Healthy Concepts

Your mind, the computer behind your personal experience, can contribute to your youthful energy and looks. Or it can age you.

In the 1980s, Candace Pert, PhD., a research scientist sought to uncover how neuropeptides such as serotonin process and affect the body. The result was that a new area of study developed from her research and is called psychoneuroimmunology. Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of how a person’s psychological processes interact with the nervous and immune systems of human body. Psychoneuroimmunology is the basis for understanding how stress and the stress response "flips switches" for health and/or disease in our cellular structure.

In her book, "Molecules of Emotion," Pert explains how our physiology responds to our thoughts and especially our emotions. The effect our emotions have on our body can induce systemic health or disease. For example, the stress hormones when secreted for short periods of time to address difficult situations will enhance health but if the stress response becomes chronic, disease can be induced in the mind body. It manifests differently in each person. The data resulting from psychoneuroimmunology research shows us that when we regulate our stress response we can positively impact our health.

Therefore, the key (in addition to a whole-food eating plan and good physical exercise regime) is a healthy mental/emotional approach to life and life’s challenges so stress and the resultant neuropeptides and inflammation response become less chronic and homeostasis (balance) is more constant.

Here are a few simple ways to engage your mind to keep you young. Please share these with the people you love who might also be in need of some help in managing their stress response:

Consistently remind yourself that yes, you can! (accomplish or overcome whatever challenge or goal) If you don’t know how you can do it, get in touch with someone who can show you how.

When driving, review the positive things in your life and/or the positive things you are going to accomplish today, this week, this month, etc.

As you fall asleep, reflect on the positive experiences of the day.

Begin a gratitude journal; write down 10 things you are grateful for each day.

As you fall asleep, when you are driving or at times when you are in-between projects repeat to yourself, "Every day in every way I’m getting healthier and happier" or "Every day in every way my energy is balanced and healthy."

Read about adults older than you who are accomplishing great things; there are many older, active and simply incredible scientists, athletes, doctors and "regular" people in the news all the time. Read about them and see yourself as being their age and as vital as they are, engaged and active.

Experience happiness a few times a day, whether it is viewing something beautiful like flowers, enjoying a child’s company, smiling at someone, or listening to a comedian, etc.

Each time you experience any of these things, you balance stress. Your body will secrete the neuropeptides designed to support good health and wellness which help the brain stay young and the body, too! We can, from time to time, begin to shift away from chronic stress and discomfort to health and vitality — health and vitality now will support you in aging gracefully, keeping you as young as you can be!

Patricia "Trish" Poole, CH, EFT-CC helps adults and children remember their gift and live it using a powerful combination of hypnosis, EFT and energy work. She offers training in EFT for parents to help their children move past fears and limitations to live their highest potential. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by calling 920-819-3774 or visiting http://www.patriciampoole.com.

An "under-recognized epidemic" is how Dr. John Starling, III describes the issue of skin cancer in the United States. Each day the board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon with Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin diagnoses and treats an increasing number of patients with the disease.

Starling references a study published in the March 2010 issue of the "Archives of Dermatology," which reports that more than 2 million Americans were treated for 3.5 million non-melanoma skin cancers (mostly basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) in 2006. The study, which counted skin cancer removals among Medicare recipients and estimated cases in the rest of the population, found twice as many of the cancers as a 1994 study. The latest study also found that skin cancer removals in Medicare patients increased 4 percent a year from 1992 to 2006.

"That is striking and significant," Starling says. "Procedures from 2002 to 2006 increased by 16 percent alone. It’s a dramatic increase with more people being affected."

Dr. Kevan Lewis, a dermatologist and Mohs micrographic skin surgeon with Dermatology Associates, agrees.

"All dermatologists are experiencing an increase in the rate of skin cancer and that has a lot to do with cumulative lifetime sun exposure, before we knew about the importance of sunscreen," Lewis says. "Lots of people got plenty of sunshine throughout their lives and then it catches up to them, unfortunately."

