Why can’t my doctor fix my digestive problems?

Why is it that sometimes even the best doctors at the most highly respected clinics, like the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, still either can’t diagnose or can’t effectively treat digestive problems?

We’ve had many patients come in after years of visits to specialists and either no results or steadily worsening dysfunction. After just a few months of holistic treatment these patients are happy, healthy and fully functional. Find out why below.

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How I Pick the Points!

One of the most common questions I get in my clinic is, “How do you know which points to use?” Really, it’s the same way your MD knows which drug to prescribe or referral to give, lots and lots of training.

If you’ve watched my other videos, you’ve probably figured out by now that Acupuncture is a physical medicine and not an energy medicine. It works on the muscles, blood vessels, nerves and immune system. Despite the conventional wisdom that this is all very mystical, quite a lot is known about the mechanism of Acupuncture, particularly in the treatment of pain. If you have advanced education in physiology or medicine, I highly recommend reading Donald Kendall’s The Dao of Chinese Medicine, printed by Oxford University Press! I don’t get any kickbacks for recommending it; I just think it’s a great book.

For the regular folks out there, these videos will help you understand what is going through my mind when making a point selection. It’s all very physiological and straightforward! It doesn’t even require chanting or channeling or any other mystical intervention!

If you liked those, check out some of our other videos!

Dry needling

What is qi? It’s not what you’ve heard!


Why do my symptoms come back?

Unfortunately, Acupuncture (as well as any other neurological rehabilitation) is not a one and done therapy. Due to a property called neuro-plasticity, neurological changes in the body require repeated input before they become permanent.

In this video we explain how poor function and chronic pain come about, why they seem to come and go before they go for good and what changes in the body once the results become permanent. Enjoy!

For more videos about natural medicine check out:

What is Qi?

Function = Health

Acupuncture is NOT Energy Medicine

and the ever popular Dry Needling


Acupuncture is NOT Energy Medicine

Have you ever felt nervous to investigate Acupuncture, because it just doesn’t make sense to you? Maybe you are a science person and you just can’t buy the energy medicine thing. Maybe the idea of energy healing conflicts with your religious beliefs.

Not to worry! Acupuncture has nothing to do with magical energy. It is a physical medicine based on the body. Watch this video to find out more—and yes, I know I should re-shoot it. This was my first video, and this whole web thing has a learning curve to it. In the meantime, I’m just going to go help some patients and leave this less than beautiful video up, in case it can actually help someone.

And in case that didn’t blow your mind enough, check out some other myths and facts about Chinese Medicine!

 


Function = Health

Some define health as the absence of disease. At Gulf Coast Wellness, we think that’s setting the bar a bit low. There must be something that happens in between being perfectly healthy and having a disease. Ever wonder what that is? Watch this video to find out!–BUT WAIT—if you haven’t watched my What is Qi video yet, PLEASE watch that first

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine I

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine II

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine III

Chris Kresser—Chinese Medicine Demystified


What to do when you’re sick

One question I constantly get asked is, “What should I do when I get sick?” If you have an Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist, they should be your first stop. The sooner you get treatment, the shorter your illness. Herbs are far more effective than medications for eradicating viruses and getting you back on your feet.

But what about the rest of you who don’t have any help? There are some simple, natural things you can do to feel better quickly and shorten the duration of your illness.

Obviously I’m no video expert, or I’d know how to come up with a better thumbnail, but I keep doing these anyway in an attempt to help you learn more about your health! I hope you enjoy it!


Delicious, Dairy-free, Paleo, GAPS-legal Coconut Milkshake!

Ice cream is one of the most difficult foods for our patients to give up. Unfortunately many people have either dairy or sugar sensitivities (or both). This ice-cream replacement is pretty healthy and completely delicious. It has no refined sugar, and sugars are easier to process in their whole, unadulterated form.

However, this recipe is still not great for diabetics or those who are really trying to lose weight, as it is still quite high in natural sugars.

For those of us who have the ability to handle occasional sweets, though, it is absolutely fantastic! You won’t even miss ice cream!

 

You’ll need:

1 young, thai coconut

2-6 dates

2 big handfuls almonds

1 T vanilla extract

3 big pinches unrefined sea salt

Ice

Vitamix or other very high-powered blender

Cleaver or CocoJack or some other way of opening the coconut

 

Yeild: 2 large or 3 medium servings

Directions:

  1. Open the coconut and empty the water into the blender. Then scrape out all the meat and add to the blender. Be careful not to get any hard shell pieces in the blender.
  2. Add 2 handfuls almonds, 3 large pinches sea salt, 1 T vanilla extract, 2-6 dates (depending on desired sweetness).
  3. Put ice into blender on top of other ingredients at roughly a 1:1 ratio (ice should take up the same amount of space as total other ingredients).
  4. Blend on high until smooth—about 45-60 seconds in the Vitamix.
  5. Pour into glasses—makes 2 large servings or 3 medium servings.

Tip: If you have a regular blender and not a crazy-strong Vitamix, you may have to chop the almonds up in the blender first and then add other ingredients.

Full disclosure:

This is a recipe I modified over time that originally came from the Café Gratitude cookbook: I Am Grateful. It’s a great resource for raw, vegan meals and desserts.



What is Qi?

Qi. It’s the most confusing idea in Chinese Medicine and the main reason that people with scientific or traditional medical backgrounds don’t believe in it. But it turns out that the most common conception of qi is utterly incorrect. Watch the video to find out the real definition of qi and how we went so wrong.

More information on this topic:

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine I

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine II

Myths and Facts About Chinese Medicine III

Chris Kresser—Chinese Medicine Demystified

And if that’s not enough, Read the whole book! Dao of Chinese Medicine by Donald Kendall