Increasing Allergies to Bee Stings

Over the years more and more people are becoming allergic to bee stings. In Traditional Chinese Medicine a bee sting is called Toxic Heat. Many people's idea or way to prevent bee stings is to spray their yard with pesticides so that there are no flowering weeds to attract the bees. Many businesses spray pesticides all around their business property so that none of their clients get stung by a bee and decides to sue the business.  

But what no one is realizing is that pesticides are Toxic Heat also.  And the pesticides build up in your body over time which will increase your allergic reactions.  I am going to use an analogy or parable to explain this:

So if a metal worker/machinist is in his garage/shop grinding a piece of metal, then sparks will be flying off the grinding wheel and going all over the place.  Most of the mechanics or machinists that I have known keep their garage/shop cleaner than their house because of these sparks.  Usually their cement floor is swept clean and everything including tools, parts, and supplies are put away in cupboards or at least far away in a corner so these things are not any where near the sparks that are flying out from the grinding wheel.  So these sparks can be thrown off of the grinding wheel all day long but when the sparks land on the clean cement floor nothing happens. There is no reaction. 

But if the  work bench and the floor are covered in kerosene, oil, diesel fuel, and garbage such as paper and sawdust, well then when the sparks hit this highly flammable mess the sparks instantly ignite the oils and fuels and paper junk and the whole entire place goes up in flames. 

In this little parable the bee stings are the sparks and the pesticides that build up in the body are the kerosene, oil and fuel and junk laying around that easily ignites. 

Pesticides started being used in 1944, slowly at first and then increasing over the years. Now people are spraying their lawns with it.  Pesticides are sprayed on the football fields, the school playgrounds, the parks, along the edges of sidewalks. These pesticides get into the water and is Not able to be filtered out by the Water Sewage Treatment Plants.  It seeps into people's wells. A lot of people are of the misconception that if they live out in the country around farms and fields that their air is cleaner and their water is safer.  Not so. Almost all farmers nowadays spray their fields several times throughout the year, and all of those pesticides, herbicides and fungicides seep through the soil into your well water.  Also the pesticide sprays can drift for miles through the air, killing the neighbors vegetable gardens and forcing you to breathe it into your lungs. I know people who live out in the country around these corn and soil fields who have lung disease even though they have never smoked a cigarette. 

A few of my customers this past year told me that their dog started having seizures and acting funny and then died after the fields near their homes were sprayed.  Well if it can affect a dog then it can affect humans also. 

So to protect myself and my family I got a water filter, the best kind being a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter in order to get all those chemicals out of my drinking water.  And I keep all my doors and windows shut in the spring and the fall which is when the farmers are spraying the most.

  They spray the ground before they plant in order to kill any weeds that grew over the winter.  And they spray several times throughout the summer with Roundup. And then they spray the harshest nastiest most horrific chemicals such Dicamba mixed with other things in order to kill their crop in September to make it dry up quickly so they can harvest it early and get paid sooner.  It is horrible logic but if you look out your window or watch as you are driving somewhere you can plainly see them out there spraying during all these times.  Also close to 60% of the corn and soy is fed to cows, pigs and chickens because it makes them gain weight quickly (it does the same thing to humans), and so these pesticides also end up in the cow milk and beef, pork, chicken and eggs.  So we are getting exposed to pesticides at every possible turn.  Oh, and I forgot to mention how much pesticides are sprayed on potatoes, tomatoes, cotton(used to make some tampons and also fed to cows) and other fruits and vegetables.  

All of these Toxic chemicals build up inside our bodies just like the gasoline or diesel fuel and junk paper laying all around in a garage just waiting for one little spark to come along and ignite it.  Those bee stings are that spark. So is bad emotions.  So it is important to do everything you possibly can to eliminate these Toxic Heat pesticides from your life as much as possible. Stop spraying your yard.  Get a petition to stop spraying the school playground. And even though you might have been told that these chemicals dissipate in 24 hours, just know that that is so not true. These pesticides have tested positive in water and soil months and even a year after the last spray.  These pesticides have been tested positive in baby formulas, milk, beer, tampons, and almost every food you can imagine.  So try to buy products that are as organic as possible.  And it would really help to look for a Non-GMO label, since GMO's are made to be resistant to pesticides so that the farmers can spray the fields more often without it dying. 

