Timely Topics

The Joys of Summer

Summer has arrived and with it will come the bounty of the garden and/or the farm stands and farmers' markets. With our cool weather thus far this season, what's growing in my garden is lettuce and arugula and so I am eating lots of salads. But salad doesn't have to be just lettuce and tomatoes with a slice or two of carrot. My salads are a cornucopia of vegetables! I start with lettuce, add some mesclun and arugula (spicy and crunchy) and add on from there. I slice red cabbage, sometimes thinly in shreds, sometimes a little thicker if I want a stronger crunch. I frequently add broccoli or cauliflower flowerets as well as carrots, mushrooms and peppers. Salad is also an excellent place to use up leftover steamed asparagus which is also in season (or any other leftover steamed vegetable). This week I added chopped sugar snap peas that I bought at our farmers' market in town. Some sliced onion, red or my new favorite vidalia, and you have a real SALAD. 

To make a meal of this collection of beautiful vegetables, just add some lean protein. Three ounces of grilled chicken breast or tuna (fresh or from a can), 1/2 cup chick peas or 1/4 cup of humus and a sprinkling of toasted sunflower of pumpkin seeds and you've done it! Add a slice of whole grain bread or a couple of whole grain crackers and a colorful and satisfying meal is ready for you. Just top it with a tablespoon of light salad dressing or make you own. At our house, one of my sons makes balsamic vinaigrette for the family. His recipe is 

1/3 cup olive oil

2/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

Shake and serve!

Enjoy the fruits of the garden this summer and let your imagination fly when it comes to salad.


Spring Has Sprung

It's been a very long winter, hasn't it? I don't know about you, but I've been itching for spring to come. For lots of people, however, the itching begins now that spring is here! Already the maple trees are in full bloom and the birch, ash, oak and pine cannot be far behind. After that come the flowers and grasses and allergy season is in full swing.

If you suffer from the itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose and wheezing of allergies, there is an alternative. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for the symptoms of allergy. It's best to begin treatment a month before the plants you are allergic to come into season, but will also be effective if you are already suffering from symptoms. Treatments will be weekly to start and then decrease as symptoms subside. Most people will find that their symptoms decrease the following year as they begin treatment again. In fact, many people eventually become symptom free.

So, if you are tired of hiding in a closed house to avoid the pollen or being reliant on medication in order to be able to enjoy the outdoors, give our office a call and set up an appointment. Wouldn't you rather be itching for the spring to arrive than itching when it gets here?


Cool News!

If you watched the news recently, you may have noticed a report about a new study that looked at acupuncture and hot flashes due to menopause. For those who suffer from hot flashes, the news was good!

The study involved 53 post-menopausal women who were divided into treatment and placebo groups. The treatment group received acupuncture treatments twice a week for five weeks. The placebo group was given 'sham' acupuncture where the needles did not pierce the skin, but the women thought they were getting the real thing. After the five weeks, women who got real acupuncture experienced less severe hot flashes than those who were not treated. While both groups showed improvement in psychological symptoms, those in the acupuncture group showed significantly greater improvement.

While the study sample was small, if you suffer from hot flashes, it looks as if acupuncture is a reasonable choice for you.



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