September 20, 2020 Meat Vs Veggies Well, this really isn't about meat versus vegetables.... If you grew up as I did, you're familiar with the words coming from your mother, "Eat your vegetables." For me it was the warmed up canned spinach that would always get stuck in my throat. (Now I eat raw spinach, but canned spinach made Popeye strong!) This is about where your meat comes from. You hear the word "organic" all the time and perhaps, like me you're suspicious about that word, and it's worth investigating. Yes, organic meats and poultry are more expensive but really, what choice do you have? There are BIG conglomerates that slaughter and process meats and poultry, much of which has been fed antibiotics, hormones, GMO's, by-products and other synthetic contaminants. I'm not getting a kickback from any organic farms, but if I were giving children meat to eat, I would surely not want my young daughter going into puberty at age 9 because of the additives in meat, and yes, it's happening. "Sixteen percent of U.S. girls now experience breast development by the age of 7, and 30 percent by the age of 8. Few scientists dispute that precocious puberty is on the rise but they do not agree on the reasons. Is it bad diets and lack of exercise which cause growing obesity? Is it soft drinks themselves, even when not linked to obesity? Is it the common chemicals known as 'endocrine disrupters' which exert estrogen-like effects (and also cause obesity)? Is it the many legal, unlabeled hormones used in the U.S. to fatten livestock?" (USCAnnenberg Center for Health Journalism, June 2016.) I remember growing up in a small farming area outside of Pittsburgh, PA, where we had a huge freezer filled with big pieces of meat. It's what everyone did -- in other words we knew where our meat came from...no additives, hormones, colors, preservatives, and on and on. It was a meat and potato culture. Both the Los Alamos Co-op and Smith's have organic meats. The more you ask for and demand this, the more they're going to stock it. And regarding vegetables, if you look at the Sikhs in northern India they are on average bigger than any of the other India populations, and for the most part they're vegetarians (yes, genes and diet play a part). I still remember a big Indian Sikh, Navraj Singh Bassi, with his long, beautiful black hair, playing football for the University of Oregon. No one would call this vegetarian a 'sissy' !
March 23, 2020 More Research Pertaining to Acupuncture Asthma - A 2017 study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrated acupuncture's effectiveness at treating asthma. There was an increased quality of life shown in patients who received acupuncture in addition to their normal asthmatic treatments. (1) Osteoarthritis (OA) - A study with 1,763 participants found that acupuncture treatment significantly reduced pain in patients compared with patients who did not receive treatment. Patients with osteoarthritis who received acupuncture reported gains in mobility and a better quality of life. The trials found that longer treatment periods resulted in higher reductions of pain. (2)
Hypertension - A meta-analysis published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that acupuncture lowers blood pressure in patients who are taking medication for hypertension or high blood pressure. The trials included 386 patients with hypertension and found that weekly acupuncture treatment for 6-10 weeks lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (3)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - A 2017 study in Acupuncture in Medicine reported that acupuncture has been found to produce significant positive results for those suffering from IBS. (4) (1) The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; April 2017, 23(4); 268-277. (2) BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine; August 2014, 14(1); 312. (3) Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; March 2014, Epub. (4) Acupuncture in Medicine; 2017, 35; 17-23.
March 4, 2020 Modern Research and Acupuncture Acupuncture has been used as a health care modality for over 5,000 years. Modern science has begun to understand the secrets of this ancient medicine with the support of new studies conducted by leading scientists, hospitals and medical research facilities from all over the world. Today acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care.
