A New Year!

Untitled by michelle last
Untitled, a photo by michelle last on Flickr.

Wow! Here we are again at a beginning-

To all my patients, friends and colleagues:
My sincere thanks for making my 2012 so great. I hope your 2013 is your best year yet.

-Wendy

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Even Rhyming Is Healthy

Skeleton / Esqueleto by CGoulao
Skeleton / Esqueleto, a photo by CGoulao on Flickr.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

I hope you are enjoying your favorite version of the different holiday seasons, 2013 is just around the corner…

The Top 10 Foods Of Fiber

LES FIBRES DE PSYLLIUM by jacquietowers29
LES FIBRES DE PSYLLIUM, a photo by jacquietowers29 on Flickr.

1. Psyllium, ground 700g/cup
2. Flaxseed, ground 30g/cup
3. Almonds 28g/cup
4. Beans 19g/cup
5. Oat bran 15g/cup
6. Raspberries 8g/cup
7. Sweet potato 8g/cup
8. Pumpkin seeds 5g/cup
9. Apple 4g/cup
10. Grapefruit 4g/cup

More about fabulous fiber later!

December’s Medical Silliness

For all of you looking for the regular Monday post- Sorry! I’m happy to say that I had so many patients on Monday that I couldn’t post until today!
As well as this funny picture for some medical silliness, my very funny patient asked me yesterday, ” So, since acupuncture is Chinese medicine is it also like Chinese food? Do you want more acupuncture after two hours?” -Ha ha!

Guest Post…

We’re trying something new and fun for the blog today. The following information comes from a wonderful patient who was willing to share a process she found was good for her health. This blog entry isn’t necessarily meant to endorse this process but solely to stimulate you to put on your thinking cap about all of the potential chances out there to make good choices for your health. For this patient it was finding this kefir.  There is always something more you can do for your health . Thanks CM for sharing!

Having been diagnosed over 20 years ago with an auto immune disease, I have always been on a search for good health. I have always taken a probiotic for good digestive health in some form or another. Doing research for another alternative of probiotic I came across an article for Water Kefir. It comes in a grain form and adding liquids and a few ingredients and letting it set on the counter for a few days you have your elixir. I was not quite sure if I was getting any noticeable benefits until I was in the hospital for a few days and forgot to take it each day for several weeks. Starting up a new batch, my favorite with coconut water and FRESH cut up pineapple I started to see a very noticeable improvement, especially in my skin and hair. My completion took on a glow and my hair textured and shine improved and I have many good hair days and of course the best of all, good potty habits! I have also eliminated any heartburn which I had suffered with for years. My husband also started taking it and stopped, you know how men can be. He has since restarted a few months ago and is a true believer. He will even take some with him when he travels with great success with his digestion! I found that drinking it in the morning or midday will also give me a great natural pick me up, just not too close to bedtime.

Using the Kefir Grains to make Water Kefir is actually pretty easy. And the best part is you can grow as much as you need, and then keep making a fresh batch of Water Kefir for your entire family to enjoy each day.

Here’s how you do it in 4 easy steps…

Step 1: Add Ingredients

Add the following ingredients to a clean quart sized canning jar…

1 quart of spring water
1/3 cup organic brown sugar
1 tsp of molasses (optional)

Mix ingredients until all the sugar is desolved

Step 2: Add Kefir Grains

Add 1/4 cup Kefir Grains.

Place a cap on the jar and let it sit for 48 hours so it can ferment and create the Water Kefir.

After 48 hours, taste test it. If its too sweet, let it go another day. They can ferment up to 5 days.

Step 3: Strain Water Kefir

When the Water Kefir is cultured to your liking, you can strain out the grains, and now you can drink the Water Kefir.
Step 4: Rinse & Repeat

Rinse the grains well with room temperature water and repeat the process using the grains.
…See how EASY that is?

You and your family can drink it every single day and it will only cost you just a few cents per day.

For more information : http://www.waterkefirgrains.com

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Research On Mushrooms And Cancer

Twins by smir_001 catching up
Twins, a photo by smir_001 catching up on Flickr.

Can Trametes versicolor (aka the Turkey Tail mushroom) help cancer patients boost their immune systems during chemotherapy? That’s just what researchers at Bastyr University will work to find out. Check out the link below for the full story.

Bastyr News