Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas are very effective to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease.  A person’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers and protects the nerves of the brain and spinal cord.  A simpler way of understanding the disease is this:  imagine the outer casing that holds and protects many electrical wires wears away, leaving tears and holes that expose the internal wiring.  The wires inside the casing short-circuit, burn, smoke, and malfunction due to exposure to environmental elements (your bodily fluids, etc.).  The wearing down of the myelin sheath leads to injury and inflammation; consequently, electrical or nerve signals to and from the brain to different organs, muscles, nerves and other connective tissue are blocked.  The end result is debilitating – the patient can experience difficult vision, burning pain in the extremities, loss of muscle coordination and strength, loss of organ and other bodily functions, and a downward spiral of degenerating health.  Multiple Sclerosis can affect any sex or age group but is common in ages 20 to 40 years of age.   Women are twice susceptible to MS as men.

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the patient as a whole in determining treatment for MS or any other condition.  All lifestyle and physical aspects of the patient are evaluated.  Tongue and pulse diagnoses offer much information about the patient’s condition.  There are 18 pulse positions that are felt and evaluated; the condition of the tongue can determine heat, cold, organ dysfunction, build-up of toxins and a plethora of other indicators pertinent to the individual case.  In evaluating the MS patient, the demyelization of the neural sheath is considered to be a hot condition; heat dries bodily fluids and builds toxins; this in turn, leads to organ and connective tissue malfunction.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas address these symptoms effectively and can help reduce or eliminate various symptoms of the autoimmune disease.

Case Study:  A 62 year old post menopausal female presented with burning pain in both legs, travelling to lower legs and the soles of her feet.  The patient was unable to walk 2 city blocks without pain.  The patient experienced nocturnal body heat and woke up every other hour in the evening in ‘pools of sweat’.  The patient had been diagnosed with MS 4 years prior to her visit to my office and had recently gone on disability because of her inability to walk and work.  Her quality of life had suffered and she was experiencing  mild depression.  The patient’s tongue was overall red with a very dry, thin coat (this denotes a hot condition and drying of internal bodily fluids).  Her pulses overall were thin, rapid, wiry and small.  I determined a diagnosis of Yin Deficiency as the root cause and a secondary condition of Qi Stagnation.  In plain English, this means that the MS was caused by a hot condition (Yin Deficiency); the night sweats and neuropathies were being caused by the secondary condition (Qi Stagnation).  Because of the heat, the internal bodily fluids were drying up, disrupting the normal flow of blood, lymph, fluids, red and white blood cells to reach the extremities and provide the necessary cellular nutrition for proper physical function.  The treatment strategy:  clear the heat, tonify the immune system, clear the stagnation and calm the mind (to address the depression).  Acupuncture treatment twice weekly for 4 weeks, with nutritional modifications (no spicy foods, acidic foods, alcohol, sugar or dairy) and hydrotherapy (swimming daily) were added to the treatment protocol.  An herbal pill formula to address the nocturnal sweat and fluid depletion was prescribed to be taken on a daily basis.

After 4 weeks of this treatment plan, the patient reported she could walk more than half a mile, could swim for 20 minutes in the pool, and the burning pain had dissipated from a 9 of 10 on the pain scale to a 3 of 10.  The nocturnal sweats had disappeared and she was beginning to feel more like herself.  The treatment plan was modified to one session of acupuncture weekly for 8 weeks; yoga was recommended in addition to hydrotherapy and continuation of diet modifications strongly suggested.  After 8 weeks, the patient reported that she was pain free and had spoken with her employer – she was going back to work and felt wonderful.  This patient continues with treatment once monthly and continues to do yoga and swim; she can now dance and is living a productive and happy life once again.

Traditional Chinese Medicine cannot offer a cure for MS, but a good practitioner can help reduce or eliminate various symptoms of the disease.  While results vary from case to case, this is one of the many pathologies that I treat on a daily basis.  Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for over 2500 years for a reason!

