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Stress Management, Acupuncture, and Weight Loss: Dr. Oz Discusses Techniques to Reduce Stress and Acupuncture

In the Dr. Oz show, Dr. Oz discussed how stress is a silent epidemic in America and how viewers can manage their stress. He also helped one viewer decide on necessary lifestyle changes and discussed how acupuncture can help with weight loss.

Epidemic of Stress and How to Reduce Stress

Dr. Oz reported that stress is targeting women in an alarming rate, and one half of all Americans have had their stress levels increase in the past five years. With the state of the economy, it’s evident that people need to learn stress management techniques. Dr. Oz reported that the top five cities in the United States with the highest levels of stress are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland and Detroit. Chronic stress can increase heart disease, arthritis and depression and decrease a person’s life expectancy. A person’s organs are impacted by the release of cortisol due to chronic stress.

One of the doctors on the show recommended that everyone practice SELF care every day to reduce stress. The main components of SELF are serenity, exercise, love, and food. Dr. Oz completed an experiment with one viewer to see how stress was impacting her body and health. He found that the viewer had hypertension and needed immediate ways to manage stress. Dr. Oz reported that people can reduce their stress by doing four things:

  • Removing caffeine from one’s diet
  • Removing excess sugar from one’s diet
  • Eating foods with vitamin C to combat cortisol
  • Increasing endorphins by exercising, meditating, practicing yoga, and taking deep breaths

Viewer Makes Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Oz helped one viewer who was eating about two and a half pounds of saturated fat per week learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The viewer reported that he was afraid of having a heart attack or stroke and he wanted to live to see his grandchildren grow up. He was experiencing pain on a daily basis due to his weight and diabetes. Dr. Oz challenged this viewer to eat a vegetarian diet for three weeks and reintroduce meat back into his diet on the fourth week. The viewer accepted the challenge.

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Dr. Oz had an acupuncture specialist on the show to discuss the correlation between weight loss and acupuncture. The specialist reported that acupuncture stimulates specific points of the body and the brain. He reported that someone would have to complete a series of about ten treatments of acupuncture before seeing weight loss benefits. He also stated that acupuncture can help with joint pain, headaches, and insomnia.

Dr. Oz discussed how chronic stress impacts a person’s health and how to manage stress on a daily basis, how one viewer was ruining his health, and the correlation between weight loss and acupuncture.

Dogs and Acupuncture: A New Form of Medicine for Dogs

Acupuncture methods have been used on humans for thousands of years. The art of acupuncture medicine came from the Chinese civilization. They established a medical practice that included herbs, diet, exercise, massage, the use of animal parts, as well as acupuncture. The Chinese believed that acupuncture maintained and restored the balance between the body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture Used in Veterinarian Care

The traditional Chinese form of medicine known as acupuncture is now being used by veterinarians on dogs. It is recognized by the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the World Health Organization as a valid treatment in veterinarian care.

The acupuncture treatment consists of a series of fine needles inserted into the body to stimulate good health. It works on the principle that the body organs, which may be disturbed by injury or disease, can be restored through the insertion of these fine needles to promote life energy. The needles are inserted at points along the meridian or energy path and stimulate the energy to renew the body.

Dogs Benefit from Acupuncture

Acupuncture for dogs is believed to strengthen immune systems and help to relieve pain. It is also a means of improving the functions of the dog’s organs. It is used for a variety of dog ailments, including muscles and skeletal abnormalities, reproductive problems, neurological illness, skin disease, arthritis (with movement) and is believed to be helpful in improving athletic performance. It also is believed to help with paralysis, asthma, gastro-intestinal problems and pain.

Acupuncture Procedures

The fine needles inserted into the animal’s body is quite painless as long as the dog is relaxed. The acupuncturist first palpitates the dog’s body to find the meridians. As he massages, he looks for areas of weakness, stiffness and tenderness. The vet then inserts the needles as the dog simply lies on the table (or the floor). In some instances, an assistant will feed the dog treats and talk gently to him while the procedure is going on.

Other methods of stimulation may be used in conjunction with the acupuncture treatments and may include pressure treatments, application of heat, injections of very small amounts of sterile saline or vitamin solutions, or exposure to monochromatic red light. Electrical stimulation may also be used. The average acupuncture treatment lasts about 12 minutes.

In some instance just one treatment can help with simple ailments that the dog may have, but more complex problems may require repeated treatments. It is not unusual for a more complex problem to require weekly treatments to resolve. In some major instances, treatments may be performed 2-3 times per week.

In most cases the dog will not really even feel the needles. Very fine needles are used to minimize any sensation the pet might feel. Many times dog owner’s report that the dog appears to be quite relaxed after the needles have been inserted. It is often noted that the dog seems sleepy or lethargic. This is related to the endorphins (or the body’s natural opiates) that are released during the treatments.

Veterinarian Care

A complete physical examination must be performed by the dog’s veterinarian prior to acupuncture treatment. After examination the regular vet will send the medical information on to the qualified animal acupuncturist.

Acupuncture for dogs should not be used as an alternative to their regular care. In many cases it is used in conjunction with regular medical treatments and medication.

Life Coaching: To Niche or Not To Niche

So many coaches start out wanting to be the ‘everything coach’ to everyone. This is a mistake, although heartfelt, the potential client is going to most likely take one look at your message and run the other way. It is best to think about what would be of benefit to both coach and client alike.

What Not to Do as a Coach

The worst thing a coach can do is pack their website or brochure with statements about themselves, or a boasting message about their education and credentials.

What to Do?

Research other websites presented by coaches in the desired field of interest. Know who to market to by narrowing down choices after carefully reviewing the findings.

This is where careful decisions must be made about who to market to, and whether to niche or not. The standard rule of thumb taught in many coaching schools is that the more focused the niche the easier it is for clients who resonate to decide to enroll in future coaching sessions.

Make sure that research is done ahead of time to know who would be a best match so that clients are clear about what is being offered when looking at your website. Make a list of the pros and cons, what is desired and what is not.

Once that list is narrowed down, research again on the chosen target market and ask the questions:

Where do these folks congregate?

What is the main desire of my prospective clients?

How can these desires be met?

Learn to fulfill these desires and include them on the main form of advertisements (website, brochures and in conversation).

For example: “What is it that people want out of relationships?” Answer this question on the same page in the website by stating someting such as, “Learn to having loving relationships” or “Balancing a job and a relationship can be difficult, but learning how to focus on love is essential for any couple to flourish.”

Write the tag line (catchy line to sum up what will be offered to this target market). Once it is understood what the target market needs, it is easy to create the tag line message to relate to prospective clients.

Create a Tagline:

Target Market: Pregnant moms with toddlers

Needs of the Pregnant moms: Want to know how to balance life when pregnant and with toddlers in the home

Tag line sample: “This company (name goes here) empowers pregnant moms to balance personal and family life.” Research shows that when a niche is well thought out, narrowed down and targeting a prospective sample of the population, business booms. So to answer the question, to niche or not to niche, becomes clear. Every coach should have a Life Coach too! Enroll in a Life Coach session to jump start your life in a whole new and exciting direction. Or take a mini course in Life Coaching through Holistic Healers Academy.

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