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Dr. Christine A. Adamo
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I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in the field of cancer care
I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in the field of cancer care

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The Foot Detox is back! We're happy to announce that we are now taking appointments for this service.

The ionic foot detox helps alkalize the body by activating cells and stimulating enzymes through ionization. It can help reduce acid in the body and regulate pH. In doing so, it promotes circulation and can reduce inflammation. Therefore, it can be helpful treating many chronic diseases.

How does it work? There are three major components of an ionic detox machine… electricity (put out by an array), salt, and water. When these three elements are combined together, it creates an environment for ionization. Ionization is the process in which a neutral atom gains or loses electrons, acquiring a net charge. During the detox session, one's feet rest in a basin where ionization is taking place. These atoms are then absorbed into the body and connect with free radicals. The color of the water will change as a result of ionization. However, it is not an indicator of toxins being leeched out of the body. Through sweat and urination, one will subsequently expel the free radicals. The end result is a less acidic, more balanced internal terrain.

To schedule your Ionic Detox session, please call us at 858-386-7406 or email us at info@eastwestimed.com.
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4/27/18
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Not getting enough solid sleep is a common issue for many people. During each appointment, I ask my patients about their sleep. I’m curious how many hours they sleep, is their sleep solid or interrupted, do they have difficulty falling or staying asleep, do they experience vivid dreams, and do they feel well rested in the morning.

As many of us have experienced, when we don’t get a good night’s rest, it negatively impacts our minds, our emotions, and our physical bodies the next day. More importantly, when poor sleep becomes habitual, it greatly increases our chances of developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea, a condition where one’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease.

Here are 7 Positive Habits for Healthy Sleep:

1. Start with routine. Developing good sleep requires conditioning. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Determine the time you go to sleep based upon what time you need to get up in the morning. One hour before bed set an alarm. From this time on, focus on calming down your mind and physical body.

2. Calm down your mind by reducing the amount of stimulus around you. Shut off all lights in your house except for those in the room you’re in. Dim the lights in the room you’re in. Avoid TV, the computer, iPad, phone, and anything electronic an hour before sleep. Avoid loud or stimulating music. Enjoy reading a fiction book or a mindless magazine. Consider listening to a 20-30 minute guided meditation to relax your nervous system.

3. Calm down your physical body by taking a hot bath with Epsom salt or a warm shower. Sip on a cup of decaffeinated herbal tea containing one or more of these herbs: passion flower, valerian root, chamomile or lavender. Diffuse essential oils such as lavender, Roman chamomile, bergamot, sweet marjoram, ylang-ylang, cedar wood, or sandalwood, or apply them topically.

4. Avoid drinking soda, coffee, or any beverage containing caffeine in the afternoon. Many people are affected by the delayed onset of stimulants hours after use.

5. Do not eat within 2 hours of going to sleep. If you’ve had a heavy meal for dinner, consider taking enzymes to aid in digestion.

6. Get regular exercise early in the day (sometime before noon). For many people, exercise can be stimulating so avoid cardiovascular exercise at night.

7. Get regular exposure to the sunlight during the day. Sunlight helps our body produce vitamin D and melatonin. Both are hormones (not vitamins) which help keep our body clocks (also known as circadian rhythm) regulated.
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How to Make a Vision Board...

2018 is right around the corner! I keep asking my patients about the resolutions they are going to make to improve their health and enhance their quality of life. Making a vision board can be a great way to conceptualize and plan the changes you wish to make.

Start with a piece of poster board or some other sturdy material. Find one of your favorite pictures of yourself and paste it in the middle. Then devote different sections of the board to different areas of your life, such as family, friends/social life, spirituality/God, exercise/activity, fun/vacation, work/school/professional development, etc.

Using old magazines and pictures from personal albums, cut out words, phrases, and pictures that catch your eye. Find a place for them within the different sections of your board.

When your board is complete, put it somewhere you can see it everyday. When you feel stuck or in a rut during the year, spend time with your board. Evaluate the parts of your life where you've been able to carry out your vision and the parts of your life which you have not. Use your board as personal inspiration for self growth and fulfillment.
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Now that we’re in the midst of the holiday season, entertaining guests, being social, and preparing for multiple celebrations can be stressful. Many of my patients share that they are overly stressed. They commonly complain of anxiety, depression, fatigue, and even weight gain.

Here are a few things you can do to combat the craziness of the holidays:

1. If you struggle with anxiety, spend some time to get organized. Make a list of all activities you are planning on hosting and attending and see if there’s a way to only do what’s necessary. Set parameters for yourself and realize it’s okay to say no when you need to. Remember that you don’t need to attend every party you’re invited to. Also, many of us can get lost in the details and then feel overwhelmed. Remember that it’s okay to ask for help. Take time to center yourself at the beginning of each day, either with prayer or meditation, or both.

