Category Archives: Homeopathy

Cold Prevention: Do Vitamin C Supplements Actually Work?

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With the onset of winter, we may reach for cold remedies and vitamin C supplements to boost the immune system and avoid catching a virus. But, do they work?

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Health or Hype: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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Ever wonder why you feel more or less stressed than others around you? Your adrenal glands, a pair of grape-sized glands sitting atop the kidneys, may have something to do with your ability to handle stress.

For such a small sized organ, adrenal glands and their effect on the body when damaged have been subject to much dispute in the medical and wellness communities. Books are written by medical practitioners, popular bloggers are talking about it, it seems like around the world people are wondering the same two things: “What exactly is adrenal fatigue?”, and “Is it real?”

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Biomarker Series: High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein – A Beacon for Inflammation

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When you sprain an ankle your body sends more blood to the area of injury. The immune cells in this blood work to rid the body of dead or damaged tissue to make way for healing. Without inflammation, injuries would never heal. It’s easy to imagine inflammation for something big like a sprained ankle; we see the swelling, feel the pain, and wonder how long until our ankle will look more like an ankle again and less like a pineapple.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

10 Reasons You Should Be Meditating

Today’s guest post comes from Dr. Kulkarni on the importance of adding meditation to your daily wellness routine.

Meditation has countless benefits on your health and life in general. Here are some great reasons to make meditation a part (even if it is a small part) of your daily rountine.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Healthy Eating from an Eastern Medicine View

When we think about healthy eating, it is not only what you eat but also how you eat. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasize the regularity of meal times as important to maintaining health. Irregular eating patterns, such as eating late at night, skipping meals, and over- or under-eating can negatively impact the digestive system, leading to symptoms such as acid reflux, gas, and abdominal pain. Moreover, emotional stress or excessive mental activity during mealtimes, e.g. working lunches, watching tv, reading email, etc, could interfere with proper absorption of the nutrients in your food. This relationship between the mind and digestive system parallels that of the Brain-Gut Axis in western medicine.
According to TCM principles, food should be eaten at an unhurried pace, in small bites, and with little distraction. This is also the concept behind the Buddhist practice of “mindful eating,” which has attracted interest among health experts and consumers as a method to curb binge eating.

Yet there’s more than personal stress and distractions that could affect your eating habits and nourishment. According to TCM, even factors outside of your control such as seasons, temperature, and humidity may affect your appetite and weaken digestive systems. TCM recognizes that choosing the right kinds of food is what brings balance to an individual between their natural cycles and surroundings.  To find the balance that works best for you, start by getting a deeper insight into the state of your health!

Currently a student and clinic intern at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco, Teresa Lau believes that health should not be viewed as merely a lack of disease, but rather, a positive state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Teresa’s vision is to combine her clinical training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with her background in Public Health to not only heal clients through acupuncture treatments and herbal remedies, but to also educate everyone on TCM perspectives of health and well-being in order to empower them with the knowledge and tools to make positive lifestyle, diet, and behavioral changes.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Cold and Flu Season: Natural remedies

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With the cold and flu season upon us, our resident nutritionist and office manager, Johanna Thorn, has offered up her advice on how to naturally cure the afflictions many of us will suffer (or are suffering) from. As she has had many of the office members on ginger & honey concoctions or zinc lozenges, we can all attest to her vast knowledge and her solutions efficacy.

Note Johanna prizes both New Chapter and Fungi Perfecti brands for their quality, purity, and integrity as they use whole foods, organic, sustainable practices with no pharmaceuticals or lab manufactured vitamins added. These are the two main lines she uses in her practice along with Garden of Life Raw Vegan line. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.