What a brave first timer!

Laughter- The Best Medicine

Laughter really is a great medicine.
It can lower blood pressure, increase vascular flow and oxygenation of the body. It can increase memory and enhance learning, alertness and creativity. It gives the diaphragm a workout while possibly lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels. Laughter has been shown to increase the effectiveness of tumor and disease-killing cells of the body. It boosts immunity, relaxes the body, decreases pain and stress and triggers the release of endorphines. Socially, it strengthens relationships and builds community.
Sounds good doesn’t it? Below is your laughter prescription for today.

When chemists die they barium

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club but I’d never met herbivore

They told me I had type A blood but it was a type O

When you get a bladder infection urine trouble

And in honor of the Olympics-
England has no kidney bank but it does have a Liverpool!

Hearing From Caroline Myss

Ever come across anything of Caroline Myss? She definitely provides food for thought so here is an appetizer-

‘ Your biography becomes your biology.’

What is your biography so far?

Stress vs Calm

Ever think about how stress affects you in immediate, measurable ways? What do your feelings, thoughts, behaviors and physical signs look like if you are experiencing stress? What do they look like if you put yourself into a peaceful state of mind?

Take a moment to mentally review what things look like when you plug yourself into this diagram. Do you have a mental anti-stress toolbox? What does it look like? How many and how various are your anti-stress tools?

What does your serenity toolbox look like? What tools do you have in it?

Let us know how you maintain a more calm, peaceful state of mind in the comments section. Maybe your tools can help others!

Summer Squash

Summer Squash by pancakes for dinner
Summer Squash, a photo by pancakes for dinner on Flickr.

Recently, I had the great opportunity to take Cathy McNease’s class: The Tao of Nutrition: Harmonizing the Seasons. As most of my patients know, TCM’s view of nutrition and how to use it is a very handy tool to have. As you can tell from the title, there were terrific recommendations (based upon TCM theory of course) about what foods to eat to minimize the injurious climate of each season.

It’s no surprise that heat is the possible injurious climate of summer- that is if you live in a place that has hot summers. The hotter your summer, the more important it is to try to counterbalance its effects. Also, if you live in a hot place but live in air conditioning this also changes the picture. As well, if your summer is very dry or very wet this will affect food recommendations. The following foods best address the HEAT part of summer and not all of them are part of mainstream American eating ways so, where appropriate, don’t be afraid to experiment!

Mung bean
Summer squash
Soybean sprouts

Hibiscus tea
Chrysanthemum tea
Lemon balm tea
Green tea

Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 Of Balanced Health, It’s As Easy As SRP

Primary by Cameron Booth
Primary, a photo by Cameron Booth on Flickr.

When you go to see your acupuncturist chances are you’re thinking: I just want my _____ to be better. The blank can be anything out of balance about your health. As an example, let’s use a very common chief concern: lower back pain.

While a patient is thinking of his or her pain, the acupuncturist is thinking: What’s behind this person’s pain? What led to this in the first place and how can we make sure that it doesn’t happen again or lead to worse things? No matter what your chief concern may be, the acupuncturist is thinking in terms of the three steps to balanced health.

The 3 steps are as follows:

Step 1
Symptom Alleviation
The first step is to get rid of the lower back pain.

Step 2
Restorative Care
Restorative care addresses the reason why lower back pain manifested in the first place. Not completing this step could mean the back pain returns.

Step 3
Protective Care
At this step the acupuncturist and patient are changing the focus of treatment away from being reactive to proactive. Instead of fixing ill health, treatment focus becomes supporting good health. At times this means maintenance office visits but for many it means implementing new habits of good health.

At every stage the acupuncturist’s tools are the same but hopefully the goal of treatment changes.

Simply alleviating pain is not the complete process to balanced health. The next time you visit your acupuncturist, ask them what the SRP is for you.