Welcome back to Active Life Health Clinic's November newsletter.
Whether you've already fought off the infamous H1N1 or other flu or
cold; or whether you have managed to avoid all the bugs this season,
it's time to boost your immune system.
Below are tips on how you can do that, including an
herbal H1N1 prevention remedy
recommended by the department of public health in Shenzen, China.
It can be made here with high quality, rigorously tested herbs.
Welcome to Sinead, my new receptionist who has taken
over for Inessa. We're really glad to have her in our clinic!
been waiting for it and now we have it. Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation (BFR)
offered by Lyndsay! We can now offer more available times and 2
different packages, depending on your needs.
Read below to find out
how you can get one FREE session!
I'd also like to intro a bit about one of my newer practitioners:
Mandy Cohen is a Reiki Master, Medical
Intuitive, Energy Healer and Life
Coach. She specializes is stress reduction,
autoimmunity and chronic issues. Mandy can help you explore the root
of the issue through emotional trauma release
& removing energy blocks. Through gentle yet
active healing methods & truly listening to the body Mandy can help
guide you on your healing path. To book an appointment with Mandy,
call 604-783-2846 or email
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A Shot in the Arm for the Immune
...and no, I'm not talking about vaccines. The foundation to not
getting sick is to boost your immune system. It's no guarantee, but
you'll certainly up your odds.
The stuff we've all been told:
Enough has been said on this topic. You know how to do it.
What has not be emphasized are the ways that you can make your body
stronger and be able to fight off viruses and bacteria. Here are
heard me say it before for various reasons, and here it is again.
Eat healthy. It will help your immune system to fight off viruses
and bacteria. Eat less processed, sugary, and junk foods which
deplete the immune system. Eat more of these foods:
Carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, and sweet
potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that makes
these foods that nice orange colour.
Other brightly coloured foods--greens, blues, reds--are also rich in
phytochemicals that improve immune function.
Red meat, oysters (don't overdo these 2 foods), poultry, pork,
fortified cereals, and yogurt are high in zinc.
Mushrooms are immune power sources that make your white blood cells
stronger in their fight against invaders. Shiitake and maitake are
the best of the grocery store options. Cook them for optimal
Black or green tea are great antioxidants that help protect your
cells and they also pump up your immune system, as found by Harvard
Chicken noodle soup really works! The
amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking,
chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine, which may
explain the results. The soup's broth keeps mucus thin the same way
cough medicines do.
Garlic contains the active ingredient
allicin, which fights bacteria and viruses.
Wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and other fatty fish rich
in omega-3s created the highest blood
levels of flu-fighting T cells and interferon-gamma cytokines.
Oats and barley contain beta-glucan, a
type of fibre with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more
potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study.
Get enough sleep
Rinse your nose and gargle
heard of the neti pot, used for centuries, and more recently
popularized by Oprah. Yes it sounds weird, but doing doing a
nasal irrigation helps rinse out bacteria and viruses from our
sinus passages. Gargling with salt water will help rinse out
bacteria from the mouth and throat. It's easy to do,
inexpensive, and takes almost no time to do both of these things. I
like the Nasaline irrigator, but neti pots are the traditional way
and you could also sniff the water out of the palm of your hand
(though I don't think it would work as well because you wouldn't be
able to move the water that far).
Vitamin C is the first remedy that often comes to mind to boost the
immune system, but vitamin D is also vitally important and is a
nutrient that many of us do not get enough of.
Other immune supplements include echinacea, oregano oil, olive
extract, astragalus, bee propolis, mushroom extracts, plant sterols,
and more. Talk to your natural health provider to find out what is
best for you.
department of public health of Shenzen, China recently announced
herbal formulas to help prevent H1N1.
These are their equivalent of flu vaccines. I'm not saying that they
are the same as the shots, but these herbs do help boost immune
function. There are two formulations. One is for those with a strong
constitution and the other is for those with a weak constitution,
the elderly, and children. The herbal formulae are consumed as a tea
twice a day for at least three consecutive days. All of our Chinese
herbs are rigorously tested for quality and safety, and yes they do
taste awful. But, you know what Buckley's cough syrup says, "It
tastes bad and it works".
Laughter is medicine. Plus, if you are already sick, you could
probably use a bit of a giggle. You've heard that you should cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
Well, 22 Minutes has another option for you:
As always, we offer a
free 15 minute consultation
for the Bonsai
Facial Rejuvenation (BFR) treatments.
But until the end of
December we are also offering one FREE full BFR session with the
purchase of each package. You can buy a package for yourself and
give the free session as a gift (they'll never know...unless you
tell them). Buy a package for a friend (oh, generous you!) and keep
the freebie. Keep it all for yourself (why not? you deserve it!). Or
give it all as a gift (wow!). And, we are also offering a new
The original treatments were all offered only be Dr. Carr. They will
now be offered as "TCM Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation" treatments and
packages and will include acupuncture if you so choose. Do note that
the acupuncture sessions are not as complete as if done solely as an
acupuncture session rather than a combo. However, if you have
extended health insurance benefits, acupuncture is usually a covered
service. And, our focus remains to better your health--sneaking the
veggies (healthy stuff) into the chocolate cake (beauty stuff).
Lynsday McDonald is now trained as well to offer the BFR treatments.
Her studies in dental hygiene mean that she is used to being close
to people's faces. Instead of staring into your mouth though, she
will be checking out your skin. Though she cannot offer acupuncture,
she does still have the basic health information for you to follow,
so don't think you'll be getting away without at least a bit of a
push in the healthy direction!
TCM Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation
Single session $135
Package of ten sessions $1300
Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation
Single session $100
Package of ten sessions $900
If you have specific skin health issues like rosacea, severe acne,
eczema, or psoriasis, or if you have facial muscle problems like
Bell's Palsy or other facial nerve damage or TMJ syndrome (jaw
pain), then you should choose the TCM Bonsai Facial Rejuvenation
treatments. Otherwise, Lynsday's BFR treatments are your best
For more information, check out our website, including the before
and after pictures:
http://www.activetcm.com/bonsai-facial.html, call 604-783-2846
quinoa is great to use in these cookies. Red quinoa has
a nice colour, but any colour will work. This recipe
makes a big batch, so you might want to bake a dozen and
shape and freeze the rest to bake as needed. (the
recipe is from Heidi Swanson's "Super Natural" cooking
2 1/2 cups whole-wheat
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp aluminium-free baking
3/4 tsp fine-grain sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at
2 cup natural cane sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups cooked red quinoa
3/4 cup chopped toasted
1 cup rolled oats
Pre-heat the oven at 375F.
Position the rack in the upper half of the oven and line 2 baking
sheets with parchment paper
Combine flour, baking soda,
baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to mix.
In a separate large bowl or
stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, then beat in the
sugar. Mix in the eggs one at a time, incorporating each fully before
adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times.
Stir in the vanilla until well incorporated. Add the flour mixture in
about 4 increments, stirring between each addition. At this point, you
should have a moist, uniform dough. Stir in the quinoa, walnuts and
oats and mix only until the quinoa is evenly distributed.
Drop 2 tbsp of the dough on
the prepared baking sheets for each cooking. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes,
until golden brown on both top and bottom.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
medium - large cookies.
This recipe was given to me by Luisa Rios, personal chef
Active Life Health Clinic
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
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