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These banana beauty muffins are not only delicious, but are complete with whole healthy ingredients. Even your kids will love them!

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Most people think Acupuncture is used for pain management, fertility support, treatment of headaches and TMJ, hormonal balance, psycho-emotional well being and stress reduction. Rarely do you hear someone say “I’d like to clear karma through acupuncture” (unless of course you live on the westside of LA); however, Daoist tradition states just that. By using a golden needle on a specific point during pregnancy, you can can clear and separate the karma of the mother from the child. Sound crazy? Well this magical point actually exists and is referred to as the “Happy Baby Point”.

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Christy Dawn offers me some green juice and kombucha on tap, as I’m surrounded by her beautifully designed dresses, in her newly renovated downtown warehouse, on a traditionally hot Los Angeles day. As I look around, enamored by the growth of her business and her astonishing natural beauty, I wonder how she manages her many hats, while still evoking such inner peace and dedication to all that surrounds her.

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Dr. Joseph Clarke discusses the importance of making an agreement with oneself to want to change and improve his or her quality of life.

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the most common reasons for doctors visits or missed work is back pain.  The key to treating back pain effectively it to determine the cause.  Typically, we hear people say things like “I lifted something heavy”, “I stepped down a stair funny”, or maybe an unknown cause and just a constant dull achiness with no apparent source.  As acupuncturists and functional medicine practitioners, we look deeper into lifestyle, medical history, nutritional habits and behaviors that all affect our ability to function in life.  From this perspective, there are no accidents.  A muscle is pulled because there is a weakness or blockage associated with the area, perhaps a systemic inflammatory condition, perhaps a conditioned response to stress or a holding pattern.  Any of these factors can cause or contribute to an acute or chronic pattern.

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In the West, maternity leave is a luxury.  Tell someone you’re on maternity leave, and they say: “That must be so nice!”.  Co-workers look at you and roll their eyes as if to imply that maternity is a vacation; but, every mother knows the truth – becoming a mother is tough.  Even if you have an “easy baby” the beginning of their life is an adjustment period and the parenting learning curve is so steep that it’s anything but a vacation.  A mother’s forty days of sitting is challenging, and precious, and it passes by so quickly.  The forty days is not a time to hold your breath and pray until it’s over, it’s the foundational time in the relationship between parents and child.  When dealing with such an important time the question isn’t “how can we get this done?”, the question is how can we create the space in our outward lives and within our private selves to honor this time?

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With fertility, there is a tremendous amount of focus and energy that goes into prepping the body and mind towards its most fertile state. Once new life enters the womb, all that energy previously funneled into getting pregnant now goes towards growing organs and tissue and sustaining the pregnancy, if it is a healthy one.  (more…)

With beauty, serenity, and open arms, Elaina Bellis lets me into her home to speak a little bit about her pregnancies, hardships, wellness regiments, and favorite foods. As a healthy mother of two beautiful one year old twin girls, she has a great deal of insight about the benefits of acupuncture and other wellbeing regiments during and after her births. As I sit with her over a meal of freshly prepared organic chicken fajitas (which I initially declined but then couldn’t help myself over), she opens up about some of the challenges surrounding her physical and emotional life as a result of trauma’s she’s experienced over the last few years.

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Dr. Joseph Clarke discusses how they will use objective data from a patient’s lab work to determine the best treatment, supplements and nutrition therapy.

In our youth we’re given many tools to help prevent a pregnancy. We’re told to practice safe sex until we’re mature enough to bring a new life into this world. We’re taught that procreation is an innate instruction embedded in our DNA, and that having a baby is only a choice NOT to make. Only when we make a conscious decision to start trying does it become apparent that things don’t always go according to plan.  

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