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Research Update - Acupuncture for Improving Kidney Function

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine establishes acupuncture as a feasible treatment for improving kidney function in those suffering from chronic kidney disease. The study followed 59 patients with chronic kidney disease over a twelve-week period, in which they each received acupuncture treatments using the same acupuncture points plus electrostimulation. The serum creatinine levels and estimated glomerular filtration rates were monitored to determine the successfulness. The study concluded the serum creatinine levels dropped and the estimated glomerular filtration rates increased, which indicates acupuncture holds promise in the treatment of chronic kidney disease and improving overall kidney function.

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2016.0119      

Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 31 million people suffering from chronic kidney disease. Decreased kidney function can be either acute or chronic. Acute kidney injury can be caused by a sudden drop in blood flow to the kidneys, damage from medications or infections. Chronic kidney damage can be caused by autoimmune diseases, genetic diseases, sexually transmitted diseases or even chronic urinary tract infections. Regardless of the cause, decreased kidney function can be life threatening if not detected or left untreated.    

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers multiple methods to help battle decreased kidney function. The kidneys function to filter and purify blood throughout the body. Inadequate blood flow to the kidneys can lead to a host of problems. The most prevalent form of TCM is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow into areas that are lacking, thus allowing the transport of vital nutrients that keep the tissues healthy and functioning properly. Acupuncture can help relieve clinical symptoms of kidney disease, such as fatigue, back pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting.        

According to TCM, the kidneys are the source of yin and yang. Yang is fire and yin is water. When the fire of yang is weak or the water of yin is not nourishing the body, then the kidney function must be addressed. The kidneys also house essence or jing in TCM. Jing is similar to our DNA. Since the kidneys are the most deep-seated of the internal organs, they are responsible for providing the tools to fulfill the deepest needs, such as survival and reproduction. While the kidneys house the deep reserves that fuel the body, they are also the organs damaged the most by stress. The body’s bones and marrow are governed by the kidneys in TCM. So even illnesses like osteoporosis can be related to the kidneys and as such, when treating a person with these ailments, the kidney meridian must always be included in the treatments.          

Regular acupuncture treatments can greatly improve the health of the kidneys and keep them strong.  But it is also important to keep stress levels at a minimum. This is where things like meditation, tai chi and qi gong can come into play. All of these practices help calm the mind and relieve stress. It is also recommended that fear be avoided, as it can deplete the energy of the kidney meridian. Physically, the kidney meridian manifests in the lower back and knees. Therefore, proper stretching and exercises to strengthen the back and leg muscles are extremely helpful in supporting overall kidney health. Certain foods can also help improve kidney health. In particular, dark foods like black beans, black walnuts, as well as seafood are all excellent kidney tonics.

All of the aforementioned items can be provided by a properly trained and fully licensed acupuncturist.  So if you or somebody you know is suffering from decreased kidney function or kidney disease of some sort, it would be beneficial to contact a local acupuncturist. TCM coupled with Western medicine can help anybody suffering from these kinds of issues. The two modalities complement one another nicely and allow for the patient to lead a more normal life.

 

Kidney Boosting Cranberry Ginger Smoothie Recipe

To support your kidneys, it’s beneficial to stay plenty hydrated.

Jam-packed with vitamins and healthy fats and low in sodium from all the fresh fruits and veggies, this smoothie is a kidney-boosting wonder!

Cranberries are often praised for their bladder-healthy benefits. They are also full of Vitamin C and fiber and have anti-inflammatory effects. Walnuts are a great source of healthy fat and also benefit the kidneys, according to traditional Chinese medicine. You can make this smoothie with water or almond milk for an extra calcium boost. Making sure you have enough calcium in your diet can help to prevent kidney stones. Lastly, ginger is always a great smoothie addition, making the flavor more dynamic and contributing to the smoothie’s anti-inflammatory effects.

