Did you know????  The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February in 1909.  The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. (information courtesy of the United Nations). 

Have a look at the featured image for this month’s blog.  This photo was taken when I was 44 years of age…this was the day I came in 2nd at the National Muay Thai Kickboxing Tournament in Virginia.  115 weight class and I was fighting 20 year olds.  I was fierce; it’s in my genes (funny enough, today I was beating a heavy bag with those same shorts on).   I come from a family of very strong women.  One of my aunts was this country’s first female labor representative; my mother was the first western woman to be published for her Chinese watercolor paintings and at 93 years of age, she still has more talent in her pinkie nail than a room filled with those considered to be gifted.   I was taught by my mother from the time I could understand English that I could do and be whatever I wanted to be; all I had to do was to put my mind to it.   I was never told I couldn’t achieve anything in this life because I was female; ‘female’ wasn’t in the vocabulary of can or cannot…my mother still tells me to this day that I can do anything I set my mind to do – and it’s true.  Courage, intelligence, leadership and prowess all flow freely through my veins.  Rooms shake when I open and enter through their doors…the world is mine to explore and conquer…and I don’t need anyone to hold my hand…call me ‘Mame’…

Not every woman was brought up like I was.  Not every lady out there has a tremendously strong personality or ‘go getter’ personality.  We all have our own individual strengths, talents and goals…great or small.  This is what makes us all unique and special.  Yes, women are unique creatures that have the ability to bear children; and because of this physical gift, we have very different health issues than men.  Sadly, many of us are the caretakers in our families and often times, we neglect our health and basic needs for the sake of others.  Very often, we forget to exercise, eat right, do something nice for ourselves and put off an annual examination and exercise preventative medicine to keep ourselves at our very best.  So in honour of all the great ladies out there….

I declare March to be ME MONTH!  I challenge each and every one of you ladies out there to declare the month of March your own ME MONTH!  Ladies, this month, do 1 thing every day for yourself.  Start with your health first and foremost.  Schedule your annual physical and have your routine bloodwork done.  At the same time, make sure you have your yearly gynecological examination and mammogram.  Plan time with your friends to see one another and have lots of laughs; laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.   If you are experiencing migraines, symptoms of menopause, aches, pains or weight gain, schedule an appointment to see me and together, we will achieve your health goals.  Ladies…you can’t ‘stay in the game’  of life if you can’t PLAY the game.  So, this month, get with the program of YOU.  You deserve to be kind and generous to yourself.

What am I planning to do this month?  Well for starters, I’m back on the Weight Watchers wagon, I’m hitting the heavy bags at the gym 2 more days per week, and as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer, I’ll be back on that skateboard!  Ahhh, the skateboard….my next sport to conquer!  And don’t even think I’ll forget to wear my lipstick 🙂

I am delighted to announce that I am now an authorized medical practitioner with the Veterans’ Administration to provide services to our men and women who are in the Armed Forces.  These services are free for veterans and the process to obtain free treatment is easy:

  • Schedule an appointment with your primary healthcare physician at the VA.  Tell your doctor you would like acupuncture for your condition and give him/her my name.
  • The MD will contact my office with an authorization code and number of treatments allowed.
  • You email or telephone my office to schedule an appointment. It’s that simple!

Many of you suffer from chronic pain, PTSD, phantom pain from amputations, depression/anxiety, addiction to pain killers.  I can help you with these conditions.  You dedicated your life so I can live mine in freedom and safety.  Now it’s YOUR time to be served.  If you have any questions, just call or email my office at 917.701.7582.  info@kelleymondesire.com    www.kelleymondesire.com

This Thanksgiving, let us all be thankful for our men and women in the Armed Forces.

 

Low Level Laser Therapy (sometimes referred to as LLLT or Cold Laser) has been utilized by the medical establishment since 1967. LLLT is a noninvasive, pain free, safe and highly effective method of helping a woman attain a pregnancy. The combination of acupuncture, herbal formulas and LLLT can help a woman attain a pregnancy naturally and can be a very important adjunctive therapy when western therapies (IVF) are being used for conception.

