Infertility is almost a bad word. It’s definitely a word no one likes to utter when talking about themselves. Acupuncture has become a quite crusader helping women conceive and bring life into the world. It starts with the fear of growing old alone. Sure, your spouse will be there with you if all things go well but you want to have a family with people around you when you get older. This is called the isolation of infertility syndrome and many couples suffer over how to get pregnant. Acupuncture for infertility is gentle, safe, and recommended by most infertility specialists.

Explore with us one woman’s journey and the success she had with acupuncture. Here is what she has to say about hope and not giving up. She is the first speaker in the video and to hear all her story and others from pain to fertility please watch the entire video.

 

 

It’s about leaving a legacy for the future. Children are part of that and without them; your life feels like one big hole void of people for the holidays. Besides, you want to hold that small bundle in your arms, cry when they go off to school for the first time, and cheer when they score a goal in soccer like the one you did. Infertility can stop all this from happening and that’s why so many couples are turning to acupuncture to aid in their treatments with their conception specialist.

Acupuncture For Infertility

Acupuncture and herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years before problems getting pregnant became well known. New research is showing higher ovulation and pregnancy rates for women receiving acupuncture combined with the typical infertility drug clomiphene (clomifert, clomid) compared with women receiving clomiphene only.

It’s not just about helping a woman ovulate, another study of 5,807 women, demonstrated that acupuncture improves birth rates for women receiving IVF (in vitro fertilization).

No one knows the cause but problems with conceiving are up 16% since 1992 according to a study done in Canada. Some think it could be the isolation and sense of loss couples feel when they cannot get pregnant. Today more couples are not hiding from the problem and are seeking to increase their odds of growing a family at the first sign of trouble by doing acupuncture for infertility.

Headaches are terrible, but migraines can mean you cannot work, enjoy family, or do regular things. I remember when I had Woman Undergoing Acupuncturemigraines, it meant carrying around prescription injections and missing many memories, as I lay in bed sick.

I’ve been migraine free for ten years this month. I changed many things in my life starting with reducing my migraine triggers.

It is easy to avoid most triggers. Health coaching can give you your life back empowering you and help you develop the best lifestyle possible. Acupuncture helps eliminate headaches, but it is important you know the triggers. This article reveals the top migraine triggers.

Certain foods, things in the environment, even weather changes activate migraines. Emotional upset or stress spark off headaches. So does neck tension from long hours at a desk for instance.

Preventing exposure to these factors could help migraine patients manage their conditions and reduce the frequency of headaches.

The Most Common Migraine Trigger – Stress

The most common trigger is stress. It creeps into our life through work, family, or worry about the past. Most migraine suffers are attuned emotionally to their world. This can lead to anxiety, and sadness both release particular brain chemicals that cause headaches. Learning meditation, mindfulness, and gentle physical activity can prevent migraines. All three help me. I meditate daily, use a mindfulness app on my smart phone to take breaks through my day, and do Yoga.

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Your Environment

Perfume, scented candles and body lotion fill the world around you. Public places like church or movie theaters make it difficult to avoid ‘highly-scented’ people thinking everyone wants to smell their favorite fragrance. I once told a lady who sat down next to me that her perfume was too strong. I still had migraines and when she sat everyone within a few rows turned to see where the heavy wafting smell was coming from – it was her. Letting her know took courage and honesty as I said, “I’m a migraine suffer and your perfume is so strong. I am getting nauseated and may vomit.” She got up and moved.

As she and her husband moved away I heard him and their daughter both say, “we’ve told you it’s too much maybe now you’ll listen to us.” Usually you’re not the first person to ‘share this information’ perhaps you’ll be the one that helps them rethink how they use beauty products.

For Women – The Period

I see women weekly suffering from hormonal migraines. They happen at ovulation and during menses. Many patients come in telling me they spend 3-5 days twice monthly in bed with abdomen and head pain.

