Cleaning the Lungs Medical QiGong

This very simple to execute qigong is recommended for general lung health, and especially for those suffering from asthma, and emphysema

On average, most people only use a fraction of their lung cells in regular breathing.  Qigongs in general increase your oxygen intake and utilization.  When this intake of energy is more than what is expended in normal daily functions, the excess can be used to heal and strengthen the bodymind.

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Eczema self-help

The itch of atopic eczema can drive you crazy, so I’ve been told.  Eczema is probably one of the most common skin diseases we see in our San Mateo clinic.  Acupuncture and herbs are tremendously effective for helping this problem but you should also consider the following simple guidelines for how you can help yourself ease your eczema with lifestyle modifications.

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How to Avoid Harmful Bacteria in Store-bought Chicken

The Consumer Reports publication of findings that nearly 2/3rd of commercial uncooked chicken carry harmful bacteria prompts us to ask: What can we do about our chicken?  For those of us who are not about to give up eating it, here are some practices you should follow at home:

#1 Tip: You MUST cook your chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use a thermometer to check.  Even if the meat is no longer pink, it may not be cooked enough to kill Salmonella or  campylobacter bacteria. Also observe these practices:

You want to avoid the juices of uncooked chicken. Avoid them on your counter-top, in your refrigerator, in your life.  So:

  • At the supermarket, choose the one well-wrapped, at the bottom of the case where its the coolest
  • Make it the last thing you pickup and put in your basket before heading to the checkout line, so it keeps coldest
  • Put it in its own plastic baggie at the supermarket, then keep it in the plastic bag in the fridge.
  • If it’ll be cooked within a couple of days, store it at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.  Otherwise, freeze it.
  • Thaw frozen chicken in the fridge, inside its packaging, inside the bag, dont thaw it on the counter.
  • Dont return cooked meat to the plate that held it raw.
  • Refrigerate or freeze within 2 hours of cooking.

These steps should keep you safe.  Remember, the safest chickens are organic, “air-chilled” variety.  More details in this article.

More information, how to take action:

Bell & Evans brand “air-chilled” chickens

S.T.O.P. – Safe Tables Our Priority is a national, nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens.  Good information. – Taking action on safe foods and products.

Questions and comments are welcome!

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Salmonella, Campylobacter bacteria persist in supermarket chickens

Consumer Reports magazine, in their January 2010 featured article reports that the most contaminated big brands are Tyson and Foster Farms, where 80% tested positive for one or both bacteria!  Overall the cleanest are the “air-chilled” brands.

Consumer Reports has been measuring contamination in store-bought chickens since 1988.  In this latest round, an outside lab tested 382 chickens bought from more than 100 supermarkets, natural food stores, and mass merchandisers in twenty-two states.  They tested top brands such as Tyson, Foster Farms, and Perdue as well as 30 other non-organic store brands, and 9 organic brands.  Of the 9 organic brands, 5 were “air-chilled.” (A process that happens in the slaughterhouse where the newly killed chickens are refrigerated, maybe misted, rather than kept in cold chlorinated water.)

Some of the findings:

  • Campylobacter bacteria was in 62% of the chickens
  • Salmonella bacteria was in 14% of the chickens
  • 34% were clear of both bacteria, in 2003 they reported that 51% were clear of both!
  • Store brand organic chicken had no Salmonella, but 57% did had Campylobacter
  • 68% of Salmonella, and 60% of Campylobacter bacterias showed resistance to one or more antibiotics
  • Overall cleanest were the “air-chilled” brands.  Only around 40% had one or both pathogens, which still sucks
  • One of these air-chilled brands that did well was Bell & Evans

Why is this study important? Because each year, Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria from chicken and other foods infect 3.4 million Americans, send 25500 to hospitals, and kill about 500!  Many never get seen by health professionals.

Both bacteria can cause nausea, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, headaches, and lead to the need for hospitalization.  Campylobacter especially can be fatal.

What can you do?  The main thing to keep in mind is that cooking the chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit is thought to kill the bacteria.  The safest thing to do is have a cooking thermometer and check your chicken.

You should also keep the juices of the uncooked chicken away from your hands, the counter, and other places that you can come in contact with.

Check out our companion article: How to avoid harmful bacteria from chicken.

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Reiki Clinic Now at BayTree

Reiki is a simple and natural healing method using the universal life force energy that exists in all living things. If our life force energy is low, one is more prone to fatigue, stress, and illness. When the natural flow of this energy is increased during a session, the chakras and energy channels are cleared and brought into alignment, increasing the body’s self healing abilities and allowing one to feel a sense of deep relaxation and wellbeing.

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