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Altered Autonomic Activity in Patients with Premenstrual Syndrome

By | August 21st, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

This condition responds very well to acupuncture.  It can take up to 3 cycles to see effect, but once treated the effects are long lasting. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2004 Jul;29(6):733-40. Heart rate variability in premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Landén M1, Wennerblom B, Tygesen H, Modigh K, Sörvik K, Ysander C, Ekman A, Nissbrandt H, Olsson M, Eriksson E. [...]

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Hormesis and Sepsis

By | August 17th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Exercise: A form of Hormesis I link to this article not because it even mentions acupuncture, but because hormesis is mentioned more and more.  Hormesis is the phenomenon of a slight stressor conferring some protection to the organism.  A classic example is exercise.  In exercise you stress yourself to a point, but not [...]

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Improvement in Cognitive Function with 3 times per week Electroacupuncture for one month

By | August 5th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern: Scientific Solutions for Remarkable Results This study shows an improvement in brain activity with 3 times a week, low frequency electroacupuncture at Ki6 and Bl 62. (Acupuncturists will recognize both of those points as opening points for "Special" meridians.) The P300 is an actual measure of brain activity which [...]

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Curcumin for Joint Health

By | July 7th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

From the Rhonda Patrick podcast she makes the case for curcumin, expecially a formulation with phosphatidylcholine for better absorption.  If anyone would like me to get them some of this formulation, I have it in the clinic. "As an alternative to the use of NSAIDs, however, I’ve found curcumin is actually very helpful. Curcumin is [...]

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss

By | July 6th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

(I link to this with caveats.  As I've said many times over the years, if acupuncture was the answer for weight loss, I'd be a billionaire.  But, nonetheless, to be thorough, I'm linking to this study since it's in the news.) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a [...]

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Time Restricted Eating: Details and Advantages

By | July 2nd, 2017|Fitness and Health|

There is a lot more detail on timing of the time restricted eating.  In sum, the earlier in the day you eat (i.e. try to finish by 5:00 p.m.!) the better.  That, for me, is not practical since I work late and dinner at home after work is important to me.  So Patrick does talk [...]

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Melatonin and Migraine

By | June 18th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Acupuncture Helps With Migraines I recommend Melatonin and Magnesium as safe options for migraine prevention.  This article looks at one possible mechanism for melatonin's effectiveness in menstrual migraine.  The dosage of melatonin needs to be adjusted since too much (even above 3 mg in many people) can lead to paradoxical wakefulness or morning [...]

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Saunas for Longevity: Patrick Podcast

By | June 16th, 2017|Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

I was convinced by Rhonda Patrick's research that saunas were beneficial for healthy aging in her Ferriss podcast.  In this podcast, she interviews a Finnish expert on the topic.  I've been incorporating saunas into my routine, and though I don't find them "blissful" as everyone else seems to, I can see why they might have [...]

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Anti-Aging and Rhonda Patrick

By | June 12th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Patrick did her post graduate work with Dr. Bruce Ames who was a professor of Biochemisty when I was a Biochemistry undergraduate at Cal Berkeley. He's still working and researching at the age of 88. Here is a link to her podcast from the Tim Ferriss show.  Go to my most recent newsletter for some [...]

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Biochemistry of Anti-Aging: Dr. Steven Clarke UCLA

By | June 6th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

This  video is not recent, but I wanted to feature it here since we are delving into the topic of aging.  Steve Clarke was my supervisor when I was a lab tech at UC Berkeley and he's gone on to do incredible work in the anti-aging field.  Dr. Bruce Ames, who was two floors up [...]

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Stress Resilience: Key to Anti-Aging

By | June 6th, 2017|Fitness and Health, Stress|

Exercise: A form of Hormesis From Rhonda Patrick's latest email she stresses that exercise, or even green tea, things that stress the body in a hormetic way (a relatively minor stress that does not cause overwhelming damage) up regulate anti-oxidants and other repair systems. My hunch about acupuncture is that it provides this [...]

