Health

Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

Fighting Flu Season with Acupuncture

While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.

The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading »

Nutrition for Heart Health OM Nutrition & Hypertension

blog-img-nutrition-for-heart-health-om-nutritionOriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.

OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart. continue reading »

7 Ways to Communicate Healthy Habits to Your Kids

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As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading »

D.E.E.T vs Natural Insect Repellent

Happy Friday my friends. We recently told you how you can make your own natural sunscreen. Today I will address another concern we all have in the summer months (which is basically all year here in South Florida). If you guessed mosquitoes and Zika, well then you are right. We have all seen the headlines about the dangers of Zika and for quite some time there has been some debate about the chemicals we put on our body to repel these flying pests.

DEET – DEET is one of the most effective insect repellents, and acts to ward off a wide variety of bugs. The Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that DEET is highly effective and safe when used according to the label. However, DEET has been controversial due to the fact that it is a chemical and may cause adverse reactions in some people – usually rashes. Heavy, long-term use may result in more severe reactions such as blisters, insomnia or mood problems. Some organizations and experts say that DEET needs to be studied more thoroughly. However, if you’re going to be in an area or doing an activity that puts you at high risk for tick or mosquito bites, DEET is a good choice. According to the CDC, concentrations of DEET over 50% do not confer added protection, and some experts suggest that you stick to concentrations of 30% or less. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no DEET for infants under two months old and a maximum concentration of 30% for other children. Products that are 30% DEET should provide about five hours of protection.

Now, if you want an alternative to DEET I have some that do very well. As with anything, please avoid getting any of the products in your eyes, clothing, furniture etc. And most important is that you apply these products to children yourself, for the above reasons. Always try a new product on a very small area to make sure you are not allergic to any of the compounds. If you are, try one of the others. Common sense is always a large factor in safety.

One:
Picaridin
Picaridin is structurally related to compound found in peppers. It is thought to repel mosquitoes by interfering with their ability to detect their human targets. Picaridin is believed to be less irritating for the skin than DEET, but may also be less effective at repelling bugs. You can find repellents that contain 5-20% picaridin (20% could protect you for up to 8-10 hours).

Two:
Peppermint Oil.
Use an oil that can be ingested. This type of oil can be used for mouthwash and in tea. I find that a few drops mixed with water to be not only an effective mosquito repellent but it gives one a sense of refreshing coolness. Use about 5 drops for 6 ounces of water. you can dilute or strengthen as needed.

Three:
50 ml organic soybean oil
50 ml organic coconut oil
2 ml neem oil
2 ml lemon eucalyptus oil

Four:
Lemon Balm
Mosquitos don’t particularly enjoy the scent of lemon balm, an herb that you can grow right in your own backyard. Take a few leaves, crush them in your hand, and rub them into your skin to keep the insects away.

Five:
Sit Near a Fan
No, sitting near a fan won’t just blow the mosquitos away from you (although it might), but it will make you less appealing to them. Mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide and since fans help dissipate carbon dioxide, the insects will be less likely to land on you and take a bite.

I must give credit where it is due. Much of the information above was supplied by the website for the Dr Oz show. I strongly support remedies and products that are holistic and these are some very good ideas. I hope you find one (or a couple that work for you) and don’t forget to pass the information on to friends and family.

If you have any questions about health and wellness or to schedule an appointment for a FREE evaluation, pleae call my office at (561)272-7816.

Dr. Edward Scarlett
Cert. Ac. Dipl. Ac