My father is Italian, born and raised on a beautiful farm in the south of Italy. As a child we would travel there annually to visit with my extended family. As an American girl I was uncomfortable with the lifestyle in Italy and can recall it feeling dirty. I was especially afraid to eat some of the food. It was so different than what we ate in America. Our food looked perfect and came in sterile packages. In Italy it had bug bites and all parts of the animals were served as food or utilized in some aspect of life such as the fat of pigs being used as soap. As I grew older, I realized that it was the American lifestyle as I knew it that was dirty and the Italian agricultural lifestyle was pure. Eastern medicine shares many of the values that my Italian family practiced. Unfortunately, many of those values are being lost globally today and humanity is experiencing the affects. Below I have outlined some reasonable measures we can take to integrate practices and values that promote community, health, spirituality, a sense of peace, and, above all love.
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?
Dr. Joseph Clarke discusses that who we are is separate for any external events and we are inherently the source of our own experiences in life.
This season was a tough one for many kids, (and adults alike!), sensitive to environmental allergens. The abundance of wind and pollen can trigger the production of antibodies and cause the release histamine and other molecules that lead to inflammation of the nasal passages and eyes. The resulting symptoms are itching, swelling, mucus production and often, a tired and irritable child.
Dr. Joseph Clarke discusses the importance of making an agreement with oneself to want to change and improve his or her quality of life.
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?
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.
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.