Every Rite-Aid or CVS I pass tells the season of influenza is approaching. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages children and elderly over the age of 65 get the flu vaccine. These vaccines are a substance containing either dead or live strains of influenza virus that is injected into the patient to cause an immune response in the body against the virus-containing vaccine and hopefully prevent future illness due to exposure to influenza. There are, however, some flaws and disadvantages to this method.
Infertility can be a difficult and trying time for a couple, resulting in much stress and strain on the marriage, both emotional and financially. In 2006, it was estimated that the average infertility rate was between 6 and 11% (National Survey of Family Growth). Many causes have been offered for this issue, from hormone imbalance to blood flow issues to sperm abnormalities.
Research shows valid benefits of acupuncture in treating infertility. Studies have concluded that acupuncture can increase uterine blood flow and can double the success rate of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures compared to placebo.
Below, is a summary of a recent patient of mine that had infertility issues.
Well, we are almost to moving day. Only 1.5 miles down 8th street, but a chore none the less. The new office will offer us an additional 500 square feet of space to include a wonderful lobby, larger community room and 6 private treatment rooms. We are excited to offer additional services to the community and will enjoy the team approach to wellness. A true healthcare.
People always discuss the healthy ways they eat or exercise to keep the body in tip-top shape. But what about the brain? In Chinese medicine, a healthy mind is dependent on the strength of “essence”, which can be seen physically through the eyes and is called “Shen” or “spirit”. One way of boosting brain function is through natural foods and nutrient-rich supplements. These items come from author Deborah Tukua, editor of Journey to Natural Living.
With the weather changing to this cold damp condition, taking extra vitamin D3 is a great idea to help with your immune system. Anyone have other great ideas to naturally boost one's immune system?
Vaccines, anti-bacterial soaps, antibiotics, antibacterial hand wipes, antibacterial gels, air purifiers, UV lamps; the list goes on and on and on. The U.S. spends in excess of $120 billion per year fighting infectious diseases in addition to $5 billion in resistant bacteria due to the overuse of antibiotics.1 Back in the 1950’s, four vaccines were given to a newborn while today and whopping 17 vaccines are given to our young ones. The thought process of our health care industry is to wage war against the evils of our environment, namely the bacteria and viruses that live on this planet with us. Yet we don’t seem to be winning in most areas of this endeavor. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance reveals that antibiotic resistance is occurring across the world, and is putting at risk the ability to treat common infections in the community and hospitals. The WHO states that without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.2
I have an alternative thought process in dealing with virus and bacteria. Our thoughts must be changed to work with nature, not against it. Our focus needs to be on optimizing our immune systems and being Pro-active. This needs to be the future of our healthcare in the post-antibiotic era. As 80% of our immune system resides in our gut, it is the “good bacteria” or “normal flora” that defends against infectious bacteria and also keeps our immune fighting gut on high alert for any potential infectious diseases. Two things need to happen. Good nutrition and eliminating inflammation. This is a symbiotic relationship. First, focus on whole foods. These are items that come from a plant, tree, out of the ground or have been raised on natural pastured lands. When we do this, a transformation will occur in our bodies. Namely, our bodies will recognize these foods and allow the necessary nutrients to feed us for optimal health. In turn, the body will rid itself of any toxins it may have picked up through the years and will eventually turn off the inflammatory switch that has been causing our immunity issues. When we optimize our immunity, it will be quick to respond to any virus or bacterial concern.
Secondly, focus on fermented foods. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, carrots, garlic, etc.. These products a packed full of probiotics that help supply the gut with “good bacteria” needed to keep our immune system on “high alert” to battle any cold or flu that you are introduced to.
Finally, get moving. Our health is dependent on circulation flowing throughout our body unimpeded. This requires muscles, tendons and connective tissue to be loose and limber enough to allow blood to flow. A good stretching regime will go a long way for both immunity and longevity. Consider a good massage or Qi Gong class to help with this endeavor.
For those of you conscious of processed dyes that are in the egg coloring kits, try nature's coloring.
Beet juice - a nice pink color
Coffee - brown
Turmeric - shredded making a great yellow
Red wine - dark pink to red
Paprika - brick brown
All of these can be mixed in hot water. We still use 1 tablespoon of vinegar to help the color adhere to the shell surface. Enjoy and Happy Easter!
I just posted on our website new research concluding that acupuncture can lower cholesterol. We should all keep in mind that cholesterol is a naturally occurring product that our body makes. Cholesterol is used by cells for membrane structure, making hormones, bile acids and vitamin D. You need Cholesterol. It is inflammation that causes changes in the arteries which cholesterol is used to create a scab in an effort to repair. The bottom line: Inflammation is the culprit, not cholesterol.
Have a safe and healthy New Year everyone. We have enjoyed helping individuals optimize their health and look forward to an even better 2014. See you in the new year.
Reminder: Free Talk on Restless Leg Syndrome Nov. 14th @ 6pm at the Shoreline Office. I will discuss ways to improve RLS symptoms.
Jeff Campbell is a Board-Certified Acupuncturist at Shoreline Center for Healing.