Why Consider Medical Foods

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Chronic pain can change your life. It can make you feel exhausted as you try to live normally. Western pharmaceuticals only worsen your ability to function.The use of medical foods is on the rise with many but first lets talk a little about chronic pain.  Wondering what means your pain is chronic? Here is a short list:

  • Chronic pain is any pain that lasts more than 12 weeks.
  • An injury such as a back sprain can become Chronic.
  • An illness or viral infection also can be the cause.
  • Often there is no apparent cause of the pain. It gradually begins or starts suddenly.

Chronic Pain And The Nervous System

Painful Joints
Chronic pain is different from acute pain because it affects the nervous system. It is a disease of the nervous structures, the nutrients, amino acids, and the neurotransmitter metabolism. This is why medical foods are far more useful but what are these metabolic arrangements.

Our nervous system relays messages of pain to our brain. These are throbbing, stabbing, and piercing discomfort. The message flows from muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. It destroys your sense of who you are because you cannot think about much else.

Amino Acids play a significant part in our cells, muscles and tissues carrying out essential functions like giving our cells their shape. With depletion or break down you may have tendon pain. They are also necessary for healing and repairing wounds, tissue, and muscles, bones, skin and hair. Amino acids help with the removal of all kinds of waste deposits produced in connection with the metabolism.

Let’s not forget nutrients. If your body does not get enough all things within your body, begin to break down. There is something called methylation and if you cannot absorb all the minerals and vitamin in your food or supplements taking them does not matter.Chronic pain

With nutrition, the thing to remember is if you have chronic pain most of the nutrients are going to combat tissue damage and inflammation. B vitamins, for instance, assist with stress relief, hormones, and other physical processes. If they are being used to relieve the pressure of your discomfort, there’s little for other functions.

The Role Of Neurotransmitters

A brain chemical called neurotransmitters communicate data between our body and brain. They become important because they convey messages amongst nerve cells. Your using neurotransmitters right now. They are used to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest.  They are so important that low levels make you feel foggy minded, you cannot sleep, and emotionally you are not yourself. Weight is affected keeping you from being able to lose weight.

It is not only your pain keeping you awake at night your brain needs neurotransmitters to work properly.dreamstime_m_25072968

For over a decade scientific research has taken place focusing on these underlying physiologic changes created by chronic pain. This study revealed that individual amino acid based medical foods improve your body’s ability to reduce pain and inflammation.

Clinical success with medical food such as Teramine, Treadone, and Percura. Success using medical food results in reducing pain, inflammation, and improving your daily function.

Teramine, Treadone, and Percura are not drugs. They are designed to supply the nervous system with the necessary fuel to deal with the high demands of a body in deep pain. These substances tested in multiple studies are useful without dangerous side-effects.

Accent On Health Wellness uses medical foods to fight chronic pain and other disabling health problems. Our office found that these natural pharma nutrients help many of our patients. Are you ready to learn more? Contact our office.



Statements  and images here are in part are taken from Physician Therapeutics – a targeted medical pharma company. http://www.ptlcentral.com/

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What You Don’t Know About Thyroid Disorders Could Kill You

naturopathy exam Thyroid disorders
Four years ago Karly couldn’t understand why she was gaining so much weight. Most days she told her husband that she felt like she was getting a cold or the flu. Then her hair started falling out. Her symptoms suggested she consider  thyroid disorders.

Medical doctors told her nothing was wrong that it was stress. They tested her thyroid telling her is was slightly low but nothing to worry about. She tried another doctor who looked at the results and again told her to go home; new moms often had trouble losing weight.

This was her second child; she went to yet another specialist who told her that worry was causing her hair to fall out.

Thyroid disorders aren’t specific to women. Many suffer from mild to severe conditions that are entirely missed or misdiagnosed.

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) states that “women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems and one woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime. Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility.”

The association goes on to say, “Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children. Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.”

Don’t take chances always make sure your thyroid is always healthy [menopausal women read more here]; it’s too important to your future.


At 44, Karly said she had trouble with energy and she felt depressed now; was she really just not coping with being a mom of two?

Sometimes mothers are discounted as just being overwhelmed and at other times are given thyroid medication when it’s not their health problem.

It’s important to have a complete Thyroid panel that includes Reverse T3 too. It’s good to test cortisol, and other hormones at the same time. A final recommendation is to test micronutrients as well.

Recently I had a patient who had a low thyroid result on her test. Her Zinc was also deficient and her vitamin A low. Both of these affect the TSH and function of the thyroid. Her medical doctor wanted to place her on a standard prescription for the Thyroid. Instead, she retested with our office including micronutrients. She chose to try natural medicine instead of prescriptions and began feeling better. We retested everything in four months and her thyroid levels had almost normalized. After a year, she was normal and feeling happy and healthy.