This was me in my teens. Many a date with that special boy came and went without me. It helped me realize which boys really liked me enough to put up with the inconvenience and which we’re mature enough at the young age of 17 to be around girls with migraines. Over 89% of all migraine agonizers are women.

The Mystery Trigger

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Every headache experience is a mystery. Was it the pasta you ate or the chocolate? Could it be the automatic air freshener in the restaurant bathroom? Perhaps it was the combination of all of these. Each person is unique you have your own bio-individuality. Causes of your migraines are different from the next person. Seasonal changes produce a new set of migraine triggers making mystery of why in spring gluten bothers you but it does not in winter.

Keeping a diary can help you navigate along with health coaching. I want to touch on chronic pain and autoimmune disease.

These both can make you more susceptible to head pain.

My Favorite – The Food Trigger

Headaches happen when we eat food that doesn’t agree with our body. Some things in food are never okay for anyone and the leading cause of inflammation, stomach problems, and migraines.

This article is not about the pathway of pain, and the large part inflammation plays in headaches. It is my hope you will crowd-out the triggers or chose to explore health coaching to rid you of migraines altogether.

Some foods to consider crowding out are ripened cheeses, chocolate, marinated foods as pickles, foods with nitrates such as bacon. For some reason, many people have problems with sour cream, and nuts.

Interestingly, caffeine can ease migraines or create them including alcohol especially red wine and beer.

Some healers believe sweet or citrus fruits are problems. My suggestion remember you are unique and go with your ‘gut’ literally! If your digestion does not like what you eat, neither will your head.

Tracking Down Your Triggers

Acupuncture will help you lessen the frequency of migraines even the level of pain. Along with lifestyle changes, a life free of head pain is yours. Working with a health mentor to track down your triggers adds to your success.

 

Other migraine articles http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306955,00.html

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/migraine_headache/article_em.htm

http://www.everydayhealth.com/headache-migraine/headache-migraine-articles.aspx

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I love food, do you? Many of the foods I like contain cholesterol. This is the last article in a series I wrote on the topic. It continues on with research around ending the war on fat. If you haven’t read the other articles may I suggest you start there or you may wonder what all the talk is about!

Foods that lower cholesterol, are green vegetables. You can eat as much as you want. In this final article in our series: Ending the War on Fat, we talk about health and lifestyle.

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Stay With The Big Guys – LDL Cholesterol Comes In Two Sizes

Medical scientists now know there are also two types of LDL, small and large particles. The studies show the large particles are mostly harmless. Most saturated fat contains these large particles. You find these large fluffy particle fats in meats, eggs, and some dairy.

So how are you getting small, sticky, dense particles? The answer is one word, refined-carbohydrates. Foods like corn, rice, pasta, breads, grains, cereals, packaged food, and instant foods, or white potatoes to name a few.These food do not promote health, it is that simple.

Dr. Ronald Krauss, a cardiologist and researcher who is a pioneer in the area of LDL has this to say. “There’s a risk that people have been steered in the wrong direction by using LDL cholesterol rather than LDL particles as the real risk factor.”

It’s important we begin to talk about what changes you can make to end the war on fat , I caution you not to wolf-down a triple-decker cheeseburger or pile cubes of butter on bread. It is going to take time to change health nationwide. Fast food, and convenient foods like boxed or canned are hard to give up for many. Start slow to add the foods below to your kitchen and new lifestyle. It is not about eating fatty foods, it’s about eating organic or clean foods.

Adding small amounts of beef, butter, or eggs appear to have little effect on your weight or heart still other forms of fat are more beneficial changes to your diet. At the top of the list is Omega-3’s found in flaxseed or salmon. Both have interesting studies showing they protect you against heart disease. The New England Journal of Medicine 2013 study found a diet rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats significantly decreased your risk of heart attacks.

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Finding Omega 3 – Essential Fats For Health

Not a fan of Salmon [I am not], you can purchase flax seed capsules or add it to a smoothie.

