Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods?

Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods?

Why Do I Have Trouble Eating Some Foods? Food allergies are a common diagnosis in this country, but in Eastern Asia food allergies are much less prevalent.  In Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) there is no such disease category as food allergies.  That is not to say that there are no food allergies, just that medicine in East Asia has not had the exposure to them that we have.  So why is this so? For starters, diets in China and the rest of East Asia tend to still consist of traditional foods, including a large amount of fresh vegetables. Most food allergies begin in infancy where our current Western lack […]

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression?

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression?

Can Traditional East Asian Medicine Help My Depression? Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) has been treating depression successfully for more than 2,000 years with various combinations of acupuncture, herbal supplements, and diet modification. Depression encompasses a broad spectrum from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to Bipolar Disorder, and affects over 20 million Americans.  For many, having depression, whether one has been diagnosed or not, can have a major impact on your life.  Your depression may not only affect you, but those close to you as well. There are many anti-depressants on the market and these drugs bring relief to millions of patients each year.  These drugs unfortunately also bring with them […]

Why Do I Have Acne as an Adult?

Acne may be a nearly universal experience for adolescents and young adults, but it’s not something we wish to experience in as adults. In fact, a whopping 50% of adult women, and 25% of adult men suffer from acne. So what causes acne for adults? Acne occurs when sebaceous glands, which produce the body’s natural moisturizer, become clogged.  Once clogged, the pore may become inflamed trapping bacteria, which will lead to that dramatic and noticeable “white-head”. These pimples can root themselves deep enough to cause scarring in some cases. Ouch. Though, not commonly thought of as an organ, the skin is indeed the largest organ of our body, serving as […]

Should I Be Drinking Coffee?

Should I Be Drinking Coffee?

Rise and shine – and it’s caffeine time! If you’re an avid coffee drinker, it can be hard to imagine what your life would be like without your morning life water. But how good for you is it really? With women consuming, on average 3.1 cups per day, it’s an important question to consider. Coffee has been a controversial subject practically from the beginning when it was discovered in the 9th Century in Ethiopia.  Since this time, coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout modern history.  In Africa it was used in religious ceremonies, and later banned by many churches in the region.  It was later banned […]

Are Antibacterial Soaps Good for You?

Are Antibacterial Soaps Good for You?

Are Antibacterial Products Good or Bad for Me? Today you can buy almost anything antibacterial. From hand-soap to toothpaste, and even socks! Antibacterial products are everywhere and people are using them on almost everything. You might think that using these products would be good for your health because it limits your exposure to bad bacteria. Unfortunately, this has not proven to be true. In fact, the harsh chemicals found in these products may be harmful, especially when used over a long period of time. Antibacterial products contain a chemical called triclosan, a pesticide that kills both good and bad bacteria. Some scientists have recently spoken out against the consistent use of […]

How to Protect Your Child from Feet & Ankle Injuries in Sports

How to Protect Your Child from Feet & Ankle Injuries in Sports

How to Protect Your Child from Feet & Ankle Injuries in Sports Football, cross-country, soccer – any sport in which your child runs, creates the chance of strains, sprains and broken bones in the feet. Ouch! Take a few extra precautions before sending your child out to the field, court, or tracks!  Before your child even puts on his uniform, make sure that his or her athletic shoes fit properly. This can be an issue, especially while they are in growth spurts, because their shoes may need to be replaced within the same season! Also, be sure to replace any worn down shoes as they put additional stress on the […]

Tips for a Healthy Winter

Tips for a Healthy Winter

Winter time is both a beautiful time, and one of the most devastating times of the year as far as your health is concerned. It’s a time when people suffer from depression and are most vulnerable to illnesses like the flu. There are, however, a number of things you can do, to alleviate the stress of the post-holiday season, keep your body and mind healthier, and avoid illness. All it really takes is resolving to solve a few basic diet and exercise tips, and making some healthy lifestyle choices, and you can stay healthy all year long. Let’s look at a few tips for a healthy winter that you can […]