Thyroid problems are real, though. Karly’s ‘slightly low’ thyroid was ignored for nearly four years turned out to be much more when we looked at her T3 and other hormone levels. She is slowly feeling better, losing weight, and her depression has lifted.

Her TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels were very low while her other thyroid hormone levels (serum thyroxine, or T4, and triiodothyronine, or T3) were way up.

A medical doctor would diagnose this as hyperthyroidism, a thyroid disorder. According to the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, it affects 1 in 100 Americans. Remember WE DO NOT DIAGNOSIS at our office.hyperthyroidism

A small gland the thyroid is found at the base of the neck it secretes the hormone, Thyroxine. Like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone it affects our wellbeing.

Your body temperature is regulated by this gland and it keeps your brain clear and your heart pumping in rhythm.

These are the two most common thyroid health problems, Hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism causes a slowing of body functions. Cardiovascular issues like high cholesterol or other heart disease are complications; this is why it’s important to treat an imbalance.

Women And Thyroid Disorders

  • Typical symptoms of hypothyroidism often are:
  • Weight gain
  • Dry or brittle hair
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability and depression
  • Higher cholesterol levels
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Slower heart rate
  • Constipation, or sluggish bowel

The Differences Between Hypothyroidism And Hyperthyroidism

Thyroid Exam

Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, means the thyroid secretes too many hormones. The body systems will speed up.

These are the symptoms of hyperthyroidism:

  • Thyroid gland enlargement
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Heat intolerance
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Tremors
  • Nervousness and irritability

Recently the National American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommended narrowing the definition of “normal” TSH to between 0.3 and 3.0. The association also suggested checking other thyroid readings and other hormones.

Women suffer from thyroid related issues more often than men. Most health problems begin in the early thirties. If you have any of these symptoms, know that health insurance often covers these lab tests in our office.

  • Family history plays a part too. These are risk factors:
  • A history of radiation treatment to the thyroid area
  • A family history of thyroid disorder
  • Diabetes or another autoimmune disorder
  • Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or menopause
  • Gender: Women constitute 80 percent of all thyroid cases.
  • Age: Incidence of hypothyroidism is higher in menopausal women than in very young women.

 Our office does not diagnose illness though we can help you with the proper natural medicine and Chinese Medicine to treat these problems and more. As a specialist in women’s health, our priority is you.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Deb today!



Resources: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

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Mini Lunchbox Quiches

Mini Lunchbox Quiches I love quiche do you? For years, I’ve looked for a simple recipe that can be made with or without a crust. This recipe fits the bill. Mini Lunchbox Quiches are good enough for your work lunch or for an appetizer for a small group.

Mini Lunchbox Quiches Easier Thank They Sound

This recipe is considered to be Medium in difficulty though I felt it was easy. It doesn’t take long to prepare less than 20 minutes. The bake time is also less than 20 minutes and it makes 12 mini quiches

What you need to make Mini Lunch-Box Quiches:

recipes1 cup whole-wheat flour [I tried the Italian imported for a better flour]

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs

1 1⁄2 cups milk [No non-dairy substitutes worked for me]

1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

1⁄3 cup grated cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Havarti

Optional: diced protein like bacon, beef, ham, or chicken. Thinly cut slices of spinach leaves, broccoli tops, or diced onions. The pieces must be tiny.

Baking Tools:

QuichesTwelve 5-inch parchment paper squares. These I found at the same specialty market I got the flour. You can cut parchment paper too.

Easy Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin pan 5-inch parchment squares.

The crust which is optional in my opinion. I also made a crustless Paleo food. If you desire crust see below.*

  1. *In a medium bowl, blend the flour and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir in the melted butter until the flour is completely moistened and then set aside.
  2. In a large glass measuring cup whisk together the eggs, milk, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  3. *Put 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture in the bottom of each lined muffin cup. Push it down flat with your fingers so it covers the bottom from edge to edge.
  1. *Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top of the little crusts if using the flour and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.

If not making a crust, lightly spray the liners with olive oil from a mister, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the oil, and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.

  1. Drop in a few pieces of your optional protein or vegetables. You may have to use less egg if you add heavier or larger pieces. I recommend ½ full cups and 2-3 tiny tidbits of protein and vegetables. My favorite is a few bits of Turkey bacon and onions each.
  2. Bake until the eggs are set and lightly browned on top, 18 to 20 minutes. Eat warm, refrigerate for later in the week, or freeze for another day. Again these are great for an appetizer or a small brunch group.

One Recipe Many Quiches

You can add other spices like a Mexican blend and then top with Salsa when you serve them. Try bacon or chicken with onions or spinach and serve with Green Chili Sauce. We made some with crumbles of Italian sausage, used mozzarella cheese, and onions topping them with a marinara sauce. The ideas are endless.

Please share your favorites and ideas in our comments. Thank you!

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4 Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes

Delicious Coconut Milk RecipesI must confess I love coconut anything. Discovering these 4 delicious coconut milk recipes definitely makes my mouth and stomach happy. We try to do the Meatless Monday thing and these are perfect.