If you or someone you love suffers from MS, please refer them to my office for care.

References:  https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/28650601

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2016.0355

 

Great news for our men and women of service!  The VA has just published the new requirements for acupuncture benefits and you are eligible to receive first class services here at my clinic!  The Golden Acupuncturist clinic is a registered clinic with the Veterans’ Administration.  All you need to do is tell your attending physician at teh VA that you would like a referral to come to my clinic for acupuncture services.   Give them my name for the referral, then just email or telephone my office to schedule an appointment.  Be it for pain, PTSD, or any other medical condition listed on the approved list, you will be treated with the respect and level of expertise you deserve.  Click on the following link for the criteria to begin your journey to improved health and state of mind.  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57722/va-mission-act-what-is-the-latest-on-community-care/

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Springtime Allergies Can Be Treated Drug-Free With Acupuncture

Join the many fortunate people who have been treated at my clinic for seasonal rhinitis.  This year promises to be a brutal one for allergies.  Before you go down the rabbit hole of shots and other prescription drugs, schedule an appointment today and achieve instant and longlasting relief from your symptoms.  Call or email for an appointment.

 

The spring pollen is already in full swing the past 4 weeks here in the northeast corner of the United States.  It has been forecasted that this year, the pollen count will be extremely high causing many to suffer from seasonal rhinitis.  Prescription drugs and allergy shots can cause a number of unpleasant side effects and adversely affect a person’s overall quality of life and wallet.

Acupuncture and herbal pills can help relieve your allergies.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is over 2,500 years old.  Its methods are drug-free, has no side effects and has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutue of Health (NIH) to be an effective modality for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.  I have many patients who have been able to cease taking their allergy medications and shots just by committing to weekly acupuncture sessions.  Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine can help with the following symptoms:

  • eliminate itchy eyes
  • stop sneezing
  • reduce stress & anxiety from allergies
  • eliminate runny nose
  • reduce or eliminate the use of prescription drugs
  • sleep better
  • improve overall quality of life
  • eliminate costly visits to the allergist

Don’t wait another day to be treated.  Call or email my office now.  917-701-7582  info@kelleymondesire.

Source:  The American Journal of Chinese Medicine Vol.30,No.01,pp1-11 (2002) Effect of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis:  A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, Charlie Changli Xue, Robert English, Jerry Jiansheng Zhang, Cliff DaCosta, Chun Guang Li.  https://doi.org/10.1142/S01192415X0200020X Cited by:60

The endometrium is the mucous membrane that lines the uterus.  During the menstrual cycle, this lining thickens, allowing the possibility of a successful implantation of an embryo.   Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the cells that line the endometrium of the womb or uterus lining are found somewhere else in the body. Common sights are the pelvic peritoneum, ovaries, bladder and bowels.  Some women with this condition experience mild discomfort, while many suffer from extreme pain, heavy periods and infertility.  Endometriosis is a long-term condition that affects millions of women worldwide.  It is commonly diagnosed in females age 25 to 40 years and rarely occurs after menopause.

Every month at the end of the menstrual cycle, (with no symptoms and signs of pregnancy), the hormones in the body cause the womb’s lining to break down and bleed. The lining is expelled from the body as a period. During the menses (for a woman who has endometriosis), when the cells growing outside the womb break down and bleed, the blood has no outlet to exit the body. This bleeding results in irritation to the surrounding tissue, pain, inflammation, and possibly scar formation.  The cause of endometriosis is unclear and therefore, difficult to treat.  Some researchers theorize that the following factors can be contributors for endometriosis:  an estrogen/progesterone imbalance, genetics, autoimmune abnormalities, environmental toxins and benign uterine fibroids.

