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Miraculous minerals and where they come from

Minerals are the unsung heroes of the micronutrient world. Sure, everyone knows vitamin C is beneficial, but asking about molybdenum will draw a blank. Each one is involved in hundreds of b...

How and why to keep elimination diets simple

Many of us wonder which foods are best for our bodies or could be contributing to symptoms that we’re having. The best way to go is directly to your body – it has all the answers you’re look...

Time for whole-body spring cleaning

We’re starting to get our first tastes of spring, and it is such a balm for body, mind and soul. It can also bring allergies, irritability (spring fever) and a desire to deep cle...

When in doubt about your diet, go dense

It can be really confusing to navigate the world of nutrition with so many theories and approaches out there, not to mention experts and research that seem to contradict each other. ...

Staying wet when it’s dry

We are in the middle of a very cold and dry winter. Even though we live indoors, the climate around us has a huge effect on our physical, emotional and mental bodies. But because we’re used ...

Bringing everything back to basics

As we approach the new year, resolutions are typically on everyone’s minds. Especially after a particularly challenging 2020, we are looking for ways to ensure that 2021 will be d...

Caring for your ‘winter organs,’ aka the kidneys

December marks the official beginning of winter – the season that beckons us to come inside, slow down, and rest more. When traditional Chinese medicine was first developed, it wa...

What sugar cravings are telling you

As we approach the winter months and the holiday seasons, sugar tends to be omnipresent and more and more of a “struggle” for people I work with. When I ask sugar-craving folks wh...

Finding the pause as the fall sets in

This is one of my favorite times of year – the way the light changes, watching trees shed their skin, the natural world starting to slow down ... Autumn is a giant invitation to ...

Nightshades and arthritis are often connected

This is the time of year when fresh produce is at its peak. The farmers markets and grocery stores are an abundance of nature’s glory. Fruit is literally falling off the trees. Ho...

Nourishing yourself and your community

When we think about nourishing ourselves, we usually think about what we’re eating or how much we are exercising. We don’t often dive more deeply into the finer points of nutritio...

To B or not to (vitamin) B?

In my practice, there is rarely any time that I say something would be good for everyone. B vitamins are one exception. B vitamins are involved with many biochemical reactions in ...