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

When to buy organic? Know your Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

For those of you who try to eat organic as much as possible, would you be surprised if I said you don’t always have to? Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides.  They publish their findings in a Shopper’s Guide as well as boiling them down to two easy-to-understand lists: the Dirty Dozen (highest levels of pesticides) and Clean Fifteen (lowest... 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

5 of the Biggest Nutrition Myths

I think nutrition should be a simple thing, eat good food and live well because of it.  So it truly is a shame that there is so much confusion surrounding what we eat.  In this era of over-thinking it is more important than ever that we let go of the outdated notions that no longer serve us. Over the years I have worked in laboratories, vitamin stores, restaurants, juice bars, acupuncture clinics and herbal pharmacies, my chemist parents even used... 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

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential compounds to the body.) Minerals for example are plentiful in broth, and it can be difficult to get the same levels... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Further Reading

  With the last post of Pivot’s Nutritional Advice Series I am left with the feeling that there is always more to discuss and explore when it comes to nutrition.  I have tried to limit my advice here to be more general in nature, but if you have more questions I would recommend to start with these sources. If you are looking for customized nutritional advice I ofter that along with Acupuncture and Herbal treatment as based on your Chinese... Read More

Nutritional Advice Series: Elimination Diets, Eating for Allergies

If you experience a chronic reaction to something but you can’t seem to figure out what, you might want to consider going through a series of elimination diets to try to pinpoint what might be causing it.  Reactions come in many different forms, such as inflammation, rashes, acne, fatigue, phlegm, headaches or other types of pain, bloating, cramping or changes to digestion.  Keep in mind some people have sensitivities to many different foods... Read More

What is an Antioxidant Anyway?

Even as someone with considerable knowledge of nutrition and a degree in biology, it wasn’t immediately obvious to me just what an antioxidant was or why I was being told to dose up on them so heavily.  But after brushing up on my organic chemistry, I’ve compiled this simple little guide of everything you need to know about antioxidants.   The chemistry Oxidation is a natural process carried out by oxygen or other oxidizers.  They... Read More