Advice for Airplane Travel

Airplane travel causes problems for many reasons: the body is exposed to intense solar radiation at 30,000 feet, which causes dehydration and other problems; the air in planes is re-circulated, moving pathogens between passengers, crew and you; people often suffer from the time change of longer flights; and people often eat sporadically when traveling.

To handle these problems during travel:

  • Use ‘Gan Mao Ling’ (English: “common cold tablets”) 3 tablets 2x/day for 2 days before and after flights. This combination of Chinese herbs boosts the immune system and fights the effects of solar radiation.
  • Drink at least 1/2 to 3/4 your body weight in ounces the day before your flight. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs., drink 100-150 ounces of water in the 12 hours before your flight.  Eat regular meals with good ratios of protein and carbohydrates.
  • Take electrolytes which hydrate the body very efficiently. The simplest way to get these is using ‘Smart Water,’ found at many grocery stores. Inquire at health food stores for other sources of electrolytes.
  • Use a personal air purifier (worn around the neck) during the flight. (Ask at the front for information on this item.)

Organs and body function

DID YOU KNOW: exactly 12 organ systems govern bodily function? Those vital organ systems (together with the glands) include the lungs, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, liver, gall bladder, pericardium, metabolic system, kidney and urinary bladder. To read more, check out the soon-to-be-released book, ORIENTAL MEDICINE AND YOU.

Gypsy Soup


1 leek, diced (optional)

2 carrots, sliced

1 cup cabbage, chopped

2 cups winter squash or pumpkin, diced

2 quarts hot water

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon oil


Saute leeks, carrots, cabbage and squash for 10 minutes.

Add water and salt.

Reduce heat.

Simmer for 35 minutes.

Serves 8.

Look at what one of our patients, Ashley, says:

Ashley B. loves to talk about her “miracle baby,” daughter Maya, born February 1, 2010.

Married in April 2007, Ashley and her husband tried to get pregnant for more than two years. Specialists couldn’t find a problem with either of them and suggested she take fertility drugs and try artificial insemination with her husband’s sperm. “That sounds romantic,” thought Ashley, 32, of Saukville.

Then the couple learned the success rate for insemination is only 15%- the same as trying to conceive on their own. “At $400 a pop twice a month, it wasn’t covered by insurance,” she says. Plus, as a natural health care enthusiast, Ashley didn’t like the invasive nature of the procedure.

While researching natural options, Ashley found Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates. After an initial two-hour appointment (“They asked me every question you could imagine.”), Ashley enrolled in a treatment plan of four to five months that involved taking two kinds of herbs, a cleanse formula and a toner formula. In her second cycle, Ashley was delighted to learn she was pregnant.

The physiology of it? “The fertility doctor told me I might be producing too much mucous for the sperm to get through,” she says. “The cleansing and toning formulas obviously got rid of that.”

Ashley says she had the utmost confidence in AHHA. “I had a lot of hope and faith,” she says. “They made me feel very secure.”

This excerpt taken from Milwaukee Magazine’s February 2011 edition. To read more, click here.

31 cities’ tap water has cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, study says

Article from Yahoo News. Written by Brett Michael Dykes

The Environmental Working Group released a report Monday indicating that millions of Americans are regularly drinking hexavalent chromium, made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich” as a carcinogen, through their tap water.

The group — whose study was first reported in a story Sunday by the Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton — tested water from 35 U.S. cities and found that samples from 31 cities contained hexavalent chromium. The highest concentrations were found in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu; and Riverside, Calif. The substance had been a widely used industrial chemical for decades and has evidently leached into the groundwater in many areas.

To read the article, click HERE.

Success Story: Arthritis, Leg Pain, Bursitis, High Blood Pressure

I have had pain issues for some years. The first I remember is the arthritis in my feet. I’ve had that pain for probably 15 years or so. The doctors showed me the x-rays of the calcium buildup on the bones in my feet and explained there is really nothing to be done except pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

Four years ago, our 13-year-old 65 lb. black lab was unable to use her hind legs. We had to help her outside to potty with a harness that we used to hold up her back end. I took her everywhere with me, including to the office in the morning and home at night, lifting her into and out of my car. One day while lifting her into the car, I heard and felt a pop in my left groin area. It hurt like the dickens, but I felt if I stayed off my feet for a few days that the pain would go away. It didn’t. I walked with a limp, which was starting to affect my left hip and entire left leg.

Two years later, I finally went to my doctor. They did ultrasounds and MRIs and determined I had partially torn some ligament from my pelvic bone. They couldn’t fix it. They sent me to a physical therapist who had me doing some stretching exercises to strengthen the leg muscle, explaining that it would help with the torn tissue. It helped some, but the next two years were becoming unbearable (with pain in the feet and the leg). I walked with a cane if I had to walk a distance (more than a half of block).

I had gotten a new dog and was unable to take it for long walks. Even walking with a cane didn’t help the arthritis on my feet. I was taking 600mn ibuprofen three times per day and 975mn of Ascriptin (arthritis medication) between the ibuprofen. That only made it bearable.

In June this year, my husband and I went on another cruise (we love cruises). We picked our shore excursions by the amount of walking required. I made it quite well, but would have loved to do some of the hiking things we used to do. On the cruise ship, the spa had an acupuncturist. There was a free little seminar about acupuncture and what it could help. I went to listen, but didn’t really believe it.

I July, I had my annual checkup at the doctor. My blood pressure was starting to go up. He gave me 4 months to get it back in line using exercise and diet or he was going to put me on blood pressure medication. Losing weight would also help the pain in my leg and feet (I’m about 70 lbs. over a comfortable weight).

Then in August, I went to State Fair with my friends, hobbling around with my cane. Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates had a booth there. I took it as a sign from God. I stopped and asked some questions. They said it was possible I could be helped. I went in for my first consultation. Mary was very funny. She was serious about acupuncture, but made me comfortable during this visit. However, I still didn’t believe it would work. It just didn’t make sense to me, but everyone was so friendly and I was desperate.

Now, it’s the end of November. I’ve been going to my sessions and drinking that horrible tea (Mary calls it “dirt”) for about 3 months. The pain in my groin area is gone. The pain in my hip, leg and feet is nearly gone. In fact, most days there is no pain. I take one ibuprofen in the morning and I’m not really sure I need that. Not only that, but I had my November visit with my doctor and my blood pressure is well into the range he wants it. He’s impressed with the results. The “short tropical vacations” (I’m 67 years old) I was having 3-4 times per day have stopped. I used to wake up at 3:00am burning up- GONE. Bursitis in my wrist- GONE. Black Friday shopping was a breeze this year. My grandkids think I’ve gotten younger. I could write a book about all the difference this has made in my life. The only down side is that my husband doesn’t help me as much as he used to. He doesn’t need to vacuum for me, carry laundry or walk the dog without me. I even helped him clean up the trees and bushes around our house this fall after a wind storm. This Thanksgiving, I had to give thanks for Curry, David, Scott and all the girls at the clinic. They have made a real difference in my life. I have my life back!

-Barb O.