June 28, 2012

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Health and Taxes

Let’s get this straight, shall we. The Supreme Court ruled Obamacare constitutional. But you have to actually read what they deemed constitutional to understand that this doesn’t mean what you probably think it means. The ruling was that the government does, in fact, have the right to tax citizens based on whatever group they do […]

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June 28, 2012

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Indonesian Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last week I wrote on the health benefits of turmeric, and I’ve kind of been obsessed with it ever since. Because of its actions as an anti-inflammatory and, in Chinese medical terms, as a blood mover, it is especially good for women during “that time of the month,” and anyone experiencing chronic pain. Most importantly […]

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June 19, 2012

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Turmeric: More than Orange

Turmeric is widely present in many everyday foods (like yellow happy mustard and curry powder), but most Westerners don’t consider it an ingredient. If you do, you likely have only encountered it dried and powdered, an excellent spice in its own right, but vastly different from the fresh juicy rhizome, save for a slight bitter […]

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June 14, 2012

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Exercise: Not all it’s Worked Out to Be

Here’s an interesting new research finding: exercise may be bad for you. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Actually, I know what you might be thinking. It likely falls into one of two camps: Camp A: That’s a load of crap Camp B: Oh thank goodness. Now I can spend more time catching up on […]

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June 5, 2012

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Invasion of the Wind Cold

So the weather changed again from hot and sunny to cold and rainy. It’s not even going to hit 60 degrees today. Did I mention it’s wet out. In short, gross. Not so coincidentally, I’ve heard quite a few reports of people suddenly catching colds… myself included. In Chinese medicine, we blame wind. We blame […]

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May 31, 2012

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Emmer After

While we’re on the gluten theme, I would like to introduce you to yet another wonderful ingredient: emmer. Originating around 17,000 BC, and still unsubjected to the hybridizations of the wheat we know today, emmer (aka farro) isn’t the most productive plant, and its flour doesn’t result in the fluffiest of breads, but it may […]

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May 30, 2012

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Gluten: The Trendy Allergin

Going gluten-free has become somewhat of a popular trend lately; these days just about every health-conscious person seems to coincidentally have an “allergy” or “sensitivity” to it. Don’t get me wrong, gluten allergies and sensitivities DO exist, but it’s starting to seem to me like a lot of people want an excuse to give up […]

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May 25, 2012

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Who Hasn’t Poked the Kardashians?

This is one of my favorite examples of how awful Keeping up with the Kardashians is. No really, it’s my favorite example of one very big misconception of acupuncture. Apparently, Khloe has been feeling stressed and is willing to try anything to relax. She tries acupuncture, doesn’t like it, and doesn’t feel relaxed. It probably […]

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May 23, 2012

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Spring Greening

So far everyone I’ve talked to this week seems to be in a bad mood. Maybe it was last weekend’s solar eclipse, maybe it’s the weather. Anyway, it’s not unusual for this time of year. Spring is a time of great transition. As the weather gets warmer, flowers bloom, trees leaf out and us humans […]

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May 21, 2012

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Needles, In Your Face

The n-word; it seems to turn a lot of people off.  In another one of my casual polls, needles come up as the number one reason people who have considered acupuncture haven’t tried it. Acupuncturists themselves often skirt the issue, avoiding the word altogether, or preceding it with the quantifier “hair thin.” But, the ugly truth is, […]

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