May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month
Pelvic pain can be defined as chronic pain (experienced for more than 6 months) that is not menstrual (period pain for females). Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can present as some of the following symptoms:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Painful penetration
- Painful orgasm
- Erectile dysfunction
- Generalized pelvic pain
- Post surgical pain
- Scar tissue pain
- Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Constipation & bowel disorders
- Postpartum pain
Great news for our men and women of service! The VA has just published the new requirements for acupuncture benefits and you are eligible to receive first class services here at my clinic! The Golden Acupuncturist clinic is a registered clinic with the Veterans’ Administration. All you need to do is tell your attending physician at the VA that you would like a referral to come to my clinic for acupuncture services. Give them my name for the referral, then just email or telephone my office to schedule an appointment. Be it for pain, PTSD, or any other medical condition listed on the approved list, you will be treated with the respect and level of expertise you deserve. Click on the following link for the criteria to begin your journey to improved health and state of mind. https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/57722/va-mission-act-what-is-the-latest-on-community-care/
The spring pollen is already in full swing the past 4 weeks here in the northeast corner of the United States. It has been forecasted that this year, the pollen count will be extremely high causing many to suffer from seasonal rhinitis. Prescription drugs and allergy shots can cause a number of unpleasant side effects and adversely affect a person’s overall quality of life and wallet.
Thyroiditis is a condition of the thyroid which is more common than most people believe. There are two types of thyroiditis.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas are very effective to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease. A person’s immune system attacks the myelin sheath that covers and protects the nerves of the brain and spinal cord. A simpler way of understanding the disease is this: imagine the outer casing that holds and protects many electrical wires wears away, leaving tears and holes that expose the internal wiring. The wires inside the casing short-circuit, burn, smoke, and malfunction due to exposure to environmental elements (your bodily fluids, etc.). The wearing down of the myelin sheath leads to injury and inflammation; consequently, electrical or nerve signals to and from the brain to different organs, muscles, nerves and other connective tissue are blocked. The end result is debilitating – the patient can experience difficult vision, burning pain in the extremities, loss of muscle coordination and strength, loss of organ and other bodily functions, and a downward spiral of degenerating health. Multiple Sclerosis can affect any sex or age group but is common in ages 20 to 40 years of age. Women are twice susceptible to MS as men.
HO HO HO and here we go! As Linus would say ‘good grief, Charlie Brown’. It’s December and everyone seems to get sucked into the holiday madness regardless of their religious beliefs. So, some good advice is to calm down, take a breath and remember: the holidays as we know them are market-manufactured and economically driven. This year, try to remember what it is you are REALLY celebrating: the festival of lights, the birth of your God, or celebration of family, community and culture. If neither of the upcoming holidays resonates with you, just celebrate and be grateful for all the goodness in your life – a roof over your head, good friends, a meal on your dinner plate each evening. I love to see my friends during this wintery time of the year and I’ll share with you a favorite cocktail of mine (non alcoholic version for my underaged and non-drinking friends and the designated drivers listed). It’s not expensive and if you ask each guest to come with a plate of finger food, this can be the setting for a great get together! Open up the Monopoly board, play a game or just tell fun stories of travel and adventure. It’s a stress-free evening that everyone can enjoy no matter what their religious beliefs or cultural obligations are.
The Holiday Season is here and here are some happy and healthy tips to get you through the season healthier both physically and mentally.
- Stay in the Game: keep up with your exercise routine. Regular exercise during the holiday season keeps off added pounds and the endorphins the brain releases during a workout can help alleviate stress. Working hard at the gym always makes us feel better, sleep better and puts us in the mindset to make wiser nutritional choices.
- Think Green!: if you are invited to a pot luck event, prepare a dish that is not only delicious, but healthy as well. Sauteed tuscan kale in a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar served with toasted pine nuts on top is not only beautiful, but tasty. The anti inflammatory properties of dark leafy green vegetables are good for just about everyone and a nice change of a side dish. Dark leafy green vegetables are a wonderful complement to any type of protein or pasta. You’ll be surprised how quickly it disappears!
- Be Kind to Yourself: life should be about balance. Schedule time for a nice long hot bath, a massage, a ‘me’ day. Holidays can be quite stressful with various types of obligations and the stress can tax your immune system. No one wants to be sick during the holidays, so take a time out at least once weekly. Try a yoga class or a meditation app. Schedule a relaxing stress-busting acupuncture session – it could be the best hour you’ve had to relax and reset your mind, body and soul.
- Give a Gift of Love and Health to a Friend, Colleague or Someone you Love: gift certificates are available and make great holiday gifts for the people who have ‘everything’. Call of email the office today and order yours!
Mama Bear Cancer Support Radio will host me LIVE for a 30 minute interview on Friday November 2, 2018 at 11:30am. Donita Wheeler is not only an amazing talk show host, but also a cancer coach who has helped navigate multitudes of cancer patients through their journeys to total wellness. A cancer survivor herself, Donita understands what it is to be a patient and survivor and her show’s audience can listen in on what top experts (I’m one of them!) in the field have to say on various aspects of treatment care and life after cancer. Set your calendars and mark the date! Please share this information with anyone you know who is a patient, survivor or caretaker….or just want to listen to my fabulous voice for 30 minutes! 🙂
HOLIDAY HAZARDS TO YOUR HEALTH
It’s November and the holiday festivities are about to commence. This is the time of year when many people fall into ‘food traps’. A ‘food trap’ is when you attend a holiday celebration and you are ‘guilted’ into eating and drinking items that are not good for you. The results can be any of the following: a day or more of feeling so ill you cannot get out of bed, 5lbs gained that you worked so hard to take off, painful joints because you ate and drank the prohibited items that aggravate an inflammatory disease, or in extreme cases – you had to be taken to the hospital because you have congestive heart disease and you just HAD to eat all those salty foods.
