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.
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”:
- 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 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!)
- 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 it quickly. The 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. 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.)
- 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. And, of course NO GRAINS!
- 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 (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
Dr. Rusty, I just wanted to drop a small note to let you know how great I feel. I will be in this week and I will be continue at a minimum once a week but my goal is twice a week. My back pain is 95% better. I feel better…I act better….OMG….Thank you. I caught a bug/cold on Friday and by Sunday it was gone! I really do feel that it was your doing because I was so down and weak from the pain, I know I would not have been able to fight the cold off. So thank you again!
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
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RELIEVE your symptoms with these:
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- 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
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- Nasal congestion, rhinitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms
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- 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
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- 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
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- After recovering from an illness use to flush toxins and help restore immune function
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.
Now 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!