Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine For Weight Loss

I frequently get calls from people who want to know if acupuncture can help them lose weight. Unfortunately, most have this picture in their mind that after a few sessions on the table, their excess weight will magically melt off their body. If this were the case, acupuncture would be a multi-billion dollar business with an endless amount of buzz.

The reality is that acupuncture can help people who are trying to lose weight, but there is no magic bullet or acupuncture point that will make the pounds melt away.

However, acupuncture helps with weight loss in several of ways. First, it's really effective if you are trying to break an addiction, whether it's smoking, alcohol, or food. There are several acupuncture points (many of which are in your ear) that can help decrease cravings – and that includes those cravings for donuts, french fries or cheesecake.

Acupuncture can also support your weight loss efforts by decreasing stress. While many people think of acupuncture as an alternative therapy for pain relief, it is also effective in treating stress, anxiety, and depression. How is this helpful in your efforts to drop some weight? Well, most people tend to turn to the refrigerator or the fast food drive through when they're really stressed or feeling down. And let's face it, who does not feed those PMS emotional swings with chocolate – and lots of it? By supporting your emotional health with acupuncture treatments, you will avoid some of the situations when emotional eating kicks in instead of common sense and good food choices.

Finally, acupuncture support weight loss by improving your digestion. You may be thinking, "If I'm digesting better, would not that be adding weight?" Actually, just the opposite is true. With good digestion, your body will not crave those foods that derail your weight loss efforts, and you'll have the energy you need to get through the day without crashing (and maybe even do a little exercise).

In addition, poor digestion leads to a condition in Chinese medicine called dampness. The best way to describe dampness is to compare your body to a farmer's field. A healthy field has good soil, plenty of sun, and adequate water – all to nourish the plants that will be growing in that field. However, a damp field is one that does not drain well. When it rains, the water sits around in puddles and creates boggy spots in the field.

Excess fat on your body is considered damp tissue. It's the result of overeating, poor digestion, and your inability to metabolize food and moisture very well. It fits on your body just like soggy puddles in the farmer's field; it feels heavy, and it kills your motivation to exercise.

So how does acupuncture address dampness? The first order of business is to work on improving your digestion. This is done through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and food choices that enhance the digestive process. As your digestion gets better, the tendency towards …

The Best Medicine That is FREE – Oxygen!

How does our environment affect our Oxygen intake?

I was born Santa Monica and raised in Southern California. In the early 1960’s, my family moved to San Clemente on the Pacific Ocean located at the very bottom of Orange County. The town’s population was under 5,000 and it seemed to be a million miles from Los Angeles with its smog filled skies.

With all the hysteria that currently exists on Global Warming and Polluted Air, let me tell you a personal story to prove to you how far we have come, at least in relation to the air we breathe. Often we do not hear the good news, only the bad. It makes better headlines.

During the summertime in Grade School, without cable television, video games, internet, etc. my friends and I spent most of our days outside riding bikes, hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing or playing sports. In other words, we were constantly exercising and breathing a lot of air. Further, overweight or obese children were a minority in my school. Gee! I wonder why?

This was also the time period before catalytic converters and emission controls on cars. Even with our distance from Los Angeles and Orange County only had a total of about 700,000 people, (today, San Clemente has over 65,000 by itself) I recall numerous Smog Alerts and days when I had breathed so much smog that my lungs hurt and I had to go home and lay down.

Since I can’t remember a Smog Alert in 30 years and Orange County, by itself, now with over 3,000,000 people, it is obvious that we have made incredible progress in cleaning our air. Unfortunately, political agendas have a tendency of hiding the truth from the public. I am not saying we do not have work to do, but let’s celebrate the progress we have made.

That said, it is true that combustion, respiration, deforestation, and man-made processes have reduced Oxygen levels in our air. Further, any big city is going to have some levels of pollution floating around that you will breathe on any given day. And not only are we breathing pollution from the outside world, but also from the inside one. Indoor pollution and lack of oxygen intake can become an even worse challenge.

In our home, we like to keep the windows open as much as possible because we like to constantly have fresh air moving through the house. I can’t stand stale air. I think we have all had the experience of entering a home or building and immediately realizing that the air has not been changed in days.

