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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

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The healing power of forgiveness has been well documented. Research shows that being able to forgive can help your health in many ways. Amongst them is lower blood pressure, stronger immune and heart health, as well as less anxiety and depression, and even better physical fitness.  With all these benefits, you’d think that everyone would want to forgive as fast as possible. Yet we are often reluctant to forgive when we’ve felt slighted. What keeps you from forgiving someone? For some of us, it’s the need to be right. For other’s holding on to a painful memory seems to define…

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Dr. Shiroko’s Fall Cleanse 2018

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THE SEASONAL REBOOT WITH SHIROKO SOKITCH, MD BEGINS OCTOBER 1st! This custom detoxifying cleanse program provides you with everything you need to get started, including 28 drink mix packets and 28 capsule packets. Participants will also have the support of our community as we embark on this seasonal tradition together. Fall is the time of year of the lungs – so this cleanse is especially important. Because the lungs regulate your immune system and deal with the emotion of grief. After a long summer of enjoying the outdoors, fall is when your bodies turn inwards. Ridding your body of toxins with…

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Why Acupuncture?

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I have been practicing acupuncture in Santa Rosa CA for 25 years, and I am still awed by it every day. It is an incredible treatment modality, and an amazing treatment to receive. Despite this, there are many people who don’t understand how it works or what it does exactly. Acupuncture is based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Specifically the idea that your body is made up of energy that travels through the body in certain patterns. When your energy is out of balance, this causes problems in your body such as illness and pain. The overall purpose of doing…

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Staying Healthy In Fall

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It’s nearly Fall. That is the time of year that our bodies start to turn inward. Today I want to talk about ways to help you prepare for winter and stay healthy. The first and most important thing I always suggest is to do a seasonal cleanse at the beginning of Fall to get your immune system in the best shape it can be. We accumulate toxins in our bodies throughout the year, and it’s a good idea to clear them out every once in a while. I advise a cleanse in both Spring and Fall, as they come before the…

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Magical Menopause

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Menopause…that word freaked me out when I was beginning to approach it in my late 40s. I did not want to go through it, or feel like I was aging. Have you ever felt like that? Are you facing menopause and aging with dread? I’m well past menopause now, and it went well. There are many ways to approach this time of life with grace and ease. Today’s blog is going to share with you some tips and a report to help you deal. If the symptoms of Menopause are negatively affecting you, this may change your life! Do you…

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

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Love is the most healing force in the universe. There are different ways that this is true, but today I’m going to focus on how our energy and love are connected on a cellular level. After 30 years of practicing Chinese Medicine, I’ve learned a lot. One of my favorite aspects of the discipline is the idea that we’re all made up of energy that travels throughout our bodies. The Power Of Love This energy acts as the controlling force in our bodies and is the essence that connects everything in the universe. There is a communication system that is…

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Get to Know Goldenseal

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Goldenseal is an herb in the buttercup family, known for its thick yellow root stalk. Its most popular use is to prevent colds. It can also help you fight colds off faster. Recently, I was in my local health food store and was browsing for goldenseal, of which I only found one type – whereas I found nearly twenty different types of echinacea, an herb with some similar uses. I understand that supply and demand can cause a fluctuation of available products, but it’s a shame that goldenseal isn’t more popular. BERBERINE The active ingredient in goldenseal is Berberine, which…

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Breakfast Breakdown (Part 1)

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Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but for many people it can be a challenge to find the right things to eat. If you’re like me and don’t – or can’t – eat grains, dairy or eggs you may feel like you’re experiencing a breakfast breakdown with trying to understand what’s for breakfast every day. Many people don’t like to eat what they would normally eat at lunch or dinner time for breakfast, though that is always a viable option. So, here’s a fresh idea for you: tapioca pudding. One of the best…

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How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

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I love to travel and learn about new people, experience new foods and just get out of my own usual comfort zone. I just got back from an amazing work/vacation trip to Europe!  It started with a week cruising on the Baltic sea, visiting new places I’d never been and then a week in Paris studying a different way of using ear acupuncture and walking around that beautiful city! I had never been there before! It was incredible!! On my first day there I got the first bladder infection of my life!! OMG! I spent my first two days looking…

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What Is Functional Medicine Anyway?

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      I’ve dedicated the last 18 months to studying and certifying myself in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine, founded by Jeffrey Bland PhD. Yesterday was the big day, I took the board exam, a four hour test to prove I’ve got the knowledge they require. WHEW!!! THAT WAS HARD!!! When I say I practice functional medicine everyone asks me “what is it?”! There are so many modalities of healing it can get confusing sorting through all of the paths. So I wanted to explain it from my perspective and experience. Functional Medicine is a way…

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