Here is what he has to say about acupuncture and the upcoming cold and flu season:
Acupuncture: Acupuncture helps to restore your body’s supply of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, which is produced in all cells and responsible for energy) and cortisol, a hormone necessary for properly adapting to stress. Both of these results help to improve immune function. Acupuncture can also help to balance and improve digestion, endocrine gland function, and the health of the lungs, and other organs, all of which also helps your body fight off and resist cold and flu infections. In addition, acupuncture treatments can help prevent colds and flu from ever occurring.
Wow. It's hard to grasp that three weeks have gone by since my last post. I'm working on being more consistent with the basic chores in my life with the hopes that the larger things will take care of themselves.
The photo is of a handful of our Buff Orpingtons before Sharon and the girls butchered them. (It's funny. The old meaning of the word "butcher" is to prepare to cook, now the meaning is to be unnecessarily cruel.) People talk about knowing where your food comes from and we've gone a few steps further and grow a lot of our own food. The difference in nutrition between a grass and bug fed heritage chicken out in the sunshine and a hormone/antibiotic fed mutant breed caged in a warehouse is calculable.
That said, I cam across an interesting article about cooking methods and nutrient retention in broccoli. (It wouldn't be too much of a leap to assume that the same goes for other vegetables as well.) The bottom line is that stir frying is perhaps the best method for locking nutrition in the broccoli. With microwaving, you lose nutrients, mostly vitamin C because it leaches out with any water you cook. I assume that steaming and boiling vegetables does the same thing. That's why the water has that green color when you are done! I suppose you could drink that water or put it into soups instead of pouring it down the drain. And one last thing, stir fry with heat resistant oils like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or lard. Some of the other oils don't lock in the nutrients as well and the high heat chemically changes most vegetable oils into toxic compounds.
That's the money-quote of the following article written by Betsy Hart and well worth the journey to get to it. The Chinese recognized the fundamental importance of acknowledging a purpose/force greater and wiser than human institution. In Western civilization, this is God.
But I also know I want so much more for my kids than a Baby Einstein DVD could give them, even if it worked. When it comes to my children, my ultimate goal for them is heaven, not Harvard. If they go to the latter on their way to heaven, that's great. But if I reverse that equation, I've failed them. full article here
One of the big problems with these studies is they do no differentiate between poisoned meats and pure meats. So the grass fed pork raised with no hormones or antibiotics counts at the same a factory farm horror living in filth and pumped full of chemicals. That's like saying don't drink any water because some of it is boiled and will burn your tongue.
So take these pronouncements from the medical oracles with a grain of salt. Remember when eggs were going to kill you?h
First, buying local is economically stagnating. It's economics 101. A local economy is a stagnant economy. The broader an economy's reach, the more robust it is. (If you don't believe me, read this.) Finished with the Vancouver Sun's article? Read on.
Even though a blind faith in buying everything local is not healthy for an economy, it makes sense in certain situations. Food is one such example. This "action alert" from the Weston Price Foundation is a perfect example of why.
The USDA is now implementing a rule that will require all RAW domestic almonds to be "pasteurized," using either a toxic and carcinogenic fumigant (propylene oxide) or a steam-heating process, to eliminate possible bacterial contamination. This is an effort to make nut production "safe" for industrial-scale farms with literally thousands of acres of production. We are now headed down the slippery slope-if agribusiness players have their way, almost all fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables will be treated with chemicals, heated or irradiated. We need to draw a line in the sand here and now!
It's a rough and tumble world in business. Big agri-businesses will work to stifle their competition, such as this move by "big almond". It the reason why today it is exeedingly difficult to get raw milk. The same thing happened to the milk industry in the 1950's and that's why you cannot buy raw milk, even though it's much healthier for you. It's also the reason why you should be terrified about a powerful central government deciding what you can and cannot eat.
If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny. - Thomas Jefferson
And if you are a little bit worried about the government dictating the type of almonds you can eat, you should be terrified about what the government will decide is good for you if they are in charge of your healthcare.
We've past the autumnal equinox and the days are rapidly getting shorter. This means that everybody north of the Mason Dixon Line is now starting to draw down their vitamin D stores. (That is a computer diagram of vitamin D on the right.)
You have two choices to replace you vitamin D stores:
# 2 Take a vitamin D3 supplement
No. I'm not talking about the trash, or the dishes. Most of us get those done, although some of us more often than others. I'm talking about about the chores you must do to take care of your body. Most of today's health chores never made it on your great grandmother's to do list.
Several generations ago there was no need to exercise. Churning butter, washing clothes, kneading bread was enough to keep her arms from getting flabby. Similarly, she didn't worry about getting enough sleep. When the sun went down, not a whole lot could get done by candlelight, and nobody had to stay up to watch David Letterman's top 10.
Although modern life has made work less odious, the cost is that we now have to add new chores to the age old list.Here are the top five modern health chores.
1) Exercise - some type of strenuous weightlifting that leaves you huffing and puffing and sweating (I recommend a book called The Power of 10."
