If you or someone you love have one of the many chronic health problems that people suffer from such as, heart disease, fibromyalgia, ulcers, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune disease—you will likely be given a drug to manage your symptoms and not much else. The key to successfully treating these conditions, however, is addressing their underlying cause and concurrently follow the treatment by medical providers. This is the promise of Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbal medicine) and functional medicine- treat the underline elements. Providers like meyself and medical providers need to work together, I do it here everyday at our office.
Most patients are told that the causes of their condition are unknown and simply prescribed drugs to manage the symptoms. But is it really true that we don’t know what causes chronic illness? Certainly there are particulars related to each specific illness that we don’t yet understand. But I would argue that we do, in fact, have a solid grasp on the most important factors that contribute to virtually all chronic disease. Hence, it’s within our bodies innate ability and power within it to prevent, stop the progress and in some cases reverse many of these conditions.
Presently in the midst of the most serious epidemic of chronic disease we have ever faced. 50% of US adults are facing one or more chronic health conditions, and 25% have two or more. (1) 7 of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases, and two of them—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for almost half of all deaths. (2)
In conventional medicine, focus is on diseases and the symptoms; it works “from the outside in”. For example, you undergo a physical exam exam and your blood tests reveal that you have “high cholesterol”. The most likely outcome in this situation is that you’ll be prescribed a statin, and in some cases be told to exercise more and eat better. There is rarely any serious investigation into what “caused” the high cholesterol in the first place. Many times an assumption is made it is your diet.
In acupuncture functional medicine, however, we work “from the inside out”. We pay less attention to the symptoms, and attention to the pathology that produces those symptoms. High cholesterol is a symptom, not a pathology. The underline problems that can lead to high cholesterol include a combination of the following imbalanced QI (acupuncture term for energy), poor thyroid function, intestinal permeability, disrupted gut microbiome, chronic viral or bacterial infections, insulin and leptin resistance, and nutrient imbalances—few.
Whether you have one or more conditions I will focus on the underline causes with acupuncture and functional medicine. Of course I will pursue MD’s approval and work as a team. I have found most medical providers to be receptive to my co-management, especially since I have an extensive medical clinical background.
As you can see, this is a fundamentally different approach than what is typically done in the conventional setting.
Unfortunately, the acupuncture and functional medicine approach is not completely embraced within the conventional health care model. But I believe that is changing. The prestigious Cleveland Clinic just launched a Center for Functional Medicine.
I think health insurance companies will also see the benefits of acupuncture and we are PPO providers here at this clinic.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She hascompleted additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome
When it comes to weight loss, we want to see results and we want to see them quickly. We can order food, book travel reservations, and stream movies all in an instant. But can we drop that unwanted weight the same way? With so much available at the push of a button, it isn’t a surprise our patience has begun to be tested. Why wait for something we do not have to wait for?
We are bombarded by articles, endorsements, and commercials claiming this supplement or that super food will help us shed the pounds we want simply by consuming the product. But do these products really work or are they just giving us false hope?
In recent years, these weight loss quick fixes have received a lot of skepticism and many people have become reluctant to try them. But what happens when a celebrity endorses one of these weight loss miracle products? What if that celebrity is a doctor whose advice is trusted by millions of viewers?
Now, if you are aware of the Dr. Oz scandal and know where I am going with this, let me preface what I am about to say. I by no means have negative feelings towards Dr. Oz. After all, can you dislike a man who has brought so much awareness for our health into the public eye? There are thousands of people living better, healthier lives because of Dr. Oz and for that I am grateful.
I do not, however, believe in miracle weight loss products such as those endorsed by Dr. Oz and it is evident that I am not alone. Not too long ago, many loyal viewers were disappointed when Dr. Oz was criticized and questioned by US senators for his endorsement of quick weight loss fixes like raspberry ketones, green coffee beans, and Garcinia cambogia.
While I believe that it is important to compliment your diet with supplements and vitamins, I do not believe that these products alone can help you lose weight. But do not be disappointed. Although miracle weight loss products do not exist, I am going to share with you advice to effectively achieve your weight loss goals and increase your metabolism.
When we consume food, our body breaks the food down and converts it into energy to fuel the body’s functions. When too much food is consumed, the excess energy is stored as fat to use later. Many people often mistake this concept for meaning that they can eat what they want, as long as they limit the amount consumed. This is not necessarily true.
Our body cannot break down all foods the same. When we eat something highly processed, full of preservatives, or chemically altered, our body’s natural digestion is strained. Foods that are too hard to break down often become stored as fat. The toxins in these foods can also trigger extra fat storage. When choosing your foods, it is important to avoid packaged foods or carefully read the label. Sticking with foods from the earth rather than created by machines can make the difference between fat burning and fat storing.
PLUS, your supplement should be made a not synthetic. I wholeheartedly believe in taking supplements and herbs, but they need to be pesticide free and not synthesized in a lab. Simply make sense. By all means, I would not give anything I would market my own family. At Bennett Acupuncture and Functional Medicine we use only the most effective and natural supplements. Let’s talk and I can help.
Acupuncture has very effective way to make sure your body’s running effectively and efficiently by looking at your Qi (body energy) and meridians. When body is running correctly via acupuncture, weight loss is much easier to obtained permanently. This is a major precursor to jumpstarting your health and is recommended to get checked out by a professional acupuncturist. This truly give you a jumpstart to better health as 2000 years of medicine cannot be wrong. In our office we can actually measure your Qi with our Zyto computerized system. This BioScan computer system is an adjunct tool we use use as a wellness assessment technology. Let modern science enhance ancient acupuncture treatment benefits.
