Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory Foods

I treat pain all the time with acupuncture and herbs and it generally responds very well.  When I have a particularly tough case, however, I ask my patient, “are you aware of the connection between diet, inflammation and pain?”  And the answers I get probably won’t surprise you.  The majority of people are totally misinformed about the link between what they eat and their stubborn low back pain, tense shoulders or achy knees. While... Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency: Are You Part of the Pandemic?

I don’t usually like to foster fear about health but the fact that vitamin D deficiency is now being considered an pandemic really concerns me because it has been linked to higher incidences of some serious illnesses, things like cardiovascular disease, bone deformations, cognitive decline and even cancer.  It’s been estimated that upwards of 30-50% of humans worldwide are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, which I think deserves a bit... Read More

My Holistic Cold & Flu Season Routine

It’s the season for getting sick and it seems to be hitting everyone but me.  Friends, family and almost every patient that I treat are complaining of symptoms, from common colds to stomach flus to sinus infections, plus everything in between.  Even when I seem to be interacting with mostly sick people, I don’t get sick myself.  How? Well I have never had a flu shot, I don’t take a multivitamin and I’m not slathering antibacterial... Read More

Making Bone Broth at Home

I’ve already told you about all the Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth, so of course I have to let you know how to make it yourself! As an acupuncturist, drinking bone broth is one of the single most frequent nutritional suggestions I make to my patients. I drink it myself every morning. While I believe most other aspects of diet should be tailored to a specific person’s needs and constitution, bone broth is one of the few things that nearly... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Exercise

I won’t get into detail on exercise, since the focus here is nutrition, but I will say that an active lifestyle is essential for a healthy body.  If your job does not provide much physical activity then you must supplement it at least with light exercise like walking, biking, hiking, swimming or yoga. If you are trying to lose weight then you must include cardio exercise to burn fat.  If you have trouble doing this then it is important to identify... Read More

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Between the farmers market and Chinese medical school, I get a lot of different recipes relayed to me in short little snippets, usually no more than 15 words or so.  Off the top of my head I think of the Sweet Pickled Carrots and Daikon or the Okra and Miso Marinara, both of which the farmer I work for told me about.  But there are many, many more that have found their way into my diet. This recipe is one someone at my school gave me on a day... Read More