~~~~~~ Updated 12/28/20 to include commentary on cedar pollen and allergies. Austin is the allergy capital of the universe (or at least it feels that way at times). When you add a Saharan dust cloud or cedar pollen to the mix of COVID19 chaos and allergen levels, as we do experience here in our fair … Continue reading Allergy Forecast Austin: Some Common Sense And A Measure Of Calm
~~~~~ Scars are a natural expression of the healing process. Injuries that produce them develop in three steps at wound site: inflammation, then proliferation, and then remodeling. Sometimes this works out nicely and other times, depending on circumstances, the scar can be debilitating or genuinely unsightly. What, then, to do about your scar tissue? I … Continue reading Scar Removal, Part II: Two Reasons To Remove Your Scar And Two Good Reasons To Keep It
~~~~~ In theory, the process of putting together the perfect lineup of healthcare practitioners could actually flow just the way you set up your Pinterest boards. Sure, you wade through some duds and, yes, there are going to be days where you lose the entire afternoon searching for just the right pin to add to … Continue reading Referrals: On Finding, Creating, and Nourishing Meaningful Networks (And Why You, The Patient or Client, Should Care About This Subject)
~~~~~ One of the more interesting things that I remember from student clinic was hearing about what different interns attracted into their treatment rooms. Some of my friends got all the infertility cases. Other folks saw one chemo recovery patient after the next. Still others saw the allergy cases. And me? I had my regular … Continue reading Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Reclaim Your Body, Become Your Own Best Advocate
~~~~~ Do you feel like your blood pressure is rising? Maybe you can’t sleep, or you experience road rage (if you are in Austin, surely you experience road rage) or your stomach is tied in knots or maybe you just feel exhausted and worn out and frizzled. Maybe you’re always on the verge of tears. … Continue reading Got Stress? (It Doesn’t Do a Body Good But There are Ways To Resolve It)
~~~~~ Are you bored with your wellness routine? Or maybe you get sick a lot with little but annoying things, like colds that just don’t leave or gut health issues that aren’t severe but still are irritating. Maybe you are a little less toned than you want to be or you find that you have … Continue reading So You Really Want to Improve Your Health Practices: How to Begin and How to Sustain the Momentum
~~~~~ Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate. If you’re in love, a romantic, and in sync with your partner, it’s a great one. If you’re unhappily single, miserably married, or the anniversary of your bitter divorce falls on February 14th (true story: I knew someone in graduate school … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself
~~~~~ The first time I treated a man for erectile dysfunction was in student clinic. The intake was fairly routine for the first 90% of it. I asked about things like stress and sleep and bowel movements and food cravings. The patient was fidgety though and I knew that something was going on besides the … Continue reading Men’s Health: What Student Clinic Taught Me About Erectile Dysfunction (And What Chinese Medicine Can Do About It)
~~~~~ Conventional thinking holds that when a person is ready to become healthy and make big changes for the new year (or for swimsuit season, or in preparation for an event), the go-to guide would be a personal trainer and the place to make the change would be at the gym. Now, though, options for … Continue reading What a Health Coach Can Do For You That Dr. Google Cannot: Are You Ready for a Vibrant 2018?
It’s not an either-or when it comes to health and wellness. Some days, it’s going to be vegetables and virtue. Other days, excellent chocolate. Or tacos. Or all of the above. Right?