Monthly Archives: October 2017

Coming up for Air in Fire Season

Oct 10, 2017

As we can see and smell, October is high Fire Season. The recent explosion of fires in the North Bay has been a terrible tragedy that is far from over for this season. I send my deepest sympathies and assistance to all those affected by this year’s fires.

For those of us in NorCal, our air has been greatly impacted with smoke, ash and particulate making it hard to breathe.  Even for those without allergies and asthma, it can be difficult to get enough oxygen to act and think clearly.

Below are a few tips to help maximize your blood oxygenation and protect your lungs.

  1. Stay hydrated. Your lungs need lots of hydration and fluids to be able to stay clear and absorb oxygen from the air.
  2. Breathe intentionally. We take our breath for granted until we can’t breathe and then we tend to panic and gasp for air, triggering a stress response that only escalates. You can train your system to breathe more deeply and fully by practicing long, full, calm inhales and exhales every day. Easy times to make a habit are first thing in the morning, before each meal, and before bed.
  3. Eat oxygenating foods. Garlic, ginger, pure chocolate, green tea, cayenne, broccoli, artichokes, oranges, kale, leafy greens all effectively increase oxygen levels in the blood.
  4. Laugh. Laughter fills your lungs with air and releases happy brain chemicals into your bloodstream that flood your cells with oxygen. Even bad jokes work!
  5. Get massage. Massage increases circulation through all the cells of the body increasing oxygen to the muscles and organs, and improving the flow of blood, nerves and lymph.
  6. Supplement with iron, vitamin A, C, B complex and NAC. All these contribute to keeping your blood oxygenated. If low, they can affect your health.

For more information on respiratory health, contact Dr. Giulietta Octavio, DACM. 

Contact Dr. Octavio

 Why is it important to take care of your respiratory system, stay healthy and maximize your blood oxygen levels? 

  1. Staying healthy and functional as possible is best for your own well-being and that of your family.
  2. Protecting your respiratory health spares the use of emergency medical services that may already be overloaded by other crises.
  3. Staying healthy may enable you to volunteer or assist others in smoke filled areas.
  4. Boosting your respiratory system now will protect you from asthma, allergies, colds and flus later in the Fall and Winter.

Our health and a healthy environment are precious resources that we must continually promote and protect, for Life. 

Have Donations? I am coordinating supplies with Mira Eva and can transport items this weekend. Please contact me for more info: 415-531-8555. 

Doctoral Diaries- Research for the Medicine Nerds-

When I began my practice of Acupuncture, there was very little research. Now, 15 years later, there are quite a few  substantive  studies. I returned to school and research, to complete my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine this year and have been impressed by the growing body of evidence for this work.


Research into acupuncture has had ripple effects beyond the field of acupuncture. This paper identifies five exemplars to illustrate that there is tangible evidence of the way insights gleaned from acupuncture research have informed biomedical research, practice, or policy. The first exemplar documents how early research into acupuncture analgesia has expanded into neuroimaging research, broadening physiologic understanding and treatment of chronic pain. The second describes how the acupuncture needle has become a tool to enhance biomedical knowledge of connective tissue. The third exemplar, which illustrates use of a modified acupuncture needle as a sham device, focuses on emergent understanding of placebo effects and, in turn, on insights into therapeutic encounters in treatments unrelated to acupuncture. The fourth exemplar documents that two medical devices now in widespread use were inspired by acupuncture: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators for pain control and antinausea wrist bands. The final exemplar describes how pragmatic clinical trial designs applied in acupuncture research have informed current general interest in comparative effectiveness research. In conclusion, these exemplars of unanticipated outcomes of acupuncture research comprise an additional rationale for continued support of basic and clinical research evaluating acupuncture and other under-researched therapies.