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Taking the leap into personal training

When I won the gift certificate for personal training sessions from Jaime last month, I thought “Yes, I’ll be ripped!” Ok, not quite, but I was excited to take on the challenge of getting more fit. I’ve known Jaime through professional connections, so I already knew that he isn’t just training people’s bodies, but getting them mentally fit by learning a little bit about the “whys” of the exercises and why they work.

While I’m no ultra-marathoner, I figured I was at least reasonably fit, as I regularly do yoga and Pilates classes, and occasionally jog, walk and lift weights. (Plus chase after my kids.) So, I was a little surprised when Jaime started me out with remedial back exercises. Apparently, one set of small, but  important, muscles that run along the spine are particularly lazy in my case. Thus, the remedial exercises.

The exercises may already be working. Just last week, after about two weeks training with Jaime, I did my first unassisted headstand in yoga. Granted, I was kicking up against a wall, but I did it without any help. I usually just don’t feel strong enough to be confident that I can make it up with control. After a few tentative tries, I did it almost effortlessly. My remedial course seems to be paying off already.

I’ll be checking back in throughout my training to share some of my successes, my challenges and what I’ve been learning from Jaime.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Yours in fitness,

Hilary

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Common Cold, Influenza, Chinese Medicine, and You

Chinese Medicine possesses a long and rich history in treating infectious diseases.  In fact it’s herbal tradition made some of it’s most significant advances by treating these kinds of problems.  Chinese Medicine therefore has much to offer to help people before, during, and after infection.

 

Historical Precedent

Approximately 220AD there lived a doctor by the name of Zhang Zhong Jing (AKA – Zhang Ji).  During this time, China was ravaged by civil war, and people suffered from crime, poverty, infection and death.  At this time there was also a severe epidemic plague in China were two-thirds of the population were infected, 70% of which died.  Zhang Ji was from a family of over 200 members and they were not fortunate enough to escape fatality from the epidemic.  Zhang Ji was devastated by the widespread losses of his family, as well as the impact the situation had on the community and nation.  He subsequently dedicated his entire life to studying and practicing medicine.

Dr. Zhang’s comprehensive studies resulted in the now classical texts “Shang Han Za Bing Lun” (Discussion of Cold-Induced Disorders) and “Jin Gui Yao Lue” (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet).  These works clearly established relationships among disease, progression, complications, treatment strategies, dosage forms, and herbal formulas.  Dr. Zhang’s work forever changed the practice of Chinese Medicine.  Over 1,700 years after their original publication, his works are still studied as required textbooks in Chinese Medical schools throughout the world.  Many of his formulas are still considered to be the standard herbal treatments for the kind of infectious diseases we still see today.

During  the late 1600’s and throughout the 1700’s a different school of thought developed from Dr. Zhang’s work.  This school was based on theory called “Warm Disease”.  The five medical experts who most significantly influenced the development of Warm Disease theory were Wu You Ke, Ye Tian Shi, Xue Sheng Bai, Wu Ju Tong, and Wang Meng Ying.  These prominent doctors wrote many books on the subject of Warm Disease.  This area of study is now known as Wen Bing Xue (Warm Disease studies).  Their ideas discussed at depth the role of certain infectious factors in the etiology of communicable diseases.

The western medical problems of common cold, influenza, and other bacterial/viral problems (measles, chicken-pox, German measles, poliomyelitis, smallpox, scarlet fever, whooping-cough, meningitis,  glandular fever (mononucleosis), and any non-specific upper-respiratory infection) fall within the study of these two schools of thought.   The major commonality between the two approaches are that they both consider disease a direct result of an invasion of the body by an “external pathogenic factor” (either heat or cold), and that the pathogenic factor then penetrates the body more deeply following  a very specific progression.  The stage of pathogenesis is differentiated by the person’s symptomatology and therefore successful treatment is dependent on correctly identifying the stage the disease is currently presenting at.  The result of this approach is a highly effective method of treating disease, especially that of infectious diseases.  It should be noted that China is currently using this approach with much success to address SARS, Avian Flu, and H1N1 (Swine Flu).

Chinese Medical Treatment Options for Influenza

It is best to categorize treatment options into three different phases.  What works during one phase will be minimally effective in another and in some cases counterproductive.   The three phases can be broken down into Prevention Phase, Initial Exposure Phase, and Advanced Phase.

