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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Mama Bear Cancer Support Radio will host me LIVE for a 30 minute interview on Friday November 2, 2018 at 11:30am.  Donita Wheeler is not only an amazing talk show host, but also a cancer coach who has helped navigate multitudes of cancer patients through their journeys to total wellness.  A cancer survivor herself, Donita understands what it is to be a patient and survivor and her show’s audience can listen in on what top experts (I’m one of them!) in the field have to say on various aspects of treatment care and life after cancer.  Set your calendars and mark the date!  Please share this information with anyone you know who is a patient, survivor or caretaker….or just want to listen to my fabulous voice for 30 minutes! 🙂 

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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!

We are living in a very tumultuous time and the world has become a wild and wacky place.  Everyday, we are bombarded with bad news, vicious gossip, conflict, war, and natural disasters.  This creates such stress on our immune systems and here in New York City, many of my patients are experiencing anxiety for the first time in their lives.  So, today, I’ve decided to tell you all a true story that will make you feel good, restore your faith in humankind and I hope you will pass it on and pay forward some of the kindnesses that have been bestowed on you….

A couple of months ago, a person who has been a patient of mine for many years and a thyroid cancer survivor reached out to me to tell me that a diagnosis of Stage IV esophageal cancer was given to this person and could I help. My response was “Of course, I will do everything I can to help minimize the effects of chemotherapy and boost your immune system.  We will get through this and you will win this war”.  We discussed the treatment strategy for the chemotherapy and scheduled acupuncture treatments so that the patient would have a treatment before and after chemo, then weekly treatments in between chemotherapy.

My next patient at the clinic that day is another long time patient who is also a breast cancer survivor and thriving/living life fully and with joy.  She noticed I wasn’t my usual self and asked what was wrong (I just couldn’t keep a smile on my face that day).  I told her how upset I was that my patient had been given this diagnosis – you couldn’t know a finer human being in this life and it pained me to see yet another person in my life be diagnosed with cancer.  My patient said ‘I know this man who had 4th stage esophageal cancer and beat it…cancer free for over 7 years and he counsels and advocates on a volunteer basis for people who have been diagnosed.  I went to high school with him…..would you like his contact information?’  I was so moved that my patient offered to help someone she didn’t know and when I became a bit emotional with her generosity, she said ‘why wouldn’t I want to help you help someone else – you’ve done so much for me’.  So, I reached out to her contact, Mark Speckhart, and we spoke for almost 2 hours on the phone.  I’ve not met another human like this man.  He is above extraordinary.  He donates much of his time to assist cancer patients in their journey through surgeries, treatments, and personal crises…just because he’s a walking angel on this earth.  The man exudes life, joy and lives with gusto.  As it turns out, Mark had already reached out to my patient because a neighbor of his had worked with my patient at one time and connected them (what a small world!).  Mark is helping my patient every step of the way with tips on how to detox from chemo sessions to probiotics to daily routines.  I didn’t know at the time Mark had spoken with my patient and when I brought up his name to my patient, I was told they had connected and how great he has been with guidance and advice.  My patient laughed and said how it was amazing  so many people were being presented to help and Mark should know where another connection to him was coming from..an old high school chum.   My patient has a team behind him to fight this war with cancer.  This person is blessed with a fine family who is very supportive, a great team of doctors, a personal trainer (we share the same trainer) who gives him extra work and attention, a great acupuncturist, and a mentor who has been through this journey and gives back to others selflessly.  Yesterday, my patient told me the scans reveal that the nodules have shrunk 60-70%; a far better result than expected and the future is looking bright.  The patient thanked me for my part in this process (to alleviate the side effects of treatments), but I was overjoyed that the patient said it was such a great group of people to come together to help a stranger.  My patient will win this war with cancer and live to see grandchildren in this life.