These recipes are super easy too so they’re perfect for working couples or families.

Our first ‘share’ for delicious coconut milk recipes is pumpkin soup. The original recipe hails from across the ocean and Jamie magazine where famous British Chef Jamie Oliver delights plates. Our changes for Meatless Monday recipes are simple; make sure you use either local or organic ingredients. Next we’ve added some extra spices for flavor.

Pumpkin Soup with Chives and Ginger

Serves 4

You’ll need:

  1. Medium pumpkin cubed. About 8 cups according to Jamie
  2. 2 shallots chopped or green onions if you can’t find organic shallots.
  3. 1 liter or about 33 oz. of homemade organic vegetable stock. Natural food stores carry premade that works well
  4. 5 tablespoons of Fresh ginger grated. In a pinch by the jar version, that is fresh in your produce section.
  5. ½ cup of coconut milk.
  6. 1 tablespoon of organic chili powder [we found it at Whole Foods Bulk]
  7. A pinch of pie spice
  8. A pinch of Sea salt

How to make this recipe:

  1. Sauté in a large pot the pumpkin, shallots, and ginger until soft using a little olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and spices bring the mix to a boil.
  3. Pour the mixture into your Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. Also, you can add chives to make this dish look and smell delicious.

meatless MondayServe in bowls with a side-salad for an excellent evening meal.  Use a squeeze of lime to add a tangy flavor. If you eat bread, crusty bread like Shepherds works well.

Finding delicious coconut milk recipes can be difficult. Many are heavy in fat and sugars. We like to make our Meatless Monday recipes healthy too!

Meatless Monday Recipes

Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes .Next up in for meatless Monday recipes: Vegan Sweet Potato Gratin


images: DreamsTime Article adapted from: http://www.organicauthority.com/

Scrambled Eggs Done RightScrambled Eggs Done Right

Looking for a new way to enjoy eggs? Scrambled eggs and baked eggs are my favorite and this simple recipe creates a new twist on Eggs – Scrambled Eggs Done Right. This recipe is for a single person though you can double it or triple it for more people.

In a hurry don’t worry this recipe takes 2-3 minutes to prepare and cooks in 4 minutes.


2 organic eggs

Margarine, butter, coconut or olive oil. Just enough to coat the skillet.

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of organic mayonnaise or your favorite salad dressing.

1 teaspoon of water or chicken broth


In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the eggs, mayonnaise/dressing, and water/broth together. You may use a fork if you don’t have a small whisk.

Over low heat coat a skillet with your choice of oil.

Pour the eggs into the warm skillet and stir contentiously.

Remove the eggs to a plate once set yet still moist. Do not cook to dryness and these eggs are meant to be damp.

Add salt and pepper to your taste. Do not add spices until off the heat as it turns the flavor. Scrambled Eggs Done Right is tasty and quick to make.

Eggs Extraordinaire

I try different dressing to add flavor and make Eggs Extraordinaire my version of a gourmet breakfast.  Some of my favorites are Ranch, Pesto, and Avocado. Others that add spicy flavor combinations. I found several spiced mayonnaise’s that are delightful.

If you have more time, add small bits of vegetables or meats such as, onions, peppers, bacon, ham, or chicken.baked egges

Baked Eggs

Wanting to make a feast? You can create this as baked scrambled eggs simply by using 10 eggs, ½ cup of mayo or dressing, and a ½ cup of your choice of liquid. Using a 9X9 or 9X13 glass baking dish works well.

Coat the bottom and sides of the dish.

Set your oven at 325 degrees and bake for about 15-20 minutes remove and check if they are set with a toothpick. If the eggs begin to brown on the edges, lower your oven heat. Here in Colorado I use 310 degrees as I don’t like browned crust.

Whether you’re making Scrambled Eggs Done Right, Eggs Extraordinaire, or Baked Eggs you now have an endless egg recipe and variation.


Scrambled Eggs Done Right Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/86587/scrambled-eggs-done-right/

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You Become What You Believe – Even Is IllnessIs Your Health Related To Your Thoughts?

I’m a big believer that we are what we think about most of the time. This includes our health. I’ve seen patients so focused on their disease it consumes them and never seems to improve.  They’re locked in the negative thoughts about their situation. Is your health related to your thoughts? Sometimes it takes a little faith in yourself to open the door to better health. Let me explain.

Have you ever heard someone say, “My doctor says people my age all have arthritis or pain?” Too often patients come in with the belief that age or ‘that it’s normal’ to have pain, hot flashes, insomnia, etc.

While it’s common in today’s world, it’s not normal. Today I want to invite you to change your beliefs. Your health is related your thoughts. Your beliefs affect how quickly you heal or how much relief you receive from any treatment.