2) Sleep - your body requires 7-9 hours minimum a night, more during the winter. Why do you think nights get longer in Winter? Mother Nature hates you?
3) Cook and eat real food - for your great grandmother there was no option. Now you can go weeks without eating real food.
4) Drink clean water - do I really have to explain this one?
5) Get a life - a social life that is. iPods, Nintendo, computers, home work, and big houses with individual bedrooms have all conspired to separate us. Families and friends used to sing together, play together, fight together, eat together, dance together (Can you imagine going to your child's high school dance? Neither can I). We don't even do therapy together anymore
For the first time, the ACCP lung cancer guidelines have included recommendations on mind-body modalities as part of a multimodality approach to reduce the anxiety, mood disturbances, and chronic pain associated with lung cancer.Massage therapy is recommended for patients who are experiencing anxiety or pain, while acupuncture is recommended for patients experiencing fatigue, dyspnea, chemo-induced neuropathy, or in cases where pain or nausea/vomiting is poorly controlled.Electrostimulation wristbands are not recommended for managing chemo-induced nausea/vomiting, as studies show that they do little to delay nausea/vomiting compared with placebo.The recommendations were rigorously developed and reviewed by 100 multidisciplinary panel members, including pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, integrative medicine specialists, oncology nurses, pathologists, health-care researchers, and epidemiologists. The guidelines were further reviewed and approved by the ACCP Thoracic Oncology NetWork, the Health and Science Policy Committee, the Board of Regents, and external reviewers from the journal Chest.The guidelines have been endorsed by the American Association for Bronchology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, Oncology Nurses Society, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the World Association of Bronchology.
August 20, 2007 -- The addition of acupuncture to a course of advice and exercise delivered by physiotherapists provides no additional improvement in pain scores in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the results of a prospective, randomized, controlled trial published in the August 15 Online First issue of BMJ.
On the surface the study seems reasonable. After all, we know acupuncture is not a magic bullet. However, there is one major flaw with this and many acupuncture studies.
The major flaw in acupuncture studies
The major flaw of this study, and many like it, is it does not take into account the experience of the practitioner. I'm going to let you in on a secret about acupuncture. Well, it's not really a secret, but when you know this one little fact, you will have knowledge so rare, it might as well be a secret.
The super secret about acupuncture
The super secret is acupuncture is a procedure performed by a practitioner. As with any procedure, skill, experience and training matter. I don't mean any disrespect to the British physiotherapists, and, they are not trained acupuncturists. So when you are looking for a practitioner of any type, but especially an acupuncturist, experience does matter. Three years of post-graduate study and 17 years practicing explains why most people who come to see me for a problem feel better
...your neck! There is compelling evidence that fibromyalgia begins with a displacement of the cervical vertebrae. This causes pain all over, much like a pinched disk causes sciatic pain down your legs. Once the nerves get activated and the pain takes over and persists for months and even years, the stress caused by the constant pain creates a depressed immune system. So now you've got cranky person in pain who is susceptible to getting sick, which they eventually do. You get the picture, right? Pain, illness, exhaustion, depression and in the worst of cases, a collapse of spirit which leads to suicide.In looking up treatment options, I came across Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York in White Plains, New York. While I can't vouch for the office or the treatment. If I had fibromyalgia, I would drive down there and take a good hard look at what they had to say.
Today I built two new compost containers. A lot of the weeds we just till back into the soil or feed to Gulliver the bull or Frankie the horse (No, those aren't Sopranos characters, they are farm animals!) as green manure. Kitchen scraps and some other stuff needs a place where the bacteria and other critters can work on them to create compost.
Here is the old compost bin. It's just chicken wire held up by a few stakes. This container was placed under a tree so id didn't get the sunshine or water that it needed to work well. Which brings me to my acupuncture point...
Your internal composting happens primarily in your small intestine. There you have vast number of microorganisms that compost the food you eat so that the nutrients can be absorbed. If the internal conditions aren't right, like the compost bin under the tree, you won't get full nutritional value from the food you eat.
The best way to restore the conditions in your intestines is to take a probiotic supplement. Eating live culture yoghurt is fine for maintenance, but if you have been on a heavy dose of anti-biotics, birth control or have had surgery you need a system for getting the good bacteria past your stomach acid. Get a probiotic that is coated. Natrol's Biobeads and Shaklee's ProBiotics are ones I recommend.
Sharon and the girl's went to North Star Orchard today on Route 233 in Kirkland, NY to pick blueberries. They were just about done producing. The end of blueberry season marks the end of summer and the season's fire energy and the quick condensing of late summer and earth energy. Here in Central New York and the local micr-climate of Clinton, NY in particulr, Strawberries make the arrival of Summer.
The days will quickly shorten not and the plants will put all their energy into fruiting. It will be all we ccan do to keep up with the harvest until the first frost kills everything off. But that's a ways off yet. Now is the time of good eating
A new client came in today and reminded about the basic aspects of acupuncture and how little information exists about acupuncture and what it can do. The World Health Organization lists 80 conditions successfully treated by acupuncture. Out of those 80, the National Institutes of Health is currently studying about a dozen of these conditions in depth. But when all is said and done. It all comes down to you.
