September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!


September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer in U.S. men. The first being skin cancer. One out of every 7 men will develop cancer generally, after age 65. It is rare in men under 40. The good news is death from prostate cancer is rare! About 1 in every 39 men. Often, prostate cancer is found at autopsies unknown in life, to the man who has passed on, as he had absolutely no signs, symptoms or complications from it!

Diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer varies greatly. There is a lot of controversy surrounding how and when to take action if you have been diagnosed. Commonly, your physician will suggest watching and waiting as the first step. Biopsies and other procedures run the risk of causing the cancer to spread past the prostate. Surgery can lead to permanent nerve damage resulting in erectile dysfunction, Peyronies disease and other problems.

Prostate cancer can't be prevented but knowing the risk factors can help in early detection.

  • Age - as stated above, rarely diagnosed in men under 40, chances increase by 50 and 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in men over 65.
  • Race/Ethnicity - it is most common in African-American men and men of African ancestry. Unfortunately, African-American men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other races. It occurs less often in Asian-American and Hispanic-Latino men. The reasons for these occurrences are unknown.
  • Geography - prostate cancer is most prevalent in North America, Northwestern Europe, Australia and the Caribbean islands. Again, reasons for this are not clear. Thoughts are that it relates mostly closely to lifestyle and diet differences in these countries as opposed to others.
  • Family History - this isn't't always the case though. Prostate cancer does occur in men with no family history of it. Having a father or brother who's had it doubles the chances of another blood related male in the family developing it.
  • Gene Changes - inherited changes in BRCA1 & BRCA2 (the same genes that mutate in breast cancer) can cause development of prostate cancer. Secondly, men with Lynch Syndrome are more likely to develop it.

The following are risk factors that have a less clear link to causing prostate cancer but have been found to play a roll and should be paid attention too.

  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Chemical Exposures
  • Chronic Prostate Inflammation/Infection
  • STD's
  • Vasectomies

If you think you may already have prostate cancer there are signs and symptoms you should look for. They include:

  • Urinary difficulties/changes
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pain in the hips back or chest (accompanied with other symptoms)
  • Weakness or numbness of the legs (accompanied with other symptoms)
  • Incontinence of the bladder or bowels (accompanied with other symptoms)

Early detection is key to managing prostate cancer! Get your yearly physical exam and your PSA test guys! If prostate cancer is suspected, further testing will be done. Also, pay attention to your body and changes that occur that don't seem "normal" for you. Speak with your health care provider right away if your concerned your at risk for prostate cancer! As a specialist in men's health, I am here as a resource and form of treatment for you as well!

There are various forms of treatment for prostate cancer. Invasive and non-invasive. You, your doctor, your family and your other health care practitioners need to consider all of the options together, to make an informed decision about treatment. Acupuncture and herbology are incredibly powerful forms of prevention, treatment and recovery of prostate cancer! Again, the good news is that it is a treatable disease guys! Prognosis is good! 

The conclusion, be aware of your body, get your yearly physicals, eat well, exercise and manage stress. These are the things you can control since you can't control your genes! Acupuncture, herbs, supplements and massage are great additions to a healthy lifestyle now and into the future!


Prostate Cancer Fighting Foods!

  • Tomatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fish
  • Green Tea

The above foods contain numerous healthy substances that help protect and fight against cancer! They should be in your diet everyday!

Research has shown that diets high in red meat and alcohol can increase one's risk of developing prostate cancer and therefore, should be eaten in limited quantities. 


What isn't it good for!? Moderate to intense physical activity is 4-5 days a week and mild exercise the rest of the time, is paramount to overall health let alone, preventing and fighting against cancer!

You don't have to be a gym rat to get the movement you need to stay healthy! Explore various types of exercise to see what you enjoy most because that's what you'll ultimately stick with for the long haul!

A quick word about skin cancer, since it is the #1 cancer in men... 

WEAR SUNBLOCK! At least spf 30 daily and reapply, and if you need to be out for extended periods, stay covered up! If you have thin to little hair, wear a hat! This is most important for men in warm to hot climates such as down here in Texas.



Blog Feature


Blog Feature

Since I specialize in Men's Health, I had the opportunity and was honored to be featured in this months blog post from the acupuncture school I attended, the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. Please check it out and share it!


Men's Health Month, My New Scheduling App & Hello Conroe!


Men's Health Month, My New Scheduling App & Hello Conroe!

I have a lot of exciting things to share with you all this month! But first...

Happy Men's Health Month!