Growing your own vegetables and raising your own chickens would be beneficial, but then you have to be careful what kind of feed you are feeding to them because most of the Chicken Feed Grains are full of pesticides.  Look into Totally Natural farming.  And for those people who can not raise your own then when buying meat at the store try to look for labels that say grass fed or pasture raised. It may cost a little more money but it is worth it in the long run if it is healthier for you. Also you have the option to cut back on the amount of meat and animal products that you eat.  You do need some meat, but most Americans just plain eat way too much meat. 

All of these little thing add up to making a difference in the severity of your allergies to Bees and other things like grass, and food allergies.  And you have the option to take your health one step further by looking up the detoxifying effects of dandelion root.

Why Sunflowers?

Several of my customers have asked me why I named my business after Sunflowers.  Well, I like the way sunflowers look. They are big and bright. I remember as a kid driving past this one field of sunflowers. I was always in awe and wonder at how big these "flowers" could get. Also it left me in awe and wonder at the fact that they can turn their big heads to face the sun no matter what time of day it is. That proves to me that these plants have more life or intelligence to them than what people give any plant credit for. 

The other reason I chose sunflowers is because I eat quite a lot of Sunflower seeds. In fact I order them in 25 pound bags from the local organic herbal store.  Sunflowers are a main food staple for myself and my family. You see, I, and some other members of my family, cannot eat wheat, or oats, or anything with gluten. In fact we avoid most grains including corn and most rice.  I used to think my issue was a gluten intolerance. It started with severe depression and anxiety and eventually turned into very painful IBS.  But then why do I also have a problem with most things rice or corn?  And most things in the store that are Gluten-Free in the grocery store are made with soy, which also adversely affects me, or corn and rice.

After much talking with Naturopathic Doctors, as well as doing my own research, I learned about Genetically Modified Crops and the horrifying amount of pesticides that are sprayed on those genetically modified crops. It's enough to kill an elephant! Literally. There is no nice way to put it- what they have done to the wheat, corn, soy, and more recently- rice and peanuts, is absolutely EVIL!

If you look online, there are some medical doctors who are beginning to think that Celiac disease and Gluten Intolerance may not actually be caused by the actual grains but by the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are dumped all over those crops in an ever increasing amount. 

But Sunflowers have so far escaped the raping of their DNA and the toxic poisoning by pesticides because they are a little different. The chemicals that are sprayed on the previously mentioned crops would kill a sunflower very quickly. The Sunflower is a touchy plant. So the farmers who grow Sunflowers usually only spray the field just before planting the seeds into the soil, and then they leave them alone for the entire rest of the season. This is what was explained to me by a local sunflower grower.  

So I buy the raw, already hulled Sunflower seeds, and then I grind them into flour to make cake, or cookies, or pie crust. It tastes really good! I even make my own cereal with them sometimes.  The first time I baked a cake with sunflower seeds, the inside of the cake was green! It really surprised me. But when I took that first bite, Oh My Goodness! It was the most amazing flavor! I never tasted any cake before in my life that tasted that good.  By doing some research I found out that sunflower seeds have a lot more minerals in them than other grains. The sunflower roots go down into the soil 20 or 30 feet so they are picking up way more nutrients. This is the reason for the green color in my cake.

So yes, sunflowers do make me happy. Anything that I can eat without suffering bad side effects from, makes me very happy.

 

The Importance of Yin and Yang in our Food Affects our Bodies and our World

                                            The Importance of Yin and Yang in our Food Affects our Bodies and our World, Happy Sunflower Acupuncture in Wooster, OH

The Importance of Yin and Yang within ourselves and the world around us can best be understood if we first understand what Yin and Yang are. Within Traditional Chinese Medicine Yin and Yang are used to describe the important balance of everything around us, and within us. 