To make, combine the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Ingredients:

●     1 cup water or milk alternative

●     1 ½ ounces organic baby spinach or watercress

●     2 ounces organic cranberries (fresh or frozen)

●     2 dates pits removed

●     1 chopped organic pear

●     ½ inch fresh ginger

●     3 tablespoons walnuts

●     1 cup ice

Why You Should Get Regular Acupuncture Treatments

Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness regime, you may not have to rely on the family physician so much for those minor little issues.  Let’s look at how getting regular acupuncture treatments can help you stay happy and healthy.            

There are many ways acupuncture treatments can change a person’s life. One of the most noticeable is acupuncture can get you to look at your health from a completely different perspective. This could mean you might start taking a more in depth look at your health, which may allow you to veer away from some of the mainstream medical practices such as multiple pharmaceuticals. Many long-term acupuncture patients find they no longer need all the medications prescribed by their family physician, because the symptoms have been controlled using acupuncture.            

Acupuncture is great for prevention. Because regular acupuncture treatments can balance hormones and boost immunity, there is a good chance you won’t need that annual flu shot or all those over-the-counter cold medications. A trained acupuncturist can spot a problem like decreased immunity from a mile away. It can appear as symptoms such as chronic fatigue, insomnia and even body temperature fluctuations. A couple of treatments can make a big difference.            

What about relieving some of that extra stress we all deal with? Yes, regular acupuncture treatments can keep that at bay too.  Many people don’t equate being poked with tiny needles as a relaxation technique, but it truly is relaxing. Many patients actually fall asleep after or while the needles are being placed. And the effects can last for days or even weeks. So the next time you feel irritable and overwhelmed, check out your local licensed acupuncturist.            

Regular acupuncture treatments can help you save money. What? It’s true. This goes back to the previous benefits. If you don’t need as many pharmaceuticals, you will ultimately save money. Also, conditions like stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression can keep you from going to work, possibly costing you several days of pay. But with regular acupuncture treatments, your moods can be more effectively managed and you won’t need to miss work as frequently.           

And the most popular reason to get regular acupuncture treatments is that it will help you remain pain free. We all have aches and pains. But research has shown acupuncture is more effective than opioids for controlling things like arthritic pain in the joints. It is also be incorporated into hospital emergency rooms throughout the United States, so people don’t need as many pain medications. As a matter of fact, in Asia, acupuncture is sometimes used by itself during and after surgical procedures to treat pain.

While many of you may have a needle phobia, don’t let that deter you. Acupuncture is part of an amazing medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. In comparison, Western medicine has only been around for about 200 to 250 years. That puts things in perspective a little, especially when you consider most people in Asian countries live longer, happier, healthier lives than almost everybody in the United States. There’s no better time than the present to start a good habit. Just be sure to seek out a fully trained and licensed acupuncturist. Your whole life just might change for the better.

Why You Need To Know About AmpCoil Therapy

Understanding The Incredible Benefits Of AmpCoil Therapy

The AmpCoil includes several proven technologies all rolled into one modern device:
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF)

Voice Analysis (voice-guided biofeedback system that analyzes the tonal qualities of the voice, using extensive mathematical algorithms. Allowing for personalized results)
Bioresonance
Tone Generator
Amplifier
Modified Tesla Coil
Combined, these produce silent but powerful, customized Magnetic Wave Vibrations allowing frequencies to: a) penetrate deep into the cell, reaching the quantum level and being able to reach intracellular, b) cross the blood-brain barrier, c) break through biofilms, d) and neutralize vibrational interferences caused by microbes, metals, toxins, Lyme, co-infections, and more throughout the entire body.

An analogy that we like to use is that of two tuning forks. When you strike a tuning fork near another fork, the two will vibrate in unison. When you begin a Journey/session on AmpCoil the modified Tesla coil acts like a tuning fork, and through entrainment, your body synchronizes with it. 

Also, when a frequency is delivered to a pathogen your body has been holding onto (such as a parasite), it will vibrate it at such high amplitude, the cell wall will disable. The result is that the body’s natural immune system experiences less interference and is able to begin working as nature intended.

