I wish more doctors adopted this line of thinking not only for mammograms but all medical procedures.
“In order to make better informed decisions, I provide my patients with all of their screening options, their strengths and weaknesses, and I reinforce that they have a right to utilize those options. Some of the options may include; self and clinical breast exams, thermography, ultrasound and/or MRI. My role as a doctor is to diagnose and treat, but I am also an educator. I want my patients’ focus to be on prevention to improve their health and well-being.”
There is a great article written by Johnnie Ham, MD on Mercola.com discussing the overall effectiveness of mammograms and risks associated with the procedure. You can finde the full article here: Mammography: Are There Pros, or is It Just a Con?
Here are some of facts and concerns around the use of mammograms:
- Are incorrect 80 percent of the time (providing a false negative or false positive)
- Require repeated ionized radiation that can cause cancer
- Use compression, which can damage breast tissue or potentially spread cancer
- Are not effective for up to 50 percent of women (women with dense breasts or implants)
- Can lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment of non-invasive cancers
- Can lead to the disturbing practice of “preventative” double mastectomies
This a must read for every woman!
“…many women are completely unaware that the science backing the use of mammograms is sorely lacking, and that more women are being harmed by regular mammograms than are saved by them. Many also do not realize that the “new and improved” 3D tomosynthesis mammogram actually delivers even MORE ionizing radiation than the older version.”
Dr. Ham shares my own opinion when it comes to making health decisions: “The advice I give all of my patients is to be your own health advocate, do your own research and always ask questions before agreeing to any therapy or treatment, screening and/or procedure.”
What are your options?
Dr. Ham recommends regular thermography screenings, even for younger women, to determine a baseline reading in conjunction with patient education. Self and clinical breast exams, ultrasound and/or MRI are also recommended as part of a preventive approach to screening for breast cancer.
Only 3 Day Left: 2013 Healthy Life Summit!
This FREE online virtual conference is happening until March 30, 2013. Listen to 35 of your favorite health experts, authors, doctors, bloggers, farmers and activists from the comfort of your own couch!
Don’t have time to listen live? Own all the recordings for 60% if you purchase before March 30th!
I haven’t had a chance to listen to all of the recordings yet. Some of my favorites so far are:
- THE 21-DAY SUGAR DETOX by DIANE SANFILIPPO
- WHY PRE-CONCEPTION & PREGNANCY DIETS MATTER by KRISTEN MICHAELIS
- HEALING THE MIND AND BODY WITH FOOD by JULIA ROSS
- MOVEMENT FOR ELIMINATING CHRONIC PAIN AND WEIGHT LOSS
by ROBIN KONIE
Click here to sign up now for the remaining presentations – it’s FREE!
If you are unable to join online the week of March 24th, you can order the entire Healthy Life Summit to listen anytime, anywhere at your own pace.
Don’t miss the 2013 Healthy Life Summit!
This FREE online virtual conference is happening March 24-30, 2013. Listen to 35 of your favorite health experts, authors, doctors, bloggers, farmers and activists from the comfort of your own couch!
Click here to sign up now – it’s FREE!
When you sign up, you’ll get an email with log in information. Then come back on Sunday, March 24th and listen all week for free.
If you are unable to join online the week of March 24th, you can order the entire Healthy Life Summit to listen anytime, anywhere.
We are celebrating the Grand Opening of our new clinic in Brentwood and our three year anniversary in Culver City with a 2 for $50 special.
The 2 for $50 deal will be available for purchase until Saturday, March 23rd.
The promotional value expires on April 30, 2013. After that date, the promotion will turn into a face value coupon. Any remaining balance may be used towards our regular price of $35 per treatment.
You can purchase it over the phone or in person at either of our clinics.
There is FREE oral health summit coming up. There are a ton of great speakers in the lineup. Sign up for free here!
Here is a description from the producers of the summit:
The HealThy Mouth World Summit addresses solutions how to navigate to greater oral health.
Here are just a few of the questions that the Summit answers:
~ How to raise cavity free kids
~ What foods to eat (and which ones NOT to eat) to create greater oral health
~ What to do if you have silver fillings, root canals, or crowns.
~ Questions to ask your dentist to see if they are really the one to be helping you navigate to greater oral health.
And on and on…
Check out this short intro video talking about the HealThy Mouth World Summit. It’s only 2 minutes long…
How would your life be different?
