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Issue #2015-06c

Save Your Summertime Skin 

 

 

 Now is the time of year when the sun becomes irresistible. As tempting as it is to spend as much time as possible in the warmth of the sun, there are a few precautions to take to protect your skin from harmful rays. 


Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It reflects our health and age. Today, there's much concern about sunbathing leading to an increase in skin damage and skin cancer.


Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the production of free radicals that can adversely affect the integrity of collagen in the skin. Over time, our skin becomes wrinkled, cracked, aged, and brittle. For smokers, the effects are multiplied.


Research suggests that skin cancer is cumulative over a lifetime. It begins with overexposure and serious sunburns during childhood.
We can't live without the sun. Our bodies require sunlight in order to manufacture Vitamin D needed for calcium absorption, among other things. So, we shouldn't hide from our shining star. Here are a few helpful tips and precautions to take when you're soaking in the sun this summer. 

 


Use sunscreen

Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF number for greater protection. Apply it onto your skin 15 minutes before you go outside. Don't forget your nose, ears, and neck.


Time is key

Avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its highest peak in the sky, typically from about 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Gear up

Wear a hat with a wide brim, t-shirt, and sunglasses that filter ultraviolet rays.


Drink up 

By keeping your body hydrated you can avoid dehydration and provide moisture for the skin to prevent dryness, cracking, and aging.


Pop a pill

Vitamins such as A, E, and some antioxidants help prevent skin damage from the inside. Cod Liver oil and Flaxseed oil have also been used to support skin health.


Brush it off 

Before you take a shower, use a dry skin brush. This can open pores and slough off dead skin, allowing your skin to breathe easily and work more efficiently.


Keep healthy 

Some medications we take may have reactions and side effects when we're exposed to sunlight. Acupuncture may be able to provide an alternative to these medications, keeping you healthy, safely and naturally.


If you want to enjoy the sun this summer season and not worry later, practice good sun sense.

You and your skin deserve it!
 

 

   

  All Revved Up and Can't Slow Down
 

 

What do you think would happen if you kept your car in park and the engine revving at 65 miles per hour?

 


You guessed it-after a short time your car would break down. If you were lucky, a simple tune-up would fix the problem. If not, the engine might need to be replaced entirely.


Stress is a revving engine that, if left unchecked, can wear out the body and mind. Stress in our professional, personal, financial and social lives can lead to a variety of symptoms and signs of ill health.


Stress increases our body's production of cortisol and adrenaline. These body chemicals help activate the "fight or flight" response, a normal reaction that is designed to prepare the body to flee danger or fight an attacker.

Unfortunately, many modern stressors are chronic and end up activating the "fight or flight" response for weeks, months, or years at a time. This long-term activation of the body's stress-response system can wear down the body and mind, setting the stage for illness and disease.


The good news is that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be extremely helpful in reducing symptoms and signs associated with stress in a number of ways: 

1) A customized Chinese herbal prescription can help restore internal health and balance, thus "slowing the engine down."

2) Safe, gentle and effective acupuncture treatments can help "turn off" the fight or flight response and can enable you to feel calmer and sleep more soundly.

3) Suggestions for a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, meditation, rest and exercise, will enable you to maintain health over the long-term.


One of the unique attributes of Chinese medicine is its holistic approach to health and well-being. Instead of masking, or only addressing a few symptoms and signs related to stress, an acupuncturist cares for the whole person, body and mind.
Stop revving your engine!

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing stress, feel free to give me a call.

 

For thousands of years acupuncture has helped millions of people cool their engines before they burned out! 

Recipe Corner  

 

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Product Highlight

 

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The ProThrivers line of products supports overall health by emphasizing key pathways that have the strongest influence on the body.

ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin is a combination of nutrients that safely support the health of thrivers.* A unique and important aspect of this formula is what it does not contain. ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin does not contain beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, copper, or boron.

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ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin is a combination of nutrients that safely support the health of thrivers.* A unique and important aspect of this formula is what it does not contain. ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin does not contain beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, copper, or boron.


