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, …

Food for Life, Food for Death – What Will You Choose?

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” -Deuteronomy 30:19 With every meal we eat, with every forkful of food we place into our mouths, we …

Knotted Muscles and Shrink-Wrapped Connective Tissue – Could This Be Your Body?

Everyone understands muscles, how they can get tense from stress, sore from overwork, or weak from lack of exercise. But I find that very few people understand fascia – the connective tissue that envelopes our muscles and organs, connects everything together, and holds everything in their proper place. Think of fascia as a gluey, fibrous, sticky 3-D web-like sheaths under …