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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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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Guidelines for Hypertension Medications Eased

By | December 23rd, 2013|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Common sense guidelines instead of arbitrarily treating a number in the elderly.  Still fairly strict, BP should be below 150/90 in people over 60 years, 140/90 in younger patients.  I have quite a few patients I'm treating for High Blood Pressure and I must say, acupuncture can be really effective in keeping blood pressure low [...]

Astra Essence for Longer Life

By | September 17th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

I thought I would copy this message from Health Concerns in its entirety.  As many of my patients know, I'm a huge fan of Astra Essence and have been taking it for years.  It not only helps to stave off illness but counters the aging process.  The main ingredient, astragalus, has been linked to healthier [...]

Sleep: The Fountain of Youth

By | June 25th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Sleep better with Acupuncture! This is a nice compendium of tips for better sleep.  Acupuncture helps balance the autonomic nervous system so you can "rest and digest."  But there are many other suggestions. She recommends melatonin, as do I, though she feels comfortable with a much higher dose than I do.  I recommend [...]

Acupuncture For Allergies: Hey, It Cured Me

By | March 5th, 2013|Acupuncture research|

From the SF Chronicle. One of my favorite conditions to treat is allergy because it responds so well.  Always? Of course not, but the results are typically great.  My allergies disappeared, albeit after 2 courses of acupuncture (patience pays when it comes to acupuncture.)  I reported on a recent editorial in the Annals of Internal [...]

Hear, hear! Looking for Environmental Causes of Breast Cancer

By | February 12th, 2013|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

Long overdue but so pleased to see this important step. We've discussed breast cancer and possible causes here, here, and here. (I don't like the title of this editorial, since breast cancer "prevention" has become synonymous with mammograms.) Emphasizing breast cancer prevention Monday, February 11, 2013 Until now, federal research on breast cancer has been [...]

Juveline Arthritis: Leaky Gut? Case Study

By | February 4th, 2013|First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Fascinating case study of a young boy diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, treated with conventional medicine and also complementary treatment of supplements and dietary restriction.  Warning, this is a long article.  They discuss gut flora as we have done here as a possible causative factor with antibiotics perhaps playing a role. When I read about these [...]

Stand up for Standing Desks

By | January 17th, 2013|Fitness and Health|

Keep Moving! Other blog posts on this topic here (Perils of Sitting), and here (Just Stand There), and here (Sitting too much may kill you).  This article has many good links and resources for those who would like to invest in a standing desk or even a treadmill desk.       [...]

Disaster Economics, Disaster Medical Approaches

By | November 29th, 2012|First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Maeslant Barrier: Why Not Here? Surowiecki: "for the most part, the U.S. has shown a marked bias toward relieving victims of disaster, while underinvesting in prevention." Reading this last night, it struck me how similar the U.S. mentality is when it comes to health and medicine. The fascinating teaching in Chinese Medicine is [...]

Mammography: Effectiveness Still Under Scrutiny

By | November 28th, 2012|First Do No Harm: Risks|

First Do No Harm From the recent  New England Journal of Medicine, their conclusion from examining the data "Although it is not certain which women have been affected, the imbalance suggests that there is substantial overdiagnosis, accounting for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers, and that screening is having, at [...]