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December 2019

Your Stress RX for Optimal Health

Carly Sage, INHC, FDNP, IHP, AADP

The detrimental health effects of chronic stress are widely researched and recognized as being at the root of all illness. In fact, 90% of visits to a primary care physician are stress related.

Why is this happening, and more importantly — what can we do about it?

Since the mind and body are interconnected, each physiological system impacts one another. As our nervous system constantly gets feedback from thoughts, feelings, emotions and the environment, a feedback loop sends signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Ultimately, this ongoing “perceived stress” causes downstream effects and symptoms such as disrupted hormones, impaired reproductive function, decreased libido, weight gain, decreased immunity, blood sugar dysregulation, impaired digestive function and poor gut health, and compromised energy production, sleep, mood, cognitive ability and memory. Overall, chronic stress breaks down the body, causes premature aging, and increases the likelihood of multiple chronic diseases.

Not surprisingly, most of us have been told that we need to manage or reduce stress. Suggestions for this are often mindfulness practices like meditation, which has far reaching effects. In fact, meditation is medicine. It activates the healing mechanisms in the body and provides the nervous system benefits five times greater than sleep. Meditation grows the brain and rewires it for better cognitive and creative function. It reduces inflammation, changes our neurochemistry, improves fertility and reproductive function, and reverses aging by growing our DNA’s telomeres.

Even with this powerful information, many find it too difficult or inconvenient to establish a meditation practice. Incorporating stress-reducing activities can be one more thing to add to our to-do list…and an added source of stress!

Thankfully, there is a simple solution for the modern lifestyle: BrainTap.

BrainTap is a cutting-edge technology stimulating the deeply healing effects of meditation — with none of the effort and all of the benefits, in just a fraction of the time. Using BrainTap has measurable immediate and long-lasting benefits that help to relax, reboot, and revitalize your brain – for optimal health and longevity.

According to Dr. Patrick K. Porter, developer of BrainTap Technologies, “in today’s society, people are faced with brain stress, not the physical stresses of our ancestors. Technology takes up every free moment, and the human brain is not given a chance to relax and reboot. A well-known way to achieve stress reduction is through meditation. However, while millions of people want the benefits of meditation, it requires discipline. Thus, few people ever master it. And that’s where the BrainTap comes in.”

Simply put, BrainTap does the meditation for you.  It is the first of the next generation of mindfulness technologies, taking users through meditative brain-wave states without having to actively participate. Traditional meditation or mindfulness apps would take years to achieve what can be accomplished with the brief but impactful 20-30 minute BrainTap sessions.

BrainTap is also a powerfully effective mind-development tool, designed to help users achieve physical, mental, and emotional balance while de-stressing. The headset paired with short audio sessions incorporate extensively researched and clinically proven sound and light technology for the ultimate in brainwave entrainment and relaxation. To put it another way, it’s like hitting the reboot button on your nervous system. BrainTap initiates the relaxation response so your body can engage its innate healing mechanisms. It provides the tools to rebalance and reverse the effect of stress on the body.

The BrainTap audio sessions guide your mind to a state of laser-like focus so you can rid yourself of negative self-talk and achieve life goals. They are designed to increase mental clarity, improve sleep, reduce stress, worry, frustration and irritability while achieving emotional stability and mental harmony.  By achieving the right mindset, you can overcome bad habits and fears, perform at your peak, and significantly decrease negative self-talk and self-destructive impulses. By improving brain function, BrainTap improves nervous system function. And when our nervous system is functioning optimally, we can live optimally and thrive.

At its core, BrainTap is a practical way to assess and improve Heart Rate Variability (HRV), telling us how balanced or unbalanced your nervous system is. A pretest assesses your HRV to determine your body’s current state. BrainTap sessions then help you overcome the ill effects of the fight-or-flight response while achieving physical, mental and emotional balance. This is a critical piece of the stress, aging, and mindfulness puzzle.  With the post-tests, we are able to monitor progress and see improvements in the functioning of your nervous system in order to gauge your capacity to handle stress.

Research Shows that BrainTap Boosts Regulatory Systems of the Body by 27.5% in just one session. In your initial consult, you can witness before and after measurements showing BrainTap’s powerful effects on your mind and body that directly impact your health. Additional sessions are recommended for maintenance and long-term health goals.

Do you want to learn how to access deeper meditative states without years of disciplined practice and restore health?

Call TAO at 860-228-1287 to schedule an appointment.

 *Experience the healing benefits of BrainTap and other complementary regenerative medicine treatments at our annual open house Saturday January 11th, 10:00am-2:00pm with complementary BrainTap sessions, consultations with our naturopathic doctors, psychotherapists and health coach, chair massage, and more!


July 2019

IS ACUPUNCTURE RIGHT FOR YOU?

Dr. Keith Yimoyines

Acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a system of meridians, or channels of energy that flow throughout the body. Each meridian is made up of many numbered acupuncture points and is associated with an organ. Organs in TCM roughly correspond to organs in western medicine, while also having association with seasons, emotions, and specific times of day, amongst other things. A TCM diagnosis is established by listening closely to the patient’s symptoms, feeling certain pulse points on the wrists and observing the tongue. Pulse and tongue diagnosis is an important aspect of TCM that Once a diagnosis is established, hair-thin needles are placed in those specific points on the body to support the associated organ.

In my experience, the most common conditions for which people seek out acupuncture are pain, migraines and headaches, digestive issues, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation, allergies and a variety of women’s health concerns.

