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7 Myths About Food Therapy

August 6, 2014

Think you have a reason not to try food therapy? I bet I can change your mind. Behold, seven common myths and my rebuttals: If you implement food therapy, you’ll have to give up foods you love. That is absolutely not true. I actually find that many times people eat in tune with their bodies—sometimes foods you love make you feel good, and that’s why you’re eating them. I will

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Seriously, What Is Food Therapy?

August 4, 2014

People get nervous when they hear that I might do a little food therapy with them. I think they instantly are sure they are going to be “subjected” to some kind of crazy, pressure-filled elimination diet situation. People will ask: Is this Western nutrition? Is this about how I’ll never eat stuff I like ever again? Short answer: No. Here’s what food therapy means to me and how I practice

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The Science of Stretch

August 1, 2014

We’ve been talking about meridians all week—what they are, where they run, and why it means we can treat an elbow for a knee or a foot for a headache. And we’re learning that Western research is proving what Chinese medicine practitioners have known for centuries: meridians are real, they’re treatable, and Chinese medicine is effective. I know some of you love geeking out as much as I do, and

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OK, But How the Heck Do Meridians Work?

July 30, 2014

I know. It seems like magic. People will go see their doctor and ask, “Should I get acupuncture?” The doctor will likely say something like, “We don’t know why it works, but it does and you should try it if you want to.” I know how it works. Primarily, it works on your connective tissue. Not surprisingly, in Western medicine, there’s not a huge body of knowledge about connective tissue

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Just What the Heck Are Meridians, Anyway?

July 28, 2014

Meridians are one of those things people get curious about and we don’t always get to breaking them down in appointments, so I thought I’d take a week and explain how awesome meridians can be. Meridians are the energy pathways that wind throughout your body and circulate your energy. (See here for a great image of a map of your body’s meridians.) Energy meridians in your body run from head

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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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