Simply put, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often a result of sun exposure, according to information from the Mayo Clinic. There are three major types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of skin that is most often exposed to the sun — the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, for example, but it can also develop in places the sun doesn’t touch. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate and anyone can get it, but people with fair skin, light-colored eyes and blonde or red hair are at increased risk as are those with a family history of the disease.

The best way to reduce the risk of contracting skin cancer is to limit sun exposure or, more specifically, UV radiation (a side effect of tanning beds). You can do this by avoiding the sun during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). If you do go out during those times, you should wear protective clothing including a hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

While that’s all well and good, and people are better educated about the subject today than just a few years ago, the fact remains that with skin cancer what you [didn’t] know can hurt you.

"You can’t do much about the sun exposure you got as a kid," Lewis says. "The damage has already been done."

That’s where the doctors at Dermatology Associates come in. Lewis and Starling both practice at a new state-of-the-art facility at 2351 State Road 44, Oshkosh. It’s one of 11 Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin facilities which has 6 of only 16 American College of Mohs Surgery fellowship-trained surgeons in the state. Developed in the early 1940s by Dr. Frederick E. Mohs at the University of Wisconsin, it is an extremely accurate method of removing skin cancer and has a cure rate above 99 percent, as compared to a cure rate of 85 to 92 percent for standard skin cancer surgery.

The technique, which is done on an outpatient basis, involves removing one layer of tissue at a time, processing and viewing it under the microscope in real time while the patient waits. The surgeon reprocesses the tissue layer by layer until he or she is sure all the cancerous tissue is removed.

"So when we’re working on an area of the body where conservation of tissue is important, such as the nose or eye, taking a small amount of tissue is better for the patient," Lewis says. "The second advantage of this technique is that we’re able to do all this while the patient waits which differs from a surgical setting where tissue is removed, the patient is stitched up and then sent home to wait for the pathology results.

"We know if the tissue is positive or negative in the moment and the patient is cancer free in that location when they walk out the door."

The second step is to reconstruct the wound in the most cosmetically appealing way possible.

"Once the healing process is complete, patients often report that people can’t tell where they’ve had surgery done because the incision lines have healed so well," Lewis adds.

"The low recurrence rate and functional repairs are what distinguishes us," Starling adds. "This is a place where things are being done in the right way, where we put patients first. It’s world class."

The Warning Signs of Melanoma

It’s important to know your skin well and to recognize any changes in the moles on your body. Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma. If you see one or more, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately.

Asymmetry: If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.

Border: The border is uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

Color: A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or another color.

Diameter: Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of a pencil eraser (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

Evolving: Any change - in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.

Courtesy: The Skin Cancer Foundation

No need to travel to Milwaukee or Chicago to experience the natural beauty of a botanical garden. You’ll find a wonderful exhibit right here in our backyard at Green Bay Botanical Garden. Since 1996, the Garden’s 47 acres of display gardens and natural areas have captured the beauty of Northeastern Wisconsin’s four distinct and wonderful seasons.

The origin of botanical gardens dates back to medieval times when "physic gardens" were used to grow herbs for medicinal use. In fact, the history of such gardens in Europe goes back to Aristotle’s time, when he is said to have had a physic garden for educational purposes and for the study of botany.

The gardens of the 16th century were mostly for academic study, thus they spread to universities throughout Europe. The University of Oxford botanic garden was the first garden established in the United Kingdom in 1621 with a mission to promote learning and the glory of god, according to Botanic Gardens Conservation International.

Their purpose today is one of research, education and conservation. Worldwide, they have flourished. There are currently 1775 botanic gardens and arboreta in 148 countries around the world, with about 400 in Europe, 200 in North America, 150 in Russia.1

As one of the 200 gardens in North America, Green Bay Botanical Garden has a mission to stimulate an appreciation for and an understanding of the world of horticulture and the enduring relationships between plants and people. Through its volunteers and staff, they serve people of all ages by providing year-round educational and recreational experiences within an environment that enriches, inspires and refreshes.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, they invite you to enjoy the Garden for free on Saturday, Sept. 11. The day’s events include an Art Harvest Art Sale, a B.A.D. Buds Daylily Sale, Green & Gold Hosta Society Sale, Wild Ones Native Plant Sale and the N.E.W. Rose Society Rose Show. The festivities also include entertainment, food and refreshments.