Another study suggests, that the right type of dairy fat is okay.  Whole milk, plain yogurt, and some butter may be a nice additive to your diet.

Coconut oil can help you lose weight. It’s a large LDL particle making it a great saturated fat. [Recently [2017 edit] some news outlets are reporting this isn’t true. The research is based solely on the fact that Coconut oil is saturated. As a consumer of food you have to research the reach. Food is confusing don’t be mislead.

So let’s get to the meat or rather the heart, of eating changes you may want to consider. Add some red meat to your weekly plan; buffalo contains tons of iron so adjust your vitamins if you are of East European descent. You may absorb more iron than other cultures. I didn’t know this until it happened to me.

Add in eggs for breakfast replacing grains. Cage-free eggs with added Omega 3 are good. Best are pasture-raised eggs. The chickens live outside and eat their natural diet of bugs and seeds. Chicken that is pasture-raised is important. You can find out more here.

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If you want to lower LDL, limit your intake of small particle LDL foods. These are breads, flours, grains, rice, pasta, corn, white potatoes, peas, and carrots.

If you eat one of these at every meal, start by treating yourself to one meal daily where you don’t have these foods. Replace it with protein from eggs, chicken, beef, fish, yogurt, or tofu. As of this edit [2018] new research shows that protein from beans and legumes is harmful due to the high lectins. Ah – a topic for another article.

Add to your meal things like spinach, onions, lettuce ‘no iceberg lettuce’, and avocado, or 1-2 oz. of goat cheese.

Speaking of cheese, if it comes in a single plastic wrap, it’s not real. Buy block cheese made with organic non-GMO milk. Goat and sheep cheese is best. Try to stay away from all cows’ milk cheese.

Do these new meal plans, for a month then consider making changes to another mealtime.

Where Do I Begin To Change My Eating Lifestyle?

Salad FoodFor many doing lifestyle screening with a Health Coach can help you enhance the best habits in your life and build new ones to replace foods or fitness that are not serving your wellness and longevity. Mindset is a must too. I see people fail because they don’t have their mind-body connection. It is so important that it is part of every program in my office.

One of the best meals to start with is  your breakfast; it is the most important meal of your day.

Lunch can be tricky if you use bread or eat salads with commercial dressings, or pick up lunch out. If this is you, plan your dinners to be ‘Small LDL particle’ free.

Many business professionals meet for lunch, making this a tough meal adjustment. Pick restaurants that support local, organic, or natural foods. You’ll less likely get packaged foods this way.

In either case, you can eat chicken or turkey salad [tofu or fish if you’re vegetarian]. Pack it with celery, onions, spices, red/yellow pepper slivers, along with a few ounces of shredded sharp cheese. If you’re making your meal, you can pick up non-sweetened gluten free mustard or mayo at a health food store or online.

It’s best to limit or end your love affair with sugar. Most research is pointing to it as being an important factor in the increase of Alzheimer’s or other brain diseases. Carbohydrates turn into sugar in your body, so consider limiting these for brain health too.

Some research is saying one piece of fructose or fruit daily, is enough and to eat more vegetables. Other studies indicate unfiltered honey or pure organic maple may be too close to corn sugars when it comes to the sensitive brain tissues.

Time Management Isn’t Just For Your Business It’s For Your Life Too

Planning is essential for busy business professionals. We plan our business and time to be successful in our career. It’s time to put your talents to work for your health too. Get things ready the night before if pressed for time.

Stay with these 2 meals being gluten-free, sugar-free, and free of small-particle LDL foods. Learn to read labels. Ask your grocer questions if they don’t know, shop somewhere else. If you live in a small town, read and be your own grocery expert. Stay out of the middle aisles of the stores, even in natural or health grocers.

Many nutrition experts say, smaller meals 5-6 times daily are better than 3 big meals. To accomplish this, start with your breakfast meal. Create a great egg or tofu dish full of green, healthy vegetables.

