Are You Powering Down?

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Are You Powering Down?

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, MFTI

“Did you turn it off and turn it back on again?” is the all-too familiar question all IT technicians ask  when we inquire for a cure to our electronic issues.  The question is no different for our physical and mental health issues – Are you allowing your body and mind to turn off, completely?  Without an obvious “Power Off” button, most of us no longer know or feel what that  means anymore.  Too often, the ...

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Physical Relaxation- Recognize and Rebalance

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Physical Relaxation- Recognize and Rebalance

By: Alicia Maher, MD

Ugh, stress!  What good is this stress response, anyway?

Not too long ago,  I was “blessed” with a surfing experience that reminded me of why we have the stress response.  The waves were small that day and I was in a remote spot near Los Angeles.  No one else was around.  I was enjoying having my choice of the little waves coming by, without anyone to compete with.

Suddenly I noticed that someone had joined me-  A 5 foot long ...

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Top 8 Produce for Late Summer

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Top 8 Produce for Late Summer

Summer is not over yet! It is peak season for these eight fruits and veggies. Not only are they most delicious this time of year, they are also at their most nutritious. Enjoy!

Tomatoes

Ripened in the hot summer sun, tomatoes are brimming with concentrated flavor this time of year. With so much flavor, fresh summer tomatoes can stand on their own or with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Enjoy fresh tomatoes over pasta or “zoodles,” combine with ...

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Don’t Call Me Smart

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Don’t Call Me Smart

With schools focus on grades, test scores, and GPA’s, asking parents to avoid calling their child “Smart” can come as a surprise. Jo Boaler, the professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival and discussed the idea of retiring the “s word”:

At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and ...

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Tomatoes Tomatoes Everywhere

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Tomatoes Tomatoes Everywhere

If your garden looks anything like mine, you are harvesting pounds of tomatoes every week. After giving away as many tomatoes as are coming in, it is time to get creative and find new ways to preserve this delicious food.

But first, lets review how to can tomatoes:

  1. Start by selecting ripe tomatoes from your garden, wash them.
  2. Place a large pot of water on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Take 7-8 tomatoes at a time and drop them ...
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Practitioner Highlight: Yi Qiao, LAc., OMD

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Practitioner Highlight: Yi Qiao, LAc., OMD

Dr. Qiao received her medical degree from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the most prestigious TCM schools in the world, and has been teaching at acupuncture schools in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years.  She has also authored two books – “Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Herbal Formula” and “Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Diagnosis”.

Dr. Qiao specializes in the following areas:

  • Acupuncture and Women’s and Men’s hormonal health
  • Acupuncture and Cardiovascular disorders
  • Acupuncture and Pain management
  • Acupuncture and Stress and anxiety
  • Acupuncture and ...
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6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

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6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

With the new school year upon us, our free time is shifting away from outdoor trips. Before filling up all of your time with after school activities, sports practice, and play dates, make sure to save some time for getting out of town and into nature.

Research has shown multiple health benefits resulting from time spent in nature:

Being in nature makes you feel more alive.

A 2010 study from the University of Rochester found that spending time outdoors not only makes you happier, ...

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Your Posture’s Impact On Your Health

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I have found my poster worsening each year. I slouch while at my desk, sitting down for meals, checking my phone, and even when standing. I know it looks bad and knew it could lead to neck pain, but had no idea it could impact my organs too!

Check out this video on the importance of a good posture and small changes you can make in your day-to-day life.


Ted Ed, Lessons Worth Sharing

The Benefits of ...

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Kale Caesar Salad

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Kale Caesar Salad

Kale is one of the most nutritionally dense leafy greens. I have eaten kale lightly steamed, sautéed, massaged, and in smoothies. Lately, however, I have been getting bored with Kale and started looking for a new fun way to eat it. Cue Caesar Salad. I love caesar salad but know its one of the less healthy salad options due to the heavy dressing, croutons, and lack of nutrition in iceberg lettuce.

So, i decided to combine the two and made myself a ...

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Back to School- Time for a Medical Check Up

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Back to School- Time for a Medical Check Up

by Bren Boston, MD

The summer is winding down, and kids all over the United States are getting their preventive care prior to school starting. Parents make sure their kids get pre-participation physical exams, their dental cleanings, and their eyes checked before the rush of the school year begins.

Adults need to remember to schedule their own preventive medical check ups as well. An annual exam looks at your overall health:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart ...
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