Daily Archives: November 27, 2018

Type 2 Diabetes – Do You Take Care of Your Body?

It is a travesty, so many people neglect their health and well-being because caring is inconvenient. Managing one’s health requires work and attention, the same effort often given to other areas of a person’s life.

Your job, relationships, and the activities you engage in are undoubtedly important to you. But do you give the same amount of attention and effort to your health? Most people do not, and this is one reason why preventable diseases like Type 2 diabetes and obesity are rampant in our society.

You ought to take care of your body. If avoiding diseases or complications is overshadowed by other priorities, then care for your body for no reason other than to live a better life…

  • investing in your body is investing in your health.
  • investing in your health is investing in your future.

Isn’t this the reason why so many people work hard? Money can be made with an exchange of effort and time. If your health is at risk, your ability to work is compromised, and your life expectancy may be affected. Type 2 diabetes on its own reduces the average life expectancy by up to 10 years. Other complications can suddenly arise and threaten a person’s well-being with more immediate consequences.

The point is there is no more precious resource than your health. Once you realize this, you should stop making excuses for not taking care of your body. Moreover, taking care of your body also implies taking care of your appearance.

While your physique is a component, it is not a vital factor. Weight loss is relevant for many trying to improve their health, but there are often more benefits beneath the surface. Internal health is measured by more than just body weight, even if high body fat is indicative of poor inner well-being. Two individuals may have the same body composition, but one may be healthy while the other is ill. This is why nutrition is so important…

  • healthy eating is number one on the list of priorities when it comes to taking care of your health.
  • weight loss is relevant, but particularly for those who are overweight.

In regards to physical activity, it is essential for everyone to the same degree. There is no avoiding exercise. However, it has so many benefits you should not be avoiding it anyway.

There are other things to keep in mind when taking care of your body, such as…

  • avoiding stress,
  • limiting alcohol, and
  • improving the quality of your sleep.

But you cannot go wrong by starting with healthy eating and making positive changes to your diet plan…

  • create a weight loss plan if it’s relevant for you.
  • start exercising or make a greater commitment to physical activity if you are insufficiently active.

Do it for your body, for your health, and ultimately for your future…

When a Placebo is Not a Placebo

Often when traditional technologies fail to work it’s not uncommon for a new treatment to be dismissed as “it’s the placebo effect”, if it helps the patient. This is so very common with the chronic pain patient and could possibly be the worse use of the term “placebo” in medicine and regulatory parlance.

Here’s some background on the path the chronic pain patient takes.

The pain could be of “unknown etiology” or it could be a disease process such as fibromyalgia, RSD, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or the common secondary diagnosis of sciatica. The issue though is crystal clear. The symptom has become the diagnosis simply because the patient’s problem can not be corrected and the pain is not eliminated.

Prior to the diagnosis evolving to “chronic pain” the patient exhibits her/himself as a patient that has come for medical attention due to pain. The initial exam generally consists of a preliminary diagnosis being made and then a treatment protocol is designed for that patient. In most cases such as protruding disc, degenerative disc disease, Tic Doloreux as examples there is a physical cause of the pain and if that is discovered via lab tests, radiology, observation etc. then the cause of the pain is discovered and treated. The pain goes away because the causative factor is discovered and treated, or the cause is determined and the patient is educated that it could be a viral causation and, time, is the healer with treatment only for the symptomatic pain until the virus is gone or the condition is untreatable.

In most situations it will be something simple to eradicate the problem such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, aspirin, ibuprofen, rest, hot/cold modalities, or physical therapy. The pain symptom goes away and the medical team no longer sees the patient since there is no problem. Cause has been treated and pain is no longer present. Patient is “well”.

However, there are a certain percentage of the above patients that the treatment protocol did not work. Those patients did everything they were told to do yet the pain persists and they continue to visit the doctor complaining the pain is not getting better and may actually be getting worse. If the doctor is a primary care physician it is now the patient is referred out to some other specialty such as neurology, rheumatology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, chiropractic or some one else. New tests begin, review of old tests continues and the treating medical specialist knows, or should know, the traditional remedies did not work. An important point to remember is when the patient has reached this point in the treatment of “pain” the success rate at this point for these patients is 0 %. It is no longer valid to state that “80% of these patients get better with bed rest and aspirin”. These patients did not.

If the patient continues to experience pain any previous diagnosis may be ruled out and a new diagnosis emerges. The new “diagnosis” is “chronic pain” possibly “due to”, or …

Aging Well Through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

More attention is being spent in this country on the topic of aging than every before. As more and more Americans enter their fifth, sixth, and seventh decades, they are looking for ways to feel younger, look younger and age healthfully. Millions of dollars are spent annually on vitamins and food supplements, cosmetics and cosmetic procedures, exercise equipment and gadgets in an effort to ward off, and even deny, the "ravages" of old age.

In our culture, we tend to think of aging as a breakdown or a decline in health, almost as if our bodies are failing us. However, the Chinese have a different perspective. According to Chinese Theory, aging are not considered a breakdown, but rather a normal life transition. How you age and live in your later years depends on your lifestyle in the preceding years. There are many factors, some you can control and some you can not, that affect how you will feel and look as you age.

To understand aging from the traditional Chinese framework, we need to understand the concept of Essence. Essence is one of the most important substances in the body, and is responsible for birth, growth, development, and maturation. It is also the foundation for all other substances in the body.

We inherit one kind of Essence at the moment of conception, called Congenital Essence. Congenital Essence is not only responsible for growth and maturation, but also genetic hits and constitution. As we age, Congenital Essence becomes depleted, and when this Essence is completely used up, according to Chinese theory, we die. While Congenital Essence can not be renovated, it can be used judiciously through good lifestyle habits, and it can be augmented by another kind of essence, called Acquired Essence.

Acquired Essence is made up of nutrients from the food we eat, and can be built up by eating well. Good health, strength, and high levels of energy manifest an abundance of Acquired Essence. Any excess of Acquired Essence is stored in the Kidney, along with Congenital Essence.

Essence is stored in the Kidney, which in Chinese medicine is a system of functioning, not necessarily the kidney organ. The Kidney, according to the Chinese, is responsible for growth, maturation, sexuality and fertility. It also governs the bones and teeth, the brain, and is associated with the ear and hearing. Essence is strongly associated with the Kidney, and is often referred to as Kidney Essence.

The gradual depletion of Kidney Essence is the mechanism responsible for aging. It can be seen in decreasing and brittle bones, loss of teeth, hearing loss, confusion, and memory problems – all manifestations associated with the Kidney. Weakness and lack of energy is also a common condition of depleted Kidney Essence, along with lumbar pain, as the Kidney is housed in the lower back.

Eat Well

So how, according to Chinese Medical theory, does one reserve Kidney Essence to age well? While there are many factors, good diet is the most obvious. Chinese diet therapy …