When patients see me at Acubalance fertility acupuncture clinic, their initial appointment always takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a...
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It's hard to relate to celebrities. The lavish parties, the expensive clothes and jewelry, insane private island getaways, cleaners, cooks, chauffeurs, the list goes on. And yet, naturally, we look for ways that 'the stars' are just like us.
After the depth, introspection and hibernation of Winter, Spring is always a welcome sight. Especially so in Vancouver this year after an uncharacteristically harsh and long winter.
We've all heard meditation is good for you. Studies show that a mindful meditation practice can help ease psycholgocal stresses like anxiety, depression, pain, and dozens of other health conditions. Meditation is also one of those common life hacks advocated by some of the most successful people in the world. But easier said than done, right?
My usual complement of spring recipes have not made it into the weekly rotation yet this year. Given the late arrival of the blossoms (and my soggy commute) I have not felt inspired to retire my conventional oven for the season. As a result, I got creative with some root vegetables the other day, and was so deeply satisfied, I’m compelled to share it with you. If you like warm, nourishing comfort food for a cool spring evening, this is the dish for you. I don’t have a name for it, but it’s working title is “that shaved veggie thing with the topping that I like so much”. Think of it like the delicious love child of moussaka and Sheppard's pie.
Sometimes patterns emerge in my acupuncture practice. Some weeks, it feels like everyone coming in has shoulder pain. Sometimes it is insomnia. This week was “Empty Cup Syndrome” week. The theme of the week has been: “I am exhausted. And I feel like my time and energy are not my own. I don’t feel like myself anymore.”
Once again, the traditional treatment modality of cupping has cycled its way back into vogue thanks to a recent sighting of Justin Trudeau’s forearms. The rest of his torso was suspiciously concealed, but since shirtsleeves are optional, we were hosted to a landscape of perfectly circular bruises. So now the media’s talking about cupping again, and it may be time to review its benefits, uses, and effects.
One of my patients recently asked me “Is there anything I can be eating to support my fertility?”
My first answer always is: Bone broths! Oh broth…how I love thee. Let me count the ways! (Also, as a bonus, I’ll share the no-fuss method behind how I make my own bone broths at home!)
In my twenties, while studying full time, I worked nights as a homecare aid, weekends at MEC and lived in a slightly hectic apartment with two sweet, but messy guys and a dog. I was stressed and under-slept, and occasionally would fantasize about picking verbal fights with strangers on the street (repressed anger and frustration much?).