It’s ragweed season and once again you’re experiencing the itcy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat. Tired of those meds that make you feel like a zombie? Tired of weekly allergy shots that leave your arms sore? Let me help you eliminate those symptoms without medications and shots.
Allergies can affect anyone, and do not discriminate by race, sex, age or demographic. Allergic attacks can begin at any age and can reoccur after many years of remission. Factors that can affect the severity of symptoms include stress, smoking, colognes, hormones and environmental pollutants. Allergic reactions begin in your immune system. When a person who is allergic to ragweed is exposed to the allergen, the immune system can overreact and produce antibodies to combat the microorganism. This will cause the symptoms of itchy runny eyes, watery nose, scratchy throat, coughing or wheezing. Acupuncture can improve the body’s immune system to mediate these reactions and regulate homeostasis.
Last weekend, I was at my favorite green grocer to stock up on fruits and veggies for the week. I live in Manhattan, so it isn’t cheap to eat well if one is purchasing groceries in the Big Apple. I’m fortunate enough to own a car and I go outside Gotham to do my shopping. This saves me a lot of money and allows me to purchase those ‘special items’ that would be prohibitive if I were to obtain them close to home. Manhattanites refer to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck”. The prices are outrageous and most folks just cannot afford to shop there. In general, it’s just plain expensive to purchase good healthy food and so cheap to buy a Happy Meal at McDonald’s. There’s definitely something wrong with the picture. So, where do you shop and for what items if you have a tight budget, but would like to eat healthy and nutritious meals? Ask me….I’m the Queen of Cheap Eats, but Great Eats! You may need to take a train or bus if you’re in Manhattan, or get into your car and drive a few miles, but there are some wonderful grocery/green markets you can shop for some of the best produce, fish, meat and grains in every area. Do a little research. In many neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens for example, local restauranteurs have set up a grocery store specifically for the community. Universal Produce is one such market in Astoria, Queens. Rossman’s is another market in Brooklyn. The fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish and grains they purchase for their many restaurants are the very items being sold to the community at a discount. The same produce that might cost you $40 at a well known supermarket might cost you $10 at a community-based market. That leaves you $30 in your wallet for those special items you’d love to purchase for a memorable meal; or, you could just be happy with an extra $30 in your wallet for a fun activity.So, if you don’t have a community based market within a reasonable distance, what can you purchase that is super healthy and won’t break the piggy bank? Well, Weight Watchers recently did the research (so let’s give them the credit here). The following is a list Weight Watchers published in September 2017 magazine:Quinoa: at $2.14 per pound, a 3/4cup cooked serving is $0.21. This serving contains 8g complete protein and 60% of daily manganese needs. It is an anti-inflammatory, has heart healthy fats and essential fatty acids.Carrots & Cauliflower: at $0.98 to $2.48 per pound, the cost of a cup of each is approximately $.0.20 to $0.50 per serving. These two veggies are filling and full of Vitamin A and antioxidants. A cup of cauliflower contains 73% of daily vitamin C and can reduce the risk of certain cancers.Kiwi:A at $3.56 per pound or %0.53 per kiwi, you can either eat it like a New Zealander (did you know their currency is named a ‘kiwi’?) and just rub the fuzz off between your hands and eat it like an apple, or scoop the fruit out from its skin or peel the skin from the fruit. This little green guy is loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C. It’s fun, looks great and it’s loaded with flavor.Kale: at $0.11 per cup serving, Kale is King in my book. You can eat it raw in salad, sautee’ it and make a bed of cooked Kale to lie under your pasta or protein source. You can juice it, make soups from kale…oh, and let’s not forget about those great kale chips! Kale contains lutein for eye health, It’s high in vitamins A and C, has manganese and is good for your bone health.Oats: at $0.07 per half cup serving ($1.09 per pound), this grain will not only make your wallet happy but keep you happy all day long. Cooked, raw, made into snacks or cookies (not so much sugar in the mix, please), oats are full of fiber, it’s gluten-free and has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.This is just a start, folks. There are so many wonderful healthy and economic choices out there for you to choose from. Do a little research – go explore your green grocer and look for items that you’ve never tasted. Take your smart phone with you and google each item’s nutritional value. Spend a little time online and look for recipes for some of the items I’ve mentioned and take a good look at legumes (beans). Food Network has some great recipes and I swear by Weight Watchers if you’re trying to lose a few pounds or just need a ‘reset’ in the food department.
Nutritional Counseling at Golden Acupuncturist
If you’re a bit lost and need nutritional counseling, call or email the office and set up a consultation for my Wellness Program. This is a 12 week lifestyle program I have developed and tailored to each person’s individual needs and goals. Your goal might be to lose 10lbs, gain 5lbs, be in fit shape for that triathlon, marathon or vacation, or maybe you just need to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m here to help you. I work with you to achieve your goals. Intrigued? Contact me and we’ll talk.
New Office Location
If you haven’t already heard, my new office is bright, beautiful and fabulous! I am now located at 156 William St (8th floor)which is just 1 block from newly constructed Fulton St hub. My office is within Beyond Basics Physical Therapy. The facility is newly built with state of the art equipment and facilities. If you haven’t visited my new space, call or email me. I’d be happy to show you the facility, introduce you to great therapists and schedule you for a treatment in this calm, peaceful environment. Stay tuned for more healthy tips on this blog and please pass it on to friends, colleagues and family. As always, your feedback and referrals is what helps me serve you better. Happy July and be happy and healthy!