As this article began to form, it became quickly apparent the scope of this topic is much broader than could possibly be covered in one post – one could actually spend years researching and writing a series of books. By the time the later volumes were finished and published, the early volumes would likely (hopefully!) need updates and editing because of new research and advances in care. Autoimmune and Chronic Inflammatory disease are quite possibly the next epidemic in health care – according to Amy Myers M.D. the incidence of autoimmune disease has tripled over the past 50 years (3)! What follows serves as an introduction to a series of articles to be posted over the next several months.
By Tiffany Andersen
BPA or Bisphenol-A is a chemical found in plastics, most notably baby bottles, the lining of baby formula cans and other common canned foods. There is much debate about the safety of BPA, especially on infants and children, since it has been shown in trace amounts to disrupt the endocrine system and trigger a wide variety of disorders, including chromosomal and reproductive abnormalities, impaired brain and neurological functions, cancer, cardiovascular system damage, adult-onset diabetes, early puberty, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy.
Stress effects us all, young and old. Stress can erode health on almost level and it certainly diminishes our quality of life. At The Healing Point, we employ many methods to help our clients reduce stress. Just walk in the door and you’ll feel what we mean. So many people comment that simply being here creates ease and peace.
If you are interested in learning skills that will help you manage your stress, consider any of the therapies we offer here at The Healing Point. An acupuncture session with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction will align and integrate your bodymind. A massage or a facial will certainly provide a profound experience of well-being. Ted Kardash, our psychological therapist, is experienced with many Oriental meditation techniques and Tai Qi.
Systemic Enzymes Therapy is a cleansing approach that utilizes the catabolic power of enzymes to break up fibrin in the body. Fibrin is associated with blood clotting and is also prevalent in inflammatory states. Many diseases like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and bowel problems are the result of long term inflammation. Diabetes and “metabolic disorder” (obesity) are now viewed as inflammatory diseases. Other conditions like fibromyalgia are directly related to inflammation which has many complications, including increased oxidative stress leading to dehydration and degeneration of tissue. Systemic enzymes “chew up” many inflammatory by-products and protect cells from damage. They also help mobilize thickened tissue like scar tissue, which forms when the body is damaged (bruised, strained, or cut).
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2010, it is estimated that 40, 230 deaths were caused by breast cancer (1). Here in San Diego County, there was an annual average of 1,955 new cases of breast cancer (from 2004-2008), second in the state only to Los Angeles county (annual average: 5,628) (2). We are fortunate in San Diego as the current trend indicates the number of deaths due to breast cancer have been falling in our county (according to 2007 numbers) (3), but research also suggests that breast cancer rates are not decreasing nationally (4). Proper screening for breast cancer and good health practices remain necessary for our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends to continue fighting this disease. Preventative medicine, such as acupuncture, is crucial in keeping ourselves healthy and ready to fight any disease, minor to severe.
Wellness is more than the absence of pain
"I have been a patient at Pacific Center of Health for several years. The level of care I receive has been excellent. I was having a great deal of difficulty with asthma and the side effects of medications. After getting a series of treatments, my asthma condition cleared up completely. It has been about five years since that occurred and I am happy to report that I am still asthma free! I try to have acupuncture treatments about every six weeks to maintain the good health that I now have. I also enjoy the treatments a great deal, it puts me into a state of incredibly deep relaxation and I walk out of the session feeling revitalized." ~ Anne F.