The holiday season, with all the parties and food, does not bode well to helping mange your cholesterol. Well here is a natural remedy that can
help with your cholesterol without having to resort to statins or other drugs that require lifetime dependency.
Enter Hawthorne berry extract or shan za in Chinese materia medica.
I have a personal experience where I once supplied a friend with it after he ran out of meds and was waiting for a refill. The positive results from the just the berries surpassed that of the meds. This is something I can personally vouch for.
We have Hawthorne Extract available at our office and at our farmers market.
Avoid the Black Friday madness !
Avoid the stress of gift idea brainstorm.
Purchase your Holiday gift certificates from Miami Acupuncture Therapy, good for either acupuncture or massage !
What are the best natural remedies for cold and flu? The best way to beat the flu is to nip it in the bud, at the early onset. Most people enduring the day to day grind will ignore the beginning mild symptoms and will ‘soldier on’ as it seems as there is nothing serious going on. This is when it is most important to treat. It can be nipped in the bud by just stopping for a moment and taking care of it within the 1st 12 hours of symptoms.
Here are some effective remedies for early onset symptoms:
1. If due to a bug, taking Engystol is a good immune support remedy. It is a homeopathic pill that is taken and dissolved sublingualy. We carry these.
2. If due to exposure, boil some ginger root and drink as a warm tea. Symptoms from exposure is usually that dull headache that starts in the back of the head. Warm shower will also help.
Once the bug takes hold, there are other remedies. There are Chinese herbal Yin Qiao San, huang Lian (if bacterial), and other anti-viral herbs. Also, the application of essential oils penetrate the skin and kill viruses and bacteria. And finally, some acupuncture protocols will help the body combat the illness.
Miami Acupuncture Therapy will be participating in this year’s 2013-2014 Miami Springs Farmers’ Market. We will be featuring chair massage, Chinese herbs,and homeopathic remedies. And in the spirit of promoting local produce and non-GMO, we will also be selling superfoods: moringa leaves, chia seeds, and bitter melon.
The Miami Springs Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Curtiss Parkway adjacent to the Circle… October through March
It almost seems like, from those who I talk to about nutrition, that there is a consensus that most people feel that it is hopeless or impossible to avoid GMOs and other foods with harmful processed ingredients. It is in so many common foods and beverages.
It can be indeed difficult to know where to start. A rule of thumb to follow is to be aware aware of the main foods that are grown genetically modified. And note that many of these are included in ingredients in many food products. These include canola, soy, corn (including high fructose corn syrup) and it is estimated 90% plus of these are GMO. There are many other food products that may be GMO but not as high a % is GMO. Here are a few pointers that I use in my personal life.
1. I buy my largest percentage of food from Wholefoods and other organic retailers. This includes all my meats, baby items, butter, snacks, ketchup, and a percentage of our produce. I buy a organic brand of canola oil that has the label ‘non GMO verified’. If your store is not near you, you can do as I do and go less frequently and buy several weeks of supply.
2. A second way is by becoming familiar with name brands. Follow the money. There some specific companies who have donated large sums of money to support legislation that requires labeling of GMOs. These initiatives show that the company is willing to stand by their product as non-GMO. Many of these specialty organic companies have products that can be found in common supermarkets. One of these companies is Organic Valley. I purchase my milk and eggs from Organic Valley at my local supermarket. We also occasionally mail order online from specific companies such as Earth Best.
3. Our third way is buying food that is imported from other countries. Many countries ban GMO farming and use less harmful methods of growing food than most US commercial farms do. While it is not totally fool proof of not getting GMOs, it is generally reliable. My personal examples are bananas from Central America, and Jasmine rice from Thailand. I buy these at my local supermarket. I will patronize and support US companies who produce things the right way and shun all the others (the majority of companies) who produce things the cheapest way possible with no regard whatsoever to the well-being of the consumer.
