Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter
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It is estimated that approximately 3% of the population has a set of concrete, written goals. If the full impact of goal setting were realized, and more importantly the results it produces, we would undoubtedly see more people engaging in it.
In a follow-up study of one prominent university's graduating class, the 3% of graduates with written goals out performed the other 97% combined!
If you are new to goal setting, here are some tips to get you going. This is by no means a comprehensive course on goals, but should at least serve as a good starting point.
Goals are most effective when they are written down, and although goal setting usually begins as simple lists like to-do lists, a journal dedicated specifically to your goals is a great asset. Not only does it keep the goals in front of you, but it serves as a record of your accomplishments. Drawing on past success is extremely motivating, especially as your goals get larger and more audacious.
In addition to a journal, it is also a good idea to utilize index cards and post-it notes that can be placed any where you are sure to see them throughout the day. Some suggestions are the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, your dashboard, your computer, etc. The idea is to keep your goals in the fore front of your mind and prevent them from getting swept away by the monotony of the day.
When writing goals you must be as specific as possible. The more clear and crisp the image, the more likely you are to achieve it. If you wanted to lose weight, for example, simply stating, "I would like to lose some weight" is too vague a statement to have any meaningful impact. Instead, a goal would sound something more like, "I will lose 25 pounds and reach my goal weight of 119 pounds by August 31." You can see that this goal is measurable in both weight and in time. Come August 31, you have either met your goal or you haven't.
Review your goals at least 3 times per day, preferably first thing in the morning, the last thing before bed, and then somewhere mid-day. Don't worry too much initially about how you will accomplish your goal. When you get proficient at setting goals and continually reviewing them, your mind will come up with the "hows".
Start with small goals that are relatively easy to accomplish and build momentum to bigger and bolder goals. If you don't hit a goal by its deadline, don't worry. Just rework the goal, set a new date, and recommit to getting it done.
Start today. As you begin checking off goals in the coming weeks your life will begin to take on new depth and greater meaning.
Acupuncture for Optimal Health
Off Road, or Off the Mark?
I know you've seen them braving the pitted surface of the highway. Or perhaps traversing a busy grocery store or home improvement parking lot. Luckily for the driver there's just enough power and ground clearance to navigate a speed bump before wedging himself into a minuscule parking space.
The Hummer. Real-life Tonka toy; bastion of raw power and manliness. Relegated to a life on the pavement. It's a travesty being played out all over America. You can almost see these powerful machines hanging their grills in shame as they are taunted by their mud-caked brothers.
The question is: Are you treating acupuncture like a well-dressed Hummer? Are you using it for total body health and well-being as it was meant to be; or simply to reduce your back pain?
To unleash the awesome power of the meridian system to support and rebuild your health; or just to get rid of that headache? To enhance your athletic performance, boost your immunity, and increase your energy, calm your mind, reduce your stress; or to merely get over a stiff neck? It's time to get off the pavement and into the tough stuff!
Many people are still under the impression that
acupuncture is all about fixing up aches and pains.
Are you one of them?
The very first acupuncture treatment was delivered over 2,500 years ago! Acupuncture is a time-tested, proven method to help regain health in ways that go beyond just treating pains and aches.
Obviously, if you come to us in pain we will do everything we can to get your body back into balance as quickly as possible in order to alleviate your symptoms. But the true overriding purpose of acupuncture is to restore the normal and balanced flow of energies within the meridian system so that the body is free to express its maximum potential of health at all times.
Using acupuncture for anything less is like never taking your man-machine off-road. Sure you might look good behind the wheel, but your Hummer will always be pining for the dirt.
If you are seeing me on an occasional basis or only when you hurt yourself, you are missing out on the true essence of acupuncture. If this sounds like you, call me to get on a schedule of preventative, proactive acupuncture care and let us help you live life to the fullest.
But you rationalize that you bought your Hummer because
it has plenty of headroom, and ample cargo space to transport your groceries and lumber. Nice try. So does the neighbor
Now about that treatment...
Product Review - Quercenase for Allergy Relief
Quercenase, by Thorne Research, is a combination of quercetin phytosome and bromelain. Bromelain is a compound of proteolytic enzymes derived from the pineapple plant. Bromelain has protein-digesting and immune-enhancing properties. Bromelain also contains constituents that help maintain the body's normal inflammatory response, and may help the absorption of quercetin.
Quercetin stabilizes mast cells that store and release histamine, making it very useful in the management of allergies. Quercetin appears to have many beneficial effects on human health, including cardiovascular protection, as well as protection of the gastrointestinal tract. A number of quercetin's effects appear to be due to its antioxidant activity. Quercetin scavenges free radicals and inhibits oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
The advantage of quercetin phytosome is its advanced phytosome technology. Phytosome complexes are created by a patented process that binds a botanical extract to phosphatidylcholine, a key component of cell membranes, making it more easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
One Capsule Contains:
Quercetin Phytosome (Sophora japonica concentrate (leaf) / Phosphatidylcholine complex from Sunflower) 250 mg.
Bromelain* 100 mg.
Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide, Leucine.
*Bromelain is derived from the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus). This product is not diluted with lactose.
Take 1 capsule three times daily or as recommended by a health-care practitioner.
Statements and Warnings
This product is contraindicated in an individual with a history of hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients, ,including pineapple.
This product does not contain wheat, gluten, corn, yeast, soy, egg, dairy products, or artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavors. This product also does not contain lactose, palmitic acid, magnesium stearate, or stearic acid.
If pregnant, consult your health-care practitioner before using this product.
Because bromelain has fibrinolytic effects that may potentially inhibit blood clotting, Quercenase should be used with caution or avoided in individuals on anticoagulant therapy or prior to surgery.
It is not recommended to remove the Quercenase powder from the capsule to take orally, as it can be irritating to the oral mucosa.
Retail Price $41.20
Available for sale at Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions
POLYGONUM SPARE RIB SOUP
- Calms the Shen (spirit)
- Tonifies the Kidney, Liver and Heart.
- Helps promote shiny beautiful hair
* ½ lb spare ribs, chopped
* 10 g polygonum (何首烏) aka: Chinese Knotweed
* 10 g zizyphus, crushed
** The Chinese name for the zizyphus herb is:
suan zao ren (jujube) 酸枣仁 (枣)
* 10 g lily (bai he 百合)
* 10 g poria fu shen (bao mu) 茯神 (抱木)
* 2 slices ginger
* 2 tsp rice wine
Makes 2 servings
Polygonum [何首烏] Bai He [百合] Fu Shen [茯神]
* Rinse the spare ribs thoroughly.
* Place the crushed zizyphus in cheesecloth.
- After cleaning the spare ribs, boil it with a deep stainless steel pan. Wash off the ribs.
- In another pot, add ample amount of water and soak the herbs for about 20 minutes.
- Add washed ribs and the rest of the ingredients to the pot with herbs and bring to a boil.
- Take out all the foam and reduce heat to low. Stew over low flame for about an hour until the spare ribs soften.
- Add salt to bring out the taste.
Note: If you are interested in making this soup, but can't find the herb, you can call ahead to place your order and then swing by the office to pick them up. The herbs are very inexpensive and very effective in healing the body.
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