One of the more popular “fad” diets that has popped up in the last decade is the pH diet, or acid/alkaline diet. The idea behind it is that the human body needs to operate at a very specific pH and that many of the foods that make up the modern diet lower that value and, as a result, the blood becomes more acidic. Not quite to the levels of the xenomorphs from the fictional Alien universe, but enough to cause an overall negative impact on general physical health, organ function, and mental state (including issues like fatigue, anxiety, and depression).
Seeing as the weather outside has taken a turn for the frightful, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about something that could make those cold days and nights a little more delightful. A simple fix that can help prevent headaches, ease neck and shoulder tension, lessen your odds of catching a cold, and generally keep overall health and comfort protected during these chilly times. And the best thing about this solution? It’s cheap, flexible, and offers a chance for some personal expression in the process. So what is this magical fix that can offer so many benefits? I am, of course, talking about one of my favorite cold weather health solutions: the scarf.
One of the most common questions people ask their medical practitioners, especially those of us on the alternative side, is “What’s the best diet for me as an individual?” It’s easy to tell why they might be confused. In the last several years, there has been a greater emphasis on eating foods that fall under very strict restrictions with the idea of minimizing negative food reactions. Vegetarianism, Veganism, Paleo, Atkins, Gluten-free – it’s no wonder people are confused. Well, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have those answers for you. What I can offer is a different way of looking at food and how it interacts with your body. By incorporating a few simple ideas into how you think of food, you will have tools available to help you determine which foods should become staples, which foods to avoid, and which foods you can indulge in, but only every once in a while.
One of the more common complaints I hear from people when they come to see me is of a chronic pain, one right between or just below the shoulder blades in the upper back. It’s usually dull, but can sometimes be sharp, and is usually at it’s worst later in the day. While it is most often found in writers, students, and people who spend long periods behind either the wheel or the keyboard, it has also shown up in dancers, athletes, and hobbyists of all kinds. Continue reading
One of the most idiosyncratic things about American culture is its relationship to food. The citizens of the United States are some of the most diet-obsessed people in the world, counting calories and and studying ingredients while at the same time battling out of control obesity rates. Continue reading
Maybe it was in a yoga class or an advertisement on television promoting the latest workout craze, but it’s a safe bet that most people have at one time or another have heard that there is something called “the core” and that it’s something they need to exercise. But how many of those people actually know what “the core” is and whether or not they need to work on theirs? Continue reading
>Last year I did a demonstration on cupping for the internet talk show “Have You Heard with Byron and Karol”. For anyone who is interested in this form of treatment, give it a watch. It’s a pretty good overview of what cupping is and how it works. Continue reading