I highly recommend taking the 15 minutes needed to watch this TED talk by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal.
The gist of the talk is this: Stress, in and of itself, is not harmful to your health. What is harmful is the belief that stress is harmful to your health. According to McGonigal, properly understood, stress can be a source of empowerment, can exert a protective effect on our hearts and bodies, and can motivate us to make key social connections with others which make us physically and emotionally resilient.
The problem is stress... [Read more...]
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I’m like most people — this time of year I start thinking about what went well in the year past and what I want to do better next year. But if I am honest I have to say that these goals that I’ve set for myself in years past have never amounted to much — within a few weeks my commitment to exercising more, keeping a journal, and not yelling at my kids has fizzled and I’m left feeling discouraged and annoyed with myself.
The Desire Map
The year before last I signed up for a program called the Desire Map by... [Read more...]
I spent nearly a decade suffering from debilitating pain and side effects from the drugs used to treat it. I was stuck — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — and I felt despair as I looked toward the future.
I am now 100% off all of medications and I feel ten times better than I ever did on the pills. I feel powerful and victorious, clear-headed and free. I love it when I fill out a form and can write “none” when I’m asked what medications I take. I am free of side effects and my body is MINE again!
If... [Read more...]
Modalities such as acupuncture, essential oils, and mindfulness meditation can be extremely useful in easing the process of discontinuing opiate pain medications such as hydrocodone. Contrary to what many people assume, discontinuing hydrocodone can result in better overall pain control, improved quality of life, as well as avoidance of the serious side effects associated with this drug.
New DEA regulations go into effect
If you or someone you love uses hydrocodone to manage chronic pain, you are probably aware that as of October 6, 2014... [Read more...]
Below is a great little video with Dr. Sanjay Gupta talking about the new Chinese herbal clinic at the Cleveland Clinic. A patient with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia) is featured.
The herbal clinic at the Cleveland Clinic is an exciting development because, although acupuncture is increasingly accepted and utilized at progressive medical centers around the country, Chinese herbal medicine has not been embraced to nearly the same extent. This is too bad because, in China, herbal medicine is considered the preferred modality for... [Read more...]
Many dōTERRA users apply their essential oils without dilution and never experience any problems. Personally (knock on wood) I have not experienced any adverse consequences from neat (undiluted) application of dōTERRA oils, nor have members of my family. But I am always one to err on the side of caution and am aware that many of my patients fall into the category of “sensitive”. Therefore I wanted to provide guidance in this article and the previous one about who might want to consider diluting essential oils for topical... [Read more...]
The short answer to this question is yes, it is possible to be allergic to even very pure and high quality essential oils.
Anyone who tells you that you cannot be allergic to dōTERRA essential oils or that when skin irritation arises in response to the use of essential oils (for example hives, rashes, itching, etc.) it means that your body is “detoxing” and that you need to continue to use oils is misinformed (please see postscript below about the emotional origin of allergies).
The Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG)... [Read more...]
My three sons
Have you ever wondered why your children are so different? Or why one child always gets a fever when sick while your other child always gets a chest cold? As a parent I think about this a lot. Heck, I’ve got a set of identical twins who are as different as can be!
Chinese medicine offers insightful and useful answers in the form of the theory of the Five Elements. You may have heard me talking about the Five Elements in the clinic – it’s a ancient and fascinating way of understanding human psychology. In Chinese... [Read more...]
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Me and my citron crested cockatoo Maggie (left) and a Goffin cockatoo that we fostered (right)
Please note that I am not a veterinarian. I do, however, share my home with eight parrots. I have spent a great deal of time researching the use of essential oils on and around parrots in... [Read more...]
A recent study comparing real acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser acupuncture with no treatment for knee arthritis showed that real acupuncture, laser acupuncture, and sham laser acupuncture all resulted in decrease in pain. In the media this study has been presented as evidence that acupuncture does not work and that any decrease in pain associated with acupuncture is the result of the placebo effect.
In reality the story is more complicated than that. First of all, the study was small, with fewer than 20 patients in each treatment... [Read more...]
We are very excited about one of the new oils launched at the recent dōTERRA Global Convention — Arborvitae, which translates to “tree of life”.
This oil has benefits for the skin and immune systems, as well as emotional wellbeing. One of the chemical constituents in Arborvitae is tropolones. This constituent is unique and is not found in any other essential oil. Tropolones have a seven carbon ring structure, which is important because pathogens have never been exposed to seven carbon rings before. This makes... [Read more...]
Live Oak Acupuncture & Wellness Center is supported in part by patients purchasing products (herbal medicines, dietary supplements, essential oils, etc.) from me. It is no exaggeration to say that I have invested hundreds of hours of time and tens of thousands of dollars into selecting the products that I recommend and sell to you. For each product that you see on my shelves, I have researched and tested dozens of others. I have spent over a decade pulling together the contents of my pharmacy and only carry the best quality, most... [Read more...]
I absolutely LOVE this article. The author shares insight that only a sufferer of chronic illness could have. I have included the article in its entirety here (with links to the site that originally published it and the author’s website) because I believe it is so important and insightful.
by Ilana Jacqueline, freelance writer and patient advocate. Published in The Huffington Post
A fine line, ladies and gentleman, its what stands between living with chronic illness and being alive with chronic illness. I’ve straddled... [Read more...]
This article is the fourth in a recent series I have written about emotions and how they impact our physical health. You can find the first three articles here:
Stress as the primary cause of modern disease
Are you suffering from unresolved anger?
I had a black dog, his name was depression
If you have been around me lately, you have probably heard me talk about essential oils. Complementary and natural medicine has been my vocation for twenty years but I have never been more excited about anything than I am about certified pure therapeutic... [Read more...]
In previous posts I have written about the effect that stress and unresolved anger can have on physical and emotional health. Today I’d like to discuss depression.
From the point of view of Chinese medicine, depression is the result of unresolved emotions (especially anger) turned inward and “deep-pressed”. When the energy of anger is not allowed to motive us to change our lives and relationships, the eventual result is the energetic collapse that is characteristic of depression. Depressed individuals feel cut off... [Read more...]
The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer.
You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful, healthy garden, abundant with flowers and vegetables.
One of the philosophies underlying... [Read more...]
The BBC recently conducted a short study to assess the health effects of an extra hour of sleep. The article is well worth reading. Two high points:
During deep sleep memories are consolidated and moved into long-term storage. This consolidation must take place within 24 hours or the memories are lost. This is why it is important to prioritize adequate sleep during times when you are learning new things (e.g. finals week, the first few months in a new job, etc.)
The REM sleep phase is the only time, day or night, when the body stops producing... [Read more...]
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