Conversation before smart phones:
“I wonder what the population of Iceland is?” “Dunno. I don’t even know what the population of Oakland is. I’m pretty bad with those kind of numbers. Why are you wondering about the population of Iceland, … Continued
I dislocated my shoulder in February, an old recurring injury that popped up again. Recovering from the injury meant being unable to do certain things at work and home, and needing help for many tasks as my arm was immobilized. … Continued
In today’s fast-paced, live-now, pay-later culture, the essence of “the meal” has been altered in a way that often emphasizes speed over content. Many of these choices present long term problems not only because our body cannot digest them but … Continued
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
The way you feel while you’re … Continued
Anxiety is a common experience for many people in the modern world. While it’s approximated that 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, almost everyone experiences symptoms of anxiety at some point in their lives.
Some common physical symptoms of … Continued
Every day I come to work, I park off-lot, which means I cross Piedmont Avenue at least twice a day. Lately I have been playing a “game” each time I stand in the crosswalk: “How many cars will pass by … Continued
Solitude is an increasing rare commodity; this is not good for your mind, body or soul. Being the only person at home doesn’t mean you are experiencing solitude. (And loneliness is not that same as solitude.)
Mindful solitude is about … Continued
I’ve written before about Chinese Medicine’s approach to emotions, how each organ system holds both virtue and vice, and how it is all connected to different seasons. Here I’m going to discuss the wonderful dichotomy of Spring and its partner … Continued
Happy Spring! Spring is a time of new growth – the budding of tender shoots. It is also a time of fertility – birds and bees coming alive. In the human realm, it is a time for planning and planting … Continued
With the rainy Bay Area winter and allergy season upon us I’ve been talking to a lot of patients lately about the idea of Dampness. Although Dampness has some pretty obvious physical manifestations like a runny nose or a phlegmy … Continued
You try to eat right, get enough sleep, exercise and manage your stress – all in the pursuit of better health. But have you thought about how your core values affect your health?
I believe that each of us has … Continued
Goodbye Monkey, Hello Rooster!
Just as the Solar New Year on Jan 1st is a about reflection, so is the Lunar New Year, which arrived last Saturday. What shifts do you want to make in this year? How do you … Continued
During my first yoga teacher training program, I was gifted a talented mentor who was generous with both her knowledge and her time. One pearl of wisdom I took from her then and continue to carry with me now is, … Continued
A couple of weeks ago, I accidently went on a night hike. Somehow by the time my partner and I loaded our three dogs in the car and headed out to one of our favorite hikes in Redwood Park, it … Continued
The new year has arrived, which means making resolutions, thinking about goals, intentions and the like. All good, but this year, how about trying something new for the new year? As in, literally doing something you have never done before? … Continued
Next Wednesday is the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year. For those of us who do not live at the equator, the fluctuations of daylight and nightime have a profound effect on the rhythms of our bodies, … Continued
I remember sneaking into the living room late at night when the rest of my family was tucked away in their bedrooms. I would turn on the tv and search for scary movies as an act of both curiosity and … Continued
If there’s one thing we can count on in this life, it’s constant change.
As winter approaches the time of moving inward starts to naturally bend and curl up. Shorter days, longer nights, contemplation and staying home, all part of … Continued
The days approaching Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – are dark times. Many people are feeling an increased sense of darkness this year. The emotion of the winter, ruled by the Kidney organ, is fear. The … Continued
‘Tis the season – for over indulging. Here are a couple of strategies to help you manage the “siren call” of excess.
Strategy #1: “Make every other one water.”
Holiday parties abound, and with them comes the social norm of … Continued
Spinning out on worry and fear, tossing and turning instead of sleeping, sinking into despair, hiding in denial, lashing out in anger – all of these and more are normal emotional responses to an unexpected loss.
One of the best … Continued
Most people think about voting as casting their ballot in the polling booth, as we will be doing this coming Tuesday.
But there is another kind of voting, that you do almost every day, every time you buy anything: food, … Continued
Practicing with the 2016 Election
Have you noticed that there’s been a lot of intense feelings regarding the upcoming election? More than I recall ever before. Most people that I have been talking with – friends, patients, students – have … Continued