Archive for August, 2009

Entering Flu Season


Kids are returning back to school this week and many parents are worried about the H1N1 virus.   This is nothing to be overly concerned about as the flu works its way around classrooms every year.   With that being said, here are ways to help prevent spreading the flu, as well as what to do if you start showing symptoms.  All of the information below was found at the website of the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov.  For more information, please visit the http://www.cdc.gov website.

The symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1 flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.  The high risk groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time, but it’s possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. People at higher risk of serious complications from seasonal flu include people age 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people who are immunosuppressed (e.g., taking immunosuppressive medications, infected with HIV).

Avoid Contact With Others
If you are sick, you may be ill for a week or longer. You should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible, including avoiding travel and not going to work or school, for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.)  If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In general, you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness, especially people at increased risk of severe illness from influenza. With seasonal flu, people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.  People infected with the novel H1N1 are likely to have similar patterns of infectiousness as with seasonal flu.

Treatment is Available for Those Who Are Seriously Ill
It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care.  If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed. Be aware that if the flu becomes widespread, less testing will be needed, so your health care provider may decide not to test for the flu virus.

Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Community

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Every day, I am reminded of the stress of working in “Corporate America.”  My clients come in for acupuncture to help relieve ailments mostly caused by high levels of stress in their life.  I hear stories of having to work 7-days a week because one person is doing the job of multiple people due to all the layoffs.  The workload has not decreased but the amount of people normally required to do the work is constantly being reduced with all the layoffs and cutbacks.  People are stressed to perform perfectly, as one minor error could cost them their job when layoffs come around again.  More people are not sleeping, are completely exhausted, and do not eat healthy due to having to grab food when they can and whatever is the quickest.  More people are taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety prescriptions than ever before.  Heart attacks are on the rise and high blood pressure is being diagnosed younger and younger.  Just last night I had a client come to my office in tears, as she could not even take an hour for acupuncture because she had to get a presentation done or she would lose her job.

When I worked in corporate, we always knew when we were coming up to “layoff season” and the stress level would skyrocket.  I vividly remember doing my work, while my cubical neighbor was just told they no longer had a job.  You could see it on their face as they wondered how they were going to support their family.  I made the decision to take control of my future rather than have it controlled by others.  I quit my job to pursue my education and training in acupuncture and oriental medicine.  It was scary and stressful working full-time while going to school full-time, but it was all worth it.  I am now in practice for myself, I set my own hours, help people every day, and my stress level is nothing like it used to be.  (My biggest stress factor is when people do not get the results I expected them to get with acupuncture, or not being able to get them in soon enough for relief.)  My migraines due to high stress levels are gone and for once in my life, I look forward to going to work every day.  Aside from running a successful, full-time acupuncture practice, I started a home-based business to help me achieve my “dream acupuncture practice” faster.   What I envision for my dream practice requires a lot of money to achieve, so the home-based business is able to easily give me additional income each month.

I know a lot of people are not able to do what I did or feel they are too old to start over.  I am here to tell you there are legitimate options out there for everyone at any stage of your life to take control of your situation.

Here is my Top 20 list of the ideal career traits:

  1. No experience necessary – anyone could do it
  2. You are your own boss
  3. Low start-up cost
  4. Little to no risk
  5. On-going residual income
  6. No income ceiling
  7. Self-satisfaction – help yourself and others improve the quality of their lives
  8. Free training and support system
  9. No administration hassles – no R&D, packaging, payroll, legal matters, delivery costs
  10. You can keep your regular job until this income can replace it
  11. Tax deductions
  12. Work from home
  13. Work with people you like
  14. Flexibility of work hours – you make your hours
  15. Unlimited vacation days
  16. Achieve your retirement goals in 4 yrs versus 40 yrs working a “job”
  17. No commuting – save money on gas and car expenses (can write these off, too)
  18. No office rent / expenses
  19. Job security (no layoffs or downsizing)
  20. Better retirement plan (higher percent than 401k)

Does that sound like a career you might be interested in?  A career your family, friends and co-workers might want to do? I know, you are probably thinking  it sounds too good to be true, which is why so many people stay in the safety of corporate “jobs”, rather than think “What if…?”   I was skeptical, too, but I am here to tell you it is truly possible.  Contact me directly at drchristineyaz@yahoo.com, so I can introduce you to the ideal career and help you achieve all of your goals.

Have a blessed day and make it your best!

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It is that time of the year that kids dread and parents rejoice.  School is starting for some as early as this Thursday, while others have a few more weeks of freedom.  Parents are doing the last minute preparations for supplies, clothes and physicals.  I read the other day that hand sanitizers are the top purchases for kids.  The question is, will your child actually use it?  I think back to when I was in school and admit it would probably never be used.  So what can parents do?

Here are some foods that help boost the immune system.  Now, how to get your kids to eat them, I leave up to you as some people do not like the idea of tricking kids to eat veggies.  Personally, I think you should still offer the foods to your children to try, but also puree and add to the meals.

1. Yogurt: natural probiotic, to help the body resist respiratory infections
2.  Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables: (such as cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and turnip) are valuable sources of vitamins A, C and E. Broccoli is high in glucosinolates which stimulate the body’s immune system. Broccoli also contains a high concentration of sulforaphanes, which are potent anti-cancer agents.
3.  Turmeric: spice found in every yellow curry.  The golden color is the result of curcumin, a polyphenol with strong cold and flu-fighting properties.
4.  Garlic: The immune-boosting properties of garlic come from its sulfur-containing compounds, which are effective against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections.
5.  Oregano: strong anti-bacterial properties, with 42 times more antioxidants than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.
6.  Bell peppers: a good source of phytochemicals as well as beta carotenes and vitamin C (particularly red bell peppers). Research has shown that increasing vitamin C intake can reduce the length of time cold symptoms last as well as reduce the severity of those symptoms.
7.  Green Tea: Tea is rich in plant antioxidants (polyphenols) and other chemicals that can help protect the body against cold or flu.
8.  Pumpkins: Rich in beta carotene, a nutrient that the body breaksdown to make vitamin A. Vitamin A helps strengthen the immune system.  Research suggests that vitamin A may help keep the respiratory system healthy.
9.  Ginger: Helpful in increasing sweat production, which may help us get rid of germs and toxins.  Ginger has also been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting.
10.  Mushrooms (shiitake, maitake and reishi): immune boosters, rich in compounds that fortify white blood cells, they also neutralize environmental toxins
11.  Raw Honey: provides antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients. It fights bacteria, builds the immune system, and provides energy.
12.  Seafood and Lean Meats: Seafood and lean meats generally have a high zinc content. Zinc enhances the function of helper T cells, which are important in identifying foreign antigens and alerting other cells of the immune system to invaders.

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