In the symbol above, Yin is the dark portion. Yin represents all things feminine, soft, cool and dark, such as night time, winter, and water. Yin also represents sleep, resting and digesting, calm and quiet. Yin is also the earth's ability to support and bring forth life from the soil, just as women support and bring forth new life in babies.  

Yang is the light/ white part of the symbol above. Yang is basically everything masculine, loud, fast, aggressive, hot, summer, day time, work and activity.The sun is considered Yang while the moon is Yin. 

In nature we see Yin and Yang balancing itself always. Night always turns into day and then day turns into night. Summer fades into winter which eventually gives way to spring and then becomes summer again. These cycles are continuous forever and ever. You cannot have one without the other. The oceans and lakes are Yin and are held in by land which is more Yang than water. 

These same cycles are very important within our human bodies also. Each night we must sleep and rest, Yin activity, in order to support having enough Yang energy to do all the work that needs to be done the next day. But the Yang energy is important within our bodies to keep us warm and to gather food so that we can then nourish our Yin. Eating food gives us Yin first to support our internal organs which then supports our external muscles to do Yang activities. Basically if our Lungs and Heart are not supported with enough Yin nutrition, then we will not have the Yang energy to do things like run, work, jump and play.

Soil also has a lot of Yin which gives it the ability to bring forth vegetation. The dirt itself has many many different minerals which will get absorbed by the growing plants. But there is also living bacteria and organisms within the soil such as earth worms and even certain types of fungus which actually helps the growing plants to stay healthy and be able to absorb water and nutrients better. All of these little organisms or microbes within the soil are Yin. Their job is absolutely essential to the health of the growing plants. The sunshine is Yang which combines with the Yin of the soil that has been sucked up into the plant, ie minerals, and this perfect combination helps to support and grow the little plant. As the plant grows, the growth rate is a Yang activity. 

Many health articles talk about how some of our modern health problems come from the soil getting depleted of minerals. While there may be some truth to that, I believe it is more of an imbalance between Yin and Yang in modern farming practices. Pesticides are extremely Yang. Pesticides are Toxic Heat. Pesticides are designed to do one thing- Kill. Pesticides kill all of the much needed little microbes that are in the soil supporting the plants. Pesticides kill the earth worms, and any bacteria and fungus that actually help the plants to absorb nutrients better. That means that the crops are not able to absorb as much of the minerals in the soil.  Then the farmer dumps on a bunch of synthetic fertilizers that are primarily 3 main ingredients: Nitrate, Phosphorous, and Potassium. There is a little bit of ammonia and sulfur in the mixture , but the Nitrate, Phosphorous, and Potassium are in very large unnatural quantities so that is mostly all that the plant sucks up. This does cause the plant to grow very large very fast, which most people think is a good thing. It is not! 

When the plants grow that  fast, which is a very Yang activity, then they don't have time to put roots down deeper into the soil to be able to absorb all the other micronutrients that they would naturally have absorbed. The fruit may be bigger but it has less nutritional value. I have noticed with grapes, apples, and tomatoes, the bigger they are then the less flavor they have. Flavor comes from vitamins that are only created by all the little micronutrients that got left behind when the plant was forced into superfast accelerated growth mode. 

And then since we humans eat these crops that are deficient in micronutrients, then we have become mineral deficient and vitamin deficient. This contributes to weak bones and joints, as well as learning disabilities in children who are trying to grow but there is not enough minerals and vitamins to support their developing brain. 

Also the pesticides that were sprayed on the plants then leave residue that stays in or on the plant permanently. These pesticides are Toxic Heat. Then when we eat these foods with pesticides on them, then that goes into our bodies and causes Toxic Heat in us. And since the Liver is the first organ to try to filter toxins out of our blood, then most of these toxic pesticides build up in the Liver which causes Toxic Heat in the Liver. In Traditional Chinese Medicine one of the biggest symptoms of Toxic Heat in the Liver is Anger.  What do we see an increased amount of in today's society?  Anger!  People everywhere, young and old, rich and poor are experiencing anger themselves or violent situations with severely angry people that is causing death and destruction within our schools and our homes  and our society nationwide. There is way too much Yang in our food and in our world today and not anywhere near enough Yin. 