4. The final way is by growing it myself. We grow a percentage of our produce, mainly leafy greens, tomatoes, and fruit. There is a personal satisfaction in growing your own food and you know exactly what you are getting.
Once you can find a reliable source for each of your go to foods and systemize it, the rest is simple.
Starting in 2014, medical offices who work with either medicaid or Medicare will be required to maintain electronic health records for all patients. That means your patient chart with all your medical records and visits will be available electronically. Even though offices generally have safeguards in place for privacy and must follow HIPPA confidentiality laws, electronic information is still susceptible to being hacked. It is also susceptible to government snooping under the Affordable Care Act (Obummer care), IRS, and the National Security Agency. Most offices have already switched to fully electronic.
Since our office does not work with medicare, we are not accountable for any government mandates and are exempt from mandatory electronic record keeping. We choose to maintain patient charts the old fashion way: paper, folder, file cabinet. Unless someone has a court subpoena in hand, no one unauthorized will have access, even if they are flashing a badge.
It seems nowadays more and more strains of anti-biotic resistant bacteria are popping up. With people taking anit-biotics too frequently for minor things and anti-biotics being injected into all our chickens and beef, bacteria is becoming more resistant.
However, there is an alternative solution. It is a Chinese herb called Huang Lian (translation: coptis root). In traditional Chinese medicine, it is indicated for dysentery and diarrhea (if caused by bacterial infection). It has a broad spectrum effect. It also has antifungal and some anti-viral effect. However, for viruses, I would recommend something a little stronger. For the best antibiotic result, huang liang is best used in a formula with similar acting synergistic herbs such as in ‘Huang Lian Jie Du Tang’.
By stocking in your medicine cabinet, you don’t have to wait for a prescription or doctor visit in order to get it quickly when the need arises. At Miami Acupuncture Therapy in Miami Springs, we maintain a stock of Huang Lian Jie Du Tang and is available for purchase.
Most people are aware of that ultra-violet rays have an effect on people. But did you know that the visible color spectrum has therapeutic effects? The effect is based on the physics of light. Each color has a specific wavelength and wave frequency. For example, violet light has a calming effect. Orange has an uplifting effect for people with depression. Red has a stimulating effect. Magenta has a emotional balancing effect. There are many other examples for uses of color light in improving treatment results.
A lamp can be used to shine the light onto the person or a probes with light at the end can be shone onto acu-points to enhance effects. I have personally observed better treatment results when I add color light to my treatments.
The use of color light was pioneered by a man named Dinshah who wrote the book ‘Let There Be Light’. He helped heal many people.
Participants for cancer study needed. Compensation: 20% off the cost of groceries for 360 months. The trial will attempt to duplicate on humans a study previously done on rats that developed huge tumors after consuming GMO foods.
Relax, this is only a mock ad. I am trying to make a point to put things in perspective. Would you be willing to participate (or have your children participate) in a study that is known to have caused serious health detriments found in rats in the same trial? Well guess what, most of you are already participating. If you shop regularly in the large chain supermarkets, chances are that you are consuming a significant amount of food with genetically modified origins. The fact that the majority of people are consuming foods with GMO ingredients gives one a false sense of security that it is all okay. It is not until one finally sees the staggering cancer statistics of our population that one realizes that something is not right.
If you are unfamiliar with GMO (genetically modified organisms) food and seeds, I recommend doing some research and educating yourself on how to avoid these. I will be posting some helpful links from time to time.
Next week, Wednesday July 24, there will be an international awareness event about GMOs. The event will consist of advocates going viral on social media posting videos and information to raise awareness. I will participate by posting my ‘How to say to GMO Part II’ pictures on my personal facebook page.
Beginning July 1, 2013, all patients with a Cigna plan seeking the services from a chiropractic physician must first seek pre-approval from a non-medical source to determine medical necessity, even before being examined by the chiropractic physician. Cigna has contracted the company ASH to provide the reviews for decision-making. The question here is how can medical necessity be determined without a thorough exam by a qualified health care professional?