Guys, now is the time to take control of your health! Here at Whole Health Acupuncture, I focus on the specific health issues men face, keeping the male body, mind and spirit in mind to customize treatments directly towards you!

I specialize in men's health care treating a variety of conditions such as erectile dysfunction, low T/libido, depression/anxiety, stress, joint and muscle pain, IBS, BPH, frequent urination and insomnia, to name a few.

Needles aren't your thing? Come try cupping, we can prescribe herbs/supplements and talk diet and exercise as well!

Your health matters! Together, we can get your feeling your personal best!


Last month I announced that WHA now has online scheduling through my website as well as through a FREE app for iPhones and as promised, it is now also available for Androids phones!

- Go to up to the right hand corner of this page and click BOOK NOW!

- Get the FREE  iPhone App

- Get the FREE Android App

If you have any technical issues with any of these booking options, let me know right away and I will get in solved for you!


Finally, I am now also treating patients at Clear Choice Acupuncture in Conroe, Texas every other weekend.
Visit our website at: 
Here you can also book online, email or call us directly!

DO NOT FEAR my Austin patients! This is does not mean that I am leaving you! I wanted to extend my healing reach and spend more quality time with family I have out there. As always, I am here for you! If you have friends or family in the Conroe area, please send them our way!

Have an incredible summer all! Wear your sunscreen and drink lots of water as they are more important components of your acupuncture and other health care routines during this season!

Thank you as always for your continued support!


Happy New Year & Welcome Chinese New Year!


Happy New Year & Welcome Chinese New Year!

Happy 2017! It's a new year and most of us are definitely up for out with the old and in with the new! 2016 proved to be a rough year for a lot of people but change is in the air! 

If you haven't heard by now, resolutions often fail. Why? Well...

  • People tend to know what it is they want to change but aren't often clear on why they want something to change. Be sure you know why it is you want something to change. It'll will keep your what in focus!
  • Unfortunately, we've become an instant gratification society. Last time I checked, the easy way isn't always the quickest way or visa versa to achieve things. Change takes time and that's ok! You're in for the long haul, the marathon, not the sprint.
  • People tend to over think their resolutions instead of putting it in to action! Each day take a step towards you're goals. Put the thinking in ahead of time so that when the clock strikes the time for your resolution to start, you're ready! Which leads into the next reason resolutions tend to fail.
  • Resolutions generally aren't specific enough for measurable. What you're trying to accomplish needs to be clear to you! Each step needs to be something you can most definitely attain and measure. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for failure. 
  • Truly try to reach your resolution goal but don't over extend yourself. When we try too hard, too fast or set unrealistic goals, we all get burnt out. This can lead to losing momentum or completely hating your goal. Keep track of your goals so you can see the progress you do make and again, it's the marathon, not the sprint.
  • Loosing interest or beginning to despise the resolution you set out is common. This often occurs because of the above stated actions, trying to hard, an unclear goal, etc. Take a breathe. You're in it to win it!
  • Be sure you have good social support. For example, I often see patients whom's significant others, aren't willing to change their diets along side my patient. I've seen it time and time again, it's a recipe for failure. Now, the significant other doesn't necessarily have to change their diet as well but at least be supportive of their partners goal. Don't go eating pizza in front of someone you care about who is trying not to eat pizza. You will crush them. 
  • Finally, believe in yourself! We've all failed at things. Don't let that discourage you. A positive mindset, especially about oneself, is powerful! If you take the time in really thinking through your resolution, create realistic steps that are achievable, keep track of your progress and find social support... You Got This!


This year beginning January 28th, is the year of the Chinese Fire Rooster. Those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are Chinese Zodiac Roosters. So what does the year of the Fire Rooster mean for you and the rest of us?

Fire Rooster signs tend to have strong wills, are proactive, display leadership qualities, are flamboyant, well read, with good senses of humor. Unfortunately, they also can have a volatile nature, be unrealistic, self-centered and stubborn. Imagine a combination of all of these qualities manifesting and shaping every aspect of our lives in 2017.

Expect initiative, generosity, industriousness and honesty to be on your side helping you to succeed this year. If you tend towards egocentrsim, fanaticism and coarseness you will have an unlucky year. Unfortunately, when ones year of the Chinese Zodiac comes around, it is always considered an unfortunate year for those born in that sign. Chinese advise exercising caution in every aspect of your life as the year goes on. 

Now, none of what I've written above I have written as fact. It's for fun! Remember that every year, month, week, day, hour or minute can be an opportunity for you to improve your life, to take steps towards your goals! If you happen to need a little push in the right direction, you can call on me! Take care and grab 2017 by the roosters comb!