Archive | May, 2012

Emmer After

May 31, 2012

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While we’re on the gluten theme, I would like to introduce you to yet another wonderful ingredient: emmer. Originating around 17,000 BC, and still unsubjected to the hybridizations of the wheat we know today, emmer (aka farro) isn’t the most productive plant, and its flour doesn’t result in the fluffiest of breads, but it may […]

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Gluten: The Trendy Allergin

May 30, 2012

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Going gluten-free has become somewhat of a popular trend lately; these days just about every health-conscious person seems to coincidentally have an “allergy” or “sensitivity” to it. Don’t get me wrong, gluten allergies and sensitivities DO exist, but it’s starting to seem to me like a lot of people want an excuse to give up […]

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Who Hasn’t Poked the Kardashians?

May 25, 2012

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This is one of my favorite examples of how awful Keeping up with the Kardashians is. No really, it’s my favorite example of one very big misconception of acupuncture. Apparently, Khloe has been feeling stressed and is willing to try anything to relax. She tries acupuncture, doesn’t like it, and doesn’t feel relaxed. It probably […]

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Spring Greening

May 23, 2012

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So far everyone I’ve talked to this week seems to be in a bad mood. Maybe it was last weekend’s solar eclipse, maybe it’s the weather. Anyway, it’s not unusual for this time of year. Spring is a time of great transition. As the weather gets warmer, flowers bloom, trees leaf out and us humans […]

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Needles, In Your Face

May 21, 2012

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The n-word; it seems to turn a lot of people off.  In another one of my casual polls, needles come up as the number one reason people who have considered acupuncture haven’t tried it. Acupuncturists themselves often skirt the issue, avoiding the word altogether, or preceding it with the quantifier “hair thin.” But, the ugly truth is, […]

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Galangal

May 16, 2012

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What it is: Galangal (Alpina galanga) is a rhizome (underground stem), and close relative of its more recognizable cousin ginger. Though it is ubiquitous in Southeast Asian cuisine, and you’ve likely encountered its unusual flavor if you’ve ever dined on Thai, Cambodian, Indonesian or Malaysian food, it remains a bit of a mysterious oddity to […]

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Have Your Salad and Slurp it Too

May 16, 2012

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It’s been a pretty windy and rainy May up here in New England. While that’s not atypical weather-wise, it can start to feel a bit depressing and cold after a while. It’s also rough on the immune system, which needs a little vacation, and (at least my) waistline, which would love it if I stopped […]

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Validation

May 14, 2012

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First of all, as an acupuncturist, I really don’t feel like I can care about how Western physicians and scientists perceive acupuncture. I mean, how legitimate is validation from a bunch of people who cannot figure out if eggs are actually good or bad for you. Still, for my patients’ sake, it would be nice […]

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Accu Weight-Loss

May 10, 2012

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I spent a good chunk of last weekend promoting acupuncture at Emerson Hospital’s health fair. It mainly involved checking a lot of pulses, looking at a bunch of tongues and putting teeny stainless-steel balls on pressure points in the ears of complete strangers. Such is the life of an acupuncturist. Anyway, one such stranger told […]

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