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Link to NPR story on Acupuncture and back pain May 18, 2009

Filed under: Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine — grassandroots @ 5:42 pm


Obama responds to an Acupuncturist May 11, 2009

Filed under: Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine — grassandroots @ 3:01 pm

President Obama answers an acupuncturist:

(Courtesy of

Missouri Town Hall Meeting April 29, 2009

Q:I’m a licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist in Florissant. And so —

THE PRESIDENT: I could use one right now. (Laughter.) My back is stiff. I’ve been working hard.

Q:I’ll be happy to help you. (Laughter.) And this kind of fits into what you were just talking about as far as health care. I’m wondering, as a practitioner of Oriental medicine, knowing that the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization has discovered through their studies that alternative medicine often is more cost-effective and very effective, how will alternative medicine fit in your new health care program?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, look, my attitude is that we should — we should do what works. So I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments — or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions. I will let the science guide me. We just swore in an outstanding new Secretary of Health and Human Service, Kathleen Sebelius, former governor of Kansas. (Applause.) It’s good to see that a Jay Hawk got applause on this side of the border here. (Laughter.) But she’s going to do an outstanding job. And my charge to her is, as we’re going through health care reform let’s find out what works. I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road. So giving children early checkups, making sure that they get immunized, making sure that they are diagnosed if they’ve got eyesight problems, making sure that they’re taught proper nutrition to avoid a life of
obesity — those are all issues that we have some control over. And if we’re making those investments, we will save huge amounts of money in the long-term. Unfortunately, the hardest thing to do in politics — and certainly in health care reform — has been to get policymakers to make investments early that will have long-term payoffs. Because people — their attitude is, well, I’ll be out of office by the time that kid grows up; and, the fact that they’re healthy, that doesn’t help me. And in the private sector insurance system, oftentimes insurers make the same calculation. Their attitude is, well, people change jobs enough for us to pay for the preventive medicine now when the problem may not crop up for another 20 years and they’ll be long out of our system, so we don’t want to reimburse it because it will make things more costly. That’s the logic of our health care system that we’re going to have to change. The recovery package put a huge amount in prevention. We are, in our budget, calling for significant increases in prevention. And my hope is, is that working in a bipartisan fashion we are going to be able to get a health care reform bill on my desk before the end of the year that will start seeing the kinds of investments that will make everybody healthier. All right? (Applause.)….


Essential Fatty Acids/Hemp seeds May 6, 2009

Filed under: Nutrition — grassandroots @ 2:47 am

Two essential fatty acids which cannot be synthesized in the body and can be taken from foods are linolenic and linoleic acid. These basic fats are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. Deficiencies are responsible for a host of symptoms and disorders including decreased immune function, abnormalities in the liver and kidney, changes in the blood, depression, decreased mental acuity, and skin problems. Adequate
intake of the essential fatty acids results in health benefits such as prevention of atherosclerosis and reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke. Relief from the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, menstrual pain, and joint pain
have also been documented. In addition to these, recent research suggests they are important during pregnancy and lactation for fetal growth and brain development, and learning behavior.

One excellent balanced source of the Omegas is hemp seed. Shelled hemp seeds are comprised of an ideal balance of Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 Linoleic Acid, “Super” Omega-3 Stearidonic Acid, and “Super” Omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid. They aree also rich in vitamin E, iron, and protein. You may use the seeds on salads, and in homemade snacks, as well as using the seed butter, or the oil (e.g. on salads or in smoothies). Use the freshest seeds/oils/seed butters possible and store them sealed in a dark, cold environment (I store them in the refrigerator).

See below for a hemp “milk” recipe. This is a nutritious replacement for regular milk or commercially processed milk substitutes.

Version 1 – Requires a high-speed blender (Vita Mix or K-Tec types)
1-cup hemp seeds
6 cups water
Blend on high speed for 10-15 seconds.
Store in a glass jar in refrigerator.

Version 2 – Requires a standard household blender and a nut-milk bag or cheesecloth. The bags are available on line or at many natural grocery stores – also available at Eco-wise if you live in Austin. They are small (about 6”x 8”) natural thin-cloth bags.

1-cup hemp seeds
6 cups water
(if your blender does not hold six cups, halve the recipe)

Blend on high for 45-60 seconds. Strain through the nut milk bag or cheesecloth (to separate “pulp” from liquid) into a large bowl for easier straining. Lightly squeeze the bag for maximum extraction. Then transfer to a glass jar and keep refrigerated.

Version 3 – Requires a standard household blender.
3 Tablespoons hempseed butter
6 cups water
(if your blender does not hold six cups, halve the recipe)

Blend on high for about 30 seconds. No need to strain this version.
Keep refrigerated.

Optional for all – add 1-2 Tablespoons Agave nectar to sweeten

To make a delicious chocolate drink which is high in anti-oxidants and minerals, add 2 Tablespoons of raw cacao powder to 2 cups of hempseed milk. Add agave nectar to sweeten..Optional: add a dash of cinnamon and/or cayenne powder.


Welcome! April 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — grassandroots @ 4:54 pm

Welcome to my natural health blog! Here I will share information here about simple access to the path of maintaining exceptional physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I make no claims that we can all feel 100% wonderful all of the time. I do, however, recognize that many of us can feel a lot better and function more optimally in our daily lives. As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Nutrtional counseling, my patients seek help for serious pain or disease, and some just simply want more energy. Our fast-paced culture and busy lives cause us to fall into habits which, over time take a serious toll on our bodies. The purpose of this blog is to disseminate information regarding the transformation of old habits which no longer serve us, to new ones which might! This information will come from sources which include published research, case studies, and personal testimonials. You comments are welcome and encouraged. L’chaim (to life)!