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. 

Remember the good old days when the Fen-Phen weight loss drug was all the rage, and the pounds were just melting off without effort? Then the FDA banned the supplement because people were not just losing weight, they were also losing their lives because of the dangerous cardiac and pulmonary side effects. And now, almost 30 years and $13billion in lawsuits later, I still hear patients reminisce about how sad they are that Fen-Phen was taken off the market.

For many years, the cause of heart disease was believed to be simply from elevated blood cholesterol, and treatment included cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and a reduced fat diet. However, more Americans than ever before continue to die from heart disease, despite the use of statin drug prescriptions and low-fat diets. Pre-diabetes and diabetes continue to affect increasing numbers of Americans as well. Long established dietary recommendations have resulted in greater numbers of people suffering from both obesity and diabetes.

Ever hear that saying about how Bacon makes the world go round? Or as Homer Simpson says “mmmmm…Bacon.” Bacon makes everything taste better. And here are some reasons that you can incorporate Bacon as part of a natural, healthy diet!

At the end of each year, many people say to themselves: it’s time to turn a new leaf, it’s time to make a change, become stronger, thinner, look younger. And so at the turn of each new year, I am flooded with many requests for cosmetic, anti-aging acupuncture. 

Cosmetic acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments that Hollywood stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and Rachel Ray have been keeping secret for years. But recently, more and more people are finding out and using Acupuncture to renew their bodies. The reason is because beauty begins from the inside. This is the reason that some people seem to age better than others. This is the reason that even identical twins may look different with the test of time.

With the changing season and the recent drop in temperature, many people are susceptible to catching colds and flus around this time of year. This is also the time when the flu shot is advertised just about everywhere. I am often asked, “what do you think about getting the flu shot?” 

There’s been a fair bit of debate over whether or not the flu shot works, or is even a healthy option to consider. As a natural healthcare practitioner, my first instinct is to say, don’t get the flu shot. But even if I were not an acupuncturist, some of the research out there would make me seriously consider the efficacy and safety of these vaccinations.

Many may not have heard of adaptogens. What is an adaptogen and what does it mean? Adaptogens are a buzz word in the herbal medicine field, why? Adaptogens are substances that help the body to achieve homeostasis, stabilizing physiological processes in the body, and allowing the body to better manage stress, resist fatigue, and support cellular energy metabolism. Adaptogens offer numerous positive benefits, and are safe, even with long term use. Numerous studies have found there to be increased mental performance and increased physical performance with the use of adaptogens, without the side-effects of traditional stimulants. While adaptogens are safe for most, they are not recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Others should consult with their healthcare provider, as some herbs may cause insomnia, high blood pressure, or palpitations in high doses. 

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that more and more patients have started to say “I carry my stress in my neck and shoulders. 

Of all the places in our body, why are the neck and shoulders the most common place for people to be affected by stress and tension? Why, under stressful situations, do we suddenly find our shoulders by our ears?

We all know about the 8 glasses a day rule. Whether it’s Chinese medicine or modern western medicine theory, staying adequately hydrated keeps the kidneys healthy, keeps the organs moistened and functioning at a higher level, and even gives you better circulation and energy levels. 

So why is it that I often hear patients say, “I just don’t feel thirsty,” or “I hate the way water tastes and have to force myself to drink,” and “I keep going to the bathroom when I try to hydrate.” Is this normal? Or even healthy?

You’re probably thinking that I’m suggesting you look left or right, and accept that as the person you should be in love with (or something like that). Easy assumption given that chubby-little-love cherub season is upon us. But no, not this time. I’m referring to loving you, from the parts that comprise your physical form, to all the other parts that make you who you are. Mental, emotional, all of it. So now it might sound a little trite, or even selfish that I’m saying to you to forget about loving those around you, love you instead. Really, rather, what I’m saying to you is love you first and all others will benefit.

As we head into 2015, many will and many will not make resolutions. New Years resolutions have gained a bad reputation, as people fall off the bandwagon and quickly lose interest, motivation or feel defeated as they fail to meet the often overly zealous goals they have set themselves up for. When exact quantitative goals are set, it is easy to not be able to accomplish them. Often set too high, or too ambitiously, when the goal is not attained, we feel like failures. When feeling like a failure, then we all too easily give up completely.