Acidic Or Alkaline?

This may be another post on foods- I know- but how much more basic can you get about your health? I reposted this photo from elotus.org from their Facebook page. They are an excellent organization and definitely worth the e-visit. Especially if you are an acupuncturist.

Squawkin’ ‘Bout The Guac

avocado by Elsa4Sound
avocado, a photo by Elsa4Sound on Flickr.

Not too long ago I found myself in a Trader Joe’s. I was perusing the produce section and found, much to my delight, a guacamole “kit”. Now, I realize that many of you reading this will be thinking, “Just how backwards is this acupuncturist when it comes to cooking- who needs a kit to make guacamole?” I am sure that, given the chance and no matter the depths of poor cooking you have seen, I can probably astound you anew. I mention this because no matter how remedial your culinary skills, even the most basic of good-food combinations can provide wonderful therapeutic results when you think how food is medicine.
Avocados are chock full of potassium, vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids. According to traditional Chinese medicine they are beneficial for the heart, blood circulation and the skin. They help lessen the symptoms of PMS and fight cancer.
Tomatoes can be high in potassium, beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins C and E. They also fight cancer, help maintain healthy skin, protect the heart and support fertility.
Limes have potassium also (getting the sense that guacamole is a good source of potassium yet?), limonene, bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Limes boost immunity and help reduce coughs, colds and the flu. Limes help kick cancer to the curb.
Onions are a source of vitamin C, and have similar sulfur-based compounds as found in garlic.
I didn’t use the jalapeƱo peppers provided because I don’t roll that way so your homework is to find out the nutritional properties of jalapeƱos if you are interested.
Sea salt, besides providing whichever minerals are found in it, also detoxifies, clears heat, lubricates dryness and is considered a yin tonic (remember: the therapeutic dose only that is appropriate for you!)
And that was the kit. What other foods do you put in your guacamole? Let us know in the comments section and I’ll include the health benefits of those foods too!

Chemotherapy And Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulas

Chemotherapy IV by kevin63
Chemotherapy IV, a photo by kevin63 on Flickr.

Check out this Wall Street Journal article reporting the benefits of a traditional Chinese herbal formula and cancer-fighting chemotherapy here.

And what the Pine Street Foundation is doing about it here.

Getting The Word Out

We’re excited to say that the practice is included in the April publication of the Family Health and Wellness magazine. Check it out!

Here’s the home page for this handy and informative publication:

familyhw.com

And here’s one of the pieces about the practice:

http://familyhw.com/2012/03/q-do-i-have-to-choose-between-acupuncture/

And one more (look for the acupuncture article):

http://familyhw.com/category/your_health/

For all you locals, pick up your copy at the practice or at other conveniently located venues around town.