Archive for April, 2014

This April, my 15 year old daughter came back from a camping weekend with what they thought was a spider bite. The counselor advised her to get it looked at by a medical professional, as the skin had gotten red and purplish and swollen. I took her to First Care, a medical walk-in center, in Highland, NY, which is an excellent facility (and NOT an ER room, which I avoid like the plague!)

Jeff, the nurse who initially met with us explained that he learned in ER training – if you did NOT see the spider bite you, then you don’t have a spider bite. Since spiders are not nocturnal, you most likely won’t get it while you sleep. You’ll feel it bite you, so that would be another indicator.

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider


There are two types of serious spider bites in our area, upstate New York – brown recluse and the wolf spider (from which you’ll get a reaction but it’s not potentially serious as the brown recluse bite). The black widow spider bite is less dangerous than the brown recluse, but there are rarely black widows in upstate New York, as they tend to like more temperate climates.


Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

Doctor Donaldson, who came in later, confirmed this information. He added that he did not want to prescribe antibiotics at all, even as a precaution. (Which I probably would not have used, as I use other remedies in lieu of antibiotics for most health challenges.)




What I did for my daughter, which I would do for any bad reaction to a bite:
* activated charcoal poultice –
take a capsule, add some water, apply and bandage
–> I had used this prior to leaving the house and by the time we got to First Care, it was almost gone, both the redness and the hotness
Activated charcoal is great to have on hand – taken internally, it will clear up food poisoning pretty dramatically

* apis mellifica, homeopathic – it’s a homeopathic remedy, Latin name for bee, but for any bug bite that has a reaction it works, I’ve used it for years with great success
* echinacea + barberry, I might want to add cleavers and burdock, which are blood cleansers
* you could use baking soda poultice for itching
* coconut oil is good as it has lauric acid which is an anti-microbial and it has free radicals
* I also had her take internally 2 capsules of charcoal and repeat that before bedtime

For the herbs and homeopathics – Take them on the hour, alternating them (so you are taking a remedy on the half hour) until the reaction is over, usually just the first day and then taper off the next day
Drink lots of water
* probiotics would be great as well

To make it simple on the road, you could do clay or mud and just take the homeopathic remedy apis mellifica. The above remedies are extra, sometimes I like to be aggressive at first and then back off. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing much at all!

The doctor said in his 35 years of ER work, he only saw spider bites two times, so they’re pretty rare. A lot of times people get a staph infection or some other reaction to who knows what, and a spider bite it blamed. The brown recluse spider can give a nasty venomous bite – and cause tissue necrosis, however. But again, this is pretty rare.

Actually, when I first started practicing acupuncture 8 years ago, a woman came to me for backache and I noticed that she had a nasty spider bite on her leg. She had gotten it weeks ago, had seen the spider bite her. It was treated with meds, but it was still lingering pretty seriously. I did an acupuncture protocol that I had learned in school and which I had been using at the Manhattan cancer hospital where I also worked, for clients undergoing chemo/radiation, to help the body detox from the toxins. My client called me that night and said she wanted to return the next day – her back was fine but the spider bite reaction was almost gone. That was great, to have visible proof of the efficacy of this particular protocol (which I’m happy to share with any acupuncturists you may know.)



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Spring …. it is springin’!! As we fully imbibe its green magic, consider adding some green magic to your diet. Greens, greens and more greens – for several ideas on that, see my website, http://www.ThereseSibonAcupuncture.com and look under the Self Care section – Spring Cleanse and the Power of Greens (and have fun with it all!)

Here are two recipes for amazing green smoothies. The first is one I’ve used for years, and I never tire of it. I’ve had so many people sample it and the feedback has been across the board raves! This is a smoothie that is filling, nourishing and loaded with pretty much all you need, nutritionally, to get through the day. I particularly ensure I make it when I know that I will have a lot of running around and may not get optimal food on the way. While I am not suggesting that this can replace meals, it can at least provide the nutrients that you may not get otherwise. And it’s delicious!

The amounts listed are guess-timates – add more or less of the ingredients as you choose. I tend to like it on the thick side, so adapt for yourself as desired.



> Coconut water (approximately 3 cups) *
> Small handful of cilantro (I cut off part of the stem ends, if they are fibrous)
> Larger handful of kale (I strip off the leaves and discard the parts of the stem that are too fibrous)
> Fresh pineapple (or frozen) 2 rings, approximately
> 1/2 grapefruit, peeled (I like to leave on as much pith as possible, even though it’s bitter, as it has a lot of bioflavenoids, and I like the taste)
> 1/2 to 1 avocado
> 1 tbsp of so flaxseed oil
> 1 tbsp of so coconut oil – if it’s too solid, I’ll heat gently under my stove-warming light before adding to blender. If you blend the drink longer, the solid oil will melt, so that’s another option.


Put all ingredients in blender. I use an Oster BCBG, which was rated 2nd to the Vitamix. The Oster is $40 and the Vitamix $400. I have not found the need to purchase the Vitamix, for my purposes, even though it’s an amazing machine.

Blend, blend, blend (longer time for oster or non-vitamix). I like a smooth consistency. Adding the avocado and the oils emulsifies the drink and gives it a creamy consistency.

I put in a large quart sized jar and sip over the course of the morning. Yum. I feel so energized and satisfied! 🙂image



* for this smoothie, I use Zico Coconut water (NOT coconut milk) . While I prefer Taste Nirvana coconut water for plain drinking and for the health drink recipe following, I don’t find it necessary for this one (there is a considerable price difference).







Easy peasy – Just add 1 or 2 bottles of coconut water and a handful of kale in the blender. I like to add a tbsp or so of coconut oil. If I melt the oil under my stove light warmer, then I can add the oil that way, if it’s too solidified. If that doesn’t work for you, I would add the kale and a little bit of the coconut water and blend it til the heat of the blending melts the oil. Then add the coconut water. I like this drink to be somewhat cool, but you choose.

Blend blend blend – you could add a splash of agave and a 1/4 tsp of vanilla, if you want a sweeter, more exotic drink

Loaded with electrolytes from the coconut water, amino acids and vitamins from the kale, and the amazing health benefits of coconut oil – including triglycerides which are a quick source energy and lauric acid, which can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi – this drink is a quick and easy immune and energy boost.



I like this Taste Nirvana brand (plain and with pulp) for this drink. It’s more expensive than Zico, but for this it’s worth the price.
(no, I don’t make anything promoting these products!)


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