Why You Should Cleanse & Detox

Posted on June 6, 2014. Filed under: Allergies, cleanse, Depression, detox, Healing, Health, Pain, Uncategorized, Weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

bigstock-Sad-woman-get-abdomen-pain-aft-35464244By Dr. Greg Steiner
CA Acupuncture & Chiropractic Clinic

Cleansing & detoxing seem to be all the rage these days.  There are 2, 5, 7, 10, or even 21 day cleansing programs available that promise to clean out all those harmful toxins that are currently ravaging your body and wreaking havoc on your immune system.  But if you think about it, our body is seemingly bombarded on a daily basis from toxins we get from water, household cleaners, air pollution, chemicals, food additives and the list goes on and on.  Some of these things become neurotoxins in our systems and impair proper nerve function, cause tremors, lack of sleep, inability to focus, unexplained weight gain, etc… Or they can become hormone disruptors, interfering with testosterone or estrogen.  What these neurotoxins & hormone disruptors do is block or disrupt normal metabolism.  They build up within your system and the effect can be cumulative.

What happens if you’re toxic?

The two organs most affected are usually the kidneys and the liver.  The liver is the metabolic powerplant, but a lot of these toxins get stored in the fat as well.  When you go on a diet to lose weight and detox yourself, some of these toxins can still be released into your system and be metabolized or even remetabolized in the body.  If they get into the liver, metabolic pathways may not function optimally.

These symptoms can be very broad and vague with headaches, muscle pain, body odors, or fatigue. Sometimes it’s hard to nail down exactly the issue, but you know you just don’t feel right.  In my own practice, I’ve seen many people vigorously & diligently clean up their diet, use a detox regimen along with drinking lots of water, allowed a little bit of time (patience being a key ingredient in this process), go through almost miraculous changes.  They feel a whole lot better and many have been able to minimize the medications they’re on and in some cases even come off of them.


How do I benefit from doing this?


Detoxification  is a lot about supporting organ function while minimizing exposure.  When you support the kidneys and liver and give them a rest from exposure to toxins or even regular food,  the theory is that your body will work to get rid of the garbage in your system and allow itself to recover and heal.  The real benefit is that while going through your “cleansing & detox” process, the herbs, clean “green” type drinks, and ample supply of water you drink help create the bridge over to living a better lifestyle afterwards.  Cravings for caffeine, sugar, and salty foods become greatly reduced, energy increases, and even your attitude towards exercise and staying healthy becomes predominately positive!

Be sure to do your “due diligence” in research when you start a cleanse/detox.  There is no magic drink or pill.  You’ve got to combine the program with the right type of nutrition for optimal success.


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Our Environment and Health

Posted on March 28, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Depression, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

~by Dr. Greg Steiner

What surrounds us affects how we feel, and how we feel affects our health.  When push comes to shove; environmental health is a subset of stress management. Environmental health, in its most common usage, concerns itself with toxicities which ‘poison’ the body, and ergonomics, which is the study of how  our bodies do what they do at work when sitting at desks, operating machines, or making the motions required of work.

One of the first things any doctor or nurse learns is the basics of how the body regulates itself towards health.  The fancy word for this is homeostasis. One example is how our bodies regulate our temperature to 98.6 degrees no matter what happens to it. However, it’s more accurate to say that our bodies attempt to regulate our temperature to 98.6 depending on whether its infected, its hormones are working as a team, its properly hydrated, and whether its dressed appropriate to the environment outside.

Eastern medicine and naturopathic Western medicine both put a great emphasis on how the person interacts with their environment. Western medicine does emphasize this to some degree, all depending on the exact discipline and the practitioner himself.  But Western medicine can also look at a person like an experimental variable, more like a statistical or laboratory problem than a living, changing, ‘inexact’ being constantly influenced by an ever-changing environment.

Both approaches have their uses and abuses – for promoting good, general health the naturalistic way is hard to beat- good food, rest, exercise, ‘natural’ remedies if needed,  which are usually easy on the body and have few side effects. The downside is that sometimes, whatever is wrong with a person is just too much for that person’s own repair system to fix without substantial help.  In this situation, naturalistic remedies may just not be strong enough. For the most part, good health practices help healing overall, even when a stronger intervention is required.

