem we are starting earlier this year – everyone is ready for winter.

Try this technique to see if it helps. First take a deep breath count to four – hold it for the count of four and release it for a count of four. Do this again. Breathing like this will relieve your symptoms of stress. Nothing is more important than good health. With good health you can cope with anything!

For some reason we tend to over eat starting now to Jan. 1st. The average American gains over 7 lbs each year and usually does not lose it. You can be willing to change your behaviors and make better choices. Most of my patients know I favor the“No Grain” food plan for 3 weeks at a time. You can start now and in three weeks when Thanksgiving comes, eat a moderate amount of your favorite things. Resume the “No Grains” food plan December 1st and by Christmas you can add grains. By now you will find your carb cravings are a lot less. Start again January 2nd and after three weeks pay attention to how you feel without the grains; many people have a lot less pain. We have had reports of losing 7-24 pounds within three months. See the food plan to the right. We plan to start another Our OnTrac Weight Wellness class has been very successful and we plan to start another one in January.

Wishing you all a peace filled, love filled Thanksgiving season. Please know I am grateful for your confidence.

Fondly,  Rusty Gaffney

No Grains Food Plan

Eat six servings of the following: chicken, tuna, fish, and eggs (1-2), beef, nuts (14), cheese (1 oz) and 1-2 cups of beans for fiber and a sense of fullness.

Eat 7-9 servings of veggies a day (lettuce can be eaten but not counted). Use lemon, olive oil and or vinegar for your dressing. Try kale in your salad or make a veggie soup and add it in the last five minutes.

Use lots of herbs and spices but limit salt; only one piece of fruit a day but no juice unless it is a veggie/tomato juice.

Do not eat cereals, grains, bread, crackers, rice, oatmeal, cakes, and cookies.

You can eat little red potatoes but only one serving three times a week; sweet potatoes are great and you can eat one a day. Drink plenty of water. If you are used to drinking milk, drink only 8 oz. a day. Try Almond Milk; the vanilla flavored 40 calorie one is very popular. Limit coffee and tea and try green and herbal teas. No soy products.

For more information go to Dr.Pearlmutter’s website or read his bestselling book – Grain Brain. It will change your life.


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Debra Gaffeny AcupunctureIt seemed like autumn “popped” out in one day, and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance! Yellow pollen was everywhere the past two weeks. The recent rain has helped to keep the pollen down but made the allergens worse. People are complaining from sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week and runny noses with headaches this past week; right on schedule according to the ancient Asians.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season; of course I think the best solution is Acupuncture but these help with the symptoms that come with Autumn/Winter. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and there are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

  • Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.
  • Wash your hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands!
  • Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said to put a pinch of baking soda in it. He also said Acupuncture was “the best of the best” for pain relief.
  • Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.
  • Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt); eat quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.
  • Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.
  • Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.
  • Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel.

Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful. We have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic. These are very safe and very effective plus inexpensive. You can call or email me if you can’t get into the clinic and we will put together a prescription for you.

Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web”.

Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

In Oriental Medicine the following foods are recommended for allergies: green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus. Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool; it keeps your Qi flowing. One of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed

If you did the protocol and still have problems, call us right away! That is so rare and we want everybody feeling great.

Please do yourself a big favor and call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.
Fondly, Dr. Rusty


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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Bring to a boil 2 cups of water
Add 1 cup of quinoa
Simmer for 15 minutes – it will look like “cereal”
While you are waiting chop 1 head of parsley, 1 onion, 1 tomato,
Add the cooked quinoa to the veggies, add juice of 1 lemon and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
You may add feta cheese, carrots, celery and legumes ( chick peas go well) Chill and enjoy!

Quinoa for Breakfast

Cook quinoa as above.
While hot add almond or cow’s milk.
Sweeten with honey, molasses’s or stevia
You may add some berries, chopped apples or dried cranberries


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Eggs – any way you like
Add quinoa and scramble with butter (it is a “good “food).
You may sauté onions and veggies to this dish.
Cheese is allowed – make sure it is real cheese!!
OR
Anything you had leftover. Only TV and advertising tell us we have to have cereal for breakfast.
OR
FIT FOOD – our functional meal replacement. It comes in chocolate, vanilla and berry. Mix with water, almond or cow’s milk. 1 scoop with 8 oz. Keeps blood sugar stable also.
OR
Cooked veggies, salad, soup (that recipe comes next week).
Add 14 nuts or ¼ cup of seeds or 1 oz of cheese.
OR
Quinoa as a hot cereal.
This is the time to get creative, feel free to share your ideas with us.
Quinoa Recipes here

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Autumn is the Season for the
Lung and Large Intestine Meridian

Finally a slight cool breeze and low humidity this morning; Fall is coming later this month and in a lot of states Labor Day means summer is over. Not so much here except something interesting also happens around this time; patients come in with different symptoms. We’re still treating nausea, a tight band feeling around heads and a general hot yucky feeling (late summer Spleen & Stomach Meridians). This past week people have started showing up with sinus, constipation and skin rashes, usually this happens closer to the actual date of autumn.

The Lung Meridian takes care of the lungs and skin. The Large Intestine Meridian works with the sinuses, throat and the bowels. They are affected by dry weather. We have noticed two weeks after school starts; children come down with “colds”. Adults start showing signs a couple of weeks after that. Our regular patients – the ones that come in monthly or every three months are not getting sick. We’ve seen just a few mild sore throats and sinus congestion. I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more and we need to do just that. The time to depend on a prescription to fix us is over. Remember Acupuncture can help eliminate these troublesome symptoms even in a few hours. If you think you are catching something, try the following techniques and foods to eliminate the symptoms.

Rubbing around your nose, around your collar bone, from your thumb up your arm to your collar bone and by the nail bed (outside) on your second finger up your arm across your neck, on your face to your nose will help stimulate these two Meridians.

Foods to eat in this season for the Lung are: carrots, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, grapes, green onions, honey, olives, peanuts, pears, peppermints, persimmons, radish, tangerines, walnuts, water chestnuts. To help the Large Intestine Meridian eat: tofu, black pepper, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, honey, lettuce, nutmeg, persimmons, salt, and spinach.

For asthma problems add pumpkin to your diet; for constipation, add bananas, Chinese cabbage, pears, spinach and sweet potatoes. Use honey and lemon mixed together, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, tangerines, carrots and asparagus to help with coughs. Sore throats feel better with pineapple juice.
The emotions for these two meridians are grief, sorrow and letting go.

This Thursday I will be heading to my state Acupuncture conference and will be back in the clinic on Monday with new information to help you.

No Grains
They Cause Inflammation

Okay, that’s old news, but it still is worth mentioning. Over the past three years many of my patients have been successful with improved health as well as weight loss with my meal plan that eliminates grains in their daily diet. One of my nutritional mentors is Dr. David Pearlmutter. Dr. Pearlmutter latest book is called The Grain Brain which has some great information and I would highly recommend reading it.

