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Supporting your immune system

During these crazy times, I wanted to remind you of key things you can be doing right now to support your immune system besides of course HANDWASHING and SOCIAL DISTANCING.

  1. Get plenty of sleep – ideally 8-10 hours/night. If you are having problems sleeping, sign up for the FREE Get Some Shut Eye webinar on 4/15. You can also check out my Sleep Tip playlists on my FB page (Sleep Soundly in September, Sleep Tips November 2017 and Sleep Tips) and the sleep tips shared by my network on this blog Sleep Edition – NS Acu Tribe of Mentors.
  2. Stay hydrated.
  3. Limit dampening foods. Reduce your intake of sugar, dairy, gluten, fried foods and alcohol as they add dampness to the body, and this virus appears to be a damp pathogen.
  4. Breath through your nose! We are meant to breath through our noses. Air is “filtered” when we breath through our nose – cilia and mucus catch viruses (along with pollen, bacteria and other debris). In addition, nitric oxide is produced in the paranasal sinuses and is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Any virus that makes it through the nasal “filtering” system, will pass through the nasal cavity where the antiviral nitric oxide is excreted.
  5. Do things that bring you pleasure. Watch the latest stand up specials on Netflix, draw winter botanicals you can find in your yard, listen to Weightless (a song designed by sound therapists to reduce stress), read something for fun, play your guitar or piano or didgeridoo, journal, dance, and/or give yourself the Big O.  (It’s not the time to be the master of your domain). When we feel pleasure, puffs of nitric oxide are released from our blood vessels and boosts immunity (along with increasing blood flow, decreasing cellular inflammation, and improving your mood and outlook on life.)
  6. Manage your stress through meditation and/or breath work. Practice 4-7-8 breath and/or alternate nostril breathing throughout the day.
  7. Limit your consumption of updates/news about the covid-19. Watching updates 24/7 and consuming all of the misinformation and exaggerations being shared on social media increases your stress levels which impact your immune system. Set aside a specific time each day to get your updates. Limit your sources to the CDC, WHO, your local health department (Chicago, Cook County, Deerfield, Glenview, Evanston, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka), or your state health department.
  8. Limit the amount of time you spend worrying about the virus. Set aside specific time each day to focus on planning and executing any actions you need to take to keep your family safe and any actions related to your career/business. Stay focused during that time of planning and execution. However, when thoughts come up outside of that time, remind yourself that you have a plan, you’ve taken the actions within your control for today, and bring yourself back to the present by engaging your senses – what do you see, smell, hear, feel. The worries are likely to come up multiple times – just keeping repeating these steps.
  9. Start a gratitude practice. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day to write down things for which you are grateful. Or you can use an app – gthx is offering a 30 day free trial of their gratitude app. The code is 30daysfree. Here are some other ideas of how to focus on gratitude.
  10. Help others. Donate blood. Donate to local food pantries. Check in with at-risk neighbors to see if they  need help picking up prescription refills or critical groceries. Buy a gift certificate from or post a review for your favorite small businesses. Don’t hoard supplies. If an item you need to purchase has a WIC symbol near the price, get something else. A person who uses WIC can’t switch to another brand.
  11. Move. Dance. Start a yoga, tai chi or qi gong practice. Go for a walk. Try the toilet roll workout.  Sample some of the streaming classes from Hip Circle Empowerment Center. Do one of the at-home workouts posted daily by Crossfit Impact.
  12. Do acupressure daily on ST36 and LU7. You can locate ST36 point by sliding your finger on the outside of your shin towards your knee. It will stop around ST36. Or identify a tender spot near your shin about the width of your four fingers from the bottom of your knee. You can locate LU7 by  joining your hands between the thumb and forefinger as in the picture below. Your index finger should be resting along the radius bone.  The tip of your index finger will come to rest in a small notch between two tendons which lie on top of the styloid process.
  13. Brew yourself an Immune Support Tea.

Ingredients

1 bag echinacea tea

3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root

3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed

2 tablespoons raw organic honey

½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon organic ground clove

Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions: In a large cup of hot water steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger for two minutes. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. 

