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Cupping – An Ancient Chinese Remedy

The ancient therapy of “Cupping” is making a modern-day comeback in the Western world and being used to successfully treat neuromuscular dysfunctions, orthopedic injuries, chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, and even cellulite. In China, extensive research has been carried out on cupping, and the practice is a mainstay of government-sponsored hospitals of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The fundamental therapeutic value of …

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5 Foods That are Preventing You from Healing

“Let food be thy medicine” – is a famous quote by Hippocrates. A quote that has become one of my “brain tattoos” over the last several years. But, what happens when certain foods aren’t medicine at all, but rather – poison. There are a handful of foods that have the ability to cause more damage than good. The problem with …

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5 Things to Help You get the Sleep You Need

Getting enough sleep, especially if you suffer from autoimmune disease, is like a cruel joke. We are ex-haus-ted, but often suffer from insomnia as well. Here are some tips to help achieve that restorative sleep you crave. 5 Steps to Improving Your Sleep: 1. Turn off ALL electronics at least an hour before bed. Yep, that’s right, no computer, no …

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Just Passing Through the Land of Veganville

Veganism, and the lifestyle that often accompanies it, is all the rage these days. There are celebrities endorsing vegan products, and even super-hilarious spoofs on SNL. You know that once something becomes satirical, it’s officially mainstream. In addition to being a hip and trendy way of life, it’s clearly the choice to forego animal products that is the core of veganism. Nowadays, there are …

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Love Your Liver

The liver is definitely the most under-appreciated organ. It takes care of so much and receives so little recognition. It serves as the primary gateway between what we ingest and the rest of our bodies systems. It is responsible for sifting through absolutely every nutrient we consume. That’s right, everything we put in our mouths, whether it be food or drink, nutritious or not, …

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Put an End to Weird Diet Labels

There is so much conflicting information out there about which ‘diet’ is best. It seems each week there is a new one to choose from and a new label that comes with it. Are you “team vegan” or “team oco-lacto”? Sadly, it has become almost militant, being made to feel like you have to choose a side, defend it with your life, and even don the …

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Medication vs. Natural Remedies

You might have a hard time accepting the idea that we don’t have to live in a medicated world, but that we choose to. The heart of the matter is that instead of proactively thinking about prevention, we choose to treat the symptoms of underlying health problems, as we have been told, with medication…We, as a culture, want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and …

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But You Don’t Look Sick…

You’ve probably heard it before…and when you are suffering from an “invisible” chronic condition, it might not necessarily be heard as the well-meaning compliment it is intended to be. Friends and family, they all mean well, but anyone who has dealt with the kind of pain and fatigue that doesn’t show on the outside, knows this type of comment can come as a blow. This one statement …

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The Spoon Theory

A dear friend of mine sent this to me shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It was a God-send and I continue to pass it along every chance I get. The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino www.butyoudontlooksick.com My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating …

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Meditation 101

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. If you’re like me, you spend most of your days with a steady stream of inner dialogue, everything from to-do lists to ideas and dreams. Meditation is a lovely respite from our busy minds and provides us calm time to reset. People who meditate are known to be calmer, less anxious, and they’re more …