Smile at a stranger today and help make their world better. Hug someone you know and make their world better. A funny thing will happen, your world will be better then too.

Most Fondly, Dr. Rusty


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In my quest to help you achieve great health I recommend you give this meal plan a try for 3 weeks. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. This plan helps eliminate pain and can help you lose those stubborn pounds especially around the “middle”.
This plan is base on high quality protein, high in fiber and low Glycemic index foods.

PROTEIN: chicken, eggs, tofu, fish, beef, cheese, legumes, nuts- 6 servings a day

LEGUMES – kidney, butter, chick peas, lentils, – 1 serving can be 1 cup

VEGETABLES: 7 servings a day (V8 juice – 1 cup counts) – 1 serving is ½ cup
All the GREEN salad you want – avoid corn, eat only small red potatoes (2 times a week) sweet potatoes (2 times a week) otherwise – all vegetables- experiment-
Spaghetti Squash is great with tomato sauce

FRUIT – 2 servings a day – apples, melons, papaya, berries, cherries, grapefruit, oranges pineapple (fresh),pears, peaches, plums, lemon juice (These are low Glycemic fruits)

****QUINOA is a seed that cooks and tastes like a grain – can be used as a cereal, dessert or side dish. There are lots of recipes on the “net”.

FATS: Nuts, seeds, oils, olive oil – 1 tablespoon, 2 pats of butter, do not use margarine or a butter substitute, avocado (1/2) Nuts or seeds (1/4 cup) 1 serving a day

DAIRY: half/half – 1 tablespoon, 4 oz. skim milk- if you are used to drinking milk
Almond Milk 8 oz. – NO SOYMILK

WATER: 8 glasses, decaf or regular tea and coffee, 1 small glass of wine, LaCroix Sparkling Water or low sodium club soda NO DIET or REGULAR SODA

SALAD DRESSINGS – low carb or olive oil/vinegar/lemon juice with spices & herbs

• SERVING SIZES equal 1 chicken thigh or ½ breast, 4 oz hamburger or fish, 1 egg, 14 nuts ( ¼ cup) walnuts and almonds are the best
• ¼ bag of frozen vegetables,
• Cheese is a good source of protein – string cheese is lower in fat
1 oz of cheese (2 dice) or 1/4 cup grated (mozzarella is good)

NO GRAINS – NO BREAD, RICE, PASTA, CRACKERS, WHEAT, RICE, MILLET, BARLEY, COOKIES, CAKE, CEREAL, OATMEAL


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WHY WE USE THE PRODUCTS SOLD HERE

AND WHY WE’RE NOT A “HEALTH FOOD STORE”

There are many outstanding nutritional companies on the market and there are also many that shouldn’t exist.   I discourage my patients from ordering from the internet or advertised products on television commercials.

When I select a product to increase my health, protect my body and protect myself from deficiencies I look for several criteria.  And I do the same for products that I make available for my patients. First and foremost, I question where the research for that product originated.  Was the research from a top university or a reputable research company with years of experience such as Biotics Research. Of course, I always avoid new start up companies, like the one I heard of that was in someone’s garage; fortunately that one was stopped in time.

The FDA (and we all have our own views about them) does examine the vitamin & herbal companies on a regular basis, even the ones we recommend in our office. Xymogen Inc. is the company that produces Ossophan for calcium that I recommend. They had the FDA checking their products last month.  Fortunately, the company received the “A” grade and has been told that when they get the international “tag” – well – that’s the highest!

Many companies do not test the products they sell.  The ingredients might be purchased in bulk from a mass-produced company from “somewhere”.  Many products that are sold ‘over the counter’ are from these unknown, unregulated sources. They can be the same products with different labels. I have been offered to put my own label on a bottle and sell it as my product.  Why would I ever even think of doing that – when I can use a great company with the research behind them and be very proud of being part of the educated practioners who use their products?

Some of the companies we use also order bulk materials from companies; yet they know exactly where those ingredients came from – from day one.  These ingredients are grown under strict guidelines and they are all natural.  The ingredients are also guaranteed before they are introduced into production.

It is not uncommon for some companies to use ingredients from an unregulated, overseas market (even medical drugs come). Thousands of dollars of materials were rejected because they contained mercury. If that company had relied on the supplier’s recommendation we would all be taking mercury!

I do my own research and make certain that the products recommended to my patients are pure, natural and well researched.

P.S. I just read a report. The FDA is warning people about a B Complex Supplement sold online and in stores.  It contains steroids and they are not listed on the label.  People developed side effects that ended them in the hospital. (7/27/2013)


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MENOPAUSE – A PROCESS – NOT A DISEASE

Dr. Christiane Northrup states in her book, “The Wisdom of Menopause”, that it’s rarely understood or acknowledged that that these hormone driven changes affect the brain, gives us a voice that insists on speaking up and a sharper eye for inequity and injustice. Wisdom and the voice to go with it increases as the hormones used in reproducing are “downsized”. We become refueled and driven again. We need outlets for this drive and action or our health can suffer. We can become “pressure cookers” –something has to give. It can be a renewed sense of us or in the form of illness (heart disease, depression or breast cancer).

There are four stages in life. They come and go, build and release, ebb and flow. They are different from the previous stage. There is always a beginning and an ending. We gain and we lose something along the way. Peri – menopause and Menopause are part of this process. Being dragged into it kicking and screaming doesn’t work (I’ve checked with relatives and friends). Preparing for this new stage with ”tough ammunition “ is a good start. Some days may bring problems – they do for 80% of American women. But we are strong; we’ve faced many challenges, big and small on a daily basis. We’ve gotten this far and we have a long road to go. We MAY be at the half waypoint of our life.

Just think, all this knowledge and experience and another 40 or 50 years to go! It’s going to happen (Menopause and Life), do we want it to be negative, debilitating, and sad or positive, energizing, enriching, exciting, fascinating, rewarding and marvelous?

In Oriental Medicine we look at life and health differently. There are 4 vital substances, Qi, Blood, Body Fluids and Jing. Qi is the energy that runs the body. Qi is unlimited but can be deficient or excess. When Qi gathers it’s called life. When it separates, it’s called death. When Qi flows – that’s health, blocked Qi brings disease.

Blood nourishes the body. Blood is much more here than in Western Medicine. Without Blood, Qi cannot “root”. Blood helps with our physical mental and emotional states.

Body Fluids are tears, sweat, urine, gastric juices, synovial fluid around the joints and the fluids that flow around the spinal cord and the brain. These fluids keep our skin and hair moist and alive. Qi moves the Blood and Body Fluids.

Jing is the most vital essence we have during our lifetime. It determines our physical growth and development. The outward manifestation of Jing is our menstrual fluid, semen in men. Jing is the material basis of life formation. We have pre and post natal Jing. When we are young extra Qi and Blood is stored into the postnatal Jing to be used later on in life. Menstruation is the superabundance of blood produced every 28 days. As life goes on, less Qi and Blood are produced and we start using up our stored Jing. This process takes many, many years.

