Tuesday, May 25, 2010
New York Yankees
New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett gets acupuncture from the team acupuncturist. When Burnett was considering signing with the Yankees, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sweetened the deal by promising to sign on a team acupuncturist. Burnett says of acupuncture, “There’s no doubt in my mind that I think it’s helped… I found that I responded really well to the acupuncture….”
San Francisco Giants
Looking at the West Coast, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Randy Johnson gets acupuncture from the SF Giant’s team acupuncturist. Randy Johnson is the 24th pitcher to win over 300 games and, at age 46, his is also one of the oldest to do so.
Want to read how acupuncture helped in the 2008 olympics?
Monday, May 24, 2010
They tested acupuncture, which began in China more than 2,000 years ago and involves inserting needles into the body, against the Wyeth antidepressant Effexor, for hot flashes in breast cancer patients.
Acupuncture was just as effective as Effexor, also called venlafaxine, in managing symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, according to researchers led by Dr. Eleanor Walker of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
After 12 weeks of treatment, symptoms were reduced for 15 additional weeks for women who had undergone acupuncture, compared with two weeks for those who had taken Effexor, Walker said.
Well-written article. I agree I do see many patients who come in for one issue, and as a side benefit of acupuncture, they end up sleeping better, and having more energy and more even emotions. But after only 12 weeks of acupuncture, symptoms were still reduced after 15 more weeks? Yes! Talk about more bang for your buck! That compares to performing high intensity interval training for 20 minutes and burning fat for the next 24-48 hours. Bravo!
I love this article! We have choices people...choices. I love that God has given us this amazing medicine that literately has no side effects. And since he is a God of more than enough, not only does acupuncture have no side effects, many times it has side BENEFITS. How awesome is that? The decision is ours, do we infiltrate our beautiful bodies, cells, organs, etc. with synthetic pharmaceuticals, which have life-altering side effects, or do we choose natural ways that aid our bodies to heal the way God intended?
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Each year, AAFA asks the President of the United States to officially designate May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. We make it easy for you to join in the activities by inviting you to use AAFA materials and tools to bring healthy messages to work, school and home.
Get an Awareness Month Planning Kit from the EPA.
For more information go to http://biovedawellness.com/2010/05/may-is-national-asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/
Also, keep in mind that Valeo Health and Wellness Center has the technology and tools to help you overcome allergies and asthma. Please don't hesitate to call!
I just want to take a moment and tell how the Bax 3000 has helped Tyler. Usually every spring and fall Tyler is miserable with red itchy eyes, a constant dripping nose and if there is any kind of a breeze outside he wouldn't even try to be outside in it for long. He was miserable! Late last fall we started the Bax 3000 visits and here we are in the spring and Tyler has NO ALLERGY SYMPTOMS!! NONE! Everyday this spring and he has been outside and is loving it!
Thank you! Valeo has helped our family in so many ways to have a better quality of life. We appreciate all of the staff and value your all of your services!
With much Gratitude,
Keith and Amy Scherbing
Monday, May 17, 2010
Having said that, I'd like to put the spotlight on two vegetables that are currently in season (in MN anyway) that seem to have a designed purpose for making their grand appearance at the same time in the Spring: Asparagus and Rhubarb.
Three things I'd like to cover with these two darling produce items:
1. How they operate in the body
2. How eating both of them (but probably not at the same time :-) can actually balance areas of the body out.
3. Yummy recipes that are worth making tonight.
Known as a fruit but botanically a vegetable, rhubarb is a dessert staple in many Minnesotan kitchens in the Spring and early Summer. With a few exceptions, the stalks of the rhubarb plant are cooked alongside plenty of sugar to tame the otherwise tart flavor. It is the root of the rhubarb that is sought after for medicinal value. The stalk carries an array of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, beta carotene, folic acid (Vitamin B9), and Vitamin C. Something to be aware of: the STALK does contain oxalic acid. Also, the rhubarb LEAF carries a lethal dose of oxalic acid and therefore should NEVER be consumed. When oxalic acid is consumed excessively, it can be harmful. It is stored throughout the body and not recommended for those who have a history of calcium oxalate based kidney stones. For those who love to partake in the short season of rhubarb, not to worry, it has a friend to balance the negative effects out: the humble asparagus.
