The entire spectrum of diabesity, including all of its complications–diabetes, elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol–are simply downstream symptoms that result from problems with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptibilities. And the reason these dietary and lifestyle factors lead to diabesity is because they create a condition known as insulin resistance. As your insulin levels increase it leads to an appetite that is...

Metabolic syndrome is a health condition that everyone's talking about.  Although it was only identified less than 20 years ago, metabolic syndrome is as widespread as  common cold . According to the American Heart Association, 47 million Americans have it. That's almost a staggering one out of every six people.The risks of developing metabolic syndrome increases as you age. So what is this mysterious syndrome -- which also goes by the scary-sounding name Syndrome X -- and should you be...

Are You Allergic to Rain? Dust mites, animal dander, molds, and pollen are among the most common environmental triggers of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms. For some, however, a spring or summer thunderstorm may lead to a flare-up of symptoms. Research shows an association between thunderstorm activity and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms; one study found a 3 percent increase in emergency-room visits for asthma attacks in the 24 hours following...

Story at-a-glance Research shows an association between thunderstorm activity and worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms Pollen and mold particles that may otherwise be too big to get into your lungs suddenly become broken up by a thunderstorm, allowing entrance into your lungs, which can lead to “thunderstorm asthma” Thunderstorms’ electrical charge also makes tiny pollen and mold particles stickier, increasing the likelihood that they’ll cause trouble in your lungs once...

  About one in three American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension is "the second greatest public health threat" in the US. About half of all with hypertension have uncontrolled high blood pressure, which increases your risk for a number of more serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and end-stage kidney disease. Interestingly, 16 million Americans...

Q. What is this and why is it important to me?   A. Every one needs vitamins. that's clear. However, not only do we need the vitamins, but we also need the "Tool" molecules that turn these vitamins into the many other useful things which our body also needs. Think of the vitamins, along with the carbohydrates, fats and proteins as raw materials to build the body. Vitamins are proteins. Mostly our body makes all the protein it needs, but there are 20 which we REQUIRE to live, but...

                        An Extremely Effective, Simple Treatment for Colds and Flu   Some years ago, a group of esteemed scientists from the People's Republic of China were invited to visit the United States by the American scientific community. This event ushered in an exchange of ideas and an opportunity for two great nations to be able to corroborate on a number of issues vital to the health and welfare of the world. Over a period of two months, the Chinese...

Acupuncture can be a wonderful therapy for kids. Many people often ask what the youngest age is that I can treat. And the answer is, we can tailor treatment according to the child's age, stage of development, and comfort with treatment. I have been fortunate enough to treat newborns, as well as toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged kids, preteens, and teens here in my clinic as well as in different health settings. For babies and young children, I don't usually use needles, but rather...

Successful conception is more likely when both partners are healthy.  With acupuncture and Oriental medicine, prospective parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for conception. According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person's health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn,...

Acupuncture is the strategic insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body’s surface for the purpose of stimulating healing. It is part of an ancient system of health care developed in China over 3000 years ago. Acupuncture is based on the concept that energy (called chi) flows through the body in certain patterns (meridians). The free flow of these energies ensures good health. Change in the free flow of this energy, such as stuckness, blockages, or imbalances, are believed to...