Why Menopause?

According to OM, Menopause is a necessary, vital, homeostatic mechanism in our bodies. When menstruation ceases we stop losing blood. The use of pre natal Jing slows down also. This slowing down allows us to hold onto our Blood and Jing and enable us to live out our days. If menstruation continued we would age at a faster rate. So Menopause slows down the aging process. In the Chinese language the uterus is called the “fetal palace” or the “blood chamber”. It is considered one of the 6 extraordinary vessels. Its purpose is to “store” a baby or blood (menstrual fluid). After age 49 that job is done.

Qi flowing smoothly is the most important aspect of this easy process.

And that is possible, in fact, easily obtainable. Pretend that you are a Christmas Tree. You have 14 strands of lights, some of your lights ares bright, some are weak, and some blink, some race and some are not even on! The 14 strands represent the 14 Meridians running through our bodies. They have names such as the Liver, Lung, Spleen, Heart, Kidney, Pericardium, Triple Warmer, Bladder, Gall Bladder, Large Intestine, Stomach, Small Intestine Meridians, Conception and Governing Vessels. Each have a separate job to do and they closely interact with each other in many ways. These Meridians “control” or “support” each other.

YIN and YANG

Yin and Yang describe the world and all that is in it. They represent two opposing concepts, objects, temperatures, flavors, positive, negative, colors and on and on. If it exists it has a Yin and Yang to it.

Examples are hot and cold, up and down, light and dark, male and female, back and front, excess and deficient, health and sickness. day and night.

The 14 Meridians each have a Yin and Yang component (Liver/Gall Bladder).

Qi is Yang, it moves and it moves the Blood, which is Yin. In the Yang there is Yin and vice versa. It really means that all things need each other to exist.

In the Yin/Yang model of life, hot and cold (and everything in between) are qualities that must stay regulated. One of the most common complaints are hot flashes. They can range from mild sensations to unbearable fiery pulsations that occur every half hour. If this continues the Liver Qi stagnates and turns into Liver Fire. That leads to painful breasts, headaches, red eyes, bitter tastes, a lump in the throat, anger, frustration, depression, bleeding gums, and toothaches. These are the symptoms for just 1 Meridian and there are 13 more! This Liver Qi Stagnation turned to Liver Fire can “invade” the Spleen/Stomach Meridians next. This causes tumors, cysts, prolapsed organs, weight gain and phlegm. Continuing along the line, the Heart Meridian is invaded. This causes palpitations; memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, and dream disturbed sleep. Next it invades the Lung Meridian – coughing, sinus congestion. Finally it gets to the Kidney/Bladder Meridians and may cause urinary tract infections, edema, frequent urination and lack of bladder control.

The extreme heat sensations can dry out the “Blood” and Yin. This creates an imbalance of Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang. Heat rises and the hot flashes occur along with dry, red eyes, irritability, vertigo and insomnia. These are mostly upper body symptoms because, again, heat rises. Heat is Yang, Cold is Yin. The most common time for insomnia is 3:00 a.m., the “Yin – best of the Yin” time.

We can also compare these heat symptoms to a pot of water boiling over. In OM we describe heavy periods as blood that boils and runs outside the Meridians.

After Menopause is completed our consumption of Yin slows down. We become less hot and we rebuild our Yin. This carries us through the rest of our life. You may have noticed your Moms and Grandmothers carrying a sweater.

JING DUAN QIAN HOU ZHU ZHENG Or SYMPTOMS

In the United States 80 % of women have symptoms through Peri-menopause and Menopause. In cultures where women are more respected there are less symptoms. These symptoms do not have to be severe or interrupt our activities of daily living.

Symptoms that can occur with Menopause are insomnia, restlessness, heat/cold sensations, hot flashes, sweats (night and day), bloating, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, dry eyes, memory loss, edema, inability to concentrate, nausea, indigestion, headaches, anger, frustration, sadness, fear, depression, irregular cycles, cramping, breast pain, clots, tumors and cysts.

These symptoms occur when there is blocked flow of Qi and Blood. The obvious answer would be to unblock this stagnation and that is done with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.

DIAGNOSIS

How do we determine which Meridians are affected and how do we treat them? Oriental Medicine diagnosing is based on “patterns of disharmony”. These patterns are based on a lot of questions

I ask my patients. I observe your gait, how you move, the color of your skin, your tongue, hair, body odor and voice. I then take your pulses. We use the 12 meridians and each pulse can be described in 28 different ways. We then discuss your problems. I encourage you to tell me everything; you are not complaining but explaining. When I make my diagnosis it will involve some of the Meridians. The diagnosis may be Liver Qi Stagnation, Kidney Yin Deficiency or Ascendant of Liver Yang. The other Meridians can be involved also. This helps me formulate a treatment plan for the Acupuncture treatment, diet, exercise and Herbal Medicine prescriptions.

EXERCISE

Exercise is very important to obtain and keep good health. Studies are showing daily that even moderate exercise prevents disease and slows the aging process. The old adage “if you don’t use it, you lose it”, pertains to everyone. Research shows that moderate exercise reduces the rates of breast cancer. It lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease also. We all know that exercise is important but only a small percent of American women exercise on a regular basis. The most common complaint I hear is lack of time and this comes from women who are “retired”. Housework, pulling weeds, stretching, window shopping, walking the dog, washing your car, Yoga, Tai Chi, swimming, fast walking, gardening, dancing around the house, cleaning out closets are all forms of exercise. It is still beneficial to take a 5-minute exercise break if you can’t work in 20 minutes a day. After a few weeks you’ll probably notice a desire to spend more time during the day doing the activity you enjoy. Weight Watcher’s International gives points for all of these activities. We need to rethink our idea of exercise. Not everyone can work out at a gym 3 times a week. In our area there are many fine gyms that only charge a monthly rate. We have Yoga, Tai Chi, and Belly Dancing and Dance classes here with inexpensive fees and times for most busy schedules. You could leave for work 10 minutes earlier and ride a stationary bike with out working up a sweat – that’s still more exercise that most women get every day. Exercise doesn’t have to be something you don’t like – it just has to be regularly done.

Exercise keeps us more flexible. My Grandmother was 84 years “young” when she passed away. She had been dancing 4 times a week till a couple of weeks before she died. The Manager at her complex told me that the people who danced every week were in much better health than the ones who didn’t dance. Body fluids are Yin and they keep the tendons, ligaments and joints moist and flexible. Moving keeps these young.

Exercise also helps relieve stress. Stagnation in OM is the opposite of movement. Exercise moves Qi and Blood and that prevents stagnation. Stagnation causes problems in the physical and emotional aspects of our life. Depressed people do not exercise and it’s hard to be depressed when you do exercise.

