How to get your daily Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an important vitamin that our body needs for it’s daily functions. One of the easiest ways for our bodies to obtain vitamin D is via the sun’s rays. The sun produces both UVA and UVB rays, it is the UVB rays that form vitamin D in the skin, while UVA rays break down vitamin D, causes aging of the skin, and can be cancerous. The proper amount of UVB rays for vitamin D production is when the sun’s angle is 50% or more, as the short UVB rays cannot penetrate the atmosphere. A good website to find the sun’s angle at a specific time of day and season is here: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/AltAz.php . It is also a good idea to not attempt to gain vitamin D from the sun through a glass window or clouds, as the UVB rays cannot properly pass through the glass or clouds, while UVA rays that are longer in wave length can easily pass through the glass or clouds. Vitamin D is a necessary vitamin for the body, so check the sun’s angle and catch some rays for your daily vitamin D.
Some additional tips:
- Get the most vitamin D out of exposure to the sun by avoiding washing the skin with soap for 2 days. It is hypothesized that the sebum in the skin contains a large part of the vitamin D formed in the skin.
- Protect the skin from the damaging effects UVA radiation by taking astaxanthin, broccoli seed extract, Vitamin C, and drink plenty of water.
- If you cannot get vitamin D from the sun, take by mouth practitioner grade vitamin D or slather on practitioner grade vitamin D cream (don’t wash it off for 48 hours). Topical vitamin D is also wonderful for speeding the healing of already closed wounds (however, never apply non-sterile Vitamin D to open wounds) .
In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a health
insurance reform law intended to ensure access to quality and
affordable health insurance for all Americans. Starting in 2014, most
health plans will be required to offer a comprehensive package of
items and services to patients, known as “essential health benefits”
(EHB). Under the new law, EHB must cover certain specific services
including emergency services, maternity and newborn care, prescription
drugs as well as preventive and wellness services, among others.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently
accepting input regarding their approach to establishing EHBs. A
strong public show of support for acupuncture as an essential health
benefit will be noticed by policymakers and may lay a solid foundation
for future federal acupuncture services recognition.
To allow everyone access to this effective medicine, we need your help
by signing the petition indicated in the link below.
Please send it to all of your friends and family. We need to have
acupuncture available to everyone!
Thank you for signing the petition and spreading the word!
Stephen Little AP, Dipl AP, lmt
Little Acupuncture Weston, FL
Our acupuncture clinic treats fertility issues in both men and women.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a long history of benefiting fertility in many ways.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. A 2002 German study found significantly higher conception rates (42.5% vs. 26.3%) when acupuncture was used with IVF. More recently, two studies published in May 2006, showed that acupuncture can improve IVF success rates. First, in Germany, 225 women undergoing in vitro fertilization participated in a study. Of these, 116 patients received luteal phase (the phase after ovulation) acupuncture according to the principles of TCM and 109 people received a standard protocol of acupuncture. The treatment group using TCM principles had a significantly higher clinical pregnancy rate than the placebo group (33.6% vs. 15.6% respectively). Second, a Denmark study published at the same time examined the effect of acupuncture received on the day of embryo transfer vs. no acupuncture, and they also found a significant increase in pregnancy rates (39% vs. 26%). The researchers concluded that acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer improved the outcome of IVF. A third study published at the same time found the results too small to be considered clinically significant but these researchers also concluded that acupuncture was safe for women undergoing IVF.
Studies have found that regular treatments significantly improve sperm counts and motility (the strength with which the sperm swim). In a study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2005, researchers analyzed sperm samples from men with infertility of unknown cause before and after acupuncture treatments. They found that acupuncture was associated with fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm.
The best time to begin preparing your body for a baby is at least three months prior to conception or an IVF cycle. While that is the time to begin acupuncture treatments, we understand that most couples wait until they are actively trying to conceive. It is recommended to received at least twice weekly treatments until a positive pregnancy test is obtained, and once a week for the first trimester to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Studies with the greatest success rates included a minimum of 9 treatments. We suggest a minimum of 12 treatments (possibly more if patient was on birth-control prior) .
Benefits for women:
- Improves uterine lining
- Increases blood flow to the uterus
- Regulation of hormones
- Reduction of stress associated with fertility issues
- Improved function of ovaries
- Increased conception with/without ART
- Increased live birth rates
- Decreased rates of ectopic pregnancies
- Improvement in semen quality and quantity
- Reduction of stress and improve well being