JJ Virgin receiving Dr. Benson’s Amplified Regenerative Therapies (ART)

Robyn Benson

Published on October 7, 2016

We were thrilled when New York Times bestselling author JJ Virgin and her team visited Santa Fe Soul recently to try out my Amplified Regenerative Therapies (ART…including the O-Shot, P-Shot and Vampire procedures). JJ was working on a book deadline and wanted help handling the stress and an acupuncture treatment provided the perfect remedy.

I told JJ that we are all “wired and tired” from living in fast-paced times, working with computers and deadlines. But acupuncture is a powerful tool that can restore health and balance to our lives. An ancient Oriental healing technique developed more than three thousand years ago, the approach uses needles to open up pathways, balancing the body’s energy meridians, healing pain as well as muscular, neurological, and arthritic problems and helping to overcome disease.

By tuning in to the wisdom of your own body, acupuncture helps to balance the body’s imbalances, healing anxiety and depression by calming the hormones and helping with weight loss by improving the digestion system. Acupuncture also can greatly relieve lower back pain and other common ailments. I like to use acupuncture for relief from geopathic stress caused by working on computers and phones and being indoors for prolonged periods of time.

JJ felt relaxed and restored following her session at Santa Fe Soul, as did her team members. You can learn more by watching her live Facebook event of her visit, viewed by thousands of people. Check it out here, and feel free to share: 

For more information about our ART offerings,  and to schedule your next treatment at Santa Fe Soul, call (505) 986-1089 and visit robynbenson.com

How To Avoid GMOs and the Health Risks That They Pose

Robyn Benson

Published on January 22, 2015

One of the most important health care messages I give my family, friends and patients is to avoid genetically modified foods. As hard as we try to eat a healthy diet, it’s hard to know whether the food you buy and feed your family is free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It’s estimated that in the U.S., 80% of our food contains GMOs, as genetically modified corn, soybeans, sugar beets, canola oil and other ingredients.

How can we avoid GMOs and the health risks, both known and unknown, that they pose?

Jeffrey Smith, anti-GMO advocate and filmmaker, gives us some answers in his two-minute video, created for the Self Care Revolution. He’s also created an app that you can download that will tell you what foods to buy.

As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine for 23 years, I work with patients to get them to stop eating GMO foods and when they do, they feel 100% better.

The best way to avoid having GMOs end up on your dinner plate is to shop the periphery of the grocery store, where all the fresh produce, dairy and meats are. As you work your way towards the center of the grocery store, that’s where you’ll begin to find the processed, canned and frozen foods, most of which contain GMOs.

It’s also important that you buy organic milk, because non-organic milk contains the rGBH growth hormone, a steroid that increases milk production.

GMOs pose great risk to our health. If you’re allergic to soybeans and don’t realize they are in the corn that you eat, you could have a life-threatening reaction. If you eat a tomato that’s been sliced with a fish gene to make it cold-resistant, and you have an allergy to seafood, you could also have a serious reaction.

According to a new study cited by my dear friend and mentor Dr. Norman Shealy, genetically engineered corn, soy and other crops and the widespread use of glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide have caused disease and death in humans around the globe. The FDA now permits glyphosate residues in food and livestock feed from 3 to 300 parts per million, with the highest levels found in grass, fodder, hay and peppermint. Roundup destroys endocrine function and also can cause hyptertension, strokes, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s’, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and other health issues.

Monsanto, the main manufacturer of GMO foods, has resisted all efforts to require labeling of GMO ingredients, threatening to sue states that pass mandatory GMO labeling laws.Until we have an official way of ascertaining whether GMO ingredients are the in the foods we buy, we have to stay informed. Jeffrey Smith’s app will help you avoid GMO foods in the grocery store, and Join the Self-Care Revolution will post news as it comes up, too! Keep informed with the links below!

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Listen to Jeffrey Smith’s 2- minute video about GMOs.

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Why Work Stress Keeps Us in a Constant Fight or Flight Mode

Robyn Benson

Published on August 4, 2014

We either live to work or work to live. Either way there are some frightening side effects no matter which side we land on, and it is affecting our day-to-day health in ways we have yet to understand.

Let’s take a look at why work stress keep our bodies in a constant “fight or flight” mode:

You get sick a lot

Do you get sick a lot? It’s sad to say, but 26% of you will still go to the office even when you’re sick, and another 34% of you continue to go until you feel the full effects of your symptoms. The problem increases exponentially in an office environment because you’re not the only one sick.  Studies show that there are over 500 types of bacteria found in offices because people wait until the last symptom strikes before heading home.

There is also another very real factor: “Sick Building Syndrome” which the EPA warns against. If you have consistent symptoms such as headaches, sore throats, fatigue, dizziness and nausea and your physician cannot pinpoint the cause – you might be suffering from sick building syndrome.

You are putting on more fat

Studies now show that when you sit for hours on end, your metabolic functions significantly decrease. What that means is, you are burning much less calories. The consequences of this are obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and the list goes on.

Special note to women: For those of you who sit more than six hours a day, you have a 40% higher chance of dying younger than those who sit less than three hours a day.

You have back, shoulder and neck pain

New findings show that standing all day is bad for your health too but sitting over a computer with your shoulders hunched all day can lead to chronic back, shoulder, neck and wrist problems. Talk about confusing! So what do you do? There are best practices to follow when sitting at your desk to help minimize these issues and find maximum comfort:

First, when you are sitting comfortably, pull up to the edge of your work surface and look straight ahead. What you see is your optimal viewing zone, and things that you look at during work (computer screen, documents etc.) should be in or close to this zone.

Next, reach each arm out to the side of your body and move them from this position until the hands meet at the center of your body in front of you. The semi-circular area covered by the sweep of your arms is called your normal reach zone, and everything that you frequently use should be placed inside of or close to this area. You should not have to bend or stretch to reach things that you frequently use.

Then, relax your upper arms down to the side of your body. Using your elbows as pivot points, swing your forearms out to each side and then move them together until your hands touch in the center of your body in front of you. The area covered by the sweep of your forearms looks like that area covered by your windshield wipers, and it is called your normal working area. Things that you operate with your hands, such as your keyboard and mouse, should be placed in this area and positioned for optimum comfort.

You are ruining your eyes

Do you constantly stare at your monitor without looking elsewhere? Has it affected your vision? You may be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome. Yep, this is a real disorder and is associated with a number of vision problems of varying nature such as dry eyes, blurred vision and the like. Headaches, aching shoulders and neck pain are included in the symptoms.  You can help ease these symptoms by looking away from your computer screen at least once an hour.

You are feeling the stress

For most of you, it is stressing you out big time! Work is listed as a main source of stress by three-quarters of Americans – that’s a lot! They suffer from physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, nausea and emotional outbursts of anger as well as lowering their productivity.

It’s a fact, the more work stress you have, the higher your risk for illness and injury.  The American Institute of Stress shows even more startling facts about the affects of stress.

Stress has also been a known damaging factor in our relationships. Sixty-one percent of women have stated that their jobs have a negative impact on their relationships.  The average for men is much higher – seventy-nine percent state that work stress is a major factor in destroyed relationships.

So what do we do about it? I’ll discuss that in my next blog…

Source: www.cosmopolitan.comwww.stress.org

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