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I Don’t Feel Good-itis


Many people come to me when they have the “I don’t feel good-itis”, after they have gone to many other doctors’ offices with little results. For instance, a headache after a concussion a year from the incident, a backache that won’t improve, overall weakness and tiredness, stomach issues, infertility, etc. So what do we do? We focus on the diagnostic portion, and everything that is spiritual, emotional or mental becomes secondary. Our bodies are incredible and the healing of one’s body has everything to do with the faith and health of a strong mind. By focusing on the diagnostic portion we are looking at the frequencies of a biofeedback scan to find out where your body is out of alignment or in stress. Think of it as a natural CT scan, MRI or blood test combined and of course we know it’s not the same as going to the hospital or clinic to receive those images or tests, but there is a place and time for them.

The biofeedback scan is designed to provide the most accurate diagnostic results because it focuses on the source, the brain. The mind is where we begin accumulating the changes that occur in the body. Each and every change at the cellular level will be detected and identified, whether the issue is a bacteria, virus, parasite or any ‘dis-ease’, it will be detected by recognition of its unique frequency with the software in order to obtain this data, to decode it and to create an onscreen display in the form of three-dimensional models of organs, tissues and cells.

A report published in Mental Health in Family Medicine states the biofeedback definition as “a mind–body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.”  There are a multitude of biofeedback devices in our technological computer era that work on energies in the body, but ultimately we want to know, what can biofeedback do for me? An initial appointment takes an hour and a half to scan, address and go over the information that came up in the scan, which we call a balancing session. A balancing session is about balancing bio-energy or homeostasis. This concept is similar to what I do with acupuncture when I balance a person’s Qi. The word Qi means energy or vital life-force energy. The Western definition of homeostasis is physiological balance in the face of an external or internal environment. In a balancing session we look at your energy system and in some places it might be hyper or hypo. Either condition would mean an imbalance within the body’s energy system. Our goal in a balance session would be to restore balance in those areas that need it. Homeostasis is about proper energy balance.

To really break this down on a personal level, my daughter was having stomach pains so I suggested we take a look at the scan and see what comes up. What we found was that she had an allergy to gluten products and cow’s milk, but not some cheeses. My son on the other hand, fell and got a concussion after basketball. I had done a scan prior to the fall, after the fall and then after treatments. The biofeedback scan had brought up the brain inflammation and some specific supplements that his body was lacking for proper healing. After addressing those needs the results were astonishing for him and his recovery time frame.

Next time you have the “I don’t feel good-itis” and are not sure what to do, come in for a biofeedback scan and let’s look at a holistic or natural approach to healing your body. Visit TLC Acupuncture & Natural Medicine for an entire analysis while not having to wait weeks for results.

Plastic is Still Toxic


Leaky Gut, Inflammation and Autoimmune Disorders


“According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, more than 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction, half of which go undiagnosed. Of the detected cases of hypothyroidism, more than half are due to an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s disease, in which the immune system attacks and destroys thyroid gland tissue.”

Have you gone to multiple doctors, only to hear everything is within range on your labs and still feel exhausted, depressed, have abdominal distention, brain fog and weight gain? According to Datis Kharrrazian in “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When my Lab Tests Are Normal”, this can begin with inflammation of the gut, which is the immune system’s response to antigens from viruses, bacteria or foods. You may have heard about leaky gut syndrome, where there is excess permeability in the intestines. When a person can’t digest proteins such as gluten-grains or casein-dairy, these antigens trigger the immune response. Therefore eating triggering foods on a regular basis will lead to chronic inflammation throughout the body.

All too often patients are put on thyroid hormone supplemental medication to help them remain in functional range, although the thyroid gland still remains swollen. The symptoms of insomnia, palpitations and fatigue may remain. This is the core reason with thyroid conditions of why simply taking a thyroid medication and forgetting about Hashimoto’s thyroid has no real effect on the autoimmune disease itself. The immune system will continue to attack the thyroid more and more, year after year, leading to adjusting the thyroid medication up and as the thyroid gets destroyed it will decline. Meanwhile the body is creating autoimmunity to its own tissues. Once you get one autoimmune disease you are likely to get others for the fact that you are activating the genes to make antibodies to your own tissue and those genes don’t turn off very easily. We need to be able to reduce the inflammation and all the genes that have turned on the cytokines so that the body does not create new autoimmune diseases.

In 1999, the Gastroenterology Department of Pediatrics, University of Trieste, stated that “The prevalence of autoimmune disorders and celiac is in relation to the duration of exposure to gluten.”

The first step is to reduce the immune response and slow the attack on the thyroid gland. At TLC Acupuncture & Natural Medicine, our prescription to healing is not the easiest or the quickest, which is why we ask our patients to commit to following our suggestions for at least 6 months. Inflammation and leaky gut can be neutralized and healed with nutrition, supplements and Chinese Herbs.

Why Acupuncture vs. Allopathy


First let’s look at the Merriam-Webster Medical Definition of allopathy which is;  “a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated.” Basically we refer to allopathy as western medicine.