Have plain yogurt with a piece of fruit mid-morning. If it’s not sweet enough, begin with a teaspoon of apple juice added. For some, they will need to make it honey for a few days. The goal is not to mix fructose [fruit sugar] and glucose [other sugars] together. Your body can’t break it down very well. The sticky stuff builds up in your brain and arteries.

Next, is lunch you can chose to eat 1/2 of your meal at the lunch hour, and then the other 1/2 a few hours later. This tells your brain-body food is plentiful, and you will increase your metabolism.

Make your evening meal, the smallest if possible. We only eat 2 entries at our home. One is a protein and the other is vegetables, often a super salad with only vinegar infused with natural flavors like garlic, lemon, or even mango! Evvo or oil gourmet stores sell tasty infused olive oils and vinegar.

Decrease the size of your portions too. In the beginning, you will feel hungry and it’s your addiction to food most often, not that you really are hungry. I recommend cutting your portions down to 100 -170 grams of cooked protein, with many green vegetables. This depends on your size.

When it comes to eggs, 1 to 3 depending on your size and activity level is a good idea. Be sure you are exercising 3-4 times a week. This can be a 30-60 minute brisk walk each time.

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Rules of thumb use the palm of your hand to measure portions. If you must have a small particle LDL food like pasta, make it 1/2 a cup cooked, not dry.

But I Don’t Want to Be Paleo!

Many people wonder what the difference is when we compare Paleo Diet vs. Atkins, and there are minor differences. We eat moderated Paleo, and purchase for our home what I call straight Paleo foods. There are levels of everything. There are vegan and vegetarian. In my book, there’s Moderated Paleo, Paleo, and Straight Paleo.

What’s the difference? Moderated means you will eat a non-Paleo meal 1-2 times weekly, usually with guests or out to dinner. Straight means you don’t do gluten, sugar, dairy, or other flours. For an understanding of straight Paleo read books, Brain Grain Wheat Belly, or The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine.

Cool! It’s About Eating Better – Not Eating Junk

Consider going organic or natural, free-range and cage-free.

What is the other option? To keep doing what you’re currently doing, or to adjust two meals daily to a healthier eating plan. The later will give you less inflammation, more energy, better sleep, and lower anxiety. Think about how much better ending the war on fat can be in your life, if you investigate a more Paleo Diet menu plan or Tofu Paleo program where all protein comes from fish or Tofu.

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How Can I Learn More about Ending The War On Fat In My Diet?

There are many resources on this topic. Working with a Functional Health Coach can help you. This is an exciting clip from 60 minutes on Fructose and Fat. Time Magazine the article is full of resources for research. Bryan Walsh, the Time Senior Editor, has an informative video on the web page. Once you start looking you’ll find many books written by various medical professionals, The choice is yours if you chose to end the war on fat in your life.

 

All images are courtesy of: Fotolia, Dreamtime, or Google Images [free to use, share, or modify, even commercially].

Some Resources that can be meaningful:

Suggests medical professions expand the scope of treating Cardiovascular disease to include prevention. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1817256

Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, MD is but one medical professional on the March 2013 report on the Meta study: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1846638&resultClick=3

Time Magazine Article – war on fat – article.

How You Can End The War On Fat?

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In the 1977, America began a battle on the way we ate. It started because of one report, “Dietary Goals for the United States,” put forth by the Senate committee led by George McGovern. Today nearly 40 years later, Americans are ending the war on fat, reclaiming their health and eating habits.

I remember when the report came out; you might too. Many people swore it would stop heart attacks. My mother was not to quick to jump on the bandwagon. She did not believe in canned foods; something that gained popularity in the 1950’s. Now she said anything in a box, a wrapper, or not fresh couldn’t be good for you. Those were her words, “good for you.”

