The cereal you are having in the morning is total junk. We got into that last week when we discussed carbohydrates breaking down into sugar.
But what about the milk you are pouring over that sugar, uh…cereal?
Do you believe that lower fat milk, like skim milk, is healthier than whole milk?
Skim milk (and 1% and even 2%) is, in fact, a highly processed AND toxic food.
The stripping away, or skimming, the fat out of the milk also strips the milk of essential saturated fats, vitamins A, D, K2 and a very important fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has been proven to prevent heart disease, Type II Diabetes, and several types of cancer. While skim milk might contain calcium, it is now missing the fat and cholesterol you need to actually assimilate the nutrients!
Powdered non-fat milk is added to improve the taste, along with this improved taste are a toxic load of additional nitrates and oxidized cholesterol which are so harmful to our health.
Then why does the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and American Cancer Society all recommend low-fat or non-fat dairy in our diets? This advice is so antiquated it dates back to the 1970s. A lot has changed since then, wouldn’t you agree?
The modern epidemic of heart disease and obesity should not be blamed on eating fat containing foods like whole milk and butter, but on the highly processed junk you are buying in the aisles of your supermarket.
Remember: The closer your food is to it’s natural state will give your body the proper nutrients it needs to thrive.
Just this week a patient mentioned they are eating steel cut oats as a way to incorporate more protein into their vegetarian lifestyle. Steel cut oats have 27 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and only about 5 grams of protein per quarter cup. There is no nutritional balance in those numbers.
Let’s break this down.
The three types of carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and fiber. You can eat the same amount of carbohydrates feasting on sweet potatoes than you can on bowls of Frosted Flakes. Our taste buds will know the difference but our bodies won’t. It all breaks down into sugar.
Well, with one exception.....fiber. And this is why fiber is called a complex carbohydrate, it's just that, complex. It takes our bodies a long time to digest, if at all. And there are a ton of health benefits that go along with this, fiber helps that good bacteria in our gut, improves digestion, and slows the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. On a nutrition label, we can subtract fiber from carbohydrates to get the total amount of carbohydrates. So there's that.
But the problems really comes when we
eat too many simple carbohydrates like pasta or white potatoes, which are very high
on the glycemic index
and very low in fiber. These foods spike blood glucose
levels to rapidly rise and then crash. This vicious cycle causes our adrenal glands
to work over time and can lead to long-term problems like adrenal fatigue,
constant sluggishness, and unresolved and unrelenting issues with weight, anxiety, and depression. And that is just the beginning. Degenerative diseases like diabetes, heart disease and obesity, all caused by crash and burn, nutrition depletion of sugar levels rising and falling in our bodies.
But when we stop this rollercoaster we often find our mood more stable, our sleep improved, our digestion awesome, and we will eat when we are hungry and not when we are tired and thirsty. We will be more connected to our body. Getting our bodies into balance will allow us to understand just what it needs.
What should I expect after acupuncture?
A very common question i get with patients either new to acupuncture, or new to me, is what to expect after treatment. The general answer is a reduction in symptoms and a greater sense of wellbeing. More specific answers vary by the treatment style, specifically if I use APM (Acupuncture Physical Medicine) which incorporates dry-needle trigger point release.
In the case of APM (dry needling), immediately following treatment there may be soreness in the muscles I have worked on. Usually it would feel similar to after a good workout or a deep tissue massage. There is a possibility when getting off the table that some muscles have tightened, so we always check for those before leaving. If there are tight muscles they are easily released. The muscles should allowed to rest for 1-2 days, following that they should function better and be less painful overall.
In work targeting internal conditions, following treatment there may be improvements in sleep, digestion, bowel movements, anxiety, stress, and pain.
Addressing headaches through trigger point therapy.
Common causes of headaches are tight muscles in the upper back, shoulders and neck. There are multiple presentations depending on which muscles are in spasm. One of the most prevalent patterns is the referred pain pattern from upper trapezius.
