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Anxiety and that feeling in the pit of your stomach

What does anxiety and depression have to do with your guts, your gut bacteria in particular? Well, a whole lot it turns out. Apparently, the probiotic bacteria in your digestive tract profoundly affects your ‘gut/brain axis’. John Cryan at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center at University College Cork, Ireland has done...

Fresh foods reduce toxins in our blood

A recent study has shown that by eating fresh foods we can dramatically reduce the levels of BPA and DEHP in our bodies. These two plastics are known to disrupt hormones leading to developmental problems, reproductive problems, cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. They are also common ingredients in...

Mindful Eating

Now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to take stock of where we are and how we want to be in this New Year. My New Year’s resolution is to ALWAYS practice ‘mindful eating’. One of the best ways to reduce stress and help the body get into that...

Weight Loss for the Long-Term: No More Diets and Gimmicks

Approximately 70 million Americans are overweight. 34% of our country is obese, which means that one is over 20 pounds his or her optimal weight. The vast majority of overweight people have been on a variety of diets and regimens. It is quite common to experience initial success on diets....

5 Time Tested Ways to Dissolve Stress

Most of us can attest to the fact that stress is reaching epidemic proportions in modern society. Balancing work, family, health, money, etc. is a challenge that many of us feel ill equipped to face. Eighty percent of the doctor visits in our country are stress related. Our quality of...

Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for Smoking Cessation

Many people turn to acupuncture when they want to quit smoking. This is because acupuncture can be a gentle and effective way to reduce cravings, detoxify the lungs, and stabilize one’s emotions as they are quitting. Is it a magic bullet? Usually not. The patient has to be ready to...

Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for Sciatica

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have proven to be effective for many people who suffer from sciatica. This condition, which is characterized by nervy and gnawing pain that radiates from the low back down one or both legs, can be debilitating and frustrating. Many patients have tried conventional therapies such as...

Acupuncture and Natural Therapies for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a commonly misunderstood condition that currently affects around 5 million Americans. Acupuncture, along with a variety of natural treatment approaches, can often offer profound benefit to people diagnosed with PTSD or share a similar constellation of symptoms. Acupuncture can treat PTSD by harmonizing...

Acupuncture and Natural Treatment Options for Premenstrual Syndrome and Syndrome and Menstrual Cramps

In my private practice, PMS and dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) are certainly common reasons for seeking treatment with acupuncture with herbs, as these holistic methods tend to be very effective and safe options for most women. Chinese medicine and acupuncture have enjoyed a rich history in treating gynecological issues. Even today,...

The 5 Foundations of Optimal Health

Optimal health. We all want to have it, but very few of us are anywhere close to achieving it. This is because, unfortunately, health is not a high priority for most of us. Even more so, most of us don’t even know how to define optimal health. Our medical model...
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