Monthly Archives January 2013

Flu season prevention

Todays topic focuses on a recently-asked question about flu season prevention tips and Chinese herbal recommendations.

Influenza is an exterior pathogen that is carried thru the wind and enters either thru the skin (wind-cold) or the nose and mouth (wind-heat).

Wind-Cold enters thru the skin and impairs the function of the lung and affects the nose, causing nasal obstruction and discharge. Yang (the body’s warm energy) is most likely to be damaged and this is characterized by symptoms such as chills, fever, headache, no sweat, and soreness and pain of the limbs, as well as a white tongue coating and fast pulse.

Wind-Heat attacks the body through the nose and mouth. The Lung is involved first. Wind-Heat is yang (hot) in nature...

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Ear infections and antibiotics

A great article on ear infections and why antibiotics do not work.
I had chronic ear infections as a kid (and now recently as an adult from surfing) and the use of antibiotics has only led to more problems, namely called damp heat.

“The use of antibiotics may tend to injure the Stomach and lead to the formation of a residual pathogenic factor in the ears that is usually Damp Heat. A residual pathogenic factor in the ear from the improper use of antibiotics is the most common cause of chronic ear pathology in children.”

Read a link below;
ear infections and antibiotics

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Bronchitis, or excess heat in lung (Qi level)

As a child I suffered from many ear and sinus infections and had bronchitis with asthma twice a year (March and August). I took so many antibiotics I could prescribe myself! 😉 But the illness kept coming back. I never thought that it shouldn’t, I thought I had a propensity to being sick…but now I know the illness just never cleared. I told my doctor I felt like there was humidity in me. That is what it was: heat and phlegm. I now know the real issue wasn’t being addressed and antibiotics were only creating more heat, and driving the illness further in.

Educate yourself for you and your family.

Excessive Heat in the Lung:
Also called heat in the chest and diaphragm...

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We are all energy

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Yes I must concur that we are all just amazing love energy. This last month I had an amazing experience where I turned into blue energy light. I was as light as air, my limbs as long as shadows, and I fell in love with myself so much so that I cried uncontrollably. I saw that I was my own worst critic and that the man sitting next to me loved me deeply and unconditionally. I let all that love in and saw that as perfect as I see him he sees me, as much as I love him he loves me, and that I love myself even more. Earlier, my friend told me he figured out the block in humanity- that we all hate ourselves…perhaps that was the key to unlocking all the love. Give it a try 😉 It’s the new year try new things and make as many mistakes as possible. And say yes to your soul <3

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Why antibiotics are NOT the answer to viral infections

Every illness starts with a cold, a common cold, runny nose, sore throat, head ache, chills, fever, body aches. There are generally two kinds of colds: one that creates sore throat (wind heat) another that creates runny nose (wind cold). If the cold is not properly treated, it will go further into the body. Proper treatment in Chinese medicine differs greatly from that in Western medicine. In my experience, Chinese medicine allows the pathogen to exit, in Western medicine, antibiotics drive the pathogen further in, creating a more severe and chronic illness as well as a harder pathogen to fight off. This leads to the problem of over-medicating and creating super-bugs. There are better solutions. The only things you need are an open mind and some new vocab words…here we go 🙂

Prevention i...

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Nutrition input

Comprehensive Nutrition information!

Want to know what to eat and how the foods you’re already eating will help? I can’t think of a better more comprehensive list. Click here!

MEATS
Five element differentiation

Wood-chicken
Fire-lamb
Earth-cow
Metal-venison
Water-pig

Beef: neutral, sweet, Sp & St Qi & Blood Tonic

Lamb: warm, sweet, Sp, Ki, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior

Venison: warm, salty, Sp Qi Tonic, Produces fluids, subdues Reb. Qi

Pork: neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, St, Ki, Lubricates dryness (Ni: sl. cold)

POULTRY
Duck: neutral, sweet & salty, Lu, Ki, Facilitates water passage, reduces, swellings

Chicken: warm, sweet, Sp, St, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior

EGGS
Chicken egg: neutral, sweet, Blood tonic, lubricates dryness

Egg white: cool, sweet, detoxifies, lubricates Lu, cools hot sensations, ben...

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Inspiration for the day: What would you do if money were not an issue? What matters to you?

Be free to choose.
Great inspiring video.
What if Money Was No Object – Alan Watts. Watch it Here

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Blood deficiency

Functions of blood:

Nourishes the body
Moistens the tissues (eyes, tendons, ligaments, skin, hair, tongue)
Provides material foundation for mind (anchors the mind so it can flourish)
If one does not have enough blood the mind can become restless, anxious, sleepless, irritable, and dissatisfied. Symptoms such as numbness, dizziness, and palpitations can occur. As well, eye sight, flexibility, menstruation, immune function and fertility can be affected.
It is important to work on the Spleen, Liver, and Kidney.
Ways to do it:
Blood building foods:
Blood building foods, due to their high concentration of iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid, are an effective way to relieve anemia, fatigue, paleness, coldness of the body, and amenorrhea.
Eat: Animal liver, brewer’s yeast, bone marrow soup, and b...
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Atherosclerosis

These are some papers I have written during my graduate studies at World Medicine Institute. I am including them for your educational pleasure:

Atherosclerosis: The link between sugar, stress, high cholesterol, and the formation of atheromas (plaques).

Androgenetic Alopecia: Exploring causes and psychological effects of pattern-baldness with a Western and Chinese Medicine approach.

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