It’s just common sense that when you are stay inside with all the window’s and doors closed, you are breathing in and out is what you or others have already breathed in and out. This can lead to Carbon Dioxide buildup which most of us know can be deadly. We are reminded of this at least once a year when some “bright bulb, rocket scientist” …

3 Tips To Reaching Your Health and Fitness Goals With A Busy Lifestyle

Life has this sneaky way of creeping in and throwing curve balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or relationship highs and lows or sick children. Once conflict arises, it seems like health and fitness routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we just don’t feel like moving. These are the things that help us stay clear and balanced in both body and mind though! So what do we do when conflict smacks us in the face (and it happens to everyone so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding the conflict is not reasonable because we can’t always control what comes at us. Figurine out how to navigate through any issues is what needs to happen to stay on track.

I think so many times we approach health and fitness goals with an “all or nothing” mindset. For example, you might think your day is ruined because you veered off of your diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you decided not to workout today because you couldn’t do the allotted 60 minutes that you had planned for. Instead of doing something, you may have chosen nothing at all. You gave up on day two of 30 days of clean eating. Do any of those sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and something is better than nothing. My tips below might give you some perspective on how to reach your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.

My philosophy is nourish, movement, mindset. If we can work on nourishing our bodies, moving them mindfully and maintaining a healthy attitude, we can function a little better day by day, week by week, month by month and eventually get into the healthy habits on a regular basis that we need to achieve total body balance.

1. Nourish.

Focus on one small thing at a time. Start simple and work from there. Don’t expect to change your eating habits overnight. Small changes executed day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really big change. So pick one small nutrition action and practice it for one to two weeks before adding in a new change.

Examples: Work on portion control (without regard to food quality), add one colorful food in at each meal, take 15 minutes to meal prep tomorrow’s healthy food or omit your sugary after dinner snack (swap it out with a healthy alternative). You could eat slowly and chew your food completely or focus on balancing your meals so that you have protein, carbohydrate and fat at each meal. Omitting processed foods at one to two meals per day is also another great option. These are just some examples but it’s up to you to figure out which little step you can take to improve your nutrition.

2. Movement.

Take advantage of the time that you DO have. Carve out …

Testosterone Boosters – Ingredients and Their Use

Testosterone boosters are health supplements which contain a lot of ingredients that have an effect on your testosterone levels. These, if taken with in limit, would improve your sexual life by improving the erectile function. The boosters would also improve your overall physical health and the strength of your body. Body builders make use of it to build up their muscles. The boosters also help those who practice boxing, wrestling, and other sports that depend on physical strength. While steroid used to be an ingredient of these boosters, their side effects and legal difficulties have resulted in more and more people going for natural boosters which use herbal ingredients. The typical herbal components believed to stimulate testosterone levels include –

1. Ginseng – Ginseng, which would be American, Chinese, Korean, or Siberian in origin, affects and improvements protein synthesis thereby improving muscle build up and strength. It also improves your health, vitality, and longevity. It is one of the most common ingredients in testosterone boosters.

2. Tribulus Terrestris – It is a plant extract and would increase the levels of your testosterone as well as luteinizing hormone (LH). While people have given good reviews about the testosterone boosters containing the ingredient, there has been no adequate scientific research done on the subject.

3. Vitex Agnus Castus – This fruit extract is taken from chaste tree and prevails the prolactin secretion by pituitary gland which in turn advances the development of breast tissue in men. The testosterone boosters containing this ingredient may be useful for people who suffer from Gynecomastia.

4. Long Jack or Eurycoma Longifolia – Short term study has shown that this particular ingredient used in testosterone boosters increases testosterone levels and has a positive effect on muscle strength and lean body mass. Both mass and strength increased in people who took long jack during the course of the study. The percentage of body fat decreed.

5. Saw Palmetto – Since a boosted level of testosterone, caused by intake of testosterone boosters, can result in testosterone accumulation in prostrates which results in prostrate enlargement, Saw Palmetto is added to the boosters. It improves prostrate strength. It is also provided to be helpful in preventing accumulation of estrogen. …

Cosmetic Dental Services For the Making of a Beautiful Smile

The first and foremost step to a beautiful smile is taking care of your teeth and a thorough examination by your cosmetic dentist. The dentist will be able to determine your oral health and any existing oral issues can be addressed and corrected before cosmetic work begins. The term "oral health" is often misleading. People think "oral health" is a beautiful smile with perfectly shaped and aligned white teeth. But it is important to understand that there is much more to "oral health" than just a smile. It is a gateway to overall health.