So, how does it work? Every cell in the body contains a mitochondria (you might remember the ‘Mighty Mitochondria’ or ‘powerhouse of the cell’ from your biology class). The mitochondria of the cells produce ATP (cellular energy). Women are born with a finite number of eggs.  As we age, so do our eggs; their quality decreases over time.  Hence, an 18 year old female’s eggs are more energized than a 40 year old woman’s eggs. As a woman ages, the mitochondria in the cells cannot produce the same amount of ATP. ATP is important in fertility because this is what determines the quality of the egg, follicle stimulation, division rate and implantation success of embryos. In short, it’s not so much the age of the woman, but the energy of the cell that determines a viable pregnancy. The more energized the cell, the more oxygenized it is. Oxygen is ‘key’ to increased blood cell production, circulation, hormonal balance, collagen production and the body’s ability to function most efficiently. Because of its ability to stimulate the energy of cells, LLLT is also used for scar tissue reduction and inflammatory conditions of a woman’s reproductive system (two factors that can prevent a woman’s chances of conception).

I have been using LLLT at my clinic for years to help my patients achieve a viable pregnancy. Cold Laser Therapy can help you on your road to a successful pregnancy. Allow me to help you become a mother. Please telephone or email the clinic to schedule a consultation.

References:

LASERmed97;p.138, no112 “Can HeNe Laser Improve Fertility?”, Cohen et al at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944482, “Personal Overview of the Application of LLLT in Severly Infertile Japanese Females”, Toshio Ohshiro, MD PhD

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2933784/ “Effect of Pulsing in Low-Level Light Therapy”, 1,2,3 Sulbha K. Sharma, MSc,1 Divya Balachandran Kurup, MD,1 Luis De Taboada, MSEE,4 James D. Carroll,5 and Michael R. Hamblin, PhD1,2,5,6,*

Sign up today for a free ticket to this week-long online summit.  Experts worldwide will be speaking on the challenges facing the breast cancer patient and survivor.  Questions will be welcomed and answered.  “The Summit is a project developed by one therapist, Denise Stewart, who has a life long passion for improving quality of life for breast cancer survivors. I found my like minded “tribe” of breast cancer health professionals online and was inspired with our work individually and collectively. Borrowing the online Health Summit format allows us to share this inspiration to breast cancer survivors. Our current health resources make it very difficult for many people after breast cancer to receive timely, up to date information and advice about new and difficult or uncomfortable experiences (often side effects) after breast cancer. The timing for annoying or painful symptoms after breast cancer diagnosis varies, they can occur during and well after the cancer treatment program.  In both instances, it may be hard to find either the energy or the right person to deal with these very complex symptoms.  The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit will help people know more about services available and how to find the right help to manage their own recovery and wellness issues since breast cancer better.” – direct from Denise Stewart, founder.

Here is the link:  https://www.breastcancer-rehabandwellness.com/summit-deeper-dive

It’s free…pass it on to anyone you know who is either a patient or a survivor.  It costs nothing to make a huge difference in another person’s life.  Take the 2 minutes to share and sign up and participate in this sensational summit!

 

 

I’ve had 25 year olds crash on me during a boxing session many times over this year.  They complain they’re ‘out of shape’.  I tell them ‘just wait ’til you get to be my age….get up!  I’m old enough to be your mother!’  That’s when they ask me how old I actually am and what I eat for breakfast…No folks, I don’t eat nails for breakfast.  Typically, I eat fresh oatmeal (overnight cold or cooked) with fresh fruit, or a dollop of greek yogurt over fresh fruit. A hard boiled egg with a slice of toast and fruit is nice on a weekend when there’s more time.   If you’re over 50 years of age and want to elevate yourself to super hero status, read on….

Contrary to some beliefs, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It literally means ‘break fast’, because way back in the olden times, there was a gap from the last meal of the day to the next day’s first by approximately 12 hours.  Breakfast literally meant to ‘break the fast’ from the prior evening.  The American Heart Association has concluded that people who ‘eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure, and people who skip breakfast — about 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. adults — are more likely to be obese, have inadequate nutrition, show evidence of impaired glucose metabolism or be diagnosed with diabetes.’  This means a HEALTHY BREAKFAST!!  http://newsroom.heart.org/news/meal-planning-timing-may-impact-heart-health  But eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t give you a ‘free ticket’ to eat poorly for the remainder of the day.  Here are a few tips to help you be fitter, faster, live longer and healthier:

Eat your larger meals earlier in the day:  this allows your body to metabolize and use those calories throughout the day.  This also allows your body to process glucose more effectively and efficiently.

Don’t eat during late night/overnight hours:  unless you are working the overnight shift, you should be resting and sleeping, not eating during the late evening hours.

Schedule your meal times:  this gives your body a routine for processing nutrients.  This helps your digestive system and overall metabolism.  At the end of the day, your waistline will thank you for it.  If you have difficulty wrapping your head around the concept, give this some thought:  babies and children  are fed at certain times of the day and only given healthy snacks intermittently (we only hope!).  There is something to be said for this school of thought.