This formulation includes active forms of nutrients to support overall health and energy metabolism*. Studies indicate that thrivers benefit from taking a daily multivitamin and minerals supplement. [1,2]


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ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin is a combination of nutrients that safely support the health of thrivers.* A unique and important aspect of this formula is what it does not contain.

 

ProThrivers Wellness Multivitamin does not contain beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, copper, or boron, as data indicates these nutrients may be contraindicated for some thrivers.

 

* The formulation includes active forms of nutrients to support overall health and energy metabolism.

* Studies indicate that thrivers benefit from taking a daily multivitamin and minerals supplement.

  1. Poole EM, Shu X, Caan BJ. Br Can Res and Treat. 2013: 139, 529-37. Accessed at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23660948 
  2. Wassertheil-Smoller S, McGinn AP, Budrys N, et al. Br Can Res Treat. 2013 Oct;141(3):495-505

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The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
  
Be sure to check out the  June issue, on stands now, entitled  Why People REALLY Go to the Doctor and Why Acupuncture is a Surprising Alternative.
  
  
Click the link below 
to view May's Article, entitled   Save Your Gallbladder with Traditional Chinese Medicine
  
Acupressure points

 

Rubbing acupuncture

points with your finger for  30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 

 

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Large Intestine 11

(LI 11):

English: Pool at the Bend

Chinese: Qu Chi

(曲池)

 


 

Location

 

With elbow flexed, at depression in lateral end of the transverse cubital crease, midway between LU-5 and lateral epicondyle of humerus. 1-1.5 cun perpendicular

 

 Functions:

 

Large Intestine 11 is

a go-to point for reducing fevers. Use to resolve dampness and damp heat, harmonizes Qi and blood, and regulates Qi circulation in the lung.

 

 In addition, the point is called upon for many other symptoms that, from an acupuncture perspective, stem from excessive heat. These include sore throat, red and itchy eyes, rashes, hypertension, excessive thirst, toothaches and some headaches.

 

 

Research Update:
Evidence of Acupuncture & Increasing Sport Performance

 

Researchers have discovered that acupuncture can stimulate the release of biochemicals that help prevent athletic fatigue due to intensive exercise.

 

The study showed that electroacupuncture can affect the free radical metabolism process in athletes and increase antioxidant activity.

 

 Researchers in the study came to the conclusion that electroacupuncture - a form of acupuncture - increases enzymes that have antioxidant properties and decreases the body's biochemical response to stressors, resulting in a decrease in athletic fatigue.

 

 These results are significant for any serious athlete or person who regularly exercises at an intense rate and is looking to improve performance and endurance.

 

If you feel this issue applies to you or someone you know, contact an acupuncturist to begin alternative treatment and improve your sport performance. 

 

Health Tip - Skin Brushing

 

There are many daily practices we can incorporate into our lives to help us improve our health.

 

Helping our bodies to detoxify is an important part of any wellness regime.

 

Caring for our skin is one way we can stimulate the body's natural mechanisms to detoxify.


 

 

1. Starting from the feet, brush the soles as well as the upper side using a long-handled natural brush.

 

 Using long, sweeping strokes, brush up the legs, covering all of the skin's surface area, concentrating on the thighs and buttocks.


2. Put one arm up in the air, allowing gravity to help drain the lymph to the armpit, and sweep

down the arm with gentle strokes, drawing towards the armpit.


3. Brush the torso by brushing towards the heart, and when doing the lower abdomen, brush up the right-hand side, just on the inside of the hip bone, across the transverse colon beneath the ribs and down the left-hand side, then gently across the pelvic area to complete the circle. Repeat.


4. When working near the breast area, brush over the top of the breast, always aiming for the armpit - and remember, be gentle over sensitive areas.


Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning or before a bath or shower and on a dry and naked body.

After brushing your body, rinse off in the shower while alternating temperatures from hot and cold.

 

Alternating temperatures will bring more blood to the outer layers of the skin and stimulate blood circulation, further invigorating the skin.
  

Resource - EWG's 2015 Guide to Sunscreens

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Reference Books

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The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine
 

 

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Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

 

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