During the prevention phase, prior to exposure, it is recommended that one support the immune system in order to prevent the virus of a future exposure from forming full attachment.  We are carrying two different herbal formulas to achieve this goal.   One of the formulas is the very popular “Jade Wind Screen Powder”, the other is a modern formulation combining Cordyceps, Astragalus, Reishi Mushroom, and several other Chinese medicinals.  Both formulas are effective for enhancing immune function and increasing energy and vitality.

If exposure is certain or probable, there is a small window of time to try and kill the virus before it has a chance to reach full strength replication.  The incubation period of most influenza is from 1-4 days before symptoms begin and another 1-3 days before replication has reached its peak.  The bottom line is that there are at least 2 days after initial exposure (and up to 3 days after symptoms have begun, as long as symptoms remain mild) to prevent the virus from growing to its full strength.  During this initial exposure phase, the previous two formulas can still be used with good effect, but you can also combine them with additional medicinals to increase chances for quick recovery.  Chang’s Chinese Medicine Wellness Center is carrying several specific formulas for this phase of care.  Properly prescribed herbal formulas will be dependent on the presenting symptomatology.  Formulas during this phase are effective if symptoms are limited to a tickle in the throat, mild lethargy, slight loss of appetite, or body aches, and a pulse rate that is less than 20 BPM over the person’s normal heart rate.

Viral replication reaches peak production within 72 hours after onset of symptoms, and the body’s immune response  is consuming all available resources .  The most characteristic symptoms are racing pulse, high fever, pronounced fatigue/weakness, loss of appetite, and chest discomfort with pronounced or mild cough.  Other, less frequent symptoms can include headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, sinus symptoms, diarrhea, or vomiting.   Treatment during this advanced phase is directed at relieving symptoms, restoring and regulating the body’s immune response, and purging the pathogen out of the lung tissue into the more superficial areas of the body.  As in the previous phase, formulas during this stage of care are prescribed according the presenting symptomatology so as to ensure successful treatment of the disease factor.

In closing, it is important to consider Chinese medicine as a viable method to prevent and also treat the seasonal health problems we experience throughout fall and winter.  With the expected shortages as well as controversial nature of flu vaccinations, we should explore all possibilities to stay healthy and/or prevent illness from becoming more serious in nature.  Chang’s Chinese Medicine Wellness Center carries a complete herbal pharmacy and has stocked up on the most common herbal formulas used to address these types of problems.  Additionally, we are carrying formulas and supplements to boost immunity as a preventative measure during this flu season.  Please contact us at 360-220-1821 for additional information.

Wishing you health and wellness,

Benjamin Chang, DTCM, ADS, L.Ac.

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Tis The Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it has effected me (Jaime Hernandez)  living in Bellingham Wa. 98225.

I have a new found respect for depression and personally  understand  its  effects on motivation and other relationships in our everyday lives.

This article is to all of the people who have not been educated about how to help your self  through this rough seasonal transition.

The first thing is recognize the problem and come to terms with it.  It took me about two years to really figure out what was wrong with my mental attitude. Exercise was how I tried to expunge these feelings of lack of motivation and non-happines. That was a great start to helping me turn my self back around but, was just the beginning to the plan I have had to create to stay in a positive mental state through these northern seasonal changes.

It seems like there are many levels of this disorder and can be as insignificant as a low energy day or as bad as down right manic depression episode.  I generally feel tired, not motivated and nothing I do really makes me happy although I have a lot of things to be happy about.

I would like to talk about five interventions to help with this disorder. Each individual will need to learn how to apply the interventions that they feel they get the most benefit from.

