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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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Icing for Injuries: To ice or not to ice, is there a question?

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When you injure yourself, more often than not you will be told to immediately ice the area to reduce inflammation. But, is icing for injuries actually good advice? Does icing provide a benefit beyond immediate but temporary pain relief? And, on a deeper level, is reducing inflammation actually a good thing for you to do? After all, the human body is an incredibly efficient and effective organic machine, often able to heal itself from injury and disease, if only we allow it to do so. What if inflammation is a good thing? What if, “The buildup of fluid, swelling or…

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Medical Acupuncture: A Brief Introduction

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Similar to traditional Chinese acupuncture, medical acupuncture is a modern treatment approach founded in concepts of neurology, anatomy, and physiology. Imagine that your body is a house with all sorts of electrical systems in place. Not all of them are on at the same time. When you turn on a light switch it allows the electricity to flow in that part of your house. This is how acupuncture works, you put a needle in some place and it turns on the power in that part of your body’s energy. Each location is specific and deals with a necessary aspect of…

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Supplements for Treating Flu

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Supplements for Treating Flu, Flu Prevention and Healing Flu When you Got it. A few years ago I wrote a blog about how to use supplements to prevent, or heal from the flu if you get it. Keep this in mind when we get closer to fall, which is the time of year to pay more attention to this, but…that being said, a lot of people also get ill during spring with all the weather changes. Lately a lot of people have asked me about it so I thought I’d rewrite it with the new knowledge I’ve gained in the…

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