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 …

Knowing Your Food Sensitivities to Heal Your Nasal Allergies

If there was one health issue I’ve dealt with personally and sincerely journeyed to overcome, it’s allergies. I started having hay fever allergies in my sophomore year of high school. I remember I’d show up to class and friends would have already put a box of Kleenex on my desk. I also remember our paper mache face mask project at …

Not Everything in Moderation

My husband and I were enjoying an outdoor dinner gala at a Palm Springs business retreat one late August night. Drinks and appetizers were being served, and a fellow with whom my husband happened to strike a conversation was grabbing a bit of everything – from cheese-crusted raviolis to fried shrimp poppers to chocolate mousse tarts to glasses of wine …

Is Gluten-Free Necessary for My Good Health?

There’s a lot of talk about gluten in both the medical and lay community. It’s quite the buzz word these past few years. You know it’s a big deal when cereal boxes and packages of cookies start touting their contents as “Gluten-Free.” But what does that mean? Why is this of value? WHAT IS GLUTEN? Gluten is a protein composite …

Peace Takes Practice

You’d think that, if given an hour to lie down, close your eyes, and listen to soft music while getting a massage, it’d be the easiest thing for anyone to do. Just relax. Chill. Be still. But the reality is, many people can’t do this. It’s hard to chill. They can’t relax. Having to lie down and be still sets …

How Does Your Stress Signature Look?

Beyond the smiling faces and glad tidings posted on Facebook, underneath the pretty clothes and makeup, behind the executive desks and bedroom doors, inside homes and workplaces, inside ourselves, there is often an underlying current of stress. Or you might identify with it as discontent, tension, anxiety, irritability, moodiness, overwhelm, overthinking, worry, fear, fatigue, busy-ness, lack of rest, a deficiency …

Help Me With My Back Pain! But Don’t Tell Me What I Need To Do!

Thorough. Whole. Complete. This should be our approach to our health. A singular pill or supplement approach, a half-hearted yo-yo diet approach, or an easy “everything in moderation” approach will NOT result in true health and longevity. More is required of us. Effort. Discipline. Mindfulness. Positive Action. And when you begin to truly understand how your body functions best, when …