The upper trapezius muscle connects the shoulder to the neck and head. It is commonly felt as a hard knotted lump in people who are suffering from these headaches. There are many causes for it tightening, the most common are: whiplash, postural, workplace ergonomics, and overuse. The pain it causes runs along the side of the head from the neck to the edge of the eye. Frequently this would be described as a headache on the side of the head, or a temporal headache.
Treatment of neck disorders with acupuncture
Neck problems are very frequently seen in my clinic. They happen to people with some regularity, and in many cases are easily and quickly resolved. The most common of the neck complaints are tightness in the upper trapezius, and tightness in the levator scapulae. Although the names alone may not mean much to most people, you have probably suffered from one, or more likely, both conditions.
The upper trapezius is the muscle that runs from the shoulders to your neck and back. The middle and lower fibers run along your spine to the lower middle back http://www.wellsphere.com/back-neck-pain-article/pain-in-the-upper-trapezius-muscle/828069 . When there are trigger points in this muscle, the referral can send pain and tension from your upper shoulders to your jaw or even cause headaches on the sides of your head or next to your eyes. There is the additional presentation of raised shoulders.
Dependent upon the patient, constitution, severity and duration o the condition treatment options differ greatly. Treatment is tailored to give the patient the fastest and most lasting results based upon these factors. In the cases of patients with a more sensitive and responsive constitution this can frequently be addressed using neuromuscular techniques (no needles) to stimulate various reflexes and stimulating related muscles to facilitate a reduction in pain and decrease in degree of spasm. This can effectively ameliorate the degree of discomfort and dysfunction in many cases in one to three sessions.
In cases I have seen where the muscles feel like rocks and the person has been carrying their shoulders elevated for an extended period of time I use a technique called dry needle trigger point release. This involves working on the tightest fibers of muscle and stimulating them to fasciculate (twitching), which mechanically will release the spasm. Following the treatment it is not uncommon to experience some soreness, similar to after a good workout, for the remainder of the day and possibly the next day. The immediate and verifiable results following treatment are a loosening of the muscle and an increase in range of motion. Generally this decreases the related symptoms of headaches and jaw tightness (if present on intake), and also increases the strength of the muscle.
In most cases, regardless of presentation, therapy is given at distal points (areas not near the shoulders or neck), that will further stimulate the muscle to relax and mobilize the body’s healing processes. These points also help to restore overall balance in the body to assist the treatment in holding longer.
Levator Scapulae is a different kind of presentation, although it is frequently seen in conjunction with the upper trapezius. This muscle runs from the upper inside corner of your shoulder blade past the nape of your neck and connects to the upper cervical vertebrae http://www.wellsphere.com/back-neck-pain-article/neck-muscles-most-responsible-for-your-stiff-neck-a... . Some of the functions of this muscle are turning the head and raising the shoulder blade. If you have ever woken up with a stiff neck, and have problems turning your head to one side or both then you know the muscle. At times this can become severe and the duration may last more than a day or two. This patient will walk in with a demonstrable problem in cervical rotation (turning head). At that point I press on the muscle, and if it tight and painful, confirmation has been given that the muscle is in spasm.
Treatment, again, is based upon the constitution of the patient and the presentation. In cases where a patient is more responsive to distal work, there are points on the hands and feet that I have used very successfully to immediately improve the range of motion (generally by 80-90%) and decrease pain. The results are dramatic and if the situation is acute tend to show resolution within 1-2 days without further intervention.
In more severe cases I tend to use the dry needle trigger point technique. In one particular case, a patient had slept wrong while having cold air blown on her. When she came in to see me her right shoulder was raised as if she was cradling a phone with her shoulder (she wasn’t actually cradling a phone). It was immediately apparent the problem was with this muscle. I had her get on the table, and within 4 minutes of treatment her shoulder was back to normal, and she had full range of motion. I have seen many other patients who had come in with a stiff neck from sleeping, or limited range of motion turning their heads who have responded immediately once this muscle was addressed.