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Posts tagged chinese medicine nutrition

you’re not sick – you’re starving

Bet that got your attention.  It sure did get mine, when I saw it as the title of an online article. How can that be, you ask?  We live in one of the richest nations on the planet, we throw away (to our shame) great quantities of uneaten food.  Most of us (and by no […]

it’s a cha cha

I had the same conversation with several patients last week; each has had an injury that they’re trying to recover from, and recovery wasn’t happening as fast as they wanted it to happen.  It makes sense that they’d feel impatient, of course, because no one wants pain,  we especially don’t want pain that interferes with […]

it just keeps getting weirder

A friend came to me for treatment last week.  She has struggled with health issues for as long as I’ve known her, going to doctors, getting a diagnosis, dutifully doing what they tell her, not getting better.  Repeat, and repeat again. She’s got a new diagnosis, which seems to encompass all her symptoms, and as […]


This is a re-post from 2012 because I’ve had a number of patients recently who either didn’t know about this, or who did know about it forgot to use it on recent injuries.  Everybody’s doing lots more outside things now, so keep a head in your refrigerator first aid kit. ~ k If you’ve been […]

all soup, all the time

Last week, about the time I hit the 35th iteration of my dissertation on the value of soup, I thought ‘I’ve got to write this up.  Then I can just hand it out!’  Every week my patients seem to present me with a different theme, and last week’s was definitely about eating in a way […]

optimizing autumn

In the Chinese Medicine calendar, autumn starts on August 2nd, and peaks at the equinox, gradually declining in energy from then on as winter energy grows.   It’s the time of year when plants get rid of anything that is not essential to survive, and animals (including human animals) start preparing for less activity by storing […]

boy is it hot

This is going to be a short post because, well, as we say in Massachusetts, it’s wicked hot here, and the humidity makes it hard to move or think.  Even with AC I feel like I’m going to be sweating all over my needles.  Sorry. So I’m going to re-cap here what I’ve been saying […]

building your immunity

Dr. Mao Shing Ni has this to say about our immune systems: ‘Think of your immune system as the National Guard coming to the rescue during times of grave danger – whether it’s a threat from the outside or a disaster on the inside’.  I just love that quote. We tend to see our immune […]

i’m so excited

The first class on Food as Medicine is tonight, and I’m so excited about this I can hardly stand it.  I’ve been prepping for weeks.  Yesterday’s work just about made my eyes bleed.  There’s so much information to share; I’m not sure any of us will be able to walk and talk after the class. […]

rethinking food, part 1b

I’ve been working hard to get ready for the class I’m teaching on Chinese Medicine Nutrition.  Learning how to see food differently, looking at language I use all the time in a different way, revisiting the basic principles of Chinese medicine, has been, well, mind blowing.  So many things to share with my patients and […]