Vitamin D Deficiency And Asthma

Posted February 15, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

Individuals with asthma may experience a worsening in asthmatic symptoms if they have a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study. Vitamin D can affect lung function and asthmatic treatment. "Our findings suggest that low vitamin D levels are associated with worse asthma," says lead researcher Dr. E. Rand Sutherland, from the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver. Vitamin D is found in several dietary sources such as milk, fish and fish oils and eggs. In addition, the sun increases production of vitamin D; as little as 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure can help to prevent deficiencies. Health benefits of vitamin D: • Maintains calcium balance. • Regulates blood pressure. • Strengthens immunity. • Prevents viral infections. "It may be that vitamin D is acting as a modifier of the immune system or a modifier of steroid response in ways that are relevant to people with asthma,” adds Sutherland. The study appears in the January 28 edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Findings indicate that a vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased inflammation and constriction of the airways. Restoring normal vitamin D levels in people with asthma may help to improve the respiratory condition. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of asthma as well as a wide range of health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calare … Read More

Dementia, so sad, so sad!

Posted January 28, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

It's Sunday in Miami and the weather is quite unusual for us this time of year. It our dry season yet it has been raining just about every day. Lately we have experienced more cold spells than I can remember in the 32 years that I have taken up residence here. Today the air is crisp and the wind is blowing fiercely. I am on my way to visit my mother at the assisted living facility in Homestead. She is 84 years old and hardly knows who I am or where she now resides. … Read More

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Depression Risk

Posted January 22, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

Individuals who follow the Mediterranean dietary pattern, rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and fish, appear less likely to develop depression, according to a study in a recent issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. Previous research has suggested that the monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil, used abundantly in the Mediterranean diet, may be associated with a lower risk of depressive symptoms. Almudena Sánchez-Villega., Ph.D., from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, and colleagues studied 10,094 healthy participants who completed an initial questionnaire between 1999 and 2005. Participants reported their dietary intake on a food frequency questionnaire, and the researchers calculated their adherence to the Mediterranean diet based on multiple components: Moderate intake of dairy products, low intake of meat and high intake of legumes, fruit, nuts, cereals, vegetables, and fish. After a midpoint of 4.4 years of follow-up, 480 new cases of depression were identified. Individuals who followed the Mediterranean diet most closely had a greater than 30 percent reduction in the risk of depression than whose who had the lowest Mediterranean diet scores. Components of the diet may improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation, reduce risk for heart disease, and repair oxygen-related cell damage, all of which may decrease the chances of developing depression. In addition to a healthy diet, acupuncture can aid in the treatment of depression by: • Increasing cerebral serotonin, which has anti-depressant analgesic effects. • Reducing fatigue and other symptoms of depression. • Elevating mood. • Stabilizing hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Massage For Stress

Posted January 21, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

Results from the 13th annual consumer survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association indicate that an increasing number of Americans are seeking massage for medical and health reasons, with relaxation and stress reduction as the top reasons people get massages. A vast majority of Americans, 86 percent, agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and 85 percent agree that massage can be beneficial for health and wellness. “Even with the ongoing economic crisis, people are not willing to compromise their health,” says Judy Stahl, AMTA president. “It’s a clear signal of massage’s value when those making less than $35,000 a year are the second most active income bracket getting massage therapy.” Massage is effective for: • Fatigue. • Low back pain. • Knee osteoarthritis. • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning. • Lowering blood pressure. • Reducing headache frequency. For the second year in a row, the survey results show that massage therapy use is fairly steady. Thirty-two percent of stressed out Americans are getting massages to relieve their stress and 57 percent of Americans say they feel more stressed this year than last year, particularly among females (61 percent) and those ages 18-24 (66 percent). “Consumers understand that massage therapy is essential to a healthy balance between stress and relaxation,” said Stahl. “We are pleased to see that consumers are prioritizing massage to help them through these difficult times.” Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9000. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Immunity Boost With Chinese Herbs

