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Grief: The Loss of Normalcy

“Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted. It comes and goes on its own schedule. Grief does not obey your plans, or your wishes. Grief will do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to you. In that regard, Grief has a lot in common with Love.” - Elizabeth Gilbert I was recently reading an article published in Harvard Business Review. Scott Berinato interviewed David Kessler, who co-wrote with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross On Grief and Grieving: Fin

Insomnia, circadian rhythm disorder, inadequate sleep hygiene and environmental disturbances.

“He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.”- Ernest Hemingway, A Clean Well Lighted Place The etiology of an acute or chronic sleep disturbance can be simple, straightforward and attributable to a recognizable cause or stressor in your life. However, at other times the source will be a mystery that will take time, perseverance and patience to unravel. In clinic, in

Ways to Mitigate the Stress Response and Reduce Allostatic Load.

Taking care of yourself is incredibly important and even more so during this pandemic as the toll on physical and mental health can be significant. I appreciate that many are struggling at this moment in time. Many of us may be feeling frustrated, angry, hopeless, trapped, unsafe, unsure, depressed, anxious or even numb. Many of us may be overeating and not nourishing ourselves well. Many may be time poor and attempting to juggle the demands of work, family and homeschooling.

Take a rest: A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Insufficient sleep is the most prevalent sleep disorder in the USA and the number of sleep hours continues to steadily decline. Over 47% of adults and 57% of children get less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. Below are the sleep foundations recommendations: • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours • Teenagers (1

Vitamin D and Stroke

“Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent due to lifestyle and environmental factors which limit sunlight induced vitamin D production in the skin. This "pandemic" of vitamin D deficiency is of concern because low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) have been associated with cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, infectious, autoimmune and malignant diseases. Epidemiological studies have largely but not consistently shown that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for stroke. T

Ideal cardiovascular health and Life's Simple 7

"The American Heart Association has defined ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors, known as LS7 or as Life's Simple 7". The lifestyle changes that individuals can make to reduce cardiovascular risk are: cessation of smoking, an increase in physical activity, a reduction in weight, improvements in diet, lowered blood pressure and glucose. The last change is in regard to lowering cholesterol which continues to be controversial as many studies suggest that infl

Serotonin syndrome / serotonin toxicity and the dangers of self-supplementation

In clinic, l will always check for herb-drug interactions before prescribing. This includes supplements too. I am a trained herbalist but I would prefer to be overly cautious and take a little longer to make a recommendation, rather than miss an interaction. I spend many hours talking to patients about their medication and what supplements they may be taking. I delve into the ingredients and do what l can to inform and educate. Many of my patients will even bring their self-p

What’s the fuss about bone broth?

The Benefits of Bone Broth from a Nutritional and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective Whether it is referred to as bouillon, stock, consommé, soup or bone broth, consumption of this hot, steaming cup of goodness seems to be growing exponentially. Bone broth outlets are popping up all over the United States. Bone broth is offered as a menu item in restaurants, cafés are selling hot broth by the cup, grocery chains are stocking the shelves with countless varieties an

Cupping: An Ancient Technique for the Modern World

Cupping has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 3,000 years and today, cupping is regularly used in over 60 countries. What is Cupping? There are several theories on the mechanisms of cupping. These can be divided into a medical approach which discusses the movement of blood, lymphatic fluid, and nutrients on muscle and connective tissue, also known as fascia. A more traditional approach discusses the concept of qi, pronounced “chi”, which in TCM loo