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Time restricted Eating

By | May 16th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Rhonda Patrick Biochemist and Longevity Expert From the Tim Ferris podcast with Rhonda Patrick. She advocates eating all calories in a 10 hour window if possible, loaded more heavily early in the day.  A study showed that in breast cancer patients, this one adjustment to food intake, changing nothing else reduced recurrence by [...]

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Increase Fruits and Vegetables: Smoothie?

By | May 14th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Rhonda Patrick Biochemist and Longevity Expert From the Rhonda Patrick podcast, she advocates a smoothie with fruits and vegetables.  Either as a meal substitute or in addition to meals. Smoothie recipe and rationale here. This confers many benefits. It greatly increases the amount of fruits and veggies consumed Increases the micronutrients your body [...]

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Sauna, Heat Shock Proteins and Longevity

By | May 13th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Rhonda Patrick Biochemist and Longevity Expert This is more from the Tim Ferriss podcast with Rhonda Patrick. A video on this topic at her website here. Heat shock proteins (HSP) can improve longevity. Purpose of HSP's is to help all other proteins keep their structure, and delays protein degradation. Protein degradation can lead [...]

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Acupuncture decreases competitive anxiety prior to a competition in young athletes: a randomized controlled trial pilot study.

By | April 7th, 2017|Autonomic Nervous System, Fitness and Health, Stress|

Kuan Yin Who Hears the Cries of the World This study looks at anxiety before competition and finds that acupuncture can help to mitigate it.  They use skin conductance as a physiological measure.  This concept of prevention of psychologic or physiologic distress is of great interest to me.  My hunch is that this [...]

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Acupuncture for Dry Eyes

By | March 11th, 2017|Acupuncture research, Fitness and Health|

Hilarious.  This is an example of not seeing what's right in front of your nose.  I finally broke down and went to the eye doctor because I have been suffering from eye irritation for over a year, assuming it was dry eyes.  It is, along with a bit of allergy.  Why didn't I think about [...]

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Can Exercise Keep You Young?

By | March 5th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

Study in animals showing positive aging profiles in animals with exercise.  Not surprising, but nice to see. But shiny fur was the least of its benefits. Indeed, in heartening new research published last week in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, exercise reduced or eliminated almost every detrimental effect of aging in mice [...]

New Guidelines for Treatment of Back Pain: Acupuncture Included in Best Care

By | March 5th, 2017|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-guidelines-how-to-handle-back-pain/ "For pain lasting more than three months, treatments include stretching and strengthening exercises, tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, and mindfulness techniques like meditation to relieve stress." By Jonathan LaPook CBS News February 13, 2017, 7:33 PM New guidelines outline how to handle back pain If you have an achy back, you’ve got company. As many [...]

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Migraine and Sensory Hypersensitivity

By | March 5th, 2017|Fitness and Health|

References for the sensory hypersensitivity and physiology thereof in migraineurs. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014 Nov;18(11):458. doi: 10.1007/s11916-014-0458-8. Migraine is associated with altered processing of sensory stimuli. Harriott AM1, Schwedt TJ. Author information Abstract Migraine is associated with derangements in perception of multiple sensory modalities including vision, hearing, smell, and somatosensation. Compared to people without [...]

Microneedling, It’s all the Rage

By | February 22nd, 2017|Acupuncture research, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Try Microneedling for Smoother Skin! I've been touting microneedling for years.  The one featured in this article costs $200.  The one I use costs $20. "On March 31, 2016, Jamie O’Banion, a former Miss Teen Texas with dewy, perfect skin, was barely 12 minutes into her debut on the Home Shopping Network’s beauty [...]

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Magnesium for Migraine Prevention

By | October 17th, 2016|Fitness and Health|

http://www.drperlmutter.com/migraine-headache-remedy-treatment-prevention/?utm_source=DrPerlmutter.com+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f6c0145b3f-Migraines_Magnesium10_15_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e059546f6-f6c0145b3f-99290013&mc_cid=f6c0145b3f&mc_eid=37fc7c79fd