 

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Heavy menstruation with pain, large clots, long or abnormal length of cycles (2 to 3 or more months between menses)
  • Lower abdominal pain and swelling, back pain, burning or painful urination or bowel movements during menstruation (can also occur on a continuous basis), and swollen ovaries
  • Painful sex
  • Dysmenorrhea and intermittent bleeding between periods
  • Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant.  Endometriosis.org has published that 10% of women globally are affected by endometriosis and 24 to 50% female infertility cases suffer from endometriosis.
  • In rare cases, some women may experience bleeding after intercourse, bowel movements, or urination.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), views endometriosis as a disharmony of the liver, spleen, and kidneys energetically. The free flow of menstrual bold (blood stagnation) can also contribute to obstruction of the vital energy (qi) and blood in the uterine region.  The lack of cellular nutrition caused by this stagnation causes menstrual pain. Typically, treatment protocols for the endometriosis patient by a TCM practitioner focuses on improving blood circulation, clearing stagnation and harmonizing the functions of the liver, spleen, and kidneys.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can be very effective in the treatment for the symptoms of endometriosis and the pain that accompanies this condition. Lifestyle and dietary modifications are addressed as stress and certain foods can cause inflammation and optimum flow of uterine blood.   Avoidance of environmental pollutants are encouraged.  TCM can help to balance hormones, support proper function and health of the endocrine and immune system, and endometrium.

March is Endometriosis Month.  If you suffer from any of the symptoms aforementioned, see your pelvic floor specialist.  If you need a referral, please contact my office and I will be most happy to help you.  This is your first step to living a pain-free and full life.

Sources:  Endometriosis.org

Acupuncture Beats Drug for Endometriosis Relief, 11 July 2017 Health CMI, Shen Q, Lu J.  Clinical Observation of Acupuncture-moxibustion for Endometriosis (J).  Shanghai Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 2017, 36 (6).

Narvekar, Nitish, Sharon Cameron, Hilary OD Critchley, Suiqing Lin, Linan Cheng, and David T. Baird.  “Low-dose mifepristone inhibits endometrial proliferation and up-regulates androgen receptor.”  The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 89, no. 5 (2004): 2491-2497.

 

Thyroiditis is a condition of the thyroid which is more common than most people believe.  There are two types of thyroiditis.

  1. Sub-acute thyroiditis typically presents as a pain that begins in the front of the neck near the hollow and spreads horizontally to the base and posterior aspect of the ears.  This can commonly be misdiagnosed as a sore throat because it typically is caused by a virus.  Sub-acute thyroiditis is brief and, like a virus, the body’s immune system will resolve the condition with no residual effects.
  2. Silent thyroiditis, considered to be an autoimmune disorder, commonly occurs in women post-partum.  Patients can present with fatigue, lethargy, depression, hair loss, weight gain, and low libido.  Silent thyroiditis can resolve itself however, quite often medication is prescribed for this condition.  Nursing mothers should cease breast feeding should they decide to take prescription drugs because they are contraindicated in breast feeding.  Silent thyroiditis is an acute condition but can reoccur over time or can develop into a chronic condition.  At times, thyroiditis can present in a patient as fluctuating between hypo and hyperthyroidism.  This can occur in patients who are already taking thyroid medication.  An overview of the medication and dosage should be performed by an m.d. as this can commonly be the cause of fluctuation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine views thyroiditis as an imbalance in the body.  In most cases, the diagnosis is a deficiency of Qi (vital energy) and Blood (the quality of the blood) and patients are treated with the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal pill formulas.  This treatment is safe, effective and drug free.  The herbal formulas prescribed will not harm a nursing child so treatment allows the mother to continue breast feeding her baby without any adverse effects.

