Do it Yourself Acupuncture Kits - really?

Yes, I have Do-it-yourself Acupuncture kits.  They are actually, not acupuncture needles, but "ear seeds".  They are fun. To learn more, Check out this video recording.

There are a few protocols available:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Weight Loss, Stop Smoking, Focus & Memory, Back & Sciatica, Headaches & Migraines, Libido, Menopause, Fertility, and Postpartum. 

The cost ranges from $18.99 to $24.99, plus tax. 

Interested in purchasing one?  Send us a note and tell us which protocol(s) you would like, and we will send you the details. 

Introducing Telehealth (Telemedicine) Sessions!

Work with us ONLINE!

You've probably heard the term Telemedicine, or maybe Telehealth a lot lately, but you are not sure exactly what a Telehealth session is or even if it is the right fit for you.

To learn more about our new service, click here.

  Or   

Book a FREE 15-minute phone or video consultation, send me an email.

More about Vitamin C...

The other day I read an  article on how Vitamin C is being used in the treatment of the Covid19. While many of us cannot get an IV of Vitamin C, the best way to get this essential vitamin for the immune system is through our diet. Read the article.

The top 10 best foods for Vitamin C, goes to...
1.  Papaya
2. Bell Peppers
3. Broccoli
4. Brussels Sprouts
5. Strawberries (always choose organic ** strawberries are unfortunately heavily sprayed)
6. Pineapple
7. Oranges
8. Kiwifruit
9. Cantaloupe and
10. Cauliflower.
Kale is #11.
To see the full list, check out one of my favorite websites. 
World's Healthiest Foods.

Printable Checklist for Strong Immune System

Download and print the checklist by clicking this Link.

Checklist for Building and Maintaining a Strong Immune System

1. Calcium
(Calcium Lactate is best, Calcium Citrate is better, Calcium Carbonate is NOT Recommended)
Product Suggestion:  Calcium Lactate by Standard Process
Food Source:  Leafy greens, organic tofu, organic dairy

2. Vitamin C
(Whole foods vitamin C supplement, not Ascorbic Acid) 1,000-3,000 mg/day
Product Suggestion: Cataplex A-C by Standard Process
Food Sources: Fruits & veggies (citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, and berries, hibiscus)

3. Vitamin D3
(Food based, not synthetic) 400-800 IU/day – up to 5,000 IU/day
Product Suggestion: Cod Liver Oil, Cataplex D by Standard Process
Other sources: Sunlight (safe doses)
Food Sources: Salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver oil, canned tuna, egg yolks, wild mushrooms (organic only)

4. Zinc
15-30mg/daily
Product Suggestion:: Immuplex from Standard Process or a food based multi-vitamin
Food Sources: Nuts (Cashews, Pistachios), Seeds (Hemp, pumpkin, sesame), meat, eggs and shellfish

5. Probiotics
2-4/day, always take on empty stomach
Product Suggestion: Innate. look for at least ten different strains, that include: Lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus rhamosus, lactobacillus paracasei,
Food Sources: Sauerkraut, miso, yogurt

6. Multi-Vitamin
(Food based, not synthetic)
Product Suggestion: Immuplex from Standard Process Add Tymex for additional support

7. Vitamin F
Product Suggestion: Cataplex F from Standard Process
Food Sources: Flax, pumpkin, hemp, walnuts, almonds, tofu (organic only)

8. Antiviral Herbals
(see a health care practitioner for individual recommendations)
Antiviral herbs can come in tablet, powder, liquid, tinctures form, raw or loose leaf tea.

9. Medicinal Mushroom
Product Suggestion: MyCommunity by Fungi Perfecti
Food Sources: Always get Organic Mushrooms. Non-organic are highly sprayed.

10. Saline Nasal Spray
Many good ones at retail shops or online.
Product Suggestion: Xlear, Source Naturals, Now

11. Herbal Throat Spray
Product Suggestion: Herbal Throat Spray by Medi-Herb

12. Antiseptic Mouthwash
Or gargle with salt water.

Source: Better Life Acupuncture, K. Midgie Franz, LicAc, Herbalist, Holistic Health Counselor

Building and Maintaining a Strong Immune System, a Natural Approach

1) Keep yourself and others healthy by taking protective measures against infection: wash your hands at least 20 seconds with soap & hot water, maintain distance, clean and disinfect surfaces, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose and mouth), and practice cough etiquette & respiratory hygiene.

2) Incorporate healthy immune system-supporting behaviors into your routine: get good sleep and adequate rest, manage your stress levels, get regular exercise, and stay hydrated.

3) Prioritize self-care. Consider acupuncture to manage your stress levels, decrease inflammation, which will boost your immune system.

4) Get outside. Boosts the mood, which builds immunity, and even provides Vitamin D.

5) Eat a nutrient rich diet. Your diet provides the foundation for your immune system to function optimally. Specifically for the immune system, include food sources that are abundant in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Calcium.

6) Reduce Sugar and don’t smoke. No one likes to hear this, but excess sugar depresses the immune system. Try to take in <25g of sugar per day. Snack on nuts and seeds instead.