Do You Have Faith In Yourself

It’s simple; I had a patient come in who didn’t believe acupuncture would help their problem. After a few treatments, their pain was 30% improved despite their belief that they had pain because everyone their age did. Now they had ‘faith’. A belief that pain didn’t affect everyone in their generation. They continued to improve to 75%.

If our mindset helps or hinders our healing why can’t we have 100% relief or health? Our bodies do age. The patient above was in their 60’s. He began to exercise, walk and changed his diet little by little all things that increased his general health. He believed now he could improve himself.


Belief is a funny thing. It only works in the present. It creates our current moment. Past events are shaped by our memories and then form a belief now. These usually are absolutes such as “all people my age have arthritis.” Or perhaps, “Women my age all lose interest in sex.” Maybe, “My mom had hot flashes and was over-weight that’s why I’m this way..” Finally, “All the people in my family have high cholesterol so I knew I would too.” I know you have others that play inside your mind. These are beliefs that stop you from having a healthier life.

We are a team. What you think matters. What you do between visits increases your health and make it seem like you are aging backward! Is your health related to your thoughts? I feel it is.

Is Your Health Related To Your Thoughts?

This is true for my fertility patients too! Recently a couple against all odds became parents. Their tests with the fertility center didn’t look hopeful. They believed if they did acupuncture, a healthier diet, along with the IVF they’d become parents. Proactive health says you’re in control of your wellness and taking action to achieve your goals.

Where are you proactive in your wellness? Learn more about how natural medicine and acupuncture along with changing how you think about your health can help you live a more enjoyable life.

**Debra is a certified natural health practitioner, health and life coach, . She has degrees or certifications in homeopathy, acupuncture, Emotional acupuncture EMT, Chinese Medicine, and more. **

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Deb today!


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Why Mom Got Alzheimer’sInsufficient Vitamin D

There are many reasons why my mom got Alzheimer’s’ and I know one was Vitamin D. My mother’s diet was low in this vitamin and she didn’t get enough sunshine to active it. Today I am convinced it played a role in her mental decline. I think women naturally are lower in this supplement and the latest news around athletes who are deficient is impressive.

Vitamin D is getting a lot of press these days. The most interesting fact is that it’s really a hormone. It plays many roles in our lives helping us absorb calcium and maintain bone mass. This sounds great if you’re worried about aging and osteoporosis. Consider this though a study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons[1]; found that one-third of Division I college athletes have insufficient vitamin D.

Insufficient Vitamin D Leads To Injury and Weak Muscles

Are you injury prone? Do you have weak muscles or pain? Low levels of D play a role in musculoskeletal pain and injury too. This study notes that athletes are especially vulnerable. After running, I can get leg spasms a sure sign it’s time to check my levels. There are up to one billion people around the world with deficient vitamin D levels of all ages.

Knowing how much to take and if you have an inadequate amount is found through an easy blood spot test offered by our office. It’s more accurate than the typical blood test. Optimal levels of D are necessary. D is a fat soluble vitamin. This means it remains in the body for long intervals if given too much. It can cause high blood calcium levels leading to kidney stones. It leads to poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

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Not only athletes and older people are at risk when it comes to deficiencies. If you play sports, lift heavy weights or work in a career that involves heavy lifting check your levels. Even the weekend warriors need to keep their vitamin D in balance.

These Five Reasons Are Why You Want To Ask About The Blood Spot Test Right Away

  1. Your Immunity

D works in a special way it stimulates your immune system to produce cathelicidins that kill viruses. Cathelicidins are small, cationic, antimicrobial peptides found in humans. They serve a critical role in mammalian [mammals] innate immune defense against invasive bacterial infection. Without adequate vitamin D, you are almost defenseless against cold and flu season. The sun activates D so it’s no wonder we get colds in winter if we don’t have this vital supplement in balance.


  1. Healthy Brain

According to The Alzheimer’s Research Center [2]Vitamin D deficiency decidedly escalates your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through both neurodegenerative and vascular mechanisms. Older people often lack enough sunshine and D; it’s also common for anyone in North America; we just don’t get adequate sunlight. It is associated with an increased risk of stroke too. Your risk of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every 5 years after the age of 65.


  1. LongevityAlzheimer’s

Something called a Telomere[3], is an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Remember D is a hormone it affects many genetic pathways in the human body and is linked to chronic disease especially those with inflammation. When our body has a disease such as arthritis, for instance, this vitamin is especially important in reducing the inflammatory process which speeds aging. Telomeres and this supplement work together to slow the aging process in your body and mind by healthy cell regeneration.


  1. Optimize Your Testosterone

D is an anabolic hormone and research suggests it helps testosterone and maximum muscle mass and synthesis. Studies show that if you exercise, your testosterone levels increase. In women though this may reduce body mass index. Other research links low testosterone in women which lead to atherosclerosis and obesity[4]. Without this vitamin, testosterone can affect muscles, your arteries, and weight gain.

