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June 13, 2019

Our spine is made up of rubbery cushions (disks) and bones (vertebrae) that stack up and align. It supports our neck down to our lower back and allows body movement possible.

A spinal disk is a jelly like soft substance encased in a hard exterior. Disk herniation occurs when the soft jelly pushes through the hard exterior. This results in nerve compression or irritation of nearby nerves that can result in localized pain, weakness, or numbness of the extremities. Although many people are asymptomatic a...

April 25, 2019

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis viruses are the most common causes of the disease but other factors such as autoimmune diseases, alcohol, drugs, infections, or toxic substance can also cause hepatitis. Hepatitis can be self-limiting or can progress to cirrhosis (scarring), fibrosis, or liver cancer. 

There are 5 types of hepatitis viruses A,B,C,D,and E. Hepatitis B and C can lead to chronic disease and potential outbreaks and cross contamination. They are the most common cause of...

April 18, 2019

About 75 million American adults (~32%) have high blood pressure – that’s 1 in every 3 adults. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the pressure of your blood against your arterial walls. The more blood your heart pumps and the more narrow your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Over time, hypertension can damage blood vessels leading to a stroke, heart attack or other health threats. 

Hypertension usually develops over time and when uncontrolled can put you at serious health risks. Hypertensi...

April 11, 2019

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Arthritis and joint pain are the #1 and #2 reasons cited for doctor’s visits. Arthritis affects 54.4 million US adults, more than 1 out of 4. It is a major cause of work disability in the United States and one of the most common chronic conditions in the nation. These numbers will only increase unless we understand the disease and take action for prevention and care. 

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint and surrounding tissue often resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling, and re...

April 10, 2019

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Fatty liver is possibly the most common disease. At least 1 out of 4 people have it, the statistics are higher than diabetes and arthritis combined. Most people who have it, aren’t even aware they do – or even know what it is. Symptoms are mild to none but there are serious health risks if the disease progression continues. Fortunately, you can reverse fatty liver disease by healthy lifestyles changes, namely diet and exercise. 

What is it?

Fatty liver is the buildup of fat in your l...

April 10, 2019

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What is cholesterol?

Most of us associate cholesterol with fatty foods but do you know that most of this waxy substance is actually made by our own bodies? This is indeed true. The liver produces 75% of the cholesterol that circulates in our blood. Only 25% comes from the food we eat. Although at normal levels, cholesterol has an important role in helping cells do their jobs. Cholesterol levels are dangerously high in more than 100 million Americans. 

Dangers of high cholesterol

High...

March 21, 2019

Spring is officially here! Try this delicious and healthy herbal tea during the first week of spring to help boost immunity and strengthen your body's vital energy. 

Brew fresh ginger + red dates (jujubes) together and let the tea simmer for 25 min. Add brown sugar near the end. 

Spring equinox is the perfect time to supplement yang energy (“Winter disease, Summer cure”, to dispel cold and tonify deficiency 冬病夏治,去寒補虛). Serve to the whole family in the morning before 11 a.m. daily and bes...

January 11, 2019

The National Geographic recently published an excellent article about western science learning more about Traditional Chinese Medicine. It explains how aspirin, a commonly used drug was originally derived from a plant based herb, the willow bark. Our current treatment for malaria was derived from a flowering herb called wormwood (Artemisia annua). The western drug artemisinin, extracted from the active compound of wormwood, earned the researcher a Nobel Prize for medicine in 2015. So what more c...

January 4, 2019

Overindulged during the holiday season? Admit it, it’s hard to say no to a delicious spread of holiday treats and a big serving of comfort food. It’s no wonder over 30% of people’s New Year’s resolutions are to eat healthier and shed extra pounds. The problem for most is the inability to be persistent with their goals.  Most resolutions don’t last past January and it’s easy to revert back to old eating habits and lifestyle choices. 

There are no simple solutions. A b...

November 12, 2018

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Are you trying to lose weight? Get in shape? Increase your endurance? Lower your cholesterol? Control inflammation? Eat more protein? Eat fewer carbs? Recover from injury? Whatever your goals are, getting healthier is about eating nutritiously, exercising, and sleeping well. It’s a big change for a newbie, but it’s easy if you incorporate these everyday strategies to get into the best head-to-toe shape and health.

1.    Consult a doctor before you start any diet or...

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