Our world is full of chemicals that are toxic to us if allowed to accumulated in our bodies. Toxins are found in food, makeup, skincare products, and cleaning products, but also even in some supplements and herbal products. Canada has much stricter rules regarding these toxic chemicals than some other countries. For this reason, Aryuvedic herbs and Chinese herbal products are highlighted as possible sources for higher levels of these toxins. When patients ask me about the quality of Chinese herbs and other supplements I use–and it’s a good question to ask–I can assure them that the products I use have third party testing for safety and quality. Read more to find out what other things to consider in my 24 Hours Vancouver article, How to Clean Your Food of Toxins.More
My husband and I recently volunteered for Furbearer Defenders, and though that organization focuses on wildlife with fur, like coyotes, beavers, foxes, and wolves, spending more time thinking about animals beyond our dogs got us thinking about the animals we are eating. We’ve never been vegetarians, though we don’t eat a lot of meat. For just one month (to start, anyway) we’ve decided to go meatless. We’re calling it “Meatless May.” If you’ve ever thought about going vegetarian (or if you are already), this article addresses the benefits and cautions about going meatless. But perhaps you might just try meat-less (i.e. less meat) for a month and see how you feel. For more, check out my 24 Hours Vancouver article: Consider going meatless in May.More
Not really surprising to those of us who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), “whole systems” TCM–or what we TCM practitioners call simply “TCM”–is more effective than 1-2 basic cookbook style acupuncture sessions done around IVF (in vitro fertilization) embryo implantation. Yes, there are points that are indicated to use to support fertility. Part of that reason is that in order to do a study, it’s easier to choose the same points and apply them to many people. But, of course, we’re all different. So, as it turns out, a recent study found that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments are most effective when a knowledgeable TCM professional assess each individual and customizes treatment appropriately. For more, check out my article in 24 Hours Vancouver newspaper: Natural Methods Can Boost Fertility.More
If you are planning on participating in any of the many athletic events of spring or summer–from Tough Mudder to BMO Marathon, SunRun to GranFondo, or beach volleyball tournies to Grouse Grind Challenge–you are probably in training now, or at least thinking about it. Nothing will stop your plans faster than an injury. You may be making your best times one minute and having to stop to heal up an injury the next. While you’re pushing your limits, consider that your body may need a little extra TLC. Read on about things you can do to prevent injuries: Mitigate Vancouver Training Injuries Or skip that and just come in for acupuncture 😉More
You’re sneezing and sniffling. Perhaps you have a headache or cough. Is it a cold or allergies? With the flu and cold season still going on, while spring allergy season has also arrived, it’s hard to tell what’s going on. There are, however, some key symptoms that can point you in one direction or the other. There are also natural remedies that can treat both health issues, making sure you get some relief, no matter whether your immune system is under-active or overactive. Read my most recent article in 24 Hours for more: Allergy Season Arrives Early in Vancouver.More
Happy New Year! Again.
It’s the lunar new year for 2015, and a second chance to do the things that will help make this a great healthy and happy year!
It’s the Year of the Goat, and though we might think of goats as being able to eat and digest anything, it’s really not true. In fact, goats will choose to eat the healthiest foods they can find, so they are actually a good model for us to eat more greens and perhaps even prepare for the detox cleanse time of our upcoming spring.
Check out my article in 24 Hours Vancouver: Eating like a goat means greensMore
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your heart is king. Makes sense. Without it pumping oxygenated blood to the rest of your body, you would be dead. We now have machines that can take the place of the heart, but that was not always the case, and we would rather not have to rely on that, if we can help it. So, in honour of February’s Healthy Heart Month, here are some of my tips, as written in 24 Hours, to help your heart be healthier. Health: Honour King by Using RestraintMore
Quick, what’s your sibling’s cell number? When is the date for your next haircut? What’s the password to your online banking? No, I don’t actually want to know any of these things! But, do you know the answer without checking your phone, calendar, or personal computer? Many of us use many tools to record items that we’ll need to know, but find hard to remember. And, that mental quickness can diminish with age. But there are things you can do to keep yourself sharp, as discussed in my most recent 24 Hours article Give your body a mental workout.
For some, the words “New Year’s resolution” are bad words, like “diet” or “Brussels sprouts” (my least fave food). But making healthy habits a part of your regular routine can be as simple as brushing your teeth. My first 2015 article in 24 Hours Vancouver, Healthy Stretch to Jumpstart Your Day.More
You know what I’m talking about. You look in your closet to figure out what to wear to go to the next holiday celebration and you ask yourself, “What will stretch without showing my bloated belly?” Instead of having to cover up, avoid the holiday bloat by making better food and drink choices. That doesn’t mean that you have to avoid all the fun! Just choose wisely and follow some of my simple pieces of advice given in my 24 Hours Vancouver article, Avoid the Christmas bloatMore