Insufficient Vitamin D
  1. Everyone’s Worst Enemy Inflammation

Whether you’re young or old inflammation is your worst enemy. It ages you, it is a signal that if left unchecked in chronic conditions that something is wrong. The athlete with inflammation suffers soreness and fatigue when acute. Regular exercise reduces inflammatory reactions when combined with an anti-inflammatory diet. There is a balance here with both of these support systems. Foods like wild salmon, papaya, blueberries, broccoli, avocados, and cranberries, even ginger reduce inflammation in the body. Proper amounts of the right fitness are needed to stop inflammation.

If this isn’t enough to stimulate your interest in making sure you have enough Vitamin D then do it because others love you and want to enjoy life with you!

Taking supplements though isn’t running down to your local bulk store, grocery store, or health food store. Many of these are derived from less than ideal sources. You can be wasting your money and still be deficient.

In the beginning, we use the blood spot test every 6 months until your levels are ideal. Some clients do better with certain forms such as a liquid. Using the incorrect quality, dose, or amount wastes money and your health.

Whether you chose to do the test or wish to start taking a higher quality D, we are here to assist you.




[1] http://newsroom.aaos.org/media-resources/news/more-than-one-third-of-division-i-college-athletes-may-have-low-vitamin-d-levels.htm

[2] http://www.alzheimersinfo.org/prevention.html

[3] https://www.tasciences.com/what-is-a-telomere/

[4] http://www.sciencecodex.com/low_t_not_just_in_males_testosterone_atherosclerosis_obesity_may_be_linked_in_females-154183

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Not Quite Paleo Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls Recipeblueberry cinnamon rolls

I love blueberries and cinnamon and the combination in this recipe is wonderful. This is my version of Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe. Healthier recipes are demanded today by many. Some want to be Paleo, others are avoiding Gluten, still many seek various levels of vegetarianism.

First let’s talk about Paleo diets. Can we create a version of Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls free of grains and sugar? This recipe is modified but not Paleo; to make it paleo it becomes a blueberry crunch or blueberry crisp. I will give you the short Paleo version if you’re looking for healthier recipes this is a great alternative.
Because I eat a modified Paleo diet meaning, I try to make 14 of the 21 meals I eat weekly Paleo. I do eat organic slow cooked oatmeal as part of non-paleo foods. Limiting eating grains is important. They affect cognitive brain function leading to dementia or worse. My goal is to help you eat better. My hope is to see others practice healthy eating 80% of the time, and enjoy ‘cheating’ foods on occasion. 

There is more evidence daily that eating these things, sugars, and grains is a bad idea. In his book,  Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, lifted the lid off hidden data that carbs are killing your brain.Paleo Diet

So how do we take care of our mind and enjoy food carbs?  If you read Perlmutter’s book, you’ll know it’s not possible. There is some evidence triple-zero wheat flour grown in Italy and harvested in Italy. This flour found only at a few health food stores that For those that decide they will eat grains in moderation, this recipe is one that you may want to put in that separate pile of favorites.

Use organic where possible

Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites and The Pioneer Woman    Image courtesy of Our Best Bites


2 c. 2% organic milk

1/3 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. Natural or organic sugar OR 1/2 c. Applesauce plus 1 TBSP of pure apple juice. Juice will make the rolls less fluffy.

1 package active dry yeast

4 1/2 c. All-Purpose organic flour, divided OR use Gluten free flour mix. We use the Triple-Zero Flour.

1/2 heaping tsp. baking powder

1/2 scant tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt


Kids baking. Two children cooking. Little girl and baby boy cook and bake in a white kitchen with modern oven. Brother and sister in chef hats making a pie for dinner.


6 tablespoons butter softened

1/3 c. Natural or organic sugar OR 1/2 c. Applesauce plus 1 TBSP of pure apple juice.

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1 cup blueberries (wild, if you can get them easily or organic)


 2/3 cups powdered sugar [can find an organic version at the health stores]

1 tablespoon melted butter

Juice of 1 large lemon or 2 small lemons

Instructions for Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:

 To make the dough, combine the milk, sugar, and oil In a large (at least 4-quart) pot or saucepan. Heat just to boiling, stirring occasionally, and then remove from heat.

 home cookingIf you’ve got lots of ice handy, dump all that you have into a clean sink and then place the pan of scalded milk over the ice. This way, the milk mixture cools quickly and the melted ice just drips down the drain. You can only do this with cow milk no other ‘milk’.

When the milk is warm (around 105-115 degrees), remove from ice and sprinkle yeast over the milk mixture. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Stir. Mix in 4 c. Flour and cover. This can be done with a wooden spoon; the dough is VERY soft, more like a batter. Allow to stand for 1 hour.

 Mix remaining 1/2 c. Flour with baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sprinkle over the dough and then mix it in with the wooden spoon. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the pan and refrigerate for at least a few hours and up to a few days. You can also allow it to rise at room temperature for about an hour if you want to make these right away.

