Blog: Three Pillars of Health


Facing ourselves: the hard work of wellbeing…

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light” – Brene Brown I love this quote. I love her Ted Talk on Vulnerability even more. But I hate it at the same time. It is hard  to be vulnerable. It is hard to face ourselves and embrace the idea that we may have challenges, things we need to face down and own. But in order to grow, to thrive, to be healthy, we must learn to muster our courage, face our fears, and learn to accept being vulnerable during our process. This […]


The opposite of addiction is not sobriety…

Interesting TED Talk, and important food for thought… “You get a rat and you put it in a cage, and you give it two water bottles: One is just water, and the other is water laced with either heroin or cocaine. If you do that, the rat will almost always prefer the drug water and almost always kill itself quite quickly. So there you go, right? That’s how we think it works. In the ’70s, Professor Alexander comes along and he looks at this experiment and he noticed something. He said ah, we’re putting the rat in an empty cage. […]


Stop Chasing Symptoms: Functional Medicine is a Systemic Approach to Root Cause Treatments

    Stop chasing symptoms! I can not tell you how many patients come in with a long list of medications… this is why I chose to practice Functional Medicine:⁠ ⁠ ⁠ 1. Functional medicine is investigative: Functional medicine treats symptoms by finding and addressing the root causes of the problem which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results. ⁠ ⁠ 2. Functional medicine is more holistic: Functional medicine treats the body as an interconnected whole, we know that in order to treat one part, all other parts must be addressed. FM is generally safer and treatments typically have fewer […]


What is Functional Medicine?

    Functional Medicine identifies and addresses the root causes of disease to promote long-term wellness, rather than simply alleviating symptoms. We use a systems based approach to integrate and restore the natural, healthy function of all your body’s systems. Evaluation and diagnosis are based on lab evaluations (blood chemistry, urinalysis, hormone and endocrine systems, the gut biome, etc.), a full health history, and systems review. Treatment plans are individualized to each unique individual and may include: a nutritional plan/modification, modern supplements, traditional natural medicines, lifestyle recommendations, acupuncture, and cranio-sacral therapy. Principle #1: Symptoms are Signals Like the red warning […]


Electroacupuncture Attenuates Inflammation after Ischemic Stroke by Inhibiting NF-κB-Mediated Activation of Microglia⁠

3pacu “Electroacupuncture (EA) may reduce inflammatory injury by inhibiting nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathway activation after ischemic stroke… upregulating neuronal CYLD expression by EA may prevent NF-κB nuclear translocation and decrease neuronal CX3CL1 expression, inducing subsequent inhibition of microglial activation and pro-inflammatory cytokines in peri-ischemic areas.”⁠ ⁠ MOAs evaluated in the study:⁠ – “…EA caused a substantial drop in CYLD protein at 6 h reperfusion”⁠ – “EA inhibited the p38 MAPK signaling pathway in the hippocampus of rats with cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury”⁠ – “EA increased the number of neuronal CYLD-positive cells in the ischemic cortical border region at 24 […]


Let food be thy medicine…

    Food is the best medicine! ⁠ ⁠ Most of us don’t need some highly specialized nutritional plan. Most of us don’t want or need to have a huge workout routine with multiple daily workouts or expensive gym memberships. Most of us should not have to take prescriptions to treat symptoms of conditions that result from a lack of basic nutrition or a sedentary lifestyle.⁠ I HATE the gym. For most of my patients, when I recommend they get active, I don’t really care if they walk, hike, run, lift weights, bowl, play a sport, or whatever. They could […]


Multiple Sclerosis

  #MS is an autoimmune condition effecting the myelin sheath. The immune system attacks the myelin sheath, an important sheath surrounding nerves/neurons that both protects the nerve and functions in nervous system communication. – triggers/causes may include: immune system imbalances/inflammation, environmental factors and infections, trauma, and there is some evidence of a genetic component. Two Stages of MS: 1) inflammation allows immune components to penetrate the blood brain barrier through a complex series of actions 2) degeneration of the myelin occurs as the immune system attacks the myelin sheath Types of MS: 1) Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS). – most common – characterized […]