Case Study:  A 35-year-old female presented with a diagnosis of silent thyroiditis expressing as hypothyroidism.  She delivered a child 2 months prior and was breast feeding.  Her chief complaint was fatigue, bradycardia, minimal lactation, dry skin and brittle nails.  She stated that her head hair was falling out in clumps (which was visible upon examination) and was considering a wig.  Her m.d. had prescribed thyroid medication (Synthroid) but she did not desire to take this direction as she was adamant to nurse her child.  After examining the patient, performing pulse and tongue diagnosis, and recording a complete intake of past and present medical history, I determined that this patient was experiencing a deficiency of Qi (vital energy) and Blood (the quality of her pulses was deficient).  When the body becomes exhausted and nutrient-deficient (as in most post-partum cases), blood, fluids and all other necessary factors for proper homeostasis become less than premium in quality.  This deficiency can lead to hormonal imbalances, hence hypothyroidism.  I prescribed a treatment protocol of two (2) acupuncture sessions weekly for 4 weeks with the addition of an herbal pill formula (safe for nursing mothers) to build the quality of her blood and boost her immune system.  After 2 weeks, this patient reported having much more energy and less hair falling into the shower drain.  After four weeks of treatment, her breast milk was flowing freely, her pulse was a steady 72 bpm and her m.d. encouraged her to continue with my course of treatment.  Her treatments continued once weekly for six consecutive weeks.  Her hair ceased to fall out, her nails were healthy, she joined a gym and was happily enjoying motherhood.  This patient has continued care once monthly to maintain good health.

I cannot guarantee these results in every case.  Results vary from patient to patient, and treatment strategies do vary for each individual case.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system which is over 2,500 years old; a natural and drug-free method of treating many pathologies.  If you or someone you know is suffering from thyroiditis, share the information and contact my office for a consultation.

Sources:  Autoimmune thyroiditis – an ancient approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine to a modern disease, Luzina, Xin, ArchivEuromedica, 1st & 2nd Ed, 2011

Chen HP, He JS, Hu GS.  Analysis on the Traditional Chinese Medicine syndromes of the patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases.  Changes in the thyroid and immune functions in 109 cases. //Zhong Xi Yi Lie He Za Zhi. 1990 Sep; 10 (9): 538-9, 517.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death for women?  Women frequently miss the symptoms of a heart attack because they mistakenly relate heart disease as a ‘man’s disease’.  Women who have heart disease tend to believe that symptoms such as sweating, chest pressure, nausea, and jaw pain are synonymous with menopause, the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather.  Many women just don’t think they could ever have a heart attack.

Disregarding the symptoms of a heart attack can cause death.  Recognizing the signs of heart disease or a heart attack can save lives.

What Causes A Heart Attack?

Plaque can build up in the coronary arteries.  This can block the blood flow to the heart.  Causes of plaque accumulation include heavy smoking, morbid obesity, high stress, and familial history of heart disease.

What Are Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

  • Intermittent chest pain (pressure or a feeling of your chest being squeezed) that waxes and wanes.
  • Pain or general discomfort of the jaw, stomach, back or arms (frequently misdiagnosed as indigestion, TMJ, sleeping in an incorrect position or overuse of muscles at gym)
  • Shortness of breath, palpitations, lightheadedness or dizziness for no apparent reason
  • nausea
  • Cold sweats; sometimes sweat can have an ‘oily’ feeling

What You Should Do If You Believe You Are Experiencing A Heart Attack

  • Call 911 and follow instructions carefully.
  • Try to remain calm and breathe.
  • If you have aspirin, take one.
  • If an ambulance cannot arrive within minutes, call a car service or ask a friend or neighbor to drive you to the hospital.  Do not operate a moving vehicle.

Steps You Can Take To Help Prevent a Heart Attack

Schedule a yearly routine check up with your M.D. A routine yearly EKG and blood tests should be performed during this appointment.  Many red flags can be detected by simply having this routine exam every year.

Watch your weight.  Maintaining a healthy weight encompasses a healthy lifestyle.  Everything in moderation.  Diet and exercise are the cheapest and easiest ways you can stave off heart disease.

Stop smoking….period.  It has been proven that smoking causes cancer and is a major contributor to inhibition of blood circulation and plaque build up in the body.  There are many tools available to assist you to kick the habit.

