Pranayama Mama (S4E7)

Have you ever been so busy that you couldn’t even catch your breath?  We all have at one time or another and the reason for it is that we all tend to chronically chest-breathe.  Chest breathing is usually something that … Read More

Vitamin E for everyone (S4E6)

As far as supplements go, vitamin E has many contradictory studies that have been published about it. The reason for this is that most of the research has only been done on alpha-tocopherol, while neglecting the other forms.  The 8 … Read More

Dyspareunia or painful intercourse (S4E4)

Dyspareunia or painful intercourse is a condition that can be devastating to many couples.  There are a variety of different causes of dyspareunia with some of the most common ones including vulvodynia (or pain of the vulva), postpartum dyspareunia, endometriosis, … Read More

Canker Sores (S4E3)

Medicine loves to put complicated labels on simple conditions and canker sores are no exception. They are usually dubbed as aphthous stomatitis and if they are recurring they are called RAU or recurring aphthous ulcers.  I’ll just stick to canker … Read More

Eating healthy the Scrooge way (S4E2)

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard a patient tell me that “I can’t afford to eat healthy”, I would be as rich as Scrooge.  The sad thing about this is that everyone can afford to … Read More

The 11 Rules of Harm Reduction (S4E1)

In substance use disorder, one area that often takes a back seat in the ongoing effort to influence public health is harm reduction.  Although medicine is constantly trying to put out fires, substance use disorder, or SUD for short, is … Read More

Pain & Trauma Liniment (S3E11)

Chinese medicine has many different interventions that are beneficial for pain and swelling. One in particular that most of us practitioners use is a topical liniment known as Zhen Gu Shui (正骨水 ), which literally translates as “Rectify bone liquid”.  … Read More

Aspartame and it’s less sweet characteristics (S3E7)

Of the 2700 or so chemicals that are added to our food supply as preservatives, dyes and sweeteners, aspartame is perhaps the most well known.  Although it has the same caloric value as sugar of 4cal/g, it is about 200 … Read More

Shingles (S3E6)

When putting a new roof on a house, it is important to choose a good contractor that will do a thorough job, so that the roof will last a long time.  Just replacing old shingles without paying attention to the … Read More

Cannabis Safe Use (S3E5)

Now that we live in a country where recreational cannabis is about to be legalized, a bit of education around safety and harm reduction wouldn’t be amiss.  While the “gateway-drug” theory that one drug will make you want to go … Read More