Our patients ask: to travel or not to travel?

PERHAPS APPLICABLE TO PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, THE FOLLOWING PSA IS INTENDED TO INCREASE OUR PATIENTS’ WELL-BEING AND PIECE OF MIND ON THE TOPIC OF HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND TO MAKE THEIR TRAVEL DECISIONS EASIER.  OUR HOPE IS THAT YOUR DECISIONS TURN OUT TO BE THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY, CO-WORKERS AND FRIENDS.  NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED AS A REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR DOCTOR’S ADVICE AND NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED AS A REPLACEMENT Read more…

The MOST basic effective way to protect yourself and others in a pandemic

Ever observe another person walk out of a bathroom, PAST the sink without stopping to wash his/her hands and gasp in horror?  We all have seen it, sadly.  It seems some folks consider the hands “clean” if dirt is not visible.  Commonly, the real dangerous stuff of life is not visible on those hands of yours, unfortunately.  No kidding, there is even a “hand washing awareness week”.  This is a big enough issue in society Read more…

Why symptoms?

Common very good questions people of literally any age ask as they suffer with maladies include: “Why do I have this particular symptom?” “Why won’t this symptom just go away on its own?” “How long will it take for the symptom to go away on it’s own?” “What should I do if the symptom in the end does not go away?” Let’s answer those questions here! But….before answering those questions, let’s discuss the definitions of Read more…

What is stress and exactly how does it affect the body?

Clinically we find that most, if not all, conditions people arrive with are related to stress of some kind.  One wonders what “stress” means exactly.  This a word that has many definitions but we could start with its root meaning, which the Oxford English dictionary indicates is from the Latin strictus which means ‘drawn tight’….one can most certainly see how that might apply! Also from that same dictionary, one of many definitions given denotes HOW those outside stressors Read more…

How sleeps affects your immune system

Patients are often surprised when we discuss the need for adequate sleep to maintain the immune system.  We are all used to thinking about our diet, computer/screen habits, and supplements or herbs as having a lot to do with building a strong immune response, but – sleep?  Yep!  Sleep (and often the lack thereof) has a huge impact on the strength of the immune response our bodies can mount against outside invaders.  Are you or Read more…

Diet and your immune function

As the current pandemic continues to unfold worldwide, more and more people are becoming concerned with strengthening their immune systems. The web is awash with nifty supplements or special practices that promise immediate immune boosting powers. The truth is that your body—when given vibrant, healthy foods, adequate water and sleep and simultaneously protected from harmful chemicals and overwhelming foods—is capable of maintaining a strong immune response. There are really no magic pills or potions that Read more…

Viruses on your mind?

In recent days reports of the COVID-19 virus (commonly referred to as the coronavirus) spreading around the globe and into the U.S. has a  lot of people worried about preventing and treating such an illness. The last pandemic–type virus seen in the U.S. was the H1N1 virus outbreak in 2009. A lot of the same precautions and treatments hold true for patients now that worked back then. These include behaviors like hand washing, avoiding large Read more…

Influenza….

The winter and spring months are notorious for waves of influenza cases around the country. While many cases are mild, the flu is easily spread and can, for some patients, be life threatening. It is worthwhile, therefore, to know a little bit about it; how it spreads, how you can prevent it, and what to do if you are infected. What is Influenza? Influenza is a group of viruses in humans (and other animals) that Read more…

What does Acupuncture feel like exactly?

This a question we get very often from folks who have not had treatment previously and it is indeed a very good one to ask!  Here is a brief overview of various sensations that may occur during an acupuncture treatment, related to the points used. As the point is placed, one may experience a “pinch” of insertion.  Many people experience no sensation during point insertion, given the unique method of insertion used in this particular Read more…

No one’s friend: Insomina!

Just about everyone has experienced a sleepless night at one time or another. Usually it’s because of nervousness or excitement over an upcoming event, or emotional upset due to some recent stressor. For most of us it is an isolated incident and we return to our usual, restful sleep pattern pretty quickly. There are those however, who suffer from lack of or poor quality sleep more often; sometimes for extended periods of time. The National Read more…