 When you’re ready to make the rolls, lightly spray a work surface with non-stick cooking spray and roll the dough out into a rectangle that’s about 6×18″. In a small bowl, mix the softened butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Spread the butter mixture over the dough and then sprinkle with the blueberries. Roll up tightly, making a log about 18″ long.

 Preheat oven to 375.

 Spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

 Using dental floss, mark the dough into 12 equal pieces. Use the dental floss to cut the dough along the spots that you marked. Place the dough pieces, cut side up, in the pan. Cover and rise for 30 minutes. Bake the rolls for 15-22 minutes or until golden brown and the innermost rolls are cooked through. If the edge pieces are getting too brown, lightly place a sheet of aluminum foil over the pan to prevent further browning.

 When done, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool. When the rolls are almost cool, whisk together the glaze ingredients and drizzle evenly over the slightly warm rolls. Makes 12 rolls.

Paleo Diet Blueberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Eating a Paleo diet is not a fad. It’s one of the only ways to keep your brain healthy.  Eating well doesn’t mean giving up sweets it means eating quality foods. There is overwhelming evidence that carbs are killing our brains. For more on the topic read this great article in Psychology Today

To make this recipe a perfect Paleo dessert:

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Cinnamon or/and Vanilla Sweetleaf Stevia to taste.

2 tablespoons lemon zest

1 cup blueberries (wild, if you can get them easily or organic)

Place all ingredients in an ovenproof glass casserole. And bake 10-20 minutes at 300 degrees until bubbling.

If you eat a modified Paleo diet, you can sprinkle 1/3 cup of organic steel-cut oats over the top before placing in the oven.

The Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake approach:

If you need a crust or top, you can use a gluten free biscuit mix. Prepare as package instructions recommend and pour on top of fruit before baking. Adding a shell may mean you’ve added sugar [found in the biscuit mix, and it may not meet some Paleo diet menu plans.

Our goal here in Littleton, is to do more than provide you with acupuncture or natural medicine; it’s to  also to help you turn your life around by applying healthy eating habits too.

Acupuncture Is Just Energy In MotionAcupuncture treatment

In every cell of our body, there is intelligence. In New Thought, we might refer to it as Spirit. In Acupuncture, we call it Qi, in Vedi medicine [Yoga is rooted in this] it’s called breath. Homeopathy refers to it as Life Force.

It’s confusing to think of this energy as Spirit because it’s not it’s an essence of Spirit. It is intelligence that flows through a system acupuncturists call meridians. In Vedic or Middle-East acupuncture [far older than Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine], the Chakras  which connect to meridians are also part of the system of creative energy.

These systems have names like Heart or Liver, in fact, all organs have a ‘meridian’ name and there are powerful meridian systems too like triple warmer to describe the 3 parts of the torso [upper/middle/lower]. The Pericardium, which isn’t an organ, is a Meridian too. It is the protective sheath around the heart. All meridians lead to the head/mind and an originate invitro in the Conception and Governing “vessels.” These run up the center of the body or down the back of the body where the spine is respectively.

Energy And The Emotions

Strangely, we have something called ‘race thought’ that also happens with emotions. Humans form a ‘group opinion’ about something and then it’s a common term or belief.

If someone experiences a romantic break up, we say they have a ‘broken heart.’ In Chinese/Vedic medicine, we use acupuncture ‘points’ on the heart or pericardium to treat this emotion.

Physical symptoms develop if the root emotion and mental power are not put back into balance. With a ‘broken heart’ emotionally we’re crying, sad, and unhappy. Mentally the patient may close off love from others, even Divine Love.

Physically if untreated the person experiences heart conditions including HPB.

Because meridians are all connected, other organs are affected. Small intestine and the Heart energy are partnered in Energy Medicine.

Audio Presentation from a recent Workshop With Debra

Meridians Are Energy Pathways


When we suffer from a broken heart or romantic issues in our life not only is our Heart Energy affected so is our Small Intestine. This powerful organ’s ‘energy’ influences the patient’s mental clarity, judgment, and powers of discernment.  The ability to distinguish relevant issues with clarity before making a decision is attributed to the Small Intestine energy imbalance.

How much does your love life affect your mental clarity? When people don’t feel loved, they often don’t have good judgment. Look at divorce court or custody battles. Think about a time when a loved one passed on, what was your mental state?

When we see how this happens in the body physically, we might see indigestion or trouble with diarrhea or constipation. We have trouble ‘removing’ the nourishment from our food and then eliminating the –non-useable food material ‘to be clear’.

** If we eat food that isn’t clean, healthy, or contains things like preservatives our body doesn’t know what to do with these food contaminants and they have a reverse effect on the heart energy! It makes it harder to be open to receive love for instance. Our real heart suffers from cardiac disease due to diet.**

Dang! What Can I Do!