You are unique as a snowflake
Every snowflake is made up of water. Yet the slight differences in conditions that surround the formation of each snowflake dictate that no two will be alike. If each snowflake can be unique, you can easily imagine the un-catalogable array of differences between you and me.
Unique people require unique treatments
This is what keeps practicing acupuncture interesting. It’s said that a chimpanzee could run a respectable medical practice just be handing out antibiotics. But where is the soul in that? One of the fascinations with snowflakes is their unique geometry and what it means as human beings to be unique. Yet every day, whether it’s diet, vitamins, medications or healthcare, the underlying assumption is that we are all alike. This is where 5-element acupuncture leaves the healthcare party.
5-element acupuncture assumes you are different
As a 5-element acupuncturist, I’ve been trained to look for a unique energy pattern that has established itself in your life. Once that energy pattern is identified, we can treat it and help it expand to it’s fullest capacity which, in turn, will expand your health, energy and spirit to it’s fullest capacity.
If you haven’t already included 5-element acupuncture in your healthcare toolbox, you should make an appointment to talk to me and see how we can identify your unique energy patterns and how they can be freed up to create more vibrant health
It's raining tonight in Deansboro. Yesterday I weeded the tomatoes which were sorely overgrown. A combination of bad weather and neglect conspired to nearly bury them in quack grass. As the weeds yielded, I was surprised to see how dry the soil was at the tomato roots. Thank goodness the ground is clear and the water can now reach the roots.
Life is a little like that. Without constant tending the "weeds" in our life can take over and crown out what really is important. Make sure you take a little time today, and every day, to clear out the unwanted distractions that are robbing you of the energy you need to fulfill your destiny.
My daughter, Jasmine, has put out her flowers at her flower stand. She primarily has sunflowers, lilies, and gladioli. So if you're passing by Rt. 12B and Peck Road stop by
Who needs coffee when you walk out the back door, turn the corner and are eye to eye with four 800 lb. cows and their 300 lb "babies"? By the way, did I mention these cows still have their horns! Are ya' with me?
Seems "somebody" left the door to the cow barn single latched instead of double latched, again. They ran around the house; I ran around the house. They sprinted toward the highway; I sprinted toward the highway. See what I mean about not needing coffee? At this point I'm not trying to herd them like some horseless cowboy, I'm just trying to prevent a lawsuit.
It all turned out in the end. My daughter Gabrielle enticed the alpha female back into the barn with some sweet feed and eventually the rest of escapees followed. Nature did what nature does, cause chaos.
That is why every living organism consumes energy. It takes energy to keep things organized. It takes energy and a good fence and secure gates. Every organism, every system has distinct borders that require upkeep. Failure to allow for these very basic and simple laws of nature have caused many projects to fail. We pretend that things, once up and running will "maintain themselves." Hah! Nature and my cows say otherwise.
A lot of excitement on the farm today. We discovered a new bantam chick hanging out in Gulliver's pen. (Gulliver is my father-in-law's American milking devon bull.) This chick is particularly exciting because the bantam cock lost a fight with one of our cats. Seemed Wizard got tired of sharing her cat food with the bantam, so she taught him a permanent barnyard lesson. We have two hens and they usually brood on a clutch of 14-21 eggs so there is a chance we might see another chick or two tomorrow.
By the way, a bantam is basically a miniature chicken. We keep them in the barn to help keep down the fly population and to add a little color to the barnyard.
Most products today are made in factories in China where the main focus is to win contracts with a low price. The same factory can be churning out products for many different manufacturers using basically the same manufacturing technology and same ingredients. If your neighbor is making goat milk soap that makes your skin feel wonderful, and you can see the goats in her yard, you know what's in the soap. The same holds true for candles, jams, chutney's cheeses etc.
The Chinese are having a crisis with the contamination of dog food and toothpaste. The next time you are in a farmers' market consider picking up a few items you don't usually buy to see if the high quality ingredients make a difference you are willing to pay for. You'll never know until you try.
In his book Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan states we have more corn DNA in our bodies than even the Mexicans who call themselves "the people of the corn!" You see, every product they create out of corn, no matter how processed, is labeled "natural" because it starts out as corn. MSG is referred to on food labels as "natural flavoring" because it is derived from corn.
And then there is high fructose corn syrup. The average American eats about 42 pounds of this stuff a year. There is some pretty good evidence its not good for you. One of the biggest problems with high fructose corn syrup (other than it's just pure sugar with zero nutritional value) is that it doesn't trigger an insulin response. Insulin is required to transport sugar out of your blood stream, where too much can cause damage, and into your cells. Blood over saturated with sugar becomes acidic and damages whatever it comes in contact with. That's why diabetics are at risk for organ damage if they don't control their blood sugar. Obviously a can of Coke isn't going to burn your eyeballs out. But day after day, year after year, the micro damage can accumulate.
Bottom line, corn is good, corn products bad. I think I'll pop some corn after I'm done hoeing.