Modern medicine can and does provide those stronger remedies, but at times the weakness is that some doctors see the patient as a ‘lab rat’ in a laboratory setting, as though the patient were a specimen living in a fully predictable and fully controlled environment, or perhaps as an engineering problem needing correction. In orthopedic surgery this approach is largely true – if a knee is worn out,  it needs to be replaced, but the story doesn’t end there. Even with a new knee, the ‘person’ needs to recover, strengthen, feel good internally, and do everything possible to help their overall body heal itself.

The real key though, is how a person feels about their environment. However, in this context we’re not speaking of everyday ‘feeling’, but a deep interpretation and gut-level love-hate, like-dislike of their physical and social environment.  I speak of that  place deep inside where we know the unvarnished truth about ourselves and what we really like, fear, hate, and love. This ‘place’ is a combination of thought, interpretation of events, self-judgment, and habitual feelings whether good and bad.

The point is this – it’s in that place, largely dependent on our overall environment and our reactions to it that creates the hormones that create health, or destroy it.

Eastern medicine continues to put a strong emphasis on the person-environment interaction; if that dynamic is out of balance, it acts to restore it with acupuncture, herbs, and good health practices.

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The Beautiful, The Ugly, and Your Health Effected

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Children, Chiropractic, Depression, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

~By Dr. Greg Steiner

Maybe it’s because I was once studying to be an anthropologist; maybe it’s because I earned a master’s in psychology; or could be because I once spent two years living out of a backpack while traveling abroad; or even maybe it’s because I spent 30 years in serious study of martial arts and its allied healing disciplines. But whatever the cause, it is more than probably true that when I speak of  “health” I have something quite “other” in mind than what generally passes for the definition of that term.

Maybe once again the study of all those things created a different point of view – surely today, in our global culture of digits, widgets, and social engineering we live in the time of the specialist, in which each person, employee, and department within an organization has its own special and unique function, and shall perform none other. Quite a change from the time of Da Vinci, in which the person of distinction was to be a man of letters, of science, of art, of philosophy – and he or she would probably be quite a horseman and traveler to boot – in other words, the exemplary “Renaissance Man”.

Such a contrast today, in which “The Expert” is the path we travel. I see it in my own field – specialists for this, for that – probably soon we will have to see two different specialists – one for the right ear and another for the left!

A famous author of cutting edge science fiction – Robert Heinlein – once said: “Specialization is for insects.”

Keeping this backdrop in mind, a great part of my clinical life is invested in helping people regain energy and handle chronic stress. The usual Western way is to medicate, medicate – and while it can help calm the sick feeling in the stomach or quiet the heart palpitations, it does nothing to address the real issues behind the stress which sucks the enjoyment of living from so many educated and accomplished people.

Let’s abruptly jump tracks for a minute.  A few days ago I did an interesting “experiment” in which I compared the plot, characters, and speed of old black and white television shows with what I see today. If I said I was shocked, I would be understating by a huge margin.

What I was shocked by wasn’t the language, the inappropriate situations, or the seemingly mandatory inclusion of increasingly graphic sex, glorified violence and new-normal Machiavellian skullduggery, lies and treachery  in “just another day at the office.”  What shocked me were the portrayals of functional – yes, functional(!) families with violence as part of the story and not for gore effects; and the unfolding story development over the entire episode, without all the shaking ADHD camera angles and quick cuts (now shown to hard-wire young children’s brains into ADD, instant gratification processors). Nobody messed with anyone else’s husband or wife, either.

While all that touches on psychology, anthropology, and a bit of physiology – we may ask, “What is your point?”   Well, whatt is easy to see in music, art, and expressive media in probably any period up to but not including the recent is a valuation and attempt to seek or express many things, but most of all “Beauty”.  While “The Beautiful” is a big word and idea, seeing and feeling it in those pre-24/7, constantly-switched-on songs, shows, stories and paintings tells a tale all its own, and the tale it tells is the people who created  those expressions of visual and performing arts valued beauty over ugliness. And apparently the culture of the day liked that, because those were the big shows, big songs and esteemed works of art.

Enter satellite 1000 channels; creeper shows, stalker shows, dysfunctional real housewives, treacherous big brother houses, not to mention cyber bullying and no-holds-barred politics  – all for daily consumption. Of course as Solomon once stated, “There is nothing new under the sun,” but what has changed are the percentages of relative exposure to beauty and ugliness, and the desirability of each. It’s almost as if natural beauty, harmony, and balance are new-normed as worthy of ridicule, and a near-worship of distorted, manufactured “ugliness-as-beauty” is currently the way.

Don’t think there aren’t serious and lasting effects on your health depending on what you and your family have long-term exposure to……

Continued next issue.

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