A Patient Patient

It is not coincidence that the word patient refers both to a person undergoing medical care and to the quality of “bearing hardship with fortitude and calm.” For anyone with a health concern it can be incredibly difficult to have patience, yet this quality of bearing, enduring, and permitting is so important! If you are using your energy to fight against your condition, becoming upset, irritable, or frustrated, then you have that much less vitality to devote to healing yourself. Bearing calmly with your situation creates the necessary space to affect a transformation of your condition.
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Warming Foods Diet

In the modern world there are a lot of things that contribute to digestive weakness, or Spleen Qi deficiency in Chinese Medicine. Spleen Qi deficiency is extremely common in this country, in part because of how and what we eat. The excessive use of antibiotics also creates weakness in this organ system. In order to support a weakened Spleen, certain eating habits beyond those of my Basic Food Guidelines are very helpful. I, and many other practitioners, call this the Warming Foods Diet. But first, how do you know if you have Spleen deficiency?
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Basic Food Guidelines

There is so much advice about diet and nutrition these days it’s become very difficult to know how to eat well. Famous diets are created and sold as the ultimate way to eat, only to be left aside and forgotten within a few years. Nutritionists offer advice based on scientific studies, but then the studies are revealed to be flawed, or conflicts of interest among the researchers are revealed, or new research contradicts the old studies. How is someone supposed to make sense of all this?
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Premenstrual Syndrome – Not Necessary

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is common but not a necessary part of having a period. PMS in Western terms is due primarily to a hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. In Chinese Medicine the Liver plays a significant role, though the other organ systems are part of the picture too. It can be treated with diet, herbal formulas, acupuncture, homeopathy, stress reduction, and exercise.
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Sunlight, Vitamin D, and Sunscreen

Is the sun good or bad? Are there benefits to sun exposure that go beyond vitamin D? Can we simply supplement with vitamin D and avoid all the risks of cancer and aging that comes with the sun? The story as told by the mainstream is, unfortunately, not totally correct. Being out in the sun will not necessarily give you skin cancer. Simply supplementing with vitamin D does not give the same benefits as actual sun exposure. And many of the sunscreens on the market contain chemicals that are causing harm. Let’s take a look at what we know.
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