Beauty and Aging

When the 10s unit of your age goes up one digit, you stop and pay attention.  10s…almost an adult!  20s…party time!  30s…oh, so mature.  40s…wise and not-too-old yet.  50s…distinguished.  60s…been there, done that, and going to do some more.  70s…this could be a good thing / could be a bad thing.  80s…look at me, I’m 80!  90s…I need an award or something.  100s…would you like to know my secrets? I love to read Vogue magazine and I subscribe to it even, but I absolutely can’t stand their articles on “beauty,” because they’re always about how to mask your age with lasers, chemical-based potions, and other invasive – albeit high-tech –  procedures.  Can’t a woman (or man) age naturally anymore? I never in my life worried about my skin (except in the 80s when “everyone” was tan and I was – at the most – slightly less white in the summer) until recently when I had to face the fact that I had wrinkles.  My face was looking my age.  So I did what any other sane person would do and go to my hippy-cosmetics store (everything there is so natural you could eat it, I think), and buy a $400 face cream. The good news is that I think it’s working.  But in the meantime I have some other (mostly free / affordable) snippets of wisdom for maintaining fresh-ish skin as you age. These I hope you already know:  drink more water and less alcohol / caffeine / junk beverages.  Alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and those god-awful sugary drinks dehydrate you.  Dehydrated skin is dry, wrinkled skin. Same goes for...

Fire Rooster Year 2017

If you’ve ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant, you’re probably at least a little familiar with the Chinese zodiac.   On your placemat you see the 12 animals with years written underneath.  What a great conversation starter that is.  “What is your year / animal?”   But what trips people up is the actual start date of the Chinese new year.  It’s not the same day every year because it is a LUNAR (moon-based) calendar.  The new year starts on the new moon in Aquarius (some time between January 20 – February 18) every year.  So if you were born in the beginning of January like me, your Chinese astrology sign is actually for the year before.  For example, if a baby was born this year on January 1st, they are not the Rooster, they are the Monkey year.  My mom thought for years I was a Snake, but I had to inform her that I am a Dragon!  How dare you insult the mighty Dragon!  I’m only kidding.   Here’s another fun part:  if you want to find out how old someone is, just ask their Chinese sign, then, according to one of my teachers, Richard Teh-Fu Tan, “count their wrinkles.”  The Chinese zodiac repeats itself every 12 years.  Am I 28, 40 or 52?  Easy to tell, most of the time.   2017 (starting on January 27th) is the Fire Rooster year.   The “Fire” part is called the “stem” and the Rooster – associated with yin metal – is one of the “branches.”  There are 10 stems (yin and yang of each of the 5 elements) and 12 branches...

Can I Stop Taking My (Prescription Medication)?

    My absolute favorite moments in my practice are when patients tell me they’re off their prescription medications.   Pain relievers?  Nah…don’t need them anymore; I feel great!  Thyroid medication?  Nope…all my blood work has been great!  Diuretics for hypertension?  I threw them out because they were making my blood pressure too low! But, please – there is a procedure for this.   Don’t just stop taking prescription medication; you have to go through these steps first. WORK WITH A NATURAL PRACTITIONER TO GET HEALTHY It doesn’t matter who you chose to work with – a chiropractor, naturopath, nutritionist, or acupuncturist – you should work with someone who can help you get the results you are looking for.  You need someone who can help you get to the root of the health problem you’ve been having.  You can try doing this on your own, but you will get there much faster with some objective, expert help.   Allopathic MDs can prevent you from dying, but they (in general) don’t do much to actually get your body healthy.  It’s just not what they have in their tool box of treatments.  Natural practitioners (like acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, nutritionist, etc.) specialize in health and wellness and can help you get to a point where you are healthy enough that you don’t need the prescription. Once you start feeling better (and you’re still on your prescription, of course, because you’re following the rules), then you can  TELL YOUR DOCTOR YOUR PLANS Tell the doctor who prescribed the medication in the first place that your plans are to get off the medication(s).  Tell them exactly what...

I am One With the Tao, The Tao is With Me

Taoism is not a religion, it’s a philosophy. You go with the flow.  That’s the point.  If something is too difficult, you don’t go that way.  You choose the path of least resistance. Does that mean you don’t try anything new? Does that mean you give up on challenges? Does that mean if you’re scared to do something you don’t do it? No. It means if you are constantly at arms, you are constantly battling a situation or a person, you just drop it.   EXAMPLES:  you’re walking into the wind, and then dust starts to blow into your face, and you have to walk somewhere because you told so-and-so that you would, and the whole thing is just really sucking.  You’re uncomfortable; you can’t even see what’s in front of your face.  You’d rather just not.  But you told so-and-so that you would!  Well, tell them that you can’t anymore.   Or you’re talking to someone and they want to argue with you.  Everything you say, they have a counter-point.  So you argue back.  They argue harder.  So you try to agree with them, just to keep the peace.  They still argue!  Just drop it:  tell them, “I guess I can see your point.”  Even if you don’t!  Just let go.   Let go when it’s time to let go.  If every sign in the Universe is saying, “This is not the way to go,” don’t fight the feeling.   There are different paths of behavior, paths of industry, paths of mood, paths of people, and you can decide for yourself which one is best suited for you at any...

One Modification for Your New Year’s Resolution

If you’re like most people and your New Year’s resolution is to “lose weight,” I implore you with one slight change.  Because, really, how exactly does one just “lose weight?” There’s no weight loss knob to turn on at night (“Excuse me, sweetie, I’m just going to lose a little weight and I’ll be right to bed.”) and there is no magic weight loss pill to take (and lord knows they’ve tried). Your subconscious mind can only take action on positives.   In other words, if I told you to NOT think of a blue goat, what do you instantly think of? Remember do NOT think of a blue goat.  Got it?   Your subconscious – where all your actions take root and gain momentum – has no idea what “NO” and “DON’T” mean. So you go to work and there’s doughnuts in the break room.  “DON’T eat them!” you tell your subconscious mind.  “Ha!” says your conscious mind.  “Doughnuts are there and I will eat them.”   The same situations happen when you make carb-leaden foods for your kids that they only eat a few bites of.  “Well, normally those foods are not on my diet, but since they’re just sitting here getting ‘wasted,’ … don’t mind if I do!” OR how about when you’re at a party.  “Would you like to have another drink?”  “Heck, yeah, I want to have another drink!”  Why the heck not?! You haven’t given yourself a reason to make healthy choices.  All you know is what you don’t want.   So…this ever-elusive “weight loss” never really takes shape, so to say. When...