The point I’m trying to make today is this:  total strangers will come together to help in a big way.  It only takes ‘the asking’ as the Irish would say.  I’ve been blessed to know Mark Speckhart – an inspiration.  I’ve also been blessed to have my patients in my life who, when they see I’m not myself, they ask and really care about me.  I’m blessed that they are generous and give back to help another person they do not know just because it’s not only the right thing to do, but because they’ve been down that road themselves.  I’m blessed to witness the courage of all my cancer patients – I don’t know that I have that type of courage.  Today, take 5 minutes and think about this little story.  Think about who in your life has given you the strength to rise when you’ve been down.  Who has introduced you to a person who has made a significant different in your life.  What have you done to pay it forward?

It’s ragweed season and once again you’re experiencing the itcy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat. Tired of those meds that make you feel like a zombie? Tired of weekly allergy shots that leave your arms sore? Let me help you eliminate those symptoms without medications and shots.

Allergies can affect anyone, and do not discriminate by race, sex, age or demographic.   Allergic attacks can begin at any age and can reoccur after many years of remission. Factors that can affect the severity of symptoms include stress, smoking, colognes, hormones and environmental pollutants.  Allergic reactions begin in your immune system. When a person who is allergic to ragweed is exposed to the allergen, the immune system can overreact and produce antibodies to combat the microorganism.  This will cause the symptoms of itchy runny eyes, watery nose, scratchy throat, coughing or wheezing.   Acupuncture can improve the body’s immune system to mediate these reactions and regulate homeostasis.

So, What’s the Plan?

If you were to train for a marathon, you wouldn’t begin a week before the event.  You would commence training a few months prior to the race.  The same priciple holds true for seasonal rhinitis.  A typical course of therapy would be to begin  2 months prior to allergy season.  One treatment weekly (with the possible addition of Rx herbal pills) will ‘train’  your body’s immune system to be in fighting form so when under attack from a harmful allergen, the body will not overreact.  This will prevent the microorganism and antibodies from going to war and making you miserable.  In short, the allergens wouldn’t stand a chance against your now-amazing fit immune system.

The Treatment Experience

You will be lying comfortably in a peaceful setting with soft music.  Hair-thin needles gently inserted less than one half inch into the arms, hands, legs and feet can help regulate your body’s immune system and stave off those reactions to allergens.  Once the needles are inserted, the room lights are dimmed and you’ll just relax for approximately 20 minutes, listen to the music and most likely fall asleep.  You might feel a ‘heaviness’ of the arms, a slight ‘tingling’ sensation throughout the body, or nothing at all.   After the prescribed time, the needles will be removed and you’ll leave the treatment room feeling refreshed, energized, more ‘centered’ psychologically, and ready to do your day.  You can work out, play, dine or participate in any activity you wish after acupuncture.

I have patients who had not lived one day of their lives without allergy medications and seasonal injections prior to undergoing treatments at my office.  Many of these patients have been off all medications and shots for several years and come in for  a monthly treatment  to keep their immune systems in tiptop shape.  Wouldn’t you like to become one of the many who spend their time outdoors during spring and fall instead of suffering needlessly indoors?

Sign Me Up!!

You’re a little late in the game, but the season’s just begun.  Call or email the office for an appointment and I’ll have you off those meds and shots in no time!  917-701-7582  info@kelleymondesire.com

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis: a randomized‐controlled clinical trial
B. Brinkhaus J. Hummelsberger R. Kohnen J. Seufert C.‐H. Hempen H. Leonhardy R. Nögel S. Joos E. Hahn D. Schuppan
First published: 02 August 2004 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1398-9995.2004.00540.x Cited by: 56

Acupuncture in Patients With Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Trial
Benno Brinkhaus, MD; Miriam Ortiz, MD; Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA; Stephanie Roll, PhD; Klaus Linde, MD; Florian Pfab, MD; Bodo Niggemann, MD; Josef Hummelsberger, MD; András Treszl, PhD; Johannes Ring, MD, PhD; Torsten Zuberbier, MD; Karl Wegscheider, PhD; Stefan N. Willich, MD, MPHhttp://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/1583578/acupuncture-patients-seasonal-allergic-rhinitis-randomized-trial

