07/19/2012 14:36:23 PM
When: Wednesdays From 3pm - 7pmWhere: 600 West Palm Street, Altadena, California
Farmers markets are probably some of the best events you can go to. You can pick up high quality food, enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, and gain a sense of community. Stop me anytime if you disagree. No? Ok then. I’ve been wanting to go the Altadena Farmers Market for a while now and yesterday (which was a wigity-wigity Wednesday) finally got my chance. It was a short visit unfortunately, but I did get a chance [..]
07/18/2012 02:01:58 AM
Hi, I haven’t been watching my diet in over 20 years, I exercise once in a while, enjoy sitting idle for 8 hours a day, and I’m in pain. Many patients come in with the expectation that hopefully all of their problems can be solved with one treatment. Believe me, I understand where you’re coming from. You hear there’s a remedy for this or there is a treament for that, or so and so had acupuncture and it worked for them but not me. Well I wanted to provide your with some in [..]
07/13/2012 12:45:07 PM
Written by Nicki Williams -
Youve got the tent, youve packed the rucksack
but have you thought of everything for a trip into the back country?
Back country backpacking is where you head off into the back of beyond, where a credit card is not going to buy you a way out of any trouble.
You need to remember there may not be any sign of civilisation for miles – and so you must choose your equipment accordingly.
Travelling light is one thing, but youll need to remember the basics if [..]
07/11/2012 17:30:01 PM
Been overworking yourself lately? Haven’t been eating right? Sleeping late? Well congratulations, that’s a great recipe for inducing what is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Spleen Qi deficiency. What is thaaaat you ask? Well lets find out.
From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, the spleen energetically controls the the digestion and intake of foods consumed. It can be likened to the basal metabolic rate through a bio-medical perspective. It is partnered with the stomach, and bo [..]
07/09/2012 19:41:53 PM
A question that I see and hear often is “Why isn’t Kung Fu used in MMA?”. To answer that question all I have to say is yes, there are fighters who have trained in kung fu, and Cung Le is one of them. Le, who recently won his last match at UFC 148 via unanimous decision against Patrick Cote, has demonstrated his variety of martial art skills through his amazing strikes.
Now don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s only a stand up guy. He actually wrestled in high scho [..]
07/07/2012 21:19:28 PM
So what’s this condition called Bell’s Palsy? Well it’s a neurological disease in which there is damage of the facial nerve (known as Cranial Nerve #7 to us health geeks), causing you the inability to smile, wink, whistle, or even close your eyelid on one side of your face. It’s no fun to wake up to half of your face paralyzed and unable to move. It is commonly mistaken for a stroke and may cause someone to seriously panic.
Currently the cause of Bell’s Palsy is [..]
07/05/2012 13:58:51 PM
It our next installment on Street Fight Basics, I wanted to go over the basic concept of keeping your wrist straight when executing a punch. Learning how to throw a punch is one of the first techniques you’ll probably be taught when learning martial arts. You may run across many views on striking with the fist, and I believe that its up to each person in the end to determine what method works best for them. So I wanted to provide some of my personal insights that may help your punch become [..]
07/02/2012 15:43:48 PM
Shoulder pain can be a problem for many people and difficult to treat. It is actually one of the most common complaints in the area of bodily motor movement1. Every situation is different, and there are many variables at play such as the muscles and tendons around the shoulders (known as the rotator cuff), nerves, scarring from previous rotator cuff injuries, inflammation, and a whole sleuth of other potential causes. The pain could be constant or it can be triggered by performing everyday act [..]
06/29/2012 15:43:47 PM
Ginger is a well known herb and a personal favorite of mine. It’s actually one of the most commonly consumed dietary herbs in the world, and has been used for thousands of years for colds, nausea, arthritis, and migraines just to name a few conditions1. With a pungent and spicy taste, it can be integrated into many dishes to add taste and flavor to your meal. On top of that, it has extraordinary healing properties and it should integrated into our diet when needed. So I decided to dedicate [..]
06/25/2012 22:36:54 PM
Biking in my personal opinion is one of the greatest exercises for melting away fat and aiding your weight loss plan. Cycling in Los Angeles can be an interesting experience, and if you can find a nice trail to ride it really puts you in one the most liberating and tranquil states. My biggest biking feat was riding 27 miles somewhere in the the Downey area to Pasadena (This is in Southern California for you outer-towners, just east of Los Angeles). I didn’t know what town I was in and j [..]
