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The Spring Season and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Spring is a of time growth, renewal, and increasing light, warmth, and energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) each season is associated with one of the classical five elements. Spring is connected to the Wood element. This element reflects the nature of trees and plants to grow upward and outward. In spring we see new […]

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Headaches, especially migraine headaches, may be among the utmost debilitating symptoms or conditions out there. In fact, migraines are among the most common causes of emergency room visits for women between 18 and 45 years of age. When experiencing a migraine, many different symptoms can occur beyond head pain including vision disturbances, dizziness, confusion, neck […]

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Eat Seasonably: September Edition

At Today Integrative Medicine, we firmly believe in the concept of food as medicine.  As Hippocrates once said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This ancient piece of advice is being proven true over and over by modern research. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients. Proper food can […]

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Vitamin B12

What is vitamin B12 and what does it do? Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin found in animal-based products. It works in DNA formation and the body’s nervous and hematologic system. It is also utilized in energy generation and is fuel for the adrenal glands responsible for dealing with daily stressors, both physical and emotional. […]

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Spring: The Season of New Beginnings and Allergy Warfare

It’s Spring! The days are getting longer and the weather is finally starting to warm up. The trees, grasses and flowers are blooming and everyone’s spirits are starting to lift after the long, dark and cold winter. Many people look forward to the change in seasons; however, for seasonal allergy sufferers this time of year […]

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Chinese New Year 2015

Happy New Year! February 19th was the first day of Chinese New Year. Last year was the year of Yin Wood Horse and 2015 is the year of Yang Wood Sheep/Goat. What does this mean? I am not claiming to be an expert astrologist, but I have studied with a number of Chinese medicine teachers […]

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Eat Seasonably: Citrus Edition

February is a scarce month for Oregon produce. Only a handful of vegetables, such as garlic, onions, turnips, and potatoes are truly in season. This time of year we really rely on our California neighbors to supply us with fresh produce, and right now local supermarkets and co-ops are lit up with the gorgeous colors […]

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Eat Seasonably: January Resolution Edition

It’s a brand new year. What better time to change your diet habits than now! Commit to treating yourself to high quality food that will nourish your body, increase energy, lessen toxic burden, promote happiness, and possibly even reverse disease. And it’s not just about WHAT you eat. HOW you eat is equally important. Here […]

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Eat Seasonably: Holiday Edition

Thanksgiving has passed, the leaves have fallen, and suddenly it feels like winter. Holiday parties pop up nearly every weekend, and temptation is all around us to indulge in rich foods, spirits, and late nights. In this edition of Eat Seasonably you’ll find tips for eating local food throughout the winter and suggestions of how […]

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Sugar: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Part 2

Missed Part 1? Find it here. With the growing obesity epidemic and increasing number of people being diagnosed with diabetes, there has been a push to eliminate sugar from our diets. This has led to increased consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS). These sweet sugar substitutes are calorie-free, and are therefore thought to be a safe […]

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