On Being a Father…

Image of DadThe joys and challenges of being a father demand a careful balance of exercise, healthy eating habits and focused healthcare.
Newborns bring a special joy and delight to a young father as well as needing much care and feeding late into the night and early morning.   Many a father has made a speedy trip to the emergency room to retrieve that missing safety pin.  A quick check for monsters under the bed at night helps the kids go to sleep.  Career moves sharpen the skills needed to adapt to new work environment.  Stressful, yes but all a part of becoming a father.
As the young father matures and the children grow into young adults the many demands of raising children change.  Driving lessons in the parking lot, evening recitals for the young musician, and weekend field trips keep both parents moving and the schedules full.  It is also a time when work expectations change and bring with it new challenges to learn and transform.   Anxiety, yes , there is nothing quite like trying to teach a teenager to drive.
In later years the children are now grown and a fathers focus is directed towards retirement, grandchildren , and perhaps travel.   The daily lifestyle habits all come to bear on Dad’s health.  Time becomes more valuable just as it seems to pass more quickly.  Exercise, healthy eating habits and attitude become even more important as metabolism slows.
Whether a new father with very young children, a  middle aged Dad with young adults  or a Dad with fully grown adult children that have moved out and beginning families of their own, Dad is always Dad and his daily lifestyle habits will greatly influence his enjoyment of life and those around him.
We have the tendency to think that most of the health conditions we acquire in life are age related and although age is an undeniable factor the truth is much different.  In  America today the majority of the chronic conditions are the result of poor choices in life.  Life style plays the most  important role in our health status.  Bad eating habits are the biggest of these mistakes. Poor eating habits  not only effect our digestive health and weight, an unhealthy diet has an impact on cardiovascular, endocrine, and nervous systems as well.
Lack of exercise is another factor in our poor health.  We know you’ve  already heard this many times but here is another way to look at it.  Mistakes made during exercise  are a bigger issue than not exercising at all.  The body needs balance and rest in an exercise regiment just like diet.  Hard exercises should always be balanced with mindful exercises like yoga, meditation and Qi Gong.  Most of the chronic pain and auto immune patients were good athletes who never thought they needed a balance in their exercise regiment.
When a healthy balanced diet meets a balanced exercise regiment it is easier to create the body mind connection which is essential for optimal health and treat the ailments of the  competitive western minds and life style.  Acupuncture , Herbal medicine, massage , meditation and Qi gong are proven methods that can deliver the balance,  vitality, clarity and peace in our stress driven lives.
“Do not try to keep breathing in , Breathing out is also good and necessary.”
Nejat Kesler, LAc
nejat picture
By |June 11th, 2015|Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, General, Health|Comments Off on On Being a Father…|

Why “Round-up” makes me opt organic By Ara Walline, ND

RoundupIn the last week, a report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluated and determined that the most commonly used weed killer in the world is “probably carcinogenic.”   While this is hardly definitive language considering the fact that the pesticides and herbicides that this one replaced have such well documented negative impacts on human and environmental health, I do think it is a good example of how we are using human ingenuity to our own detriment. The mechanism by which this “smarter,” next-generation chemical kills weeds is also killing beneficial plants and microbes. This secondary impact in turn is having wider health effects on our environment through harm to ecosystems and in our bodies by less well correlated means such as disruption of beneficial digestive microflora. Even if the health impact is less severe and occurs at a lower rate than in the past, evidence is building that a risk remains. In addition, as “weeds” adapt and change, it is requiring higher and higher chemical concentrations of pesticide to have the same weed whacking effect. At this rate, it is hard to imagine the health risk lessening over time and all too easy to see it getting worse.


For me, the WHO finding is just the latest reason why I choose, whenever possible, to support my local organic farmers who have opted out of the chemical hamster wheel, especially when it comes to corn, soy, wheat, meat and dairy products. In order for food to act as medicine in our body and for our planet, it has to be safe.  Why put ourselves or our families at risk when we are blessed to live in a place where we have the choice of what foods we eat?


For additional perspectives on this issue, please see the links below:


By |April 4th, 2015|Alternative Medicine, General|Comments Off on Why “Round-up” makes me opt organic By Ara Walline, ND|

The Power of B12

b12-shots-imageVitamin B12 in the Body

       Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) works with folic acid in many body processes, including the synthesis of DNA, red blood cells and the insulation sheath (the myelin sheath) that surrounds nerve cells. It also speeds the conduction of the signals along those nerve cells.

Vitamin B12 may also be involved in the production of some neurotransmittersIt is needed, along with folic acid and vitamin B6, to keep homocysteine levels low which is very important in reducing the risk of developing heart disease.

In order to absorb the small amounts of vitamin B12 found in food, the stomach secretes intrinsic factor, a special digestive secretion that increases the absorption of vitamin B12 in the small intestine.

 Who May Benefit from B12 injections?

·       Vegetarians or vegans

·       Individuals taking certain medications (i.e., oral contraceptives, diabetes medication, or medication for heartburn)

·       Individuals over age 50-60

·       Individuals experiencing chronic stress and fatigue

·       Individuals suffering from certain neurological, digestive, or heart conditions

Why an injection?

Injections of hydroxycobalamin B12 are long acting and help the body achieve higher levels of B12 faster than does oral supplementation. In addition, by bypassing intestinal absorption, we can overcome barriers presented by certain drugs or metabolic conditions. Within as little as 2 hours and for up to 2 weeks after a B12 injection, patients report they feel more energy and uplifted, with an increased sense of well-being. Patients often respond well to a series of six to twelve B12 shots to bring them up to a healthy baseline. Once stores are replenished, the liver can store excess Vitamin B12—up to 10 years’ worth!

What are the potential risks and complications?

Sometimes there is a residual soreness in the affected muscle.  This shouldn’t last more than a day or two.  People who receive many shots in the same area might note some hardening of the skin tissues surrounding the injection site. If redness and swelling arise at the site, please call your doctor’s office. In extremely rare circumstances individuals may have an allergic reaction or develop anaphylaxis (medical emergency) to these injections. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include swelling of the tissues in the mouth/throat making it increasingly difficult to breathe and possibly extensive itching of the skin. For this reason, at a minimum, the first B12 injection should occur at the doctor’s office. It is also important to remain at the doctor’s office for 15 minutes after the first injection to watch for signs of anaphylaxis (medical emergency). Highly allergenic persons are advised to own an Epipen and to be prepared to call 911 if symptoms of anaphylaxis develop at home.




By |June 26th, 2014|General|Comments Off on The Power of B12|