Pain, Headaches and Migraines

The treatment of pain is fairly straightforward. Needles inserted into areas of pain will help relax muscles and block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. There are also various pain points located throughout the body corresponding to different parts of the body.

Digestive Health

Diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, and hemorrhoids are all good candidates for treatment with acupuncture. The focus of treatment is on the stomach, spleen, liver, gall bladder and/or large intestine meridians.

Anxiety and Insomnia

The two basic principles of treating anxiety and insomnia are to tonify deficient yin, or disperse excess yang. Specific organs are assessed and treated as well. In TCM, The Liver is tied to anger, the Spleen to excessive worry, the Kidney to fear, and the Lung with grief and anxiety.

Smoking Cessation

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol (NADA) is an acupuncture therapy using five ear acupuncture points. Multiple studies published in peer reviewed journals support the adjunctive use of NADA for the treatment of nicotine, heroin, alcohol, and cocaine addiction. Patients reported significant benefits including improvement in depression, anxiety, anger, impaired concentration, and problems with energy and body aches/headaches. Used in conjunction with body acupuncture to assist in detoxification (liver) and tonify the lungs, the NADA protocol helps ease the transition to a smoke-free lifestyle.

Menstrual irregularities and PMS

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver, kidney, and spleen are closely associated with menstrual regularity. The liver moves qi (life force or energy in Chinese Medicine), while the kidney stores vitality, and the spleen regulates blood flow.

Liver qi stagnation, or stuck energy, is caused by emotional or physical stress. Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and other toxins will make the liver sluggish. Stagnant qi manifests as dull, crampy or colicky pain. Acupuncture points to stimulate the flow of qi and support the liver would be part of any treatment for menstrual irregularities.

One common cause of stuck qi is blood stasis, or the inability of blood to flow freely. Blood stasis, associated with the spleen, causes sharp, stabbing, localized pain, blood clots during menstruation or varicose veins. Stasis can be caused by surgeries or trauma, or certain dietary factors. In Chinese Medicine, the spleen is responsible for converting food into energy, so eating foods that negatively affect the spleen will negatively affect blood flow and energy levels. The spleen does not like raw or cold foods. It is supported by warm foods, soups, and stews, nourishing foods like root vegetables and beans, and foods that stimulate digestion like ginger, cinnamon, onions, and garlic. Eating small, frequent, protein-rich meals will also support spleen qi and prevent blood stasis.

The kidney is the source of our vitality, essence, or constitution. Memory problems, lack of clarity, fatigue, ringing in the ears, or lower back and knee pain are symptoms of kidney deficiency. Proper sleep and stress relief support kidney function. Kidney deficiency is one of the most common diagnoses in an acupuncture office in our modern, stressed out society, and one of the most treatable with acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Taking time for relaxation, meditation, or yoga supports the spleen and kidney, and prevents burnout. Being stressed out and overwhelmed negatively affects the spleen, liver and kidney, disrupting the proper flow of energy.

Infertility

Many of the principals involved in regulating menstrual function apply to treating infertility. Studies have shown that acupuncture performed in the day before and day after fertility treatments helps the efficacy of those treatments. Along with supporting the liver, spleen, and kidney, acupuncture is helpful for stress relief in what can be a very stressful time for the future mother. Acupuncture can also help with male sexual function and stress relief around the time when a couple is trying to conceive.

Breech babies and late pregnancy

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to move a breech baby into proper birthing position and stimulate labor. A specific point on the little toe, stimulated with a needle or warmth, can help turn the baby and increase the strength and frequency of contractions.


August 2015

LYME DISEASE SUPPORT MEETING

Dr. Vicki S Blumberg and Steve Arndt

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April 2015

HIGH RISK OF LYME DISEASE & CO INFECTIONS

Most people aren’t thinking of ticks and Lyme disease this early in the spring, especially with the snow melting just weeks ago, but because of the life cycle of ticks, transmission of Lyme disease is actually highest in the months of April and October. In April, transmission is possible by the tiny and sometimes translucent nymph form of ticks that are much harder to see and even smaller than the adult deer tick (which is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence). In addition to Lyme disease, there are a myriad of co infections that can be transmitted by ticks including Mycoplasma, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma to name a few.

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March 2015

STOP DIETING. LOSE WEIGHT. GAIN LIFE.

By: Dr. Myriah Hinchey 

Diets don’t work long term! Most people have gone on a diet and have been successful losing weight but end up putting it back on, while many other people put back on more weight than they originally lost. WHY? The main reason is that diets are meant to be short term and are not sustainable for an entire lifetime. “Dieting” usually means you are restricting something: calories, fat, carbs, nutrients–something. Restriction is not sustainable. When your body and mind feel deprived it is just a matter of time before you fall off the wagon and give in to the insatiable appetite resulting from all the nutrient deprivation; and thus the fat piles back on. Another reason is that your body actually needs specific nutrients to run all of its biochemical reactions including fat burning. When you deprive or restrict your body of certain nutrients these reactions cannot occur and your body thinks you are starving so it holds onto fat. Lastly, dieting often results in a loss of muscle which decreases your metabolism and your body’s ability to effectively burn fat so when the regular diet is resumed the same amount of food previously eaten results in more fat production. The bottom line is that dieting is not part of a healthy lifestyle! However, numerous people live a lifestyle of yo-yo dieting that often leaves them frustrated and feeling like a failure.

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