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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

— Dr. Rusty


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

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

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

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

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

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

— Dr. Rusty


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

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

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

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

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

— Dr. Rusty


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The flavor of Late Summer is sweet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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From Dr. Rusty:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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From Dr. Rusty:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 


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

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

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

Learn more about the no-grain diet here.


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

DETOX SOUP TIME

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

MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

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

WINTER TUNE-UP TIME

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

WINTER: KIDNEY AND BLADDER MERIDIAN

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Does the FDA regulate dietary and herbal supplements? YES.

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

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

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


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Essential Oils: Dr. Mercola

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

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

Dr. Perlmutter: Sugar and Grains

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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August 2015


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

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

‘Code words’ for gluten:

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

 


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

Foods that often contain gluten: 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why suffer?


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

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

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

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

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

BEST SPRINGTIME FOODS

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

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

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

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

SPRING TUNE-UP REMINDER

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

ENGYSTOL

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

BIO-IMMUNOZYME FORTE

  • Broad spectrum product known to support immune function

CYTO-ZYME THY

  • Immune system booster

IgG 2000 DF

  • Immune system booster

PROBIOTICS

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

VITAMIN D

  • Ask Doctor for dosage information

RELIEVE your symptoms with these:

ENGYSTOL

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

CYTOZYME-THY

  • Use with viral or bacterial infections, croup

IMMUNO-gg

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

SINUS SPRAY

  • Nasal congestion, rhinitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms

SINUS TABLETS BHI

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

COUGH BHI

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

THROAT BHI

  • Minor sore throat, laryngitis, hoarseness

FLUPLUS BHI

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

BIO-C PLUS 100

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

NAUSEA BHI

  • Nausea or vomiting, dyspepsia, bloating, and constipation

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

PROBIOTICS

  • Ask Doctor for best formula and dosage for you

DETOX KIT by ViaTREXX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try these tips:

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

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

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

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

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

6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The flavor of the season: SWEET

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

Eating tips for your best health in late summer

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fondly,  Rusty Gaffney

No Grains Food Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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Get Healthy – Stay Healthy – Be Healthy!

Time to Shine!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

As always fondly, Dr. Rusty

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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