It is the job of the dentist to ensure that your smile is healthy and only then he would enhance its appearance. You can get a smile makeover done that includes a beautiful smile, whitening and perfectly aligned teeth. Usually people with stained, yellow and discolored teeth go for whitening of the teeth to get a good and confident smile. You feel confident if your teeth are white and people are likely to treat you differently, even in subways ways. There are different ways to make an ordinary smile look stunning. Some of the ways for a beautiful smile are described below:

  1. Overlapped and crooked teeth can be straightened. Many people have extended teeth and with some cosmetic work by the dentist the teeth can be aligned.
  2. Broken, chipped, or worn teeth can be repaired. To repair such teeth dental bonding can be considered. Plastic and materials known as composite resins are used to fill the cavities.
  3. Gaps between teeth can be reduced with the help of braces.
  4. Missing teeth can be replaced.
  5. Natural looking restoration can be an alternative for unattractive metal fillings.
  6. Stained, yellow or discolored teeth can be whitened.
  7. Gum line can be recontoured to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.

Restoration is a process of replacing or restoring a missing or damaged tooth. There are different methods of tooth restorations.

  1. Fillings: Filling is one of the processes of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with gold, silver or alloys.
  2. Crowns: Dental crowns are used to restore the shape and size of the tooth. It is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the visible portion of the tooth above the gums. It also helps in strengthening the tooth.
  3. Bridges: Dental bridges help in bridging the gap between one or more missing teeth. A false tooth can be implanted with the natural teeth and is called a pontic. It can be made from gold, silver amalgam, porcelain or alloys.
  4. Implants: This is a replacement tooth root and is a small metal piece placed into the bone socket. A crown then covers the metal piece. It helps in reshaping of the teeth and replacing a missing tooth.
  5. Dentures: These are removable replacements for missing teeth. A denture can be a complete denture or a partial denture. A complete denture mirrors all teeth where a partial denture consist of some natural teeth and the rest of the teeth are false.

Pain Relief – The Real Value of Alternative Medicine for Endometriosis Pain

Over 5 ½ million women in the United and Canada, the pain from endometriosis is all too real. Because the tissue that n lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, these women suffer through many various pain symptoms. Whether they experience excessive bleeding, lower back and abdominal pain, or infertility (inability to become pregnant), most women with this disease seek endometriosis pain relief treatments and products that provide effective pain relief.

Endometriosis pain treatment is available in many forms, such as over-the-counter medication, hormone therapy, and surgical options.

However, for some women, the side effects of these manufactured medicines are not worth the end result. Many women tend to find relief using a more natural method of endometriosis pain treatment.

Natural Endometriosis Pain Treatment Options

Speak to your doctor before you try a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment to make sure what you have is truly endometriosis. If your doctor agrees that a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment is right for you, begin treatment. Some of your alternative endometriosis pain treatment options include:

o Acupressure. Acupressure is a Chinese method of pain relief that relies on pressure to stimulate channels of energy. Acupressure is a successful endometriosis pain treatment for women experiencing painful cramps. Find a doctor who is accredited to practice both conventional medicine and acupressure.

o Acupuncture. Chinese medical practitioners believe that acupuncture is a very effective endometriosis pain treatment. Combined with herbal therapy, acupuncture regulates stagnant blood, which causes much of the inflammation and pain of endometriosis. It will require a few treatments before you experience any material results. If results are not apparent by the 3rd treatment, discontinue or find another practitioner .

o Herbal Medicine. Many believe that specific medicinal plants can heal a patient naturally. For endometriosis pain treatment, herbs are first taken to rebalance the hormone levels in the body. Then, other herbs are used to strengthen the immune system. These herbs will eventually lead to the elimination of the disease. One of the most effective herbal formulated products on the market is a product called Menastil, with its penetration agent derived from the Calendula flower. Menastil is a topically applied, non-addictive, non-narcotic pain relief solution that has proven very effective for endometriosis pain relief.

o Exercise. Do not underestimate the amazing health benefits of exercise. Simple exercises, such as aerobics, walking and swimming, can help prevent cramps, improve circulation, and relax the uterus.

o Aromatherapy. Essential oils, like chamomile, lavender, and jasmine can reduce endometriosis adhesions. These oils along with massage therapy can strengthen the immune system, help with sleep issues, and heal muscles and tissues.