If you aren’t able to find hand sanitizer, you can make your own with tea tree oil or Onguard/Thieves. Reach out to me if you need help getting tea tree oil.

If you have any questions, please call me at 815.814.1319 or email me at amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

 

I am temporarily closing my practice. Note – I am open for business virtually though. See this blog for details.

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate.”- Michael Leavitt

While this has been a difficult decision, I feel wholeheartedly that it is the right one.

The work I do is in close proximity with others and involves multiple patients coming in and out of the same room. While there is still a lot we don’t know about this virus we DO KNOW that you or I can be asymptomatic and still be shedding virus. While I have always maintained a sanitized and clean office I am simply not set up for infectious disease containment on this level. Only hospitals are and even they are having a difficult time.

While the work I do is important, I am following the lead of most other non-essential medical offices. For everyone’s sake and the strain on our healthcare system I would highly encourage you to limit all non-essential interaction that is face to face. The time is NOW for us all to do our part to flatten the curve before it is too late.

If you’re anxious, need to connect, or even just need to chat I am here for you anytime: 815.814.1319. We will make it through this but is going to require each and every individual doing their part and watching out for one another.

I’ve created a post with tips for supporting your immune system.

I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support.

Healthy Foods for Fall

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The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

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Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Intro: Northshore Acupuncture Tribe of Mentors – Sleep Edition

Getting a good night’s sleep is critical for good health. Many experts now recognize sleep as being as important for good health (if not more) as nutrition and movement. So many things factor into whether or not we get high quality sleep – our emotional and spiritual health; what we consume – food, drinks, substances, music, news, social media; our lifestyle and daily habits; our physical health; our sleep environment. continue reading »

Suzanne Badillo

Suzanne Badillo, PT, WCS

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Ray Charles

Dr. Ray Charles

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Dr. Ray Charles is a best-selling author and speaker, and travels the globe training leaders, and future leaders, on Righteous Leadership.

Since 1993, at a time when the word “coach” was, generally, only associated with sports or executive coaching, Dr Ray has been a faithful pioneer in the field of spiritual coaching –  coaching leaders including: business, civic, government, clergy and, sports and entertainment leaders to lead from a position of righteousness. continue reading »

Annie Fitzgerald

Annie Fitzgerald, PCC

Annie Fitzgerald is a leadership and life coach. Annie came to coaching because she needed to be coached. She had two small kids who never slept and her husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of years before. She was S.T.U.C.K, filled with anxiety, and exhausted. Coaching moved her forward and shifted her perspective of life from one of struggle to one of gratitude and joy. continue reading »

Marcy Millar

Dr. Marcy Millar, MD

Dr. Marcy Millar is board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from Rush Medical College and completed her residency at Evanston Hospital. In private practice since 1989, Dr. Millar enjoys the personal side of medicine. Her strong, enduring relationships with her patients and their families reflect her commitment to the total person. continue reading »

Small Business Saturday Promotions 2018

Small Business Saturday Promotions

SS_Logo_Clean_BlueNorthshore Acupuncture Center is offering three Small Business Saturday promotions.

1) Get $20 off your acupuncture treatment with a receipt from Curt’s Café at 2922 Central St., Evanston or Curt’s Café South at 1813 Dempster, Evanston dated 11/24/2018. Eating at Curt’s allows you to “dine with purpose” while enjoying good food. The cafe is designed to provide training to at-risk youth in Evanston in both food service and life. SocialPost_Heart
2) Get $10 off any acupuncture treatment prior to 12/31/2018 scheduled on Small Business Saturday (11/28/2018). Call 815.814.1319 to schedule or schedule online.
3) Purchase gift certificates for your friends to try acupuncture and/or cupping. On Small Business Saturday only (11/24/18), you can purchase a gift certificate for a stress relief acupuncture and essential oil treatment for $75 ($100 value) or purchase a gift certificate for cupping for $50 and we will include a complimentary auricular balancing treatment ($25 value). You can also purchase gift certificates for any $$ amount, for an initial consultation and treatment, or for a follow up treatment. Call 815.814.1319 to purchase.
Offers cannot be combined for an individual treatment. Shop small!!