Acupuncture Plays A Key Integrative Role In The Cardiac Clinic

Studies have shown that acupuncture (and in many cases electroacupuncture) may serve as a safe and viable option for the treatment of the cardiac patient.  Acupuncture has been found to be effective in the treatment of symptomatic heart disease, myocardial ischemia, hypertension, arrhythmias, heart failure and autonomic dysfunction.  I have been treating patients with various forms of heart disease for years and I work closely, in a partnership, with patient and his/her cardiologist.

Ladies, don’t neglect yourselves; become your own best patient advocate.  If you or someone you know would like to know more about acupuncture and how it can help in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, please contact my clinic for an appointment.  In the meantime, as we slide into springtime, let’s not think just about strappy sandals…think ‘happy and healthy heart’.

Source:  Acta Physiologica Sinica, Feb 25, 2015, 67(1):19-31 Integrating acupunctureinto the cardiology clinnic:  can it play a role?

 

Happy New Year!  The last year of another decade in time as modern man knows it.  This month’s blog is not about making resolutions.  Most of us don’t keep them after two or three weeks and the guilt and disappointment that go along with promises once again not kept to ourselves aren’t worth the trouble to begin with.

Today, I’d like to share with you something a bit different.  It’s a little story, so stay with me and continue reading, because there’s a really good point at the end of the tale:

I was at the gym a few days prior to New Year’s Eve.  Just exiting from a HIIT class, I saw a woman who changed my life in so many ways and who I never had the opportunity to thank….

Let’s go back to 1995.  I was a near-cripple from being a passenger in a head-on automobile accident overseas.  Needless-to-say, it was all very ugly.  One person died, another was permanently affected by cerebral damage, and although I survived blunt trauma to the heart, I was terribly injured from the hips down. Upon my return to New York,  I was told by an orthopedist that I should “take up needlepoint” because I would never ride a bicycle again.  One year later, still holding on to my Equinox membership (and very rarely using it), I signed up for a 4 hour yoga workshop out of curiousity.  I sat in the back of the room so I could scoot out if I lost interest.   What happened next was transforming.  The instructor noticed that I was unable to get into any of the poses, so she came over to me, asked me what my injuries were and for 4 hours, while instructing the class, she helped me into modified poses.  After the workshop, for the first time in over a year, I was actually pain-free!  I thought ‘hey, whatever this yoga is, I need more of it!’  I never saw the instructor again, but began to take Gentle Healing Yoga classes 3 days per week.  Gradually, my inominate bones ceased to shift, my muscles became stronger and I was able to walk a mile and ride a bicycle.  Fast forward  2 years later, after doing yoga 6 days per week, and enrolling into a yoga teacher training course, I found myself in Costa Rica for a week-long yoga retreat.  I happened to meet a holy man who, after speaking with him for two hours told me this – “God has given you a second chance in life; do not waste it”.  Oh boy….  The second evening while in Costa Rica, a group of us gathered around a table and introduced ourselves to one another.  We talked about our careers and I mentioned how I was considering a career change having been in the television business for over 22 years.   Growing up, I had wanted to be a doctor, but life did not steer me in that direction.  My companions and I discussed options and four months later, I was enrolled in the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and dedicated five years full time to my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  I also became a full contact combat Muay Thai  fighter (so much for taking up needlepoint).

For the past 15+ years that I have been in private practice, I have recommended yoga to my patients for many different reasons and always tell them about my own initial experience.  I tell the story of that one woman who, by her kindness to me that day a long time ago, changed the course of my life.  As the wise man suggested, I haven’t wasted my borrowed time on this earth and have been paying forward the many kindnesses that have been given to me over these many years.

So, almost 23 years later, I upon exiting a HIIT class, I ran into Jessica Metz at yet another Equinox location where she was the sub for a yoga class.  She remembered me and I finally had the opportunity to thank her for changing my life in just so many ways.  I told Jessica how for years, I’ve been telling the story of how I got back my health and changed my life and how it was her kindess that created that shift in life for me.  Jessica had no idea how many lives she changed by one simple act of kindness.  It truly made her day…and mine.