There is this exchange that occurs in our body. That appears first mentally, emotionally, and then physically. The key is to be proactive in your life. New Thought, is dynamic in this way of guiding us to release beliefs that hold us back from health.

Then our proactive health awareness is how we eat, what we eat, our idea around fitness and how we actively show up in life. This is fitness, but it’s our mental awareness of fitness for ourselves – not the image on a billboard.

Acupuncture Is A Proactive Medicine. Do It When You Don’t Need It.

Because not all acupuncture is the same, it may seem strange to go when you feel good. I can only speak for myself – Vedic/ME acupuncture is much more Spiritual and New Thought/Belief Based.

We ‘check-in’ with centering first. Then it’s a ‘touch’ thing. I sensing and asking questions to determine imbalances in areas of your emotions and mind thought. If you have pain or a physical problem, we now have the answer to this situation. In this example we decide is related say to ‘Heart’ or “Small Intestine’ Energy for instance.

Because we think of pain = acupuncture I want to touch on this.

Pain = Acupuncture Treatment

Let’s take back pain. Most people will have it once in their life or more. Maybe you were on a long plane flight.

Remember the meridians? Energy flows through all of these and the ones in the lower back where many travelers complain they get pain. These are: Bladder, Governing vessels or meridians, and off to the side and down the hips is Gall Bladder channel or meridian.

If we sit too long like a ‘kinked hose’ energy stagnates in the vessel or meridian. If we’re in good health on all levels, it flows once again effortlessly.

This is why when you’re in an auto accident there is emotional and mental trauma that is delivered with the physical and we can have soft tissue/muscle injury that is difficult to treat. The acupuncturist must also treat the mind and emotions or beliefs too.

A Quick Look At What Emotional/Mental Energy These Systems Possess acupuncture pain

The Gall Bladder handles making decisions and judgments, as well as providing courage and initiative.  This organ is sometimes called the Court of Justice or The General’s Advisor.  Although the Kidneys control drive and vitality, the Gall Bladder provides the capacity to turn this drive and vitality into decisive action.  The Gall Bladder has an influence on the quality and length of sleep.  If the Gall Bladder is Deficient, the patient will often wake up suddenly, very early in the morning, and be unable to fall asleep again.  Patient’s who are timid, indecisive, and easily discouraged by slight adversity, are said to have a weak Gall Bladder; conversely, decisive and determined patients are said to have a strong Gall Bladder.

An imbalance in the Bladder can cause such psychological symptoms as persistent fear, lack of decision-making capability and a diminished moral character.  If the imbalance becomes chronic, it results in such emotional responses as jealousy, suspicion, and holding on to long-standing grudges.

Governing Vessel controls all the yang energy. When overactive, a stiff and painful neck or lower back occurs along with muscle spasms. The pain is made worse with movement and is better at rest. When there is a deep pain, the head feels heavy, vertigo occurs, and urinary retention and hemorrhoids occur. This meridian is usually activated along with other meridians.

What is Acupuncture?

It is inserting very tiny pins [not needles] beneath the skin….it’s much more, though…. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy or qi, in the body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture points or acupressure points, releasing this qi. The qi then travels through channels called meridians, according to the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Did It Really Start In China?

Actually, the oldest documents are from 8,500 BCE in India where it was considered a surgical medicine like C-sections! This is 4,000 years before Buddhist monks went to China with their beliefs and medicine.

Therefore, What Is It Really…

It’s balancing the energy – perhaps the beliefs and disbeliefs in the body. Authentic Acupuncture relates to new thought traditions well because if there is a closed mind or disbelief it can ‘block’ the flow of life-force or Qi in the body and stop healing.

Before the ‘meridians’ can balance the mind must open and believe. Like Ernest Holmes said, we can only heal to the level of our belief – this tends to be true in the use of acupuncture.

**A patient believes they are ‘getting’ old and that’s why they have back pain, yet acupuncture relieves 50% of their discomfort. Now they ‘have faith’ in acupuncture and the care lasts longer, and they may experience further healing.

Therefore, it’s about balancing the energy of the body. All energy flows to the mind and the mind affects the flow.

Acupuncture alternative medicine issues and concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept.

So there is one style of Acupuncture?

Not all acupuncturists are the same either. I started out a homeopath and natural medicine practitioner. Licensing in acupuncture encouraged me to go back to school for four more years after interning in acupuncture with one of the top acupuncturists for several years. His style was a mix of Asian methods he learned in Asia.

In school, I had to study Chinese – the most known and what the national certification and licensing are based on. I also went on to learn Japanese, Korean, and yes Vedic and Egyptian. I am one of a handful doing Vedic and Middle East in the USA. These are not usually taught here and include Chakras, oils, vibration, and guided meditation. These types of treatments are more Spiritual-emotional based.

They too treat pain, women’s health, aging, digestion, and more.

What’d Ya’ Say? Acupuncture Treats More Things Than Just Pain!

