Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading
Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals are proving to be more harmful than beneficial for many people, especially kids, whose brains and bodies aren’t yet fully developed. continue reading
When you consider all the changes in our agricultural practices, the increased number of medications we take, as well as our dependence on plastic and technology that is constantly emitting low-grade radiation, it’s no surprise more couples are having trouble conceiving. Current statistics show one in six couples who are trying to conceive are facing fertility issues. And while many times infertility is thought of as a female issue, it is really a factor for both the man and woman and should therefore be addressed as such. continue reading
I often suggest this simple, grain-free, version of pancakes. Here’s the recipe!
Equipment: blender, frying pan or griddle, spatula, knife
1 green plantain
Pinch of salt
1/4 – 1/2 cup “milk” of choice
Avocado oil or ghee
Cut the plantain into sections and remove peel. Put into blender jar with the egg and salt. Add a small amount of your liquid of choice and blend. Add liquid to desired pancake batter consistency. Mixture may thicken slightly on standing so have a little “milk” or even water handy in case you need to thin it.
Heat oil or ghee on a griddle or pan. Cook pancakes, turning after bubbles form on the top.
Serve with fresh fruit, a little bit of real maple syrup, or use to make breakfast sandwiches.
This batter made even thinner can be cooked in a large pan as a wrap or tender faux tortilla. Experiment!
Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don’t like the steady decrease in hours of sunlight, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. Here are some tips on how to get through the season without incident. continue reading