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Feeding a Healthy Body

The subject of diet in Traditional Chinese Medicine is vast.  It is considered the sign of a superior medical practitioner if the patient’s ills can be mended by adjustments to their diet, without resorting to actual medicine or acupuncture, as a less skilled practitioner must do.

For myself, I am not as skilled as all that in giving individually tailored dietary advice in the clinic, but diet is a subject that comes up often in the clinic.  And I am coming to believe that the standard “healthy eating” advice currently dispensed both in magazine supplements and doctor’s offices may be contributing as much to people’s ill-health as the plethora of junk foods tempting us from every aisle in the supermarket. Continue reading

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Social Health Indicators: Bullying

Bullying is a serious hazard to physical and mental health and should never be ignored.

Bullying can cause psychiatric injury (which should be carefully distinguished from endogenous mental illness), with a risk of depression and suicide (which some have started to call “bullycide”). The risk arises from the nature of bullying in which trauma to a person’s mental and physical well-being is repetitive and persistent, leading to symptoms typical of complex post-traumatic stress disorder.  Bullying can be hard for teachers and workplace managers to detect, because  Continue reading

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About Ladybits: Post-pill Amenorrhea

Several women experiencing post-pill amenorrhea have presented in this clinic in the past few months.   Generally, it is considered to be amenorrhea if no natural menstrual cycle has occurred within six months of stopping the contraceptive pill.  The medical literature considers this to be a small but significant risk, with an incidence of around 1% or so, however, when it does happen, Continue reading

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