RELAXATION THERAPY

One of the reasons we don’t exercise is the lack of time. Today, we spend so much time on our families, jobs, houses and anything else we can think of doing. We don’t put ourselves first and if we don’t our bodies have a way of falling apart so we do have to take time.

Relaxtion, mediation or prayer time included in our daily life is as necessary as diet and exercise. Getting started and getting it scheduled into our daily life takes planning. Again if you try to spend 5 minutes a day to start with you will be better off than without it.

I found that Yoga is a great relaxing way to get exercise. Also, there are many tapes on the market for relaxing. I play one for 15 minutes before I go to sleep at night.

FLOWER THERAPY

In the Orient, flowers are used for many purposes. Not just for looking and smelling but as drinking teas. Flowers bring people joy and joy leads to relaxation (QI flow). Wu Shi-ji wrote, “Enjoying flowers can divert a person from their boredom and alleviate suffering caused by the seven emotions.” The aroma of flowers can help also. Chrysanthemums (Ju Hua) calm the Liver and clear heat rising to the upper body. Roses move Qi and quicken the blood. Other flowers used to calm the spirit are lilies, orchids and jasmine.

Acupressure Techniques

To relieve feelings of heat – take your second finger and press it in the palm of your hand. That is the Acupuncture point P8. Take your other thumb and press it for a minute.

Bend your elbow with the palm facing down. At the crease – apply pressure with your other thumb for 1 minute.

For stress – hold your hand face up. Trace from your 2nd finger down to your wrist. Lay 2 fingers across your wrist – press there for 1 minute.

Rub between your eyebrows for 1 minute

Tap the top of your head with all of your fingers for 1 minute.

Light therapy

Li Shi-zhen of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) wrote “Tai yang”(literally, supreme yang but is the name for the Sun), is true fire. “Without fire, heaven is not able to engender things and without fire, people are not able to live.

The Yang Qi in the body is a moving, driving force. It needs to be replenished daily. In Florida we do get enough of sun just by going to our cars and into buildings. If you feel that you don’t get 15 minutes daily try to sit outside before 11:00 a.m.

During our rainy season leave your room lights on. Dreary days tend to make us feel tired.

DIET

To assist the Spleen and Stomach Meridians in digesting your food, the following guidelines are practiced in Asia.

1. Eat mostly cooked foods

2. Eat easily digested foods (not fried food)

3. Eat grains and vegetables, fruits, eggs

4. Eat small amounts of meat

5. Avoid cold and limit raw foods

6. Limit dairy products

7. Be careful with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and spicy foods

8. Limit caffeine, alcohol

9. Limit preservatives

10. No iced drinks (it makes “steam” inside)

Foods that are cooling are barley, asparagus, apples, bananas, celery and lettuce, beef, cantaloupe, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, clams, crabs, grapefruit, watermelon, wheat, mung bean sprouts, potato, plums, radish, spinach, squash, tofu, green tea, sweet potato,

Foods that calm the spirit are rice, wheat, mushrooms, and oysters

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

There are many vitamins and minerals needed for daily life. A good basis multiple with added Vitamin C, B’s and E is important. Some people may need extra calcium. Nutrition is NOT a “one size fits all.”

It’s very important to find a professional to help create the right plan for your needs.

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

There are 38 different flower remedies. A practionier can put together a formula just for your needs. Some of the common ones for Menopause are:

 

1.Walnut for changes

2. Mimulus for known fears, nervousness

3. Impatiens restores calm and peace

4. Larch helps with self-confidence

5. Crab Apple for negative feelings about image

6. Olive for tiredness

7. Impatiens for irritability

8. Gentian for depressed feelings

Rescue Remedy is excellent for any stressful situation

HERBAL MEDICINE

Herbs are used as medicine in most of the world. Caution and care needs to be used in self- medicating. Please consult an Herbalist. You will need a formula that will address your needs. One size DOES NOT fit all when it comes to Herbal Medicine. Homeopathic medicine works wonders also.

The more useful herbs for menopause are Wild Yam, Black Cohosh,

False unicorn root, Sage, St. John’s Wort, Chaste Tree, Rehmannia.

Do NOT discontinue your prescription medicines or add herbs without consulting your medical doctor or healthcare professional.


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In my quest to help you achieve great health I recommend you give this meal plan a try for 3 weeks. It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. This plan helps eliminate pain and can help you lose those stubborn pounds especially around the “middle”.

This plan is base on high quality protein, high in fiber and low Glycemic index foods.

PROTEIN: chicken, eggs, tofu, fish, beef, cheese, legumes, nuts- 6 servings a day

LEGUMES – kidney, butter, chick peas, lentils, – 1 serving can be 1 cup

VEGETABLES: 7 servings a day (V8 juice – 1 cup counts) – 1 serving is ½ cup

All the GREEN salad you want – avoid corn, eat only small red potatoes (2 times a week) sweet potatoes (2 times a week) otherwise – all vegetables- experiment-

Spaghetti Squash is great with tomato sauce

FRUIT – 2 servings a day – apples, melons, papaya, berries, cherries, grapefruit, oranges pineapple (fresh),pears, peaches, plums, lemon juice (These are low Glycemic fruits)

****QUINOA is a seed that cooks and tastes like a grain – can be used as a cereal, dessert or side dish. There are lots of recipes on the “net”.

FATS: Nuts, seeds, oils, olive oil – 1 tablespoon, 2 pats of butter, do not use margarine or a butter substitute, avocado (1/2) Nuts or seeds (1/4 cup) 1 serving a day

DAIRY: half/half – 1 tablespoon, 4 oz. skim milk- if you are used to drinking milk

Almond Milk 8 oz. – NO SOYMILK

WATER: 8 glasses, decaf or regular tea and coffee, 1 small glass of wine, LaCroix Sparkling Water or low sodium club soda NO DIET or REGULAR SODA

SALAD DRESSINGS – low carb or olive oil/vinegar/lemon juice with spices & herbs

• SERVING SIZES equal 1 chicken thigh or ½ breast, 4 oz hamburger or fish, 1 egg, 14 nuts ( ¼ cup) walnuts and almonds are the best

• ¼ bag of frozen vegetables,

• Cheese is a good source of protein – string cheese is lower in fat

1 oz of cheese (2 dice) or 1/4 cup grated (mozzarella is good)

NO GRAINS – NO BREAD, RICE, PASTA, CRACKERS, WHEAT, RICE, MILLET, BARLEY, COOKIES, CAKE, CEREAL, OATMEAL


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Get Healthy – Stay Healthy – Be Healthy!

Time to Shine!!

Patients ask me for explanations on the Meridians and what they do in their body. Summer is a busy time inside your body. There are more Meridians at work than usual. In Oriental Medicine summer governs the Heart and Small Intestine Meridians with the Triple Warmer and Pericardium Meridians. That’s four Meridians; the other seasons govern only two Meridians. This makes the summer tune-up very important.

