Celebrate with friends and start a new tradition of gratitude and giving.Read More
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When the temperatures start to shift and change from one extreme to another as we go into cooler weather; the dreaded first cold of the season can show up.
Having a smart health strategy for when you start feeling a little off will make a difference as to whether you succumb to getting sick, recover quickly or deflect it all together.
The symptoms are mild; a little scratchy throat, a runny nose maybe a little fatigue. This is a crucial time to get healthy before the environment (weather) becomes more intense and your body will have to work harder to regulate itself and stay healthy.
Cultivating health based habits that include acupuncture, herbs, mediation , clean diet and exercise is a great foundation for longevity.
Whether you are able to fend off getting sick or recover quickly from a cold will reveal how strong your mind, body and spirit are, basically how much vim and vigor you have!
Here are 5 things you can do to promote you health and will help you recover faster from the first cold of the season!
1. Probiotics - keep your gut flora balanced, your immune system actually resides in the gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive system will help you stay strong when the weather changes or when we encounter new environments. I recommend probiotics to all my patients as health maintenance.
2. Sleep - this is when your body does it’s repairing; digestion, emotional processing and filtering toxins and metabolic waste. It is a reset. If you don’t have quality sleep, brain function is affected and we end up with less than optimal functioning. (sleep deprivation is linked to diabetes and long term sleep problems is linked to Alzheimer's disease and dementia). Have going to sleep a priority as much as you have waking up!
3. Manuka honey - gives support for the immune system because of its antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties coming from flowers of the Manuka tree. Manuka is similar to Tea Tree (Malaleuca), both belong to the Myrtaceae family, along with Eucalyptus, Clove and Myrtle. Add the honey with ginger and lemon to teas or use it over your morning cereal!
4. Tulsi Tea - also known as Holy Basil, helps prevent certain respiratory illnesses ranging from colds and coughs to bronchitis and asthma. This herbal tea is loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can help in fighting infections and allergies, it is especially good for inflammations of the respiratory tract and can keep the seasonal colds at bay.
5. Neti pot - Nasal irrigation with a saline solution helps to thin mucus and flush out the nasal passages. Allergen irritants and debris cause the mucous membranes to swell and create congestion, the saline reduces the swelling of the mucous membranes and draws out mucous from the congested sinuses. Salt or saline solutions can draw water out of bacteria through their cell membranes and this dehydration can kill the bacteria. The same effect happens when you jump into the sea and salt water goes up your nose, all mucous comes out!
Salt solution creates an environment that bacteria and fungus don’t thrive in.
Making sure that you get regular acupuncture treatments through out the year as a smart health strategy will help your body and it’s immune system to function optimally.
The strongest medicine is preventative medicine!
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A Match: The Powerful Connections Between Pilates and Acupuncture
In recent years, holistic approaches to health have all seen a surge in popularity – and with good reason. More than just placebo effect, practices like acupuncture promise to have a measurable impact.
Simultaneously, Pilates has seen a resurgence in popularity – bolstered by its focus on core strength and balance.
These two disciplines– Pilates and acupuncture—have much in common. From similar effects on the body to a concentration on mental cohesion, Pilates and acupuncture offer a world of tangible benefits, especially when practiced simultaneously.
So, now that we understand that Pilates and acupuncture have similar effects on the body, it’s important we understand why.
Acupuncture works by targeting “meridians” or the points that surround various muscle and organ groups. The needles of acupuncture serve to regulate the nervous system and naturally the body responds to these points and the tissues that surround them.
Pilates works in a similar fashion – with a focus on bodily movement. A typical Pilates regimen features movements designed to engage and rebalance the “myofascial meridians”. When these fascial and muscle chains are working in coordination the body can work as an integrated whole – a collaboration of many systems.
So, what really happens when you combine Pilates and acupuncture? According to new research published by The Mayo Clinic, acupuncture was found to dramatically relieve lower back pain and improve overall mobility.
With the addition of Pilates, the overall impact of acupuncture is only increased. Given that the overarching goal of Pilates is to improve core balance and function, the two practices can truly work in tandem – building a healthier and more balanced you.
No mention of any physical activity or natural health treatment is complete without noting mental and emotional benefits. Interestingly, both acupuncture and Pilates directly focus on your body’s natural energies – albeit in slightly different ways.
Indeed, Pilates instructors and professional acupuncturists share a recognition of the psychological and cognitive reach of both disciplines. According to acupuncture experts at Integrative Healing Arts, the “stress response” of acupuncture helps “us to experience whole body balance – aligning ourselves on physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels.” When adding Pilates and Acupuncture one can imprint the positive changes happening in their acupuncture sessions into conscious changes in how their body feels and moves.