Top five conservative interventions

  1. Exercise
  2. Dawn simulator
  3. Light therapy
  4. Cognitive-behavioral therapy  (new ways of behaving and reacting)
  5. Melatonin(carefully timed supplementation of the hormone)

Number one on the list of interventions is Exercise. Exercise is one of the most health enhancing things that you can do for your body and state of mind. I try to get my cardiovascular exercise done in the middle of the day to break up the stress chemicals. It gives me stress relief and I feel reinvigorated to finish my day. Coming up with an exercise plan for general health can be a daunting task especially if you have special conditions and or previous injury’s. I advise to find a professional fitness specialist to help guide you down this path. www.healthandexerciseprescriptions.com

There are many ways to exercise and each have their specific benefit. I am kinda biased of specific types of exercise to benefit because of my experience in the field of fitness and rehabilitation.  Just like there is no one modality that fits everyone because where are all individuals there will be certain forms of exercise that fit each person. I am going to list 5 of the main points to address  for a complete fitness program. Remember to always start slow and to get a clearance from you medical doctor. If you need help to design a sound exercise program visit www.healthandexerciseprescriptions.com

  1. Cardiovascular ex. running, walking, biking,
  2. Resistance training ex. free weights, machines,exercise bands
  3. Stretching ex. Yoga, general stretching,postural stretching
  4. Nutritional guidance ex.Personal trainer, Diana Schwarbien,sports
  5. Stress reduction Ex. Massage, meditation, art therapy,

Number two on the list of  interventions is the dawn simulator. The dawn simulator is a great tool to help regulate your light cycle.  It helps to  feel less of  the effects of waking up in the dark with an alarm; rather your lamp that is plugged in to the dawn simulator starts to  slowly brighten up the room just like the natural sun rise and you wake slowly and feel more refreshed and awake. Go to http://sunraintime.com/ order yours today!

Number three on the list of  interventions is light therapy. I really think that it is a good idea to attach a full spectrum light to a timer and to turn on after  your sun rise simulator is almost at full brightness.  As you lay there waking up you are getting more intense light. I also have a full spectrum lamp on my desk so when I get to work early I get more full spectrum light.

Number four on the list is cognitive behavioral therapy. I have found that “you really have to change your thinking to change your state of mind.”

A good way to analyze your own behavioral pattern  is to journal it. Think about the things that happened and how you felt. Some times you have to look at your beliefs that are unhelpful and unrealistic and make constructive changes. Also if your subconscious  is programmed with negative thoughts and attachments it is really hard to stay positive. I have created positive affirmations for my self and have attached them in three different locations so that I can read them on a daily basis.

Number five on the list of interventions is Melatonin TherapyWhat is melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone and one of its main relationship is to help regulate your sleep cycle. The body produces the most melatonin in the skin but, there are other organs that make this hormone as well. Lack of light is one of the factors of  low melatonin. I generally take a low dose of melatonin two hours before I go to bed and it is amazing how well I sleep. When you wake up with the dawn simulator it gives you more light earlier than what you would get if you just woke up with the natural winter sunrise.Remember to always consult your primary care physician before starting any supplements.

I hope you have enjoyed the information and find it simple to understand and implement.

Thank you for your time and enegy……Be well

Jaime J. Hernandez

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East Meets West

It often baffles me when I speak with people about their health.  It’s quite common for people to tell me how healthy they are when in fact they are a total mess.  It appears the discrepancy lies within the consensual definition of the word “Health”.  By far, most of my patient’s believe they are healthy when their western medications control their symptoms, or when they lack a clear western medical diagnosis.  This is in no way a reflection of health by Chinese medical standards, so I thought I would write today to clear up the confusion.

In order to comprehend the difference, one needs to understand that Chinese medicine by design is preventative medicine.  Historically one would pay their doctor to keep them well and would not pay them if they fell ill.  Can you imagine our society today if this were still the standard for health care?!!?!  This means that if a Chinese medical doctor wanted to eat, they had to be extremely good at diagnosing problems before they actually manifested and became significant.

What we find today is the polar opposite.  My patients don’t find their way to my clinic until after they already have a western diagnosis.  We have been duped into thinking that it is alright to feel crummy.  We believe it is a part of the aging process.  We think it is normal because most of the people we know suffer from the same problems.  We are in denial that our health is deteriorating at an unacceptable rate.  We have accepted our poor health because no health care practitioner has been able to treat the condition successfully and we have been told that we will just have to live with it.  Let me be the one to tell you – WAKE UP!  You do not have to continue down the path you are on.  It is fully within your abilities to take control of your health.  You can be proactive and make dietary and lifestyle changes to be significantly more healthy.  You do not have to suffer from a western medical diagnosis to benefit from Chinese medicine.  You do not have to be “sick” to feel better.

