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NADA’s AcuDetox for D&A Abstinence
Rural Vets Seek Homemaker Benefit
Alternative Health Benefits for Vets
Gluten Part 3- Herbs
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NADA’s AcuDetox for D&A Abstinence

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (www.acudetox.com) certifies an ear acupuncture protocol to support drug & alcohol abstinence. This protocol, which is based in psychosocial & biological science and Chinese medical theory, is well researched as a non-verbal, pharmaceutical-free, and barrier-free approach to behavioral health.
 
Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, NY) was the first to eliminate the use of pharmaceuticals during in-patient acute detoxification when the NADA protocol was made available on-demand 24-hours a day.

Rural Vets Seek Homemaker Benefit

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Standard Medical Benefits Package includes Homemakers / Home Health Aides (H/HHA). H/HHAs help Veterans remain living safely in their own home alone, and/or allow respite for their existing caregivers.Are rural  Vets falling through the cracks as far as access to this benefit?

Eligible Vets qualify for the H/HHA benefit if s/he has infirmity of old age; or s/he may be of any age with an illness, injury or disability. The service can last for a few weeks or months, or indefinitely.

Alternative Health Benefits for Vets

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA) is one of the biggest researchers, and supporters of alternative non-drug therapies for pain management, and mental health. The DVA ranks the evidence as "good quality" that non-drug therapies may be helpful in the management of acute or chronic post-traumatic spectrum disorders (PTSD), stress & distress, drug & alcohol addiction and more. Many Veterans are not aware of the alternative health programs available to them, nor what these programs entail.

Winterizing Liver, Kidney & Lung

For the people who are thinking about doing a Liver cleanse now...WAIT a few months!  Winter is actually the time to nourish the Chinese kidney [water element], which is the mother of Liver [wood element] inpreparationfor a spring-cleaning. According to Chinese medicine, Liver [wood element] detoxification is best done in Spring when the body is climatically receptive to cold, bitter & draining cleansing medicinals. So how does one support the Liver now in Winter? By supporting its mother the Kidney, and its grandmother the Lungs.

Type 2 Diabetes: Foods, Herbs, Supplements

Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.  
It is hopeful that combining Western research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the overall morbidity associated with the disease.
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