Weaning Off Medications

Q: Currently I am taking 2 presciptions for high blood pressure, 3 over-the-counter medicines for allergies, an anti-anxiety medication, and a pill for cholesterol. I would really like to not take anything at all! What is the best way to get off all these medicines? A: I commend you to wanting to get healthy enough to not have a need for your medications!  That’s my favorite part about my job.  Well, these conditions definitely did not happen overnight and so treating them is also going to be a gradual process that will take some time. In Chinese medicine, we say it takes 1 month to treat a problem you have had for 1 year. Also, some problems can be treated at the same time and are inter-related as far as Oriental medicine theory is concerned — such as anxiety and high cholesterol which are both related to your Gall Bladder. Other problems will require slightly different herbs or treatment strategies. Some other things to consider:  What is the biggest priority?  What is bothering you the most right now?  Usually that is a good place to start.   In general, the easiest medicines to get off of are the allergies medicines and the cholesterol medicine.   My personal opinion on cholesterol medication is somewhat controversial, and please don’t take my opinion as medical advice * but simply as opinion.  (*this is just me saving my butt, legally) Allergy medication is a different animal:  the way that antihistimines and decongestants work in your body are that they will trap the “evil qi” further into your respiratory system and make the actual problem,...

Meditation for Stress

Do you ever meet someone who seems so laid-back, carefree and happy that you can’t help but to wonder, “what is their secret?”  Probably they are not sweating the “small stuff.”  We all have crap that gets in the way of our expectations of what a happy life should look and feel like, but to an extent we can take control of how we react to that crap.  Some things you have no control to change and need to be accepted.  Some things are really not as bad as they may seem at the time.  Your mind has the power to accept the situation or to change the focus to a more positive mind-set.   So how the heck do we learn how to control our minds??? Meditation. I convinced my friend, Nick Applebee, to let me interview him.  Nick is a long-time meditator, meditation instructor, and yogi.   Me:  Nick, what is your background in meditation? Nick:  I came into the door in martial arts because I needed martial arts to protect myself.  I was at the academy early one day and tried the meditation the class all did together.  I had a very, very, even to this day I had a deep, deep experience of meditation.  It stimulated me to say “whoa, this is something” and to pursue it.   Me:  What do you think the benefits of meditation are? Nick:  If you were to group things together that produced good health, you would say “exercise, eating good organic food, … yoga,” all these things.  Meditation or spiritual exercise is something that opens up your energy to...
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