Sign up now as the Summit starts January 13th!
As a bonus for registering, you will gain access to a movie titled Smoking Teeth that will blow you away!!!
It’s the last week of our Holiday Acupuncture Giveaway! Three lucky winners will win a free acupuncture treatment at Costa Acupuncture.
We have given away 9 acupuncture treatments in the first three weeks of December. There will be three more lucky winners at the end of the month. Be sure to enter below to win. To enter a comment scroll down to the bottom of this post.
You can find the winning results by visiting this page once the drawing has finished. Winners will also be notified by e-mail.
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We will have a few changes to our schedule over the next couple of weeks. Our online scheduling system is always the best place to get our most current schedule and practitioner schedules.
- Sunday………… December 23rd…………..Closed
- Monday………… December 24th………….10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday……….. December 25th………….Closed
- Wednesday…… December 26th………….3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday………..December 27th………… Regular Schedule
- Friday……………..December 28th………… Regular Schedule
- Saturday…………December 29th…………. Regular Schedule
- Sunday………….. December 30th…………. Regular Schedule
- Monday…………. December 31st………….10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday………… January 1st………………..Closed
Patients at Costa Acupuncture will often ask us if we know of places where they can learn Tai Chi and or Chi Kung (also spelled Qi Gong). I highly recommend both to anyone who is looking for a practice to relieve stress and strengthen their overall health and well being.
There are many variations of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Tai Chi is a sequence of martial arts movements performed at a very gentle pace. Some of the more popular styles of Tai Chi include Yang, Chen, and Wu styles. Chi Kung consists of individual exercises or postures that are performed for various reasons such as martial arts, medical conditions, or just to maintain health and wellness.
Some locations on the Westside that teach regular classes are:
Marina Del Rey/Culver City
Yo San University
The Wellness Living Store
Sacred Energy Arts
The Learning Garden in Venice
There are also some free basic chi kung exercises that I have posted at www.qigonglosangeles.com as a resource.
It is not important to practice one particular style of Chi Kung or Tai Chi. The benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung can be very subtle at first, but with time and consistent practice, positive results will be achieved. .
Let us know if you know of any other ongoing classes in the Los Angeles area or if you have had any positive experiences with either Tai Chi or Chi Kung.
This the 3rd week of Costa Acupuncture’s Holiday Giveaway! This week and next are your last chance to win a free acupuncture treatment.
The winners from last weeks giveaway are up on last weeks post. The winners have been notified by e-mail.You can check if you have won by clicking here.
As promised, we are going to do it all over again this week. Three more free acupuncture treatments will be given away at the end of the week. You can enter three times for a chance to win. Just follow the instructions below. To enter a comment scroll down to the bottom of this post.
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Nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin has released a book with the protocols she uses for her clients. Her plan is centered around removing seven foods from the diet for 21 days. These foods have a tendency to cause food sensitivities in many individuals. Complete abstinence from these seven foods can help people lose weight and reverse various inflammatory conditions.
The catch is that you have to completely eliminate all seven foods during the entire 21-day period. This will allow your body enough time to reverse the effects of the foods that cause the sensitivities leading to inflammatory conditions and the inability to lose weight. This type of elimination diet is a very effective and affordable way to heal your body if food sensitivities are the cause of your health problems.
The following conditions/symptoms may point to the possibility of a sensitivity to one or more foods:
- Inability to lose weight
- Chronic sinus problem
- Chronic digestion problems
- Skin problems
These problems can all be caused by food sensitivities that can cause a reaction anywhere from several hours to several days after a food has been ingested. These food sensitivities can develop over time and are not necessarily a condition you were born with.
Food sensitivities should not be confused with a food allergies. Food allergies are an acute immune response that occurs at or very close to the time the food is ingested.
In the case of intolerance to a one or more food items, It is important to remove the offending foods completely from the diet. Once they are removed, the symptoms of the disease will improve and the process of healing the digestive system will begin. The good news is some food sensitivities can be reversed with time.
I have personally seen near miraculous changes in the health of patients after removing foods from their diet that are known to cause food intolerances. If you suffer from any of the chronic conditions listed above, an elimination diet like the one presented in the Virgin Diet is a great way to begin the process of finding the source of your disease.
I would love to hear if you have ever had any success with an elimination diet for any health conditions.