Boosting your immune system with herbs can aid in keeping your body in optimal condition to combat bacteria, infections and viruses. Today there is an increasing emphasis on strengthening the immune system through disease prevention rather than by treating existing illness. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that illness is caused by a weakened immune system. Herbal remedies can enhance the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Herbs can also allow your body to resist infectious agents without the adverse side effects of conventional medications. The immune system has two defense mechanisms: Natural, which utilizes white blood cells to protect from disease, and acquired, in which specialized cells strengthen and increase antibodies to defend against pathogens. While many individuals depend on pharmaceuticals for health and treatment of illness, over 80 percent of the world’s population relies on herbal remedies for healing and health. By allowing the body to combat infections without antibiotics, medicinal herbs can strengthen the immune system against future illness and disease. Herbs that strengthen the immune system: • Echinacea activates immune system chemicals which can increase defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria. • Astragalus is a Chinese herb which has anti-viral properties and contains antioxidants. • Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels. • Goldenseal stimulates the immune and digestive systems. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for health and disease prevention. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Disease Treatment And Prevention

Posted January 11, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Massage Therapy, Holistic Medicine

As the health care debate continues, the current edition of America’s Health Rankings has identified trends that support the need to ensure disease prevention is part of the health care reform. Based on two decades of consistent tracking, the rankings survey calls for the nation to change unhealthy behaviors that are contributing to preventable, chronic diseases. Trends cite smoking as the greatest health challenge of the past 20 years and warn obesity is likely to be the next national health concern. The health care system has become adept at treating illnesses and disease, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, Americans are struggling to modify risk factors, such as smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise, which contribute to chronic diseases. The United States currently spends more than any other nation on health care, including $1.5 trillion in medical costs associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These chronic, preventable conditions all have a direct link to smoking and obesity, the nation’s two largest national risk factors. Making progress against smoking and obesity is a critical step to successfully tackling the health reform our nation wants to achieve. How the nation measures up: • Nearly one in five Americans still smoke, which is only 8 million people fewer than 20 years ago. • Over the past 20 years, the nation has seen significant declines in infectious diseases. • Challenges include the rising uninsured rate. • Obesity is growing faster than any previous public health issue our nation has faced. More than one in four Americans are considered obese. As medicine shifts from treatment of diseased conditions to potential diseases, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an obvious prospect with its emphasis on prevention of diseases in health care. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers TCM therapies such as acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal medicine. These therapies can aid in regulating and maintaining health. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

College Students Benefit From Transcendental Meditation

Posted December 15, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Holistic Medicine

College students are particularly prone to psychological distress caused by academic pressures, financial strains and uncertain futures. Transcendental meditation can aid in significantly improving students’ mental health. Benefits of transcendental meditation include: • Purposeful, flexible thinking • Energy and vitality • Strong immune functioning • Balanced physiology • Fit cardiovascular system Transcendental meditation may also reduce blood pressure, anxiety and depression among at-risk college students, according to a new study by researchers at the American University and the Maharishi University of Management, which appears in the December American Journal of Hypertension. “The standard transcendental meditation program to reduce stress showed significant decreases in blood pressure and improved mental health in young adults at risk for hypertension,” said David Haaga, study coauthor and American University psychology professor. The study recruited 298 American University students and assigned them to either a transcendental meditation group or a group placed on a three-month wait list for treatment. Improvements in psychological distress, blood pressure and coping occurred in the students practicing the transcendental medication technique. Reductions in blood pressure were also determined to be associated with a lowered risk of hypertension in later years. “This is the first study to show in young adults at risk for hypertension reductions in blood pressure that were associated with changes in psychological distress and coping,” said Sanford Nidich, coauthor and senior researcher at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. College students frequently have more complex problems today than they did over a decade ago, according to the American Psychological Association. Issues range from stress, physical conditions and personality disorders to educational and vocational choices. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs call Joe Calareso, Admissions Director, at (305) 595-9500. Nov.30. … Read More

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Posted October 29, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under News & Events, Holistic Medicine

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