Each cold and flu season, millions of people rely on OTC (over-the-counter) medicines to relieve cold, cough, and flu symptoms.  Those medicines may provide temporary relief, but they are not without unwanted side effects and warnings. This year, try to prevent illness, relieve symptoms and restore your good health these natural nutritional supplements:

PREVENT your illness by strengthening your immune system, and enable your body to better recognize and fight off invading flu viruses and colds, with these:


  • Strengthen the natural immune response
  • Help protect against subsequent flu and cold viral infections


  • Broad spectrum product known to support immune function


  • Immune system booster

IgG 2000 DF

  • Immune system booster


  • Ask Doctor for the best formula and dosage for you or your child


  • Ask Doctor for dosage information

RELIEVE your symptoms with these:


  • Has been used empirically to prevent the development of acute systems when taken either before or at the first sign of flu or common cold symptoms
  • Research has revealed the activity against viruses, such as influenza, 2 adenovirus Type 5, Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV 1) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)


  • Use with viral or bacterial infections, croup


  • Formulated to provide immune support for viral conditions and other immune problems


  • Nasal congestion, rhinitis, cold and flu nasal symptoms


  • Sinusitis and rhinitis, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, and headache


  • Wet and dry coughs, coughs due to colds and flu


  • Minor sore throat, laryngitis, hoarseness


  • Symptoms of flu and colds, chills, fever, nausea, body aches, fatigue


  • Use with inflammation, colds, flu, fever, fatigue, stress, and healing


  • Nausea or vomiting, dyspepsia, bloating, and constipation

RESTORE a weak or vulnerable immune system that over time can lead to more serious conditions with these:


  • Ask Doctor for best formula and dosage for you


  • After recovering from an illness use to flush toxins and help restore immune function

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Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

Do yourself a big favor: call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy, even through allergy season.

It seemed like autumn “popped” out in one day…and right on time. It also showed up with a vengeance.

Yellow pollen has been everywhere the past two weeks. While the rain the past few days will help keep the pollen down, it also makes the allergens worse.

People are complaining of sinus pressure and stuffy noses one week, and runny noses with headaches following that. Right on schedule, according to the ancient Asians.

Here are some simple suggestions to help you manage your way through the “hay fever/allergy season.” Of course, I know the best solution is Acupuncture, but the tips below help with the symptoms that come with autumn/winter seasonal changes. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and there are documented protocols for treating sinus conditions and colds.

Try these tips:

1. Don’t wear the clothes in the house that you wore during yard work. After working in the yard, take your clothes off in the garage, then take a shower and wash your hair. Don’t sleep on a pillowcase with hair that has pollen in it either.

2. Wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands!

3. Use a saline spray to flush out sinuses, or a netti pot with saline and water. Dr. Oz said to put a ‘pinch of baking soda in it’ recently. He also said Acupuncture was “THE BEST OF THE BEST” for pain relief!

4. Drinking hot tea with honey (if you can tolerate honey). Any tea will do.

5. Slice a lemon and put salt on it (if you can tolerate salt) and eat it quickly. Salt dissolves phlegm and lemons are astringent, according to Oriental Medicine.

6. Drink a cup of hot water with lemon.

7. Place a really warm wet washcloth over your face, and breathe in and out.

8. Cook asparagus (or use canned) and blend it up. You may add a little water or butter if needed. It has to be blended and cooked to mush. You will be surprised how much better you will feel after eating this.

9. Vitamin A, C and D are especially helpful to combat seasonal allergies. We have many great Homeopathic Medicine formulas at our clinic. These are very safe and very effective, AND inexpensive. You can call me at 386-736-734-4126 or e-mail me at debra@acudebra.com if you can’t get into the clinic. We’ll assemble a prescription for you.

10. Rub your face gently, but firmly, around the sides of your nose, forehead, top of your head and temples. A significant Acupuncture point is between the thumb and first finger in the “web.”

11. Eat more vegetables and a lot less sugar and dairy. Seven servings of vegetables a day is ideal. Lettuce, corn and French fries don’t count.

12. In Oriental Medicine, green onions, apples, strawberries, radishes, star fruit, and carrots are recommended for staving off allergies.

13. Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Pick something you like to do – dance, walk (fast), or jog…which you also can do in a heated swimming pool. It keeps your Qi flowing – one of the reasons you get headaches and facial pain is stagnated Qi.

14. If you have allergies and have not tried AcuSET – the treatment protocol I developed – please ask us about it or go to our website and read more about it (http://acudebra.com/services/). Also, check out the video (“Take a Tour”) of our office, and learn more about what we do, and what we can do for you.

Please – do yourself a big favor – call for your seasonal Acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture at least four times a year will help keep you healthy. We’re here to talk with you – 386-734-4126.