Acupuncture in patients with allergic rhinitis: a pragmatic randomized trial
Author links open overlay panelBennoBrinkhausMD*Claudia M.WittMD, MBA*SusanneJenaPhD*BodoLieckerMD, MPH†KarlWegscheiderPhD‡Stefan N.WillichMD, MPH, MBA*https://doi.org/10.1016/S1081-1206(10)60294-3

LIVE!  I’M GOING TO BE ON iHEART RADIO!  

Now here’s some news and hot off the press!  Mama Bear Cancer Support Radio will host me LIVE for a 30 minute interview on Friday November 2, 2018 at 11:30am.  Donita Wheeler is not only an amazing talk show host, but also a cancer coach who has helped navigate multitudes of cancer patients through their journeys to total wellness.  A cancer survivor herself, Donita understands what it is to be a patient and survivor and her show’s audience can listen in on what top experts (I’m one of them!) in the field have to say on various aspects of treatment care and life after cancer.  Set your calendars and mark the date!  Please share this information with anyone you know who is a patient, survivor or caretaker….or just want to listen to my fabulous voice for 30 minutes! 🙂  Happy September – be safe, be bold, be yourselves, and be kind to one another.

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Imagine having a good talk with a friend who tells you that he was on his mountain bike and while riding the hills of Northern California, he slammed into a tree pelvis first and now he’s got a ‘problem’.  Imagine your friend who is 23 years of age and just had her first baby in tears because sexual intercourse is so painful, she can’t stand to be near her husband.  You cannot imagine it….this is pelvic floor pain.  Never heard of it?  Ok, let’s take it one step further….

Imagine what life would be on a daily basis if every time you laughed, sneezed, coughed, or performed a jumping jack, you urinated without being able to control your bladder.

Imagine what life would be on a daily basis if, after undergoing a prostatectomy, you could not experience an erection.

Imagine what life would be on a daily basis if your uterus or rectum was hanging down.

Imagine what life would be on a daily basis if you had so much pain in your pelvic floor, you could no longer sit, have sex, urinate or defecate without shedding tears of pain.

Imagine what life would be if every time you went for another test, your genitals would be examined and manipulated; your vagina or rectum internally palpated and discussed in a very clinical manner.

Imagine all that…and more.  Sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it?  This is pelvic floor pain.  Not only is this a physical condition, but pelvic floor pain affects every patient psychologically and emotionally.  Many daily and adult joys of life are stripped away and some patients feel shame, embarrassment, fear and anger when experiencing some of the aforementioned conditions.  But, take heart – this does not have to become a permanent situation and with the proper treatment strategy, these conditions may be rectified and a person can resume living life fully and with joy, while becoming symptom free. Keep reading and I’ll tell you how I can help.

From the Traditional Chinese Medical point of view, the kidneys and pelvic floor is where a person’s ‘Life Gate’ is located. The ‘Qi’ and ‘Vital Essence’ move from this region and circulate throughout the organs, muscles, skin, bones and connective tissue to ensure proper homeostasis and overall vitality.  When the Energy (Qi) in the pelvic region is disrupted by physical and/or psychological reasons, the entire flow of Qi and Essence is affected.  This can manifest as poor blood circulation into the immediate area which causes stagnation and pain.  The improper transmission of Qi can lead to urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or prolapse.  Other visceral systems can be affected.  For example, low back and hip pain can be triggered by lack of circulation in the pelvic floor which can lead to cervicalgia.  Improper flow of blood and Qi can disrupt the nerves that innervate and ‘feed’ cellular nutrition to the organs.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ is related to an emotion.  For example, the Liver is associated with anger, the Kidneys with the will or fear.  When these organs are deprived of the nutrients necessary  to function properly, the emotions associated with the organ can be affected as well.