Chinese medicine views health in a radically different way than western medicine.  Optimal health means that you sleep well at night- you fall asleep easily, you don’t wake up, and when you arise in the morning you are well rested, energized, and ready for your day;  you have excellent digestion – your appetite is neither excessive or poor, when you eat you don’t have belching/gas/indigestion/acid reflux/heartburn, you have regular bowel movements everyday and they should be easy and well-formed without blood/mucus/undigested food;  you are emotionally balanced – you don’t suffer from too much anger/irritability/frustration/anxiety/sadness/fear, you adapt to stress well and are rooted, centered, and balanced; and you are not suffering from pain anywhere at anytime, in any part of your body; and the list keeps going on and on.  If you can read this and confidently say that have optimal health than congratulations – your one of the very few out there and whatever you are doing, keep doing it.  If you read this and see yourself in the description, then I invite you to contact my clinic for a complimentary 15 minute consultation.  I would be more than happy to talk to you about your specific health concerns and how I might be able to help you.

Yours in health,

Benjamin Chang, DTCM, ADS, L.Ac.

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About Talk show Host Jaime Hernandez and Benjamin Chang

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Complementary care centers and practitioners

“Exponentially better health care”

Jaime Hernandez

Health and Exercise Prescriptions

 http://www.healthandexerciseprescriptions.com

Personal health coach Jaime J. Hernandez is the founder of Health and Exercise Prescriptions and complementary care centers and practitioners. Jaime (pronounced hi-may) has been in the health industry for ten years, and has seen many different approaches to health and fitness. His personal philosophy is that we should treat the body as a whole. All body systems are integrated and communicate on some level to keep them in a state of homeostasis or balance.

He began his journey into the health industry by working at Twenty-Four Hour Fitness in Spokane, Washington, where he acquired a personal training certification (APEX) and later a certification in personal training with nutritional planning.

Jaime has three other certifications; The International Fitness Professional Association certification (IFPA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association certification ( NSCA-CPT ).His most current certification is The Medical Exercise Specialist (MES)by the American Academy of Fitness Post Rehab Professionals. Post rehab is the development and implementation of fitness programs that will enhance functional capabilities for those who have special conditions or previous injuries.

Jaime also worked at the Bellingham Back and Neck Clinic for two and a half years as a physical therapist aide. It has been valuable for him to have the influence and perspective of both approaches(D.C./P.T.) to musculoskeletal manipulation.

Jaime has worked with hundreds of people, ranging from the ages of 9 to 82, with a variety of health issues. His goal is to help the people of this community take charge of their health with education and proper instruction, to tailor a health promotion program that is clear and complete. This enables the individual to experience a true health transformation. herbalapothecary@hotmail.com

Benjamin Chang

Chang’s Chinese Medicine Wellness Center

http://www.changschinesemedicine.com

Chang’s Apothecary started a small retail herb store and acupuncture clinic in Bellingham, Washington.  I opened the shop in 2002 after realizing that there was no local source for our community’s Chinese Herbal needs. Although there were many Chinese Medicine practitioners in the area, there was no traditional herb shop where one could just browse or speak with a qualified professional without an appointment or treatment fee.  Since that time we have grown into a busy Chinese Medicine clinic and recently incorporated under the name Chang’s Chinese Medicine Wellness Center, P.S.

I was introduced to the world of Chinese Medicine at an early age by my father, Hui Chong Chang, MSAOM, L.Ac., MD.  I can recall the strange smell of raw herbs in my father’s study, along with his many books, models, and diagrams related to Chinese Medicine.  For many years this practice was very mysterious to me and I had no real interest in learning what it was all about.  To me it just was some eccentric thing my dad practiced and that was about all I cared to know.

Fortunately, after obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University, Chinese Medicine found me.  I say “found me” because I certainly wasn’t looking for it; my life’s path just seemed to guide me in that direction.  It was so strange to suddenly realize that all of my many lifelong interests seemed to fit so perfectly with Chinese Medicine and that it had been right under my nose for so long!

I soon began studying with my father, sitting in on his treatments, making his patient’s prescriptions and thus Chang’s Apothecary was born.  I later pursued a formal education at Shang Hai Traditional Chinese Medicine College of British Columbia and after completing an accelerated program, I obtained a “Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine” in 2005.