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“I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.” Dr. Rusty

Do you recall how last year, at this same time, it was cooler. As a matter of fact, just last week we had some of the hottest days in three years!

Labor Day is here and in lots of states that says summer is over, but it’s not over here, for sure! But, there’s also something interesting that happens around this time of year. Patients come in with different symptoms. We’re still treating nausea, a tight band feeling around heads and a general hot yucky feeling (late summer Spleen & Stomach Meridians).  In addition, this past week, people have started showing up with sinus, constipation and skin rashes. Usually this happens closer to the actual date of autumn.

The Lung meridian takes care of the lungs and skin. The Large Intestine Meridian works with the sinuses, throat and the bowels. They are affected by dry weather. The emotions for these the Lung and Large Intestine meridians are grief, sorrow and “letting go.” Are you feeling these emotions right now?

We have noticed just in the first two weeks after school starts, children come down with “colds.”  Adults start showing signs a couple of weeks after that.  Our “regular” patients – the ones that come in monthly or every three months — are not getting sick. We’ve seen just a few mild sore throats and sinus congestion.

I believe people are finally taking responsibly for their health more, and we need to do just that.  The time to depend on a “prescription” to fix us is over! Remember, Acupuncture can help eliminate these troublesome symptoms even in a few hours. We have many homeopathic formulas as well as herbal for these symptoms and to help prevent them from coming on.  And, we can do homeopathic injections (the needle is really tiny and short) to help prevent or treat.

If you think you are catching something try the following techniques and foods to eliminate the symptoms:

  • Rubbing around your nose, around your collar bone, from your thumb up your arm to your collar bone and by the nail bed (outside) on your second finger up your arm across your neck, on your face to your nose will help stimulate these 2 Meridians.
  • Foods to eat in this season for the Lung are carrots, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, grapes, green onions, honey, olives, peanuts, pears, peppermints, persimmons, radish, tangerines, walnuts, water chestnuts.
  • To help the Large Intestine Meridian, eat tofu, black pepper, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, figs, honey, lettuce, nutmeg, persimmons, salt, and spinach.
  • For asthma problems, add pumpkin to your diet.
  • Constipation? Add bananas, Chinese cabbage, pears, spinach and sweet potatoes.
  • For coughs, use honey and lemon mixed together, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, tangerines, carrots and asparagus also help.
  • Sore throats feel better with pineapple juice.

For more information about these meridians and much more about treating things you’re experiencing, read my books, “Sensitivities,” and “Keys to a Vibrantly Healthy, Long Life” are available at Amazon.com or in our clinic.

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Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians affect, among other things, sinus congestion, and headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head.

Year after year, a few weeks before the season changes, we see symptoms coming in. In Oriental Medicine, there is a season called “late summer.” And, it will be here soon!

The interesting part of this story is late summer brings on symptoms we all call “food poisoning,” or a “summer cold.” In Oriental Medicine, we have seasons that correspond with Meridians. The Spleen and Stomach Meridians will be focused in August. Oriental Medicine has in its corner thousands of years of watching people and their symptoms, matching them with the seasons…and all these years later, the explanations still apply. In my practice, I find these tried and true “seasons” help make my focus on patients and their symptoms a bit easier. After 15 years in practice, I still see it…the same symptoms and problems every season – 2 weeks before the changes occur.

Stomach/Spleen Meridians work with digesting food, building blood, and transforming and transporting nutrients. It deals with dampness (heavy feeling), sinus congestions, headaches on the forehead (a heavy feeling or a tight band around the head), muscle cramps and aches, edema, diarrhea, nausea and phlegm. These are the problems my patients are coming in for help with regularly right now.

The flavor of the season: SWEET

The flavor of this season is sweet. People LOVE ice cream this time of year. Ice cream is damp in nature. Also causes our blood sugar to drop during the night. If you eat it – do so after dinner – and add nuts. Or eat a protein with it (eggs, cheese, and meat).

Eating tips for your best health in late summer

The best foods for the next two months are barley, celery, clams, adzuki beans, garlic, green onions, green tea, horseradish, lettuce, mushrooms, parsley, pumpkin and radishes. Incorporate them in your daily diet. Horseradish is great for sinus congestion.

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There are no words that can adequately express how grateful I am to Debra Pardee Gaffney, well known as Rusty. She worked with me to regain my life. I have had the very painful, energy draining and sleep depriving condition called fibromyalgia for over 20 years. For the last 10 years I tried three traditional medications for some type of relief. All three of these medicines had side effects that were intolerable. Ultimately they caused more problems than I had originally started with. By the time I found Rusty, I was also having bronchial and sinus problems which were side effects from my fibromyalgia medication. I was a mess!

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