Acupuncture is an effective, pain free and drug free system of medicine that can relieve pelvic floor pain, remedy conditions of incontinence and sexual dysfunction, and mediate the psycho-emotional components of pelvic floor pain. Acupuncture can ‘release’ the constriction of pelvic floor muscles, send cellular nutrition to the pudendal nerve, assist the body to naturally ‘raise up’ structures that are in a state of prolapase and send proper blood flow to the testes and penis for proper sexual function.

I could go on for pages about what acupuncture can do for pelvic floor conditions, but this is merely an introduction to a medical condition that is not generally discussed because of social stigma et al.  The take home message here is that this condition is more prevalent than you would think, and the persons having this condition need love, compassion, patience and understanding.  I treat many pelvic floor cases – both male and female.  I ensure that  I provide a serene, private and comfortable setting for my patients where they can feel safe and confident that they are receiving the most appropriate care for their special needs. But the most important piece of treating pelvic floor patients is this: I treat my patients from my heart and with all good intentions. Every patient is special and treated as such. Compassion, empathy and sometimes a hand to hold onto for a few minutes can do much for a patient.

If you suffer from pelvic floor pain, email or telephone me.  I promise you I will do all I can to get you back to living life to its fullest.  I will partner you with other highly skilled pelvic floor specialists and together we will be your team – working together to get you back to Wellville.

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2016 Dec 12;36(12):1327-1330. doi: 10.13703/j.0255-2930.2016.12.028.[Analysis of ancient literature on baliao points for pelvic floor diseases]

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:162-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.03.006. Epub 2016 Mar 30.  Systemic acupuncture in patients with faecal incontinence.

Franco JT1Agulhon AM2Viani FC3Viebig RG4.Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2014 Sep;34(9):869-72.[Efficacy of spastic pelvic floor syndrome treated with electroacupuncture at Baliao (BL 31, BL 32, BL 33 and BL 34)].

DRUG FREE ALLERGY RELIEF

The warm and wet winter followed by a soggy spring has the pollen count topping the charts the past two months.  My clinic is busy helping seasonal rhinitis sufferers with their many symptoms of runny noses, itchy eyes, scratchy throats, sneezing, coughing, phlegm, and the urinary incontinence that can sometimes occur with forceful sneezing.  All my new patients walk away from a treatment with either complete relief or some minor symptoms.  All these patients new to Traditional Chinese Medicine for the relief of their seasonal rhinitis say to me “I wish I had come in sooner for this” or “I wish I had known you could do this for me”.

My patients who have been under my care for years (and are former inhaler/allergy shot patients) begin their monthly acupuncture treatments for seasonal rhinitis in February or March.  None of these patients take allergy medication since being treated with acupuncture, nor do they have to go for monthly/weekly allergy injections or  use inhalers.   It is truly an effective and drug free method of resolving symptoms that so often take so much from a person’s quality of life.  These patients slide through Spring to Winter symptom free with just a once monthly or bimonthly acupuncture treatment.  Intrigued?  Want to know more?  Would you like to try living life without feeling like you’re walking around in a fog?

If you would like to become symptom-free from seasonal rhinitis and enjoy life outdoors this year, call or email the office to schedule an appointment.  There are no guarantees in this life, but why not give it a try?

SPRING BREAK AT THE CLINIC

After a very busy winter, it’s time to take a little break from NYC.  The office will be closed for its annual Spring Break Monday, May 28th and reopen on Monday, June 4th.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for the week of June 4th, please contact the office via telephone or email no later than Thursday, May 24th.  Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend.  Be safe, have fun and be healthy!

