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Add 12 YEARS to your life! And a Special Offer!

Hi there, Dr. Katja Magus here! I’m taking over your regularly scheduled acupuncture newsletter to talk about some AMAZING headlines in the news this week (read on for a rare special offer)!

Did you see headlines on Facebook or Google this week, like this one from the Guardian: “The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life”?  I did and I was so excited! All of the habits studied in this article are things ANYONE can do, and I happen to specialize in LIFESTYLE TRANSFORMATION– which fits this research exactly!

5 Habits that can add a DECADE to your life!

Here’s the scoop:

Upon realizing that Americans have a lower life expectancy than residents of almost all other high income countries, researchers from Harvard University studied a huge group of volunteers- over 120,000 individuals for almost 35 years, to determine which lifestyle factors could lengthen life span. They determined that these 5 factors are present in individuals who live longer and feel better throughout their lives:

  1. Exercise 30min/day
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Never smoked
  4. Healthy weight
  5. Drink in moderation

I know, I know, you’ve seen this list before, and it is so easy to do these things, right? If you are like most people, the answer is NOPE! Sometimes it seems like the simplest steps we need to take, are the hardest ones! I’m a Naturopathic Physician and if you have ever visited an ND, you know that the first two years of our training is very similar to an MD, studying anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and so much more! The next two years of our doctoral program focus on how to treat patients using natural medicines, conventional drugs and lifestyle changes. My personal speciality is Lifestyle Transformation- which in easy terms, means helping you make those changes that seem SO simple, but really aren’t. You choose which of the above factors YOU want to work on (or PICK ALL 5!) and  I will be right there with you each step of the way, helping with a plan that works for you and fits into your life.

For the FIRST FIVE people who schedule after reading this email (ready, set, go) a First Office Visit with me will be $140 (Regularly $200- that’s 30% off)- which is exactly the same price as a first office visit to acupuncture. You will have a WHOLE HOUR with a doctor to discuss how we can help you lengthen your life span and feel great today! Together we will develop on ongoing plan that helps you meet those goals.

Click the red button to schedule now or call us at 425-391-7777. Feel free to share this offer with friends (there’s button for that below too!)

See you next week!

Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

Heart Afire: The Fire Element

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.

The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. continue reading »

Fighting Flu Season with Acupuncture

While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.

The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading »

7 Ways to Communicate Healthy Habits to Your Kids


As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading »

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