Monthly Archives: June 2016

Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 1

Hi my name is Shaila, and I have a serious addiction….for sugar. It is a hard struggle to face but every time I walk past the bakery isle in the store I can’t help but hear little voices say , “Eat me Shaila, you know you want to”. In some distressing cases, I day dream about my next pastry fix. I dream about a delicious, delectable, creamy, tiramisu cake. Mmmm how tasty. Here’s when I knew I needed help. I have found myself sitting on the couch watching a movie with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked cookie dough ice cream one minute, and the next, I have no idea where all that ice cream went! And who doesn’t enjoy a deep fried Twinkie every once in a while?…okay thats too far.

Now working with an herbalist who is a serious health nut with having this addiction is like putting hot fudge and ice cream together! It can only lead to sweet success. The craving for sweets can mean so many things, and can indicate a red flag when it comes to your health especially for women. To give one example, a craving for chocolate can indicate a magnesium deficiency.


In America, it is almost impossible to find a product that does not contain sugar or low amounts of sugar for that matter, and if you do find an item that doesn’t contain sugar, you’re probably holding a vegetable. With this over consumption of sugar its hard for many to quit. Think about it this way, sugar doesn’t just empty and quickly digest into calories but it actually pulls minerals from the body during digestion. It creates a hormone cascade when consumed, that starts a positive feedback loop which means it creates an addictive sugar response in the brain and in the body to encourage more consumption otherwise known as cravings or eating too much comfort food.


In a time when food was scarce and needed to be contained in large amounts during summer, to stock up to survive the winter, this was a good thing. In today’s world of constant access to processed foods, this natural biological purpose highlights one of the negative effects of sugar. Plus, for many that live a sedentary life style, you aren’t moving around enough to burn the energy sugar gives you. The human body can’t tolerate this large amount of refined carbohydrates, thus causing diseases like obesity.


Refined sugar, by some, is called a drug, because in the refining process everything of food value has been removed except the carbohydrates-pure calories, without vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes or any of the other elements that make up food.

Many nutrition experts say that white sugar is extremely harmful, possibly as harmful as a drug, especially in the quantities consumed by the present-day American.


Now what if I told you there was a way to crush cravings in its tracks? What if there was something that could make you feel like a winner instead of feeling like you ate most of your weight in sugar…? which is what I feel like all the time.


Recently, Juli has been brewing up a new formulated pill that does wonders for a bloated stomach, and gives an extra boost of confidence for those who are stuck in this vicious cycle and are seeking a new start to a healthier way of life.


As a test subject, things are looking pretty positive for these pills, and the results are astounding! Tune in next month for “Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 2” for more results on these new exciting pills, and for more sweet and savory sugar facts! Until then, keep it fresh!



Best of Luck, Shaila

Part 2 is here!

What Childhood Games Can Teach Us About Life

My son joined Chess Club at school this year, and really enjoyed it. This was surprising because as a young 4-year-old who wanted to play board games, he would throw a fit every time he lost. To see him growing up to a 10-year-old who loves to play a complex game where there can only be one winner shows how much you can mature in a short amount of time.

Now that it’s summer break, we’re enjoying playing more board games. He was teaching me to play a new game, and I had a “light-bulb” moment. While I lost the game, I asked that we play again. He was surprised, and said okay, so we played again and again I lost. I told him I really wanted to play another round to figure out how to win. He thought I’d want to play something new to see if I could win at something else. That made sense, especially when we think about life and how easy it is to be discouraged and give up when you first don’t succeed at something new.

We played the game three times until I won, and I explained to my son that life is like the games we play. We can get easily upset when we lose, or try over and over again until we win. Or, like he suggested, you can switch to something else. This reminds me of how we have different attitudes in health. We often go through the same cycle as learning a new game: trying something and winning (it works), then doing it over and over again and once we lose, giving up (health changes over time, so if we start to break down, we often give up and accept living with a problem).

Unfortunately, life isn’t as simple as a game with clear rules, players and outcomes. It is far more complicated, especially when it comes to our health. There are different methods of healing, different styles of living and different foods to eat. But, I often find myself thinking with the same persistence: not giving up, and asking for advice from those who have figured things out. That is how I found Hen Sen Herbs.

It is truly a beautiful thing to live in a country with so many health care options. Mind you, they’re not all supported by the health care insurance system, but I am so grateful that we have Traditional Chinese Herbalist, Acupuncture, Massage as well as the American Medical Association practitioners. If life were a game, I’d say we’re fortunate to live in a country with the freedom to choose how to best live our lives.

No Reset Button For Carpal Tunnel

Since it’s creation in the early 60’s, video games have been seen as a common hobby for both kids and adults alike. Often branded as a hobby for “nerds” or nonathletic individuals, video games have grown into something more than a standard at home activity.

Competitive gaming (Esports) once seen as an underground community, has grown to a now multi million dollar industry and even has articles in ESPN branding video games as a now, legitimate sport. Sponsors such as Redbull, Gatorade, and even the phone company HTC now offer contracts to competitive gamers making this once childhood fantasy, a reality. As a competitive gamer myself I’m happy that Esports has grown to such heights. Even I know however, these companies won’t just sponsor anyone.

