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Permission for a Day Off

Today was a dear friend’s birthday. She had asked me to take the afternoon off for a quick trip up to Napa to have lunch and taste some champagne. I planned on working a little extra this weekend to allow…

Reaching for Antidepressants

I read a statistic today that startled me. According to the Center for Disease Control,doctors wrote 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants in the last few years.  My guess is the number continues to go up.  Antidepressants are given for everything…

Learning Where my Food Comes From

I was lucky enough to grow up knowing where most of my food came from. We gardened and raised some of our own animals. The ones we didn’t raise we traded with neighbors. Maybe this is why knowing where my…

Acupuncture Outside of Pain

Have you ever considered acupuncture for anything besides pain? People often equate acupuncture with pain relief, though there are many other problems that can be treated. I had a new patient for acupuncture many years ago. She was dealing with…

How to Cultivate Happiness

We recently watched a Ted Talk on gratitude versus happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast argued that gratitude begets happiness, that happiness does not beget gratitude, as we often think. I have thought a lot about this in the last few days….

The Superwoman Complex: Your Health and Hormones

As women, we tend to think we can do everything. I have this same superwoman complex myself, and I know it has taken a toll on my own vitality at times. Getting a Masters and a medical degree at the…

Music for My Body

One of my most prized graduation gifts was an acoustic guitar. It came from an old cowboy with whom I used to do long rides, as well as sit around a campfire and hear him play guitar after a long…

A Recommendation for Allergy Season

Allergy season. Just the thought of it makes many people’s eyes water. I am often asked what I recommend for seasonal allergies in casual conversation. As with most medicine, the solution is based on helping realign a individual’s immune system,…

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