A few current studies have shown: In the Clinical Journal of Pain that low back pain, the most common musculoskeletal problem, can be relieved by acupuncture with little to no adverse side effects. (1)
In a systematic review published by Spine Journal, acupuncture has been shown to have significantly favorable effects on chronic low back pain. In the systematic review, 32 different studies were compared, and 25 of those studies provided relevant data to come to this conclusion. Actual acupuncture treatments were compared with sham acupuncture treatments throughout the study in order to obtain the results. (2)
A 2016 study published by The Cochrane Review concluded acupuncture treatments cannot only relieve the pain associated with headaches, but it can help to control or prevent migraines before they happen. Out of the 22 trials conducted, considerable evidence was shown that in addition to prophylactic drugs, acupuncture should be highly considered for migraine treatment and prevention. (3) (1) "Acupuncture for Acute Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review." The Clinical Journal of Pain, published February, 2013. (2) "Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Spine Journal, 2013; Vol 38 (24). (3) "Acupuncture for the Prevention of Episodic Migraine." The Cochrane Review, published June 28, 2016.
January 3, 2020 Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later Continuing with the theme of "an ounce of prevention," what I'm trying to say is: "See me now, and not after you've seen all the M.D.'s, or minimally, concurrently while seeing your doctors. Why? By the time you've seen all the M.D.'s -- western medicine -- time has elapsed, and your disease/condition may have settled in, gone deeper. Many times I've seen a patient after the M.D. has said, "I've done all I can do; why don't you see an acupuncturist?" If, after seeing me, your disease/condition hasn't improved within a short period of time, then I'll recommend you see an M.D.
Who doesn't say, "I'll shine it on"? And I'm no exception. And we pay the price. Sure, there are hypochondriacs out there, but they're the exception. Our bodies try to tell us, warn us, by giving little (or large) signals, e.g., constant colds and flu, a pain that just won't go away, even with Tylenol, etc. etc. "Sooner or later it'll go away." In reality there's a good chance it may morph into something much more serious: a sinus infection into..........
The significance is: Live in reality. Listen.
December 18, 2019 Down, But Not Out Of course I sense and feel the trepidation that people have about coming to see me for acupuncture since my illness. I can understand that. I am not what I used to be with some things, like my physical body, being such as it is. Even my mind is not as it was. So be it. My kidneys are approximately a third of perfect. My heart took a beating (but is still ticking). So, what to do? Give up? Like John Cameron Swayze watching a Timex watch being driven over by a truck, or dropped from a helicopter, I'm still working!
Why did I stop eating.....for months!? Released from the hospital to hospice care....waiting to die. Fellow Sikh community members coming by my bedside after a group prayer, saying "goodbye," and me not being conscious enough to realize it was the ultimate goodbye. What kept me going?
I was fortunate enough to find a spiritual teacher, a saint, a Master and a real man to follow (the Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan). He taught methods to help us through hard times. The first words he taught was the mantra "Keep Up and you'll be kept up." I absorbed it and it fit in with who I am: "When things are down and darkest, that's when we stand tallest."
November 25, 2019 Prevention is the Best Cure "An ounce of prevention..." We all know the saying, so what "prevents" us or stops us from taking action? Stubbornness, denial, excuses, and on and on. People come to me (primarily) for pain, and I help them by finding out what their triggers are, when did they start and are they listening to their triggers.
We're human and most people do some of the above, including me (ugh). And we pay for these actions, sometimes a few dollars and up to.....our lives.
So, if I can inspire, provoke, and motivate you into action, or if you have questions to ease your trepidation about acupuncture and Oriental medicine, please contact me.
November 18, 2019 Cold and Flu Season Is Still Here Trying as hard as we do, taking all kinds of vitamins and supplements to keep us strong and healthy, still a cold or flu comes our way. Then, what do we do? Wait it out, rest, drink herbal teas, and maybe cover it up with OTC medications that relieve some of the symptoms.
But all too often the condition lingers and may progress to a deeper level, i.e., the lungs.
Chinese Medicine, both herbal and acupuncture, can help release these toxins before they go deeper into the body. This is the most important part of coming for a treatment NOW. Once the bacteria or virus goes deeper it may compromise the immune system and we become vulnerable to many more conditions / illnesses. Our energy is sapped without us knowing why. These illnesses can come and go for many years, not realizing that it all originated from that cold or flu weeks, months, or even years ago.