Portion control:  you are what you eat.  Recently, I travelled to the great state of Texas.  I was appalled at the breakfast menus at any given restaurant….3 eggs with 3 types of cheese – fried, ham, bacon and sausage and your choice of fries or home fries…oh yes, the buttermilk biscuits – all on one plate.  Can we say obesity, cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease?  Many Texans are ‘big’….now I know why.

Last but not least….MOVE AND MAKE MUSCLES!!!  For my fellow 50+ fans out there, read this:  as we age, men lose bioavailable levels of testosterone and women lose estrogen.  This affects muscle mass.  Muscle mass burns more calories than fat, so the less muscle mass you have, the more fat your body will accumulate.  I’ve seen many a person over 50 complain that they eat like birds, do cardio until they drop, but cannot seem to lose that extra 2 inches around their waist.  Belly fat runs deep and can cause insulin resistance, inflammation (which can affect the joints), and cause your cholesterol to leap to new heights.  WEIGHT TRAINING twice weekly in addition to cardiovascular exercise thrice weekly can help you build muscle mass and thereby burn more fat.

So, there you have it.  All you need to get yourself fit and fabulous in no time.  I’m wearing the same size dress I wore 15 years ago and in the same ‘walking around weight’. Obviously at 55, I’m slower than I was at 40, but there’s no grass growing under my feet and I can still hold my own at any gym.  It’s all about lifestyle, folks.  Life is short….don’t watch it go by from the sidelines.  Get back in the game.  Remember, Winners don’t quit.  Quitters don’t win.  Losers never try.  See you at the gym or I’ll just see you out there!

 

 

The best sleep position during pregnancy is to sleep on your left side with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs. Sleeping on your left side prevent the liver from applying pressure on the uterus and promote blood circulation to the uterus and the fetus. Increased blood circulation can help alleviate low back pain. Sleeping on the left side can improve the body’s lymphatic system (located predominantly on the left side of the body) which carries infection fighting white blood cells throughout your body and helps with detoxification.[1]

Some common sleep problems that occur during pregnancy include the following:

Insomniaphysical discomfort and stress are common causes during pregnancy. Avoid drug therapy as this can harm a developing fetus. Meditation and herbal tea can help relax both the muscles and the mind; and don’t forget to turn off all electronic communications devices one hour prior to bedtime to calm the mind. Regularly scheduled acupuncture treatments can help with overall pain and stress relief.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) – this can present as a twitching or tingling of the legs that occurs in the evening or during the night which can disturb sleep. Stretching the legs can temporarily relieve these symptoms.   Prenatal vitamins that include folate and iron supplements can help reduce these symptoms. Gently massaging your legs just prior to bed time can also help alleviate RLS.

 Sleep apnea – sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. If you are experiencing sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with your md.

Nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux (nighttime GERD or heartburn) is a common experience during pregnancy. Avoid spicy and acidic foods to help minimize nocturnal GERD. “grazing” or ingesting small meals frequently during the day rather than eating three large meals daily can help cut down on GERD. Consult with your md regarding any over the counter antacids.[2]

Frequent nighttime urination – as the fetus grows larger, it puts pressure on the urinary bladder. This is a common in all pregnancies. Drink water continuously during the daytime hours, then cut back 1 or 2 hours prior to bedtime. Keep in mind that this is a temporary inconvenience.[3]

[1] Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy – American Pregnancy Association

americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/sleeping-positions-during-pregnancy/[2] https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/pregnancy-and-sleep/page/1/4

[3] http://www.fitpregnancy.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/sleep-guide-pregnancy-challenges-and-solutions

Acupuncture boosts the effectiveness of high-tech reproductive medical procedures.  Clinical studies have found that adding acupuncture to traditional in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments increased pregnancy success.  There is also evidence that acupuncture stimulates blood flow and egg production in women who cannot or decline to use fertility medications to help them get pregnant  Studies have shown a clear link between acupuncture and the body’s natural ‘feel good’ brain chemicals (endorphins).

Acupuncture also appears to affect two areas of the brain that control hormone production (the hypothalamus and pituitary glands) as well as the ovaries.  Acupuncture may also ‘boost’ the uterine lining when it is too weak to sustain a pregnancy, a problem known to increase the risk of miscarriage.

If you are having difficulty becoming pregnant, why not try a natural, drug-free method to boost your fertility?  Call or email my office today to schedule an appointment.