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January 24, 2012

What’s in Your Mouth

Ever since preservatives were introduced into foods in the 1950′s there has been a continuum of food exploration that may finally be out of control.

Dr. George Wald a Nobel Laureate in Medicine in 1967 and a Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University said:

“Recombinant DNA technology faces our society with problems unprecedented not only in the history of science, but of life on Earth. It places in human hands the capacity to redesign living organisms, the products of three billion years of evolution. Such intervention must not be confused with previous intrusions upon the natural order of living organisms: animal and plant breeding…All the earlier procedures worked within single or closely related species…Our morality up to now has been to go ahead without restriction to learn all that we can about nature. Restructuring nature was not part of the bargain…this direction may be not only unwise, but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.”

As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, the impact of foods on the body plays a big part in how I assess the main complaint of each patient.

The quality of foods we eat can directly impact our bodies in many ways. Food itself can have medicinal value but, too frequently, the quality of available foods is poor. A poor nutritional diet can be a key factor in contributing to chronic aches/pains/injuries.

The five branches of TCM are: Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, and Exercise/Breathing. As a TCM practitioner I want to take into account all of the things that impact the body and then filter it through the five branches. It’s much more than just acupuncture. It’s comprehensive care and lifestyle evaluation.

There is a great article in Acupuncture today discussing The Implications of GMO’s, Epigenetics and Chinese Medicine on Performance Enhancement.

Performance enhancement is often misconstrued as needing ‘something extra’ to out perform your opponent. Performance enhancement does not have to directly relate to a sport. I want to make your work performance better, your sleep better, your sex life better… Through acupuncture and TCM I want to enhance the body to be able to operate at peak efficiency, without needing that 3rdy party substance to function at a high level no matter what it is called to do.

 

As always, if you have any questions about TCM or acupuncture, Contact Us to set up a free 15-minute consult with our acupuncturist, Mike Allen L.Ac., Dipl. OM

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