Green Bay Botanical Garden is located at 2600 Larsen Road. For directions or to learn more, you can visit their website at http://www.gbbg.org or call 920-490-9457.

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome is native to Southeastern Asia. Known as the golden spice, or the spice of life, turmeric has been held sacred and used medicinally in India for 4,000 to 6,000 years. Turmeric is the base component in many culinary spice blends, specifically curry powder. It has a distinctive taste and orange-yellow color.

Medicinally, turmeric is the latest rage antioxidant in the news, on a list of many. An antioxidant’s primary qualities are reducing inflammation and being able to clean up free radical damage (abnormal cells). Essentially, you need to put out the fire of inflammation before you can heal. That is the reason that any herb with anti-inflammatory properties can benefit many conditions.

Curcumin (Curcuminoids) is the most active pharmacological agent in turmeric. Extensive research over the past 50 years has indicated that curcumin may be helpful in a wide variety of conditions. Turmeric is also high in Vitamin A, and many minerals including silicon and magnesium.

The German Commission E, a governmental regulatory agency, approves turmeric for the internal treatment of indigestion. The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP) recommends turmeric for digestive disturbances and minor liver dysfunction.

Turmeric has antiseptic and wound healing properties. Other properties of this incredible herb are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumor, anti-parasitic and hepato-protective.

Clinical studies show that curcuminoids may be beneficial for certain types of cancers, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatism, eczema and Alzheimer’s Disease. Other promising turmeric studies involve combinations of herbs. A combination of Oregon grape root and turmeric can be helpful in releasing and cleansing the liver. Boswellia with turmeric showed significant results for osteoarthritis of the knee. Research also demonstrates that when turmeric is taken with black pepper or long pepper (piperine) the bio-availability is enhanced.

There are a few contraindications with turmeric. Do not take during pregnancy or if you have bile duct obstruction or gallstones. If you are taking anti-platelet or anti-coagulant drugs for blood thinning do not take turmeric. A typical daily dose of dried turmeric is .3-.5 grams. Higher doses could be used for acute inflammation.

Pakistani Curry

2 T. coconut oil or ghee

1 clove garlic

1 tsp. grated ginger

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. turmeric

2 tsp. cumin

1 lb. mushrooms

1 ½ lbs. potatoes (cubed to 2 inch)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 ½ cups frozen peas

2 med. tomatoes, chopped

4 eggs

1/4 cup green onions, minced

Heat oil in large pan and sauté garlic and ginger. Add chili powder, turmeric, and cumin. Cook one minute, add mushrooms, potatoes, salt, peas, and tomatoes. Cover and cook 25 minutes or until potatoes soften. Break eggs over top of vegetables. Cover and cook 10 minutes until eggs are done. Sprinkle with scallions. Serve with apple sauce and maybe some whole grain bread for a complete meal.

SOURCES: Herbalgram - The Journal of the American Botanical Council - #84; Nutritional Herbology - Mark Pederson; Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions - Francis Brinker, ND; The World’s Healthiest Foods - WHFOODS.ORG.

Cheryl Hosmer owns Simply Herbs, 216 W. North Water St., New London. A Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP), she is also a Naturopath through Trinity College and a Certified Biofeedback Specialist. For more information on items and services offered, visit http://www.simplyherbs.net or call 920-982-0805 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It has been estimated that one student taking a disposable lunch to school every day will create 45 to 90 pounds of garbage per year. That’s more than your kindergartener weighs! It can be a challenge to switch to a more healthful and sustainable lifestyle, but the benefits are worth giving it a try. Children who eat well experience less fatigue, have more energy and have better concentration. While it can be daunting to do a complete overhaul, try making changes a little bit at a time beginning with your child’s school lunch.

