How to Avoid the Flu

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“I don’t have time for the flu!” That was what my patient told me this week. She had been fighting off something that her daughter brought home from school, and was praying that it was not the flu. Turns out it was a stomach bug, and not the flu, FYI. But can you relate to… Read more »

Inflammation is a HOT topic: What you need to know

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Reading pretty much anything health-related these days may make you believe that all inflammation is evil and should be avoided at all costs. But, like most things in true healthcare (and not sick-care!), there is a balance. Inflammation is not always the enemy! On one hand, short-term inflammation is a very good thing. When you injure… Read more »

Acupuncture for Arthritis!

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month in the US, so it seems like the perfect time to dive into a topic that I get asked about a lot. More specifically, I usually don’t even get asked a question, but instead get some version of a statement such as: “I have a lot of knee pain, but… Read more »

What’s In Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet?

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Whenever someone gets sick in our house, we commonly use herbs as a first line of defense. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy that antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals are an option when appropriate, but if I can use gentler, safer alternatives BEFORE an issue needs the big pharmaceutical guns, I am all for… Read more »

7 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

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October is Mental Health Month at Balance Wellness! I am particularly excited to focus on this topic for a few reasons: 1. Mental health/illness is not talked about as much as it should be given how many people it affects (see #2) 2. Depression is the #1 cause of disability worldwide… seriously 3. I have… Read more »