Health & Wellness News
MARCH 2015


March is National Awareness Month for Endometriosis. It's currently estimated that 5 million women in the U.S. suffer from this condition.  It is very painful and can lead to infertility, repetitive surgeries, and even hysterectomy. Women deserve natural solutions for this often debilitating illness.. Unfortunately, traditional medical intervention merely treats the symptoms of Endometriosis using birth control pills, surgeries, and pain medications. That is where we come in! 

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine have been shown to be very effective in treating Endometriosis.  A licensed Acupuncturist can find the root cause of this imbalance by using age old techniques that identify areas of hormone imbalance.  Diet modification and abdominal massage have both shown to be very effective in helping this condition.  

If you know anyone that suffers from Endometriosis, please forward this email. It is full of research and helpful information for these woman.  Also, it is important to mention that ANY hormone imbalance: PMS, Menopause, Ovarian Cysts etc, can be helped immensely by Acupuncture & Herbal Therapy. There are many women suffering unnecessarily.  We are here to help!  We just need all of YOU to let the women in your life know about these effective therapies!

Until our next adjustment...
Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis  is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus - the endometrium - grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region. In endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would - it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts may form. Fertility problems also may develop.  Endometriosis is most common in women in their 30s and 40s, but it can affect any female who menstruates.

Factors that May Increase the Risk of Endometriosis

Studies show that women are at higher risk for endometriosis if their:

  • Mother, sister, or daughter had endometriosis (raises the risk about sixfold)
  • Periods started at an early age (before age 11)
  • Monthly cycles are short (less than 27 days)
  • Menstrual cycles are heavy and last more than 7 days
Factors that May Lower the Risk of Endometriosis

Studies also show that some factors may lower the risk for endometriosis, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Starting menstruation late in adolescence
  • Regular exercise of more than 4 hours a week
  • Low amount of body fat

Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis may include:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping, may include lower back & abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination during your period.
  • Excessive bleeding. You may experience heavy periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Other symptoms. You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
The good news?  Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine has proven VERY effective in treating this condition.  Please read on below... 


Mayo Clinic

Treating Endometriosis with Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that each life force has an innate energy flowing throughout its form. This is called "qi" and qi is also believed to move the blood.   It is the liver's job to maintain the free flow of qi. In Chinese medicine, the uterus and the liver are closely related as the liver, spleen, and kidney channels run through the pelvis and all can effect menstruation. Stagnant qi is associated with liver depression, which is intimately associated with the menstrual cycle and almost always manifests as some menstrual-related problem. 

In TCM, the body comprises points located on pathways at which the qi, traveling through them can be manipulated and therapeutically adjusted. This is how acupuncture can treat endometriosis symptoms along with Chinese herbal medicine. 

It has been shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically be of benefit in people with endometriosis by:

  • providing pain relief 
  • reducing inflammation
  • regulating levels of prostaglandins 
  • combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine for endometriosis has been shown to provide benefits
In a NIH study published in 2011, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine provided:  the total effective rate ('cured', 'significantly effective' or 'effective') for auricular acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine was 91.9% and 60%, respectively.

Hopefully this information demonstrates that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treat effectively: painful menstruation, menstruation irregularities, amenorrhea, PMS, lower abdominal pain, any endometriosis symptoms and infertility. 

If you want to learn more about how Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can help you, please contact us to book your appointment with Dr. Monica to take advantage of this month's special offer.

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Dietary Effects on Endometriosis

Other countries throughout the rest of the world recognize endometriosis as an autoimmune disease, which is why an anti-inflammatory diet that is high in fiber and mostly plant-based is key. 

According to a study in Italy, women who ate at least 7 servings of red meat per week had twice the risk of endometriosis compared with those who ate fewer than 3 servings of red meat weekly. Women having 13 or more servings per week of green vegetables had a 70% lower risk of endometriosis compared with those ate fewer than 6 servings per week. And those eating 14 or more servings of fruit per week had a 20% lower risk compared with women having fewer than 6 servings per week.

