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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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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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!


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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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