Monday, June 28, 2010

3 Surprising Ways Modern Medicines Are Making You Sick

The Alliance for Natural Health has posted an article discussing how prescription drugs may be making us all sicker — whether through illnesses brought on because these medicines deplete critical nutrients in our body, or because we’re unwittingly consuming pharmaceuticals in the municipal water we drink.
1. Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion
The number of dollars spent on prescription medications in the US is at all time high, with seniors projected to use an average of 38.5 different medications this year. And while the number of prescriptions issued and dispensed are carefully recorded each year, particularly for those over the age of 65, scant attention is spent on the toll prescription drugs exact on health by depleting vital nutrients.
Metform and B12 Deficiency: In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, Dutch researchers from the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands have linked vitamin B12 deficiency with the use of metformin, a commonly-used diabetic medication. Given that 10% of Americans are now diagnosed as type II diabetics — with up to 40% being pre-diabetic — the number of cases of metformin-induced vitamin B12 deficiency may be immense. Vitamin B12 deficiency is commonly manifested by memory loss, though it is also linked to fatigue, anemia, nerve damage (including neuropathy), and other mental changes.
Coenzyme Q10 Depletion: Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance found in our mitochondria that is required as an essential element in the creation of 90% of the human body’s energy. Statin drugs deplete CoQ10. While some cardiologists advise their patients on statin drugs to take supplemental CoQ10, most doctors are poorly educated on the subject, and consumers don’t know to ask what nutrients a particular drug will affect. Ironically the first patent on statins included a patent combining them with supplemental CoQ10. So Merck, the manufacturer, knew about the damage to CoQ10 from statins but chose to say nothing and do nothing about it.
2. Showers Sending Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Into Environment
Another way our medications are making us sick is through our daily baths and showers. According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), showers and baths are sending hormones, antibiotics, and other medicines down the drain — which end up cycling right back into our drinking water supplies.
It has long been known that toilets are a source of environmental pollution from Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) that pass through the body to be excreted back into municipal water processing plants. But now the American Chemical Society has published a new studythat links bathing, showering, and laundering with API water pollution.
“These routes may be important for certain APIs found in medications that are applied topically. They include creams, lotions, ointments, gels, and skin patches,” according to Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, director of the Institute for Environmental Medicine at Touro University in Nevada. And topical APIs can have a greater impact on the environment than APIs released in feces and urine, because the latter have been broken down to some extent by the liver and kidneys. “We need to be more aware of how our use of pharmaceuticals can have unwanted environmental effects,” Ruhoy continued.

3. Pharmaceuticals Going Directly Into Water Supplies
Perhaps worst of all, researchers have now found that the pharmaceuticals which have been turning up in streams and rivers may come directly from the drug plants that manufacture them. Researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) looked at the effluent from two New York state treatment plants serving drug manufacturers, and compared it to plants not receiving pharmaceutical waste.
Effluent samples from across the country showed evidence of the drugs, but concentrations were all very minor. By contrast, the New York plants that serve drugmakers released seven painkillers in massive concentrations — the highest was the muscle relaxant metaxalone.

Link to full article:
http://www.anh-usa.org/how-somebodys-medicines-may-be-making-you-sicker/

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries and Performance



As the world's soccer fans are captivated by this first week of World Cup play, there's much more going on behind the scenes that do not get publicized.  Take England's team for example.  After their disappointing 1-1, tied match against the US (and to the excitement of the US), the British players have a fully assembled team of trainers focused on optimizing each player to the highest level of performance at this world caliber stage.  Among team England's army of trainers, there's also a sports psychologist and acupuncturist.
Link to full article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/may/19/england-fabio-capello-world-cup

Acupuncture helps promote circulation throughout the body by aiding in recovery from injuries but also in promoting sports performance.  Acupuncture can help a broad range of athletes, from the weekend warriors to the world class professional athlete.

To inquire if acupuncture can help you in your sport contact Johnson:
www.johnsonchiu.com

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What is Therapeutic Massage?


Receiving an occasional massage once or twice a year on vacation is such a great gift to give to your body and mind. However, massage can be much more than a “feel good” experience that occurs only on special occasions. Whether you are sitting at computer all-day or swinging a hammer, your body can develop tension areas in specific muscles from repetitive motion that can become chronic problems. For some of us, massage therapy is a necessity that helps to keep us going so that we can continue working and participating in the activities we love to do.
Therapeutic massage sessions are “tailored” to your specific needs according to what is going on in your body at the time of your session. A therapeutic massage therapist will take into consideration past and present health concerns, injuries, and what you put your body through on a daily basis to better determine a “plan of attack”, so to speak. A “fluffy full body massage” may feel good but a therapeutic massage will focus on releasing your tension areas that can be causing migraines, carpal tunnel and low back pain. Advanced techniques like deep tissue or trigger point therapy may be used during this type of session increasing circulation, speeding up the healing process, and breaking down scar tissue. A therapeutic massage therapist will see a client very frequently for the first few weeks or months. This might include half hour massages two or three times a week, or weekly hour massages for a couple of months in order to get the best results.
Remember, that it is important to communicate during your massage letting the therapist know if the pressure is not right and also if something is uncomfortable. You’re the boss and if you are tensing up during your session then it is defeating the purpose. The purpose is to relax, release, and heal. Like proper nutrition and exercise, regular therapeutic massage will help your body stay happy, healthy and strong.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Power of Storytelling


Storytelling as a healing practice is used throughout the world and has a history thousands of years old. There is a very good reason for this. Words are thoughts expressed and thoughts are bio energetic packages that magnetize experiences to us that match our thoughts.

Most of us, consciously or unconsciously, create stories about our bodies, relationships, work and money based on our culture, parents and peers' interpretation of the world. As a result we often find ourselves trapped in the stories of "just the way things are" rather than the way we want our lives to be.

When no matter how hard we try to change some aspect of our lives and nothing seems to work, or work for very long, it indicates that the story we are telling ourselves is splitting our energy field and pulling us out of alignment with our own cause. We are stuck in a bad story and creating our personal version of the movie "Ground Hog's Day".

We can't keep telling ourselves and others the same story without getting the same results. It contradicts thousands of years of spiritual wisdom as well as recent findings emerging from quantum physics, medical and psycho-physiological research. When we begin telling the stories of our lives as we want them to be, our lives begins to match our new story.


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Skin Care 101

Our face is the first thing people notice about us, so it is no wonder people are searching for the latest and best skin care products.

There are 5 basic steps to any good skin care regimen.

1- Cleanse. This should be done both morning and night to remove oil, dirt and make up.

2- Exfoliate. There are different levels of intensity when it comes to exfoliation. A product with gentle exfoliation beads, such as Mary Kay’s 3 in 1 Cleanser, can be used every day. More intense exfoliation, such as that from an at home Microdermabrasion product, should only be used 2 to 3 times per week.

3- Toner/Freshener. A toner or freshener helps to remove the last traces of oil and dirt and helps to condition the skin.

4- Moisturize. Even people with oily skin need to moisturize regularly. You just want to make sure that the product is oil free and light weight. People with very dry skin need to look for moisturizers specifically formulated for very dry skin.

5- Protect. This step is crucial, yet it is one that many people overlook. Everyone needs to wear sunscreen on their face every day, no matter what the weather is or how much you think you will be in the sun. (See my blog post dated April 27, 2010 for more details on this subject)

There are, of course, many specialty skin care products on the market. Our first line of defense though, should always be a good basic skin care program.