We ignored the new food pyramid and continued to raise and prepare our meats. We had a garden, and my sister had a farm. Food tasted amazing at my house.

In part 3 of this series, war on fat, we talk about what you can do to regain your health, and balance out your LDL cholesterol. It’s simple eat real food, but it’s more complicated that for many people. Many readers including acupuncture patients have reached out wondering, if it’s too late to benefit from changing their diet or lifestyle. The answer to this question is a resounding no. If you change how and what you eat, you’ll most likely feel better and have more energy.

I remember how much energy I had back in the late 1970’s. It was more than being a young adult it was eating a fresh diet. We did not have a fast food restaurant near our home, so it was a treat even then to eat high carbohydrate foods. It was not until I moved for college that I discovered frozen meals, fast food, and packaged quick meals. After all what else does a college kid eat. My health went downhill. At thirty, this kind of eating pattern was ingrained in my lifestyle.

My choice was to make a change or be on a handful of pills, so I changed how I was eating. It was not popular. I was strange or ‘picky’ others would say. I got well. I did not care what they said about me.

Is this article about obesity or war on fat people? No, the article series is about the building evidence that eating low-fat or non-fat isn’t necessary and it may not be healthy.

Many clients come to me for health coaching because they wonder if their low-fat, high-carb diet is good for them. They want to know if a Paleo Diet or Vegetarian plan would be better. The simple answer is lifestyle is not a one size fits all. How you eat, and what you eat is personal to your needs.

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LDL Cholesterol and Meta-Studies

A 2010 meta-analysis or a study of other studies, proved that saturated fat doesn’t increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Other such reports published in, Annals of Internal Medicine, March of this year, pulled in data from 80 other studies. More than half a million people were studied in this research. One team led by Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, found there is no evidence to support eating the common low fat-diet.

While more research is being done let’s look at our diets since 1970. We get fewer calories from foods like whole milk, cane sugar, eggs, butter, vegetables, and beef. One question I field daily in my Denver acupuncture practice, is butter healthy?  The answer is in moderation it’s far more better than margarine. 

We are getting a large increase of calories from foods like pop that contains high-fructose corn syrup, corn products, skim milk, chicken, turkey, and added fats and oils. Cardiovascular disease is the same.

Both chicken and beef have saturated fat. Would it surprise you to discover that they both increase LDL? LDL is commonly called, ‘bad cholesterol.

It gets even more complicated. If we lower LDL, we lower HDL. When we rise both HDL and LDL it’s a cardio-wash in the nutrition world. This means you can’t lower one without lowering the other. 

LDL Cholesterol Has It’s Good Side

Our final chapter of the War on Fat we get into foods that lower cholesterol, and how to move to a healthier lifestyle without sacrificing living.

 

 

All images are courtesy of: Fotolia, Dreamtime, or Google Images [free to use, share, or modify, even commercially].

Some Resources that can be meaningful:

Suggests medical professions expand the scope of treating Cardiovascular disease to include prevention. http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1817256

Dr Rajiv Chowdhury, MD is but one medical professional on the March 2013 report on the Meta study: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1846638&resultClick=3

Time Magazine Article – Video – http://time.com/2863227/ending-the-war-on-fat/   war on fat – article. 

 

 

 

 

Changing The Game And The War On Fat

In part 1, Ending The War On Fat, we focused more on the story most Americans and their doctors bought into about diet. Talking about fat isn’t a fun topic. If I said, the word, ‘food’ more people would jump to read these articles. However, more than a 1/3 of America is obese, not just overweight.

war on fatThese articles are for everyone who eats that includes you! They help you take a fresh look at your ability to live longer and healthier if you chose. You’ll be able to stop eating low fat diets and enjoy food the way your grandparents did.

In part two, we’re going to talk more about what happened when people started going low fat and eating low cholesterol foods. Why are we one of the sickest and fattest people living on planet earth?

Part 3 is what you can do to feel better, live longer, and be healthier. Before we dive in, is modern medicine talking about this issue? What are the results of this big experiment on human beings?