Definitions:
Bioresonance -
built-in tone generator programmed with Rife, Hulda Clark, and proprietary frequency sets called Journeys related to organs, nutrition, microbes, metals, toxins and more.
Biofeedback - Voice Analysis Biofeedback via the BetterGuide app utilizes extensive mathematical algorithms to play back your personalized vibrational tones. This is a significant improvement over existing systems that use a trial and error approach.
PEMF - Pulsed electromagnetic field delivery system through a modified Tesla Coil for intracellular penetration. This is a significant improvement over electrical systems, which stop at bones, muscles, and nerves.
Tesla - Modified Tesla coil emits a 10 Hz magnetic wave, enveloping the body in earth-based, harmonizing and cleansing frequencies while being able to focus on specific areas.
Sound - high-quality amplifier for a powerful transmission

AmpCoil Testimonials:
“ have been using an Ampcoil for about 3 or 4 months and have found the outcome pretty remarkable. I have several clients I have used it with that have severe depression and if we run the “Positivity Journey”, they can move through their day in ways that they haven’t been able to for quite some time.” — Carrie Uselman

“I met my partner about a year and a half ago and she informed me that she had her 20 year old son living at home, suffering from Lyme disease. The AmpCoil was discovered and what a difference it made for him in a short period of time. Seeing him start to experience life, having friendships, working again, being a social butterfly.” — Joe Lindsay

“I have had the AmpCoil several months and I came from a place of having migraines two or three times a week. I am now able to function normally and go about my day and not be stuck in a room, in the house, for hours and days. Actually my whole entire being has really changed.” — Lynelle Wampler

“I was having long term migraine headaches. A friend of mine gave me one treatment with the AmpCoil. Within a few hours the headache disappeared and it was gone for two weeks. I had another session over a month ago and the headache has not come back.” — Paul Doyan

“My son, Alex, is 21 years old. He came down with Lyme disease in 10th grade. Before the AmpCoil, we had a few years of ups and downs, but it seemed like nothing would stick. In the past 6 months since using the AmpCoil, his quality of life has dramatically improved.” — Susan Monticello

“I purchased the AmpCoil about 3 or 4 months ago and I’ve been using it consistently. I noticed that I woke up one morning and I had this sense of this lightness and it’s this type of lightness that I imagine how a child is when they get up in the morning and they are just free.” — Susie Crawford

“I’ve had an Ampcoil for three months, and It’s changed my life in so many ways. Not only is my overall health and quality of sleep improving daily, but my home has become a healing center of sorts for friends and family, who come over for ‘coiling’ sessions almost daily.” — Luke Storey

“I’ve been using the Ampcoil for a few months now and am very happy with the results. I have had success using the device for both acute issues such as brain fog, headaches, etc.. as well as for more underlying health issues. I truly believe this technology is the future of health and wellness!” — Heather Culp

“My grandson was having some issues concentrating in school. He had an AmpCoil session and his teacher told my daughter that he was amazed how he was able to pay attention so much better. I’ve been taking allergy medicine for over 15 years. I did the “Airway” program 3x and I haven’t taken the medicine since!” — Terry Warren

“Loving my AmpCoil ... balanced a skin problem right up.” — Sharon Kufeldt

“The AmpCoil is how I have healed from severe illness last year and am healing myself right now! Super powerful, potent and effective, more than anything I have found so far!” — Sunshine Beck

“I have chronic fatigue syndrome and it feels like it is blowing a life force energy into my cells.”— Suzanne Origen

“Loving the results I see in myself (increased energy) and my clients!” — Marianne Klemm Schneider

“I see a future for tech like this making the world just that more healthy. Great job to AmpCoil!” — Kreg Pierce

“I have had irregular heartbeats for most of the year now and I have been taking medication for it. After using the AmpCoil, my heart was regular for one week. I need another session because it is great!” — Harvey Bigelsen

Leaky Gut? Reflux? Constipation? IBS? Candida?

