The following article was published on the Allergy Insider Website, July 2022. 10 New and Surprising Facts About Alpha-Gal Syndrome By Linda Armstrong; Medically reviewed by: Fabio Iachetti, MD; Eva Södergren, PhD, MSc What is alpha-Gal syndrome (AGS)? Alpha-Gal Syndrome is just plain weird. And the more we learn about it, the stranger it seems to get. Also known as "red meat allergy," "mammalian meat allergy," or "tick-bite allergy," the syndrome is when an allergic reaction to alpha-Gal, which is a sugar molecule found in mammal meat such as beef, pork, venison, and more.1-2 But this reaction actually begins with a bite from a lone star tick (or possibly a chigger).2-3 No, really. It's not a made-up disease. [...]
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Dr Bonnie Walker is a chiropractor and acupuncturist, founder of Wellspring Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center www.wellspring-healing.com where she has served the “cradle to grave, sickness and health” needs of the High Country since 1990. She co-founded Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, and lectures on acupuncture to her fellow health professionals. Q & A Q: The biggest question is, “Just what is health?” If you’re going on a journey to health, how do you know when you’ve arrived? A: First of all, health is not a static state; it’s a state of dynamic balance in all physical, mental and emotional aspects. Things that upset our health balance come along all the [...]
by Sean Christiaan Valentine-Marshall, D.Ac. and Bonnie L Walker, DC If you are already familiar with Chinese medicine as it is currently practiced then you may not be very comfortable with much of what you are about to read. If you are new to the field or have an open inquisitive mind you are in for a treat. This introduction to Chinese medicine purposely breaks away from the styles of previous attempts to explain Chinese medicine which present the Chinese concepts and then remanufacture them into something else that fits into a familiar Western paradigm. This has never worked, nor will it ever. Chinese medical concepts are nothing like Western medical concepts and the criteria [...]
This month we’re going to talk about auto-immune and endocrine disorders. But first we should talk about these two systems; the immune system and the endocrine system. They are both crucial to maintaining a healthy body. You can think of your immune system as the Defense & Repair Department of your body. It consists of different types of cells, structures, and materials, each of which serves a specific purpose in protecting and defending you from “all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Your very life depends on its coordinated strategies to fend off attacks from outside forces as well as to detect and repair internal imbalances. It’s so powerful that it can do great harm when it [...]
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of unrelenting pain in the muscles, joints, tendons and soft tissues at different areas of the body. The pain is unrelated to obvious injury and is often made worse with exertion, weather changes or stress. It is often accompanied by extreme, “bone-weary” fatigue, difficulty sleeping and depression. It can significantly reduce the quality of life for the patient, their family and the community. There are numerous theories as to the cause of fibromyalgia, but so far, all we know is that fibromyalgia is associated with several risk factors: Genetics: Those with fibromyalgia are likely to have another family member who has also suffers from this condition.Physical or emotional trauma: A [...]
It’s THAT time of year again, when everybody seems to be coughing, sneezing, and sniffling in the collective chorus of congestion we all recognize as "flu season." But why is it a season, and why this time of year? Is there anything you can do to avert it? In the temperate zones, this is the change of seasons and the onset of cold weather. This is the time we tend to congregate indoors, sharing heated dry air and viruses with lots of other folks. It’s a time when our metabolism shifts focus from protecting the outside to just keeping it warm. We are surrounded by viruses all of the time. If our defenses are strong [...]
Stroke is the #2 killer in America, second only to heart disease. Your chances of having a stroke...and dying of it...increase with age. But all is not lost...the good news is that with diet and lifestyle changes, you can cut your risk of stoke and improve your recovery should you have one. It's not too late to make changes, even if you've already had a stroke. It can help prevent repeat attacks. Prevention is way better than rehabilitation. The explanation of stroke from an acupuncture energetic perspective is that Heat (inflammation) occurs and builds up in the body. This heat effectively "cooks" the blood, making it more sticky and sludgy, so it doesn't flow as [...]
Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Chronic headaches and migraines afflict about one in six Americans. That's about 45 million of us. There are several different kinds of headaches, from the simple tension headache to the "wallbanger" throbbing migraine. Tension headaches usually start at the base of the skull and may project all the way to the forehead. Common causes are postural mistakes like sitting in front of the computer or slumping your shoulders and letting your head hang forward. Practice sitting or standing with the top of your head reaching to the sky, and the tip of your tailbone rooted to the earth. Migraines are typically one sided, sometimes going behind one eye [...]