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The body runs like a factory with many jobs to accomplish. If fundamental processes like sleep and diet are not well maintained then the performance of important operations to support health like digestion and immune function will lead to poor production or poor health. For example, a patient is in need of treatment for chronic low back pain. After trying many other conventional treatments they decide to try something different – acupuncture. The patient has a diet which tends to cause digestive problems leading to additional inflammation that amplifies pain and blocks healing. In addition, the patient has trouble falling asleep and tends to go to bed late. Sleep is insufficient resulting in low energy throughout the day. The body, in this case is like a factory requiring a workforce of...

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Digestive problems like nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting can be caused by both an allergic reaction or an intolerance to certain foods. Typically a food intolerance effects your stomach with symptoms such as gas, cramps, or bloating, heartburn, headaches, irritability or nervousness. A food allergy can be more systemic effecting the whole body such as rash, hives, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain. There can also be a sudden drop in blood pressure and trouble breathing or swallowing – this is life-threatening. Call 911 immediately.

Know the difference.

Food Allergy:

  • Usually occurs suddenly
  • Easily triggered by a small amount of food
  • Reaction occurs every time you eat the food
  • Can be life-threatening

Food Intolerance:

  • Usually comes on gradually
  • May only happen when...
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Energy Vitality Chi

I find many people today complain of feeling tired and low on energy. People then reach for a stimulant to boost their energy like caffeine or they find themselves with sugar cravings and reach for something sweet. In Traditional Chinese Medicine identifying whether a patients’ health condition is one of excess or deficiency is key to providing treatment. Many people who often feel tired are not deficient but are actually overwhelmed and are more correctly diagnosed in an excess state.

Instead of looking for an excessive therapy to artificially stimulate and energize the body, the better choice would be to optimize and promote balance in health. Learning practices in prevention to optimize health is a great place to...

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At The Life Breath Wellness Center at The Elms
378 Main Street.  East Greenwich, RI 02818
Time: Thursdays 6-7:30 PM
Instructor: Christopher Carlow, D. Ac.

christopher carlow tai chi chi kung instructor 150x150 New Tai Chi and Chi Kung Classes for Health 2014I will be teaching Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan)and Chi Kung (qigong) at The Life Breath Wellness Center in East Greenwich starting February 6, 2014 at 6PM. The class format will be extended to include a Chi Kung set following the Tai Chi class. Come learn the ancient health rejuvenating techniques of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, a way for people of all ages to enjoy life and meet new friends, while taking control of your physical, emotional and mental health. Bring a friend and discover the health rejuvenating benefits of Tai Chi & Chi Kung.

You can always visit www.NaturesHealing.info/classes/ to see class details.

See information below:

Tai Chi...

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B Vitamins

letter b 150x150 B Complex DeficienciesB vitamins are found in whole unprocessed foods. Processed carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour tend to have lower B vitamin than such unprocessed foods. For this reason, it is required by law in the United States (and many other countries) that the B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid be added back to white flour after processing. The question is, what is the quality of these B vitamins that are being added back in and how can we be certain we are getting enough of this important vitamin. This is why I suggest eating more whole foods and supplement your diet with whole food vitamins.

Possible Signs of B Complex Deficiencies

Muscle weakness
Lack of stamina
Drowsiness after eating
Muscular soreness
Rapid heart beat
Feeling of a band around your head

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chanchoche 300x179 Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot?It’s flu season again and there are lots of concerns about catching the flu. If you’re interested in natural ways to strengthen your immune system then you’re in the right place.

I have some excerpts from an interesting article by Dr. Mercola that I will summarize below:

  • During the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine’s effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC —in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss.
  • Research proves vitamin D is a potent weapon against influenza
  • Sun exposure is by far the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels
  • The average adult dose required to reach healthy vitamin D levels is around 8,000 IUs of vitamin D per day. (there are differences on proper range as opinions evolve – always follow up with a blood...
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Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

A variety of Studies and important health organizations such as the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) point to tai chi as one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls.

tai chi chuan 300x220 Tai Chi Prevents FallsCited from a paper provided by Dr Paul Lam who developed the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, “Despite robust evidence, there remain skeptics who see tai chi as too gentle an exercise to have such significant effects. True, tai chi movements appear to be gentle and graceful, but like the force beneath a seemingly calmly flowing river, tai chi movements contain much power and internal strength. What is fascinating is that the fear of falling often results in more falls; hence, confidence in “not falling” will help to reduce falls. With regular practice, tai chi improves balance by strengthening muscles and...

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health care

caduceus grunge symbol  sepia 211x300 Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act Emphasizes PreventionThe changes in health insurance coming with the new Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) sometimes known as Obamacare places emphasis on prevention for patients, health insurance companies and providers. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi program being evidence-based and promoted by the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control) has a lot to offer as an effective and preventive practice for managing health.

In February of 2013 a public health advisor with the CDC wrote to Dr Paul Lam (developer of the Tai Chi program) about guidelines being promoted for Tai Chi as an exercise form to prevent falls among older adults. “We are promoting your tai chi programs since you have established manuals and instructor trainings nationwide.”

I’ve provided a reference link below for more...

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tai chi moves like water fluid

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is a variation based on the Sun style Tai Chi but no matter what style of tai chi is practiced, by sticking to the principles you will experience better balance and less falls.

Tai Chi Principles

  1. Movement control
    • Tai chi movements are slow, smooth and continuous, helping to strengthen internal muscles, like the deep stabilizers that support and strengthen the spine.
    • Slow and smooth movements calm the mind, helping to reduce falls resulting from sudden movements that lead to significant blood pressure drop, especially in elder people taking medication that can cause change of blood pressure.
  2.  Weight transference
    • Tai chi practitioners are mindful of shifting and transferring body weight with each step, to improve mobility, coordination and...
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Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program

Why Choose the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program?

Qigong1 Why Try The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program?There are many styles of Tai Chi such as Sun, Yang, Chen, and Wu. The forms are superficial but the health rejuvenating principles remains. The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi program is an excellent way to learn such principles and health benefits because of the following supportive characteristics of the program.

  • CDC recognized
  • Evidence-based
  • Certified Instructor – certification mandated to be renewed every 2 years.
  • Instructor is required to be CPR certified
  • Sponsored by Arthritis Foundation, Women & Infants hospital locally
  • National / International recognition
  • Standardized Form – AF Tai Chi program is the same in Rhode Island as it is in Florida or elsewhere.
  • Safe, gentle, low impact, very effective
  • Developed by a team of medical...
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