Wondrous Watermelon

Your acupuncturist wants you to know…that watermelon is a potent Chinese herb that will help you survive the summer heat. That may sound obvious, but honestly, if you have trouble surviving the heat of summer, I highly recommend eating a bit of watermelon daily. It’s also helpful to remember that many inflammatory issues are at heart, a heat response. So, we can
feel worse during the summer months because nature is heating our already overheated bodies. Watermelon will chill and hydrate.

Some conditions which may benefit from eating watermelon daily during the heat: Depression, Anxiety, Acne, arthritis, eczema, colitis, diverticulitis, and asthma.


And here’s a note from Dr. Sheehan:

“The Horrible Flu Experiment:

So a couple of weeks ago, while I was down in Florida, right after I was done teaching, I suddenly came down with the flu. Of course it was Monday, Memorial day, and I couldn’t get my supplements. Suddenly, I got a wicked fever. My whole body ached. I was dizzy. I was exhausted. At first, I didn’t even realize I had the flu. I hadn’t had it in years. During my times when I had lots of immune problems, I had gotten lots of colds, but no flus. Needless to say, it totally took me by surprise, and I felt like
complete garbage. I have new respect for my patients who say that they get the flu. Something good did come out of it though. One of the things that we learned in Nutrition Response Testing Advanced Clinical Training was that Cataplex AC was the go to supplement for the flu, both respiratory and bowel versions of the flu. As soon as we got back to Lancaster, Laura tested me, and lo and behold, I needed Cataplex AC. So I took it. I felt better in about 20 minutes. So what’s the moral of the story? Always
keep these supplements on hand, and start taking them if you feel like you’re getting sick. Take them while you call my office for an appointment, to make sure we get the exact right program to handle your immune situation.

At the first signs of a cold-3 Congaplex, and 6 Antronex per hour

At the first signs of a flu (bowel or upper respiratory)-3 Cataplex AC and 3-6 Antronex per hour.

Hope this helps next time you feel under the weather!”


Here is Laura’s food journal for the last couple of days:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

6:30 AM: coffee with butter, 1 PB meal bar

9:30 AM: 2 pieces of sugar free chocolate, 3 pork rind banana fritters

11:00 AM: 1/2 of a diet pepsi

1:00 PM: 1 naked burger, ok it had homemade mayo on it, baby carrots with hummus

4:00 PM: protein shake with coconut milk, whey protein, blueberries, strawberries, and carrot greens

Monday, June 6, 2016

7:30 AM: coffee with butter, pork sausage with fried onions

12:30 PM: Himalayan buffet – lettuce, cucumber, vegetable dishes, spicy chicken balls, lentils in cream sauce, 2 veggie pakoras, mint chutney, onion chutney

3:00 PM: 1/4 of a diet pepsi, black tea



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Springtime Forest

Springtime Speaking

Today, we will begin with a word about springtime from Guinevere, our staff acupuncturist:

“Your acupuncturist wishes you knew…that spring is here to teach us about flexibility. According to Chinese Medicine, spring begins in early February. That’s when the sap starts to run in the trees again, and the seeds just begin the hard work of opening. Spring takes a long time. It’s full of ups and downs, and wind! So, much wind!

How comfortable you are with the changeability of spring can teach you a lot about how comfortable you are with your life in general. Do you get upset when it’s so windy? Depressed when it’s dreary out? Delighted when the sun shines? These are indications that you may have a thing or two to learn about flexibility. Check your body. How flexible are you physically? One trick to becoming more flexible mentally, is to become more flexible physically. Spring is the time for working on your tendons and sinews. So, if you’ve been musing about trying a new yoga class…now is the time to take action!

There’s much more to Spring than flexibility, but becoming more aware of your own flexibility is the best way to begin your discovery of this beautiful, if sometimes frustrating, season. I’ll tell you more about how to make the most of Spring next time.

With Love,

Guinevere Crescenzi, M.S.O.M., L.Ac”

Thanks, Guinevere! I myself have practiced springtime flexibility recently when I dehydrated the beef heart, as you may recall from two entries ago. All of the heart and meat got dehydrated, along with the berries. Dr. Sheehan blended the dried meat and berries up in the Vitamix. The result was a thick powder. I mixed everything together and added some rendered pork and chicken fat that I had on hand. As I rendered the fat I added some cinnamon, cardamom, and clove for a garam masala-type flavor. The end result was something akin to a crumbly fruit roll. It tastes amazing! So satisfying, and not gross at all! I have found how to get my organ meats in, and also what to snack on while traveling. Too bad it takes such a long time to prepare…but in the case of pemmican a little work goes a long way.

