Introduction Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. It most commonly affects the lower back, the neck, the shoulders, the back of the head, the upper chest and/or upper thighs, although other areas of the body may be involved. The pain is usually described as burning, throbbing, shooting, or stabbing. Activities such as lifting and climbing stairs are often very difficult and painful. Depression is frequently...

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                                         Step 1: Eat Real Food Real food is the food that is most natural, found in nature with the least amount of processing involved before it reaches your table. This is the food that is provided by our Maker to keep us healthy and alive without debilitating diseases. Foods like apples, carrots, raw nuts and seeds. Foods that haven’t been loaded with hormones, pesticides and other unnatural chemicals. These are...

     Chlorella is not often thought of as part of a weight loss protocol but with its powerful green nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and more, cholorella in fact can help with metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Chlorella for fat burning?  Mizoguchi et al. (2008) concluded in their study, Nutrigenomic studies of effects of chlorella on subjects with high-risk factors for lifestyle-related disease, that chlorella intake resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat...

  BY HELENA AMOS, MD (EUR.), M.AC., L.AC   A reoccurring complaint I'm seeing in my practice is from patients with concerns about saggy and/or dull skin, acne, and rosacea. What they do not realize is how much their appearance reveals about their internal health condition. Indeed the two are connected, so it takes a truly WHOListic approach to treat the issues. Besides doing facial acupuncture and microcurrent treatments, in many cases it is possible to resolve the situation...

  BY HELENA AMOS, MD (EUR), M.AC., L.AC.   During the course of my 20+ years as an acupuncturist and health practitioner, I have seen numerous patients whose facial and body signs have collectively pointed to a syndrome known as adrenal fatigue. This diagnosis is typically given when a nonspecific set of symptoms occurs. Further testing then often reveals fluctuating or unbalanced hormone levels, particularly estrogen, progesterone and aldosterone -- a hormone produced in the...

  BY HELENA AMOS, MD (EUR), M.AC., L.AC.   If the eyes are the windows of the soul, the bags under your eyes are the windows of your kidneys! Not nearly as poetic, but a sign taken very seriously by practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has a long and venerable history of understanding the significant link between facial lines and what they reveal about our health. When examined one by one, the crow's feet, frown lines, eye bags, forehead wrinkles and...

    BY HELENA AMOS, MD (EUR), M.AC., L.AC.   When the skin on our faces shows as a healthy lustrous complexion, it reflects the organs in our bodies are vigorous, with a strong immune system and well functioning blood and energy flows. And while good quality skincare is necessary for maintaining a healthy complexion, any external benefits can be depleted by psychological factors like stress and accumulated toxins inside our body, causing harm to our skin. I always believe...

Many people have either heard of or learned about magnesium. However, most people don’t realize how essential it is for the human body. Interestingly enough, magnesium is actually more important for our bodies than most other vitamins and minerals. Magnesium not only plays a vital role in calcium absorption and energy production but it also helps to maintain our nervous system, cardiovascular health, healthy bones, and a healthy hormonal balance. More specifically, our bodies need magnesium...

When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, what do you see? While this could be considered a very philosophical question requiring deep thought, for many people the first thing they notice is right on the surface—bags and dark circles under their eyes. Dark circles under your eyes immediately give away the fact that you’re tired, stressed, or dehydrated—or maybe all three. But these causes are just scratching the tip of what your eyes—and really your whole face—are...

  People who have food sensitivities fear eating—that delicious-looking item might taste good, but they are afraid that it will cause painful or embarrassing symptoms later. Some patients even have symptoms that rise to the level of interfering with daily activities. These patients can’t eat out or enjoy social occasions because of their digestive issues and may even feel like they can’t eat anything because everything they eat bothers them somehow. Our Food Sensitivity...