2. If you struggle with depression, it’s important to push yourself to be active. Physical activity, such as exercise, can shift your emotions. Exercise also releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which makes you feel happy. Also, be mindful of your alcohol consumption. Many people forget that alcohol is a depressant. If you are already struggling with low mood, alcohol may temporarily numb your feelings but in the long run will make you feel more depressed.

3. If you struggle with fatigue, first evaluate the duration and quality of sleep you are getting at night. Are you staying up later than you should? Are you drinking caffeine late in the day which can then interrupt your sleep? Exercise and food are directly linked to energy. Your exercise goal should be at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 5 days per week. Eating regular meals with healthy food choices, and avoiding packaged food with preservatives and products containing refined sugar can improve your energy.

4. If you struggle with weight gain, do the best you can to prepare your own foods. It’s great to be social and attend various events but many times you can’t control the food that is served. Don’t let this stop you from enjoying the party you want to attend. Consider making and bringing some of your own foods that you know are healthy. Carefully consider what you consume and how it will make you feel. Be mindful about portion sizes and limit alcohol consumption.
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A migraine is a disturbance in the neurological system that can cause severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes migraines can be accompanied by an aura which causes changes in vision, difficulty speaking, numbness and tingling in the upper body, ringing in the ears, twitching and muscle spasms. Contrary to popular belief, a migraine does not always include a headache.


There are many different patterns of disharmony that can cause people to experience chronic migraines. However, one common denominator for all who suffer from migraines is excessive internal heat. People who experience chronic migraines will often also experience warm body temperature, hot flashes or night sweats, dry or burning eyes, mouth sores, acid reflux, irritability and irregular menstruation (if applicable).


A combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and food therapy is a very effective way to change the internal terrain of the body, by making the body less hot and more cool. This can be an effective treatment for chronic migraines as well as the many other signs and symptoms due to internal heat.



If you suffer from chronic migraines and are ready to experience relief, call our office at 858-386-7406 or email us at info@eastwestimed.com for an appointment.
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In my day-to-day practice, I see many patients who are extremely ill. It’s not uncommon for at least one patient a week to come into my office with shopping bags full of different products purchased from infomercials, Amazon, Costco, or a local drug store. Seeing this happen over-and-over again is concerning, since many products really aren’t what they claim to be. Here are a few things to think about when considering vitamins and supplements to support your health.
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Autoimmune diseases are a classification of diseases in which one’s immune system starts to fight against other parts of the body, causing cellular damage and destruction. There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases. Some of the most common are Grave’s Disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Celiac Disease. The most common conventional treatment for these diseases is steroids, which suppress the immune system. Temporarily, this may minimize one’s symptoms but over a course of time, it weakens the immune system even more.

As a practitioner with three of my own autoimmune diseases, I have found that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a much more comprehensive approach to treatment. TCM first focuses on reducing inflammation, which slows down cellular destruction and damage. Next, it focuses on building up the immune system, instead of breaking it down. This retrains the immune system to work properly. Finally, it focuses on treating the constitution of the individual in order to strengthen the body and reduce the risk of developing a secondary or tertiary autoimmune disease.
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Is inflammation keeping you ill? Find out more...https://eastwestintegrativemedicine.com/inflammation-keeping-ill/
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Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers and are part of the endocrine system. Endocrine glands make hormones, which travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs, and control most of our body’s major systems. The endocrine system regulates our heart rate, metabolism – how the body gets energy from the foods we eat – appetite, mood, sexual function, reproduction, growth and development, sleep cycles, and more.

When our hormones are out of balance we can experience many unpleasant signs and symptoms such as:

* Menopausal Syndrome - including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability
* PMS - including painful lower abdominal cramps, back pain, irritability, nausea
* Infertility
* Acne
* Exhaustion
* Weight Gain
* Depression

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and natural supplements used in combination, can be a safe and effective way to regulate hormone production and bring the body back into balance.
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Have you recently gone through chemo, radiation, or surgery for the treatment of cancer? Dealing with the lingering side effects of these treatments can be challenging and can impact your quality of life.

East West Integrative Medicine specializes in the holistic aspect of cancer care. We treat common post-treatment conditions that can result from conventional cancer care such as:

• Peripheral Neuropathy – numbness and tingling in fingertips and feet
• Fatigue
• Muscle weakness and loss of strength
• Digestive complaints – nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or lack of appetite

A combination of herbal medicine, natural supplements and acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat these conditions while restoring your overall health.
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