Be sure you and your child have the best tools for the job. Start by choosing an eco-friendly lunchbox, which can be found online or at many local retailers like Just Act Natural in downtown Appleton. If your child is involved in choosing the lunchbox, they will be much more apt to want to use it.

Also, don’t forget the water bottle. Water is essential for your child throughout the day. Be sure to talk with your child’s teacher about their access to water in the classroom.

Then, put your lunch plan into action. Every week, before grocery shopping, come up with a family menu for lunches. Let your child help plan what they will be having for the week. Don’t forget that most local farmers markets are in full swing until the end of October. When you get home, have your child help you pre-pack all their snacks for the week. For example, if you purchase a large bag of baby carrots, have your child create 5 small reusable containers with 6-8 carrots in each. This way they will be ready to toss into your child’s lunchbox each night. Not only are you doing something as a family, but your child’s involvement will encourage him to eat and enjoy the foods you pack.

A few lunch suggestions to get you on your way:

Instead of white bread try a whole wheat tortilla or a multigrain bagel.

Beware of the sugar hiding in flavored milk and juice.

Instead of deli meat in a sandwich, which is very high in sodium, try left-over roasted chicken or a hard-boiled egg.

Be positive about lunchtime changes and don’t forget to be a good role model!

Alissa Brooks and Melissa Andersson are co-owners of Growing Our Future LLC, an environmental preschool in Neenah. For more information, visit them at http://www.growingourfutureneenah.com.

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1 T. olive oil

1/4 c. parmesan cheese

1 c. low fat cottage cheese

1 medium tomato, seeded, chopped

1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

6 eggs 

Instructions:

Beat eggs in a bowl with basil and oregano. Stir in cottage cheese and half of the parmesan.

In a large skillet, add oil and sauté tomato and zucchini until zucchini is lightly browned. Pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Cook over med-low heat until eggs are set, about 15 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Difficulty: Easy | Portion: 4 Servings

Calories 231

Total Fat 14g

Saturated Fat 4g

Cholesterol 327mg

Sodium 432mg

Total Carbohydrates 6g

Dietary Fiber 1g

Protein 20g

For those of us who exercise, we’ve all reached them at one point: plateaus. Simply stated, a plateau is being stuck in a rut making minimal progress or, even worse, regressing from the results we are desperately seeking. This can be a very frustrating period of time that seems to linger longer than we want because we work out and put forth the time needed to improve the health and wellbeing of our bodies. A week seems like a year and a month seems like an eternity.

So what do we do about it? How do we get through this phase when our bodies just do not want to respond? There is hope and it does not mean you need to change who you are like a bodybuilder trying to be an ice skater, or a marathon runner trying to be a power lifter. Breaking through plateaus means tweaking the course of action you are currently taking by altering what you do and how you do it.

Remember, fitness is a life-long journey, meaning that is OK to go through some ups and downs. It is not always easy, but it will always be worth it. The following are five tips you can use at any time to help bust through ruts and be on your way to increasing strength, elevating cardiovascular performance and developing the body you want.

Change your intensity levels: Whether you are weight lifting or doing cardio, changing the intensity of your program will help build new muscle and improve heart function. You can accomplish this by increasing the number of reps, decreasing rest time between sets, performing exercises back to back, increasing the elevation on your treadmill, running/jogging in a different environment or increasing your speed. Your body will receive that "jolt" from the new intensity and adapt accordingly.

Reverse the order of exercises: Starting with the same type of exercise or same body part is a sure way to induce boredom. Simply changing the order will force different muscles to engage at different times. The rule of thumb is to work your largest muscle group first and then end with the smallest. Flipping this around will feel different and more challenging, thus making you work harder. The result is more strength and size because of the increased workload needed to perform the exercise. 

Interval train: This is popular for cardiovascular work, but can also be implemented for weight training as well. If you are doing one type of cardio exercise, try one or two more within the same program and split the time for each, or switch back and forth for a pre-determined number of minutes. You can also add a few minutes of cardio within your weight lifting routine between exercises. This helps burn more calories and provides a complete workout in less time.

