July 2017

Dr. Joseph Clarke discusses how our urban environment can greatly affect the way the body functions and therefore, acupuncture among other life care is essential to maintain balance.

During the seemingly late hours in which only artists and writers create magic, I had the pleasure of speaking with attuned musician, harmonious spirit and Topanga local, Joel Shearer. As we spoke about energy shifting, mindfulness and maintaining a continuous posture of growth and practice, I was gratefully aware of the years I’ve spent dancing through Los Angeles only hearing of Joel’s musical endeavors and running into him on occasion. So it came as a pleasant surprise to find that I was going to interview him about his connection to Elysia Life Care and the kindred nature that connects me with so many other like-minded people throughout Los Angeles.

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Bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue after eating, heartburn, distension, constipation, diarrhea…digestive issues are something almost everyone can relate to.  Tummy troubles come with a wide range of symptoms, but one thing is apparent; the number of people suffering from some type of digestive upset is on the rise.  There were almost $900 million in over the counter private label antacid sales in the U.S. in 2016, almost $40 million in antidiarrheal sales, and almost $300 million in laxatives in 2015.  So why are so many people reaching for their Tums, Imodium, and Metamucil?

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As a clinician and a woman I often hear female clients and friends casually talking about symptoms leading up to “that time of the month.”  We’ve come to accept Pre-Menstrual Syndrome- PMS for short –  as a normal part of our cycle, but what isn’t commonly known is that many PMS symptoms may be a sign of imbalance which could lead to something greater.  Swollen breasts, irritability, sadness, cramps, low back pain, fatigue, and cravings are so common that we are surprised when hear of a woman who doesn’t experience these symptoms leading up to their period. 

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