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October 17, 2019

Alchemy is grounded in our ability to change the very nature of things, elevating the base or ordinary, into the extraordinary. It represents the very essence of transformation. On a philosophical level, the concept of turning “lead into gold” suggests the possibility of a physical, emotional and spiritual upgrade, reflecting our capacity to evolve into a more refined and complete expression of our true self. As an interdisciplinary science, alchemy originally sought to uncover the source of life on our planet, harness the forces of nature, and help humanity reach its highest state. Prior to the modern age, alchemy represented a way for human beings to understand the interdependent relationship between spirit, matter, nature...

September 16, 2019

Ancient Daoist philosophers developed the concept of Yin–Yang in order to understand and explain the natural world around them, including the human body. The well-known, swirling black and white symbol – known as the tai ji in Chinese – pares this complex concept down to a single, elegant imagine. Much like Einstein’s famous E = mc2 equation, the Yin–Yang symbol describes something that is both elemental yet incredibly intricate. What Yin–Yang represents is so vast, it encompasses all phenomena. Everything in the universe contains Yin and Yang.

The theory of Yin–Yang was originally derived from the observation that all phenomena in the universe innately group into pairs of opposites: heaven and earth, sun and moon, male and fe...

August 15, 2019

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is widely credited with saying “all disease begins in the gut.” Echoing this assertion nearly two centuries later, Nobel prize-winning biologist Elie Metchnikoff added his own twist to this wisdom when he wrote that "death begins in the colon" – arguing that disease and aging are largely due to the accumulation of toxic bacteria in the large intestine.

Increasingly, evidence indicates that the colon is one of the most overlooked organs in the body – and the root of much modern-day illness. Indeed, research indicates that as much as 80% of disease begins in the large bowel, including colon cancer, the second most deadly form of cancer (after lung cancer). It is safe to say that the co...

The idea of using tonic herbal remedies to restore balance, vitality and health is an ancient idea. While the concept of “adaptogens” is a relatively modern way of describing this type of medicine, such remedies have been the foundation of traditional Chinese, Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Native American medicine for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Adaptogens represent an elite class of herbs that help make us more resilient to the damaging effects of stress across all aspects of our life — mental, physical, emotional and environmental. By improving our ability to adapt to stress, adaptogens work with our body to help us regain our strength, stamina and endurance, as well as improve mental clarity and focus. They have the uni...

Cell division – the constant replacement of old, worn-out cells with new healthy ones – is what keeps us alive. Yet our cells have only a limited ability to replicate and renew themselves over the course of our lives. Inside the nucleus of each cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes, the blueprint of our physical being. At the end of our chromosomes are bands of DNA called telomeres, cap-like structures that have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces. They keep the ends of chromosomes from fraying or sticking to each other, preventing the mutation or loss of genetic information during the very fragile process of cell division. Ultimately, telomeres play a key...

May 15, 2019

Symptoms are the body’s cry for help. Disease and illness are not simply inconveniences, but valuable sources of information, representing our body’s primary way of telling the rational brain that something isn’t right. But instead of honoring the messages that our body sends us, we discount them. Or we take pill to silence them. Often when we get sick, injured or both, it’s because we have stopped listening to the signals our body has been sending us. Initially, these signs may start out as whispers, easy to ignore. But eventually, if we turn a deaf ear to their subtle signs and gentle suggestions long enough, the body is forced to speak up, and whispers turn into shouts. Not unlike a small child throwing a temper tantrum wh...

April 15, 2019

The concept of biological terrain was originally developed over a hundred years ago in France, amidst a fierce intellectual battle concerning the true cause of disease. Louis Pasteur argued external germs that invade the body were the primary cause of human illness. In order to get well, you needed to identify and then kill whatever germ made you sick, employing tools such as drugs, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.  At about the time that Pasteur was promoting his germ theory, Claude Bernard (and a second Pasteur contemporary, Antoine Bechamp) developed the theory that the body’s ability to heal was dependent on its general condition or internal environment. Germs and disease could only emerge if the internal environ...

March 15, 2019

Bone broth has been a staple of traditional cultures around the world for thousands of years due to its nutrient-dense, easy to digest, healing properties. Indeed, preindustrial societies across the globe have always placed a special emphasis on consumption of the whole animal – which includes an emphasis on using bones to make broth. In many ways, the slow process of making bone broth has become a lost art in our fast-paced, modern world.

Symbolically, bones can be thought of as representing our truest, barest self. They frame our bodies, anchor us to the physical world, and are a mark of permanence. When we know the truth, we feel it deep in our bones. They symbolize underlying, enduring truth. Our worst wounds are those tha...

February 16, 2019

Qi is the energetic force that underlies our life force and vitality – allowing for mental clarity, physical endurance, immunity, and recovery from fatigue and exhaustion. Qi tonics are a class of herbs that provide energy to the body (as well as many specific organs) and help increase blood flow throughout the body. For centuries, Astragalus – or Huang Qi as it is called in Chinese medicine – has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest immune-boosting, fatigue-fighting herbs. Considered one of the most potent Qi tonics available, it’s energy-enhancing benefits can help to heal fatigue, chronic physical weakness, poor digestion and low immunity.

Not actually an herb, Astragalus is the woody root of the Astragalus membra...

December 15, 2018

In the East, Yin and Yang are the foundation of natural philosophy and medical theory – embodying the fundamental character, purpose and properties of all things and beings. They are the opposing, yet complimentary, forces that create balance, sustain life, and support vibrant health. Yang represents activity, heat and expansion. Yin provides a counterbalance via rest, recovery and refueling. Yang is warm and drying, while Yin is cool and moisturizing. Importantly, these two energies are inseparable. They exist simultaneously and within each other – one cannot function without the other. Although our culture praises and encourages (Yang) activity, it is important to recognize that we need to nourish the source of our (Yin) fu...

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