Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

~~~~~~ The dust does settle as we all reluctantly become more accustomed to the COVID19 pandemic with its shocks and aftershocks.  Some are handling it better than others, true.  No matter what, we are all doing our best.  And yet, the specter of racism and scapegoating casts a looming shadow over everyone’s attempts to manage … Continue reading Racism Is A Virus: (Some Thoughts On What You Can Do To Promote Intercultural Competence And Solidarity During A Pandemic)

It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

~~~ If you are reading this you are more than likely not a racist.  You may be monolingual and/or somewhat culturally sheltered.  You may not be.  Whatever your subject position as you read this essay is, you’re here because its title called to you.  You do care when you  see news stories about anti-Chinese sentiment. … Continue reading It Is A Small World And We Do Share It (Some Thoughts On Critical Thinking During A Pandemic)

Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

~~~~~ Living with the seasons–in tune and in synch with weather changes and harvesting patterns, for example–can make you healthier and happier.  There’s a reason why going with the flow is good idea–it conserves energy, for one thing.  It’s a strategy for the long haul that works.  As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), … Continue reading Living With The Seasons According To Chinese Medicine: Spring Tips For Health And Happiness

Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

~~~~~ If you’ve never tried acupuncture (or even if you have and had a great experience), did you know that there are ways to make the most of your treatment?  Holistic healthcare plans are generally not passive constructs; if you take a bit of initiative too, then your results will be that much more tangible … Continue reading Holistic Healthcare: What To Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Acupuncture Treatment

Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

~~~~~ Holistic health is my second career; as some of you may know, I was a professor and spent a good two decades of my life in academia before coming to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  I’ve taught at a range of schools, from outstanding small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.  As the first … Continue reading Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Acupuncture: How This Ancient Healing Modality Can Help You

~~~~~ Acupuncture can be of great benefit for people with EDS when the practitioner is familiar with the condition and the patient is clear about their own expectations and presentation.  Fortunately, the majority of EDS people I’ve seen are incredibly aware and strong about self-advocacy.  Also good? Licensed acupuncturists tend to be extremely attuned to … Continue reading Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Acupuncture: How This Ancient Healing Modality Can Help You

Chronic Stress: Ways to Protect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit for the Long Haul

~~~~~ Stuck in traffic.  News cycle gives you nightmares.  Hot weather leaves you with hives.  Old traumas rear up and knock you right in the lumbar spine.  Maybe you have a chronic condition.  Who knows?  It could be any number of things.  What matters is that your situation has left you in a state of … Continue reading Chronic Stress: Ways to Protect Your Mind, Body, and Spirit for the Long Haul

Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

~~~~~ Guys like to pretend that they are invulnerable.  Cultural messages tell young men certain stories and life experiences etch them in stone.  This might be useful on a surface level.  In reality, that tough facade of robust masculinity covers factors that lead men to compromised health, a life that may not be as full … Continue reading Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

Scar Removal, Part II: Two Reasons To Remove Your Scar And Two Good Reasons To Keep It

~~~~~ 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