Dear friends I wanted to let you know that I am relocating my practice as of July 1st. You will find me just around the corner from my current office at Rogue Health, 2596 East Barnett Unit B just behind Key Bank. I look forward to seeing you there. Until that time you can see me at the Center of Health building.
If you need some inspiration to kickstart changes in your dietary habits read Angela Lovelace’s story. This young women with Down’s Syndrome transformed her life with diet and exercise, so much so she is astonishing the experts. Make sure you watch the video it will warm your heart.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin”. Did you ever consider how much more sunshine might be doing for our health? Dr. Richard Weller of the University of Edinburgh has some interesting research that supports the idea that regular exposure to sunshine can help regulate your blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. I love how science is constantly discovering the complexity of our relationship to the natural world. For as much as biological and medical science knows there are still many frontiers to explore. Enjoy the presentation.
I’m convinced that you need to be just as vigilant about what goes in your eyes and ears as you do your mouth. It’s important in these days of widespread media that we pick and choose how we want to be informed. Being informed is essential but detrimental to our health if what we see and hear all day long is bad news. It’s important to have inspiration and hope. On that note I’d like to share a very inspiring and hopeful presentation with you by Allan Savory. Enjoy!
I’ve recently added a new page to the website that I hope will be helpful to you. Please take some time to look at my Help Yourself page. You’ll find resources that I’ve used over the years to help my clients take control of their own health. I’ll be adding more over the next several weeks. If you have any questions about anything you see please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions.
I’m pleased to announce that I am now a contracted provider for the following insurance companies.
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Providence Health Plans
United Health Care
I am in process with several other companies and will post updates as I am added to those panels. If your insurance company covers acupuncture and I am not listed as a contracted provider for them please let me know.
I have a basic premise for the way I think about health and health care. If we evolved with it our bodies have adapted to it. As a species we have only recently removed ourselves from the outdoor environment, hunting and gathering of food. Now we spend our days under artificial light and consuming food that we no hand in harvesting or producing. We accept the advantages of a modern lifestyle but what about the downsides?
Let’s look at something that we take for granted, sunshine. We’ve lived in the open sun almost all of our 2.5 million years of development. All that time without sunscreen and dermatologists warning us about sun exposure and we’re still here! Stop for a moment and think. What does that tell you? We are perfectly adapted to living in the sun. As matter-of-fact, much like plants, sunshine is essential for our well-being.
If you’ve seen a doctor recently for a physical and a full-blood screen was ordered then you probably had your vitamin D levels tested. Most Americans vitamin D levels are low. It is likely yours are too. It’s not surprising as most of us rarely go out-of-doors without covering up or slathering on sunscreen. Few of us consume fish, beef liver, eggs or cod liver oil in satisfactory amounts to support healthy vitamin D levels. The sunshine vitamin is rapidly taking center stage in conversations about immunity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone density and long list of other health concerns. The reason is we don’t get outside in the sun long enough for even modest amounts of vitamin D production.
My suggestion is that you test your vitamin D levels. You can ask your doctor or you can order a test online and have the results sent to you. Only after you know your levels should you start a replenishment program. If you want to know more about how you can safely build your vitamin D levels read Dr. Michael Hollick’s The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problems. He has a reasonable formula for sun exposure for all skin types. Dr. John Cannell’s excellent website is great for up to date information about vitamin D and suggested supplementation amounts.
The important point to remember is that vitamin D deficiency is mostly a symptom of our modern lifestyles. Humans need outdoor activity in the sun to be healthy. Are you taking the time you need to rest and rejuvenate outdoors? Get outside and roll those sleeves up. Lie in a sunny spot with as much skin exposed as the season and temperature will allow for just 10 minutes a day. Don’t wait until your doctor says, “We need to discuss your low vitamin D level”.
I would like to encourage you all to sign a White House e-petition to include acupuncturists as recognized health providers under the Social Security Act. Not being a recognized provider I cannot bill Medicare and Medicare participants cannot get coverage for acupuncture. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of Medicare and being a provider will probably be a paperwork nightmare but I believe it’s the right thing to do. There are so many seniors and other Medicare recipients who would benefit from acupuncture who cannot afford even a small payment. This a barrier to care that is effective with little to no side effects. I know many of you have loved ones who are on multiple drugs to manage pain and the side effects are just as devastating to their life as the pain. They need an alternative to care that may offer relief and a better quality of life. Please take a minute and follow the link below to sign the petition. The petition must have 25,000 signatures by February 10th.