December 31, 2013
Wishing you joy, laughter, freedom and light in 2014.
‘Tis the season to make resolutions. A time to reevaluate our choices, to envision a hopeful future in which we move forward into more perfect lives.
Although it hasn’t always been this way, as the Atlantic magazine explains in a Dec. 31 article, many of us make resolutions around our health. If you follow any blogs, Facebook pages or tweets on the subject, this is the time of year when you’ll be overwhelmed with possibilities for a New Year’s cleanse or detox program. You’ll lose weight! You’ll have more energy! That brain fog? Gone!
My friend and colleague Dr. Mahalia Freed wrote about this phenomenon on Facebook this time last year. Paraphrased (she said it so much better than I): You are not dirty, you don’t need to cleanse.
To which I said — and say again — hallelujah.
Health is not about fitting into your high-school prom dress. It’s not about just not being sick. We all have our definitions, but mine, today, is this: Health is enjoying our minds and our bodies, connecting with individuals and community and place, and fully living a life animated with meaning and purpose. (more…)
December 11, 2013
So many options. Which is the best fit for you?
Like so many Americans, I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to figure out my personal medical-insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare). My priorities: Overall coverage, a broad network and access to naturopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists. (Every single option saves me $200 to $300 over my existing insurance.)
From a professional perspective, the ACA had great promise for people looking for naturopathic care. (more…)
Why I love garlic, reason number zillion
Herbalists generally moan when asked “what’s your favorite herbal medicine?” But I think most of us secretly enjoy the game of choosing the top three, five or 10 plant medicines we’d want with us on a desert island.
Eating garlic (Allium sativum or ophioscorodon) regularly helps combat hypertension naturally — and tastes great.
Regardless of how tightly I’m supposed to narrow the list, garlic always ends up in a top spot. (Unless I’m supposed to pick just one. Then I just refuse to play.)
Here’s the latest reason to include garlic among my must-have medicinals: (more…)