When we think of sugar, we often think of the white granule sugar we put in our coffee or use for baking. But this isn’t the only sugar we consume. Foods like fruit are high in sugar. The difference however, is the way in which our body breaks this sugar down. Not only do fruits have a much higher nutritional value than sugary indulgences like candy and cookies, but the sugars in fruits are easily digested by your body. The sugars found in junk food, on the other hand, are not readily broken down and can increase fat storage.
Many people believe an easy fix for this is to buy “sugar-free” foods. Unfortunately, this in itself can lead to further issues. Foods such as high fructose corn syrup and synthetic sugar substitutes like sucralose and aspartame are known for increasing fat storage, as well. Instead, when you get a craving for sugary foods, it is recommended to stick to honey, agave, or fruit.
Insulin, a hormone in our body, plays a significant role in weight management. Too high or too low of insulin levels in your body can trigger fat storage. To ensure you are maintaining a stable insulin level, it is essential to never skip a meal and avoid eating foods chock full of the bad sugars we discussed above.
Weight loss can be stressful enough. Add any additional stress and our bodies are in danger of becoming fat storing machines. When we undergo stress, our body produces the stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol becomes elevated, it flips the body’s fat storage switch to on. Too much stress over a long period of time can lead the body to remain in fat storage mode. Like insulin, it is important to manage your cortisol levels and keep them in check. An easy way to relieve stress and eliminate the risk of increased cortisol levels is by taking a few deep breaths. It is also recommended to take a 30 to 60 minute walk when you get home. Exercising is great for clearing the mind and reducing stress.
If you are following a strict diet and exercising vigorously, but still aren’t seeing results, your thyroid may be too blame. The thyroid gland, often ignored, can be the sole reason that stubborn weight hangs around. In fact, your thyroid may be the reason for the weight gain in the first place.
You see, your thyroid is responsible for keeping your body warm, burning energy and maintaining the proper functioning of your vital organs and muscles. When the thyroid is working properly, it produces hormones that are absorbed into the blood stream and distributed throughout your body. This hormone is responsible for fat burning. When your thyroid becomes sluggish, also known as hypothyroidism, it does not produce enough of these hormones to maintain your metabolism. In other words, if your thyroid’s hormone production decreases, your body’s ability to burn fat also decreases.
If you suspect your thyroid may be a key factor in your inability to lose weight, it is a good idea to have it properly checked out. You may also want to have your adrenal function checked out, as well. In many cases, abnormal adrenal function leads to a decreased thyroid. Having an adrenal panel ran by a functional medicine practitioner is a great start to delve deeper into what is really going on.
Elevated estrogen known as Estrogen Dominance may be another factor leading to your weight loss difficulties. This syndrome is also believed to lead to high blood pressure, cysts, tumors, and certain types of cancers. If you are experiencing symptoms of estrogen overload such as endometriosis, adult acne, PMS, PCOS, extra weight around the hips, or heavy and painful periods, it is important to consult your doctor about a saliva hormone analysis.
Although the body rids itself of toxins naturally, eventually it can become overburdened. Purification, also known as detoxification, can help remove toxins. Dr. Bennett’s 21-Day Purification Program is designed to lighten the toxic load, improve digestion and help maintain a healthy weight. Click to watch some recent results. Give us,a call, we can walk you through it.
Toxins enter our bodies not only through the foods and liquids we consume, but also through the air we breathe and substances we come into contact with. Even if you follow a raw diet and use only natural products, you are still being exposed to toxins just by stepping outside. Not only can these toxins wreak havoc in your body, but they also are preventing you from losing the weight you are working so hard to shed.
Not only can toxins interrupt your thyroid’s hormone production and subsequently decrease your metabolism, but toxins also trigger your body to increase fat cell production. Unlike foods, the body is unable to breakdown toxins and eliminate them throw excretion. Instead, our bodies react to threatening toxins in our bloodstream by producing fat cells and stuffing them full of toxins. Later, when the body needs fat cells to burn, these toxin storing fat cells are usually the least likely to be chosen.
To aid the body in the cleansing of toxins and prevent accumulation, there are some steps you can take. To get started, speak to your doctor about an annual detoxification program. Once you have cleansed your system, drink green juices and ingestible citrus essential oils daily.
When battling weight loss, we often put the most focus on our body. But don’t forget about your mind. Repeating affirmations and beginning a meditation routine is important to maintaining a positive attitude and continuing to work towards your goals even in the toughest of times. Look up some inspiring quotes and hang them on the wall next to your mirror, in your cubicle or some place you will see them daily. Take time out of your day to pamper yourself with a bubble bath or leisurely reading. Focus on creating calm and peace within and the external results will follow.
When people make the active decision to lose weight, the first step they often take is beginning an exercise routine or signing up for a gym membership. It is important to note here, however, that exercising in general won’t help you transform your body. In order to see the results you are after, you must perform the appropriate exercises for your target areas, ability, and comfort level. While you may enjoy one exercise over another, it is important to assess how you feel after working out. Are you exhausted? Are you energized? Are you in so much pain you can’t get off the sofa? The proper workout may leave you sore, but it should never be impairing or leave you feeling exhausted. Pair this with the proper diet and stable levels of hormones and you are well on your way to the weight loss goals you’ve set for yourself.
Dr. Stefanie Bennett and her entire staff are focused on helping every patient they treat enjoy optimum health. Our practice uses holistic solutions including Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy and Functional Medicine to determine and treat the root cause of your medical issues. We want to help you start feeling better today. Take advantage of our Free Consultation offer above and find out just how much you can enjoy life with new found health and wellness.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome