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How Does Stress Affect Your Immune System?

Until you start studying physiology, it can be difficult to see how organ systems interact with each other. In the western mindset, we tend to separate things as if nothing is interconnected. Have a headache or fever? Take Tylenol or Motrin. Have an ulcer or GERD? Take antacids. Anxiety? Take a Xanax. This non-holistic view …

Pain Management, Part 6

Herbal Allies Sometimes I struggle with the Western mindset of “What drug/herb can I take for [fill in the blank] condition?” Our bodies are intended to be looked at as a whole – not parts to be treated. We’ve already discussed that pain exists to signal us that something is amiss. Why then, would our …

Healthy Children

Most parents want to make decisions that are best for their kids, but all the (often conflicting) information out there can be really confusing and difficult to sort through. Is co-sleeping best or should they be in a crib? Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding: does it make a difference really? Does it matter if we feed …

Let’s Talk Sleep Debt

I know we just covered the subject of sleep yesterday, but this is so important! Yesterday’s post included a list of things you could do to help get better sleep. However, I felt this subject needed to be covered in greater detail. So, on my next weekly webinar for our Fundamentals of Holistic Herbalism students, …

Steps to Get Better Sleep

Most adults need 8 or 9 hours sleep to function well. Anything less than that, and you are likely to be running up a sleep debt, and there is a always price to be paid for that later on. Some people push themselves hard and try to get by on 6 hours or less. Others …

The Whole Person vs. Symptoms

When you experience symptoms, it’s a sign that your energy – or vital force – is doing its very best to protect you. When your body begins throwing off the illness, you may experience external symptoms such as: rashes & irritations eruptions, boils, acne & lumps sweating vomiting diarrhea This is certainly not ideal or …