I follow and play a game know as Super Smash Brothers Melee. Since it’s existence in 2001, this game’s competitive community is now bigger than ever. With it’s fast paced movement and style, people always ask the question. “How can a player move that quickly?” When tested, top professionals such as Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami can average up to 900 inputs per minute. What may look like common “button mashing” to the average viewer are actually precisely timed inputs to make the players character move so quickly and efficiently. Inputs are the amount of times a player taps a button to cause an action in the game. With each match lasting around three to four minutes and played in sets of 3 and 5, one can imagine the toll it can take on ones hands by moving so quickly. I mentioned earlier how the game has been played for over 15 years with new and old players still going strong. As for the older players however, the toll of using such quick reflexes for years, is finally catching up to them.

Hax$ first got onto the world’s radar in 2008 by placing 9th at his first major tournament. At just 14 years old, he proved to be a rising star placing within the top 8 at almost every tournament (Participants ranging from 300-1,000+). In January 2015 seven years after making his debut he was forced to take his first hiatus from the game due to a nagging hand injury. An injury that would later develop into Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, and other problems in your hands due to pressure within the nerves of your wrists. The name strives from the area that your tendons run through and connect to your wrists. There are many causes for it as it has links to arthritis, diabetes, and even pregnancy. Unfortunately for Hax$ he developed carpal tunnel due to the excessive and repetitive inputs from his fingers causing his carpal tunnel to swell up and make the tunnel tighter. Seeing it as just a nagging hand pain, Hax$ took a hiatus from the game to ice and rest his hands. Three months later he returned to the scene for no more than a handful of tournaments before he found the pain coming back. Concerned about the constant pain, Hax was then diagnosed with Carpal tunnel syndrome and spent over half a year icing his wrists, not touching the game at all, and even wearing a splint to help heal his tendons before they got worse and his nerves would develop long term damage. Finally after months of treatment Hax$ returned in April and got 3rd at his first National since his diagnosis proving he could still hang with the best. This also however may mark the end of the road for Hax$ as he announced that his hands were in so much pain during the tournament he has no choice but to get surgery. It was a success but we all question when and if he may return to full time competition again.

Hax$ isn’t the only one concerned with retirement from their profession. Players all around the Esports community have expressed concern about their own hand pains and there are even talks of having on sight doctors at tournaments. Much like the NFL’s concerns with concussion/brain damage from excessive head trauma, Esports competitors although just playing a game, are at more health risk than one might think. I fear the day I develop such injuries, but when and if I do, I’ll remember the story of Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami and the precautions I shall take.

It’s always good whether you’re a gamer or not, to ice, stretch, and flex your tendons throughout the day. A simple exercise you can do to strengthen your hand is to wrap a rubber band around your finger tips and stretch each finger 5-10 times. Take breaks often, and take time to flex and extend your wrists. Make sure your hands stay in a neutral position when typing on a computer, also keep your hands fresh and loose and this will definitely be better for you in the long run. So remember, video games are fun for everyone, just remember to give your hands a break, they deserve it more than you know.

~Bryan

The Rules of Life To Live Well

Now and then you will casually Google yourself, or worse, self diagnose yourself with an illness. Stop. It will drive you crazy and it’s creepy to stalk yourself. Self diagnosis can lead to misdiagnosis, under diagnosis, or over diagnosis. The temptation for people to reach their own conclusions about their illness is strong.

Have you ever lost sleep over self diagnosis? You might think you’re saving your life by searching the web for answers—but you could be wrecking it. Stress is a silent killer and fear is even stronger.

My father was such an amazing healer, he had a new patient that came in with a medical condition with a name was so long, he looked at me and then the patient. My father went to the patient and used the Kwan Loong Oil and started to massage the neck and shoulders. Not long after the patient started to cry and showed my father with her hands that the illness was this new diagnosis of migraine. The cry was the relief of pain the touch was a feeling of healing. I don’t care about the illness and all I want is to heal. One day of pain I can handle, two day of pain I need to think about, three day of pain I don’t want it. Painkillers only mask the pain as the cause gets worse and in return the pain killer is creating even more damage to the liver.

The rule of life: Sleep well, eat well and poop and pee well. So if you don’t eat well, you won’t sleep well or poop and pee well. If you don’t poop and pee well, then you don’t sleep or eat well. This is the life cycle of good health, with the exception of trauma, drama and seasonal changes.

In the world that we live in today, we not only Google ourselves and assume that our body is lacking a nutrient. As my patients come in, their list of supplement are so long, they wonder why they are so bloated, constipated and so sick. We have been given a bad teaching: The more I take of supplements the healthier I am. The fact is your body has to be able to process the supplement, as it can be more harm then good. Excessive is not necessary suitable for every body. Start by eating well and cleanse the garbage out. Too much is poison.

I try my best not to offend or pretend to know everything. I can only advise and do my best in what I know. I like the way I am, I don’t care what the patients think or I can’t do what I do. I am here to re-educate the patients to bring life and health back to balance. Knowledge is a gift and it can be a curse.

With Love,
Juli