This vegetable was used to relieve the pain of toothaches and the prevention of bee stings by the Romans and Greeks. It's a natural laxative as well as a diuretic, which helps break up the uric and oxalic acid stored in the body which is most commonly found in the kidneys and muscles (read rhubarb description above), and removed through the urine. This often produces a strong odor that is temporary. Not only is this vegetable a great blood builder because of it's chlorophyll content, but also builds up the skin, liver, kidneys, bones, and ligaments. Asparagus is also a cancer fighter.
This is a simple and fantastic recipe from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It's more like a compote, helps digestion, and hits the sweet spot after a meal without overdoing it.
6 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tbsp freshly ground ginger
a little less than 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw honey
Place rhubarb, ginger and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb disintegrates. Allow to cool and stire in honey to taste.
You don't need to dress up the humble asparagus. This simple roasted recipe makes the asparagus hold the superstar status that it deserves! Thicker stalks of asparagus when roasting at this temp ensures them not dry out.
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Wash and trim asparagus. Place in a single layer in roasting pan. Brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast the asparagus in upper third of oven until tender, approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I do have to say, that I presently feel better than I have ever felt in my life – not due just to the healing of the Staph in my ears, but with all the other healing in my body due to the nutritional response testing – through this we found that I had an intolerance to wheat and sugar and since ceasing to eat these foods, the stomach problems I had have gone away. It’s been a long walk and I sometimes did not fully understand how all these muscle test, priority tests, cranial sacral etc worked, I felt God leading me to stick with it and have found such healing not only physically, but mentally and spiritually. I know sometimes it seems like it costs too much, requires too much time, etc but in the end your health is so worth it!
Thanking God for putting such awesome healers in our midst, and respectfully yours,
I first found mung bean fettucine at Linden Hills Coop and now I buy it at the friendly Lakewinds coop. Mung bean is a legume with an amazing source of protein. It also packs a punch of magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins. Eat up folks!
I am loving the mung bean fettucine these days, just cook it up and add some Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu unpasteurized soy sauce for the ultimate authentic chinese experience. Throw in some fresh organic cilantro for some heavy metal detoxing just for fun. Of course it is delicious with organic pasta sauce as well. In the same row you will also find black bean spahgetti to try. Yum.
Ancient Chinese Medicine practitioners recommend mung bean to dispel toxins, relieve high blood pressure, and help stop coughing.
Mung bean fettucine is a favorite at Valeo...try it for yourself and let us know what you think!
“Those who take medicine and neglect their diet waste the skill of the physician.” Ancient Chinese proverb
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
According to BBC News:
“The fluoride in the ash creates acid in the animals' stomachs, corroding the intestines and causing hemorrhages. It also binds with calcium in the bloodstream and after heavy exposure over a period of days makes bones frail, even causing teeth to crumble.”
Many may see this story and never connect the dots between the tragic poisoning of these animals due to a natural event, and the intentional poisoning of human beings through excessive fluoride exposure each and every day.
This story is another clue that just because something exists in nature doesn't necessarily mean it is good for you. And this is certainly true for the seriously misguided use of fluoride to prevent dental cavities.
The practice of adding fluoride to your tap water began in 1945. With more than 60 percent of U.S. water supplies currently fluoridated, chances are you’re one of the 170 million Americans who drink fluoride on a daily basis.
Most likely, your dentist – along with countless government and public health officials -- has praised and promoted the use of fluoride, both in toothpaste and drinking water, as one of your must-do regimens to promote strong and healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, they’ve all bought the public deception, and have unwittingly participated in and perpetuated perhaps one of the grandest public health frauds and toxic cover-ups in U.S. history.