Here is a helpful link to the Dr. Weil Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Key points are:
  • Eliminate dairy foods 
  • Eat only hormone-free meat and eggs to avoid any additional estrogen exposure
  • Avoid soy foods as they are mildly estrogenic
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Choose organic foods whenever possible.
  • Take Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements
Recipe Of The Month
Gluten-Free Black Bean Soup


1 pound dry black beans

1 1/2 quarts filtered water
1 organic carrot, chopped
1 stalk organic celery, chopped

1 large organic red onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1/4 cup dry lentils
4 fresh tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice 



In a large pot over medium-high heat, place the beans in three times their volume of water. Bring to a boil, and let boil 10 minutes. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Drain, and rinse.  In a slow cooker, combine soaked beans and 1 1/2 quarts fresh water. Cover, and cook for 3 hours on High.


Stir in carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, lentils, and tomatoes. Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, red wine vinegar, and salt. Cook on Low for 2 to 3 hours. Stir the rice into the slow cooker in the last 20 minutes of cooking. Carefully puree about half of the soup with a blender or food processor, then pour back into the pot before serving.

In This Issue
Be The Wellness Whisperer...
Do you know someone suffering from Endometriosis or other Femaie Reproductive Health Issues?  If so, please forward this helpful information to them.

Quick Links
Not All Supplements Are Created Equal

The New York State Attorney General's office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.

The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers (GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart) and found that, on average, four out of five products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.


We want to assure you that 

 InnerMovement Chiropractic ONLY carries those supplements that offer documented scientific research & are subject to Third-Party regulation.


Click here to download and print the Biotics Research Patient Warning

Click here to download "Why Should I Buy Supplements Through My Healthcare Professional" 

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If you have any questions, please inquire at our office.

News & Media
Estrogen-Mimicking Chemicals To Avoid
For decades, there has been serious concern about the environmental implications of hormone disrupting chemicals called "xeno-estrogens" or false estrogens. Literally translated, Xeno-estrogens are "foreign estrogens" that imitate estrogen and its effect on the body.

These types of products contain "foreign estrogens":
  • Weed killers
  • Sunscreen lotions that contain 4-MBC
  • Food preservatives such as BHA
  • Canned foods and plastics (BPA and BPA-S)
  • Insecticides and pesticides
  • Food Dyes
  • Food chemicals that are used to protect fats and oils from becoming rancid
  • Anti-perspirants that are made with Metalloestrogens or toxic metals
  • Make ups and skin care products that have the preservative called paraben
  • Tap water (most city waters are contaminated with estrogens from oral contraceptive pills)
  • Detergents and surfactants
  • Growth hormones in dairy and meat products
Guided Meditation 
How to Meditate to Reduce Endometriosis Pain and Symptoms
How to Meditate to Reduce Endometriosis Pain and Symptoms

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Estrogenic Foods


Both naturally occurring food components as well as certain additives have the ability to act like estrogen once inside your body.  Phytoestrogens include isoflavones and lignans, both found naturally in foods. 


Foods to Completely Avoid:
  • Sugar, in all forms
  • Processed salt and high-salt products (such as bouillon)
  • Dairy (including milk, cheese, etc - beware of sodium caseinate or whey)
  • Wheat and Rye
  • Caffeine: Tea, Coffee and Alcohol
  • Fried Foods, Margarine and Hydrogenated Fats
  • Soy: milk, manufactured soy products, etc
  • Tinned and frozen packaged foods
  • Manufactured meat products: sausage, burgers, red meat, etc
  • Aspartame, saccharine, MSG, food additives, chemicals, preservatives, nitrates, etc
Foods to Include:
  • Whole Grains (like brown rice, millet, quinoa, etc)
  • Peas & Beans
  • Seeds & Nuts (but not peanuts)
  • Vegetables: carrot, parsnip, celery, beets, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, lettuce, onion, leek, garlic, fennel, watercress, sprouted seeds, green bean, cucumber, yam, sweet potato, etc.
  • Fruits: apple, lemon, red and purple berries, apricots, etc
  • Organic fish
Upcoming Community Event

The Pasadena Master Chorale will be presenting our next concert, The Sound of Heaven, for two performances:
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 22 at 4pm
at the Altadena Community Church
943 East Altadena Dr. 
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