Recently, on one of my many flights out west, I perused through JetBlue’s many on-screen entertainment categories and found a hidden gem.  It is called “Headspace” and it is a free guided meditation app.  I decided to give it a try in my window seat and was pleasantly surprised how nice this guided meditation was.  I downloaded the app into my phone and I am quite impressed with Headspace.  You can choose your goals for meditation: relaxation, focus, more energy, anxiety and stress management – it’s all there and very user-friendly.  You can select how many minutes you would like to meditate as well and set up a reminder on your phone for your daily meditation.  I recommend meditation to all my patients because it is grounding and takes us all out of our immediate mindsets for a brief amount of time.  This allows for a ‘reset’ of the brain.  It will lower your blood pressure, give you more focus, less anxiety and stress and recharge your body’s batteries.  No matter what you need on a daily basis, there is a free guided meditation for you at the tips of your fingers.  Try it, it’s free, it’s good for you.

https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

How many of you have already gone ‘off the wagon’ with your New Year’s Resolution?  I’ll bet at least 60% of you have either wandered from the gym – or not gone there yet (the “Manana Syndrome”), couldn’t say NO to those Dunkin’ Munchkins your colleague brought to the office, or purchased your 78th pair of Manolos just because they were 10% off (even though your credit card is about to blow up).

We all try hard to stay the course and we are all well-intentioned, but many stray from their resolutions within the first month of the year.  But, there are those individuals who always seem to do what they say they are committed to and stay in the game….coming out as winners.  How do they do it? What’s their secret?  I’ll tell you…. They STATE their intentions  publicly….yes, they tell everyone; they announce their intentions to the entire cyberworld via Facebook, at group meetings (Weight Watchers, Int’l for example), prior to the start of their favorite class at the gym (general announcement, folks!), or tell one more person each and every day what their goals are.  These Winners OWN THEIR WORDS and are ACCOUNTABLE for their actions.  People who are accountable own up to what’s coming out of their mouths and take responsibility for their commitments.  Of course, they have their bad days here and there, but because they ‘wear’ their accountability on their foreheads, they will tell the world as they know it how they’ve slipped and will ask for help to get back on course.  Their reward for accountability?  Their world responds with encouragement and support.  Pretty neat – isn’t it?  For instance….

I have a friend who was told by his MD that he needed to lose approximately 65 lbs.  His health was poor and for a man of his age, he was headed down a slippery slope.  What did he do?  He joined Soul Cycle and every single day for at least the past 6 months (snow, sleet, rain and heat), he posts on Facebook what his morning workout was, how many calories he burned, how much weight he was losing and takes a selfie.  Some might say this type of behavior could be labelled as narcissistic, but what this clever fellow is doing is being ACCCOUNTABLE for his resolution to lose weight, improve his health and live a healthier lifestyle.  So, what happened?  “Friends” and “Friends of Friends” have posted their support and cheer him on.  No matter what city he travels to or what holiday might come up, this guy finds a gym, takes a class and keeps ‘walking the walk’…he’s staying in the game.  Results?  Gradually, he’s lost over 45lbs last time I looked at his page.  He’s looking 10 years younger, gave his larger sized clothing to charity and feels just so much better.  Better still…his gusto for life is back and he is feeling fabulous and looking forward to attaining his goal of the 65lbs.  Quite frankly, I’m impressed.  Well done, my friend!

Folks…it doesn’t matter how large or small your resolution is this year….enroll a buddy to help you stay in the game.  Tell friends and colleagues what your goals are and don’t make it idle water cooler talk.  Stick to the plan, keep your support group up to date with your progress, and when someone brings the Dunkin’ Munchkins into the office, do what I do….tell them I’m back on Weight Watchers and I am not having any Munchkins today.  That’s the truth.  You see….even diehards like me need to be accountable for my own goals.  So, I just tell everyone I’m back on the Weight Watchers Wagon because I want to look even better come Springtime….accountability….try it on for 30 days and stick with it.  You’ll be surprised what happens.

If you have an issue with your resolutions and need help, contact my office.  I’ve helped a multitude of patients achieve their goals via my Wellness Program here at the clinic.  Wishing all the best this January and let’s all Stay In The Game!