Yin is representative of night time, sleep, calm. Yin is also representative of all the little micronutrients and trace minerals that a plant would normally absorb from the soil. Yin is also representative of the Probiotics that are the healthy supportive bacteria in our gut.  These micronutrients, trace minerals, and good bacteria are vitally important to our health and without it, then we don't sleep, relax, focus or calm down very well. We need Yin nutrients to be able to engage in Yin activities like sleeping, calming our minds, and even digesting food.

So let's do away with the excessive Yang synthetic fertilizers, and completely get rid of the Severely Yang Toxic Heat pesticides, and allow the plants to grow at a slower rate and be able to absorb all the Yin micronutrients. Let's return to organic farming the way my parents farm did it when we spread good old fashioned manure on the fields every winter so that it was blended into the soil in the spring. That was our fertilizer and it worked extremely well. It is a better balance of Yin and Yang and respecting the cycle of nature. I believe there would be a lot less health problems and violence problems if we grow our food the way God intended it to grow by allowing the plants to absorb all the Yin that is needed to support life. 

All of our modern methods have created a severely Yang world. The laws of the universe require that everything must always be in balance.  That means that when things get too far out of balance in one direction, then the universe will eventually turn it back on itself in the opposite direction, sometimes by violent means in order to rebalance the whole system. We humans should try to fix our system before the earth fixes it for us.

Half Priced Acupuncture Treatments on AOM Day!

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day was initially commemorated on October 24, 2002 and has been celebrated annually by acupuncturists across the United States since then. This day has been designed to help the general public become aware of the many health promoting possibilities available through Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Many people are turning to Acupuncture to help find relief of pain without medications. Also Acupuncture can help people find balance in their life, even if they don't have a specific physical complaint. 

I am offering 50% off all Acupuncture treatments on Wednesday, October 24, from 9 am to 4 pm. Please stop in and try it. Walk-ins welcome on this day only.  Referrals are not needed.  

Massages for $1/ minute

by Therese Byrne LAc, LMT

Sometimes when I say the name of my business, Happy Sunflower Acupuncture, people often think of needles first and don't always think of massage. I was a licensed Massage Therapist for several years before I decided to go back to school for acupuncture.  I graduated from Laurel Highlands Therapeutic Academy in 2009, in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, and received my Massage Therapy License in Pennsylvania in 2009.  I was trained in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage, and Prenatal Massage.  Later when I moved to Ohio to begin the Acupuncture Program at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus Ohio, then I decided that I wanted to stay in Ohio and got my Massage Therapy License from the Ohio State Medical Board.

I charge $1 a minute for my massages no matter what kind of massage you are getting whether you are getting a Prenatal Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, or a Sports Massage. 

Now that the weather is turning colder it is a good time to get in for a nice Therapeutic Massage to help those aches and pains that seem to be a little worse in the winter time.  Come on in and see if Massage Therapy can help you feel better!

See ya soon,

Therese Byrne LAc, LMT

Welcome to Happy Sunflower Acupuncture!

by Therese Byrne LAc, LMT

I am on a journey of Healing, as I believe we all are.  I have improved my life tremendously thanks to alternative medicine.  After discovering how much alternative therapies helped me and my family, I decided that I wanted to give back by sharing with others what was shared with me.  So a number of years ago I went back to school to finish my undergraduate credits at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and then got accepted into the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.  After three years of hard work studying Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture and all that goes with that, including Tuina, and Cupping, I graduated in December of 2016, and attained my Acupuncture License from the Ohio Medical State Board. I had previously earned my Massage Therapy License so that was a great addition to acupuncture. 

Feel free to call with inquiries.  I would be happy to answer questions about my services or schedule an appointment for you. 

Wishing you the best health life has to offer,

Therese Byrne, LAc, LMT