Immunity and Chinese Medicine

With the onset of spring and then again in late summer I tend to see an increase in patients who struggle with allergies. Boosting immunity is the key to alleviating these symptoms. They may already be in full allergy misery, or simply anticipating the coming season. They’re the ones with the itchy eyes and ears, Read More »

Dipping another toe into the water controversy

(See what I did there?) Because I want you to be smiling when you click through to this article, which will shake the very foundation of the world for some of you. This is the second in an infrequent foray into the controversial world of over-watering ourselves. Here’s an article from the New York Times, Read More »

Fitbook seems to work

We have fitbooks in our clinic. And we hear from many of our patients that they prefer the apps on their phone, but here’s a story about one fitbook user who found it really does change things up when you write things down. I know from apps I have on my phone that it’s easy Read More »

Beginning the Conversation About Water

More to come on this subject as more nephrologists and urologist (kidney and urinary tracts doctors) start to weigh in on the water trend. But baby steps for now. Here’s a quick excerpt from the June 2013 AARP Bulletin: “Q: Do I really need to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy? Read More »

Big THANK YOU to . . .

Dr. Ourfalian My amazing neighbour. He found my husband’s wallet and got it back to him today – before we even knew it was missing. Dr O has been my upstairs neighbour since I arrived at 18455 Burbank and the whole time he’s been a gem. I run into him (not literally) in the parking Read More »

NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again – and I’m going to try my hand at it (again). What is it, you may ask? It’s November, also known as National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve ever thought of writing a book, or think this might be interesting or if you’re looking for a new and different Read More »

Health

What does that mean?

What would health look like to you and your family?

What would it feel like to have health?

For many people, this is a concept that is so far removed from their reality they refuse to entertain the notion.

Acupuncture as a Health Maintenance Model

Like many Westerners, I suppose, I have never had much contact with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OM) and only thought of it vaguely as a folk art that worked more or less by accident. I’ve since come into a much closer relationship with Oriental Medicine and have found that it makes sense to me in terms of my own profession, computer modeling.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, even acupuncturists get to have fun once in a while.  So if things seem a little wacky, it’s not your screen – it’s a little cyber high-jinx.  Enjoy!

Tree Good, Fire Bad

In Traditional Oriental Medicine the Lungs govern Qi and respiration. They’re responsible for inhaling Qi from the atmosphere, combining it with the Qi received from food and spreading the resultant useable Qi throughout the entire body. The Lungs are called the tender organ because they are the most external organs and they connect the body to the outside world. The Lungs are easily attacked by external pathogenic factors, in this case smoky, ashy, hot air. When the air we’re taking in is poor quality, we tire easily. Of course, when we’re breathing fine air and eating garbage we get tired easily, but that’s another discussion.