Negatives: How many times are you in the gym lifting those weights without thinking how fast you are going? Most likely you are in and out as fast as you can because you’re on a tight schedule. I understand. On the heels of that, you can increase strength by forcing your muscles to engage longer each rep you do. The typical concentric/eccentric contraction time (lifting/lowering) is two seconds positive (concentric) and four seconds negative (eccentric). You gain the most strength in the negative portion of the lift. Now add a few more seconds on the negative using a spotter or increase the load and focus just on negatives. By doing this, you force more muscle fiber recruitment, thus resulting in more muscle breakdown. In the end, your body responds by increasing the strength of the muscle so the next time it’s ready to handle a heavier load.

Hire a boss: Hire a professional such as a degreed and certified trainer that knows all the intricacies of what to do and when to implement these techniques. A qualified trainer will know this because this is their profession and true passion. Having been in this business for over 12 years, it is my philosophy to help you improve your body and teach you what it takes so that down the road you have a better understanding of how your body works and what it takes to achieve long-term success. If you are stuck and truly want to learn how to get out of a plateau of any kind, this is best way for you.

These five tips are the most effective ways to achieve the results you are striving for. There are many others out there and in some cases equally effective. The bottom line to breaking out of a plateau is to change something about what you are currently doing. Also, be smart about how you approach it because with any new change, injury is one false step away. Stay safe and be smart.

Jimmy Fitness (Jimmy Young), C.S.C.S., is a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With more than 12 years of experience, he is also the author of three e-books: "Fitness Tips-N-Tricks," "25 Wacky Ways to Improve Balance and Coordination" and "Functional Nutrition 101," along with a DVD called "Gym-E-Trainer Strength Training Exercise Guide." For more information, visit http://www.myfitbodysolution.com or call 920-422-1082.

Quartz crystals have stood the test of time in many cultures and historically have been used for a variety of purposes. They are the master of all minerals, especially in the metaphysical world.

Various formations are created over time and offer different properties and attributes. (As noted in last month’s article, a more complete overview of quartz crystals is available.) Quartz is the ultimate in channeling energy and, depending upon the formation and an individual’s vibration, quartz may aid in other endeavors.

Here are a few formations of quartz crystals and their properties:

The Double Terminated crystal has two terminations or points, one on each end. This is a more powerful formation as it projects energy outward from both ends or in both directions simultaneously. They are great for dreaming, astral projection, mediation, maintaining your personal energy shield and healing. The double terminated specimen pictured has two added formations, which make this piece even more coveted. It has both a bridge crystal and barnacle formation.

A Bridge is a formation which has another crystal growing from the inside of the main crystal protruding out. Barnacles are "mini-crystals" on the outside surface which have grown on to the main formation.

Bridge crystal’s function is to create "bridges" between two things. They bridge the inner and outer worlds; the self and other beings on the planet, as well as the self and other worlds; and assist in surgery recovery. The bridge is most effective in teaching and communicating ideas to one’s students. It aids greatly in manifestation during meditation.

Barnacle crystals can help create productive meditations when focusing on the family or problems in the community, as they stimulate unity. They also aid in the grieving process, helping move through the loss of a loved one. And they can be used to both stimulate the body and mind.

The Window showing in the photo on the previous page is a "perfect window." This will enhance mediations. It helps to aid the seeker in discovery and move through the gates to access knowledge. It gives access to one’s guides during meditation as well.

The Record Keeper is a triangle inside the crystal points. There are also striations or horizontal lines that form on tabby or tabular crystals, which are also record keepers. Record keepers give access to the Akashi Records, the records of all mystical knowledge on this planet and in the cosmos. Rubbing up and down on the striations will activate the crystal’s access to the records.

These are just a few of the many formations of quartz crystals and their attributes. For more information we recommend "Love Is In The Earth — the Crystal and Mineral Encyclopedia" by Melody. This is the most complete book available on the subject.

