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Medical Detective Work: How I Finally Discovered the Cause of my Back Pain

Sep 07, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
For nearly 4 years I would wake up in excruciating pain every few months. It would come in seemingly random bouts, in either my left or right (and sometimes even both) SI joints. It would affect my ability to walk, sleep, think, and take care of myself. The pain would gradually lessen over the span of a few weeks only to rear its ugly head again in 3-4 months.

PCOS Case Study: Pregnant Naturally After 2 failed IVF Cycles

Aug 28, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Tanya came to see me in April after having two failed IVF transfers with one resulting in a disappointing chemical pregnancy. Tanya had typical PCOS signs with an irregular and absent period. She also had fatigue, constant bloating, food cravings, mild depression, hirsutism, poor sleep quality, and cystic acne.

Guide to Sugar #6: How to Quit Sugar

Aug 22, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
At last we come to the last article in the Guide to Sugar series! How to quit sugar.

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

Aug 15, 2018 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
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, FABORM
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, FABORM
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, FABORM
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, FABORM
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, FABORM
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, FABORM
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.