Protect Your Knees

One important thing to remember when you’re standing is that you never want to lock your knees.  Most everyone says, “Oh, yeah, I never do that.”  But I tell you what – I thought I never did that until I really paid attention to my body during times of the day when we normally don’t pay attention to those things and I was in fact locking my knees.  And I had chronic knee pain and problems.   When we lock our knees, we lose the basic structure of our bodies that keeps us in optimal alignment:  hips anteverted; back and neck straight; and abs strong.  Proper standing structure is essential for proper walking structure.  And, if you’re a runner, all of this needs to be on point if you care to run without pain!   Not only that, but do this fun experiment:  the next time you’re at a coffee shop waiting in line, look around at everyone’s knees.  You will see almost everyone doing one of these variations: (L to R) locking knees with OK pelvis and back structure locking one knee (in this case it’s his left knee) locking both knees with tucked pelvis locking both knees with tucked pelvis and rounded shoulders locking both knees with ribs sticking out (over-arched back or “sway-back”) locking one knee (right) and slumping back and shoulders forward locking one knee with hip jutted out to the side of the locked leg one knee locked one knee locked with hip sticking out to one side Here’s another good one.  See if you can find out what’s going on with their posture.  ...

Natural Lice Treatment

I can confidently say, without a single doubt in my mind, that the natural treatment for lice is WAY more effective than that chemical crap they sell you over the counter.   BTW, the chemical stuff (I won’t name names…) doesn’t work on lice anymore because the lice have MUTATED and are now IMMUNE to it.  Plus, they give you that crappy little comb that does nothing to get the nits out.  And, you’re about to find out, it’s the combing that does all the magic for the permanent removal of lice.   If you have school-aged children, I recommend doing this treatment on them once per week as a preventative.   If you find anything in there, you will have been quick enough to get it out and prevent too much of an infestation, plus you will – over a few days time – get out all the eggs she laid on your head (I know, I know, it’s really, really horrific). For your treatment, you need only 2 instruments. Industrial-grade nit comb. (Walmart, $10) Olive oil. Plus, I would also have some old towels to use around your shoulders (olive oil stains) and on the floor under where you’ll be standing.  One more thing:  paper towels.  Have the whole roll nearby, and wet one at a time to use for wiping off your nit comb.   Put some towels on the floor first.  Be next to a sink or in the bathtub.  Really drench the hair with olive oil.  The bugs can’t hold on to your hair so good with the oil and will slide off easily...

What Do Women (Really) Want?

I will be using “adult language” in this blog, so if you’re a sensitive little snowflake, this is your warning. Female libido is complex.  We tend to put most of the blame for low sex drive on hormone changes, or stress, but there’s something else you just have to know. Your clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings. 8,000. Why is this significant? The penis has 4,000.  Yet, in the act of heterosexual relations, the penis gets all the attention.   8,000 nerve endings that serve no purpose whatsoever except to experience pleasure.   It’s like you go into your garage and you expect to see your old, broken down car.  Then, like in a dream, you go out and you see a brand new, shiny Lamborghini.  “Oh, my gosh, I didn’t even know this was here!”   But how do you drive it?  What if you crash?  What if someone tries to steal it?  Don’t worry, girl, we’re going to figure all this out. For all women, it’s time to get pussified.  The word “pussy” is usually a put-down, right?  I think it’s time for that to change.  If someone calls you a “pussy,” they mean a sign of weakness.  Pussies are definitely not weak.  Pussies are way stronger than man parts.  You barely tap a guy on his privates and he’ll drop to his knees.  Pussies take way more of a beating and recover quick.   I say we change the meaning of “pussy” to mean something different than “weakness.”   How about when something is “pussy,” it’s something that is delightfully feminine.  For example, last week my husband...

When To Give Up Convincing Someone About Their Health

I remember times in the early days of my practice or even before that when I first found an interest in nutrition.  I remember trying to convince people of what I strongly knew to be true, but I could not for the life of me figure out why everyone else was so stubborn-headed and dead-set on not getting healthy.  (My thinking at the time🙂  after all, once you know that grocery store milk is full of artificial hormones that make the cows fat and antibiotics that lead to antibiotic-resistant super-bugs, and it just causes phlegm in your body, and it’s only purpose is to make baby cows into big cows, then why on earth would you want to drink that?!) Yeah, I couldn’t figure out why criticizing someone’s food choices didn’t inspire them to make positive changes in their life…silly me.   Now I see my 8-year-old son trying to force his sister to do something like hand him a toy that he wants.  I tried to tell him, “Try persuading her instead of forcing her,” but I’m not sure that was very good advice.  Sometimes you just can’t even persuade people.   Force is definitely wrong, but persuading can be kind of smarmy too.  Especially if the other person is like, “Um, no.  No way.  Never.  Nuh-uh.  Not gonna do it.”   There were times when I knew that someone would respond favorably to acupuncture, but I couldn’t convince them to give it a good, solid try.  I used to use all these psychological tricks, like asking them how their problem would change over time (hint:  it’s always going to...

Eye Health

I confused the hell out of my ophthalmologist a while back.   “Hmmm…this is unusual.”  He was checking and rechecking some things.  “Huh.  Normally at your age people’s eyesight gets worse, but yours is going in a more ‘favorable direction.’  Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!”   The prescription for my near-sightedness on both eyes was 1/4 a point better (from -3.25 to -3 on the right eye and -2.5 to -2.25 on the left eye), and my astigmatism in both eyes improved.  No sign of any far-sightedness yet.   So, here’s what I’ve been doing 🙂 RELAXING MY EYES We’re so unaware of how much tension we hold in our faces through the day.  The main reason I even started caring about this was to prevent wrinkles, but I think the benefits have extended beyond the superficial.   There is a theory on natural eyesight healing that near-sightedness and far-sightedness is due to tension around the eyeball.  The current medical model says that your cornea is either too strong (near-sighted) or too weak (far-sighted), but this theory goes a step further to say that the cornea changes in strength due to straining to see. So I consciously decided not to strain to see things.  If something is blurry far away, I just go closer.  I look away from the computer several times an hour when I’m working on it to relax my eyes.  If I’m reading or watching a movie and it’s hard to keep my eyes focused, I stop trying to focus and do something else (like go to sleep!).  I even try, when I’m at home and not doing much,...