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CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP CANCER PATIENTS?

In the world of conventional medicine, complementary care is not often recommended except in advanced institutions like UCLA where my acupuncturist friend teaches young acupuncturists how to treat pain and other associated symptoms created by this terrible life threatening imbalance.

As I stated in my google entry, I see a 4th stage pancreatic cancer patient who is responding amazingly to acupuncture  to my sometimes disbelief. 

 This form of cancer, known to some as the form that Steve Jobs had, doesn't respond to chemotherapy, but to much more invasive treatments.

 However, she is going into her sixth year of this battle, more optimistic everyday.   Not only do I acupuncture her, but make recommendations on nutrition, the Budwig, juicing, some supplements, detoxification, all designed to meet this challenge in every way possible.

How is it that doctors suggest acupuncture for back pain from overdoing in the garden or falling, and not suggest acupuncture for even worse pain caused by cancer? I think it is a process of education.    Thankfully, things are changing, and medicine is looking for non-pharmaceutical forms of pain control, especially with the present opioid epidemic.

Don't wait for your oncologist to suggest any of this.  It won't happen unless he/she is enlightened to the benefits.  At the end of the day, you and only you are responsible for your health and well being. 

IMPORTANT: Don't confuse alternative care with complementary care.  Complementary care works with your medical doctor and his plan of care. Understand, at the same time cancer cells are being destroyed, the immune system is being hit hard.  Complementary care pushes back, and strengthens and restores the body to meet the challenge of cancer treatments.


 



HER CARPAL TUNNEL IS GONE

I had a client whose carpal tunnel pain caused her to leave her job in the medical field until it resolved  Acupuncture helped her immensely, but not enough to say goodbye to pain and trust that that it would not return when she went back to work.

We know that inflammation any where in the body can cause pain and numerous other conditions.  In her case, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular issues, weight, and diet were major players.  Health coaching changed that.    All the pain in her arms and wrists is gone, and hasn't returned even after she returned to work.

WELCOME CANADA

I would like to welcome  our Canadian visitors who have come to stay warm with us this winter.  Whether you are missing your regular acupuncturist,  or have aches and pains from playing too much golf, consider a winter refuge to restore your health and relieve pain.  My fee is Canadian friendly, fifty dollars.  I treat only one client at a time in a single practitioner office.   Text me in lieu of calling if you like.   I'm at the corner of Monterey Avenue and Fred Waring in the big brown building.

ANXIETY

Anxiety is one of the most crippling conditions imaginable.  Only those who have experienced it can actually identify with that statement.  Happily, I am hear to tell you that it isn't your fault, but maybe a nutrient deficiency.  As I have said before, I don't fix my own car, so I enlist the services of a professional.

But, I will give you a thumbnail approach to minimizing your symptoms with this DIY plan:

Keep your magnesium up, 300 mg magnesium glycinate BID

Vitamin B6 Jarrows is great.

5HTP for Sleep

And for goodness sake, if your Vitamin D is not between 40-60 you are in trouble.  So, get in touch with your doctor, or go on Labcorp, the Kaiser portal, or whoever does your lab work and be informed.  If none of those suggestions help, make an appointment with me and we will figure out what is really going on. Getting to the root of the problem will solve it.  Use your insurance, acupuncture is optional, (hate needles?) or, if you are uninsured, my fee is fifty dollars for a consult.  Some nail appointments are more, right?   Don't' live with anxiety!

Good morning to everyone in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio, all the lovely cities in the Coachella  Valley.    And , of course, the UK,  Republic of Georgia, Poland and Armenia..  Local and distance health care is here with the assistance of Zoom.com

My role as a health coach is to inspire, educate and empower women to take control over whatever chronic condition impairs their quality of life.

HORMONE BALANCE is so important to the health of women and often passed over in medical checkups.   As a health coach, I insist on a saliva test for each and every client that so often tells the story of a hormone deficiency.   Most women are progesterone deficient which affects every biochemical process of the body.    An imbalance might be the reason your energy and zest for life has changed between the years of 35 and 45.   Something to think about.  Call me and let's talk.


 When was the last time you felt really, really, great.  You had no pain, had lots of energy, no depression, life was great.  Not just ok, but great.  Age, toxicity, and stress take their toll.  But there is a way back.  Sometimes the answer is in your lab work, sometimes your lifestyle, but the answers are there.  Let me help you walk back to that time.  Without support it is hard to do.  Kind of like fixing your own car.  Not my thing.    Mrs. D, in my earlier post, whom I found to be in kidney failure, will go off medication in two weeks by order of the doctor.  This is an absolute triumph for this woman who has had high blood pressure all her life.

By the way, underlying every case of INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS is a simmering low infection and your doctor may not find it.  The ancient, dinosaur technology of urine culturing will not reveal it as

only DNA technology of Microgen  Dx will pick it up.  The problem is that doctors follow the "Standard of Care" i.e. the culture, and most won't recognize this test.   More and more doctors are using it , however.    The result is that patients are left to suffer until they reach an arbitrary diagnostic level.   And that is sad.   Urologists are useless unless you have a structural problem, and their treatment is just more cystoscopes, cultures, pain meds, but you never get well.

I have a 31 year old patient who has had an infection since she was 13.  What a life.  Urgency, pain, impossible to have intimate encounters.  Good news is she is on the road to getting well.

Love Your Doctor

.  The medical profession harbors a terrible, terrible secret of which few people are aware.  Everyday, a doctor dies by suicide.  Three to four hundred a year.  You may only hear he/she passed away but rarely the real cause.  Stress, losing a patient, unbearable hours in medical school, fear of making a mistake, access to drugs, are all part of the problem.  If a physician seeks psychological help, he/she must often go to another town and seek counsel under an assumed name to protect his/her image.  Try to schedule a viewing of a documentary called  "Do No Harm", made by a doctor who has a suicide hotline for doctors.   Go to this site where you will see evidence of a sick culture dominated by sleep deprivation, bullying and fear of seeking help.

https://www.kickstarter.com/…/9…/do-no-harm-documentary-film

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