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My Gift to You This Holiday Season

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The holidays are a wonderful time for reflection. While many of us feel pressured to find the perfect gift, it can be tempting to forget the importance of both kind words and an open heart. Winter’s chilly weather reminds us to go inside, and it’s a reminder for us to also look inward. May we remember to be thankful for both the lessons we’ve learned and the loved ones in our lives. A Prayer for Love and Peace “For this holiday season: I wish you the most beautiful time with beloved friends and family Filled with gracious gifts Joyful delicious…

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5 Ways to Resolve Your Pain

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I’ve spent some time discussing how to resolve pain from poor digestive health, lowered immunity, inflammation, and chronic pain. In this article, I want to speak to those who are experiencing physical pain. Whether you’ve just been injured or are dealing with a chronic condition like osteoarthritis, you don’t have to suffer! These five methods work with your body to bring you relief and help you get back to optimal health. 1.    Acupuncture Acupuncture is recognized as an effective technique for pain relief. It has also been practiced for over 3000 years! Developed in Ancient China, this painless technique involves…

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Is This Pain All in My Head?

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Have you ever struggled to find an explanation for your pain? Have you seen countless doctors in an attempt to identify the source of your discomfort? Do you ever wonder if your pain is all in your head? These are concerns I hear from many of my patients, including Sarah, a mother of three who has had migraines for the past year whenever her stress level soars, and Marsha, who had a knee replacement years ago but still experiences crippling pain off and on. Like many others, these patients are told that there is no reason for their pain and…

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Embrace Gratitude to Improve Your Health

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Is gratitude a part of your health plan? Many of us prioritize nourishing our bodies, staying hydrated, and supplementing to boost our health, but overlook the importance of a grateful heart. If you want to invite an abundance of all sorts into your life, an attitude of thankfulness is the best way to start. Below, I share both the health benefits associated with gratitude, and a few of my favorite exercises for shifting my focus to one of thanks. A Prescription for Gratitude Two celebrated psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E….

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How to Spot (and Fix) a Weak Immune System

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Our bodies are equipped with the miraculous ability to heal themselves. Unfortunately for some of us, this intricate system can become depleted, making us more susceptible to both common illnesses and life-threatening diseases. As I mentioned in my last blog – sometimes when we are too sensitive to others or always engaged in taking care of others (as so many healers are), we can be more “permeable” to the outside world – which weakens our immune system. In this article, I’ll examine signs of a weak immune system, and suggest remedies for bolstering your immunity, just in time for flu…

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Dietary Supplements for Memory and Cognition

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It’s the nature of the world in which we live that there is seldom a single solution to even the most common of problems we encounter. For example, the largely accidental discovery that certain molds would kill harmful bacteria, which would lead to the eventual creation of the antibiotic penicillin; seen as a wonder drug when it was finally proven to be effective at treating a range of bacterial infections, including Streptococci, Staphylococci, Clostridium, and Listeria genera. Yet, even this was not a cure-all; in addition to some relatively mild side effects, there are a number of people who are…

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Nutritional Supplements – Are They Good for You?

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Are Nutritional Supplements Good for You? Did you know that in 2015 – Americans spent over 35 billion dollars on nutritional supplements? That is almost as much as our health care expenditure! So, it seems like a good idea to figure out if they work, or if they’re good for you. It’s good idea to do your research and make sure that you are buying quality supplements. There are problems with many companies, they don’t use quality ingredients, they make claims that aren’t true, and they sometimes have drugs in their products. But this is why it’s SO important to research what…

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Acupuncture for Pain Management

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For centuries, those of us in the West have considered Chinese medicine and acupuncture a mere curiosity; interesting, yet hardly of real value in the face of “Modern Science” and “Western Medicine”. (And yes, I used caps on those phrases deliberately, and somewhat facetiously.) However, in my own practice and according to many sources, among them the medical website WebMD.com, acupuncture has today become “widely accepted among the medical community. And it’s pretty popular with patients as well. A recent survey found almost 3.5 million Americans said they’d had acupuncture in the previous year.” As further proof of the efficacy…

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How to Feel Safe in a Crazy World – Or How To Develop Inner Peace

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There is so much happening in the world right now that seems just plain crazy: terrorist attacks, military coups, random shootings in schools and malls, and sniper attacks on police. I just heard about a guy who attacked passengers on a train in Germany with an axe!! So, with all that craziness happening – what will you do to feel safe? Which trips will you cancel? Or, will you go on that trip anyway and find a way to take care of yourself and your family? An important component of the functional medicine I practice is using a holistic approach…

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Functional Medicine: When Science Fails Us

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When I first heard about HIV/AIDS back in the eighties, we in the medical profession were told that it was a universally fatal infection that affected only gay people, mostly gay men. I immediately thought that this was impossible–how could a virus distinguish between types of humans? There was no chemical difference that caused people to be gay, and which a virus could attack. The thinking at the time simply made no scientific sense to me, or to many in the medical community. Other examples of scientific and medical mistakes are plentiful: malaria was caused by “bad air” in certain…

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