To read this story in it's entirety go to
Monday, May 10, 2010
By: Lynn and Jim Jackson of Connected Families
Do power struggles over food often spoil your mealtime? Fear not! You can learn to avoid the fights and your kids can learn to eat healthy food. The key to taking the wind out of your kids’ “picky eater” sails is to learn to do your responsibility well, and let your children be responsible for their intake.
For starters, try to remember this simple rule about who’s responsible for what:
Parents are responsible for what is presented and the way it is presented.
Children are responsible for how much and even whether they eat!
(The ideas in each category are ordered from general suggestions to those appropriate for very picky eaters.)
Offer many HEALTHY FOODS
- Provide variety. Children need repeated exposure to a variety of nutritional food. At the store, remember: If you don’t want your children to eat it, don’t buy it.
- Serve small portions. Young children are easily overwhelmed by large chunks or portions.
- Limit drinks with calories. Offer mostly water between meals. (Limit juice/milk.)
- Don’t reward with dessert. Rewarding vegetable eating with dessert, for example, gives a strong message: the sweets are “yummy” and the vegetables are “yucky.” Instead just have dessert once or twice a week as a regular part of a meal – whether kids finish their vegetables or not.
- Include one preferred food, but refuse to “special order cook”! At each meal include one food you know your child will eat, sampling some yourself. Create an “our food” mentality, not “my food, your food.”
- Modify favorite foods. If your child is a strongly picky eater and wants only a few certain foods, serve them only once every other day and modify them slightly in size, shape, color, flavor, etc. – just enough so that your child will notice, but not get upset. This builds flexibility in eating as you gradually increase the variety.
Create an ENJOYABLE MEALTIME environment
- Have regular sit-down family meals, with positive conversation and atmosphere and no TV or distractions.
- Refuse to engage in power struggles related to what or how much your child chooses to eat.
- Pass food. When capable, children should be encouraged to pass food and place servings on their own plates.
- Allow messiness/play. For young children: allow/encourage some messiness and playful exploration of food, especially at snacks. Exploring and playing with food is an important part of development in which children learn about food and learn to enjoy it.
- Talk about your enjoyment of the food. Describe the food’s size, color, shape, texture, smell, taste, etc. In a relaxed way, talk about why you enjoy it, and how it is similar to a food which your child accepts.
Use POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL STRATEGIES
- Use “You can” language. As often as possible, replace demands or questions (such as “Can you ____?”) with “You can _______.” i.e. “You can try that new food.” “NO!” “You can when you’re ready.”
- State the rules in a neutral way. Whenever possible avoid saying “Stop,” “Don’t,” or “No” at meals. Instead state rules regarding appropriate behavior in specific terms, i.e. “The food stays on the table,” “Chairs are for sitting not standing,” “We use our inside voices at the table.”
- Gently affirm sampling of new foods. Do not pressure, manipulate, reward or excessively praise children for eating. These tactics imply children wouldn’t naturally want to eat the food, i.e. there’s something wrong with it. Observations like, “I see you tried something new,” or “We’re both eating our peas,” are helpful. Your child should realize he is eating something of his own choice, not to please you.
- Teach your children the “10 Times Rule:” Research shows that it takes about 10x’s of trying a food to know if you like it.
Research consistently shows that attempts to make children eat certain foods are more harmful than helpful. One study even revealed that children who were rewarded for eating a new food were less likely to eat it the next time it was served, than were children who were simply presented the food! So how can parents encourage children to eat a greater variety of healthy food? The answer: do your responsibility well, and don’t take over your child’s responsibility! Next time: Eating your peas in peace – Managing the Mayhem at Mealtime
 Ellen Satyr, How to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too Much
To view Part two and three go to
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
(NaturalNews) Aspirin is unhelpful in preventing heart-related death in those "at risk" of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB).