The focus of alternative medicine is to help the body heal itself naturally. Who knows? Alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment may be able to help you cope with your painful symptoms.

For more information about alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment, check out The Institute for Female Alternative Medicine.…

Arguing In Favor Of Yoga

I have been looking into health and fitness for nearly half a century, and writing on the subject for the last decade.

One area of interest which I have encountered again and again is yoga.

So, I was not overly surprised recently, when, while reading an article on several things that anyone could do for good health, yoga was mentioned.

The surprising fact, not for me, but, perhaps for you, is that, after specifically discussing the value of exercise, nutrition, and managing stress, the article gave the subject of yoga its own special section.

You see, I have learned over the years that yoga has so many potential health benefits and spans so many health related subjects that it almost has to have its own discussion.

In many other cultures than that of the U.S. and Europe, and for many people, yoga is more than just a fitness routine… it is a way of living. As such, it includes both mental and physical exercise, meditation, diet, and stress reduction. Even the most shallow practitioner of yoga not only reaps the superficial health benefits of yoga, but, seems to absorb some of the other aspects through some form of psychic osmosis.

To some extent, opting to accept yoga as exercise is a bit of a buy-in to many of the other health benefits of yoga.

As a stand-alone exercise program, yoga can combine both strength and some aspects of cardio. While it lacks the heart pounding results of running, or similar forms of aerobic exercise, doing the movements properly requires proper breathing as well. The body, and the mind, learn how to bring oxygen into the body more efficiently, and distribute it effectively throughout the body.

When done properly and regularly, yoga can produce a condition similar to, or, for some, damned near the same as, meditation. Meditation, and exercise (see previous paragraph), both help to reduce stress. In case you are one of the twelve people on earth who are not aware, stress is probably the most dangerous, and most common, health risk for nearly every health issue which you might encounter.

Eating properly is also a major factor for good health. While those who really “get into” yoga go out of their way to alter their diet for the good, even those who intend to adopt it as a physical fitness regimen tend to alter their eating for better health. This is probably due to the “osmosis effect” I mentioned earlier. Also, it is not uncommon for a person adopting one aspect of a healthier lifestyle to adopt other aspects as well.

However, stress is also a factor in overeating and poor digestion. Exercise in general, and yoga specifically, helps relieve stress and encourages people to make better decisions about their diet and eating habits. A regular practice of yoga also seems to assist with the digestive process itself.

So, while opting for a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, relieving stress, and eating properly is a good thing to …

Pediatric Dentist and the Work He Does

A pediatric dentist is an oral health care professional who takes care of a specific group of individuals. The group of individuals is children and the age range for these starts when the first deciduous tooth erupts up to the age of ten to twelve years old. Some parents actually bring their toothless child to visit the clinic just to be sure or when there are malformations in the baby. Many of these dental professionals foray into the world of surgery since there are babies who are born in this world with problems in their jaws, cleft palate and gums.
Education

The education of the prospective pediatric dental professional starts just like those in the general dentistry field. They go through a basic college course and then proceed to the dental college of their choice. The basic college course takes about four to five years while the dentistry course ranges from four to six years depending on the specialties that the hopeful dentists will take up. Most of the specialties are taken up after the entire four year dentistry course has been completed; others take up specialties after they have passed the exam for dentistry. The dentist, or at least the hopeful, needs to pass the dental board exam in order to be able to practice in the United States of America. He or she also needs to be associated with certain affiliations, organizations and groups in order to be recognized as a practicing professional.
The Practice

Dentistry is a field that is connected to medicine in a very close way. The dentist basically evaluates, diagnoses, treats and corrects problems that need to be addressed in an individual. In this case, children are brought by the parent or parents for a visit and the child is evaluated according to the examination that the professional conducts. Children who have no immediate problems are in fact recommended to undergo cleaning of the teeth by the parent with the use of a gauze bandage wrapped around a finger and rubbed on the pearly whites. The rubbing acts as brushing and gets the child used to having a foreign object inside his or her oral cavity. It also helps to really clean each tooth that has erupted.