The Heart Meridian works with the blood vessels and moves the blood through them. If there is an imbalance you will experience insomnia, palpations, nightmares, skipping pulse, pain in the tongue, feverish feelings and restlessness.

The Small Intestine works with elimination. The Pericardium (Heart Protector) and the Triple Warmer (San Jiao) Meridians are not organs and sometimes get lost in translation, but the Meridians are very real.

The Pericardium or Heart Protector do just that – protect your “Heart.” It works with the emotions and most importantly can help with hot flashes or feeling of heat in the upper body.

The Triple Warmer (San Jiao) works with coordinating all the water functions in the body. The descriptions are dated from the third century. This Meridian works with the three burners including the lung area on top, the stomach (helps churns food) and the lower burner which works with the elimination; they called it a swamp area.

The day starts for the Heart Meridian from 11 am to 1 pm, the Small Intestine is 1-3 pm, and the Heart Protector between at 7-9 pm with the Triple Warmer starting at 9 pm and ending at 11 pm. The location of the points is on the hands and arms. As always these Meridians connect with the other Meridians and tune-ups are very important. Foods to eat this season are asparagus, celery, chocolate, coffee, and lettuce, vinegar, and wine, ginseng, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. These foods are bitter in nature and that is the flavor for the Heart and Small Intestine Meridian.

The names of my favorite points are P-7 (on the inside of your wrist) I use this for a “Big Picture” treatment if you ever need clarification and make some decisions this point really, really helps – just ask me for it. In Chinese it is called Daling. It clarifies the Heart and calms the Spirit. P7 works with harmonizing the Stomach. H7 works the insomnia and nightmares, palpations and loss of voice (and many other problems) it’s on the inside of the wrist by the little finger. It is called in Chinese Shenmen or Spirits Door. TW5 or Outer Gate, Waiguan in Chinese works with protecting the Wei Qi or defensive Qi; I use this if I feel a wind cold is coming on in you. It is one the back of your arm just a few fingers up from your wrist. A common point on the face right by the ear is SI 19 Palace of Hearing or Tinggong, this is used for earaches, tinnitus and hearing problems. The Meridians work on so many problems and I include one of these Meridians and Acupuncture points in each of your treatments.

In just one week, I had three patients tell me that they quit drinking soda or diet soda and their problems went away. I sometimes forget that not everyone knows how bad soda is and don’t mention it. Please stop drinking soda; our bodies need water! We are 67% water and it needs to be added daily. Add a slice of lemon, lime or orange to it or just grow up and take care of yourself. We have become a society that wants someone to give them a pill so we don’t have to take care of ourselves. Please take back your power and heal yourself. People are getting sicker not healthier in this country and patients come to me on more medicines that they did 10 years ago. Sometimes I feel I am just treating “side effects” from drugs. I read somewhere that they are really “expected reactions” and not something that “may” just happen. You hire me to help you get healthy – I have a trillion tools you can use – just let me know you are interested in Getting Healthy and Staying Healthy! If you have any of the symptoms listed in this article, then it’s time to call for an appointment to keep your body “tuned up.”

 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement.

It says: Prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels and kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. The death toll from overdoses of prescription medicines have more than tripled in the last decade. More than 40 people die every day from hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

 

I understand how living with chronic pain can be debilitating and depleting on all levels of your life. Acupuncture can help and we have helped many people become pain free. I never take you off of your medications but can work with your M.D. to help reduce or eliminate the need. It is not quick maybe take visits for two months but the quality of your life will be greatly improved. I have had family members of patients die from accidental overdoses and I want to do part to help reduce these deaths. Please ask, we do have lots of avenues to help you.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m Back and Healthy!

Yes, I am human! As with all humans when we don’t eat right (not my usual 7 servings of veggies and eating grains for 2 months), not getting 7 hours of sleep a night, over stressed about a BIG project (prepared and spoke to the Florida Chiropractic Association Chiropractors who are certified in Acupuncture) plus all the other extra activities and studies. I not only burned the candle at both ends – I chopped it up and burned all of the ends. So, I got bronchitis. First time in years I got sick. Sadly I was not available to my patients – I promise to go back to my usual healthy lifestyle.

 

I treated myself with homeopathics, nutrition, Chiropractic and Acupuncture. I healed quickly except got a terrible cough – that’s why I did not go to the clinic. I could have started a one woman epidemic in town. I advised my patients to stay home and in bed for a few days when they are sick. The body will put you there if you don’t take care of it.

 

I had the chance to try the wonderful healing products I have for cough, sore throat, fever, sinus congestion etc. and they work! The cost is low even with an Acupuncture treatment. I have always encouraged my patients to come in when they are sick – Acupuncture shortens the illness and symptoms. And I will continue to encourage you to call at the first signs. I did not “catch” this – I just let “me” get run down.

 

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Antibiotics and Gut Flora

We all know you have to take probiotics after a course of antibiotics. What we did not know till recently is that it takes years to repopulate the gut fully after course of antibiotics. Also the most used Z-Pack has been found to be very dangerous to some people – you don’t know if that’s you either. One of our favorite websites is Mercola.com – please check out Wednesday’s article on this very subject.

 

Sending Happy Easter and Happy Spring thoughts to all of you! The warm sunny weather will make all of us feel better.

 

Fondly, Dr. Rusy

 

 

 

 

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Does your body need a tune up?

Spring has Sprung and is Finally Here…

It’s a new Season and time for your “Spring Tune-Up” treatment. Call the office today to make an appointment for your treatment. After 12 visits you are considered a maintenance patient and your fee is $40 for life!

In Oriental Medicine each Meridian has a season. Every season change, a different set of Meridians are active. Spring time is the season for the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians. Besides taking care of the organs of liver and gall bladder they take care of our eyes, blood, tendons, and ligaments, feelings of anger, frustration and courage. Headaches, migraines, constipation and a bitter taste can be a stagnated Liver Meridian. Sour is the flavor for spring. Add lemons, pears, apples, grapefruit, kiwi, mandarin oranges, olives, pineapples, strawberries, tangerines and tomatoes to your daily diet.

The Liver Meridian can be responsible for Qi or Blood Stagnation and can cause pain; Acupuncture helps relieve the stagnation. Plus eating the following foods helps your body heal from pain: chestnuts, chili peppers, chives, crabs, onions, mustard leaves, peaches and vinegar.

Blood Deficiency needs tonics to build us up. If you have Blood Deficiency you will be pale, weak, dizzy and tired. Someone may have told you are anemic. After childbirth or surgery you can develop Blood Deficiency. Eating the following foods will help build your blood: adzuki beans, apricots, beef, beets, eggs, dark leafy greens, figs, grapes, kidney beans, parsley, sardines and watercress.

The Liver Meridian works with our eyes. Foods to help are cucumbers, tofu, water chestnuts and chicken.

Foods that help support the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians are: black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, crabs, peppermint, plums, saffron, chicory, vinegar and wine.

