Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine: Effective Support for People with Cancer

By Kathy Thorpe, MA, CHom, Boulder, CO

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one of the most devastating moments in a person's life. With every diagnosis comes the fear of death or worse, worries about a long period of declining heath and suffering. Western medicine has made powerful steps forward in the treatment of different cancers and the survival rate is improving. Unfortunately, some of the treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy leave the patient in a weakened state with side effects that may include nausea, vomiting, peripheral neuropathy, tingling, fatigue, joint pain, depression, decline in cognitive function, malnourishment and low platelets or blood counts. This is where acupuncture and Chinese medicine really shine. According to David Scrimgeour, Boulder Acupuncturist, these treatment modalities have been used over time to support a person undergoing cancer treatments or recovering from cancer.  People have regained their health and vitality sooner and have experienced a higher quality of life using these complementary modalities and have a lower rate of recurrence.

David Scrimgeour identifies several areas where acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can benefit a person undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from cancer. First, for a person going through conventional treatments, acupuncture can help with the side effect, including peripheral neuropathy, nausea, pain and fatigue. It can also speed post-surgical healing and can help the person have a higher quality of life during the treatments. Once the treatments are finished, Scrimgeour claims that there is a profound benefit of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support the immune system to help prevent future recurrence and to help the person regain their overall energy, health and vitality.  Finally, at the conclusion of treatments, he recommends a very gradual detoxification program as very often the liver and kidneys have been strongly affected by chemotherapy.

Scrimgeour finds that Chinese formulas and functional medicine can provide enormous benefits for a person with cancer. For example, he recommends a Chinese formula made of the tonic herbs and mushrooms designed specifically for cancer patients to boost immune function and strengthen the core energy of the body -- Supreme Immune Tonic or 9405. Patients have also benefited from a Japanese herbal product, AHCC, that has a great deal of research showing that it increases natural killer cell activity. Providing an effective nutritional protocol for people recovering from cancer is also one of his specialties. The goal, says David Scrimgeour, is to ensure that people have all the support they need to lead a healthy, active life and to recover on the physical, mental and emotional levels.

David Scrimgeour practices Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at his clinic in Boulder, Colorado. For more information about acupuncture for cancer support, he can be reached at 303 413-9596 or through his website: www.davidscrimgeour.com.

Kathy Thorpe is a natural health writer and blogger who has been writing about alternative approaches to health and wellness for the past ten years. Prior to that, she taught English at U.C. Berkeley and at the University of Colorado. She can be reached at 303 583-0179.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Begin your Day with Dr. Laura's Anti-Inflammation Shake!

Dr. Laura's Anti-Inflammation Shake

Start your morning right with this powerful blend of anti-oxidants designed to reduce inflammation in
your body and enhance healing. You will notice from the first day that you have more energy, vitality and mental focus.

(You may not have all of these ingredients but you do want berries, greens, a banana, some seeds or seed butter, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne. Use all organic ingredients whenever possible!)

½ c water or unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2-3 ice cubes
1 handful organic blueberries, raspberries or blackberries (fresh or frozen)
2 handfuls organic kale, chard or spinach*
1 scoop of Nanogreens or Green Vibrance
1 t. turmeric
1 t. cinnamon
1 T maca powder
1 T bee pollen
1 T cacao nibs
pinch of cayenne
1 banana
1 T sunflower nut butter or 2 T sunflower seeds

(other options)
½ c. organic fresh or frozen pineapple
1 T organic pumpkin seeds
½ t. grated fresh ginger

Here's a tip so it isn't overwhelming to have everything ready for a quick morning shake.  As soon as you get home from the grocery store, devein the kale or chard and cut in ribbons, soak in a salad spinner and spin until dry – store in a bag in the fridge ready to use for shakes, salads, or stir fry.

Laura Scrimgeour, M.D is a surgical resident in Providence, RI, and whether it's staying alert during 30 hour shifts or workin 80 hours a week, she relies on this shake to give her energy and keep her mind working at it's best. 

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