There have been some exciting changes lately here in Pindoctor-land! Most thrilling is that I was able to purchase the little building that houses the clinic. It is a wonderful feeling to have a permanent home and not have the high-rent specter hanging over my head. I will be making some much needed improvements over the next few months…when the temperature is above zero!
Also, I have been very hard at work on a new website with my colleague Jess. She’s just beginning the digital surgery now and we’re planning on the unveiling in February. There will be lots of video, links, easier navigation and better menus, plus a link for Classes and Events. In addition, I’m going to bring back some fun community events such as Acupuncture Happy Hour and AcuFunkture…a music and healing session unlike any other!
What I’m most excited about though is the revamped treatment structure and plans for the Vision Repair segment of my practice. This will be renamed and reformatted to be better than ever…after 10 years of doing it, I should have it nailed…er, needled, by now. Full program details will be available on the new website in February.
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2014 and look forward to keeping you on the path to wellness!
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Just in time for the holidays…! An all new website will be up and running very soon. The site is being reformatted for easier navigation with more video content, a link for classes and events, and new services! The Vision Repair programs will be changed to a more intensive 5-day format with increased emphasis on nutrition and exercise. In addition, I am adding in some bodywork services again after taking a break. So, get ready for the new Pindoctor and make good health your priority.
Shingles is the re-emergence of the Chicken Pox or Herpes Zoster virus that lies dormant in your spinal nerves following initial infection, usually in childhood. Often times, as adults, we’re bombarded with stressful life situations, illnesses and injuries. Sometimes these are enough of an immune suppression to allow this opportunistic and excruciatingly painful virus to recur.
Fortunately, acupuncture and herbs are highly effective at reducing the virus’s hold on the body. No so long ago, a client came to the clinic after having had shingles (and high levels of pain) for over two months. After just one acupuncture session he no longer needed his Vicodin! And, after just 4 more sessions and a course of inexpensive herbal tablets, his shingles had gone into remission. This incidence occurred on his torso but shingles can even occur in the head. Many years ago my dad nearly lost his eye due to the virus attacking via his trigeminal nerve. However, we did daily acupuncture treatments immediately and we were able to thwart the Zoster’s progress and gave him relief.
Acupuncture treatments are best performed daily and as soon after initial diagnosis as possible. A course of care requires about 6 sessions and a couple bottles of $10 herbs. If you ask those who have had shingles, they’ll tell you it’s a great bargain and, most importantly, to be relieved of the intense pain.
Spring greetings! I so enjoy this time of year as a period of reawakening. In Chinese medicine, Spring is about “Wood” energy and the power of new growth. With that in mind, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has several upcoming events to help you stay productive with your retinal disease. I would highly recommend attending the upcoming FFB chapter meeting during which iPads and iPhones will be explored. I have so many clients who benefit from these easy to use products. Did you know that they can be run almost completely by audio commands and that they will even talk back to you? Attend this exciting seminar!
Happy New Year! I am glad to be safely back at work following my successful summit of Aconcagua last month. Never one to sit still, I will begin working with Courage Center’s ski program next week. Courage Center is a Golden Valley, MN based organization that works with individuals with virtually any type of physical impairment. Their programs range from intensive physical therapy to outdoor activities. The ski program has space available for either blind or limited-sight skiers. If interested, please contact program coordinator Nels Dyste at email@example.com
I will be taking a brief break from the clinic from November 29th through December 25th to attempt my 5th of the Seven Summits, Argentina’s Aconcagua at 22,840. While I’m excited about it, I also find it difficult to leave work behind and will be thinking about all my great clients. Keep doing your eye exercises and eating your kale! Look online for “kale chips” recipes; my new favorite snack.
• To “climb along” you can go to www.alpineascents.com/cybercasts.asp and look for the November 30th Aconcagua trip. We’ll be posting frequent dispatches from the mountain.
• I will be back in action as the Pindoctor on December 26, 27 and 28 as well as the entire week of December 31–January 4.
• You can still schedule appointments using the big yellow button to the right.
• I’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work with the website and there are many great changes coming this winter. It’s a lot of work but it will be much easier to navigate and content including the blog and videos will be better organized.
• Have a safe and special holiday season and know that I’m thankful for being able to help you with your healthcare needs. It’s a great gift to be of service and I appreciate each and every one of my clients.
• PS…I expect you to be eating kale chips while reading my climbing blog!
Hello! It seems as though lately I need 34 hour days to spin all my plates! There has been much excitement and activity here in Pindoctorland. Some highlights:
• A recent 85 year old client with dry macular degeneration was dropped 3 lines on the near-vision chart after just 10 acupuncture treatments!
• Congratulations to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness in raising $150,000 during their VisionWalk campaign! Thank you to all who donated to Team Pindoctor.
• Please attend my upcoming lectures:
*Vision Loss Resources, 1936 Lyndale Ave. S., October 17th at 11:15
*Foundation for Fighting Blindness, also at VLR, October 27th at 12:00. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the lecture on the 27th.
• I am thrilled to be working with Courage Center this winter to help those with visual impairments get out on the slopes! I will also be working to re-certify as a Professional Ski Instructor so that next year I can take skiers out as a solo guide.
• Please book soon if you want to do the Vision Repair Service program in 2012. The last appointment date I will be taking new clients is Monday November 12th as I will be gone for most of December to attempt my 5th of the “Seven Summits,” Argentina’s 22,800′ Aconcagua.
• Thanks for your patience while I do some “digital surgery” with the website. We’re working on better implementing social media/newsletter/blog, etc.
• Onward and upward!!
“Oh, No!” This was my reaction yesterday when I heard that my 60-year old aunt tripped, fell and broke her arm. Slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits for seniors and for people with vision problems–an estimated 7,000 annually!
One of the easiest remedies is to get rid of area rugs altogether, especially if they are made from thinner materials that can wrinkle, not made with non-skid backing or located at the base of steps. Rugs placed atop carpet can be just as hazardous. If you have a friend or family member that has trouble with vision or mobility, consider mentioning it to them and even assist them in rolling ‘em up and getting the rugs out of the way.