7) Nutritional and/or Herbal Supplements.
This is a time to be compliant taking any nutritional or herbal supplements recommended by your health care practitioner.  I created a checklist that is easy to use. Please note that some of these supplement suggestions are only available through a Health Care Practitioner, including a Licensed Acupuncturist. Others you can find at Whole Foods or online. 

You may be surprised to see Calcium on the list. Calcium-based signals regulate the production of T cells, which helps the body to respond to invading organisms, like a virus, but it needs to be the right form of calcium. According to a study let by NYU Langone Medical Center and published in Immunity, calcium signals were found to play a vital role in keeping the immune system finely balanced, ramping responses up and down at the appropriate time. Also from the article, “Future applications of our findings may include fine-tuning calcium signals to enhance immune responses to influenza vaccines for the elderly, or the design of new options for people with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” Read the full article or copy and paste into your browser: https://nyulangone.org/news/calcium- signals-balance-bodys-response-infection-against-potential-self-attack

Please contact me if you are interested in talking about nutritional and herbal supplements. I am offering a 15 minute phone consultation for no charge during this public health challenge. Contact me directly or just book online (select “Covid-19 Health Consultation) option.

if you have purchased Standard Process or Medi-Herb products from me in the past, you can order products directly on their website and have them shipped to your house. For information on how to do this, please shoot me an email at midgie@betterlifeacupuncture.com.

Let’s hope this public health challenge is resolved quickly.

In good health,
Midgie

Our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Precautionary Measures & Thoughts on What to do

Better Life Acupuncture and Namaste Massage are taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of our patients, clients, and colleagues. The health and safety of our community is paramount to us. We want to maintain our clinic as a safe place and continue having it be a place of calm and restoration. Scroll down to see measures we are taking.

We cannot stress enough, if you have any cold symptoms, even if you think it’s a minor cold, please contact us and cancel. If you think you have been exposed to Covid-19 from being associated with a Biogen employee or any other person known to be sick with a flu or cold-like virus, please call us to let us know and cancel your appointment. We will not be charging cancellation fees in this case.

We reserve the right to refuse entry or service to any patient/client exhibiting symptoms of a communicable illness. This is for our protection as well as for our community. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

What You Can Do:

  • Keep Calm, Don’t panic, and Stay Informed. News outlets that you are familiar with or federal and state governments are far more trustworthy than unverifiable social media and many Internet websites. Here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website on the Covid-19. We recommend checking frequently. It’s updated daily. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • If you have been exposed to someone with POTENTIAL of having Covid-19, please self-quarantine at home for 14 days – as recommended by the CDC.
  • If you have a fever, flu-like symptoms, or even cold-like symptoms, please stay home.
  • If you have traveled to any country on the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice list (as of today, those are China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea), please allow 14 days after leaving that country before coming in for treatment.
  • Wash your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds. Lather up in between the fingers and tops and don’t forget between the index finger and thumb.
  • Train yourself to avoid touching your face, especially the mouth, nose, and eyes. If you do, follow the hand washing protocol or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands. If you do sneeze or cough on your hands or a tissue, wash your hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer > 60%) discard the tissue, as soon as possible.
  • Call your doctor if you feel sick. Be mindful that showing up unannounced puts additional burden on the healthcare system. However, if you have an emergency, go to the doctor.
  • Remember that the virus is more dangerous to older people. It is important to keep them safe. If you are caring for them, do not cough or sneeze near them. Wear a mask, or keep at least 6 feet distance and limit your time with them to < 20 minutes. Wear gloves.
  • To reduce the likelihood of infection, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

In order to take good care of your immune system, we recommend:

  1. Maintain a good diet – include good sources of Vitamins B, C, & D, Zinc, & Calcium, and organic mushrooms. Talk to Jess or Midgie about what are good sources.
  2. Supplement your diet with Nutritional Supplements & Herbal Medicine – again, see Jess or Midgie for details.
  3. Sleep – get plenty of it. It has unbelievable healing and restorative benefits.
  4. Reduce Sugar – Excess sugar depresses the Immune System. Try to stay under 25g/day.
  5. Stay Calm – Breathe, Move & Laugh – some ideas: do yoga (tons of online instruction - some free & some not), meditate, or go outside for a walk in NATURE.

What We Are Doing:

  • We are sanitizing hard surfaces and all doorknobs several times each day.
  • We have hand sanitizers that are above 60% in all our rooms and our waiting area.
  • We will continue to use alcohol (>70% solution) to sanitize directly before needling.
  • We will sanitize all devices (cell phones, iPads, etc.) when you provide your signature for a credit card payment.
  • If you are coughing we will provide you with a facemask and ask you to wear it.
  • Cancellation fees will be waived if due to illness.
  • We request when you arrive, please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap in the bathroom down the hall before your session.

If you are interested in learning about herbs or nutritional supplements, please see Jess or Midgie. We do have some immune system products for sale in our office, however the supply is becoming limited. Midgie is providing herbal medicine consultation service over the phone ($50 for 30 minutes). To book an Herbal Consultation, click here or contact Midgie directly.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We wish everyone abundant health.

To Learn More About Covid-19 Click on the Links Below:

American Society of Acupuncturists Covid-19 Fact Sheet
Center of Disease Control Facts about Covid-19
CDC Guidelines for Businesses
World Health Organization Facts on Covid-19