Simple detox procedures are always good to do in the spring. Spring is new growth and getting rid of dead stuff. Eating the above foods will help do a natural detox. I only recommend two servings of fruit a day but for a few weeks in early spring it’s ok to eat more. Be sure to eat enough protein especially eggs, chicken, clams and crabs every day. One of my favorite detox foods are beets; I eat one every day in spring.

Spring has “Sprung” and early this year. We made it through another winter without any major viruses or flus, at least my patients did. Acupuncture keeps the immune system working more efficiently to better fight off the bad germs.

 

 

 

 

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How are you feeling this cold and flu season?

 

 

Cold & Flu Season is Here…

And our patients have managed quite well. In fact, the patients that get regular tune-ups once a month or at least every three months have not been sick. They report people at work and family members have had the flu but not them. There have been patients reporting sinus infections, colds, and sore throats but no flu symptoms.

 

We can treat those symptoms and in most cases they are better in two-three days. That’s no surprise to me, in my 14 years of practice I have inserted over one million needles and I have noticed my patients stay healthy. That’s right, we counted them…okay, the needle company told me how many we bought! Acupuncture Works! If you are sick and can’t get in, call and we will put together a few herbals and homeopathics to help you heal quickly.

 

Back to Basics

I have had the honor of the Florida Chiropractic Association asking me to present the CEU (continuing education) classes to Chiropractic Physicians who are certified in Acupuncture. Preparing these classes I remember how foreign the terms and ideas of Acupuncture sound. Colds and flus have been treated four thousand years in Asia with Acupuncture and herbals. They just called it something different. For instance, the typical cold is called a “Wind Cold”.

They felt the cold wind and dampness gets into the body through the back of the neck. Phlegm comes from eating too much raw foods and ice cold drinks. The stomach cannot digest it right and so phlegm is made. It then invades the lungs and sinuses. Ears get plugged, sinuses run, eyes water, coughing starts, etc. If it gets worse then comes the sore throats and sinus pain. Now we call it “Wind Heat”. So you see, it’s the same story and the same beneficial treatments through the ages. We have a complete line of herbals and homeopathics to fight these problems and are happy to help you!

 

If you have phlegm, slice a lemon, salt it, and eat it quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent. Gargle with really warm salt water two-three times a day.

 

Honey makes a great cough syrup, just add lemon to it. Stay warm and stay home unless you are coming in for treatment. Pineapple juice helps a sore throat. My grandma always had us put Vicks salve on our feet and then socks and that really works!

 

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day – You are all so special to me!

Fondly, Dr. Rusty

 

 

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It’s the season for Kidney and Bladder Meridians!

 

Tis the Season!

Yes, I know this year seems to be flying by! There is actually a neurological event in our brains that cause it to seem so as we “get older” and that is anyone older than 21. Through the past year you have read in my articles that each season governs a couple of meridians. Winter takes extra care of the Kidney & Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”. They take care of the spine, ears, head hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet. Their acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe. That last Acupoint is famous for turning a “breech baby”.

You can help your health and problems with the above functions by rubbing your feet. Start at the bottom up around the ankle bones, move to the inside ankle bone. Rubbing along your spine and on your head to the eyebrows will help the Bladder Meridian. Rub your foot for about one minute and move to the next foot. You can’t do it wrong or miss the points – there are many Acupoints on the feet. For low back pain or kidney bladder problems: sit on a chair and rub your low back up and down for a minute.

Foods to help your Bladder Meridian are: grapes, pears, strawberries, watermelon, celery, eggplants, chives, raspberries, water chestnuts, green beans, walnuts, carrots, lettuce and onions.

Foods to help your Kidney Meridian are: black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, caraway seeds, dill, plums, pork, string beans, tangerines, walnuts. For kidney stones eat star fruits and walnuts; for kidney weakness eat kidney beans and sweet potatoes.

Foods for the Winter Season are: artichokes, barley, clams, crabs, millet, oysters and seaweed. If you are on a restricted diet and cannot eat one of the above foods – don’t.

The emotions for the season are fear and anxiety. Remember to breathe – in deeply, hold for the count of 4, exhale deeply and repeat 4 times. Try to work up to a count of 7, 14, and then 32. Ask for my help when you come in for your Kidney & Bladder Meridian tune up. The ancient Asian doctors recommended it thousands of years ago.

Enjoy the season and each other. Be kinder to strangers and people you come upon daily. This season can bring back sad or unhappy memories so spread some cheer! Even just a smile to someone can spread happy feelings throughout the day – that’s also a scientific fact.

 

Sending you my wishes for the best holiday season yet!

Most fondly, Dr. Rusty

 

Christmas Gifts

This week I was reminded of a story I dearly loved as a child – “The Gift of the Maggi”. It was about a couple that did not have enough money to buy each other a gift. Most of us can buy gifts – many have to cut back and too many don’t even have enough to eat on a daily basis. Since most of us are buying a gift for at least one person – how about shopping locally. Use our town shops and businesses. We have darling stores downtown. Especially our newest one, Funky Trunk Treasures right at the corner of Woodland and New York (my books are for sale there). Shopping locally helps our local economy and the gift itself means more to get giftee. The list is endless – a gift certificate to a local restaurant – even for a light meal or coffee, a haircut at their favorite salon or barber shop, a manicure, having their car washed. If you are the handy type, you could give the gift of a repair. I know many elderly people who would appreciate someone changing their light bulbs and batteries in their clocks & smoke alarm. Promise to pick up groceries or take them to doctors. How about filling their car up with gas, or checking their tires? I know local computer instructors and repair people who would love extra business. And any woman would love to have her house cleaned by someone – even one time! Cooking for a busy mom, and if you are a busy mom, cook two casseroles or meatloaf and give one away. Everyone has their favorite recipe; make it and share it. Have your family come up with creative ideas as you drive through town and remember to use local! We can help each other and start our New Year off right. Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons!

 

 

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Where do I find a Nutritionist?

I hear that question at least once a week. Well, let me tell you I must be doing something wrong…Doc and I are Nutritionists and have been for many years.

Dr. John writes the only credentialed exam for Clinical Nutritionists in the United States. He is also on the Board and has studied nutrition since 1970. I am in the University of Miami Miller School of Nutrition’s program besides studying nutrition since I was four years old (yes and I have the picture in the clinic to prove it).

We don’t know all the answers, but we do know where to find them. We use only products that are checked on by the FDA. In fact they gave Xymogen a grade of A+ in July; I was there that week, that’s how I know. We have been known for throwing out $10,000 in supplements in 2010 when we found out the company had wheat and sugar in their products and had not told us. The FDA found them out; I still shake when I remember that week. So know that you will only get the highest quality at the lowest price available for that quality.

We both have years of experience, education, knowledge and excitement about Nutrition. We were both in school last Saturday and I spend many weekends in school or in online classes.

