Flu Vaccine: we’ve been duped

Do you ever wonder:  Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  Is it nutrition?  Is it positive thinking?  Is it genetics?  Is it the environment?  Is it exposure to germs? Or is it something that’s a combination of things; something that’s not totally “black or white?” INNATE IMMUNITY VS ACQUIRED IMMUNITY Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, and glands in your body that fight invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other foreign matters (chemicals and pollens, etc.).  98-99% of disease-prevention is based on your innate, cellular, immune system.  This includes epithelial barriers, mucous membranes, phagocytes, and natural killer cells.  It also includes the functioning of your thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  You can think of this part of your immune system as your police force, your military, and your justice system all rolled into one. Acquired immunity is a cellular memory.  These cells, or antibodies, remember how to effectively fight off certain diseases.  Antibodies are only about 2% of your immune response.  This is what vaccine-producers and many physicians want you to focus on.  This 2% of your immune system.  Whereas the innate immune system is like your body’s military/police, the acquired immune system is like someone who sees something happening and calls the police to tell them.  It’s your immune system narc.  Which is good, but, you know, it’s not the whole picture.   Even Rudolph Virchow, the “Father of Modern Medicine” said “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the...

The number always corresponds with excess weight

Hydration. I have a scale (a cheap one, probably $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond years ago) that measures your hydration levels and I used to check all my clients regularly for that.  Ideal hydration levels are between 50-60% of your total body mass.   One thing that all good scientists have in common:  noticing patterns.   The pattern I noticed is this:  the heavier people always (ALWAYS) are dehydrated.   In a great book that I highly recommend, French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Mireille Giuliano, the author states that French women hardly ever snack between meals, they drink water. According to this 2016 study, it seems to be true.  Increased hydration leads to decreased body weight.   Many studies have also shown that dehydration produces similar body sensations as hunger.    If you’re wanting to slim down, I would try increasing your water intake.  If you hate the taste of water, well, learn to like it.  Sorry, there’s just no other way around it!  Here are some tips for enjoying more water:   Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime to it.   Get a good filter for your home.  Filtered water tastes so much better!   Use carbonated water with or without natural flavors.   Use herbal tea:  green tea often gets me through a hungry afternoon. Get a fun water bottle (non-plastic) that you take with you everywhere and fill up when you’re out running errands, exercising, and at work.   Once you’re hydrated properly, you’ll be able to better discern signs of true hunger vs. your body’s sign for water.   And, of course, you’ll...

How to Stop Monkey-Mind

“And though guilt and shame are incredibly painful feelings, they’re far better felt and released than left smoldering inside.  When you feel shame, guilt, sadness – or any other painful emotion – congratulate yourself!” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, MD (Dodging Energy Vampires) If you’ve ever laid awake at night, not able to sleep, because of your thoughts and emotions running a rollercoaster through your mind, this is for you. Some people are incapable of feeling guilt or remorse.  This is a small percentage of people.  Psychologists would call them “borderline personality disorders” or “narcissists.”  And like with most classifications of people, it’s not black and white either.  It’s more like a continuum.  Some people are worse than others.  On one hand you have your serial killers, and on the other hand, you have an emotionally distant spouse. Most of us do feel guilt, remorse, shame, and other “negative” emotions.  And I think this is at the crux of “monkey-mind,” when you can’t shut off your thoughts when you’re trying to relax at night. The funny thing is – the people who suffer the most from negative emotions tend to deserve the negativity least. Guilt serves a purpose to help us analyze our actions.  So do that:  by doing (X, Y, or Z) did I (intentionally or unintentionally) hurt anyone?  Usually, the answer is “no.” I’ll give you an example.  As a mom, I feel guilty all the time about leaving my kids with a babysitter.  So, to do this technique, I need to ask myself is anyone getting hurt?  Answer:  no.  Everyone’s fine. People who are made to feel shame about...

Contrary to Popular Belief, Arthritis Pain Can Be Reversed

Does pain take up more head-space than you would like?  I find pain highly distracting.  Focusing on work becomes a challenge; enjoyment of simple things like reading a book becomes a chore.  It’s certainly hard to stay active and exercise.  Even going to the grocery store becomes a huge and potentially dangerous endeavor.  It can totally ruin your quality of life. What a downward spiral that can become:  you can’t cook healthy food because it hurts to stand on your feet in the kitchen, so you gain weight, so you hurt more, so now you can’t exercise, which makes you hurt more…and so on and so forth. How nice would it be to wake up in the morning and actually have energy and feel like doing things?  When you’re not constantly thinking about pain, life can be fun. And this is possible. Contrary to what most MD’s will tell you, arthritis pain is not an incurable, life-long thing you have to suffer through.  I’ve seen hundreds of people reverse arthritis pain without medication.  I’ve seen hundreds of arthritis-sufferers get off their pain medications* and actually feel good. CAUSES OF INFLAMMATION Arthritis comes from an inflammatory response in your body. But inflammation is not the enemy.  Inflammation is a blessing in disguise that shouldn’t be medically reduced via chemicals. Along the same lines, surgery to reduce inflammation is only a temporary solution, at best.  Your genius body creates inflammation to protect itself from something it views as a danger. Most people don’t realize that inflammation is reversible. There are 5 potential causes of inflammation: food allergies (which often go undiagnosed)...

Complete Acupuncture Appointment Checklist

Imagine going to a restaurant and the server comes to take your order and you want them to guess what you want.  They’re the restaurant expert, so they should know, right? “Would you like water?”  “Yeah, that’d be nice.” “Would you like tea?”  “No, I don’t really like tea.” “Would you like juice?”  “Well, I do like juice.  But I usually just drink it in the morning.” “Would you like soda?”  “I gave up sodas.” “Would you like a beer.”  “Normally, yes, but not tonight.” “Well, now let’s move on to the entrees!  Would you like chicken?”  “Nah…(shrugs shoulders)” Obviously, this is a terrible way to order food in a restaurant. But for some reason, people do this to their medical professionals!   Especially to acupuncturists because we see you more often and we usually have a pretty good idea of your various health concerns, more so than the average MD anyway.  I guess people assume we already know what’s going on.  And that we remember it all (Ha!).   The way to get the best possible result from your treatment is to keep this acupuncturist visit checklist in mind when you come in for your appointments. List your priorities.  Pick 2 or 3 areas you want the acupuncturist to focus on for that day’s treatment.  It’s OK if it’s different from what you originally came in for.  We can treat just about any health condition.  If you’re not sure, just ask! For each of the 2 or 3 areas, make sure we know The onset date – Especially for new problems, we need to know how long has...
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