Cancer Prevention and Survival: Nutrition and Supplements

Cancer Prevention and Survival: Nutrition and Supplements

As part of Midwest Specialty Acupuncture’s series on cancer, today we delve into foods, supplements and how we nourish ourselves.  Because there is a lot of information out there and new supplement claims can be made by just about anyone with a computer, we are going to focus on the recommendations of an expert panel whose job it is to analyze data for this very reason...

 

Increase Cancer Survivorship with Exercise

Increase Cancer Survivorship with Exercise

“When will we treat physical activity as a legitimate medical therapy… even though it does not come in a pill?”

-Church T, Blair SN.  Br J Sports Med 2008 Oct 16

We all know we are supposed to exercise.  It makes us feel good by getting the endorphins running.  If we falter, we feel sluggish or moody; suffer from poor sleep, digestion or anxiety...

 

 

The Meditative Art of Qi Gong in Minneapolis

The Meditative Art of Qi Gong in Minneapolis

“Qi” means life energy.  It animates us, providing function to our structure.  Its vibrancy is dependent on flow.  That flow coalesces in the channels or meridians.  These conduits connect the entire body into an integrative whole.  Each aspect of us affects every other aspect.  And this goes for more than just the physical body, but the emotional and spiritual bodies as well.  Qi flows through each of these and all of us and our many complexities, integrating us into one fantastically functional unit...

Starting and Keeping Good Habits

Starting and Keeping Good Habits

Welcome to 2013!  On this first day of this New Year, our thoughts expand outward.  No longer simply concerned with Thanksgiving, then Christmas; as the winter energy peaks then gathers a different seed for the spring, we look deeper, farther at the year to come.  

This is a natural process highlighted by the “tai ji symbol” you may recognize from pop feng shui ornaments.  The black is yin- which refers to winter, night, quiet, inward, and female.  The white is yang- symbolizing summer, daytime, growth, forward, external, and male...

The Pain Gap- Why Conventional Pain Control Methods are not Working

The Pain Gap- Why Conventional Pain Control Methods are not Working

It is a most common scenario.  Something hurts, beyond the “usual” pain, so we go in to seek care from our doctor.  The more severe, short-term pain patients get pain killers and possibly muscle relaxers, are told to rest, ice and it will improve.  For longer, nagging injuries, patients are offered a steroid injection to decrease inflammation and get them immediately out of pain- with the hope that relief will continue long term.  X-rays and/or MRIs are ordered as needed. Of course, severe conditions may wind up in surgery but that’s a whole other discussion...

 

The Dirty on Tainted Steroid Injections

In fall, a fungal meningitis outbreak of historic proportions is occurring locally and nationwide due to tainted methylprednisolone acetate, a common joint and epidural injection for pain purchased from the New England Compounding Center.  The center shut down almost immediately as inspectors wrote about dirty floors and a leaky boiler. Floor mats near sterile drug-mixing areas were "visibly soiled with assorted debris," and a leak from a nearby boiler created an "environment susceptible to contaminant growth".  Furthermore, according to Massachusetts law, compounding pharmacies must have a prescription for every patient for each dose they send out; otherwise it falls under manufacturing mandates.  But documents recently released show multiple complaints against the pharmacy going back to 1999...