Some of my teachers have included my father – Hui Chong Chang, MSAOM, L.Ac., MD; Richard Teh-Fu Tan, L.Ac., OMD, Jimmy Wei-Yen Chang, L.Ac., Sharon Weizenbaum, L.Ac., Sky Liu, BS, Ph.D., NMD, DTCM; Bill Tang, BS, DTCM; Namsup Jo, MBA, DTCM; Bill Hardman, DTCM; Les Moncrieff, Acupuncture Detox Specialist, DTCM; Art Baner, LMP, Certified Yang Style Instructor; Shu Shung-Teng, Master Herbalist, DTCM; David Song, Tui Na Specialist, DTCM.

Chinese Medicine is such a beautiful art as it engenders so many different disciplines to create a complete system of health and healing.  It is dear passion of mine and I am honored to share it with you.

 

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Health and exercise prescriptions clients and what they have to say.

Well … what I have learned is that in Business you can talk about your self and your business all day long, but, it’s actually the people who you have Business  contact with and your clients that are your proof in your  pudding.

I want to introduce my new clients anonymously … so you can get some perspective of what it feels like to make that move toward health and their individual experience.

Get a real perspective on how to gain health and sustain it.

Their accounts are real and Their own perspectives.

Thank you for joining Health and Exercise Prescriptions on the information journey. We will give you real and current information.

If you need to contact us for questions, comments, or concerns please contact us at healthybellingham.com or healthybellingham@hotmail.com, 360-223-3696

Jaime Joe Hernandez Owner of Health and exercise prescriptions.

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About Health and exercise prescriptions

Jaime J. Hernandez -Medical Exercise Specialist, NSCA-CPT

Personal health coach Jaime J. Hernandez is the founder of Health and Exercise Prescriptions. Jaime (pronounced hi-may) has been in the health industry for eleven years, and has seen many different approaches to health and fitness. His personal philosophy is that we should treat the body as a whole. All body systems are integrated and communicate on some level to keep them in a state of homeostasis or balance.

He began his journey into the health industry by working at Twenty-Four Hour Fitness in Spokane, Washington, where he acquired a personal training certification (APEX) and later a certification in personal training with nutritional planning.

Jaime has three other certifications; The International Fitness Professional Association certification (IFPA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association certification ( NSCA-CPT ).His most current certification is The Medical Exercise Specialist (MES)by the American Academy of Fitness Post Rehab Professionals. Post rehab is the development and implementation of fitness programs that will enhance functional capabilities for those who have special conditions or previous injuries.

Jaime also worked at the Bellingham Back and Neck Clinic for two and a half years as a physical therapist aide. It has been valuable for him to have the influence and perspective of both approaches(D.C./P.T.) to musculoskeletal manipulation.

Jaime has worked with hundreds of people, ranging from the ages of 9 to 82, with a variety of health issues. His goal is to help the people of this community take charge of their health with education and proper instruction, to tailor a health promotion program that is clear and complete. This enables the individual to experience a “true health transformation”.

What We Offer

Health And Exercise Prescriptions offers an individually tailored health program, using a holistic approach, to maximally increase your health and vitality.

We begin with a full assessment of your vitals, injuries, flexibility, core strength, cardiovascular health, muscular endurance muscle strength and nutrient choices. We use this needs analysis to formulate an exercise and food guidance program that will bring your entire body to a more equal state of health in the quickest and safest manner.

These programs usually consist of core strengthening and free weight training with us, a prescription for cardio exercise, daily stretches, and nutritional suggestions. We monitor your progress and alter the program regularly to match your changing health level and physical capacity.

Having an individually tailored program will prevent you from wasting time and effort doing workouts that will achieve minimal results. You could exercise for hours and not lose any body fat or gain any muscle. Sadly, many people cause actual damage to their body by working out incorrectly.

By working one on one with us, you can rest assured that you will be doing the most effective exercises to reach your goal as quickly as possible. Let our expertise maximize your workout!

We guarantee results! We see our programs work time and again on individuals 82 years of age to younger adults with a wide variety of injures in the lower back, shoulders, knees, hips and health problems ranging from hypertension, arthritis, hyperlipidemia, obesity, heart attack, and stroke to name a few.

You are a valuable investment!

Change your life today! Call and schedule an appointment. Phone: 360-223-3696