Diet And Cardiovascular Risk

A low-carbohydrate diet in which more fat and protein sources come from plants than animals may be protective against adverse health conditions, according to a recent Annals of Internal Medicine study. In an analysis, a higher-vegetable, low-carbohydrate diet was associated with a 20 percent lower risk of death. Conversely, a low-carb diet high in meat tended to be associated with a 23 percent increased risk of death. “These results suggest that the health effects of a low-carbohydrate diet may depend on the type of protein and fat, and a diet that includes mostly vegetable sources of protein and fat is preferable to a diet with mostly animal sources of protein and fat, “ writes Teresa Fung, Sc.D. of Simmons College in Boston, and colleagues. Low-carbohydrate diets have been associated with weight loss promotion and improved blood cholesterol levels. The researchers examined data from two studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study. A diet assessment of a total of 85,168 women and 44,548 men found that low-carbohydrate diets with more meat tended to be associated with higher all-cause mortality. This could be due to the established health benefits of unsaturated fats, dietary fiber, micronutrients, and other vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that meat-based diets may be lacking. Tips for a healthy low-carb diet: • Avoid processed meats that contain saturated fats and nitrites. • Opt for fish over red meat. • Include nuts, avocados, olives, and other plant fats in the diet. • Eat a diet of whole foods rather than convenience snacks. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture Treatment of Hot Flashes

Nearly 80 percent of women experience hot flashes during menopause. Caused by changes in estrogen, hot flashes typically begin with a rise in body temperature followed by perspiration, rapid heart rate and discomfort. Lasting from 30 seconds to a minute, they often occur at night. Women usually experience hot flashes for four years while going through menopause. They may begin two to three years before the cessation of the monthly period and last up to five years after the cessation of menses. Hot flashes are associated with an increased blood flow in the blood vessels of the chest, back, neck, and face. Symptoms of hot flashes may include: • Flushing. • Body warmth. • Night sweats. • Facial redness. Finding effective treatment options for hot flashes can be difficult. Hot flashes have been conventionally treated with estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, HRT has been linked to an increased risk for heart attack, breast cancer and stroke. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy option for the treatment of hot flashes with virtually no adverse side effects. Acupuncture, when compared to drug therapy, has a longer lasting effect on the reduction of hot flashes. Women also report that acupuncture improves energy and alertness. … Read More

Health Benefits of Physical Exercise for Women

Among mature women, those who regularly participate in physical activity during middle age are often in better general health, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health study. Qi Sun, M.D., and colleagues assessed 13,535 study participants, at an average age of 60. Those who had increased levels of exercise were less likely to have physical or cognitive impairments, heart surgery or chronic diseases. “Since the American population is aging rapidly and nearly a quarter of Americans do not engage in any leisure-time activity, our findings appear to support federal guidelines regarding physical activity to promote health among older people,” the authors write in the report, which appears in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Exercise has the potential to enhance overall health and well-being with aging. Older adults need at least: • 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. • Or an equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. • More health benefits can be gained by increasing exercise up to or beyond 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. Once- or twice-weekly resistance training, such as balance and tone training, can also improve attention and conflict resolution skills among older women. Resistance training can strengthen mental focus as well as improve muscular function. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. . … Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine And Lifestyle Recommendations

Posted January 06, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

In Traditional Chinese medicine lifestyle is very important in determining overall health. Treatment of a wide range of health conditions and common ailments includes the five pillars of Chinese medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tui Na massage, qigong exercises, and lifestyle recommendations. Lifestyle recommendations include: • Adequate sleep. Being sleep deprived can weaken constitution and eventually cause illness. • Daily exercise, which strengthens qi circulation. • Stress reduction through yoga, qigong, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or pilates can prevent illness. Acupuncture can also be used as an adjunct therapy to improve lifestyle habits with treatment for smoking cessation, stress reduction and weight loss. Traditional Chinese medicine integrates holistic lifestyle recommendations and treatments for physical, mental and emotional stressors to bring about balance and health. Healthy lifestyle choices means making choices everyday that will enhance health and help prevent disease. Quality foods, exercise, restorative sleep, avoidance of toxins, and stress management are all significantly in our personal control. Research demonstrates that many chronic diseases are largely caused by lifestyle choices and habits. The fundamental principle of preventive health care is that one can utilize lifestyle recommendations that will support health and healing. By making appropriate lifestyle choices, according to season and individual characteristics, health can be optimized. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Healthy Eating During Holiday Season

