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

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

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

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

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

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

Try these tips:

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

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

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

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

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

6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The flavor of the season: SWEET

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

Eating tips for your best health in late summer

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

A Gift to Yourself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Autumn is the Season for the
Lung and Large Intestine Meridian

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Grains
They Cause Inflammation

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

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

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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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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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It’s the season for Kidney and Bladder Meridians!

 

Tis the Season!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sending you my wishes for the best holiday season yet!

Most fondly, Dr. Rusty

 

Christmas Gifts

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

 

 

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