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Autumn – Acupuncture Qi Gong and Mindfulness

Autumn/Fall is the season of harvest as we prepare for the winter season. [caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="184"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] We look to collecting and storing nutrition as well as mental clarity for the purpose of cultivation and culmination to allow us to grow and let go of and move on to the next cycle of the seasons and life itself.  We can move forward with the proper care that allows us to balance the body/mind experience and balance the nervous system to enhance our overall well-being. Fall is the time of year to go deeper into self-care, retrospection, and meditation. In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we look at seasons and consider them as elements. With each change of the season, there are elements and meridians that correspond....

Laughter can be the best medicine, particularly during a Pandemic

The last 18 months have been a challenge for all of us in ways we are still understanding. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic left many feeling like victims, powerless against this deadly virus. We became dependent on a government and a healthcare system that used fear to drive our decisions. The exposure of CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester’s death toll ticker was formulated to keep people in fear and to drive up ratings by keeping people glued to the TV. There was no compassion. His explanation? “If it bleeds it leads”. The government and healthcare system have also driven the learned helplessness and victim mentality with promises to “Save the Day” with a vaccine and government funding which will miraculously get us out of the pandemic. Here...

How glyphosate impacts your gut health and microbiome

Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the United States and around the world. It’s found in transgenic crops like corn, soy, and canola oil, and while it’s healthy for those crops, glyphosate might not be as healthy for your gut.   Many countries have banned glyphosate for a variety of reasons including the fact that it has been linked to the disappearance of bees worldwide and connected to a decrease in biodiversity. But glyphosate isn’t only bad for the bees — it’s bad for humans as well.   The majority of scientists now believe that glyphosate negatively impacts our gut health — researchers in Finland found that 54% of the human microbiome has possible sensitivities. Other studies have linked it to specific problems in the...

The Next Blockbuster Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease is Prevention

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Nancy A. Palermo[/caption] Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Aduhelm (scientific name aducanumab, pronounced add-you-can-you-mab) through its accelerated drug approval program. This is the first Alzheimer’s drug to pass through the FDA in over 18 years which should be a cause for celebration, but many researchers disagree. The drug, aducanumab, produced by the company Biogen, is an IV-infused antibody developed to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Amyloid plaques are collections of the abnormal inflammatory amyloid protein known to be the hallmark of the disease. While the data from the clinical trials have still not been released, early indications suggest the drug appears to address just the symptoms and not the disease itself … sound familiar? Additionally,...

SUMMER: Acupuncture – The Heart & Fire Element

[caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] Summer in North America is almost officially here.  In Eastern Medicine and China, the summer is split into two seasons, and the first part of summer began on May 7th.  Days are longer and typically filled with sunshine.  The season brings with it abundant energy, growth, and fun-filled activities. In traditional Chinese medicine, the five-element theory, acupuncture, and eastern philosophy, this season is considered in the fire element.  It is the time of year for acupuncture treatments to focus on balancing this element. All elements in acupuncture have corresponding meridians or organs, and the fire element consists of the heart and the small intestine.  The fire element is primarily governed by the heart.  In fact, in Chinese medicine, the heart...

Why essential fatty acids are important to brain health

Most commonly found in fish, essential fatty acids play an important role in brain health and are the building blocks necessary for your body to function properly.   Many experts discuss the positive impact of these fats on the cardiovascular and immune systems, but essential fatty acids impact neurocognitive health as well.   Essential Fatty Acids and Brain Health Essential Fatty Acids are vital to brain health from conception into old age. The addition of this fat in the diets of pregnant women led to higher IQ and cognitive abilities in infants. It also was found to improve the vision of newborns. But the benefits don’t apply only to pregnancy.   Essential Fatty Acids can slow cognitive decline, improve vision, and are essential to normal brain functioning at any age. A 2018...

This is Stress on Your Brain

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy Palermo, MD[/caption] Have you ever been in a stressful situation where you were so overwhelmed you could not think straight? More than likely it was related to your cortisol levels. Cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands in times of stress, plays an important role in aiding the body’s response to a stressful situation. When we are in an acute period of stress the body and mind need to be hyper-focused on survival. We remember details about the situation are not important, but when we are constantly stressed and cortisol levels remain high for long periods of time, it can wreak havoc on many organs, including the brain. When the brain is under prolonged stress the limbic system which is composed of the amygdala...

Breath Practice: Mental Health Awareness

    [caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="300"] By: Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] Some of the most chronic and debilitating diseases that affect most North Americans if not all populations can be greatly helped with something as simple as the breath. By changing the pattern of your breath, you can get almost instantaneous changes in your physical and emotional well-being. With deep breaths and longer exhalations. Your body starts to increase and decrease certain neurotransmitters and hormones that have positive effects on your overall well-being.  In the most basic sense, just by changing your breath to one that involves more of the diaphragm, a large muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, we can shift the body into more of the parasympathetic response of the autonomic nervous system.  The parasympathetic system is...

5 Reasons To Make The Switch To Mineral Makeup

Content Courtest Osmosis Skincare Mineral Makeup has been on the rise in popularity for some time now. But, how important is it really? Is it worth a total overhaul of your makeup bag? We’re unveiling the not-so-hidden benefits of choosing minerals and their role in your beauty routine to help you make the switch! Your makeup should be an extension of your skincare. We believe that true radiance shouldn’t stop with your skincare products. Enhancing your authentic beauty goes as far as lifestyle choices, supplements to boost internal balance and health, and even the makeup you wear every day! Mineral makeup supports your skincare efforts by sitting on the skin without settling into pores or on lines which makes it excellent for the acneic skin types that could otherwise...

Acne Face Map: What Are Your Breakouts Telling You

  Thanks to our friends at Eminence Organic Skin Care of Hungary for sharing these helpful skincare tips! Breakouts are a bummer. We all know the feeling (shock, despair, even awe) of spotting an angry zit on an otherwise flawless complexion. Before you raise your fists to the sky and desperately demand “Why me?!” take a breath. There is more to breakouts than meets the eye – and where they appear on your face can be the key to stopping them for good. Here is your guide to using a face map to decode what your breakouts are telling you.   Forehead: Unhealthy Eating & Stress In face mapping, your forehead is linked to your digestive and nervous systems, making it susceptible to diet- and stress-related breakouts. Are pimples popping up on...