Decoding Traditional Chinese Medicine : Your Organs

chinese_medicineWhat does traditional Chinese medicine mean when they talk about my organs?

If you have ever heard of a diagnoses from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, you will know it is very different from one you might hear from your conventional medical doctor. For starters, you might notice that the majority of health concerns in this system are based around your organs.

An example of this might be liver qi (pronounced ‘chee’) stagnation, or heart …


Ten Nut Butters To Make

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It used to be that peanut butter was the standby lunchbox favorite. Then peanuts became a deadly enemy and moms had to start getting creative. As adults, many of us have rediscovered the nostalgic taste.

Of course, we have to be careful with which nut butter we buy. The ones that make it to the sale aisle have other ingredients besides nuts as the first ingredient. Oils and sweeteners often make it to the top …


Easy Peasy Rosewater

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Rosewater is a lovely and easy way to make use of your rosebush after you’re finished admiring your blooms. Aside from the pure joy of using rosewater in recipes for eating, drinking and beauty care; rosewater also has medicinal qualities. Used as an herb, roses have a cooling effect on the body and can be used to reduce fevers and inflammation.

There are a few methods for making rosewater—some more complicated than others. The easiest …


Tea Tree Oil is the “Windex” of Skin Healing

TeaTreeOilRemember the stubborn but loving father in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding? He had a solution for any disease or discomfort that affected his friends and family: Windex. Got rheumatism? Spray a little Windex on it. Cuts or scrapes? Windex to the rescue. While the philosophical debate about the use of Windex at all continues in my home (yes it’s blue, but it really does work great for windows), the medical uses for …


ADHD Diet or GAPS Diet Why The Heck Are We Doing It?

why_gapsGAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, which was coined by the Russian-born physician, Natasha Campbell-McBride.  Dr. Natasha’s son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. As a mother and a doctor, she set out to find healing for her son. After countless hours of research and two post-doctoral degrees (in Neurology and Human Nutrition), Dr. Natasha found a solution. Inspired by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, (popularized by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and author …


The Dangers of Going Gluten Free

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When you are going gluten-free, it may seem like it’s all good. You may want to read further.

Twenty years ago, my grandmother found out she was celiac (an autoimmune disorder that destroys the intestinal tract). At the time it was a nightmare, as bread and pasta were staples in anyone’s diet. There was no gluten free or vegan alternatives on a restaurant menu. The only solution was to have less pleasure in …