Here is an excerpt from my food journal:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 AM: 2 cups black tea with a splash of raw milk

7:30 AM: 1 cup yerba mate with/splash raw milk, mixed nuts and seeds, 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs baked with salsa

10:00 AM: mixed berry SP bar

1 PM: chicken thigh with salsa

3 PM: chicken meatballs, mixed seeds and nuts, plain organic whole milk yogurt w/ 1 scoop of whey protein powder

7:30 PM: paleo almond flour cookie

9:30 PM: baby carrots, hamburger patty with radish & hot peppers, more yogurt

Thursday, May 19, 2016

7 AM: yerba mate w/splash milk & monk fruit sweetener

8 AM: chicken curry with cabbage, carrot & onion

9 AM: 1.5 cup whole raw milk w/ paleo bulk formula (post work-out)

12 PM: SP berry bar

1:30 PM: more chicken curry

8:00 PM: dozen wings (homemade), steamed radish greens, 1/2 glass red wine

Winter Wellness in Chinese Medicine by Guinevere Crescenzi, L.Ac.

Winter Landscape

Chinese Medicine Tips for Weathering Winter Well

A guest blog from Guinevere Crescenzi, Licensed Acupuncturist


  1. Get to bed by 11 p.m.

Everyone knows that sleep is essential to good health, and it’s the same in Chinese Medicine. I know that so many people don’t get to bed before midnight, and often much later. Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so it is important to get enough hours of rest in order to maintain health. People need different amounts of sleep depending on the stage of life they are in and their current level of health. The thing that remains constant is that the body needs to be at least horizontal by 11 pm each night. This is because the Chinese Medical concept of Blood needs to return to the Liver starting at 11 pm. The liver stores the blood from 11pm to 3 am. This is a time of rest where your body regenerates and heals, and also dreams. The Liver is like a General of Armed Forces. It reviews what is going on in your life and figures out options for your next course of action. If you don’t spend adequate time resting, you are liable to be more sickly and experience confusion about what to do with your life.


  1. Drink enough water.

Water is critical for your body to operate at peak ability. It is your main resource for energy efficiency. If you are struggling with almost any health condition, water will ease your way. One rule of thumb to know that you are getting enough water is to take your weight in pounds and divide it by two. The resulting number is the number of ounces a person should aim to drink a day. Another good clue is to pay attention to the color of your urine. If it is a light straw color, then you are getting enough water. If it is clear, you can reduce your water intake, and if it is dark, you should increase your water intake.


  1. Cover your neck and lower back

The Chinese believe that illness is pushed into us by the wind. The main points of entry are the back of the neck and the lower back. So, be sure to wear turtlenecks and scarves in the winter, and especially on windy days. It’s a good idea to wear a tight bottom layer that will hug your lower back, so that your back is well protected.


  1. Keep warm with cinnamon and ginger

Cinnamon and ginger are powerful herbs in Chinese medicine. They heat the body and help ward off and/or eradicate infections. Cinnamon and ginger teas are a wonderful habit to develop for a healthy winter.


  1. Eat cooked and warm foods

Stews and soups are best all winter long. Avoid cold and raw foods because they are very difficult for your body to process during the cold season. Save ice-cream and raw fruits for summer time.


  1. Exercise

It’s important to walk at least 20 minutes each day. There is an acupuncture point on the ball of your foot that needs to be stimulated for 20 minutes in order to keep everything in your body balanced. Walking, however briefly, will do the trick.


  1. Meditate

Winter is the season of quiet. It is a time of dark and unknowing. Will the sun rise again? Will the spring come? It is a time to sit in stillness and experience that quiet space in your soul that wonders when it will ever end. Breathe deeply and focus on one word, like ‘love’ or ‘peace’. Your mind will generate all sorts of distracting thoughts. That is ok and completely normal. The trick is to notice the thoughts with out getting caught up in them. Catch yourself thinking about something else, stop, and go back to focusing on your word. Do this for a few minutes each day.


  1. Cut back on social activities

In Chinese Medicine, we look to nature for guidance about how we should behave. When it is cold and dark and the world is hibernating, it is time for us to slow down and be quiet ourselves. This is particularly challenging during the hectic holiday season. Do your best to at least balance the amount of social time spent with an equal amount of quiet personal time.


  1. Do something for the first time

Winter is a time of fear and bravery. It is the perfect time to do something that you have been avoiding or to do something that you have been afraid to try. Winter is the very beginning of life, the building stage. So, think about what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail…and give it a go. Who knows what it may grow into? And if it doesn’t work out, at least you know you were brave enough to try.


  1. Get regular acupuncture treatments.

Regular acupuncture treatments ensure that your body’s energy is flowing properly and help prevent and heal many health issues. Acupuncture helps sustain a healthy body through all the seasons.