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.

Please Help Me Grow My Business  Referrals are the meat and potatoes of any healthcare practitioner’s clinic.  If you have been happy with the care you have been given here at the Golden Acupuncturist clinic, an online referral would be most appreciated.  If your review is posted, you will receive a free gift here at the clinic!  Just click on these sites to write your review today!

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Thank you all, for your continued patronage and trust in my skills.

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. Cited by:60

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.

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.



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…’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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This Summit program will roll out pre recorded video presentations for free access over 7 days (BCR&W ONLINE SUMMIT) from Dec 1 to Dec 8 Australian time. 


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2. You can access the entire Summit free from sponsor websites ( list will be available after Dec 8)

New content and new speakers to BCR&W ONLINE for breast cancer survivors and health care practitioners in 2018 and 2019. See the list of speakers and topics here



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! 🙂—donita-wheeler-29418087/?cmp=ios_share


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!

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

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 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, MPH

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*


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.—donita-wheeler-29418087/?cmp=ios_share

Last weekend, I was at my favorite green grocer to stock up on fruits and veggies for the week.  I live in Manhattan, so it isn’t cheap to eat well if one is purchasing groceries in the Big Apple.  I’m fortunate enough to own a car and I go outside Gotham to do my shopping.  This saves me a lot of money and allows me to purchase those ‘special items’ that would be prohibitive if I were to obtain them close to home.  Manhattanites refer to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck”.  The prices are outrageous and most folks just cannot afford to shop there.  In general, it’s just plain expensive to purchase good healthy food and so cheap to buy a Happy Meal at McDonald’s.  There’s definitely something wrong with the picture.  So, where do you shop and for what items if you have a tight budget, but would like to eat healthy and nutritious meals?  Ask me….I’m the Queen of Cheap Eats, but Great Eats!  You may need to take a train or bus if you’re in Manhattan, or get into your car and drive a few miles, but there are some wonderful grocery/green markets you can shop for some of the best produce, fish, meat and grains in every area.  Do a little research. In many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens for example, local restauranteurs have set up a grocery store specifically for the community.  Universal Produce is one such market in Astoria, Queens.  Rossman’s is another market in Brooklyn.  The  fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish and grains they purchase for their many restaurants are the very items being sold to the community at a discount.  The same produce that might cost you $40 at a well known supermarket might cost you $10 at a community-based market.  That leaves you $30 in your wallet for those special items you’d love to purchase for a memorable meal; or, you could just be happy with an extra $30 in your wallet for a fun activity.So, if you don’t have a community based market within a reasonable distance, what can you purchase that is super healthy and won’t break the piggy bank?  Well, Weight Watchers recently did the research (so let’s give them the credit here).  The following is a list Weight Watchers published in September 2017 magazine:Quinoa:  at $2.14 per pound, a 3/4cup cooked serving is $0.21.  This serving contains 8g complete protein and 60% of daily manganese needs.  It is an anti-inflammatory, has heart healthy fats and essential fatty acids.Carrots & Cauliflower:  at $0.98 to $2.48 per pound, the cost of a cup of each is approximately $.0.20 to $0.50 per serving.  These two veggies are filling and full of Vitamin A and antioxidants.  A cup of cauliflower contains 73% of daily vitamin C and can reduce the risk of certain cancers.Kiwi:A  at $3.56 per pound or %0.53 per kiwi, you can either eat it like a New Zealander (did you know their currency is named a ‘kiwi’?) and just rub the fuzz off between your hands and eat it like an apple, or scoop the fruit out from its skin or peel the skin from the fruit.  This little green guy is loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C.  It’s fun, looks great and it’s loaded with flavor.Kale:  at $0.11 per cup serving, Kale is King in my book.  You can eat it raw in salad, sautee’ it and make a bed of cooked Kale to lie under your pasta or protein source.  You can juice it, make soups from kale…oh, and let’s not forget about those great kale chips!  Kale contains lutein for eye health, It’s high in vitamins A and C, has manganese and is good for your bone health.Oats:  at $0.07 per half cup serving ($1.09 per pound), this grain will not only make your wallet happy but keep you happy all day long.  Cooked, raw, made into snacks or cookies (not so much sugar in the mix, please), oats are full of fiber, it’s gluten-free and has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.This is just a start, folks.  There are so many wonderful healthy and economic choices out there for you to choose from.  Do a little research – go explore your green grocer and look for items that you’ve never tasted.  Take your smart phone with you and google each item’s nutritional value.  Spend a little time online and look for recipes for some of the items I’ve mentioned and take a good look at legumes (beans).  Food Network has some great recipes and I swear by Weight Watchers if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just need a ‘reset’ in the food department.