People….pay it forward.  Forget the impossible resolutions you’ll most likely break by the time you read this blog.  Here’s a better idea….resolve to do something nice for another person whenever you have the opportunity.  Kindness goes a long way – I know it for fact.  It will come back to you one day when you least expect it.

HO HO HO and here we go!  As Linus would say ‘good grief, Charlie Brown’.  It’s December and everyone seems to get sucked into the holiday madness regardless of their religious beliefs.  So, some good advice is to calm down, take a breath and remember:  the holidays as we know them are market-manufactured and economically driven.  This year, try to remember what it is you are REALLY celebrating:  the festival of lights, the birth of your God, or celebration of family, community and culture.  If neither of the upcoming holidays resonates with you, just celebrate and be grateful for all the goodness in your life – a roof over your head, good friends, a meal on your dinner plate each evening.  I love to see my friends during this wintery time of the year and I’ll share with you a favorite cocktail of mine (non alcoholic version for my underaged and non-drinking friends and the designated drivers listed).  It’s not expensive and if you ask each guest to come with a plate of finger food, this can be the setting for a great get together!  Open up the Monopoly board, play a game or just tell fun stories of travel and adventure.  It’s a stress-free evening that everyone can enjoy no matter what their religious beliefs or cultural obligations are.

Hot Winter Cocktail to Warm the Bones  This is a favorite I’ll cook up when I have friends over during the long winter months.

1 bottle good cabernet sauvignon or merlot (or any bold red wine)

1 8oz glass whiskey

1 sachet bag containing the following:  1 teaspoon whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg deshelled)

(for a non-alcoholic version, substitue wine and whiskey for a good apple cider)

Heat up all ingredients in a non-reactive pot (I love my le creuset for this!) until very hot but not boiling.  Allow to simmer for an hour or so.  Keep hot and covered on the stove.  Ladle into a festive glass and serve with your favorite nibbles for holiday cheer and enjoy!  Warms the blood, good for the circulation and tastes/smells fantastic! (remember to drink responsibly and if you have a medical condition that prohibits alcohol consumption, please drink the cider)

A Word of Wisdom to Manage the Holiday Blues  For many of us, the holiday season doesn’t look like the Norman Rockwell illustrations.   Societal factors  (divorce, families separated geographically, death – and let’s not forget that everyone has at least one ‘crazy’ in the family) can contribute to stress and in many cases, many of us are alone during this time of year.  Suicides increase as well as drug overdoses during the month of December.  (Fact:  Did you know that the two primary reasons why longevity in the United States has decreased on a continuous basis over the past 10 years is due to suicide and opiod overdoses?  It’s a sad state of affairs when a first world country’s population age is decreasing due to self-inflicted harm.)  If you are alone this season and feeling more blue than usual, take a positive action – pick up the phone and call someone close to you.  If your family is estranged (or no one is nearby or alive), then call a friend.  Tell them how you’re feeling alone and ask if you could join them for the holiday.  If that isn’t an option, then go to a local church, synagogue, food pantry or charity and offer up some time.  Sharing with others who have less can be very gratifying.  If all else fails, and you reside in NYC, dial 311 and ask to speak with someone.  Remember, the holidays are market driven.  Commercials on television and other media are produced specifically to reach an area of the brain that says ‘you NEED this product or service.  In reality, cars need to be sold, appliances need to be replaced, etc…..it’s all about economics and very little about the spirit of giving and sharing at the end of the day.  Turn the television off and forget the ads – it’s all make believe and everyone is an actor being paid to look happy. Even better (and if you can afford it), take a trip to a non-judeo christian country and have an adventure…I did this a few years back and it was absolutely fantastic.  Whatever you decide to do this upcoming month, go with joy, gratitude and gusto.  Be happy for the small things in life and be kind to yourself.

