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It’s Lyme Time

We’re expecting another bumper crop of ticks this year—in part accelerated by a changing climate. The percentage of ticks carrying one or multiple pathogens associated with Lyme has also dramatically increased in our region. This situation has only worsened since I last wrote about integrative approaches to treating Lyme. So, let’s take a look at [...]

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 [...]

Women’s Health in Midlife, Part 1: What’s Going On

It’s a hot topic for women and the people around them: What’s happening in midlife? Menopause! Women are usually so busy with careers, kids and care-taking that they don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about the health changes inevitably coming their way as they enter their forties and fifties. Some people also find [...]

Heartburn? Why Drugs May Not Be a Good Idea

Almost everyone has a sour taste in their mouth once in a while, though for some people this is a more common occurrence. We’ve been inundated with advertisements telling us that we need to take medication to relieve the discomfort and prevent worse things from happening. Reflux is a phenomenon that can show up with [...]

Hashimoto’s: Can Chinese Medicine Treat Autoimmune Disorders?

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune condition that affects a surprisingly large number of Americans, especially women. It is also probably underdiagnosed and undertreated. Hashimoto's is the cause of hypothyroidism in approximately 80-90 percent of patients. It is often missed because a common thyroid screening test, which evaluates TSH levels in your blood, is generally interpreted as [...]

Life After Birth

Expecting mothers these days, encouraged maybe by their friends or doula, create a birth plan while they are pregnant. If that's true for you, are you also thinking about an after-birth plan? Currently, the spotlight is trained more on what to expect at your birth, and how to prepare for it to increase your chances [...]

Trigger Point Acupuncture Explained

If you've talked to more than one acupuncturist, you're probably aware that there are quite a few different styles and traditions of acupuncture serving as a basis of treatment. Most acupuncturists in the United States are educated and board-certified in a mainstream approach based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a consensus approach developed in China [...]

Arthritis? What You Can Do

When all is well, you wouldn't know that every movement of your body involves your joints. They bend in many different ways, depending on their function, and allow you to flex, extend, twist, or simply move forward. But when your joints are not well, you will know because every movement creates pain and discomfort. This [...]

Focus on Shoulders

Shoulders are a hot topic for climbers. Countless rock climbers run into trouble with their shoulders early in their climbing careers, after many years of climbing hard, or once they're older and no longer training regularly. When I'm in the climbing gym, I always like to observe the postures and movement patterns of the people [...]