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Guide to Sugar #5: How to Eat to Stabilize your Blood Sugar

Aug 15, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
No one diet plan works for everyone. But one thing you can’t argue with is that stabilized blood sugar (avoiding extreme highs and lows) is crucial for health. It is also undeniable that processed sugars and refined carbohydrates should be limited.

Guide to Sugar #4: Is Sugar Wreaking Havoc on your Digestive System?

Aug 09, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
If you’ve been to an acupuncturist, you are probably already familiar with our detailed and thorough questioning of digestion and elimination.

A Crucial Component in a Preconception Diet

Jul 30, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
in studies measuring the amounts of advanced glycosylation end products (proteins or lipids that become glycated through high blood sugar levels and are factors in the causation of aging and chronic disease) in women undergoing IVF. Those with higher levels of these products at the time of egg retrieval had a reduction in the number of eggs retrieved, fertilized, and good quality embryos. There was also an increase in miscarriage rates and... Read more

Guide to Sugar #3: Insulin Resistance and Inflammation

Jul 24, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
We live in an inflamed world. Inflammation has a crucial and naturally beneficial process in our bodies, as I’ve previously talked about here, but nonetheless can give rise to a host of issues when chronic and rampant. Uncontrolled inflammation can cause cellular damage, disrupt hormone levels, and cause premature aging.

Guide to Sugar #2: Sugar and your Hormones

Jul 17, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
It’s safe to say the docs here at Acubalance are pretty obsessed with hormones. The endocrine system (all of the glands in the body that produce hormones) is crucial for a plethora of functions in the body including metabolism, growth and development, fertility and sexual function, sleep, mood and emotions, respiration, digestion, and more.

A Guide to Sugar #1: Why Quit Sugar?

Jul 10, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
If you told me over a year ago I would quit eating sugar I would have laughed. What a joke. I was a full fledged sugar addict. Not a day would go by without some sort of chocolate bar, ice cream, gummy candy, or sugary drink. But with years of nutritional education and knowledge of holistic health, it was time that I practiced what I preached. In May of 2017 I decided to give up all processed and added sugar cold turkey.

Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Jun 17, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
The diagnosis of an autoimmune disease is undoubtedly a life-changing one. But it is also a confusing one that can leave people with more questions rather than answers. Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakes the its own cells for dangerous, foreign cells causing a hyperactive immune system. It can lead to a variety of uncomfortable, painful, and even life threatening symptoms.

Struggling with Inflammation? Try Photobiomodulation.

Jun 06, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
Would you believe me if I said inflammation is a natural, beneficial, and crucial part of the healing process? It’s the body’s natural defense mechanism against molecular invaders, wounds, damage to tissue, and other physical stresses to the body. The problem is when it becomes chronic.

Low Level Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation), an Effective Treatment for Chronic Pain

May 29, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
According to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey, 25.3 million people, or 11% of the American population, suffer from chronic pain. It’s a disorder that can affect nearly every aspect of life, and is the number one reason for disability.

Neuropuncture for Anxiety and Depression - A Case Study

May 08, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P
30% of all the people you saw today at work, school, on the bus, walking down the street, on television, and in a magazine are struggling with their mental health, whether it be anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, or PTSD. May 7th-13th is mental health week, and what better than to share a case study of a patient I’ve been working with, a young man who I will refer to as “Ryan”.