Similarly, the Pilates staff at Mongoose Bodyworks note that their discipline is most concerned with “improving one’s kinesthetic awareness” and that acupuncture specifically relaxes the nervous system and increases blood flow which in turn improves kinesthetic awareness making it a “wonderful co-treatment with Pilates…especially for movement re-education.”
The message? Acupuncture and Pilates just go together.
As we head to the close of yet another year, we celebrate our accomplishments and plan for future successes with the hope that a new year brings. The truth is that we might have been on the brink of nuclear destruction several times this year.
Global warming and the world political scene is in crisis mode. Basically every movie with an “end of the world scenario” is playing out in real time before our eyes.Read More
I recently participated in a residential program at the Monroe Institute in Charlottesville, Va. The program is called MC₂ Manifestation and Creation*, and explores our ability to powerfully focus our mind and energy to influence physical matter.
Using consciousness to influence/affect and effect objects, also known as Psychokinesis.
Does this sound like magic? Science fiction?Read More
If removing pain helps you to connect with your higher self, spirituality and your purpose, then perhaps the answer is YES. Medicine and spirituality are rarely thought of as synonymous.
Chinese medicine is based on spiritual principles of living a healthy and fulfilling life. This is our life’s purpose.Read More
Our most precious gifts are life and health, everything after that is extra.
You may have already started to think about what you can do now to improve your health and insure you are healthy in your senior years. It is never too late to start and the sooner the better!
The best defense against super viruses and infections is developing a strong immune system.Read More
I believe that we are here, on this planet, at this moment, for a purpose. This may be uncomfortable for some of you, and challenge your beliefs about health, healing and spirituality. Just notice what shows up for you. For me, I have to ask myself if what I was doing was fulfilling my purpose. So ask yourself, is your purpose to be sitting in an office, toiling, and waiting for 5 o’clock. For me the answer was noRead More
Identifying stress as a big issue seems lame, right? You can continue to deny that you don't feel stress or that it doesn't play a factor in your life. I get it, it's not glamour, but that is how it stays hidden in plain sight.
If this topic irritates you there is a very good chance that it is rubbing up against a truth, that perhaps you are addicted to your stress.Read More
Medical advances can make sure we live longer, but that doesn’t translate into health or prospering. The keyword here is prosper and prospering by definition is about going beyond just getting by. To prosper is to thrive and flourish.
It all depends on your mindfulness surrounding health and healing. What are your expectations and what do you want to achieve?Read More
Here is a video of a talk I gave a while back about holistic healing, Eastern philosophies and optimal health.
I'm doing an event in New Zealand in May that will go deeper, but this is the gist of my principles and practices, where I find inspiration and how I view health and self-care.
I am aiming for a whole-health consciousness REVOLUTION! Will you join me?Read More
The basic premise of Eat to Live is:
Eat mainly nutrient-dense, natural plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. Have a variety. Aim for foods with high nutrient-per-calorie density – this is measured in Dr. Fuhrman’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index or ANDI.
It’s that time of year again!
The holidays have snuck up on us and January is right around the corner.
Where did the time go?
The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. The expectations of family members and the formalities of celebration are hardwired into our nervous system.
The Eat to Live 21 day Challenge starts January 9th!
This is not a Diet! Nor is it the same old new year guilt ridden austerity weight loss program!
This is an opportunity to take control of your own health destiny and we will be doing it together.
No matter your political beliefs, this is a super stressful time for every one of us.
Now more than ever is the time to become rooted in our self care practices and focus on health and strength.Read More
Pneumonia is not just an infection that preys upon presidential candidates. It is a serious illness that can affect people of any age. College professors, stay at home moms, high school students and toddlers alike, can all contract pneumonia. That being said, most healthy people do not catch pneumonia. The major risk factor that increases your chances of catching pneumonia is a weakened immune system, which leaves you more susceptible to viruses and bacterial infections.Read More
In part two of this Q&A series on back pain, I answer some practical questions about coming in for treatment. If you haven’t read part one, check that out first! When someone comes to see me for back pain, I look at all the different layers of what’s happening with that person. My approach to treating back pain is to identify the patterns where it is coming from.Read More
Why are my tight neck and shoulder muscles constantly tight no matter what I do?
For those of you who have experienced acupuncture in my office know that I don’t just treat “muscle” pain, but address the “whole” person and the holding pattern/s that create a negative feedback loop causing so much trouble.Read More
Fortunately, acupuncture is an extremely effective solution for back pain. By addressing the underlying cause of back pain—opposed to temporarily alleviating the symptom, the way drugs do—acupuncture is able to eradicate back pain completely so that it doesn’t return.Read More