Posts Tagged "Wellness"

Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

An article today in the Guardian about a village in Sardinia  with a high incidence of centenarians, despite high levels of obesity and tobacco consumption got me pondering about the role of  Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. The main point being this, leaving aside DNA, which is a big part of health and wellness, what Chinese Medicine calls your “Pre Natal Qi” (another words, the Qi you were gifted by your parents at conception, akin to being born with a savings account, your “Post Natal Qi” , which is the money you deposit or withdraw from that...

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Educate Your Immune System

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016

Educate Your Immune System: Why Sterile Environments Are Associated with Auto-Immune Disease There is so much evidence now that since our immune systems are programmed to fight pathogens, that when we create hyperclean environments with silly products such as anti-bacterial counter top cleansers and hand soaps, when washing your hands with soap and water is already a sufficiently anti-bacterial process, ( and on top of things, when these antibacterial products are made with toxic petroleum-based products such as synthetic perfume fragrances that act as endocrine system disrupters (pthalates)) that we then create a situation where the immune system, out...

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Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Winter and Sleep in Chinese Medicine: Kidney Qi Winter and Sleep In the Classics of Chinese Medicine Its Winter. Classical Chinese Medicine has this to say about it. “Go to sleep early, but get up LATE, after the sun has risen.” Makes total sense because as an animal you don’t want to waste your valuable energy heating your body up against the cold morning, when you can wait for the sun to do its job first. Its also about respecting the biorhythms of the biological clock. Kidney Qi in Chinese Medicine: Metaphor for the Deepest Levels of Vitality Winter...

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Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015

Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning One of the challenges of modern life is balancing the stress response with the relaxation response. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning, found in Yoga, Tai Qi, and Mindfulness Meditation (Buddha was, after all, a Yogi before becoming an Awakened One) is a fabulous way to take your body and its nervous system out of the fight or flight response into a state of deep calm and repose. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning is a valuable component of a healthy lifestyle, and really useful for people with nervous system related functional disorders like IBS irritable bowel syndrome, IC...

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Environmental Working Group: Toxin Free Environment and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

The Environmental Working Group is one of the best Environmental Research and Advocacy non-profits out there, fighting for the right to a Toxin Free Environment. Their website is chock full of consumer guides for: Toxin Free Body Care Products Toxin Free Cleaning Product Toxin Free Home Guide Toxin Free Cosmetics Pesticide Guide for buying fruits and vegetables Toxin Free Sunscreens The Best Water Filters In Chinese Medicine causes of disease are divided into Internal Causes, External Causes, and Miscellaneous Causes. Internal Causes are how our emotions make us sick, External Causes are infectious disease, and Miscellaneous Causes are environmental...

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R-U-Ved ProVata Tea

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

R-U-Ved ProVata Tea A simple way to take the edge off of the cold, windy, dryness of the late Autumn early Winter Vata season is with Ayush’s R-U-Ved ProVata Tea. I have no stock in this company, and get nothing but good karma for recommending their fine products. You can easily make your own, too, though the tea bags are so convenient, especially with travel. R-U-Ved ProVata tea  is pro-Vata in the sense that it promotes balanced Vata; that is, it reduces Vata. We reduce, or pacify our doshas, because their natural tendency is to increase when our lifestyle, diet,...

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Are Your Bladder Infections from Factory Farmed Meat?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013

  Chinese Medicine excels at the treatment of bladder and other Urinary tract infections. I am yet, thank God, to meet a Urinary infection that did not respond to Chinese Herbal Medicine formulas such as Ba Zheng San/Dianthus Formula, or Si Miao Wan/Four Marvels Formula. Perhaps because of their non-wide spread use the bacteria have just not caught on yet. But what I really think is that thanks to the fact that Chinese Herbal Formulas combine from 5-15 medicinal substances in one prescription, that the bacteria have no defense; its like attacking an enemy with an artillery barrage, a...

