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
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!
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.
We are pleased to announced Kimberly Loadholtz, Licensed Esthetician and Eyebrow Expert, is sharing her passion for skin care — as well as space at Volusia Center for Complementary Medicine — on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Kimberly has been licensed since 2005, and focuses on providing knowledge of the science of the skin to her clientele. She takes pride in the treatment choices she recommends and provides, and connects with her through her commitment to personal attention.
As an eyebrow expert, Kimberly shows her clients where each brow begins, arches, and ends; precise measurements for “Brows that Wow!”
Kim offers Image Skin Care as her professional treatment line and her client home care line of products; a line that nourishes skin with daily skin care diets of antioxidants, stem cells, and retinols. (View treatments and products at www.imageskincare.com.) Kimberly will always recommend the best “workout” for your skin with a customized Facial Treatment designed just for your skins needs.
Consultations are complimentary, so contact Kim to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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). A serving is 14 nuts, one egg or a piece of meat the size of your hand. Beans can go into almost every recipe and a half-cup is a serving.
Avocados are in the stores and at great prices. Avocados are a wonderful source of heart and brain healthy monosaturated fat, and they’re low in fructose. It also regulates blood sugar levels. Besides fiber, it has almost 20 essential health-boosting nutrients. (Find lots more info on www.mercola.com and www.DrPerlmuter.com). You also can use avocado as a fat replacement in baking (use equal amounts as you would butter, etc.)
I have eaten amazing chocolate putting made with avocado…you’d never know it was in there! They’re also rated low on pesticide application. So, no need to buy organic avocados; save your $ for organic strawberries!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
I 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 email@example.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.
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!
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:
- Strengthen the natural immune response
- Help protect against subsequent flu and cold viral infections
- Broad spectrum product known to support immune function
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- Ask Doctor for the best formula and dosage for you or your child
- Ask Doctor for dosage information
RELIEVE your symptoms with these:
- 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)
- Use with viral or bacterial infections, croup
- Formulated to provide immune support for viral conditions and other immune problems
- Nasal congestion, rhinitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms
SINUS TABLETS BHI
- Sinusitis and rhinitis, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and headache
- Wet and dry coughs, coughs due to colds and flu
- Minor sore throat, laryngitis, hoarseness
- 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 or vomiting, dyspepsia, bloating, and constipation
RESTORE a weak or vulnerable immune system that over time can lead to more serious conditions with these:
- 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
“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.