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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

Love is Your Healing Superpower!

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My patient Adam had been in a severe car accident when he was young. He nearly died of his injuries and spent several months in intensive care. He attributes his miraculous healing to the love of his friends and family who came to the hospital every day. They spent hours at his bedside, talking to him, and holding his hand. Even when he wasn’t conscious, he was aware that they were there. Love is your healing superpower. For all of us. You have the ability to learn how to use it, to draw upon it, and to have it become…

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The Healing Power Of Love

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Have you ever noticed that when you’re in love, everything feels good? Your body feels great. Emotionally, you can’t be stopped. Even the usual stressors at work or at home don’t get you down. It’s almost as if love gives you superpowers! Whether it’s romantic love, love for friends, love for a child, or even love for a stranger, our world feels brighter, happier, and more available to us when we are experiencing love. We feel alive! If you think about it, every great mythical quest throughout time—from Homer’s Odyssey to the story of Superman—begins and ends with love. Love…

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How To Care for your Nervous System

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In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are most prevalent in winter, which I’ve already told you about. One of the things that kidneys rule is the nervous system because they regulate your physical brain. This means all the neurotransmitters, and all the chemicals your brain produces. In winter, you might be more prone to having feelings like depression or anxiety – symptoms that you might not always have at other times of the year. You may feel more easily exhausted and overwhelmed, especially if you already have a tendency to feel overwhelmed. It’s interesting that the holidays are often times where…

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How to Detox in Winter

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I’ve been practicing Chinese medicine for over 25 years, and one of the things that I love is that it’s all about the idea of keeping in balance and staying in tune with your body. Each organ has a time of year, a time of day when it is most active, and many additional actions besides what we understand in the West. Living according to the seasons with your organs in mind is a great way to stay in balance. Starting in mid-December we move into the “kidney” time of year. Kidneys are the source of your energy or “essence”….

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Happy Holidays

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This is the week of holidays – and I just want to say that I love you and thank you for being in my life. I am so grateful to have the work that I have, to get to fulfill my destiny on this earth, and that destiny is to help people heal. Because of you, I get to do that every single day, so thank you so much. I want to wish you the warmest, loving amazing holiday season, wherever you are in the world. I wish you healing if you’re struggling with an ailment. I am sending my…

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6 Ways to be Generous During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, we think of all the gifts that we want to get for others. Shopping, running around, thinking what might be special for that loved one, it’s often stressful trying to find just the right thing. You could easily feel overwhelmed. Sometimes you might begin to feel that you’re giving too much to others, and don’t have anything left for yourself.  Especially during this time of year, you can feel an emptiness or possibly a sense of meaninglessness. As humans, we are designed to love, to be kind and to be generous with one another. If you’re…

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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

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It’s the holiday season, and while this is a time for celebration it is also a time for stress. It seems like we always have a million things to do this time of year, and sometimes taking care of our health is the lowest on that list. It can be difficult to keep yourself on track with wellness, whether that be a healing plan or a diet regimen. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a blur, where it can be easy to continue the eating pattern you started on Thanksgiving, which more often than not can be unhealthy….

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Detoxing after the Fires

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 My heart is with all of you who have suffered as a result of the recent wildfires we’ve had in California. The degree of loss of property and life has been unfathomable. I know for many of you who have lost so much, thinking of your health at such a time isn’t on the top of your list. I completely understand. This blog is written for when you are ready to handle it. I want to address the health effects of such major disastrous event. For two weeks the air quality in Northern California was the worst in the world….

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Breathing Well During Wildfires

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Today we’re going to talk about something serious. With the fires raging in California, it almost feels like the entire state is enveloped in a thick haze of smoke. Not only are the fires a terrible tragedy, but the smoke they create also causes our air quality to be terrible. It’s getting so bad that otherwise normal, healthy people are having breathing problems because of it. Not to mention, there are long-term health consequences because of it. The leading cause of death in the world is air pollution! It can be difficult, but there are some ways to help reduce…

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