Episode #159: Here’s Exactly What To Expect If You Try Acupuncture.

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In this August 17, 2011 free audio episodeExactly what to expect if you try acupuncture, exercise and diet during Ramadan, the HCG Diet, running with a labrum tear, training with hypothyroidism, how fast should your feet move when you run, is too much Vitamin E dangerous, how chainrings work on your bike, and what kind of diet do I eat?

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Featured Topic: Here's Exactly What To Expect If You Try Acupuncture.

In this featured topic, I speak with Dr. Jerry Bailey, who practices acupuncture at Lakeside Holistic Health in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho.

Dr. Bailey is an Acupuncturist, Functional Nutritionist and Chiropractic Physician, and has a diverse clinical practice. His focus is on wellness from prenatal to elder care, and covers all aspects of family practice in the holistic realm of the healing arts. Dr. Bailey uses acupuncture, nutritional guidance, functional metabolic testing, blood and hormone testing, herbal medicine, exercise guidance, weight loss management, detoxification and chiropractic to aid the patient in recovery and wellness. Pain management with all these aspects is a specialty within his practice.

Dr. Jerry and I go way beyond a simple discussion of acupuncture, and delve into some amazing things you didn't know could happen to your body during acupuncture.

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Patrick has a call-in question about Ramadan, and how to exercise during the Ramadan diet.

Mary asks: I am curious what your opinion is on the HCG diet? Is it hype? Can you still train hard while doing this diet for the 6 weeks recommended to reset your weight.

Susan asks: My 17 yr. old neice & high school track star suffers from a labrum tear. Thus far, PT and cortisone shots haven't helped and she's facing surgery. Timing is the issue. College recruiters have expressed interest in her. If she has surgery now, she'll miss 1/2 of cross-country season and may lose out on scholarship oppportunities. If she doesn't,she may not be able to perform as well. Her hip doesn't hurt when she runs but aches afterwards. Any suggestions on what she can do to get through the season? Thanks so much!

Matt asks: I’ve got a question with working out for triathlons and having hypothyroidism. I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am on hormone-replacement therapy. I’m supposed to take my medication on an empty stomach and not eat for an hour after. Unfortunately most of my workouts are in the morning before work so I’m consistently training in a fasted state, and I can tell my workouts suffer. Whenever I can train after work, I seem to have “breakthrough” sessions, but I think a lot of it has to do with having full glycogen stores. On the weekends I always work out fueled. In lieu of waking up earlier (I don’t think I could handle that). Do you have any suggestions or any experience in working with triathletes having this condition?

Ben: I have been taking Vitamin E supplements for about 6 months for a variety of reasons most of all being restless legs, limbs at night. It seems to work great. I have recently read that there was as study that linked regular dosing of Vitamin E to an increased risk of stroke. I have a family history of stroke, and I would really like to not increase the risks. Any thoughts?

Brian asks: My dad and other endurance athletes keep recommending I keep my foot strike cadence at about 90 steps per minute when I run, but I can't seem to hit this number without my heart rate sky-rocketing. Instead my normal cadence is about 83-85 steps per minute. What do you recommend in this case?

Matt asks: My question is about chainrings and cassette combinations. I'm assuming different combination benefit different terrains. Can you explain which combinations are for which terrains and why? And what is the perfect all around combination.

Alan asks: For a while i thought i had you pegged but there has been so much on the pod recently about 80% fat diets, 80% carbohydrate diets and plant based nutrition i think i am questioning what YOU think on the subject of nutrition.

In my response to Alan, I recommend the book “Nourishing Traditions”.

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4 thoughts on “Episode #159: Here’s Exactly What To Expect If You Try Acupuncture.

  1. Susanna Boxall says:

    After trying everything to treat plantar faciitis (rest, ice, "the sock," tape, stretching, negative-heel shoes), I turned to acupuncture. It was not only effective, but also relaxing and enjoyable. I sought an acupuncturist through my grad-school health insurance and it was very affordable. In my town there are community acupuncture clinics that charge a low fee based on your income. As Jeff mentioned above, my acupuncture treatments felt so good that I also looked forward to them (I fell asleep on the table with the needles on more than once from the intense sense of relaxation).

  2. jeff Hoening says:

    I was accupuncture skeptic, until I went in desperation to Dr. Patrick Purdue, a doctor of Oriential Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL for my chronic tarsal tunnel syndrome (ankle injury). INCREDIBLE results after 4 accunpunture treatments (and high dose tumeric and Omega-3 fish oil supplementation) and I'm healed and stronger. During the treatments there was no pain at all, actually the needles felt oddly soothing. I felt the energy surging to the needle points. It sounds weird but you have to experience it to understand. The treatments were relaxing and enjoyable – I actually looked forward to them! HIGHLY recommend to anyone that battles a chronic injury that just won't go away. Just call ahead and ask the them if they treat and have experience with whatever ailment haunts you. Their approach is one of healing, not pain management. Thanks for sharing with us, Ben.

  3. HK Sparky says:

    Ryan Hall's pace is frightening. He holds his hands quite low and not a lot of movement. Surprised by that. So, a cadence of 90 is like a universal target regardless of pace? I'm going to see where I'm at on next run!

    1. 90 is pretty close to universal for elites.

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