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This month I am inspired to share with you the success stories of two of our long time "senior" patients, Trudy and Hans, a couple who has been seeing me for Chiropractic adjustments for over 10 years.  Hans first came to me in 2005 after a severe work accident and unsuccessful back surgery.  He was in constant pain but very skeptical about getting a chiropractic adjustment.  Luckily, I convinced him to try it and he was out of pain in just a few adjustments.  Hans remained "feeling good" until about 3 years ago.  His degenerated disc disease and stenosis had progressed so severely that adjustments didn't bring relief as they had in the past.  We were at a loss.  Meanwhile, his wife Trudy, also began experiencing frozen shoulder that was getting progressively worse.  I was sad that I wasn't able to bring either of them relief.  But their daughter Patricia, also a long time patient, wouldn't give up!  As she had experienced the benefits of Acupuncture for her own ruptured lumbar disc and torn ligament in her hip,  she literally dragged both of her parents in to see Monica, our Acupuncturist.  After only one visit, both Trudy and Hans were remarkably improved!  Trudy's frozen shoulder was no longer frozen, and Patricia noticed her mom had more energy and was happier than she had been in a long time.  After a few Acupuncture visits Trudy had full mobility in her shoulder with no pain.  Hans' arthritic hip pain was reduced and his degenerative low back pain went away!  After a few more Acupuncture visits with Monica, he reported that could feel his numb feet again!  

These success stories are very important to me for 2 reasons. First, it demonstrates that no matter how old we are, WE STILL HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HEAL!  And second,  it's a great example of why I have put so much time and energy into creating an Integrative Wellness center where each healing modality offered adds value to our patients and our community. And I'm thrilled to report that Acupuncture has proven to be extremely beneficial in helping our senior patients. So I encourage you to be like Patricia, share this email and drag your mom, dad, or grandparent in for an Acupuncture visit this month. They will absolutely thank you for it! Until our next adjustment...

Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
Acupuncture FAQs acupuncture

Acupuncture effects every major system of the body, including the cardiac, gastrointestinal, circulatory, cerebral, genitourinary, endocrine and immune systems. 

The three main effects of Acupuncture treatments are:
  • Relieves pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Restores homeostasis (the body's ability to regulate its environment & maintain internal balance) 
As all diseases involve a some disturbance to homeostasis, and nearly all diseases involve some degree of pain and inflammation, this makes Acupuncture a highly beneficial treatment.

Acupuncture has been proven to:
  • Promote blood flow
  • Stimulate the body's built-in healing mechanisms
  • Reduce stress
  • Release endorphins, your body's natural pain killers
  • Relax shortened muscles 

To learn more about how Acupuncture can benefit your health, please make an appointment with our Acupuncturist Monica!
Acupuncture For Seniors

In Chinese medical theory, as a person ages their vital energy, life force or "qi", gradually decreases. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural responses.

Here are some key ways in which Acupuncture benefits Seniors:
  • Help with depression and anxiety
  • Offers pain relief
  • Can reduce over-medication or provide relief from side-effects of prescription drugs
  • Soothes indigestion
  • Boosts energy  
  • Treats sleep disturbances / aids in better sleep 
Trudy & Hans' Wellness Success Stories
In their own words...

Trudy:  "After getting Acupuncture, I am out of pain, I can walk better and have better balance. Overall, I feel much better! I would recommend anyone suffering from pain to try Acupuncture. It helped me even after the doctors said there was nothing they could do."

Hans"Since starting Acupuncture, I feel hopeful for the 1st time in a long time that I will be able to get out of pain. I couldn't believe that after years of not being able to feel my feet that i could actually start to feel my toes and feet again! Monica is a nice lady who really knows what she is doing."
Meet Aging Nutritional Needs healthy food heart

How we process food changes as we age, which affects our dietary needs. Our metabolism slows down so your body requires less calories. The digestive system also changes, making absorption of certain vitamins like B6, B12, and folic acid more difficult.

As a result of these changes, it's important to compensate for these changes by making some dietary modifications such as:
  • Hydrate: increase water intake & eat more high-water content foods
  • Stick to healthy fats: seeds, nuts & avocados are good choices
  • Power up with protein: look for plant-based & lean meat sources
  • Up your fiber intake: eat more raw fruits, vegetables & whole grains
  • Supplement: calcium & a B-complex vitamin are essential
Recipe Of The Month
Travel-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dish

Beet & Apple Salad
(makes 8 side dish servings)
  • 4 large beets (2 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp (pinch) cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/3 cup salted pistachios, rough chopped
  • 1 organic green apple, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 375�. In a baking dish, lightly drizzle the beets with olive oil. Add thyme and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and roast until the beets are tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Let cool, then peel the beets and cut them into 3/4-inch dice.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the mustard. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until emulsified. Add the horseradish and toss with the beets and pistachios. Transfer the beets to a platter, top with the apple slices and serve (or store).
In This Issue
Meet Our Acupuncturist
Monica Kim 
Monica is a 3rd generation Chinese Medical Practitioner coming from a strong line of Herbalists and Internal Medicine healers. She has extensive clinical experience and specializes in pain management with a special blend of Meridian Therapy Acupuncture, Cupping, Chinese Medical Massage and Geriatric medicine. 

She is passionate about maintaining your body's wellness so that you can live every day to its fullest potential.
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Johns Hopkins Scientist, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., 
Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines

A study released in February found that the flu shot was only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the 2012-2013 season's most virulent influenza bug.

"...The main assertion of the CDC that fuels the push for flu vaccines each year is that influenza comes with a risk of serious complications which can cause death, especially in senior citizens and those suffering from chronic illnesses. That's not the case", said Doshi.

The study goes on to assert that flu vaccines don't prevent the flu but actually increase the odds of getting it. The mercury contained in vaccines is such a strong immune depressant that a flu shot suppresses immunity for several weeks, making people highly susceptible to catching the flu.

We urge you to do your own research and make informed health care decisions.

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Prescription Painkiller Addiction On The Rise

Are you concerned about the alarming rates of prescription painkiller abuse? If so, you're not alone. According to one study, 1 in 4 Americans has reported taking a prescription painkiller in the past year.

Did you know that the United States consumes 75% of the world's prescription drugs? (Keep in mind that we make up only 5% of the world's population.)

In 2012, drug overdoses from pain medications surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death. Costs related to the abuse of these drugs is estimated to be over $50 million dollars a year.

For more information, please read Prescription Drug Abuse in America 

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