Next let’s look at what acupuncture is; Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been documented and publicized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its safety and effectiveness for a wide variety of conditions. Over the years millions of people have turned to the benefits of acupuncture over western medicine to treat their various ailments. But what makes acupuncture a more attractive treatment than western medicine? To answer this question, we must examine how acupuncture works.

The process of acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into certain pressure points on the body to maintain and correct a person’s flow of natural energy, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes and promoting a healthy balance. This energy, known by ancient Chinese philosophy as qi (pronounced “chee”), is believed to flow through specific pathways throughout the body, called meridians. When these meridians become blocked, it disrupts the qi flow and can cause pain, illness, or lack of function in certain areas of the body. Relieving the blockage through acupuncture can cause a person to experience a wide range of benefits, including: reduced pain, improved sleep, enhanced digestion, feelings of wellness, and decreased stress.

While western medical techniques have changed the world by virtually eradicating certain diseases and introducing invaluable treatments for traumatic injuries, there are certain health problems that are not addressed particularly well through western medicine. In the case of many chronic disorders and diseases, western medicine only offers temporary relief from symptoms through medication or surgeries – leaving the underlying cause untreated. With that being said many pharmaceutical drugs tend to have adverse side effects and can end up causing a patient to develop an entirely new problem, eventually creating more issues that were not present in the first place.

Western medicine takes a strategy of pinpointing symptoms in distinct parts of the body and treating them apart from one another, whereas eastern medicine techniques like acupuncture operate on the philosophy that no single ailment can be identified without taking into account how the different parts of the body interact with each other, ensuring that the parts of the body operate together in harmony.

Treatment with acupuncture needles is the most commonly used technique. However, other forms of treatment such as Moxibustion (a form of heat therapy), or Cupping (involving a suction technique used to manipulate the soft tissue releasing toxins), and Tui Na (a form of Chinese massage). The treatment may also involve dietary modification, nutritional supplements, and Chinese herbs.

In addition to its effectiveness in pain control, acupuncture has a proven track record of treating a variety of endocrine, circulatory and systemic conditions. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51% of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider.

If you are involved in a severe car accident, you want to be treated in a well-equipped and modern western hospital or clinic to properly address your immediate concerns like a concussion, broken bones, blood loss, etc. However, it might be more beneficial in the long run to follow-up with an acupuncturist after you are released from the care of your western doctors to address some of the issues caused by the accident, rather than just to keep taking your pain medication.

Most modern medical approaches focus on treating or medicating the symptom, and in many cases the symptom or related symptoms may recur over time because “root” causes have not been effectively addressed. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies the origin or “root” of the symptom and focuses on treating the root, thus eliminating the cause and resolving the symptom.

I hope to see you soon to get to the root of your cause.

10 Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum


Also known as Ling Zhi or Red Reishi Mushroom, ganoderma lucidum has been popular in Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years.

Cancer Prevention: some laboratory studies have shown ganoderma lucidum may prevent cancer metastasis as well as fighting the proliferation of cancer cells.  They may inhibit angiogenesis which is the formation of blood vessels made to supply nutrients to the tumor or the migration of cancer cells.  Studies on breast cancer cells have found that combining ganoderma lucidumwith green tea augments the mushroom’s power to retard the growth of cancer cells.

Immune System: In studies on patients with advanced tumors, red reishi was prescribed for 30 days with a significant positive effect on the immune system.  Patients had an increase in T lymphocytes and decreased CD8 counts as well as fewer side effects from chemotherapy and radiation.

Cardiovascular Health: Ganoderma lucidum has been prescribed for centuries for people with stress and angina.  Studies in China show that the mushroom promotes blood flow and lowers your oxygen consumption in the heart.  Reishi contains a chain of acids called triterpenes that are known to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent blood clots.

Ganoderma lucidum is a potent source of antioxidants, one of the highest concentrations of any food.  Polysaccharide and phenolic components of reishi are responsible for their antioxidant strength.

Liver Protection: In one study of patients suffering from Hepatitis B, patients were given ganoderma lucidum for three months.  Within a month, significant reduction in SGOT and ST were seen and three month later all values were within a healthy range.

Antibacterial: Direct anti-mictrobial effects against Aspergillus niger, bacillus cereus, Candida albicans and E-coli have been reported with the use of ganoderma lucidum.

Antiviral: Evidence suggests that ganoderma lucidum exhibits direct effects with herpes simplex 1, 2, the influenza virus and vesicular stomatitis.

Lower Cholesterol: Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms may cause the liver to suppress its production of cholesterol.  Researchers at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland called the mushroom “a renowned medicinal species” as their study showed oxygenated lanasterol inhibited synthesis of cholesterol.

Radiation Protection: Research indicates that ganoderma lucidum mushrooms enhance the effects of radiation therapy while acting directly against the tumor.  It also improves the quality of life for the patient by easing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever, infection, weight loss and hair loss.

Urinary Tract Support: Ganoderma lucidum was significantly superior to placebo in providing UT symptoms relief.  It also is said to improve urine flow and inhibit 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which can lead to a swollen prostate and all the ills that accompany it.