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The winds of Winter are  a blowing.

Image by Aaron Burden

In this Issue:

Winter Season 


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) foundational principals has always been based  on the environment in which we live. It is rooted in living in harmony with the seasons; with nature. Teaching patients how to modify diet and lifestyle based on the season is a critical aspect of patient education. 

With the cooler fall season in full swing following an unseasonably hot summer, now is a perfect time to begin laying the foundation for health and vitality in the winter months. 

Winter is traditionally a time of pulling back, recovering, and resting from the summers heat, events, and doings. A time of inter reflection, a time to catch up on

rest "Hibernate like a bear" after the log hot  summer. It is a season of coming together, relaxing, with friends, family and our loved ones to enjpy the labors of the harvest and of life. But, for many winter and the holiday season brings with it heightened  stress, anxiety, and  time commitment crunches. 

Thus, it  is of the up most importance to take time for selcare. "Simply take Twenty" for your well being and health.

In Light, Love, Laughter, and Healing  can bring with it

 Tim R. 






Food for Thought:

A basic principle of health, "We take medicine every day in the form of the food we eat and the beverages we drink."-2015 Lecture, Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Dr. Dong

Winter Foods

There are many foods that are beneficial for us to eat during the winter season. These foods are the ones that naturally grow in this season – squashes, potatoes, root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, apples, and pears. In winter, our bodies need warming foods like soups made with hearty vegetables, and rich stocks cooked with animal bones are best. Foods that specifically nourish and warm the kidneys are; black beans, kidney beans, broths cooked with bones, lamb, chicken, walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds and dark leafy greens.

Nutritionally Speaking:

Psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati found that wild blueberry juice enhanced memory and learning function in older adults. Due to these findings, some researchers suggest blueberries could potentially fight more serious memory problems like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The most recent research on this superfood backs up that claim.

Information posted by: Sarah Koppelkam 

Web MD reports that Acetyl-L-carnitine is used for a variety of mental disorders including Alzheimer's disease, age-related memory loss, late-life depression, thinking problems related to alcoholism and thinking problems related to Lyme Disease. It is also used for Down syndrome, poor circulation in the Brain, cataracts, nerve pain, due to diabetes, nerve pain due to drugs used in the treatment of AIDS, and facial paralysis.

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From the Garden:

Can Coconut Oil Prevent Alzheimer’s?

A recent article by Alzheimer' cited a recent University of Oxford study which suggested that although the effects of coconut oil may be temporary, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have indeed seen short-term benefits resulting from its use.

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Curcumin is a naturally occurring compound found in the spice turmeric that has been used for centuries as an Ayurvedic medicine treatment for such ailments as allergies, diabetes and ulcers.

Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests curcumin promotes health because it lowers inflammation.

Source Ohio State University,

Curcumin and Turmeric are of the same plant. Some individuals find that these herbs adversely effect their HBP.

Mind, Body, and Spirt:

In an article, Stress Ramps Up Inflammation  Peggy Zoccola, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio University, reported that dwelling upon events that are stressful can significantly increase inflammatory chemicals in the body. 

In the article, Mindfulness Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure, research from the University of Virginia and Emory University has found that just a few minutes of mindfulness meditation a day can significantly reduce high blood pressure.

Review full articles in Natural Awakenings, July 2015

Consult a licensed health care provider before implementing any information provided, starting any exercise program, taking any herbal supplements, and nutritional supplements. All information provided is strictly for personal knowledge and discussion purposes.


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