Jesse Martinez and Jane Hamilton own Mystical Earth Gallery, 907 Oregon St., Oshkosh. For more information visit http://www.mysticalearthgallery.com or call 920-231-0907.

Acupressure has been called "acupuncture without needles." Just like acupuncture, acupressure is based on the Oriental concept of "Qi" (pronounced chee) or essential life force flowing through invisible channels in the body called "meridians." A person’s health is influenced by the flow of Qi in their body. Disruptions can occur when this flow is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted but the free flow of Qi throughout the meridians produces harmony and good health. Acupuncture points are specific locations, usually found by locating anatomical landmarks, where the meridians come to the surface of the skin. Acupuncture uses very fine needles at the points to influence the flow of Qi whereas acupressure uses the fingers or something blunt, such as the eraser on the end of a pencil, to press these points. When the points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.

General directions for applying acupressure:

Use deep firm pressure to massage every point.

Usually acupressure points are more sensitive than the surrounding area.

Massage duration can vary from just a few seconds to a few minutes. Massage the point until numbing feeling is produced.

When applying deep pressure the point may hurt initially. In this case reduce the pressure to a "comfortably" painful level and keep massaging. Increase the pressure as the initial painful sensation begins to subside.

Acupressure should not be used: as the only treatment for illness; if you have a heart condition; if the point is under a mole, wart, varicose vein, abrasion, bruise, cut, or any break in the skin; or if you are pregnant (until you get the advice of your acupuncturist) because some points may cause premature contractions.

Some of the more common acupuncture points useful in acupressure are described below. This list is by no means all inclusive since there are several hundred known acupuncture points on the meridians and an unlimited number of points known as ahshi points. "Ahshi" roughly translates as "ouch" because they are points of local tenderness found on palpation which are not necessarily located on any meridian. Notice that the list identifies the point by the common numbering system used in acupuncture and the translation of the Chinese name for the point is also given. Sometimes these often poetic names can give a clue as to the location or functional use of the point.

Governing Vessel 20 (Hundred Meetings or Magnificent Canopy) Location:

On the midline of the head, approximately 5 inches above the front hair line, or generally found on the midpoint of the line connecting the apexes of the ears. Benefits: Relieves headaches and dizziness, stabilizes blood pressure, clears the mind.

Gall Bladder 20 (Wind Pool or Gates of Consciousness) Location:

Below the base of the skull, in the hollows on both sides, two to three inches apart depending on the size of the head. Benefits: Relieves headaches, head congestion, neck pain, and irritability.

Gall Bladder 21 (Shoulder Well) Location:

On the highest point of the shoulder, 2-3" from the side of the neck. Benefits: Relieves headache with neck and shoulder pain. Caution: Do not use while pregnant - may cause premature contractions.

Pericardium 6 (Branch Ditch or Inner Pass) Location:

With hand palm side up, at the centerline of your forearm in between the two tendons, two thumb widths up (towards your elbow) from the wrist crease. Benefits: Nausea, indigestion, motion sickness. Note: This point is safe to treat morning sickness during pregnancy.

Heart 7 (Spirit Gate) Location:

On the ulna end of the transverse crease of the wrist, in the small depression between the pisiform and ulna bones. Benefits: Calms the mind, relieves insomnia, eases anxiety and reduces heart palpitations.

Large Intestine 4 (Union Valley) Location:

In the webbing between the thumb and index finger at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index finger are brought close together. Benefits: Relieves arthritis, constipation, headaches, toothaches, shoulder pain and labor pain. Caution: Do not use while pregnant - may cause premature contractions.

Large Intestine 11 (Pool at the Crook) Location:

On the upper edge of the elbow crease. Benefits: Strengthens immune system, relieves fever, constipation and elbow pain.

Kidney 27 (Elegant Mansion or Shu Mansion) Location:

In the depression directly below the protrusions of the collar bone. Benefits: Strengthens the immune system, relieves chest congestion, coughing and anxiety.

