Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition. There is no known cause. While the symptoms can be debilitating, there is no test to diagnosis it. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with CFS. And most sufferers are between 25 and 45 years old, although there are cases in childhood and middle age.
Some people with CFS live active lives while 25% of the cases are disabled. Sometimes the disease is persistent and other times there is a pattern of relapse and remission. No one knows how many cases there are of CFS because The CFIDS Association of America estimates that fewer than 20 percent of CFS patients in the United States have been properly diagnosed.
CFS has several names. It is called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). No matter what it is called, the most effective way to manage chronic fatigue is with alternative treatments. continue reading
A fine meal at a good restaurant has many details. It uses fresh ingredients and interesting recipes. There is a variety of foods and the presentation is pleasing.
When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it.
But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods.
You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely.
But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems.
Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations.
Sometimes just changing the food a little bit can make your child dig in.
When you think of taking care of your teeth, do you think of acupuncture?
You probably don’t and that’s not unusual. Most people believe that brushing, flossing and a trip to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year is a good dental routine. And for most, it is.
But for some people, that routine doesn’t keep their teeth in good shape. Despite good dental hygiene, they continue to have dental issues.
And for others, just going to the dentist is stressful and difficult. It’s hard to get good dental care when you dread your trip to the dentist.
Fortunately, acupuncture can support dental health and make your trip to the dentist easier. continue reading
It’s New Year’s again. It’s time to make a resolution.
And you know the drill. You set goals. You work on them for a couple of weeks. You begin to flag.
Many times you give up by February.
Your New Year’s resolution becomes a distant memory until the next New Year’s when you feel slightly guilty and begin the whole process again.
If each year you make a resolution and each year you break it, something has to change. The only way this year can be different is if you do something different.
The trick is not changing your resolution. The trick to achieving your resolution is to use an entirely new plan to reach it. continue reading
Most people don’t think of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as an alternative way to treat disorders of the eye. Indeed, it is hard to find an acupuncturist who specializes in ophthalmology. Yet acupuncture can be used to treat so many different conditions in the body because of it’s holistic approach to health.
Recently I have been doing continuing education on ophthalmology so that I can be of service to those with various disorders of the eye, particularly those that create degenerative vision loss such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, optic neuropathy, optic neuritis, and retinitis pigmentosa. I have always been fascinated by the eyes and by vision. When I went to college I planned on having a major in Brain and Cognitive Science and took a lot of coursework in that field. I even was a lab assistant for a professor in the Ophthalmology department at the U of R medical center. Obviously I did not stick with the career track of being a researcher and became an acupuncturist instead. Though now it has come full circle, in a way, since I can combine my two interests.
So how does an acupuncturist treat disorders of the eye? No, we do not poke the eyes with needles! Just like treating other disorders/diseases the first step is to identify the cause of the problem. Those root causes are then addressed through nutrition (including herbal medicine) and lifestyle recommendations (such as wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes). Acupuncture is used to address the imbalances in the body that gave rise to the problem since everything is connected in the body and the eyes are no exception.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe and effective ways to address degenerative vision loss. While restoring vision to 20/20 is not feasible with many of the more severe conditions it is possible to slow and at times reverse the damage to the eye and protect it. It is important to note that a lot of eye disorders are treated with laser surgery. Laser surgery can be effective but does have inherent risks. Therefore it is important to look for natural alternative treatments when possible. So if you or a loved one suffers from any eye disorders please contact me to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help. If you are not in the Syracuse or Oneida area and are reading this please be sure to do your homework when finding an acupuncturist to treat your eye disorder. This is a very specialized area of treatment and finding someone with the proper training and know how is very important.
PS – today (Jan 9, 2014) Dr. Andy Rosenfarb will be a guest on the Dr. Oz show. He will be discussing acupuncture and eye health. Not only is it great to have acupuncturists being given airtime on a show like Dr. Oz’s but of more personal importance is that Dr. Rosenfarb is who I have been learning from. He has done a lot of great work and is really a pioneer in acupuncture ophthalmology.
This time of year a lot of people are hoping to lose the “holiday pounds”. You know what I mean, those extra pounds and inches that started to show up like uninvited guests to your holiday party. Losing weight is not difficult, but figuring out how to do it safely and effectively is. Proper diet and nutrition are the backbone of proper weight loss but you can give yourself a leg up with acupuncture. East Side Acupuncture now offers a special weight loss package that combines acupuncture, herbal medicine, and patient education to help you lose weight. Call today to get more information.
You’ve probably heard of right-brained vs. left-brained activities.
Right-brained activities are creative, intuitive and subjective. Left-brained activities are linear, analytical and logical.
It has been a popular myth that people prefer right-brained or left-brained activities because they have a dominant side of the brain. It turns out that while certain activities are wired on one side of the brain (for example language tends to be on the left), people use each side of the brain equally.
So if the brain is wired for both activities, why is creative thinking so hard? continue reading
It’s cold and dark outside.
You come home with the kids and all you want to do is snuggle on the couch.
Snuggling in winter may be fun (and I’m not going to say you shouldn’t snuggle) but your kids need something more. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), kids need at least 1 hour of physical activity—every day. And depending on your children’s school program and sports activities, they may not even get close.
There are many benefits. Exercise helps kids feel less stressed, have higher self-esteem, focus at school, sleep better and maintain a healthy weight. You’ve probably noticed that parenting children who get enough exercise is also easier than parenting those who don’t.
Winter is a time for yin activities. It’s healthy to be introspective and quiet. However, children need physical activity—even in the winter.
But on a cold, dark day, how do you get your kids to exercise? continue reading
The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means—parties.
Parties at work, parties at church, parties at school, fundraiser parties, caroling parties, Secret Santa parties…
It’s the season of so many parties that we long for a weekend night with nothing scheduled.
All the parties can lead to excess, but the biggest party of the season, New Year’s Eve, can be the topper. Many people drink so much that it can take days to feel healthy again. And even if you don’t drink to drunkenness, your extra alcohol intake in the month of December can take its toll.
I think it’s great to celebrate and enjoy the company of your loved ones, but I don’t want to see you sick. Find out how to not drink (or at least drink less) this party season. continue reading
Thanksgiving is a great meal. Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season–
…and to overeat.
All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich. When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable. We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold. We put on weight and feel lethargic.
I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your Thanksgiving meal. Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun.
Instead I suggest you just make small choices. Pick one food instead of the other. Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. continue reading