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Beyond the flu shot: Herbal medicine remedies to help prevent cold and flu

Flu shots: A sure thing? It can feel rather devastating to learn the flu shot was only 42% effective in preventing any A or B viral infection in people of all ages, last 2016-2017 season. Children aged 6 mo to 8 yrs did best with the shot, with 61% efficacy. For folks over 65, the flu shot came in at only 25% effective. It's understandable that people question whether or not to get the shot. I don't plan on telling you here what to do; so don't read on for the answer to that question! I do, however, hope to…

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Eating Meat Dos and Don’ts: Animal Communicators Respond

Photo by Benjamin Faust Views on eating meat As a Chinese medicine practitioner, I have been told many, many times by my teachers and colleagues to personally eat meat; and I've been told that eating meat is the only healthy lifestyle. (Full disclosure: I cut out red meat when I was 17, fish when I was 22 and white meat when I was 25. So, it's been awhile that I've been 'breaking the rules'!) It's a topic that I take great interest in, and research. Like most things, I try to be as open-minded as possible, listening for what's needed…

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Acupuncture Holographic Mapping for Treating Body Pain

"Chinese medicine recognizes that the human body functions like a hologram because every microsystem found in different parts of the body contains the information needed to treat the whole body. In fact, studies... suggest that this information is stored in each and every part of the body." - Steve Phillips, LAc [wproto_divider style="gap"] Holographic Mapping in Auricular Acupuncture Seeing and treating the body as a hologram is one of my favorite things about acupuncture. There are a number of well-known microsystems that allow acupuncturists to treat the whole of the body through holographic mapping at the face, ear, hands, etc. Of these,…

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