Despite being just a milk tooth, it still needs to be cleaned and maintained because the permanent ones come out several years after and having rotten or damaged temporary ones that impair the digestion and eating style of the child. Pain and discomfort can also occur if the deciduous ones are infected or damaged too soon. The pediatric dentist can also be expected to make composite bonding with any temporary tooth that may need it. This is especially true for those that still have a long way to go before they are replaced by the permanent ones. Fillings are very common with children around the age of six to nine years old especially in a tooth related to the molars.

These are just a few of the …

Better Health in the Raw

I've been home with my dad for the past few months.

He had a stroke and needed some support while recuperating.

It's been like – I'm the parent and dad is the child.

And as a parent, I've been in charge of the meals.

The first thing we did was to remove the fuses from the stove – a safety factor following a minor mishap.

That opened up the question from dad – "What do we eat now – we can not cook?"

"Leave that to me" I said, "I'm a bit of a gourmet salad maker."

And so for the past two months or so, dad and I have been living on a raw diet of fruits, vegetable salads, dried fruits, cheeses and some wonderful wholemeal breads.

o Dad has lost a bit of weight – and I've earned a bit – go figure!

o Dad is sleeping better – in fact, he now sleeps through the night whereas before, he was up and down like a monkey in a coconut tree.

o His bowels are functioning a lot more regularly.

o The pain that he was regularly experiencing in parts of his body is now intermittent and of less severity.

o He gets out and walks for 20 minutes each day, greeting people in the neighborhood and stopping for occasional visits with friends.

o His eyesight has not improved.

o His hearing is down by 1/3 – however, I can play his stereo and it does not bother him.

o And his memory is sometimes laughable – like when I found a bowl of porridge in the crockery cupboard.

But all in all, he's really happy with his improvement and he feels so positive about his diet that he rarely misses the opportunity to tell everyone – "I eat it raw now – we do not cook our meals."

Does it work?

You bettcha!

Just give it a go for a short time and watch the results.

Keep warm in the raw.

Kevin

Kevin Hinton has been teaching the art of Natural Living and Natural Healing for over 25 years. He is recognized as Australia's leading health educator. For more information on how to improve your health – go to http://www.thehealtheducator.com and while there, sign up for a world class health newsletter. …

8 Key Training Principles For Fitness and Sports Training

The 8 Training Principles are research-based guidelines that can help you accelerate your training progress and optimize your results. Knowing how to apply these principles gives you an educated basis on which you can make informed decisions about designing your fitness or sports training program. The principles can also help you evaluate the merits of fitness equipment and personal training services.

All of the principles complement each other. For best results, they should be applied in concert throughout every phase of training.

1. Principle of Specificity suggests that your body will make adjustments according to the type of training you perform and in the very same muscles that you exercise. How you train determines what you get.

This principle guides you in designing your fitness training program. If your goal is to improve your overall level of fitness, you would devise a well-rounded program that builds both endurance and overall body strength. If you want to build the size of your biceps, you would increase weight loads on bicep curls and related exercises.

2. The Principle of Overload implies that you must continually increase training loads as your body adapts over time. Because your body builds and adjusts to your existing training regimen, you must gradually and systematically increase your work load for continued improvement.

A generally accepted guideline for weight training is to increase resistance not more than 10% per week. You can also use percentages of your maximum or estimated maximum level of performance and work out within a target training zone of about 60-85% of maximum. As your maximum performance improves, your training loads will increase, as well.

3. The Principle of Recovery assets that you must get adequate rest between workouts in order to recuperate. How much rest you need depends upon your training program, level of fitness, diet, and other factors.

Generally, if you perform a total body weight workout three days per week, rest at least 48 hours between sessions. You can perform cardio more frequently and on successive days of the week.

Over time, too little recovery can result in signs of overtraining. Excessively long periods of recovery time can result in a detraining effect.

4. The Principle of Reversibility refers to the loss of fitness that results after you stop training. In time, you will revert back to your pre-training condition. The biological principle of use and disuse underlies this principle. Simply stated, If you don’t use it, you lose it.

While adequate recovery time is essential, taking long breaks results in detraining effects that may be noticeable within a few weeks. Significant levels of fitness are lost over longer periods. Only about 10% of strength is lost 8 weeks after training stops, but 30-40% of endurance is lost in the same time period.

The Principle of Reversibility does not apply to skills. The effects of stopping practice of motor skills, such as weight training exercises and sport skills, are very different. Coordination appears to store in long-term motor memory and …