We have many questionnaires to help us help you determine the correct meal plans for you. We have (and offer them at no charge – and we can charge $50 for it) the computerized electro dermal screening for nutrition. You are welcomed to come in every month to use it – no need to get a treatment either.

The best part is I will sit down with you and talk about your results even better, I don’t charge (and the standard fee for that is $125- $300) for my time because I know the correct foods and nutrition will help you Get Healthy, Be Healthy, and Stay Healthy. Your health is the most important thing to me because you are important to me. And as my patient I hope you have realized that.

You can come in once a month to do the Balance (Zyto) at no charge. The staff will set it up. I am happy to go over it with you if you can wait a few minutes for me. Or stay and get an Acupuncture treatment.

Every few months call or email me (debra@acudebra.com) and request the online questionnaire. Anytime your life or health changes also – contact us. Let us do the best job possible for your health.

There are only three things that can make your dreams come true – your thoughts, your words and your actions –make sure they are the highest and best ones possible and GO BIG!

Enjoy this month we set aside to remember to be thankful and know I am for each one of you!

 

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Tis the Season for Allergies

It seemed like autumn “popped” out in 1 day – and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance! Yellow pollen was everywhere the past two weeks. The rain today and the next few days will keep the pollen down but made the allergens worse. People are complaining from sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week and runny noses with headaches this past week.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy” season, of course I think the best solution is Acupuncture but these help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. There are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you worked in the yard wearing. After working in the yard take your clothes off in the garage. Then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it.

Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!

Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses or a netti pot with saline and water.

Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey); any tea would do.

Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt)and eat quickly; salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent according to Oriental Medicine.

Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face and breathe in and out.

Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful. There are many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at the health food stores and our clinic. These are very safe and very effective plus inexpensive.

Rub your face gently but firmly around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A “BIG” Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web”.

Eat more fruits and vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

In Oriental Medicine the following foods are recommended for allergies: green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots. They help dissolve phlegm and thin mucus. Eating hot peppers and horseradish will open up your sinus also.

 

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing; one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET the treatment protocol I developed, please ask us about it or go to our website www.acudeb.com

If you did the protocol and still have problems, CALL ASAP! That is so rare and we want everybody feeling great.

Please do yourself a BIG favor, call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture four times a year will help keep you healthy.

 

Fondly, Dr. Rusty

 

 

 

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A New Year for A New Healthier You!

“After the Holidays” gift to yourself

Now that it’s finally over again and you are asking yourself “why do I push myself so hard?” Take a look at the following ideas for recuperation: Yes, you promised yourself you wouldn’t overeat or sample everything that passed your way these last 6 weeks but you did and now it’s time to “fix” your body. The best way to start the New Year is with a “fast” of some kind. Now I’m not in favor of the traditional fast of just water for 3 days or something radical. You still have to get up every day and do your life. There is a simple and healthy way to do it and the house will smell good when you come home from work.

Check your pantry, make a list (see recipe below) and go to the store, easy so far, right? Get out your Crockpot (that big bowl that’s attached to an electric cord in the back of the cupboard– you’ll recognize it). Wash the dust out, still easy…Dump; okay pour one bottle of low sodium vegetable juice (red juice with green cap). Add one package of low sodium vegetable, chicken or beef broth; now the veggies, remember them? Colorful stuff not made with flour, sugar, or fat. Frozen is great; they are actually picked at the height of their season and frozen as soon as possible sometimes that day. If you have access to good local winter veggies and/or organic, do it! And be so happy, not everyone can. Okay, back to the frozen veggies; add whatever you like and maybe one or two you haven’t tried or don’t really care for, it’s only for three days so grow, stretch, change–it’s a new year! Kale is inexpensive, sweet tasty and loaded with wonderful nutrients needed to get you through the winter months and is easy to find at the store raw. Squash comes frozen or cubed in your fresh veggie section. Add lots of onions (all colors) garlic (try fresh) if not the stuff in the jar will do, add lots! Canned tomatoes which are high in lycopene, green beans, carrots, spinach and raw beets with this will help the “detox” procedure. I use Oregano for the flavor and for its health benefits; it also gives this soup an “Italian” flavor. You can add more broth or juice if you have a really big crock pot. Then plug it in; 6 hours later your home smells sooooooo good.

 

You want to eat nine cups a day for three days split this up in three to six “meals”. Feel free to also eat raw or cooked veggies, too. And yes you can eat soup for breakfast. If you have trouble getting started in the morning, eat one egg cooked anyway without butter and no bread! Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. You might experience a headache, drink more water or do whatever you need to do to get rid of it; napping helps if you can. After the third day start by adding another egg and some chicken or fish with six servings of veggies and two servings of fruit, 14 nuts or ¼ cup of sunflower seeds. Notice what’s missing? That’s right, bread, cereals, pasta, rice and anything else that has flour or grains in it.

 

Okay, okay, where’s the coffee? If you really, really have to, have one cup in the morning or try an herbal tea. Some have caffeine, not a lot, but enough to keep you from major withdrawals. No soda and take your vitamins as usual. If you can stick to this plan for three weeks you will see a big difference in your energy levels and sleep. At anytime you can make another batch of soup and eat that with or without your meals.

 

If you are under a doctor’s orders not to eat vegetables, allergic or diabetic, by all means follow the doctor’s orders. Nutrition is simple and involved; you can start slow and make dramatic changes in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

 

It’s now a new year, a new and you can have a new view on life.

Dr. Rusty

 

 

 

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Debra Gaffney, A.P., C.C.P.A., D.O.M. is a healer in the true sense of the word. Her foundation is in Oriental medicine, including acupuncture and herbology. Upon that base she built a healing practice that incorporates her extensive experience with nutrition, homeopathy, and other natural health-supporting approaches. Debra is relentless in her pursuit of knowledge in health and the healing arts.

 

 

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In Acupuncture and Oriental medicine we understand that Qi (chee) and Blood must be kept healthy and sufficient. When Qi and Blood are moving then pain is reduced. In order to get people up and moving we need to remove the cause of the pain or at least reduce it. Acupuncture can do just that, safely and inexpensively. Exercise and good food also build up your Qi and Blood. Qi is a form of energy running the body and Blood is much more than your “red blood” that you see when you get cut. In Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture these two items are vital sources and necessary for life.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are over 3000 years according to some experts. It works on the premise of keeping the body in balance to achieve optimum health. It involves using hair thin little needles placed in places called Acupoints. They are inserted about 1/8 of an inch in most cases. It is almost painless it feels like a mosquito bite for a second. A good many of our patients fall asleep. Acupuncture releases the” feel good” chemicals also. The Acupoints most used are on the hands and feet, arms and legs. Acupuncture is recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) for 60 conditions. Some of them are: sinus pain, nausea, headaches, back pain, joint pain, bronchitis, sore throats asthma. There are76 research studies ongoing in medical schools and universities in the United States right now. Not only do we need good food but we need to move to keep our Qi and Blood flowing. We all know we need to exercise but maybe not all the reasons why.

