Cholesterol: One of Your Body’s Most Important Molecules

Cholesterol gets a bad rap. Many people don’t realize how incredibly important cholesterol actually is. In order to get a handle on how important it is, let us reverse engineer our understanding of cholesterol by first looking at the side effects of suppressing cholesterol synthesis with a statin drug: Increased risk of developing cancer [1]…

Sun And Earth: On Grounding and Getting Tan

One thing that all my patients and clients hear from me is that I want their “bare feet on the ground and bare body in the sun.” This article explains some simple reasons why. I have come to find that many of us are Sun and Earth deficient. We simply don’t spend enough time in…

Multivitamins: Natural vs. Unnatural

When people used come into the healthfood store looking for multivitamins, I often redirect them by asking “What are your objectives?” For most people, buying a multivitamin is a one-size-fits-all way to cover your bases. It’s sort of a nutritional insurance policy. But are they really all they’re cracked up to be? I don’t think…

Yin and Yang and Their Imbalances

Most of Chinese Medical theory can be distilled down to the dualistic concept of yin and yang. For example, the notion that any condition falls into the category of excess or deficient, or that it can present itself as hot or cold (Yang excess or Yang deficient), or dry or damp (Yin deficient or Yin…

Qi and Blood and Their Imbalances

Chinese Medicine is both a physiological and an energetic medicine. We deal primarily with what we call bodily substances. These are Qi, Blood, Yin, And Yang. Bodily substances can take more of an energetic form – as in Qi or Yang – or they can take a denser form – as in the case of…

Why “Golden Pearl”?

Some of you may wonder where I got the title “Golden Pearl”. The Golden Pearl is a symbol of optimal physical, psychological, and spiritual health. The notion of a Golden Pearl is a metaphor from an esoteric discipline of meditation and self-cultivation known as Daoist Alchemy. The Daoist adepts believed that by meditating according to…

What is Qi?

This is one of the most important topics on this website. Qi (also written chi) is a complex Chinese term that has a number of meanings. It is most often translated as “breath” or “energy“, but can also refer to the weather, the mood of a certain day, things having to do with air, oxygen,…

Nutritional Perspectives: On Veganism and Raw Vegetables

You are an animal. You are a higher order of biology than the plant kingdom. By “order” I pretty much mean more metabolically and biochemically complex. If we conserve the wisdom of our elders and the sound knowledge of how man has eaten for millenia, then one logical conclusion we may arrive to from this…