Doctors have long recommended that people who have survived heart attacks or strokes take an aspirin a day in order to reduce their risk of dying from another cardiovascular event. Between 2005 and 2006, however, many health professionals began to recommend the practice in people who had never suffered a cardiovascular event, but who were considered "at risk" to do so - such as those over the age of 50, those with Type 2 diabetes or those with high blood pressure.
"Current evidence for primary prevention suggests the benefits and harms of aspirin in this setting may be more finely balanced than previously thought," said DTB editor Ike Ikeanacho, "even in individuals estimated to be at high risk of experiencing cardiovascular events, including those with diabetes or elevated blood pressure."
A recent meta-analysis of six prior studies into the risks and benefits of a daily aspirin in people considered "at risk" of cardiovascular disease found that heart benefits of the treatment were minimal, and were far outweighed by the increased risk of potentially fatal gastrointestinal bleeding.
"For those who do not have heart and circulatory disease the risk of serious bleeding outweighs the potential preventative benefits of taking aspirin," agreed the British Heart Foundation. "We advise people not to take aspirin daily, unless they check with their doctor. The best way to reduce your risk of developing this disease is to avoid smoking, eat a diet low in saturated fat and rich in fruit and vegetables and take regular physical activity."
The DTB called for the revision of guidelines on daily aspirin use, and for a review of all patients currently undergoing daily aspirin treatment.
Sources for this story include: news.bbc.co.uk.
This article can be found at http://www.naturalnews.com/028710_aspirin_heart_disease.html
Are you tired of runny noses and itchy red eyes? Do you want to enjoy the beautiful springtime weather and sun without sneezing or losing the ability to smell the flowers? If you answered yes to my questions it sounds like you are a perfect candidate for acupuncture! Yeah!
Relief from suffering every spring and summer is right around the corner. Acupuncture balances the body from the inside out helping to strengthen the energy of all your organs. Acupuncture can help bring relief to your symptoms and correct imbalances of your immune system.
And who doesn't need a stronger immune system?
Yes I know antihistamines such as claritin seem to be a quick fix in a quick way, but please know that they only block the histamine being released, as soon as you are off of them, the symptoms will return.
We here at Valeo offer you a plethora of ways from acupuncture to nutrition to significantly reduce your symptoms without unpleasant side effects.
Let's start a new trend...let's be Allergy Free!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
By: Kelli Schulte
One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a parent is getting my kids to get healthy. Some kids are a little more “choosey” with their food than others. Some children actually have sensory issues like my daughter where the texture, smell, strong taste, or lack of tastes makes foods actually impossible for them to eat, and there is “food therapy” for that. I know this because we did it. Through prayer God has given me many ideas on how to get my daughter to try and be successful eating the foods her body needed to heal and be strong and healthy. I have developed a toolbox full of ideas that have been successful in getting kids to explore and enjoy new healthy foods. I will share just a few here. The key has been as a family we focus on fun and bonding not the food at mealtime.
TIP ONE: GET IT OUT! Get everything out of the house you do not want your kids eating. As you run out of the items you want to get rid of then replace it with a healthy alternative.
TIP TWO: YOUR TONGUE WILL CHANGE IT’S MIND: We have a game in our house when I present a new food. The kids need to try it three times to see if their tongue changes it’s mind about the food, often it does by the third bite. I also use this one when a re-occurring foods they do not yet like is put on the table and they say “ick ….”, I just respond with, “maybe your tongue changed its mind” eventually it does because exposure to foods is key!
TIP THREE: SMALL PLATES/SMALL PORTIONS: Instead of an intimidating dinner plate for your little ones use a salad plate instead. Place a small amount of each food you are serving for dinner on it. As your child take a few bites it will be gone and they will ask for more. Small portions sizes are the key. If they eat up a tablespoon of mashed potatoes and then ask for more they are successful and great eaters, in their eyes and yours! This helps children to establish on their own that they are good eaters. TIP FIVE: THE VEGGIE CHALLENGE: How do we get our kids to eat the essential vegetables? The first veggie tip I have is to try various veggies in different colors. For example my daughter loves cauliflower, so one day I brought home a yellow cauliflower. She was convinced that she was not going to eat it. I told her it would taste just like the white stuff, she ventured and took a bite, to her surprise it did taste just like the white stuff- Walla, success with a new food.