06/22/2012 05:44:58 AM
By Ryan Rivera -
How Martial Arts Affects Anxiety
All exercise has benefits for anxiety, but martial arts can be particularly valuable, especially if you take the activity seriously and do it every day. Some of these benefits include:
Perhaps the greatest effect that martial arts has on anxiety is that it is a tool to give you control over yourself and your surroundings. Those that learn martial arts learn discipline, and that discipline affects more than simply the movements with [..]
06/20/2012 12:06:46 PM
Hi everyone I hope you’re having a great summer and getting ready to hit the road, go to the beach, or just lounge around the neighborhood and go visit your favorite neighbors. Summer is a great time for BBQs, going on family vacations, and enjoyable summer nights. It can also be a time for massive sweating, heat strokes, and gulping lots of H20. So here a few basics to help make the summer enjoyable and stay healthy.
Tips for staying cool and having a great summer:
Remember to stay well [..]
06/16/2012 14:03:13 PM
By Bella Gray, reviewed by Carlo St. Juste Jr., L.Ac -
Most men who are interested in health related issues have tuned into the Dr. Oz Show. A guru for keeping in shape and looking after ones wellbeing, Dr. Oz claims that his patients have been some of his best teachers consistently contributing to his findings. His major endorsement of mens health? Certain lifestyle changes can add more years to a mans life while simultaneously erasing them from his face. With that promising outcome i [..]
06/15/2012 03:34:46 AM
- Guest post by Sherry Walker -
Pilates and Yoga are rather popular these days as series of exercises that you can use to help your joints and increase your balance and flexibility. These are ideal forms of gentle exertion that anyone can engage in and that can help with many of the problems associated with old age.
06/14/2012 12:49:53 PM
- Guest Post by Hilary Rose -
While most of us want to get as fit as possible and stay in shape, doing so in an actual gym is oftentimes not the best solution. Gyms can offer many benefits such as professional training, a social atmosphere, and motivation however, for some, these amenities are simply not enough to overcome the drawbacks.
Certainly, one of the biggest reasons why people would prefer to not work out in a gym is the cost. Although the monthly membership price has come down [..]
06/14/2012 02:54:46 AM
- Guest Post from IMS2000.com -
Many people tend to neglect the fact that sleeping is so important to our quality of life. If we are having problems getting a good nights rest, it will definitely reflect poorly in other areas of our lives. Irritability, poor concentration, poor memory, impaired social skills, and chronic fatigue are all related to lack of sleep and can be a major issue when it comes to careers, relationships, and other important parts of life. Follow these 10 great tips to ach [..]
06/12/2012 17:01:31 PM
Sometimes using our memories, emotions, and the entire focus of our bodies can help bring us into a great mood for the day.
Guided imagery uses the the power of focus and imagination to dissipate negative thoughts or stressful feelings. Relaxation techniques such as voice guided relaxation and breathing exercises enhances the effectiveness of the exercise. This is actually one of the reasons why I decided to go into holistic medicine, because of the ability of using the mind to heal the body an [..]
06/08/2012 21:21:37 PM
No one wants to be in a tussle if it is not necessary, especially if dealing with dangerous individuals who have no regard for life. However, if the time does come to get down, what are somethings you can do you to better the chances that you’re walking away from it with minimal harm? If your reading this maybe you’ve already been in a situation and it didn’t turn out well? Hopefully this will help you to realize what you know and what you don’t know.
1. IF YOU GET IN A F [..]
06/07/2012 15:32:12 PM
- Ever notice how people tend to look for the closest parking spot to the store they’re trying to get to? No matter if it’s a shopping center or school parking lot, most people enjoy parking with the minimalist amount of walking needed. Big thanks to my good school buddy Daren F. for helping me to realize the benefits of parking a distance and enjoying a good walk. I used to ask him “Yo man, why do you park so far?”, and he’d reply “I dunno, just like the wa [..]
06/01/2012 14:25:00 PM
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05/26/2012 01:21:31 AM
Guest post by Kathleen Hubert, reviewed by Carlo St. Juste Jr., L.Ac.