Nutritional Counseling at Golden Acupuncturist

If you’re a bit lost and need nutritional counseling, call or email the office and set up a consultation for my Wellness Program.  This is a 12 week lifestyle program I have developed and tailored to each person’s individual needs and goals.  Your goal might be to lose 10lbs, gain 5lbs, be in fit shape for that triathlon, marathon or vacation, or maybe you just need to live a healthier lifestyle.  I’m here to help you.  I work with you to achieve your goals.  Intrigued?  Contact me and we’ll talk.

New Office Location

If you haven’t already heard, my new office is bright, beautiful and fabulous!  I am now located at 156 William St (8th floor)which is just 1 block from newly constructed Fulton St hub.  My office is within Beyond Basics Physical Therapy.  The facility is newly built with state of the art equipment and facilities.  If you haven’t visited my new space, call or email me.  I’d be happy to show you the facility, introduce you to great therapists and schedule you for a treatment in this calm, peaceful environment.  Stay tuned for more healthy tips on this blog and please pass it on to friends, colleagues and family.  As always, your feedback and referrals is what helps me serve you better.  Happy July and be happy and healthy!


I am offering to my patients the highest grade and regulated CBD ointments and oils.  Many of my patients have been using these ointments and oils for quite some time and they love it!  These products are not available anywhere except through a licensed professional; they are non psychogenic and effective for all levels of pain, anxiety and insomnia.  Derived from hemp (and NOT marijuana), these products are registered with the FDA and are made in an FDA-audited facility.  Because my clientele is highly educated, critical and health-minded, I will offer you the following information on the products I am carrying:

These products are CBD CLINIC formulations.  This hemp extract is from CW Hemp, the company behind Charlotte’s Web® – considered by most experts to be the purest and most effective CBD available worldwide.  Charlotte’s Web was featured in three CNN TV documentaries with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, demonstrating its effectiveness to provide medical benefits.  Charlottes Web CBD is a whole-plant extract from a patented strain of hemp that is nearly devoid of THC (below the legal threshold established by US federal law).  It is therefore not psychoactive and THC is NOT detectable in blood or urine tests.  Charlotte’s Web CBD is grown in Colorado under guidelines established by state and federal law, and with strict quality control measures to assure its purity and effectiveness.  A critical component of Charlotte’s Web’s quality control system is growing their hemp plants in clean soil, free of concentrated heavy metals which plague CBD sold in many other products.

PAIN RELIEF…CBD CLINIC ointments and creams are topically-applied to treat pain, versus oral medications that can have side effects.  Because CBD CLINIC products work topically via the peripheral nervous system, ingredients do not enter the bloodstream.

FDA OVERSIGHT…ALL CBD CLINIC products are registered with the FDA and are made in an FDA-audited facility.  This is important because it helps ensure the highest quality controls in raw ingredients, manufacturing and packaging.  This includes independent verification of the quantity of active ingredients in every batch made – so you can be assured of consistent product effectiveness.  CBD CLINIC is the first and only family of FDA-registered topical non-prescription medications formulated with cannabidiol (CBD). (text courtesy CBD CLINIC)

These ointments work wonders for joint and muscle pain, Morton’s Neuromas, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia.  Oils are administered as drops under the tongue and help with insomnia, anxiety and general stress.  For more information, please contact my office.,,,,,,


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