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Heart Disease and Blood Sugar

Having a healthy heart is often related to dietary choices, but how does blood sugar levels directly impact the heart? These two conditions although they seem to have two different origins, are actually closely related. In early stages of blood sugar problems physical changes are often not detectabl

Blood Sugar Control For A Healthy Heart

How is a healthy heart related to balanced blood sugar control? A healthy heart and balanced blood sugar may seem to be entirely unrelated but in medical reality they are very closely connected. In fact, what you eat and how you metabolize sugar has a direct impact on the stress load to your heart.

Integrative Medicine for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is often thought of as a modern-day hidden epidemic. Patients can present with Lyme-disease symptoms years after being bitten by a disease-carrying tick (Ixodes Pacificus). Common presenting symptoms include chronic fatigue, myalgias, migrating arthalgias, and what is best described as

Chinese Herbs: Growing Medicinal Herbs Organically

Organic Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Growing Trend An interview with Peg Schafer from Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, Petaluma, CA By Cynthia Quattro P.A., L.Ac.  DAOM “I would like to be an advocate not only for growers but for the plants themselves and of their medicine. It is important for people

Herbal Medicine to Restore Health

 It’s common that our first experience with herbal medicine is in the kitchen. Cooking with fresh culinary herbs is often the secret to distinct flavorful dishes. Favorite foods may come to mind based on the aroma of the herbs. They may evoke a special taste or smell or a good memory or physical

Healthy Aging and Oriental Medicine: Qi is the secret

Healthy Aging and Oriental Medicine Is there a limit to Qi energy reserves? It is known in fundamental science, that the human form has a limited life span. This is true for most living species. What influences healthy aging of each living organism and especially the human form is unique to each ind

Is Your Blood Sugar Getting Out of Control?

It is so common to hear about the growing population of diabetes and its dangers to long term health. The key to its prevention is recognizing it at its earliest stage. So how do you know if you already have early signs of diabetes or a blood sugar problem at all?And how do you know if the fatigue y

Protecting the Immune System with Vitamin D3

Do you Thrive during Flu Season without getting Sick? Although we are already beginning to see early signs of spring it is does not mean we are near the end of the flu or viral season. Science has confirmed that common cold viruses don’t survive as well in warmer temperatures compared to colder te

Japanese Acupuncture: “How is it different?”

Japanese acupuncture is far gentler than that used in Traditional Chinese medicine. After practicing Traditional Chinese acupuncture for more than ten years, I discovered that Japanese acupuncture techniques were not only gentler, but also entailed more refined skills of clinical observation. It mad

Study Shows Acupuncture Relieves Low-back Pain

Chronic low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical treatment. Acupuncture has been reported to be effective in providing symptomatic relief of chronic low back pain. However, it is not known whether the effects of acupuncture are due to the needling itself or nonspecifi

Shakujyu Therapy Seminar

The Annual Seminar of Shakujyu Therapy Introduction Reprinted and revised from NAJOM September 2008 By Cynthia Quattro P.A., DAOM, L.Ac. The summer of 2008, I attended the 5th annual Shakujyu Therapy seminar. It was held at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, Massachusetts. Shoji

Arthritis and acupuncture

Arthritis is not just a single disease; it is a complex disorder involving multiple organ systems. Two of the most common forms of arthritis are categorized as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While these two forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body

Health, Hormones and Weight Loss

Excess weight is associated with food intake; but it is also innately related to the hormones that affect the body’s metabolism. Achieving weight loss is one of today’s most common health concerns. In recent US studies 17 percent of children and 66 percent of adults were shown to be either over

HCG Diet: Lose up to 1 lb per day!

What if there was a way to lose up to a pound a day and release stored fat reserves without rigorous exercise? The HCG diet is a medically supervised program which includes natural hormone drops that controls the appetite and releases stored fat. It relies on a low calorie diet more than exercise to