Regrowth: Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Three thousand years ago, when Chinese medicine was first being practiced, there was no light or electricity. No way to mask the darkness of winter. No way, either, to ignore the longer, warmer days of springtime. Because it is such an ancient practice, a lot of the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine comes from a time when people spent much more time outside, paying attention to the natural world around them.  continue reading »

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How Functional Medicine Found Me…

Everything would check out ok with my doc, but I still wasn’t feeling better.


✅Crazy insomnia

✅Mind racing



✅Sudden feelings of overwhelm that made me want to scream

✅Etc, etc etc…


Can anybody else relate? 


I was tired of being told to go on meds (NOT med shaming here.. there is a time and place)  I just knew in my gut (literally) that that wasn’t going to manage the issue. Not only that, I was tired of chasing one modality after another to get a handle on my anxiety.


Sometimes the go-go-go hustle of looking for the next “fix” to finally eliminate anxiety can be more anxiety producing than just white-knuckling it and learning to survive each day. You too?


For nearly a decade I had wanted to start studying and delve deep into functional medicine.  I have seen other patients realize true breakthroughs from other practitioners.


I had also heard and seen so many “miracle” stories from other doctors that I trust wholeheartedly.


Bottom line, I was ready for a new approach for myself and for my patients that I could integrate seamlessly into my existing practice.  I am forever grateful that I have been able to use this year and the extra time it has provided me to become certified in Functional Medicine.


It has provided me with tremendous breakthroughs for my own health and with so many of my patients. Finally, for the first time in my adult life, I feel that I have a handle on my anxiety…


Externally, I am better able to recognize and manage triggers (skills learned through coaching and TONS of research on my own).


Internally, I finally have a handle on my gut health, neurotransmitter balance and hormones through lab testing and a strategy.  See, its worthless to know all the data from labs without a strategy on how to use that information to make powerful health shifts…


That’s why it requires time and one on one coaching.


It has been nothing short of life changing and to be able to share it with you all is the privilege of a lifetime.


If you can relate to how I felt before this life-changing shift drop I would love to hear your story. 

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Acupuncture for Diabetes

Acupuncture for Diabetes

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 90 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Type 2 diabetes, while its exact cause is unknown, develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Because of this, treatment often involves taking “insulin sensitizers” or medication that helps the body increase its sensitivity and therefore ability to process insulin, keeping the blood sugar from getting too low. Unfortunately, this medication often causes side effects, including weight gain and anemia. continue reading »

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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Anxiety

5 Scandinavian secrets to a happier, healthier life

Scandinavian winters are dark, cold, and long. Depending on the city, a typical day could have little to no sunshine, freezing temperatures, and lots of snow. Some people might see those conditions as a recipe for seasonal depression. But despite their harsh winters, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland have topped ​the World Happiness Report​ — which surveys 156 countries by asking their citizens how happy they are — for several years in a row.

So, what is it that makes Scandinavian people so content? The answer may lie in their approach to life — which contains several feel-good philosophies that promote an overall sense of well-being. Let’s take a look.

  1. Fika paus

The Swedish term fika paus roughly translates to “coffee break.” But there’s more to it than just grabbing a cup of joe and rushing back to work. A fika paus is more like a social ritual, giving you time to rest and reset. It consists of coffee, typically accompanied by a sweet treat, and is meant to be enjoyed with others and away from work. In Sweden, fika paus is so important that work is often scheduled around these breaks — and not the other way around.

How it helps: Prioritizing time for breaks and socializing each day can help with work-life balance, which may reduce stress.


  1. Friluftsliv

Spending time in nature is a practice that takes many forms in many cultures around the world. In Japan, it’s known as shinrin yoku​, o​ r forest bathing. In Norway, it’s known as friluftsliv, or open-air living. But while forest bathing encourages you to spend time immersed in nature for a few minutes each day, friluftsliv is more indulgent. Rain or shine, it’s a commitment to getting the most out of those outdoor moments — whether it’s long camping trips through the mountains or leisurely strolls on the beach with friends.

How it helps: Time spent outside — even if it’s just at an urban park — can have ​a positive impac​t​ on our sense of well-being.


  1. Gokotta

The Swedish idea of gokotta takes friluftsliv one step further. It’s the act of waking up early in the morning to go outside and listen to the birds sing.

How it helps: On its own, waking up early can make you more proactive — meaning you’re more likely to get things done. But with gokotta, you’re also spending quality time in nature. So, from the moment you wake up, you’re boosting productivity and your sense of well-being.


  1. Hygge

The long, dark hours of winter can take their toll. But instead of dreading the winter months, the Danish concept of hygge encourages you to embrace them. Hygge is about celebrating coziness and turning it into a type of self-care. Lighting candles, sipping your favorite tea, putting on a pair of fuzzy socks — these acts are hygge in practice. And the key to this practice is to find the joy in feeling warm and fuzzy, inside and out.


How it helps: Focusing on the positives in life — like getting cozy when it’s dark and snowy — can increase your overall sense of well-being.

  1. Lagom

Balance is essential to living a healthy life. Roughly translating to “just the right amount,” the Swedish and Norwegian concept of lagom is about making it a priority to always find balance in every part of life.

How it helps: Many things can be harmful to your health if not done in moderation — from overeating to not moving enough throughout the day to working long hours without breaks. This is why the concept of lagom is important. Finding the right balance can help you avoid damaging your health.


Bottom line

Happiness isn’t a location — it’s a state of mind. By putting these Scandinavian philosophies into practice, you may find yourself feeling happier over time and living a more fulfilling everyday life.


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5 Acupoints for Anxiety You Can Administer Yourself

acupoints for anxiety

“At a time when people are so conscious of maintaining their physical health by controlling their diets, exercising, and so forth, it makes sense to try to cultivate the corresponding mental attitudes too.”

– HH the Dalai Lama, 1963

It can be easy to forget how much our mental state can affect our physical well-being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, that connection is evident in the treatment strategies, but it is also true that when we are feeling bad, we don’t always think to look at our minds. It works both ways.  continue reading »

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