Hands off, squat on

Cesarean section (C-section) rates are still climbing, as doctors and expectant mothers find convenience in choosing the date of birth.  When I ask audiences what is the safest way to give birth, the answer is becoming “C-section” more often than not.  If this were true, if C-sections were the safest option, women would have zippers…

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It starts with one

  What are we leaving for our children?  Most people, especially parents, want to make the world a better place for their children to grow up, so that they may do the same for the generations to come.  Yet we get caught up in complaining about how the planet is being depleted of resources, the…

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Pain is not the problem

Our bodies were designed to move.  Anything that inhibits our healthy, normal movement will cause symptoms, like pain, over time.  While traumas can cause pain, it is more often our daily habits that build up over time. Our lifestyles have become so unnatural that our joints begin to degenerate in response to lack of movement…

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Master your mind, spark your splendor

We’ve all been victims of negative thoughts: My thighs are too big. My back pain will never go away. My spouse isn’t listening to me. It’s common to have these reactions when things don’t seem in our favor.  But where are these thoughts coming from?  My mother used to remind us growing up that “life…

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My answer to “why?”

Over the past few weeks, I have been asked why I write these posts.  What is the purpose behind each message?  What drives me to blab once per week (well, I blab much more in person)? I have found myself repeating answers over the years to common questions that patients, clients, friends, and family members…

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Are you THRIVING or surviving?

Most people have no idea what it means to thrive.  We go through our lives on auto-pilot without truly experiencing life or really paying attention to what matters. If we talk about the basics — what we need just to live, just to survive — we need: 1) Food 2) Water 3) Air 4) Electricity…

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Is Paleo worth the hype?

The word has been a hot craze in the US and is now hitting hard in Southeast Asia (erm, Singapore): paleo.  The slang term is short for paleolithic, which refers to the Paleolithic Period that lasted from approximately 2.6 millions years to 10,000 years ago.  It would be silly to assume that the diet and…

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What’s all the crave about?

I recall learning as a child that we crave foods when we are deficient in certain nutrients.  For example, what do women famously crave during their menses? Chocolate!  Is it because we are deficient in chocolate?  As much as we may like to support that argument, no – we are not lacking chocolate.  My school…

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Swap your sweet tooth

We tend to think of sweets as desserts and baked goods, but even our favorite salad dressings and smoothies are chock full of sugar.  These disguises are often more to blame for our expanding waistlines and increasing chronic illnesses than their fat-laden cousins.  Furthermore, we associate salad and smoothies with healthful eating habits. But… …products…

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