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Fabulous Friday: Eating Fat to Manage Anxiety

July 25, 2014

A lot of my clients love me because even though I do “food therapy,” I sometimes prescribe bacon. Or butter. That’s right. I am a fan of fat. I’m not just going to put you on a restricted diet—that’s not good for anyone! Life is meant to be enjoyed. And it will be if you feel better. And if you get to enjoy your food, too. I’ve talked about it

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Patient Profile: Managing Anxiety, Part II

July 23, 2014

This week we’re talking about Sadie and her journey to weaning off her anxiety medications. Monday’s post will catch you up on the overview. Today, we turn the blog over to Sadie to tell her side of the story! How long had you struggled with anxiety? Was there a certain point or experience that you realized caused it/ and you need to do something about it? I had taken an

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Patient Profile: Managing Anxiety

July 21, 2014

This week, we’re going to profile a super patient of mine, Sadie, who was struggling with anxiety and wanting to wean off of her anxiety medications–which can cause some nasty side effects of their own. This is one of my favorite things to help with—because oftentimes, the medications aren’t working well and/or side effects are kicking in and Western medicine doesn’t have much to offer by way of easing any

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Fabulously Geeky Friday: Migraine Research

July 18, 2014

With my background as an engineer, I really love reading about all the research being done about acupuncture. There has been so much research done on acupuncture in the last 10 years—it’s mindboggling. I love that it helps prove to people that acupuncture really works. Lots of individual research studies have been done on acupuncture for migraines. And one of the gold standards in helping decide if a treatment modality

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Knocking Out Migraine Pain

November 9, 2017

If you’re suffering from migraine pain, I know you’ll do anything to stop it. Thankfully, you can do something that is non-invasive and you don’t need a prescription. You just need needles—and me! And acupuncture is a proven treatment in both Chinese Medicine and Western medicine. Here’s why acupuncture is right for you and your migraine pain: We can prevent migraines from occurring. We can decrease migraine severity. We can

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Migraines: What’s Your Type?

July 14, 2014

Migraines can be annoying at best and debilitating at worst. It’s amazing people can suffer with this kind of horrific pain regularly. Sufferers know: Once you see that halo, or spots, or lights in peripheral vision—or noise becomes unbearable—a migraine is coming and you better get in a dark room, lie down, and go to sleep. Your whole head might throb, or you might have pain behind one eye, or

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Treating Yeast Infections With Probiotics

July 11, 2014

Here’s an amazing Friday trick for those of you who suffer those annoying, frustrating, and potentially chronic yeast infections! In my opinion, yeast infections are one of the most annoying things to deal with. It’s so nice when you can treat it with a natural method, too. When I went to school, one of my classmates was a nun and had done missionary work in Africa, where they did not

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7 Probiotics You Need to Know About

July 9, 2014

It seems a little strange when you think about it—the fact that swallowing live microbes might make you feel better. But when you think of them as armies of the good guys, it gets a little less weird. They do a lot of thankless work—that is, until you’re unbalanced. Then you might have a whole host of problems or symptoms on your hands and it’s a relatively painless solution! I

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Probiotics 101

July 2, 2014

Or, maybe we could call this “When a good bug goes bad. Or disappears. And what we can do about it.” You may have seen a lot about probiotics in the news, on commercials, or recommended in natural-health magazines for a whole host of issues you may be having, but how much do you know about them? It’s a huge topic, so I wanted to bring you a little information

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My Two Favorite Ways to Relax

July 2, 2014

It’s so common to have trouble unwinding. As we talked about on Monday, this is often because people overwork themselves and overdo it for so long. You may feel guilty. You may need something external to help you relax, from sedatives to cigarettes to food. But maybe, just maybe there’s something else you can do during the day so that you can maintain focus, sit still, fall asleep easily, or

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Summertime Relaxation Is OK. I Promise.

June 30, 2014

The Fourth of July holiday is already in sight. Surprised? Most people are. You’re spending a lot of energy and time outside and you might even be working extra hard this week so you can take a break and watch the fireworks or go up to the cabin. Maybe you’re feeling guilty because your inner monologue is telling you that you should be running around and producing and getting things

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The Best Safe Sunblocks

June 27, 2014

All right, so we’ve been really digging the sun this week, right? I wanted to share with you some of my favorite sunscreens and sunblocks with you! I have two basic guidelines for picking sunblock: 1. No oxybenzone (watch out for this in lip balms containing SPF too!) 2. If “fragrance” is listed in the the ingredients, there’s no limit to the type of chemicals in the entire formulation. Scary,

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Sun Safety: Guide to Sunblock

June 25, 2014

Bask in the sunshine. Boost your Qi. Absorb Vitamin D. But stay safe. Not only do you not want to soak up all the good stuff the sun provides, you want to protect against skin cancer, sunburns, and sunspots/aging. We’re starting to hear some creepy stuff about sunscreens and sunblocks—that maybe using sunblock doesn’t also prevent skin cancer. Turns out that SPF 50 you were putting on only prevents sunburn,

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Here Comes the Sun: What You Need to Know About Sun Exposure

June 23, 2014

We just celebrated the solstice—the day with the longest amount of sunshine all year—but for most of us, summer is just getting into full swing, as we talked about last week. This week, I want to dive into—from a Chinese Medicine perspective—what the sun is, what it does, and how we can best take advantage of all its good qualities without taking on damage. This probably won’t come as any

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Best Patio in the Twin Cities

June 20, 2014

People might say Minnesota has two seasons: winter and construction, as the old joke goes. But it could also be Winter and Patio Season, in my mind! After talking this week about celebrating summer as the time of the Heart, doing what you love, and cultivating joy, I had to share a spot that is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, and I don’t even care

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