Some of the most puzzling aches and pains can be relieved by the use of acupuncture. Modern medicine is exploring this alternative for treatment for a myriad of health issues. Many health issues can impede an individual's daily life, therefore making it impossible for that person to work a regular job. Take for instance someone with bad financial problem. It may cause a person to fail to be accepted for an auto loan, shou [..]
05/16/2012 16:04:46 PM
Acupuncture, TCM, and Asthma
- Asthma is characterized by inflammation and constriction of the airways of the lungs. This can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma is usually triggered by some type of allergen, such as animal hair, dust, mold, and pollen. You may recognize seeing an individual with an inhaler when the wheezing becomes worse or when there is a sudden attack. There are Current treatments for asthma include different medications to help eliminate tri [..]
05/13/2012 17:17:59 PM
Breathing is Life
- Breathing is such a natural process that we do it without taking notice throughout the day. Everyone knows without breath there is no life, so breathing is if not one of the most vital mechanisms needed for survival. The other would be, as you probably guessed, consumption of food and water. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the basis for acquiring qi ("chee") into your body that keeps you alive involves obtaining qi from the air and qi from the foods consumed and combining th [..]
05/01/2012 16:48:29 PM
The Healthy World of Cinnamon
- Cinnamon is one of my favorite herbs and has many uses in Chinese herbology. It has been used for thousands of years for in the prevention and recovery from disease. The first thing that may come to mind for most people when they hear cinnamon is the word "roll", but what are some of the benefits associated with this powerful herb?
Cinnamon and Tradition Chinese Medicine Herbology
The Chinese name for the type of cinnamon twig used in Chinese Medicine is called Gu [..]
04/27/2012 22:27:51 PM
Diabetes, Sleep, and Your Health
- According to a recent article in the April 2012 issue of "Science" magazine, a study published in the journal of Science Translational Medicine found that people may be priming themselves for diabetes and obesity due to a lack of sleep and irregular sleeping patterns. Especially affected were young men, who from only a week of reduce amounts of sleep lowered their insulin response1.
Diabetes is a condition in where the body is unable to metabolize sugar properl [..]
04/04/2012 16:58:18 PM
Hippopotamus? Ah, Hypothalamus!
You know, there are a lot of interesting parts and regions in the brain that we’ll be studying for years to come, and the hypothalamus can be tossed into that group (Don’t toss it too hard!). The hypothalamus plays a huge role in the following areas1:
Mood and feelings
The releasing of hormones
It is located just around the center of the brain, and is surrounded by various glands. The Hypothalamus weig [..]
03/29/2012 15:40:55 PM
What is the Pineal Gland?
- The pineal gland is an amazing little structure, sometimes referred to as the third eye. It lies in a region of the brain known as the diencephalon, and above the …get ready…. corpore quadrigemina of the brain stem. A well known function of the pineal gland is that it produces a hormone called melatonin, which plays a vital role in natural biological functions such as sleep. However, this awesome hormone also plays a role in many other bodily systems, such [..]
03/23/2012 13:09:25 PM
Anxiety Disorder At A Glance
- Anxiety occurs when the body and mind become under stress and reacts with more apprehension.
Symptoms of anxiety include irritability, feelings of fear, worry, slight shakiness, heart palpitations (that’s when you can feel your heart beat), headache, easy to be startled, muscle tension, nausea, and a frequent need to urinate.
Causes of anxiety can vary, but include stress from work, school, home, tests, marital issues, or whatever causes us to to take a more [..]
03/13/2012 15:07:18 PM
A Very Common Sleep Disorder
So you’re having trouble going to sleep? Is it affecting your work? Your marriage? Your schooling? Insomnia refers to the inability to fall asleep or stay sleeping. From my Acupuncturist clinical perspective it can be a little tricky to treat, mainly because there has to be a fine understanding of the lifestyle habits or other factors involved. There are many causes for insomnia, including stress, anxiety, certain drugs such as asthma medications, gastrointes [..]
03/05/2012 23:40:49 PM
What is Mind Body Medicine?
- Mind body medicine can be defined as the capacity to have a positive influence on mental function, emotions, and physiology. Mind body medicine encompasses a wide range of therapies such as meditation, guided imagery, hatha yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.
There is solid scientific evidence regarding the benefits of mind-body approaches over the last 40 years1.
Mind body medicine recognizes the need for us to exercise and act as one unit, which in turn can add so many b [..]
