by Judy Hinojosa-Sinks, NMD
The body is composed of water, protein, minerals, and fat. A two-component model of body composition divides the body into a fat component and fat-free component. Body fat is the most variable constituent of the body. The total amount of body fat consists of essential fat and storage fat. Fat in the marrow of bones, in the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, muscles, and lipid-rich tissues throughout the central nervous system is called essential fat, whereas fat that accumulates in adipose tissue is called storage fat.
Editor's Note from Rebecca Snowden: Instead of putting so much a focus on weight alone, as so many do, how about thinking about what makes up that weight, for that might make the real difference in how we feel and function. Dr. Hinojosa-Sinks describes ways we can figure out what our body composition is. One such way she discusses is a machine she uses in her office that performs bioelectric impedance analysis to give us these measurements.
by Gerry White
The definition of visualization according to Web Definitions is a “visual image: a mental image that is similar to a visual perception”...
Editor's Note from Carolyn White: Can energy medicine dissolve kidney stones? Can a "dis-ease" be your friend? Gerry White relates how he used energetic visualization to dissolve his kidney stones and create a path to wellness.
Editor's Note: This is a great news segment on veterinary acupuncture. It describes its use for not only pain control, but for allergies, liver and kidney disease, and many other conditions. Over 1/3 of veterinarians either practice or recommend traditional Chinese medicine to their patients. Amazing!
by Andres Vergara, LAc, MAc & Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
In Chinese medicine, the spleen and kidneys play an important role in metabolism. We are not referring to the literal and anatomical kidneys and spleens alone. These organs are actually the gross manifestations, two of five of the essential processes or functions our whole selves cycle through on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The spleen represents the function of transformation and digestion and it, working in partnership with the pancreas and stomach, are responsible for converting food and water into fuel and energy that the body can use to sustain itself...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This is a great article that explains metabolism and weight gain from a Chinese Medicine perspective. The functions of different organ systems are discussed, along with herb and food recommendations to nourish and balance the body.
by Roshan Baskota
Let’s discuss about Ashmari (urinary calculi) totally from Ayurvedic concept.
The disease admits of being divided into four several types, such as the Vataja, the Pittaja, the Kaphaja and the Sukraja (Seminal) concretions...
Editor's Note from Sonica Krishan: In this article, author Roshan Baskota gives a detailed introduction of Ashmari or urinary stones along with their types. He explains about the four types which are the Vataja, the Pittaja, the Kaphaja and the Sukraja (Seminal) concretions, whereas also conveys to us that the deranged Kapha should be understood as the underlying cause of all invasions of the ailment of kidney stones.
by Sue Olmos, CTPM, CHP – MEd
It was February, 2003. Katie, a 7 year-old German Shorthair hunting dog had returned home in some apparent discomfort from a long day’s hunting with her owner, Stan. Thinking he could ease her soreness, he gave her some ibuprofen, totally unaware of the fact that the ingredients are toxic to dogs and could lead to kidney failure and death...
Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: This article provides a number of lessons to pet owners. For one, the use of human medications in our pets can often have unintended and terrible consequences. Secondly, that the damage done by "side-effects" is often seen as irreparable, when in fact there may be answers outside of mainstream medicine.
Animals & Pets
from Lisa Nicholson, Acupuncturist
This recipe is warming and nourishing to the kidney yang. It is useful for fatigue, sluggish digestion, and overall warming. Fennel and cardamom stimulate digestion, helping to break down the meat and potatoes while adding a sweet, aromatic quality to the dish...
by Judith Orloff, MD
Compassion also provides the crucible for healing miracles to occur. One of my workshop participants told the following story. Two years before, she’d longed to get pregnant but she had a rare, serious type of kidney disease...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Judith Orloff, MD has shared with the ATH community how the positive power of the mind can change our world. By surrounding ourselves with persons filled with positive energy, we become so much more. Here, Dr Orloff shares pets have a wonderful place in building a positive outlook; our four-legged friends are committed to our best life, as should we.
Animals & Pets
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