Did I hear right acupuncture treats everything! Actually IMHO is not meant for everything. While we can be found on trauma sites like 911 helping with emergency acupuncture and doing CPR we specialize as providers.

For instance, I specialize in women’s health, aging, and pain management. This is a large area of problems. I have two patients right now working on fertility and I am part of their IVF program of care, and I have a few dozen women and a few men with issues related to aging or health. These include hot flashes, low energy, insomnia, digestion, autoimmune and yes pain from things like migraines to arthritis.

We support Western care often during other times we are the proactive care of choice. Like with injury, we may work alongside your medical doctor and PT to help rehab knee pain pre-post surgery. Alternatively, we may be the proactive care of choice to keep arthritis from progressing and ease the pain. The same goes for TMJ or hot flashes!

I Heard Something That Others Do Acupuncture Or Dry Needling Too!dry needling

Colorado is one of the few states left that allow Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and others to do acupuncture treatment or dry needling without having a 4-year degree in this medical specialty.

In Colorado, a PT can take a 24-hour class and then do acupuncture or what they call dry needling. They are only supposed to do 14 points for a very limited type of pain. Many are practicing medicine, i.e., acupuncture without training and treating many other pain problems. **See Attached document about North Carolina for more on this issue nationwide.

My thoughts… Acupuncture and dry needling are deemed the same thing by DORA in Colorado. Because for a friendship between an employee at DORA and a PT they were allowed to add this to their scope of practice in limited fashion. Many states including Colorado have noted that this is not wise fo

r the public. More people are injured by needles being placed in the wrong place or incorrectly.

Perhaps it’s not in the best public interest and Colorado is likely to start paying attention to the fact most states have laws against this to protect the public.

Insurance – Dry Needling – Acupuncture

The Affordable Care Act – Sec. 2706 Non-Discrimination in Health Care – Colorado HB 11-1186 both mean you have acupuncture whether it’s called dry needling or acupuncture. Federal and State law say it’s part of physical medicine. You must ask questions and make sure you see an Authentic Acupuncturist as your health insurance may now list the benefit. Global health plans like Blue Cross or Medicare do not have to follow these laws.

This is the single reason everyone wants to do acupuncture even if they do not have a state license or have taken the national exam.

I don’t know about you but some days I can’t make it to the gym even though it’s only 5 minutes from my Littleton acupuncture office. Still I know I need a total body workout and I like the idea of burn 100 calories in 10 minutes at home. The problem is it possible without being a super athlete. I know I’m not one and maybe you’re not either.Total Body Workout

Are You Seeking A Total Body Workout?

I went on a hunt for a simple workout that didn’t require equipment and I can do at home on days when I’m in a hurry. If you only have 10 minutes you can’t pull out heavy machines or weights. In my research, I found some ads that promised 100 calories in 10 minutes if you – you guessed it ‘paid’ them money to learn more. I want something I can share with my clients and patients especially those coming in for weight loss here Littleton.

My Goal: Burn 100 Calories In 10 Minutes At Home

What I discovered and tried were a series 10 movements you do until you’re done. So the faster you move the sooner you finish. I don’t recommend these for my acupuncture patients who have pain and trouble with the high-impact or high-intensity workout. Although you can modify every exercise without a trainer to let you know what to change it could be difficult.

So let’s look at the different drills

  1. Butt Kickers: If you can’t get your feet up high enough just lift them as high as you can.
  2. Jumping Jacks: If you can’t do all of them start with one!
  3. Uppercuts: She says sitting on the floor though the video also shows standing – much easier!
  4. Hip raises: Believe in yourself and lift as far as you can. Soon you’ll be raising higher and higher.
  5. Renegade Rows: I modified these by leaning against the wall on not the floor until I could use our picnic table! I still can’t row on the ground, but that’s okay. It’s all about doing it right. Watch your form.
  6. Pikes: Start slow do a few and add more as you can. If you try to over-do-it, you become sore and will not be back the next day.Burn 100 Calories In 10 Minutes
  7. High Knees: This is my favorite exercise; it’s so easy to do. Lift as high as you can and aspire to raise higher
  8. Mountain climbers: These can be fun once you get use to doing them. A hint keep your neck straight or you get dizzy looking back at your feet!
  9. Crab Touches: Definitely you feel your core muscles getting stronger as you do these.
  10. Push-Up Jacks: Don’t worry if you can’t do these on the floor. I do them either against a wall or sturdy table. Watch the video for more modifications.


Jenna’s video no longer is available on The Today Show however she has a Pinterest page with the exercises. Jenna Wolfe

This Is A Workout You Can Do At HomeWorkout You Can Do At Home

Acupuncture can help with weight loss and pain management though both should also include an eating program and fitness routine. When working with locals here in Littleton with acupuncture I believe in empowering them with an at home fitness plan. Losing weight doesn’t mean hours at a gym just think you can burn 100 calories in 10 minutes and get a total body workout.





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