Digestive imbalances can be stressful and stress can cause more digestive woes. Microbiome Labs offers a complete lines of products to help you get back on track and feeling fantastic. Here at Carolina Holistic Health, our patients have been thrilled with the results of these supplements for 8 years and counting.

I will highlight just a few of our favorites...

MegaSporeBiotic™️ is a 100% spore-based, broad-spectrum probiotic clinically shown to maintain healthy gut barrier function.  It has been shown to clinically reduce leaky gut by 60%. This unique all-spore formula effectively RECONDITIONS the gut by promoting microbial diversity and maintaining key health-promoting, commensal gut bacteria. MegaSporeBiotic™️ boasts a 5-year shelf-life, does not require refrigeration, and maintains efficacy during antibiotic therapy.

 

As 2020 has demonstrated, life is unpredictable! If you do happen to get sick, despite your greatest efforts, MegaViron™ is here to help. This 15-day supply of potent herbs and antioxidants is designed to give your immune system the boost it needs to handle the job. In addition to providing a boost, this formula is designed to support further surveillance, cellular clean up, and important de-escalation to facilitate a comprehensive response. This product is packed with curcumin, quercetin, NAC, olive leaf, andrographis, tinospora, boswellia, Chinese skullcap, Beta glucans from Reishi mushrooms, and more. The all-natural ingredients in MegaViron™️work synergistically to increase the speed at which your immune system can detect and eliminate foreign invaders, prevent viral replication and boost the body’s ability to detect viruses. MegaViron™️ is a triple action immune formula designed to prevent viral entry and replication, boost Take control of your health and gain peace of mind with this all-natural, triple action,  immune-boosting support.

 

Total Gut Restoration (TGR) Program:
The three fundamental aspects of gut health include: the microbial population, physical structures, and regulatory immune function. The 3-Step Total Gut Restoration Program focuses on each of these key areas. MegaSporeBiotic™️ is the first step in the Total Gut Restoration system which RECONDITIONS your gut and restores balance to your gut bacteria by increasing microbial diversity and maintaining key health-promoting gut bacteria. MegaPreBiotic™️ REINFORCES the beneficial microbial changes created by MegaSporeBiotic™️ to promote a strong and diverse microbiome. MegaMucosa™️ is the first complete mucosal support supplement of its kind, formulated with key amino acids to REBUILD a healthy mucosal barrier.

 

MegaMycoBalance™️ is formulated with undecylenic acid and bee propolis to support healthy yeast and fungal balance in the body. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a direct correlation between vaginal yeast infections and simultaneous overgrowth of Candida in the digestive tract. MegaMycoBalance™️ can support a healthy balance of vaginal flora by restoring balance to the intestinal flora.

 

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Healthy Eating for Spring

Healthy Eating for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. Plants and animals awaken from their slumber during the cold winter months, and vital nutrients stored in the roots of the plants and bodies of the animals come to the surface as life becomes more vibrant and fluid.

Human beings are no different. Humans stay indoors more during the winter months, and tend to pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process.           

Therefore, it makes sense that what was observed by the ancient Chinese should still hold true today.  Humans are supposed to take their cues from nature. As a species, humans should be more active during the warmer spring months. And to do this, we need proper nourishment. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is sometimes translated into energy. This Qi is the vital substance that keeps our bodies functioning until the day we die. To keep the Qi plentiful, we need to eat the proper foods at the proper times.          

During the spring, we should be eating foods that have upward energies, such as green, sprouting vegetables. But we also need foods that will provide the extra nourishment for the increased amounts of activity that accompany the season of spring. This is where sweeter foods play a vital role. Foods such as fruits, nuts, yams, carrots and potatoes can provide the extra energy needed during the spring. But be careful not to overdo it. Too much sweet can overload the body and make it sluggish.           

Sweets should be countered with pungent foods. Pungent foods aid in the movement of Qi upwards and outwards through the process of perspiration. Pungent flavored foods include scallions, onions, ginger, radishes, garlic, leeks and chives.           