Low Fat Diet Doesn’t Stop Obesity

The director of New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, housed at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. David Ludwig stated, “There’s an overwhelmingly strong case to be made for the opposite,” when asked if cutting back on fat to lose weight or prevent heart disease is a good idea.

With obesity up there’s a new war, a war on fat people. Only a few centers’ like New Balance are looking at the cause and changing people’s diets.

LDL and Low Cholesterol Foods

Eating low cholesterol foods robs your brain of LDL that’s called ‘bad cholesterol’. Guess what your brain needs to thrive and think. LDL cholesterol it turns out isn’t bad at all! According to Dr David Perlmutter, in his book, Grain Brain, “LDL isn’t a cholesterol molecule at all, good or bad. It’s a low-density lipoprotein. The purpose of LDL in our brain is to capture life-giving cholesterol and transport it to neurons, where it performs critically important functions. “LDL is only ‘bad’ for you when it becomes oxidized. One of the most common ways to do this is to add glucose sugars [corn syrup, table sugar, etc.] into the diet.

Most grocers offer a Low Cholesterol Foods List. Look at the back of these packages at the grams of sugar and type. You will be surprised.

Why Your Doctor Loves The Low Fat Diet

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Even with all the evidence against low fat diets, many doctors are slow to change. My experience in speaking with three area specialists’ is keep eating a low fat diet to be healthy. When I pointed out the volumes of research from their community on the topic, their own colleagues were called quacks. For me, my own remarkable health is evidence.

Besides weight loss, is big business. Farming incentives for grain crops to produce vast quantities of corn for sweetener makes it hard for many to grow other crops. Corn syrup, the worst form of sugar is in nearly every food on your local store shelf.

It makes the instant meal taste better. It replaces the rich flavor our bodies’ crave from fats with a sweet tooth that is hard to please.

Health benefits of butter were buried. The public is asking is butter healthy?  According to the British Medical Journal saturated fat, is not the issue when it comes to heart disease.

What Your Brain Eats – End The War On Fat

Reason one, is our body is craving fats because our brain needs it to think and our body needs it to use energy. Second, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners are addictive.

The war on fat changed our culture and business. To change how America eats means to change industry one mouth at a time.

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The problem is the research is mounting and our economy or medical professionals don’t really know how to ease into this new paradigm.

There are changes happening though. We know fats in vegetables and fish are good for us. Salmon for instance is known as the heart protector in alternative medicine circles. Coconut oil once a bad fat has whole books dedicated to how to use it.

New York University’s professor of nutrition and public health, Marion Nestle says, “The thinking went that if people reduced saturated fat they would replace it with healthy fruits and vegetables.” He goes on to point out, “Well that was naïve.”

What does this new research say and should we be quick to listen once again?

On the later, the evidence isn’t new. There are thirty-five year studies with whole towns researched over three generations. Studies that are more recent involve large numbers of people with various genetics for as long as a decade. Even with all the evidence the war on fat continues.

A good book to buy is, Brain Grain by David Perlmutter, MD. Once you finish reading part 3 of this series, grab a copy for more evidence and tools to help you make the dietary changes.

Part 3 of ending the war on fat will go into some ways to get started eating for wellness.

 

other references – http://time.com/2863227/ending-the-war-on-fat/

images: Google free free for reuse, even commercially, bigstock, Fotolia.

 

 

This video is about Healthy Body and Healthy Mind from Denver Acupuncture shows you how to do Breathe Walking and other energy tips. The articles are from Debra Arko Of Accent On Health and Arko Success Academy. They provide in-depth steps to take in each area that the video reveals for staying young, having more energy, and living healthy longer.

I will never forget the day. It woke me at 5:20 am on December 31, 2005 and it was the worst migraine headache I have ever had. For years I had personally used acupuncture to help others with migraines but relief for me was fleeting. As the owner of Denver Acupuncture migraine testimonials and treatment are a large part of my success as you will see in the video.