A large portion of our population does not exercise as much as needed to keep us healthy and young. I believe the main reason is we may not have found an activity that is “fun”. Exercise can be in the form of Ball Room dancing or Jazzercise. It can be playing ball with your kids or “working out” in a swimming pool or in our beautiful springs. Walking is great; you just need to get to a pace that increases your heart rate and you can still carry on a conversation. Studies show that 45 minutes of exercise a day can produce the following effects:

Not exercising is NOT an option for us. We are by composition made up of muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. They need to be active and strengthened on a daily basis. We all know exercise can decrease your weight and it also:

  • Lowers your risk for cardiovascular disease (by 20% to 35% by some studies) and cancer.
  • Exercise moves blood and nutrients to your brain.
  • Aerobic and weight bearing exercises can also prevent the risk of strokes.
  • Prevents broken bones (by 40%) especially in the hips and spine.
  • Lowers the risk of diabetes (by 30% to 40%).
  • Exercise helps reduce the pain of arthritis.
  • Exercise moves blood and nutrients to the brain.
  • Exercise releases the feel good chemicals called endorphins.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Helps you to feel happier and makes you smile!

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Children respond quickly to Acupuncture treatments. They haven’t had years to develop degeneration process like their parents and grandparents.

Most of the children treated in our clinic had symptoms of allergies and upper respiratory disorders. These would include but not limited to – sneezing, running nose, earaches, sore throats, red itching eyes, watery eyes, stuffing noses, coughing and noisy or loud breathing.
Digestive disorders are treated by Acupuncture also. We have treated babies 3 days old for vomiting, constipation and crying due to these problems.

Some children “seem” to have “behavioral” problems. Since children may not have the words or a way to explain how they feel, or may not know that not everyone feels this way they may “act out”. Many times this behavior is due to simply not feeling well. We can often determine the causes and fix the problem (refer to the page on how Acupuncture works).

We do NOT use NEEDLES on children under 12 years of age unless they want them (and we have quite a few). We use microcurrent. It looks like a flashlight with a red light that touches the skin. It cannot be felt and children enjoy the treatment. The Acupuncture points that are treated are on the hands and feet, legs and arms, back, stomach face and ears.

We have a reduced fee for the treatment of children – $40.00 a visit till age 16. Electrodermal testing is at a reduced fee also. We try to have a relaxed atmosphere when treating children and have been known to play with toys or read books during the treatment. Some of us remember being scared at a doctor’s office as a child and we do not want to that to happen at our office.


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April Article 2012

Yesterday a patient looked at me with question marks in his eyes when I talked about his Liver Blood and Qi. I talk about these things everyday and have for the last 16 years. I tend to forget it is brand new to each new patient. I also thought( mistakenly according to Christina) that all my patients bought my 2nd book. I wrote that book to help people understand why and how Acupuncture works.

Therefore I decided to get “back to basics” with Acupuncture terms. These are words and phrases I say every time you come in. In fact you can ask for a card with your Chinese Diagnosis on it.

BALANCE – that is what we try to achieve on every visit. You have balance in your life and body when everything feels “right”. You have the energy to do what you want, sleep well and feel good after you eat.

QI – the most important part of us. Qi (chee) is invisible but the effects are not.

Qi is everywhere and everything. Qi is energy and more. When you wake planning your next nap you know you are Qi deficient. When you crave certain foods (salty & sweet are the most common) you know you are Qi deficient.

When you see leaves and branches move – you think you are seeing wind but you are seeing the effects of Qi.

We have GU QI– that digests our food. Each Meridian has its own Qi.

Most people remember my comparison of the human body to a Christmas tree with strands of lights. Those stands are the MERIDIANS. They have names –Lung, Large Intestine, Liver, Gall Bladder, Heart, Small Intestine, Kidney, and Bladder and so on. These Meridians do things with those organs and do MUCH more. Right now we are in the spring time. The Meridians for spring are Liver and Gall Bladder. These Meridians deal with the eyes, tendons and ligaments. Symptoms can be rib pain, headaches, blood pressure and sleep problems. The emotions are Anger, frustration, lack of courage and depression. These conditions can be treated with Acupuncture and proper nutrition.

One of the easiest ways you can take care of yourself during and between treatments is to eat better. Foods that are the most beneficial for Spring(Liver & Gall Bladder Meridians) are Black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, crabs, peppermint, vinegar, beef, chicken cherries, coconut, figs, grapes, tomatoes, lentils, potatoes ( sweet & red small) and tofu. I also recommend beets during this time to help clean the liver.

Spring is a time of new birth and growth – a great time to change your mind about your habits and begin to get healthy so you can be healthy and then you can stay healthy.

Remember to call to call for your “Spring Tuneup” appointment at only $40.00.

 

 


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This beautiful winter weather has changed my idea for the newsletter. This is what a Florida winter really looks like – sunny and warm. The last 3 years we have been cold, windy and damp. Our joints do not like those conditions and we protect ourselves by wearing warm clothes and eating warming foods (soups).

In “winter” our brains tell us to go back deep into our caves (where the first people lived) and stay by the fire, huddle with loved ones and eat cooked foods.

We would not be eating oranges and tomatoes fresh from the groves or farms. We would not be eating lettuce or drinking iced drinks.

We asked way too much of our brains and bodies to adapt – we have to adapt to electronics, speed and chemicals put in our food. Now we are asking ourselves to pretend its spring when we know it’s really winter.

There is a reason for going deep into our “cave” for a few months. We can regenerate new health. We can get more sleep since it gets darker earlier. Follow your bodies desire to go to bed even a ½ hour sooner than usual. When we sleep we heal. That is why I am always interested in how you are sleeping and offer many supplements to sleep. Cuddle with your loved ones – human and furry. This stimulates feel good chemicals in the brain.

Valentine’s Day comes right smack dab in the middle of winter – good cuddle time.

You may have noticed a lot of people passing away this winter – we sure have! I’m hearing stories of how wonderful the person was. This is part of the healing process and very necessary for us. AND I have an idea – turn around and tell the person next to you how much you love and appreciate them – right now! Carry this feeling of love throughout your day. You will feel so much better and everyone around you will. Studies show if you smile or say something nice to someone even a stranger you and they will feel better all through the day. You will become less rattled or angry. Imagine – we can help heal those around us – not just ourselves. Enjoy February, our traditional month to remember LOVE!

Foods to eat to replenish our Kidney and Bladder Meridian and a Yin Tonic for winter are: Apples, asparagus, eggs, clams, kidney beans, walnuts, yams, lemons, tomatoes, dill, green beans and plums. Remember to eat six servings of protein a day ( nuts, eggs, cheese, lean beef, fish, chicken and legumes/ beans). Limit or eliminate all grains even for just 3 weeks.

 


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