Entries by NancyBurton

Where to Go For Help

Over twenty years ago I was traveling through Kentucky and stopped in a small town to pick up a few items at the local grocery store. I met an elderly woman, bent with osteoporosis, with hands so gnarled and swollen her fingers looked like tree roots. She was struggling to remove a container of strawberries […]

A Healthy Way to Start Your Day

How you start your morning can make all the difference in how you feel throughout the entire day. And what you do each day can impact how you feel the rest of your life. Here are a few health tips my patients have found to have positive impact on the way they feel. First thing […]

Comprehensive Health Care

It breaks my heart to see so much needless suffering in this country. People struggle with assorted health issues and don’t have a clue where to go for help. Many people believe western medicine is their only option. They assume if that fails they’re doomed to suffer. Other people tell themselves their health issues are […]

Fibromyalgia and Other Acute and Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia is not a disease. It’s simply a group of symptoms. For many years patients with this complaint were told it was all in their heads, or told they were depressed and placed on antidepressants. This was because there were no tests that validated the problem: nothing obviously was wrong. But as an increasing number […]

The Necessity for Joy

One of my patients made the comment that sugar was the only joy she permitted herself. She’s a mom with a full time job. Today women are expected to fulfill all the traditional roles, including childcare, cooking, cleaning and chauffeuring kids around while juggling the additional responsibility of a full time job. Something has to […]

Apple Cider Vinegar verses Cultured Vegetables. A recurring question my patients ask.

Apple Cider Vinegar, specifically Bragg’s brand, can be beneficial when people don’t have enough stomach acid to digest their food. Frequently the stomach issues people take anti-acids for are caused by not having enough acid in their stomachs. Anti-acids can inhibit the ability to digest food, creating additional health problems as the ability to assimilate […]

De-Prescribing

Doctors are now attending seminars and reading articles about de-prescribing. This means get-ting people off of drugs. Prescribed medications are a major cause of death in this country. Drug companies have promoted the 5 over 50 rule, meaning that everyone over 50 should be on at least 5 medications. But drugs have side effects, which […]

Life Force

Every living thing has a life force: energy or Qi. That life force can be supplemented or depleted   during a life span. Plants need nutrients, sun, water and clean air to survive. They have a limited ability to acquire what they need by reaching out with their roots and leaves. Animals have more leeway to […]

Nancy Burton, Reclaiming Our Health

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Peace on Earth

During the holidays a common theme is ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Man’. Traditionally, holiday charity included feeding the poor. As opposed to simply good will, historically speaking, this was a survival tactic of the wealthy. There’s an economic formula that determines what percent of the population has to be starving before revolution results. […]

Holiday Mood

Holiday lights, decorations, and music set the mood for this special season, as does food. What you eat through out the holiday season determines to a great extent if you are happy, energized, calm and relaxed, or aggravated, fatigued, overwhelmed and irritable. Meals and snacks eaten during this busy time and food served at holiday […]

Seasonal Support

As the weather gets colder, cold hands, feet and noses can become an issue. Cold is understandable, but painfully cold means a lack of circulation. In extreme cases extremities have a burning sensation and can turn dark or purple. The types of food you’re eating, how you’re assimilating those foods, and you’re body’s ability to […]

Smoke Inhalation

With over a month of breathing smoke our lungs, lymph, liver, spleen and kidneys (our detox organs) have been working over time. Here are some ideas to deal with smoke, and help recover from smoke inhalation. It’s easy to get smoke and ash particles in your lungs but not so easy to get them out. […]

Snoring and Mouth Breathing: Warning Signs

Mouth breathing, as opposed to air flowing freely through the nose, is a common phenomenon. What isn’t common knowledge is how this impairment of air can adversely effect your health. Snoring is mouth breathing at night, typically the result of phlegm blocking nasal passages. Phlegm accumulation can create masses, such as cysts, polyps, or tumors, […]

Hormone Disruptors

Hormones comprise the communication network of the body. They regulate temperature, glucose assimilation, calcium uptake, bone mass, water metabolism, immune and digestive systems, weight, and energy, to name just a few of their functions. If your hormones aren’t working properly its like having your internet and phone connections malfunction. It initially causes little problems which […]

Recharging

Achieving optimal health involves more than eating right and exercise. It means taking care of yourself in additional ways, including taking time for yourself. Making room for down time, fun time, family time, time with your partner, with friends, and alone time, are all important for your spirit, mind and body. Down time gets you […]

Acupuncture: What’s the Point?

