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6 practical tips to avoid catching a cold

Did you know that marathon runners are the human equivalent of a “perfect storm” when it comes to catching colds? A long-distance runner’s body doesn’t know that this is an endurance event – it presumes they must be running from a bear, so the body suppresses the immune system to conserve resources for this life-threatening situation. (You …

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Fish Chowdah

“Someone Just Had a Baby” Fish Chowdah

When I was growing up, whenever someone had a baby, my  grandmother would make a pot of fish stew before heading over to visit. It smelled wonderful, with all the ginger, scallions and herbs in the broth. It turns out that seafood promotes lactation and the herbal soup helps to rebuild the new mother’s body. Nowadays, I carry on the …

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Fixing tables: a new analogy for Chinese medicine

A teacher of mine once compared Western vs. Chinese medicines to fixing tables. I love this analogy not just because woodworking is one of my favorite activities, but simply because it is so apt: if you have a table with a broken leg, the easiest way to deal with it is to repair or replace the leg. If …

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