Another tip with veggies is a no brainer that took me forever to figure out and it is so simple, switch up your cooking methods. In my early cooking days I would buy frozen green beans and boil them until they were soggy, just like my mom did and my kids refused them time after time. I was discussing this with a friend of mine Robin and she suggested that I sauté them in olive oil and a bit of garlic sea salt. I didn’t know that you could sauté green beans, she explained to me how. The beans were wonderful and my kids ate up the entire pan. I then purchased my favorite cookbook called Asparagus to Zucchini it is full of ideas in how to prepare and store various veggies. It is like GOLD! Every time my kids do not like a veggie I simply whip out my book and try a different way to cook it.
Each child is so unique and wonderfully made and it is my hope that these ideas will help you make mealtime a fun and enjoyable family time. The more fun and relaxed your meal times are the more your kids will eat!
For more information of getting your children to eat healthy email Kelli at Kelli@kingdomkidsnutrition.com
Monday, May 3, 2010
I have had many parents ask me this question lately. They typically have heard from their doctor and from the adds on TV that they should. At the same time they have heard that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, the vaccine is potentially harmful, and that it may not be as effective as they say. Who should you believe? See how informed you are about the HPV and the vaccine by answering the following questions.
True or False?
HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the U.S.
True. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. It is spread through body fluids. It is therefore spread through sexual means, IV drug use, and blood transfusions (screened out in the USA).
True or False?
According to the National Institutes of Health National Cancer institute, in more than 90% of the cases, HPV infections are harmless and go away without treatment
True. The majority of women clear the HPV virus from their bodies naturally but women with risk factors, such as HIV infection, smoking, long-time use of oral contraceptives, and co-infection with herpes simplex virus or chlamydia, are at higher risk for chronic HPV infection.
Between 1955 and 1992, cervical cancer deaths in American women dropped by __?__ percent due to routine pap smears.
75%. Survival for women with pre-invasive cervical cancer lesions is nearly 100% with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Cervical Cancer makes up what percentage of all cases of cancer diagnosed each year in the USA?
There are about 3,700 deaths, in mostly older American women, annually attributed to HPV-related cervical cancer, which is about .006 percent of the approximately 570,000 cancer deaths that occur in the U.S.
As of January 31, 2010, there were 15,829 VAERS reports of adverse events following Gardasil vaccination in the United States. Of these reports, 92% were reports of events considered to be non-serious, and 8% were reports of events considered serious.
- Each 0.5-mL dose contains approximately 20 mcg of HPV 6 L1 protein, 40 mcg of HPV 11 L1 protein, 40 mcg of HPV 16 L1 protein, and 20 mcg of HPV 18 L1 protein.
- Each 0.5-mL dose of the vaccine contains approximately 225 mcg of aluminum (as amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate adjuvant), 9.56 mg of sodium chloride, 0.78 mg of L-histidine, 50 mcg of polysorbate 80, 35 mcg of sodium borate, and water for injection.
- CLINICAL STUDIES
CIN 2/3 and AIS are the immediate and necessary precursors of squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the cervix, respectively. Their detection and removal has been shown to prevent cancer; thus, they serve as surrogate markers for prevention of cervical cancer.
HPV package insert
- GARDASIL was efficacious against HPV disease caused by each of the 4 vaccine HPV types.
- In a pre-defined analysis, the efficacy of GARDASIL against HPV 16/18-related disease was 100% (95% CI: 87.9%, 100.0%) for CIN 3 or AIS and 100% (95% CI: 55.5%, 100.0%) for VIN 2/3 or VaIN 2/3. The efficacy of GARDASIL against HPV 6-, 11-, 16-, and 18-related VIN 1 or VaIN 1 was 100% (95% CI: 75.8%, 100.0%).