Happy Holidays to one and all!

The Holiday Season is here and here are some happy and healthy tips to get you through the season healthier both physically and mentally.

  • Stay in the Game:  keep up with your exercise routine.  Regular exercise during the holiday season keeps off added pounds and the endorphins the brain releases during a workout can help alleviate stress.  Working hard at the gym always makes us feel better, sleep better and puts us in the mindset to make wiser nutritional choices.
  • Think Green!:  if you are invited to a pot luck event, prepare a dish that is not only delicious, but healthy as well.  Sauteed tuscan kale in a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar served with toasted pine nuts on top is not only beautiful, but tasty.  The anti inflammatory properties of dark leafy green vegetables are good for just about everyone and a nice change of a side dish.  Dark leafy green vegetables are a wonderful complement to any type of protein or pasta.  You’ll be surprised how quickly it disappears!
  • Be Kind to Yourself:  life should be about balance.  Schedule time for a nice long hot bath, a massage, a ‘me’ day.  Holidays can be quite stressful with various types of obligations and the stress can tax your immune system.  No one wants to be sick during the holidays, so take a time out at least once weekly.  Try a yoga class or a meditation app.  Schedule a relaxing stress-busting acupuncture session – it could be the best hour you’ve had to relax and reset your mind, body and soul.
  • Give a Gift of Love and Health to a Friend, Colleague or Someone you Love:  gift certificates are available and make great holiday gifts for the people who have ‘everything’.  Call of email the office today and order yours!

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HOLIDAY HAZARDS TO YOUR HEALTH

It’s November and the holiday festivities are about to commence.   This is the time of year when many people fall into ‘food traps’. A ‘food trap’ is when you attend a holiday celebration and you are ‘guilted’ into eating and drinking items that are not good for you.  The results can be any of the following:  a day or more of feeling so ill you cannot get out of bed, 5lbs gained that you worked so hard to take off, painful joints because you ate and drank the prohibited items that aggravate an inflammatory disease, or in extreme cases – you had to be taken to the hospital because you have congestive heart disease and you just HAD to eat all those salty foods.

Folks, the holildays do not have to be a giant food fest.  Of course we all want to eat, drink and make merry, but we also must be smart about our choices.  Be mindful of what you choose to eat or drink at the office holiday party.  You can have a great time and walk away feeling good.  If you are at “Aunt May’s Annual Thanksgiving Eatathon” where all the foods you shouldn’t eat are ‘guilted’ onto your plate and into your mouth; here’s a solution….prior to the eatathon… call ‘Aunt May’ and tell her that although you love her wonderful cooking, you have a health condition and if you eat certain recipes, you will become very ill and ‘Aunt May, you wouldn’t want to make me ill, would you?’.  I assure you, whoever the ‘Aunt May’ is in your life will take this to heart and no doubt cook a few items just for you, so you can still participate and stay healthy.  Don’t be surprised if everyone else at the table wants your ‘special dishes’ as well.

When it comes to desserts, you don’t have to taste everyone’s famous cookies or cakes.  It’s ok to say no thank you.  In most cases, the holidays bring out the ‘weekend warriors of baking’ and the results aren’t worth the calories or health risks.  If there is a special treat that you wouldn’t normally indulge in, have a modest slice and enjoy it.  If you are trying to stay on a healthy eating plan, I do suggest the Weight Watchers app.  It’s a simple points system that  allows you to substitue certain foods for others and keep you within your daily calorie budget.

Very often, we let our exercise regime slide into the background during the holiday season.  Stay with your workout routine.  Plan your exercise classes and treat yourself to a yoga class once weekly to help lengthen and strengthen your muscles and center your mind to keep you focused.

This holiday season, be thankful for the good things in life and remember – if you have good health, you have everything you need going forward.  If you would like to share the gift of good health with a colleague, friend or loved one, contact my office and inquire about our gift certificates.  I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and hope you’ll listen to me LIVE on iHeart Radio!