Conception Vessel 17 (Sea of Tranquility) Location:

On the center of the breast bone three thumb widths up from the base of the bone. Benefits: Relieves anxiety, boosts the immune system.

Conception Vessel 12 (Middle Cavity or Central Venter) Location:

On the mid-line of the abdomen, approximately 4" above the navel. Benefit: Relieves gastric pain.

Stomach 36 (Leg Three Miles) Location:

Four finger widths below the kneecap, one finger width to the outside of the shin bone. If you are on the correct spot, a muscle should flex as you move your foot up and down. Benefits: Strengthens the whole body, especially the immune system. Aids digestion and relieves fatigue.

Liver 3 (Great Rushing) Location:

On the top of the foot, in the valley between the big toe and the second toe. Benefits: Boosts the immune system, relieves fainting, eye fatigue and headaches.

Kidney 1 (Gushing Spring) Location:

On the sole of the foot, between the second and third metatarsal bones, one-third the distance from the webs of the toes to the heel. Benefits: Calms restlessness, relieves headache, anxiety and insomnia.

It is advisable to receive acupuncture first so that you may ask your acupuncturist for recommendations of points appropriate for your condition that you could then self-administer. By learning how to stimulate your own acupressure points, you can relieve minor or moderate symptoms, and possibly reduce the need for nonprescription drugs.

James Rodowca L.Ac., MSOM is a licensed acupuncturist in private practice at Acupuncture One, W6905 Parkview Drive, Suite A, Greenville. For more information about acupuncture, visit http://www.acupunctureone.com or call 920-757-9887.

If I had to choose one overriding principle to help you on the road to financial success it would be to spend less than you earn.

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Yet there are many people out there burying themselves in debt (spending more than they earn) or living purely paycheck to paycheck (spending exactly what they earn).

Simply spending less than you earn has so many positive effects. It’s certainly worth the disciplined effort needed to be successful.

First, you begin eliminating your debts. Spending less than you earn frees up the money you need to make larger payments on your debts. Over time, they begin to disappear, reducing your monthly bills and giving you even more breathing room.

Second, you begin to save. You’ll build up some cash savings in your savings account, enabling you to roll through emergencies (like a car breakdown or a job loss). You’ll also have the breathing room to start saving for retirement, paving yourself a great future for your golden years.

Third, your stress level falls. Knowing that you have fewer debts, your emergencies are covered, and your retirement is being planned for reduces your stress level. You sleep better, your overall health improves and you feel happier about life.

Finally, you are able to explore possibilities closed to you before. When your debts are gone and you are spending far less than you’re bringing in, you suddenly have many more career possibilities. You don’t have to stick with your high-stress job – you have the financial freedom to move on and chase your dreams. You can live where – and how – you want to live.

Here are four big ways to get started:

First, go through every monthly required bill. Ask yourself if you really need that service at all. Then, go through each bill and see if there are any optional services you can eliminate.

Second, keep diligent track of your spending. Keep a notebook in your pocket and write down every expense you have. The simple process of doing this will make you think twice about unnecessary expenses. When you do have a month’s worth of expenses written down, take a careful look at them. Ask yourself whether or not each of these expenses actually contributed to the value and joy of your life. That process will offer a lot of insight for you as to where your spending is going to waste.

Third, look carefully at your routines. Watch what you do every day (or most days). Are there things you do each day that cost money? Those things are the most powerful ones to adjust, as trimming just $1 from your daily spending saves you $365 a year. Look at every regular expense you have.

Finally, do some one-time energy improvements around your home. Replace some of your light bulbs with CFLs and LEDs. Install a programmable thermostat. Air seal your home. Blanket your water heater. Install Smart Strips to reduce electricity use. These tactics will cut down your energy bill significantly, directly reducing your bills.

Keep this principle in mind: spend less than you earn. Each move you make to maximize the gap between what you earn and what you spend will put you in a better place in your life.

Charles Schmalz is president of East Wisconsin Savings Bank, with locations throughout the Fox Valley. For more information, visit http://www.eastwis.com.

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