- When Cancer Monthly began looking at the research that enabled this "cervical cancer vaccine" to receive FDA approval we were astounded to find that this approval was not based on the vaccine's actual prevention of cervical cancer. Instead a surrogate was used - precancerous lesions. We were pleased to see a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that echoed these same issues - "Questions on Efficacy Cloud a Cancer Vaccine" April 16, 2007; Page A1. The WSJ stated, "The Food and Drug Administration didn't ask its panel of experts advising on Gardasil to rule on whether the vaccine specifically prevented the cancer itself.“
¨How effective is Gardasil in decreasing the incidence of cervical cancer? 100%? 50%? No one really knows because this question has not yet been answered. As of today, the Gardasil vaccine has never been proven to decrease the actual incidence of cervical cancer"
- The large-scale implementation of human papilloma virus (HPV) immunization will be followed by cases of autoimmune diseases occurring in temporal association with immunizations.
- If HPV immunization had been used with 80% coverage, 3 per 100,000 adolescents would have required emergency care for asthma/allergy within 24 hours and 2 per 100,000 for diabetes within 1 week of an injection. The risks of hospitalization in temporal association with immunization are 4 times higher for thyroiditis than for multiple sclerosis or Guillain-Barre's syndrome, and more than 20 times higher in young women than in adolescents.
- November 2007, 26:11 > Human Papilloma Virus Immunization...The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (C) 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
- "The overall message, in my mind, is that among susceptible young women, the vaccine was highly effective in preventing HPV-16 or -18 precancerous cervical lesions," Koutsky said. When the researchers included all the women enrolled in the study, the vaccine reduced the risk of lesions caused by types 16 and 18 by 44%.
- But when Koutsky and her colleagues considered lesions caused by all strains of the virus, the vaccine reduced the risk by only 17%.
- Dr. Diane M. Harper of Dartmouth University, who helped design a related Merck-funded HPV study in the journal.She is still in favor of giving Gardasil to girls because it is safe and it "protects against the main HPV bad actors," but she argued that neither doctors nor women should be lulled into a false sense of security by the shots. "I don't think this is the gun that is going to take cervical cancer off the map," she said.
With all of the amazing advancements in technology, one would think we should have the answer captured in that bottle by now. While you certainly have the option of pouring your money into an endless amount of cream, goop, salve, specialized shampoos, and more to be slathered on the surface of your body, what about considering what you are eating?
Beautiful skin and hair is found no further than the actual nutrients you are consuming! If you are eating a fast food, over-processed, and/or convenience food lifestyle and expect to maintain the look of your prior youth, I ask you to reconsider RIGHT NOW!
For the sake of celebrating Mother’s Day this month, I’m only going to address attaining beautiful skin and hair by consuming the right kind of fats. By the way, I might as well state right now that these fats won’t make you fat since you’re probably thinking it!
Many women that I talk to who complain about dry and thinning hair or brittle nails, are usually found to be eating a low-fat diet. For the ones who are consuming plenty of fat in their diet and still not experiencing the hair and nails that they want, I find that they are consuming the wrong kinds of fats.
The fats I’m about to list have ready-to-be-absorbed nutrients already in them. The qualities of the fats you consume determine the quality of your hair and nails (and everything else in your body):
Butter – we’re talking pasture-based butter coming from cows that eat grass (learn more by watching Food, Inc.)
Tallow or lard – Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? If the animal was given the diet they were designed to have out in the pasture they were designed to be in, they’re fat is nutritious.
Coconut oil – besides having many healing properties, this oil handles heat fairly well. Try melting this with some butter and pouring on your popcorn!
Extra virgin olive oil – Make sure to get this oil first cold pressed and organic. This oil is not recommended to be cooked with because it oxidizes fast when heated. Better to sauté foods with butter, but if you must use the olive oil for this purpose, blend with butter. Olive oil makes a great base for salad dressings.
Pull out those hydrogenated and trans-fats. They’re fake and taking away from the natural beauty your hair and nails were meant to have!