Functional Medicine – The Beginning and the Answer to Your Health Problems

Treat the root, not the branches. That’s a given with quality healthcare. At least, it should be. Treat the cause, not just cover up symptoms. Yes, it’s important to provide symptomatic relief – people grow weary with chronic pain and discomfort, and there is great value in alleviating symptom. People need to be functional. But if you step on a …

Dr. Jamie Interviews Dr. Lee on the FAQs of Acupuncture

I love and respect Dr. Carol Lee, my colleague and fellow practitioner here at Oasis Healing Arts, for so many reasons. She is authentic, compassionate, highly educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and full of expert insight into acupuncture and herbal medicine. I will often consult Dr. Lee for confirmation on acupuncture point protocols when determining treatment plans for my acupuncture …

How to Beat the Flu and Winter Blues

In my 20+ years of living in southern California, this winter has been the least, shall I say, “fun." Perhaps it was the flu that hit my whole family like dominoes over the Christmas break, or the non-stop busy holiday season that’s just kept revving through January, or the recent series of storms and gray skies. Likely, it’s my island roots …

Nutraceuticals: Tips on Purchasing Nutritional Supplements with Proven Benefits

Over the years, I’ve heard many patients express to me their confusion and overwhelm when going to the store to buy nutritional supplements. There are hundreds of thousands of supplements in the public market, each touting their unique health benefits. Not only are there multitudes of products to choose from, but just one supplement can have multiple variations and forms. …

Selah. A Response to Stress.

I am of the generation that has seen the birth and rapid maturity of the internet. I was always a couple of years behind my peers with the latest tech… getting a discman, a beeper, a digital camera, a cell phone. It wasn’t until after I finished grad school in 2001 that I actually purchased my own laptop. But now, …

A Thousand Stressors, One Response

Some of us play it tough. We are work horses, but we won’t let you see us sweat. We’ve got a heavy dose of pride pushing us, and a whole lot of passion – for our children, for our work, for healthful living, for all the people who depend on us. So we zip our lips, cover up any of our struggles, …

Balancing Your Hormones

 “My hormones are out of wack!" “I just feel off.” “I don’t feel like myself.” "I’m so irritable lately." “I feel like I’m going crazy!” Does any of this sound familiar to you? Maybe you’ve complained of hormonal issues yourself, or perhaps your daughter or your co-workers are struggling with fluctuating hormones. Hormone imbalance is an extremely common issue amongst women, both young …

Surrender – It’s Healthy

I recall Oprah once talking about a very difficult time in her life, when she was battling it out with the meat industry in court over a comment she had made on her talk show, and she was feeling extremely overwhelmed and heavy with the stress of the lawsuit and all the demands of her very busy life. She was …

An Interview w/ Dr. Carol Lee on AutoImmune Disease

Dr. Jamie: More and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as hypothyroidism, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. You and I understand the underlying causes from both a biomedical as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint. But how would you explain to our patients and our readers how and why people develop autoimmune disease (AI)? Dr. Lee: Science …

Mothers – Are You Heavy Strong or Cheerful Strong?

 I am strong. Sometimes it comes naturally, a bold and confident energy, an ambition that flows effortlessly from my spirit. And other times, I have to be very intentional about it. My faith allows me infinite access to a power greater than me, because God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. And surely there are times when I feel weak, …