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By |March 4th, 2020|acupuncture, Allergies & Autoimmune, Anxiety/Stress, Cancer, Chinese Medicine, Drugs, Environmental Health, Food as Medicine, Uncategorized|

The new Coronavirus (dubbed “COVID19” or “nCoV-2019”) is likely the hottest topic of discussion around the world today. What I’m not hearing or seeing in the media is discussion and information about natural and holistic medicines and how we have viable protective and anti-viral options available right now! What I am seeing is the hype that scares everyone. This article will address several of the available herbs, foods, and more that can be found in your kitchen and at our clinic or other natural health stores.

As of Wednesday, March 4, 2020, […]

Going Mainstream: Integrative Care for Breast (and other) Cancers

By |July 31st, 2018|acupuncture, Anxiety/Stress, Cancer, Chinese Medicine, Food as Medicine, Pain, Reiki & Other Energy Medicine|

You likely already know that including holistic and natural medicine in most, if not all, medical treatment plans is a wise idea.  In this article, we take a quick dive into the world of integrative treatments for breast cancer. The implications of all the research and clinical experience indicates the efficacy of integrative treatments for many, if not all, cancers.


But the big news here is that movement toward institutionalizing currently-termed “alternative” treatments is being–in essence–blessed and starting to move into mainstream medicine.  It’s called Integrative Medicine, and there are several early […]

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Mission Impossible: Stories of Healing

By |October 4th, 2017|acupuncture, Allergies & Autoimmune, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Diabetes, Chinese Medicine, Chocolate, Food as Medicine, Intestinal Health, Pain, Uncategorized|


Part 1 of 3:  Food as Medicine


Your body knows how to heal.  You evolved alongside plants, other creatures around and inside of you, and you require minerals from the earth to conduct complex biochemical processes.  Natural medicine is all around you.  What does your body need for best health?


This article series is designed to fire your imagination, broaden your horizons, and inspire hope to keep or retrieve your good health.   Perhaps this broader thinking can save you and others the headaches and even tragedies of becoming unnecessarily caught […]

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By |January 18th, 2017|Allergies & Autoimmune, Anxiety/Stress, Environmental Health, Fertility & Family, Uncategorized|

Part 1 (Part 2 next week!)


Dr. Martin will be sharing this topic Live on an Internet Broadcast,  Friday, August 24th at noon.   Click here to join the call and ask your questions!:


What IS Autoimmune Disease?

It affects millions of Americans, and it’s becoming more and more widespread.  “It” goes by names like Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac’s Disease, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Type 1 Diabetes, and more…


“It” is a disorder of the body’s immune system in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own body tissue–which it “believes” to be foreign.


There are many symptoms […]


Cereal Killers!!

By |January 18th, 2017|Allergies & Autoimmune, Cardiovascular and Diabetes, Food as Medicine, Uncategorized|

By David Martin – Acupuncture Physician practicing Holistic Medicine, serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh and Naples.

Common Breakfast Mistakes
The most common mistake people make with their breakfast is to eat typical breakfast foods, most of which are highly processed and loaded with sugars. This includes waffles, cereal, toast, muffins, bagels and other breakfast sandwiches. These are some of the absolute worst foods you can eat. They satiate your current hunger but set you up for metabolic disasters and fuel excess body fat and obesity-related diseases.
There are many thousands of well done peer reviewed studies that support the harmful effects […]

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Medicine is changing (part 3)

By |September 4th, 2016|acupuncture, Food as Medicine, Uncategorized|


The Power of Context

PART 3 of 4 articles


As Malcolm Gladwell states in his book “The Tipping Point”:

“Epidemics are sensitive to the conditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur“.


What is it that changes everything…something about our circumstances or awareness that moves an idea, service or product into the forefront and into Mainstream acceptance?   Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “The Tipping Point” is all about that, and we’ve been exploring his 3 main ideas.  This month’s article is all about the CONTEXT that creates acceptance and breakthrough to success.


Power of Context  #1:  


The context was […]

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Food Healing for Dogs

By |June 2nd, 2016|Food as Medicine, Uncategorized|



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Do Dogs Need Fruits and Vegetables?


Have you ever wondered about the value (or harm) we humans cause by feeding our animals like ourselves?   For example, have your dogs been happily munching raw carrots as treats for years, like ours?   Could that actually be a good thing, or is it not a good idea?   There are arguments, data, and science supporting both sides of this issue.


First, let me note that no one at Lotus Blossom Clinic is a trained veterinarian, and you are encouraged always to […]

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By |May 5th, 2016|Cardiovascular and Diabetes, Food as Medicine, Uncategorized|

Dangerous CombinationsFoods & Drugs:   What could possibly go wrong?


Last week we took a call from one of our newest patients who came to see us for a couple of specific conditions.   This particular day, he had terrible pain in his legs, and he was afraid of potential blood clots.  He was on his way to Lee Memorial and wanted to get our opinion.  We concurred that he had a serious and immediate problem for which often Western Medicine is your best first stop.  So he drove on.


Sure enough, after […]



By |March 13th, 2016|Fertility & Family, Food as Medicine|

It is now officially Cold and Flu Season.   Several of our neighbors and patients have really suffered over the holidays, and pregnant women should avoid most medications which could harm the baby.  So what can you DO that is safe and natural?  Well, as it turns out, there is plenty you can do.  Let’s start with your body’s need for Vitamin D, which recent science shows is also be highly effective in preventing breast cancer, an immune system disease.  Having enough Vitamin D is a huge factor for staying healthy by boosting your immune system.

We’ve all been taught to […]

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By |June 4th, 2015|Allergies & Autoimmune, Food as Medicine|

Food is Medicine

Part 3:   Natural Solutions to Treat and Reverse Autoimmune Disease




In Chinese Medicine, so-called auto-immune diseases are treated as misbehaving or weak immune systems, and as an Acupuncture Physician, I am trained to use specific acupuncture points to perform what is termed “Tonifying or Strengthening Defensive Qi”.   This treatment creates a boosting effect and helps the immune system behave more correctly.   For example, acupuncture frequently demonstrates immediate results in pain reduction in the joints….pain and inflammation which may be caused by an “auto-immune condition” […]


Spring into Sprouts

By |May 7th, 2014|Food as Medicine|

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Spring Into Sprouts

By David Martin, Acupuncture Physician with Lotus Blossom Clinic- Holistic Healing Center ; serving Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral

Whoo Hoo– it is spring time again! 
In this issue, we bring you an understanding of the Nutritious Powerhouses called Sprouts and give you links to learn about growing your own!

Did you ever wonder what happens when a seed sprouts?

  •  Stored food & enzymes needed for growth of the mature plant are mobilized.
  •  Protein, carbohydrate & fat is broken down (pre-digested) to free amino acids, simple sugars & soluble compounds.
  • Vitamins, […]
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