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, spring is the season of the liver and the gallbladder.  These organs regulate a smooth flow of energy throughout the whole body. However, they are prone to stagnation because we do not take proper care of ourselves. This can manifest as anger, irritability, depression, insomnia and even pain. Stagnation can occur when people eat too many poor-quality foods that may be full of chemicals.         

Foods that help ward off stagnation include foods rich in chlorophyll, such as wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella, parsley, kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. All of these foods are abundant during the months of spring. It is also a good idea to have a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning. This will help detoxify the liver and gallbladder to start the day off fresh. Lastly, foods that have a slightly bitter taste can help ward off heat in the liver. This includes foods like asparagus, quinoa, romaine lettuce and dandelion tea.            

If you are curious about how to eat according to Chinese Medicine call for an appointment for an Acugraph complete body analysis. This analysis will provide diet recommendations, acupressure points and herbal remedies specifically for you. Carolina Holistic Health is the only clinic in the upstate to offer this comprehensive analysis.

Medical Thermography Research & Benefits

Thermography is and has been near to my heart since I added it to my holistic clinic 12 years ago. It has led to life saving discoveries in many of my patients. It has also helped me uncover medical mysteries in myself and my patients allowing early treatments from a natural and holistic approach. Thermography is essential to my holistic healing practice as it allows me and my patients to see what therapies are effective and where more or less attention needs to be placed. So I ask you...."Are You A Picture Of Health?" Thermography is a painless, non-invasive, radiation free way to find out.

Here are some interesting medical studies about Thermography.

Breast Thermography and Cancer Risk Prediction MICHEL GAUTHERIE, PHD,' AND CHARLES M. GROS, MDt
Thermography makes a significant contribution to the evaluation of patients suspected of having breast cancer. The obviously abnormal thermogram carries with it a high risk of cancer. This report summarizes the results of patients with questionable or stage Th 111 thermograms. From approximately 58,000 patients, most of whom had breast complaints, examined between August 1965 and June 1977, the conditions of a group of 1,245 women were diagnosed at initial examination as either normal or benign dis- ease by conventional means, including physical examination, mammography, ultrasonography, and fine needle aspiration or biopsy, when indicated, but nevertheless categorized as stage Th 111 indicating a questionable thermal anomaly. Within five years, more than a third of the group had histologically con- firmed cancers. The more rapidly growing lesions with shorter doubling times usually show progressive thermographic abnormalities consistent with the increased metabolic heat production associated with such cancers. Thermography is useful not only as a predictor of risk factor for cancer but also to assess the more rapidly growing neoplasms. Cancer 45:Sl-56, 1980. Link

Effectiveness of a noninvasive digital infrared thermal imaging system in
the detection of breast cancer.
Arora N, Martins D, Ruggerio D, Tousimis E, Swistel AJ, Osborne MP, Simmons RM.
Department of Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, New York, NY, USA.
BACKGROUND: Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) has resurfaced in this era of modernized computer technology. Its role in the detection of breast cancer is evaluated.
METHODS: In this prospective clinical trial, 92 patients for whom a breast biopsy was recommended based on prior mammogram or ultrasound underwent DITI. Three scores were generated: an overall risk score in the screening mode, a clinical score based on patient information and a third assessment by artificial neural network.
RESULTS: 60 of 94 biopsies were malignant and 34 were benign. DITI identified 58 of 60 malignancies, with 97% sensitivity, 44% specificity, and 82% negative predictive value depending on the mode used. Compared to an overall risk score of 0, a score of 3 or greater was significantly more likely to be associated with malignancy (30% vs 90%, P < .03).
CONCLUSION: DITI is a valuable adjunct to mammography and ultrasound, especially in women with dense breast parenchyma. Link

If you suffer with digestive problems, you are not alone. According to a recent survey, almost 75 percent of adult Americans complain of chronic gas, bloating, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and heartburn. Medical thermography can oftentimes show us the patterns of digestive problems.

 

Early changes seen in the hands involving blood sugar handling issues.

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