Posted January 04, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

The holiday season can be the most challenging time of year to stick to a diet, lose weight or maintain healthy eating habits. Balance between overindulgence and deprivation during the holidays with these tips: • Have a light snack before heading to holiday parties. Arriving hungry often results in overeating, and consuming foods that are high in saturated fat and calories. • Offer to bring a healthy choice dish when attending a party to ensure that you have some healthy food options. • Situate yourself far from the food table. Close proximity to food makes it more difficult to resist. • Using a small plate is a great way to avoid overeating at holiday events. • Serve big holiday meals buffet style. Getting up for seconds helps prevent overeating that can occur if the food is within arms reach. • Eat once, not all night. Picking at the food table all night can quickly add up calories, and you are more likely to eat less healthy finger foods. • Focus on conversation or activities rather than on food. • Making leftovers into soup is a better option then the usual week’s worth of turkey sandwiches. “The holiday season is a difficult time to control eating,” says Julie Redfern, RD, manager of the Nutrition Consult Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Be more realistic by trying to maintain your weight, rather than lose weight during the holidays.” Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture treatment for weight loss and weight management. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. Dec.22. … Read More

Acupuncture For Headache Relief

Posted December 04, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new study conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers. “We combed through the literature and conducted the most comprehensive review of available data done to date,” says Tong Joo Gan, M.D., a Duke anesthesiologist who led the analysis. Researchers analyzed data from trials evaluating acupuncture for adults with chronic headaches. “Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of health conditions because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options,” Gan says. “This analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches.” While everyone experiences an occasional headache, more than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, 20 million of whom are women. Medication remains the mainstay of treatment with varying levels of success. Steps to relieve headache: • Identify the cause of the headache. Hunger, dehydration, eye strain, stress, and tobacco smoke are common triggers. • Remove yourself from the trigger. • Take time to relax, which can speed recovery. • Massage your temples, neck and face. Muscle tension can cause headache. … Read More

Yoga For Heart Conditions

Posted December 03, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation to increase relaxation and balance the mind, body and spirit. Heart rate variability, a sign of a healthy heart, has been shown to be higher in yoga practitioners than in non-practitioners, according to a recent study. Yoga for heart health can regulate the heart via the autonomic nervous system, through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. While the former causes a rise in heart rate, the latter slows it. When these two systems are in balance, the heart rate is steady. The ongoing variation of heart rate is known as heart rate variability (HRV), or the normal changes in heart rate. Healthy individuals have a high level of HRV compared to those with cardiac abnormalities, who experience a low HRV. The recent study from the Indian Institute of Technology evaluated two groups of participants to assess whether yoga practice can improve heart health. Prior studies have indicated that yoga practice may improve heart health through relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, postures, and stretching. The researchers examined HRV variations in heart rate from participant electrocardiograms. The first group of 42 healthy individuals who were not yoga practitioners were compared with the second group of 42 experienced yoga practitioners. Findings showed that in participants who regularly practiced yoga, parasympathetic activity was stronger, indicating better autonomic control over heart rate as well as a healthier heart. Yoga is among the top 10 complementary and alternative modalities used, according to a recent National Health Interview Survey. In addition to improving heart health, people use yoga for a variety of health benefits. Yoga can: • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure • Combat stress • Improve flexibility • Increase lung capacity • Aid in the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia An advantage of yoga is that it combines key elements of exercise -- aerobic, strength training, core stability, flexibility, and balance – into a unified approach. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. Nov.15. … Read More

Transcendental Meditation Improves Well Being Among Breast Cancer Patients

Posted November 12, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

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