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Antibiotic Abuse in Livestock and On Your Table: Major Public Health Issue

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013

Along with hyper-sanitized home countertops,  along with use of toxic cleansers for cleaning hands,  along with the over prescription of antibiotics for infectious diseases that are viral, and not bacterial,  one of the major factors, in the critical public health issue of development of super bacteria, is the issue of feeding low levels of antibiotics to farm animals grown under severe and unnatural conditions. Antibiotic abuse in livestock is an obscene abuse of a very valuable super drug that should be saved for people and animals that need it, not given out like candy for every viral infection or...

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Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013

I got to thinking about Goji Berries in Chinese Herbal Medicine  recently, when someone wrote in to ask whether Goji berries are best eaten raw or cooked? The following is my response to the following question sent in. Eyton, I received a box of dried fructus lycii, (goji berries)from a friend and on the back of the box it says ‘this product needs to clean and cook thoroughly before consumption. However, other google references to the berries say they can be eaten like raisins. Do these berries have to be clean(ed) and cooked? Thanks, Joe   Goji Berries in...

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Overuse of Antibiotics and the Dire Threat of Superbugs

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013

Tragically, the overuse of antibiotics in the west is only the tip of the ice burg. In much of Asia and Latin America you can simply walk into a pharmacy and ask for antibiotics and they will give them to you, without a prescription. People even take them for the common cold. And now we see this excellent statement by the Chief Medical Officer of  Great Britain, Dame Sally Davies,  and i quote, ” If tough measures are not taken to restrict the use of antibiotics …, “we will find ourselves in a health system not dissimilar to the...

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Sulindac, Clinoril, and Taking Ownership of Your Health

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013

Today’s NY Times ( Generic Drug Damages Case)  has a sad article about a law suit involving a woman who is now legally blind after taking a prescription pain drug, Sulindac, and almost dieing. Sulindac, or Clinoril, is an NSAID, or non-specific anti-inflammatory drug in the same family as Ibuprofen, and was prescribed by her M.D. for her shoulder pain. What kills me, first and foremost about this case is, why in heaven’s name did this woman’s M.D. not have her try  Ibuprofen first, which is comparatively safe for short term use? Why give a prescription NSAID, which practically...

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Ayurveda and Fruits: Match Food to Your Dosha and the Season

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

What foods match your dosha? Fruits are naturally sweet sour and refreshing. Some fruits, like apples, also have an astringent or drying property, depending on variety, macs more than fiji, for example. Your mouth feels a bit dry after a bite of apple, or quite dry after a bite of unripe banana–this is the astringent flavor. Pomegranates are another great example of this, as are  persimmon, especially if not perfectly ripe. Some fruit are more sweet than sour, like ripe figs, dates,  bananas, some fruits are especially cooling, like watermelon, ripe bananas or oranges. Some fruits can be less...

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What’s Wrong with Red Bull and other Energy Drinks?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

Great article today in NY Times today on energy drinks. One of the operative quotes: “…one thing is clear, interviews with researchers and a review of scientific studies show: the energy drink industry is based on a brew of ingredients that, apart from caffeine, have little, if any benefit for consumers….” So the question is, why not just have an espresso? Is it something about the can, the macho power workout imagery suggested by names like Red Bull or Monster? Or is it the blatant fake advertising and, according to the experts in the article, undocumented pseudo-scientific claims...

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The Way of Heaven at the Winter Solstice: Practical Idealism

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

It has forever struck me as odd, if not delusional, that anyone would think the  human mammalian body is magically not subject to the cycles of solar, lunar, and terrestrial energies that cause trees to drop down their leaves in  Fall; that cause our cousins the bears to hibernate and be still across long winter, or to purge their intestines of accumulated gases by first eating the plant called “skunk cabbage” on waking in spring; that cause the crocus to be the first to shoot up flowers in late February, and that lead to the ultimate explosion of blue...

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Instant Relaxation Stress Busters

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

Stress busters you can reach for any time. Dial down stress before an important meeting,calm yourself while driving, keep cool when faced with situations or people you find irritating or scary. These proven breathing, body-scanning exercises work. One Minute Relaxer Place your hand on your belly beneath your navel so you can feel it rise and fall as you breathe. Take a long slow deep in-breath through you nose. Notice the sound of the air in your throat. Hold you breath for a count of three. Exhale forcefully through your mouth with pursed lips. Repeat 5 times. Two Minute...

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