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ARTICLES & RESOURCES

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Below are articles for more information as well as resources for self care.  Optimal health is a collaborative endeavor, so I will update this page with as many tools as possible to help you on your journey

WHAT YOU PUT IN!

Food resources

It is important to understand that there is not ONE diet that is right for everyone.  We are so genetically diverse that the most important thing is to pay attention to what works for you and to eat real, unprocessed foods as often as possible.

Here are some links:

Benefits of Whole Foods

Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford

Eating Seasonally

Some helpful food charts

(please note that smoothies should include more vegetables than fruit)

Bone Broth

IF THERE IS ONE THING I SHOULD FOCUS ON...?

Stress!

Stress is a major underlying causative factor to many diseases.  It not only affects us, but our loved ones, our jobs and all aspects of our lives and well being.  Below are articles about the dangers of letting stress go unchecked, how acupuncture can help and other resources for stress management.

Effects of Stress

Importance of Stress Management

Value of Meditation

Exercise for Stress & Anxiety

Acupuncture relieves Stress

How to Meditate

Other meditative activities:

  • Knitting/crocheting

  • "Adult" coloring

  • Drawing/painting

  • Playing music

These activities should not be done in front of the TV or while doing something else in order to gain the meditative benefits from them.

WHERE MODERN SCIENCE & ANCIENT WISDOM MEET

Western Discoveries about Acupuncture

One of the reasons acupuncture has been hard to understand in our culture, is that in the west we place greater emphasis on how something works, (dismissing it as untrue until the explanation is available).  This is not inherently a bad thing!  When it comes to our health, combining our two traditions produces wonderful results.  Below are studies and articles that go more in depth as to how acupuncture works:

About acupuncture:

How it works:

[Conclusion: "Our studies showed the changes of blood flow in the peripheral, mesenteric, and retrobulbar arteries by acupuncture estimated by CDI."]

[Conclusion: "Acupuncture of Zusanli (ST 36) can increase the amplitude and synchronization of EEG-delta waves of different leads, and potentiate the functional interconnectivity of brain functional network."]

CRISIS IN PAIN MEDICATION

Opioid Epidemic

I would be remiss if I did not discuss one of the largest crises facing us today.  Opioids and other pain blocking medications are being prescribed and even when given in moderation and then weened off, many people cannot handle the withdrawl and turn to heroin and other street drugs.  The vast majority of pain conditions are muscular in nature  - or can be resolved via relaxing the muscles.  Please consider acupuncture as a first intervention for pain before consenting to these dangerous drugs and surgeries.  Sometimes the medication and/or surgery is needed, but trying the gentler intervention first can potentially save you both money and tragedy.

See some articles and information below:

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