On this morning in 2005 I experienced my last migraine. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be pain free so let a patient of mine share her story with you it’s not unlike mine.

The idea that you don’t have to live with pain especially migraines and acupuncture can help may be new to you. It’s it time you try something natural that has the ability to help you not need the medications that stop you from enjoying your day, or the debilitating anguish the headache brings. Most insurance will cover migraines under their acupuncture benefit. Let’s us help you get back to living the life you are meant to have.

I want to thank this patient for her acupuncture migraine testimonial.

HCG Reviews

It’s not everyday you hear the story of a vegetarian and HCG reviews. Yes it is possible to do it! No we didn’t use HCG 5000 there is a better HCG solution.

kittensleeping-200x300When we talk about weight loss, often we also want to add contour and shape our body. Losing body fat can give you back that younger looking and feeling body. Add in acupuncture treatment and you have a great recipe for feeling vibrant, looking younger, and living longer.

So what can you eat on HCG? In phase one it’s a high protein diet with lots of vegetables and fruit. If you don’t eat meat, we use Salmon and some other raw fish. Once you enter phase 3 of HCG foods list you can expand and eat more. The one thing all clients agree on is that their eating habits change. They stop craving ‘bad’ foods, like sugar and bread to name a few.

It’s also easier to exercise once you lose the weight and feel better. You can start with walking! Don’t worry we’ll help you plan your foods and exercise if you like. HCG Reviews are here to let you know that you can do this too!

When you bring HCG reviews together with the best Denver acupuncture you’re sure to reach your goals. When deciding it’s time to eat better, exercise more and lose weight it’s important to consult with your medical doctor first. We are happy to assist you once you have the go-ahead. Most of our clients find that their body aches go away, they sleep better, and stress is less. Still not convinced view our other HCG reviews today!

Scoliosis Pain And Acupuncture Scoliosis

I know that a chiropractor once tried to tell me I had scoliosis. It was a few years ago and I found it odd since I have used acupuncture treatment for scoliosis back pain with many patients and knew I didn’t have it. Occasionally a client shares someone told them they’re back pain is caused by a curved spine. Their spine seemed fine. The truth be told we all have a slight bend in our spine.

Curvature Of The Spine

There are many names for Scoliosis another being curvature of the spine. In most people it is not a problem. For some though it can mean death or end their ability to walk. Usually it starts in childhood. Some adults develop Scoliosis due to sports or their career too.

That’s the problem; it doesn’t always start in childhood, and we all have curve to our spine especially by the time you hit your 40’s. It’s usually due to bending or being active. This is my case normal wear n’ tear. Not everyone is so lucky scoliosis is a serious problem. It often evolves surgeries to fix the problem.

In all this time, 22 years I have been honored to help some of the nicest people with back pain of curvature of the spine and yes true scoliosis cases. I am blessed to have this wonderful patient who wanted to share her remarkable story of growing up a child with scoliosis and surgeries to stand strong and tall.curvature of the spine

Can You Still Enjoy Normal Things If You Have Scoliosis?

Scoliosis doesn’t have to slow you down. It doesn’t have to end your ability to enjoy things like walking, hiking, or riding a bicycle.  With natural medicine like acupuncture you can reduce pain and increase flexibility. Even general back pain from muscle tightness or disc problems benefit from acupuncture.
I look forward to hearing from you and finding out more about your story and how acupuncture can help your curvature of the spine or other back pain.

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The War On Fat A Big Fat Lie Revealed

Recently new reports have talked about ending the war on fat. Most people are aware there has been a battle in the diet world regarding what foods make you gain weight. A little known event occurred back in the 1970’s that changed the way America ate. It caused us to be the heaviest culture on the planet.