I’ve discussed the importance of eating foods rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and good fats to nourish and heal the body. I’ve written about the necessity not only to ingest nutritious foods but to make sure your digestive system is able to break down your food, filter out the water and waste, and deliver […]

Rebalancing the Body: Internal Dampness

When helping my patients adjust their diets for optimal healing, one of the most common modifications involves the over consumption of damp foods. This can be a confusing concept but one of great import to future overall health. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is based on the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang, which are opposites. […]

The Politics of Food

During the Great Depression people were starving. The majority of farms were small family-run operations. But people couldn’t afford what farmers grew. Farms were going into foreclosure at an alarming rate. The US government stepped in. They realized that even when people could once again afford food, if enough farmers weren’t growing it, starvation would […]

Nancy Burton, L.Ac. – Reclaiming Our Health

Dear Community, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, and everyone who’s been kind enough to let me know they appreciate my articles. Many of you have told me that you save them and send them to friends and family. Your feedback gives me incentive to keep writing and sharing. I’d also like […]

Health Tips

Drinking Enough Water: Our bodies are made up mostly of water, so drinking enough each day is essential. Many people have trouble drinking water this time of year because when they drink water they opt for ice water, or chilled water from a refrigerator dispenser. These will cool or chill you. Warm or hot water […]

Health Tips: Holiday Meals

How many times have you been tired and grouchy after eating a big holiday meal? Look at what that meal consists of. Many holiday meals are mostly starches: mashed potatoes, yams, dressing, breads, and sweets, all high on the glycemic index. These foods give people a peak and then crash of energy. Taking smaller servings […]

Modern Science Validates Ancient Wisdom

Genetic studies have taught us that we have DNA that determines if we are likely to get cancer, heart disease, strokes, Alzheimers or any number of diseases. There are even tests available to list your genetic propensities. But we now know that those genetic tendencies can be switched on or off with diet and lifestyle […]

Trauma

Eight months after being involved in a serious auto accident, I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine. After relying on more conventional methods, to no avail, I was ready to try anything. I’d heard about Acupuncture and Chinese herbs but really didn’t know anything about them. When I began a series of treatments with a […]

Helping Kids (& Adults) Learn

I once attended a fair with a friend and his five year old daughter. As soon as we entered the grounds he bought her the first sweet, junk food that caught her eye. “Do you realize what you’ve just done?” I inquire as she happily munched away. “Give her five minutes and you won’t understand […]

Grains and Potatoes

Grains and potatoes helped build this country. Up until WWII we were a nation of physically hard working people, farmers and laborers. Starvation and malnutrition were common realities when floods, drought or pests ruined crops. Grains and potatoes kept people going in times of bounty and scarcity. It was cheap food, easily stored for consumption […]

Sweet Poison

Sugar! It’s in or added to drinks, prepared foods, sauces, and salad dressings. It’s consumed throughout the day in breath mints, gum, candy and snacks. And recent nutritional studies are saying it’s a cause of strokes, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Cholesterol was thought to be the culprit: bad fats in the body causing plaque. […]

Protein Part II

In the US, huge amounts of female hormones and antibiotics are fed to animals and poultry. Most other countries won’t import our meats, dairy or eggs because they consider them toxic. Feeding poultry estrogen insures that chickens produce 3-4 eggs per day instead of one egg every 3-4 days. Cows fed hormones produce more milk. […]

Protein: Part I

Over the years, there has been significant controversy over protein and the role it plays in our diets. Is red meat harmful? Is a vegetarian diet the most beneficial? How much protein should you eat and how often? As I have mentioned in previous articles, we are all biochemically individual. Our body’s requirements differ, so […]

Enjoying an Allergy-Free Spring

Spring has sprung. Walking about town imparts daily wonders. New blooms greet us as old friends. The scent of flowers fills the air, as does a plethora of pollens. Once the grass starts blooming, hay fever season will be upon us. But there is hope for allergy sufferers, ways to reduce or alleviate discomfort during […]

Understanding Digestion

As I have mentioned in previous articles, digestion is the foundation of health. If digestion isn’t working properly the rest of the body isn’t going to get the nutrients it needs to function and heal. A failure in digestion is usually the first domino to fall in a long series of health problems. By understanding […]

Conquering Food Cravings

After back to back holidays with ample opportunity to overindulge in sweets, breads, pastas or other empty carbs, food cravings can take on a life of their own. If you have been beating yourself up for lack of will power, don’t. Cravings are the body’s tap on the shoulder saying, “We need to talk!” They […]

Granny Smith Apple & Sauerkraut

Cultured vegetables, those fermented in a brine, as opposed to those pickled with vinegar and sugar, feed the positive bacteria in the small intestines. Two heaping tablespoons mixed in with your food, three times per day is a powerful tool for re-establishing gut flora, and keeping Candida at bay, once it has been dealt with. […]

Bone Broth

Bone broth strengthens bones and teeth and boosts the immune and digestive systems. Many cultures start a meal with a small cup of broth. In crock pot: Makes about 7-8 quarts, about three and a half quarts per batch. Ingredients: 3-4 organic or free range beef marrow, chicken or turkey bones 1/8 cup of brown […]

Overcoming Depression and Fatigue

Depression and fatigue were once ever present realities in my life. If I wasn’t in the depths of depression, I was worrying about my next mood or energy crash. Getting out of bed to face each day was a struggle. Lack of sunshine was one of many contributing factors leading to my bouts of depression, […]

Reclaim Your Health: Resolving Illness, Fatigue, and Pain

Many people are sick, depressed, tired and in pain when they don’t need to be. There are chronic issues that Western medicine doesn’t address, which Holistic Medicine excels at resolving. People seek my services when Western medicine hasn’t produced positive results. Eight months after an auto accident, I learned about TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’d […]