Simple Health Acupuncture's Blog

In our blog we will discuss many wellness topics such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, natural cosmetic treatments, pain management, mental health, lifestyle and healthy living. We hope you enjoy reading. 

It seems like 2017 flew by in a blur! Did you know that there are less than 3 months left till the end of the year? For most of our patients who use their insurance benefits, from now until the end of the year is a critical time. The reason is that most insurance renew on January 1st, at the start of each calendar year. While this may mean your allowed visits will renew, this also means that whatever you have not used up from this year disappears! Not only that, if you have a PPO insurance, keep in mind that your deductible will most likely also renew on January 1st!

The month of October is upon us and I am reminded of a certain tradition we did as kids.  Carving pumpkins was a fun way to express our creativity.  We had our pumpkin carving kit that came with a tool that really didn’t work as well as we thought. There was a point where my mom had to step in and help us and it really was a struggle and quite painful for the wrist. If you are a parent or just simply like to carve pumpkins for decoration, suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can definitely deter you from this common tradition.

Insomnia is something nearly all of us have experienced at some time in our life. It can be an acute or chronic problem, and can greatly impact the way we experience life. An acute bout of insomnia lasts from a single night to a couple of weeks, and is often from stress or anxiety about work, school, an upcoming exam or public speech, or due to a traumatic event. Chronic insomnia is a long term problem that has been on going for more than 6 weeks; it can have detrimental health consequences and is associated with serious medical conditions and inflammation in the body. Chronic insomnia may be caused by a medical or psychological problem, and it is important to have more severe health issues ruled out, such as sleep apnea.

Want to get in those 10,000 steps a day, but your knees don't want to oblige? Do you often exercise, but find that with age and time, your knees don't seem to want to keep up with you? Well, you may have a syndrome called "Runner's Knee." Characterized by pain, soreness, loss of range of motion, swelling in and around the joint, and overall discomfort, Runner's Knee is actually a slight misnomer, because it can happen to just about anyone.

 

Texting has become a way of life for majority of the population and with it seem to come headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Text neck syndrome is the term coined to describe the symptoms associated with being in a hunched over, head flexed position frequently and for too long. If you're like most Americans, you're probably guilty of spending too much time on your phone, tablet or laptop. The over use of these devices influences our posture since we are typically hunched over which causes an increase of stress on the neck and surrounding musculature.

 

Lifestyle and diet are major players in cold and flu prevention. It is all too easy to get into poor habits and stay up too late or choose a less nutritious meal, but these choices can take a hefty hit on your immune system. A healthy lifestyle begets a healthy body. If you are getting adequate sleep, exercise, daily sunlight and eating a healthy diet, you are off to a great start for cold and flu prevention. Hand washing is another no-brainer. Refraining from touching your face and not smoking are other ways to help improve your resistance. A less obvious preventative tip comes from Chinese wisdom, wearing a scarf!

What exactly does it mean to detox? Simply put, when you detox, you go through a series of changes in your life in order to cleanse your body of toxins. A detox regimen can be a simple as adding some lemon juice to your daily water, to as complex as a detailed meal plan with many dietary restrictions and lifestyle changes. Detoxing has become increasingly popular in our culture, but don't discount it as being just a fad. Detoxing can be vital to living a healthy lifestyle. We all accumulate toxins, and here's why. 

Why We Accumulate Toxins

Toxicity doesn't always come from taking drugs, though that is one sure way of doing so. Here are a few examples of why, even when we think we are living relatively healthy lives, toxins still accumulate. 

Vitamin D deficiency has become big news in recent years as it was found that many people are deficient, and that the vitamin is for far more than just bone health and preventing rickets and osteoporosis. Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, is essential for bone health. The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, therefore one must have sufficient vitamin D for strong bones, preventing rickets, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and periodontal disease. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with other diseases, such as cancer, respiratory illnesses, severe asthma, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, type II diabetes, anemia and even preeclampsia. 

Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain and fatigue.  In people with fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord processes pain signals differently.  As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure and with heightened sensitivity to pain. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about fibromyalgia is that it isn’t  a real medical problem or that it is “all in your head.”  Unfortunately we live in a society where people think there is a cure or fix for every medical problem.  We go to the doctor and expect he/she to fix the problem with medication or surgery.  But fibromyalgia is one of those conditions that doctors are  still perplexed by. There are questions such as how does one get fibromyalgia and why is it more common in women? These are just a few questions that are still unanswered today. 

We live in a health conscious world. And indeed, it is people who are most aware and concerned about their health that often end up seeking medical interventions. But is medical intervention always the best thing? Modern medicine has come up with many different solutions, even cures, for maladies that may once have been detrimental. But is medicine really the answer to health and longevity?  Ask yourself a philosophical question: should mankind really develop cures to everything

Lets take your annual check-up for example. While benchmarks in blood test values come from a general portion of  the population, there are many individual differences in people for which benchmarks do not account. Take Cholesterol for example, a well-known substance  that is feared and abhorred by most consumers. Many people after 50 are already on some kind of cholesterol lowering drug, like Lipitor (Atorvastatin). While drugs may be able to lower cholesterol. it does not mean that it it beneficial for everyone to take them. 

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