Fat The Most Vilified Nutrient The In American Diet

Science suggests we’ve been wrong about what to eat for forty years. My acupuncture patients have heard me talk about this problem for a decade! 

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I was in college in the 1970’s and skinny as a rail yet everywhere I turned the media or packaging recommended get rid of my favorite’s whole milk, tasty butter, and slow-cooked oatmeal. Even my blue cheese dressing made from real buttermilk was too high in fat. Personally, I didn’t think anything of the recommendations at the time.

Like most Denver college kids in 1977, I ate what I could afford. That was the year George McGovern a politician published a landmark finding by the senate committee known as ‘Dietary Goals For The Unites States’. It urges Americans to eat less high fat red meat, eggs, and dairy.

To End the War on Fat- We Must Change How We Eat

Instead, we were to replace it with fruits, vegetables, and especially refined carbohydrates. The carbs were easy for most Americans. By 1980, store shelves overloaded with boxed pasta, instant cereals, and easy made dinners became popular. This same year, the US Department of Agriculture [USDA] was in full gear and issued the first dietary guidelines.

I was working in health care and not long after we started our family. As a good mother, I tried to carbo load my son before his soccer games, and made sure they had skim milk to drink over their high-sugar instant cereals. Eggs were used for baking not breakfast and our kitchen counter had an assembly line of pasta maker, bread maker, and rice cooker next to the extra-wide toaster.

Lawmakers and physicians it is said felt they had to make changes to our diet because we had the highest death rate from heart attacks. Therefore, ‘attack’ the diet based on a poorly done study was the outcome. Now it’s time to end the on fat. 

One leading nutritionist, the president of the National Academy of Sciences put it this way, “we are embarking on a vast nutritional experiment.” 

The American Fat-free Diet Failure May Be Leading To Diabetes

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Experiment we did and today the whole thing is a failure. Americans are sicker than ever with over 90% of my patients coming in with chronic pain and inflammation. Type 2 diabetes has increased by 166% since the beginning of 1980 to the beginning of this decade.

I feel lucky nearly 1 in 10 adults have the disease. My family escaped becoming part of this startling statistic simply by adopting a different diet in the 1990’s. It didn’t make us popular with friends or relatives and some of the cruelest comments have been thrown our way.

One look in the mirror and I knew I was right as others gained weight and we stayed or even reduced our weight easily with a little added exercise. Another factor for us was how we felt.

Nutrition: You Are What You Eat

One of the first things my husband said to me was, “my knees don’t hurt anymore.” I look much younger than others do my age. There’s the fact that both of us don’t need western medicines and have no illnesses.

All we did at first was eat less. Then we changed to 2% milk and refused to eat things labeled ‘low-fat’. Around 2000 we got rid of the all the machines, they were only collecting dust. We kept the toaster, since we still bought bread.

I didn’t know the estimates swirling around the rise of diabetes although in my acupuncture practice with each lab test patients were showing ever-increasing glucose levels. Many refused to listen to my suspicions and others were happy to know they weren’t alone in their misgivings about our diet. British Medical Journal Saturated Fat studies confirm the western diet is not improving health rather making us sick.

nutritionHeart disease is down not because of diet but better medical care in emergency rooms as we understand the cardiovascular system and have better equipment. People are smoking less and taking statins to lower cholesterol although they are leaving men impotent and users with memory loss. The high risk of side effects from Statins and the evidence they don’t do that much is scary in my opinion.

The health failure to baby boomers and Gen X’ers is an estimated 86 million people are pre-diabetic and the cost for treatment is burdening our system at $245 million each year.

I know this sounds dismal it’s not. Some people even suggest their is a war on fat people, that’s not true. In part, 2 and 3 we will cover more about why to end your personal war on fat and how you can turn your health around regardless of illness or age. While nothing can reclaim lost health, you drive the bus and get to choose where you go from here on out.

Research: http://time.com/2863227/ending-the-war-on-fat/?pcd=hp-magmod June 12 2014

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