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Is Acupuncture Still Safe?

Over the last couple of months, you refrained from leaving your home and seeking care as much of possible to comply with official stay-at-home orders aiming to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing COVID-19. Our communal efforts have made a big difference and helped save many lives, especially here in New York [...]

Can Hormonal Birth Control Affect My Fertility?

The hormonal birth control pill became available in 1960 and helped create a revolution in industrialized countries by enabling women to control if and when they will have babies. Certainly, doctors, researchers and patients initially came under tremendous pressure (and some spent time in jail) for something that gave women more say over their fertility, [...]

Period Pain Is Not Normal

You had been looking forward to going on that bike ride, spending time at the family barbecue or watching a movie with your friend. Maybe you had just hoped to make it through your workday without distraction. But then you got your period and, along with it, pain that may range from dull & achy [...]

Feeling Good During Pregnancy

Carrying an unborn child is usually a joyful and satisfying experience for a woman. You (and your partner) are looking forward to meeting this miracle of conception and growing your family. But pregnancy is also a time when a woman’s body goes through many changes that can affect your physical and emotional wellbeing. These discomforts [...]

Hydration Keeps You Humming

Water is the life-giving element on our planet. The different phases of water help shape its surface. Its availability has enabled the evolution of living organisms, from single-celled bacteria to highly complex flora and fauna, including humans. Climate change and the careless use of fresh-water resources around the world also contribute to the decline of [...]

It’s Crystal Clear: We Need Salt, Not Sugar

Have you been told by your physician to reduce your salt consumption? The conventional wisdom that salt contributes to hypertension has been perpetuated for decades by the medical community, government bodies and AHA guidelines—without much compelling evidence to support it! The United States and, to a lesser degree, other industrialized countries have been overwhelmed by [...]

Natural Relief For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Don’t be embarrassed or argue with your friend or partner if they tell you that you snore heavily and your breathing stops intermittently while you’re asleep. Most people with these kinds of sleeping issues don’t know it until someone else brings it to their attention, so you should thank them. Your tip-off may be sleepiness [...]

Suffering From Headaches and Migraines? Try Acupuncture

I’ve had only a few rare migraines and the occasional mild headache over the years, so I consider myself lucky. But several close friends and family members have struggled with severe migraines for many years and are still searching for the holy grail of cure. Headaches and migraines are often the reason why people seek [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 3: A Holistic Path

Women in their middle years are more and more interested in taking a holistic path to health and wellness. What does this mean? When we look at a person holistically, we may shift our perception and see the person as a whole, we appreciate the web of functions, experiences and challenges she has. And we [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 2: The Natural Approach

Just in case you’re still wondering: No, menopause is not a disease! The cessation of menstrual periods around the age of 50 is a natural process for women. Many, if not most women, are actually glad that their menstrual cycles, the accompanying discomforts and mood swings, the risk of unplanned pregnancy, etc. are coming to [...]