Insights from Dr. Rusty as you start your new year!


It’s time for us to clean out our bodies from the food we ate the past 2.5 months. Here’s my favorite way to start the New Year off: healthy food. Yes, that’s right, my annual Detox Soup. You may recognize it as “Bone Soup,” except for a few days it will just be veggies. Enjoy!


My New Year’s goal is to help more people with Acupuncture and Nutrition. So many people have told me they know someone who wants to come in for treatments. I am available for phone consultations or face to face – just have them make an appointment! What we have to offer at our clinic is a way to really be healthy, to accomplish the things you want in life, to sleep well and be happy. It is all possible. I have been in practice almost 17 years now. I am not an “Aspirin,” but I do have some pretty good ideas on health!


Also it’s time for your Winter Tune-up. In Oriental Medicine, it’s a good idea to get an acupuncture treatment every time the season changes. Just one treatment. Patients that do that are really healthier than the ones that don’t. Give YOURSELF the gift of good health. And if you have not done it yet – this would be a good time to start. If you need convincing go here and read up on the countless diseases and illnesses acupuncture can effectively treat.


Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? In fact, it’s no coincidence.

These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff” though; they also take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet. Their acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest, to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe.


Patients are asking for recipes, especially “grain free” ones. I am delighted to share mine and others from patients and relatives. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Please email yours at and we will include them in the “Recipe” section of our website.

Salad: Do you love it or loathe it? Funny thing about the salads we eat here at home…rarely do we use lettuce. I substitute lettuce with kale, spinach, herb mixes, shredded broccoli, sprouts of all kinds and any other veggie I find at a good price (and hopefully organic). Then, I add hard boiled eggs, beans (canned and rinsed off), nuts (walnuts are the best), seeds, olives, and if possible (preferably on sale) a half to a full avocado. Sometimes I add meat, too. We eat this once a day and it can count for 3-4 servings of veggies. We try to only eat what counts as good food.

It’s important to get seven servings of veggies a day. Doc and I have never found that it’s hard to do. It’s a habit and an excellent one. Be kind to your body and try to be willing to make simple changes now.