BREATHE, Better Life Acupuncture is open! Telehealth continues to be available. See Services. in Lexington, MA

Adapted from Margaret A. Chesney, PhD

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.


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
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: 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

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

In good health,