02/27/2012 11:25:51 AM
The Liver at a Glance
- The liver is a very interesting organ in the body! It is put through much use and abuse due our crazy lifestyles. It has many functions in everyday life and sometimes we don’t appreciate the organ for what it’s worth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we attribute the liver to certain functions in the body associated with the circulation qi (or chi), which is an acupuncturist’s way of looking at different forms of energy and systems in the body.
Here are [..]
02/25/2012 09:57:45 AM
Happy Days Are Here Again!
-Altadena is a great place with many gems scattered around the community, and Oh Happy Days is one of those places. It is a health food cafe and market that sells natural and organic foods and supplements, vegan entrees, and a provides a great atmosphere for you to enjoy the afternoon. It had bee a long time since I had been here so I decided to have lunch here to rediscover the deliciousness and support the local shops.
In Altadena For Years
Oh Happy Days has been aro [..]
02/19/2012 16:41:30 PM
Back Pain, Neck Pain, ‘Lotta Pain
- Here’s a stupid question. Do you suffer from low back pain, or know someone suffering from low back pain, or any kind of back or neck pain for that matter? One study showed that one in three people here in the US suffer from back and/or neck pain1, so I’m not really surprised that I see it so prevalent. With all the gimmicks and hooplas out there, sometimes it’s hard to find a good treatment for your back troubles.
This is an issue that [..]
02/16/2012 15:14:00 PM
Motivation and Inspiration
- We’ve all been there, sometimes you feel like all the effort your putting in isn’t getting you anywhere. Sometimes all we need is a push or a little reminder to keep us motivated and let us know we’re on the right track. So I decided to post this poem I received from my chemistry teacher back when I was trying to sculpt my brain in order to absorb all the difficult concepts I was trying to learn. Also at the time I was helping to care for my grandm [..]
02/15/2012 15:55:07 PM
Yes, the infamous case of the hiccups!
- Very well known amongst everyone, I think every person can recollect a time where they’ve had the hiccups and tried everything under the sun make it stop. Stand on your head, drink some water while rolling some dice trying to hit a 7 and get a new pair of shoes, or some other type of slapstick, comedic, 3-stooged method.
What are Hiccups?
Hiccups are involuntary spasms of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles (your ribcase area) following by the c [..]
02/13/2012 21:51:34 PM
Lupus and the Immune System -
I’ve been seeing this condition come up with my patients recently and I decided to blog about it and provide some insights to this complicated disease. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects different tissues in the body, such as the joints, blood vessels, skin, kidneys, the immune system, and the nervous system. To understand lupus though it might help to know that SLE is considered an autoimmune disease, which is a [..]
02/06/2012 23:53:30 PM
Locally Grown Food is Great -
Last Saturday I visited a cool farmers markets in my area which is held in the mornings at Victory Park out here in Pasadena. Just walking up to the market place can be pretty mellow and shoves you into a happy mood. I ended up parking opposite to where the market was taking place because I was , but enjoyed the benefit of exercise I got from the walk.
Just walking through where the market starts (or ends, there are no signs so I guess you start or end where you pl [..]
02/03/2012 11:19:43 AM
An Unexpected Venture Into AikiJujutsu
I have a lot of appreciation for the many martial art styles that exist. I decided to expand that by studying Daito-ryu AikiJujutsu, a form of martial arts developed in Japan over 900 years ago. While browsing the net I came across a posting for the class, which is held at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center in Pacoima, California. The center is the largest local Japanese American organization in the San Fernando Valley. So I hit my m [..]
01/30/2012 00:15:40 AM
Stupid Pain. Stupid Inflammation.
There’s probably been a time in your life where you’ve bumped your toe, turn the corner and bumped your head, or cut yourself and then see the cut becomes red, painful, and swollen. That can all be contributed to inflammation. You may here that word tossed around a lot, but what exactly is inflammation?
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a composition of different mechanisms that are activated in the body in response to tissue injury1. Basically i [..]
01/20/2012 11:09:19 AM
A Smoothie for More Energy
I don’t think anyone could turn down a good shake or smoothie. This one I actually have to thank my sister for this. She is big on the holistic living lifestyle and is a good model for people to learn from. I receive a lot of weird stares when I tell them that this is a spinach, peanut butter, and banana shake. At first you may think “a spinach shake?” That was my first impression too, since I was so accustomed to having my spinach a certain way. Ne [..]