Have you noticed how the onset of an illness can herald a cascading downward spiral of even more illnesses? You may have seen someone develop one medical problem, then quickly pick up a whole lot more. Or, worst case, you know of someone who got sick and then pretty much gave up on life? In our practice as integrative medicine physicians, we have seen how certain patients can learn to bounce back from serious illness. They learn to take their health problem, one that might be devastating to most people, and use it to make themselves-and even the world-a better place. They learn how to heal physically and grow spiritually. They not only get well, they get better. To use a well-known phrase, they turn lemons into lemonade. We know from treating these kinds of patients that it is possible to move toward well-being by learning to transform symptoms of disease and discomfort into a new state of better health. We call this approach Transformational Medicine.Read More »
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I remember being a very little girl and looking up at my dad as he explained to my sisters and me about how we were all giants and it was our job to eat the small forest on our plate in order to help save to woodland creatures. I definitely preferred his story about me being a monstrous space creature eating planets in order to get me to eat my Brussels sprouts. Sometimes getting children to eat their broccoli and Brussels sprouts is about as difficult as… well… getting adults to eat their broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Luckily with adults, we can talk about something even better than imaginary reasons to eat our cruciferous vegetables – we can talk about the reality of breast and prostate cancer.Read More »
The combination of warmer weather, plenty of sunshine and limited vacation time causes many of us to become “weekend warriors.” This “get it in” or “get it done while you can” mindset with five days of sitting at a desk in between is often the reason why many of us end up with strains, sprains or even worse during the summer months. If an injury does occur during your time of play this season, remembering the acronym PRICE may help improve your chances of a quick recovery.Read More »
Most of us have seen the yin/yang symbol at some point but do you know what it means?
Did you know that it relates to all of life including how you exercise?
Yin is the white side of the symbol and means the hidden/feminine/receptive/potential side of being.
Yang is the black side of the symbol and means the outwardly expressed/action/male side of being.Read More »
As an avid music lover, it infiltrates every part of my life and certain songs trigger powerful memories from different stages of my life. Whenever I hear “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory I think of my dad and random dance parties in the basement when I was a little girl. Music has gotten me through some of the highest and lowest points of my life. It is a daily part of my everyday routine from what song my morning alarm plays to what inspires me to run that extra mile. No matter what type of music you like, melodies and beats have a universal language on an unconscious level that we can all relate to.Read More »
I am always excited when this time of the year arrives in Cincinnati. The new energy that exudes from nature is contagious, and it is a wonderful feeling to brush aside the quiet, introverted energy of winter. I love to get out into nature and watch how the plants change daily.Read More »
So I was on my usual Whole Foods shopping trip, minding my own business, and getting all my goodies in the produce section when my eyes popped open and saw these fabulous purple (my favorite color) big stalks sticking out of the ice. I could not believe my eyes! Surrounded by bunches of green asparagus, this purple asparagus seemed to glow with intrigue. I LOVE ASPARAGUS. It’s one of my favorite foods of spring. But, I’m used to my old faithful green and occasionally I’ve seen the white variety. So my heart literally skipped a beat as I stashed the last bunch of purple stalks into my cart. Although I didn’t know what I was going to do with this delectable treat, I had to have it. As I headed over to the onion section I heard a lady behind me exclaim, “Someone took the last purple bunch! I should have grabbed it when I had the chance because I have never seen purple asparagus before!” My first thought was “Snooze, you lose!” (terrible, I know) and then I heard the produce guy say they might have some more in the back. Still, I smoothly adjusted the other items in my cart to cover up my prize possession before I got jacked!Read More »